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Ableton Live: Producing Electronic Music

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Learn professional techniques for producing and mixing electronic music with Ableton Live and Ableton Push 2.

Learn professional techniques for producing and mixing electronic music in Ableton Live. Producer Nate Mars starts with the basics of the Ableton interface and different approaches to making electronic music—some of which incorporate Ableton Push 2, the exciting new pad-based MIDI controller. He explains the important Ableton fundamentals for working with clips, warping, and effects. Next, Nate demonstrates various techniques for programming the foundation of a track—the drums—in a variety of EDM genres.

He then moves into creating basslines via analog synthesis and creating lead synth sounds with Ableton Live's built-in Operator synth. He also goes into how to create and use samples and MIDI effects, and use Push 2 for production and mixing. He pulls it all together in the final few chapters, which demonstrate ways to arrange tracks, use creative effects, mix tracks together, and use automation to finalize the mix.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started
  • Configuring preferences
  • Quick review of Ableton Live basics
  • Working with Ableton Live's browser
  • The foundation of a track: Electronic music production concepts
  • Session view and Arrangement view
  • Exporting and saving your project
2. Working with Audio and MIDI Clips
  • Editing audio and MIDI clips
  • Warping basics
  • Sends and returns
  • Insert effects
  • Capture recording
  • Editing multiple MIDI clips
  • Working with groups
3. Drum Programming
  • Quick history of traditional drum machines
  • Programming drums with Ableton Live's drum racks
  • Programming drums, slicing an audio sample, and slicing to MIDI
  • Creating custom drum racks for your samples
  • Using the drum buss
4. Creating Wobble Bass Lines with Analog and Operator
  • Creating wobble bass lines with Analog
  • Creating call and response bass lines
  • Creating wobble bass lines with Operator
5. Creating Lead and Pads with Instrument Racks
  • Programming leads with instrument racks
  • Programming pads and mapping macros
  • Chord shapes with Ableton Push
6. Advanced MIDI Production Techniques
  • Slice to MIDI
  • Harmony to MIDI
  • Melody to MIDI
  • Drums to MIDI
7. Wavetable Synthesis
  • Using wavetables
  • Creating a lead sound with wavetables
  • Creating a bass sound with wavetables
8. Working with Sampler and Simpler—Creative Sampling
  • Creative vocal sampling
  • Using Push 2 with Ableton Live Sampler
  • Using MIDI effects
9. Ableton Push 2 for Music Production
  • Tips and tricks for using Push 2 during the production process
  • Tips and tricks for using Push 2 during the mixing process
10. Arranging Your Track & Working with Automation
  • Electronic music arrangement basics
  • Working with automation
11. Electronic Music Mixing Basics
  • Working with EQ and compression
  • Setting up sidechain compression
  • Building effects racks
12. Working with Link, Synthesizers, and MIDI Controllers
  • Working with Ableton Link and iOS devices
  • MIDI mapping parameters with your controller
  • Using Ableton Live with an analog synth
  • Next steps and further training

Taught by

Nate Mars

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