Based on feedback from Ableton Live users, Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live offers a forward-thinking approach to recording, editing mixing and mastering using Ableton Live. The course provides in-depth training on Live's components, such as Operator, Sampler, Analog, Tension, and Electric. Students will master tools for live performance, such as on-the-fly beat creation and getting the most out of your controller, as well as the concepts behind composing effective grooves, bass lines, pads, harmony, and melody. Students will also delve into effects processing with compression, gate, chorus, flanging, and other delay lines, and learn how to use Racks to combine them to create original and dynamic textures. The course features hands-on, guided demonstrations of Ableton Live, and goes into great detail on using the application for complex compositions, mixing, and live performances in any musical style. The course emphasizes exploration and experimentation, culminating with a final project in which students create a full-length song or a live performance tool.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Compose grooves, bass lines, pads, and melodies which can be applied to any musical style
- Use Ableton Live as a composition assistant to apply rich harmonic ideas to compositions
- Use synthesis tools to improve music productions
- Design any sound imaginable with Ableton Live's synths
- Create unique textures with audio effects
- Apply effects processing to create professionally polished productions
- Use Live in both studio production and live performance environments
Berklee Online and Ableton have come together to offer an educational discount on Ableton Suite 9. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase the software at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.
Author & Instructor
Loudon Stearns is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music, a course author and instructor at Berklee Online, and an active media-artist. Within the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music he prepares students to work as independent composers and producers in a technology-laden music industry. Online, he focuses on the latest electronic music styles and music-technology innovations, showing students how to analyze contemporary styles and use the latest music technology in their own works. An innovator in both education and art, Loudon authored a Massive Open Online Class, "Introduction to Music Production," that has provided high-quality free eduction to hundreds of thousands of students, received an award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association for "Excellence in Teaching" and received the "Excellence in Media Art" award from the Emerson College Visual and Media Art department.
Holding a Bachelors of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production and Bass Performance from Berklee College of Music, and a Master of Fine Arts in Media Art from Emerson College, Loudon pulls from a broad range of skills in the creation of his own multi-media performances that include live music, projection-mapping, dance, visual art and interactivity. Of particular interest is using the entire world as a performance space by using internet streaming to coordinate numerous performers and audiences on vastly different parts of the globe. The technical and aesthetic challenges of this type of performance are new and exciting and require the sort of broad skill-set that Loudon has developed through his extensive institutional and self education in music, sound, performance, motion graphics, photography, programming, and construction.
Brian Funk, aka AfroDJMac, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from New York. He began his musical career with the guitar, playing in numerous rock bands, recording albums and embarking on East Coast tours in the United States. In an effort to expand his studio’s capabilities and songwriting arsenal, Brian turned toward computer-based music in 2006. As a guitarist and songwriter, he found Ableton Live to be the ultimate tool to unlock his creativity and bring his studio creations to the stage.
A curious sound designer, AfroDJMac regularly releases free Ableton Live devices that challenge conventional sound-design-thinking, via his Web site http://afrodjmac.com and YouTube channel http://youtube.com/afrodjmac. His series of Two Minute Ableton Live Tips earned him the title of “a legend in the Ableton Community” (Ableton Blog 6/26/12).
As a writer and high school English educator, teaching Live and music production is the perfect marriage of two life passions. Brian specializes in teaching Live for songwriters and rock musicians, home and professional studio application, and live performances. His experience as a rock musician offers students a unique insight into bridging music of the past with the music of the future.
Completion of Producing Music with Ableton Live or equivalent knowledge and experience in addition to a basic understanding of rhythm, key, and meter is required.
*Berklee Online and Ableton have come together to offer an educational discount on Ableton Suite 9. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase the software at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page.
- OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari
- Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
- Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Edge
- MIDI keyboard controller
- Recommended: USB/MIDI Pad Controller (e.g.: Novation Launchpad range, Akai Professional APC40 mkII, and Ableton Push 2)
- 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
- 500 MB hard drive space
- Speakers or headphone
- Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed (http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)