ALC 01          12 hours | 6 sessions

Ableton Live Course 01: Foundation


The objective of this module is to establish a solid understanding of music production workflow in Ableton Live 10.

Fundamentals of Sound

  • Anatomy of Sound: Compression & Rarefaction
  • Waveform Characteristics: Frequency & Amplitude
  • Phasing: Constructive & Destructive Interference
  • ADSR Envelope
  • Harmonics & Timbre
  • Mono & Stereo
  • Peak & RMS

Analog Mixer Workflow

  • Concept: Features & Application
  • Microphones: Gain Staging & Signal Flow
  • Signal Processing: Inserts, Auxiliary Sends & Returns
  • Studio Routing: Analog to Digital Conversion

Digital Audio Workstation

  • Introduction to Ableton Live 10
  • Audio Interface: Sample Rate, Bit Depth & Buffer
  • Audio Recording & Editing
  • Introduction to Audio Effects
  • Arrangement View: Transport Controls, Mixer Controls, Inserts & Sends
  • Session View: Clips & Scenes, Clip Properties, Follow Actions

Warping & Automation

  • Warping: Elastic Audio, Warp Modes & Markers
  • Automation Envelopes: Drawing Automation & Recording Automation
  • The Art of Sampling

ALC 02          24 hours | 12 sessions

Ableton Live Course 02: Intermediate


The objective of this module is to build upon the existing foundation by going deeper into music production concepts and their practical applications.

Introduction to Mixing

  • Dynamic Signal Processing: Compressor, Gate & Expander
  • EQ: Parametric & Graphic Equalizers
  • Spatial Effects: Reverb & Delay
  • Time Based Effects: Phaser, Chorus & Flanger

Music Theory

  • Fundamentals: Scales, Musical Modes & Chord Progressions
  • Time Signature: Simple & Compound Time
  • Arrangement Basics: Intro, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Outro
  • Music Appreciation & Analysis

MIDI

  • History & Evolution
  • MIDI Integration: MIDI Controllers & Control Surface
  • MIDI Configuration: Preferences & Properties
  • MIDI Clips: Recording, Editing & Effects
  • Hardware Configuration: MIDI Syncing Synths & Drum Machines

Drum Programming & Sequencing

  • Simpler: Sampling & Granular Synthesis
  • Drum Rack & Impulse: Kit Construction & Sequencing
  • Drum Mixing: Signal Processing, Subgrouping & Internal Routing

Synthesis

  • History & Evolution
  • Anatomy: Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes & Modulation
  • Waveforms & Harmonic Series
  • Analog: Subtractive Synthesis
  • Operator: FM Synthesis & Additive Synthesis
  • Working in Key: Bassline, Harmony, Melody, Groove

ALC 03          24 hours | 12 sessions

Ableton Live Course 03: NINJA


The objective of this module is to explore and understand advanced music production techniques by composing, mixing and mastering an original piece of music.

Advanced Music Production

  • Wavetable: Granular Synthesis & Modulation Matrix
  • Sampler: Advanced Multisampling & Ensemble Design
  • Instrument & Effect Racks: Chains & Macro Controls
  • Creative Audio Effects: Echo, Beat Repeat, Looper, Corpus
  • Creative MIDI Effects: Arpeggiator, Chord, Scale
  • Physical Modelling Instruments: Electric, Tension, Collision

Advanced Mixing

  • Session Setup: Organisation & Spatial Analysis of Sound
  • Channel Strip Workflow: Subgrouping & Parallel Signal Processing
  • Stereo Width Enhancement: Spatial Effects & Mid/Side Processing
  • Full Mixdown & Automation: Instruments, Vocals & Stems
  • Premaster Export: Rendering Options for Stereo Mixdown
  • Critical Listening: Ear Training & Practical Analysis

Mastering

  • Mastering Workflow: Fundamentals & Principles
  • Multiband Signal Processing
  • Mid-Side Signal Processing
  • Dynamic Range Metering
  • Analog Model DSP: Harmonic Enhancement & Tape Saturation
  • Limiter: Brick Wall Limiting, Peak & RMS Control
  • Rendering Stereo Master: Dithering, PCM & MP3 Encoding