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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

What you will learn

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    Navigate Ableton Live

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    Program MIDI drums and instruments

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    Record and edit audio, including working with preexisting audio loops

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    Create a piece of music using MIDI and audio within Ableton Live

Skills you will gain

Audio RecordingFile ManagementMusic mixingAbelton LiveMIDI programming

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Introduction to Ableton Live

Welcome to the course! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience. ...
1 video (Total 7 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
6 readings
A Note From Erin10m
Meet Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Getting To Know You10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
4 hours to complete

Getting Our Hands Dirty

In this lesson I'm going to demonstrate how to get set up in Live, whether you have an audio interface or just your computer. We'll also look at saving and submitting your sessions, devices, MIDI drums, and MIDI synths....
10 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
The Audio Interface, from Introduction to Music Production5m
Settings6m
Saving and Submitting Your Sessions4m
Devices5m
MIDI Drums6m
MIDI Synths7m
Global Quantization6m
Creating an Arrangement7m
Publishing To Blend/Submitting Assignment8m
2 readings
Download Your FREE Ableton Live Trial and Activate Your Blend Account10m
How To Submit Your Assignments10m
1 practice exercise
The Ableton Live Interface30m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Polishing the Sound

We'll be moving from MIDI to audio and implementing effects, which will give your sessions even more personality and depth. We'll also be diving into Audio Warping, which is one of Ableton's most powerful functionalities and is the cornerstone of remixing. ...
7 videos (Total 45 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Going Deeper with Audio2m
Warping Audio8m
Audio Recording7m
Audio and MIDI Effects7m
MIDI Mapping6m
Automation in Session View and Arrangement View7m
1 practice exercise
Polishing the Sound28m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

The Endless Possibilities

This week we're going to dive into some more advanced production techniques, the very basics of mixing, and I'll get into some valuable information regarding file management and troubleshooting. Hopefully with this new information you'll be able to tie together a lot of what we've learned in the past two weeks and bring your music to the next level. ...
6 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Slice to New MIDI6m
MAX for Live7m
File Management7m
Troubleshooting8m
Basic Mixing Techniques8m
2 readings
Post-Course Survey10m
Course Evaluation10m
1 practice exercise
The Endless Possibilities26m
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Top Reviews

By BOJun 30th 2018

Great first introduction into Ableton. Very clear and structured unlike a lot of the free tutorials out there. I would love to see a part 2 of this course that goes into more advanced topics.

By DSSep 12th 2015

I'm now taking this course a second time because it is so absolutely helpful and has really given me a free and friendly place to learn how to use Ableton and get started on music production!

Instructor

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Erin Barra

Associate Professor
Songwriting

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

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