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.
You will need your own computer (Mac or PC), MIDI keyboard and Ableton Live 10 software. This is currently available on a free 90-day trial from the Ableton website [external website].
What will we cover?
- randomised / experimental composition
- field recordings
- working with beats
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.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need your own computer (Mac or PC), MIDI keyboard and Ableton Live 10 software. This is currently available on a free 90-day trial from the Ableton website [external website]
As this is an advanced course, you may wish to use extra devices such as controllers and interfaces, that you prefer to use.
You will get the most out of this course if you work on your project between sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
See the full range of Music technologycourses.
Please email the Music Department for further information or advice.