About this Course
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In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific knowledge base, on machines inaccessible to most people. But over the past 10-15 years, DAWs and the act of recording music have evolved from being a luxury of the few to being available to the masses. Ableton Live is one such application. Used by an extremely broad range of music creators, Ableton Live not only facilitates the work of engineers, producers, and writers in professional, home, and mobile studio settings, but it is also a powerful platform for musicians on stage, in the DJ booth, and elsewhere. In this course, you will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. Meant to be a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide you with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Note: If you do not own Ableton Live 9, you can download the free, fully featured Ableton Live Trial. The trial version will allow you to save and export your work for 30 days. If you use the trial version, do not download it until the course is scheduled to begin....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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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. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 7 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading6 readings
A Note From Erin10m
Meet Your Teaching Assistant10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Getting To Know You10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Clock
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....
Reading
10 videos (Total 62 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 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
Reading2 readings
Download Your FREE Ableton Live Trial and Activate Your Blend Account10m
How To Submit Your Assignments10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Ableton Live Interface30m
Week
2
Clock
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. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 45 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Going Deeper with Audio2m
Warping Audio8m
Audio Recording7m
Audio and MIDI Effects7m
MIDI Mapping6m
Automation in Session View and Arrangement View7m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Polishing the Sound28m
Week
3
Clock
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. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Slice to New MIDI6m
MAX for Live7m
File Management7m
Troubleshooting8m
Basic Mixing Techniques8m
Reading2 readings
Post-Course Survey10m
Course Evaluation10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Endless Possibilities26m
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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

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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