Whether you’re new to Live or just looking to jog your memory, these tutorials from two of our favorite creators are a great place to start.
Sleep Freaks provides an in-depth explanation of how to build a single song using Live Lite. Project files are also available for download.
Register for our Ableton Live Basics webinar for beginners and free trial users. An Ableton Certified Trainer will teach basic usage along with assigned songs. Head to our registration page for reservations.
Using Suite, the top-of-the-line version of Live, Sleep Freaks instructor Miyagawa will challenge you to make tracks in a short time!
A must-see for those who want to create techno, house, and other four-strikes! Various tutorials on everything from how to use Live to how to create brazen kicks.
Get to grips with almost any feature in Live, just a few minutes at a time. We picked out a handful of our own tutorials to get you going – for more, you can head directly to the Learn Live page.
Setting up your projects
Lesson 1: Setting up your audio interface
Connect your interface and adjust the audio settings.
Lesson 2: Configuring your audio ins and outs
Set up Live’s inputs and outputs.
Lesson 3: Using your sounds and samples
Bring your own sounds into Live, plus create and save custom drum racks.
Lesson 4: Using third-party plugins
Create with third-party instruments and effects.
Lesson 5: Installing Packs
Add new sounds and devices to your library with Ableton Packs.
Lesson 6: Saving your sets
Learn the different options for saving your work in Live.
Navigating Live’s interface
Lesson 1: Live’s user interface
Find your way around Session and Arrangement View, and the Browser.
Lesson 2: Transport Bar and Follow behavior
Use keyboard shortcuts for playback and follow behavior.
Lesson 3: Arrangement View
Get more familiar with the Arrangement View.
Lesson 4: Live's Mixer
Set the volume and stereo position of your tracks with the Mixer
Lesson 5: Tracks
Understand the different types of tracks and how to use them.
Lesson 6: Live's Browser
Find what you need and organize your sounds in the Browser.
Lesson 7: Detail View
Explore the different tabs of Live’s Detail View.
Lesson 8: Session View
Discover the many creative possibilities of Session View.
Getting started with MIDI
Lesson 1: Setting up MIDI
Connect and configure your MIDI devices in Live.
Lesson 2: Recording MIDI
Learn how to record MIDI, plus loop and add to your clips.
Lesson 3: Capturing MIDI
Capture the MIDI you’ve just played.
Lesson 4: Quantizing MIDI
Correct the timing of notes you’ve recorded.
Lesson 5: Sequencing MIDI – part 1
Program and edit MIDI sequences.
Lesson 6: Sequencing MIDI – part 2
Learn more about working with MIDI clips.
Lesson 7: Editing MIDI clips
Edit your MIDI easily with these shortcuts.
Practice music theory and sound design principles with our interactive online lessons. No experience or equipment needed.