Get started with Ableton Live

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New to Live? This is your springboard.

Choose from video tutorials and browser-based learning tools and dive right in.

Make your first track in Ableton Live

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.

Learn Live step by step

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. 

Learn the basics of music-making

Practice music theory and sound design principles with our interactive online lessons. No experience or equipment needed.

Learning Music

Play with the building blocks of beats and melody right here in your browser.

Get started making music ›

Learning Synths

Begin making sounds from scratch with these web-based exercises.

Get started using synthesizers ›

Get the most out of Live

Use Live to its full creative potential when you choose Standard or Suite.

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