Ableton Live: advanced

Course Dates: 22/11/19 - 13/12/19
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Take your Ableton Live skills to the next level with this short course that will unlock powerful creative tools in Ableton Live 10.


What is the course about?

If you already know the basics of Ableton Live take your skills to the next level, learning production techniques and more advanced features of Live.

What will we cover?

- synthesis
- automation
- randomised / experimental composition
- field recordings
- working with beats
- mixing/mastering.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Synthesis: use Live 10’s instrument devices, including Operator and Wavetable, create your own presets and learn how to control them.
- automation: use track and clip envelopes to create dynamic and evolving sounds and mixes.
- randomised composition: use Live’s follow actions to create constantly evolving and unpredictable combinations
of sounds and musical elements, and capturing them to use in real-world projects.
- manipulating field recordings: use audio captured on a phone or other device to create completely new
instruments, textures and rhythms.
- working with beats: create and customise drum kits, adding effects, and interacting with them from hardware
- mixing/mastering: develop skills to quickly optimise your projects for live performance and release.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced course and does not cover the basics of using Live. You should have a good working knowledge of Live, and perhaps have completed one of our Live introduction course.
We are using Macs in the classroom, but Live is cross-platform. If you are not familiar with Macs, City Lit offers introductory courses on this platform that you may wish to take.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
You will make best progress if you can work and practice between sessions - you’ll be given some homework to complete.
You will need to have a fully functioning copy of Live 9 or Live 10 that you can use between classes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.
As this is an advanced course, please bring any extra devices such as controllers and interfaces, that you prefer to use. In the classroom we have MIDI controller keyboards and 2-in, 2-out, interfaces.
It is essential to have access to a computer (Mac or PC) with Ableton Live software outside class to work on your project between sessions. There’s a 30-day fully functioning demo version of Live available; try to have this installed at the very least.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You be interested in taking your creative skills with live electronics further in courses such as Sonic Arts, Max/MSP or Arduino workshop. See the full range of Music technologycourses.
Please email the Music Department or phone on (020) 7492 2630 for further information or advice.

Tutor Biographies
Martin Delaney

Martin Delaney is an educator, musician, and writer. He’s been using Live since version 1.2, and was among the UK’s first Ableton Certified Trainers. Martin’s played many live sets himself, and specialises in helping artists prepare for their own shows, but has taught many different types of student, including: musicians, DJs, composers, producers, schoolkids, students, prisoners, and psychiatric patients. He’s written three books about Live, as well as many tutorials and reviews for Music Tech magazine. As part of his interest in hardware controllers, Martin designed the Kenton Killamix Mini USB MIDI controller.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: MK545

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 22 Nov - 13 Dec '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £179.00
Senior fee: £179.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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