Ableton 101 Class
January 30, 2016
Sequence One Music School
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Dates: January 30, February 6, February 13, and February 20

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Make the music you’ve always wanted to with Ableton Live, a powerful tool for music production used by professional producers worldwide. In this 16-hour introductory course, you will learn how to use Live’s devices, loops, effects and instruments to create your own music. This course will walk you through the entire process of creating a song from start to finish with hands on examples and exercises. You will leave with an understanding of how to use both the session and arrangement view to create music, arrange a song, and apply basic mixing techniques.

Day 1: Learn the Live Interface and Make a Beat

Session View, MIDI and Creation Phase

  • Activity: Create Your First Drum Beat
  • The Music Production Process
  • Interface and Navigation Tour
  • Drum Programming, Drum Racks and Creating Groove
  • MIDI Editing and Recording

Bass Lines and Chords

  • Live’s Instruments
  • MIDI Effects and Controllers
  • Writing Techniques
  • Packs and Help Files
  • Activity: Write a Bass Line and Chord Progression

Day 2: Working with Audio, Loops and Samples

  • Activity: Manipulate Loops and Samples
  • Working with Loops, Samples, and Warping
  • Convert Harmony, Melody, and Drums to MIDI
  • Creative Sampling with Slice to New MIDI

Day 3: Moving into the Arrangement

Arrangement View and Refining Your Song

  • Activity: Perform Your Song into the Arrangement
  • MIDI Controllers
  • Clip and Scene launching
  • Session View Automation and Clip Envelopes

Arrangement View Editing Functions

  • Activity: Refine the Song in Arrangement View
  • Arrangement Functions: Audio, MIDI, and Clip Editing
  • Automation
  • Audio Effect and Instrument Racks


  • Activity: Polish Your Mix and Make it Loud
  • The Essential Elements of Mixing
  • Insert FX versus Send and Return FX

Day 4: Finalizing Your Song

  • Basics of Mastering
  • Rendering and Output