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Learn Ableton Push and advance your Ableton Live and general audio skills–anytime, anywhere–with video instruction from industry-recognized experts. lynda.com helps anyone learn creative, software, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials. New courses and topics are added every week at no extra cost. We carefully select the world’s top experts who are the best in their field, passionate about their subject matter, and know how to teach.

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Course Offerings

Programming Beats in Ableton Live 9

With: Yeuda Ben-Atar

Yeuda Ben-Atar, educator and producer who performs as DJ Side Brain, shows you how to make beats in a variety of genres, from dubstep to hip-hop in Ableton Live.

First get some basic rhythmic theory, including counting music and note subdivisions, and learn how elements like cymbals, percussive instruments like congas, and even homemade sounds from cans, bottles, and counters contribute to your beats. The following chapters tackle the particulars of house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop. In each of these chapters, Yeuda discusses how to choose the appropriate tempo and drum sounds for the style and how to sequence the kick, snare, and cymbals. The course closes with some pro mixing techniques that balance punch and presence, so your drums will cut through the mix and sound their best.

Topics include:

  • How to count music
  • Using a piano roll editor
  • Choosing the right tempo and samples for various genres
  • Sequencing your drum elements
  • How to program house, dubstep, drum and bass, trap, juke, and hip-hop beats
  • Adding extra percussion sounds
  • Adding breaks
  • How to mix your beat for presence and punch
  • Adjusting levels and panning
  • Adding reverb to your beat

 

Making Music with Ableton Push

With: Yeuda Ben-Atar

Join author and DJ Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Sidebrain, for an introduction to creating and performing music with Push.  First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.

Topics include:

  • What is Ableton Push?
  • Browsing and loading sounds
  • Programming beats
  • Recording drums in real time
  • Adding quantization and swing
  • Controlling the mixer
  • Controlling Live devices
  • Adding custom LED feedback
  • Step sequencing melodies
  • Browsing and loading third-party plugins

 

Up and Running with Ableton Live 9

With: Yeuda Ben-Atar

Discover how to get started creating and recording music with Ableton Live 9 in just two hours. Musician and Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar starts this course by showing how to set up all audio, MIDI, and external plugins and prep an initial project for recording. Then he jumps into high gear: making beats with the Ableton drum kits, recording with the built-in virtual instruments, and capturing live performance like vocals and guitar. After your tracks are recorded, learn how to arrange song clips, layer in effects, create and record automation, and quickly mix the tracks with groups, busses, EQ, compression, and other techniques. The final chapter in the course shows you how to save, export, and master your finished song.

Topics include:

  • Setting up plugins and projects
  • Creating a drumbeat
  • Converting audio to MIDI
  • Recording vocals
  • Warping and editing clips
  • Adding effects
  • Using time commands
  • Working with the mixer
  • Using side chain compression
  • Adding reverb and delay
  • Mixing dynamically with automation
  • Mastering a song

 

Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

With: Yeuda Ben-Atar

In this course, Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar demonstrates how to use Ableton Live to its fullest potential in a live performance setting. First, learn how to choose the best MIDI controller to use with Ableton Live, and how to set it up properly to be used on stage. Then dive deeper into how to use MIDI mapping get the most out of your controllers with Live. Next, Yeuda shares a number of techniques he employs as a live performer, like using cue points, looping, scratching, using effects, and playing samples. He then shows how to create a live set, including organizing, exporting, and adding instruments and creating custom effect racks. 

Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.

Topics include:

  • Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
  • Choosing songs for a DJ set
  • Building your decks
  • Using EQ and Gain to emulate mixer hardware
  • Knowing when to use headphones
  • Mapping the Crossfader, EQ, and Gain to MIDI controllers
  • Scratching
  • Looping with Beat Repeat
  • Setting up multiple instruments on one track
  • Creating a bus track for master effects
  • Preparing your original productions for the stage
  • Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
  • Performing using unique techniques like Live Looping and Live Sample Cutting
  • Recording your live performance

 

Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

With: Rick Schmunk

Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. Plus, learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing. The final chapters offer an inside look at features added in Live 9, such as new Instrument Racks containing over 3,000 production-ready sounds, and Max for Live, a toolkit for building custom devices.

Topics include:

  • Choosing the right gear to use with Ableton
  • Setting audio and MIDI preferences
  • Optimizing performance
  • Loading, playing, and moving clips
  • Exporting clips and devices
  • Recording and overdubbing MIDI
  • Quantizing with grooves
  • Editing pitch and note duration
  • Understanding EQ and filters
  • Recording real-time automation
  • Looping audio
  • Creating beats with Impulse
  • Creating drum racks
  • Introducing Max for Live

 

Ableton Live 9 Tips and Tricks

With: Michael Kiraly
 

Join Ableton Live expert Mike Kiraly as he dives deep into some of the advanced features that Live offers for unique and creative manipulation of sound. First, discover how to use clip envelopes to create constantly changing transitions between clips. Then Mike demonstrates how to create playable effects and effects transitions with dummy clips, build automated playlists and song arrangements with follow actions, and use dummy clips and follow actions together to generate complex effects.

Topics include:

  • Creating clip envelopes and putting them to work
  • Unlinking clip envelopes
  • Exploring follow actions
  • Creating song arrangements with random follow actions
  • Creating a basic dummy clip
  • Sound designing with dummy clips and follow actions


 

Other Ableton Live courses at lynda.com:

Ableton Live 8 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk

Remixing Techniques: Arranging and Song Form with Josh Harris

Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching with Josh Harris

 

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