Course info
Feb 2, 2016
2h 9m

Ableton Live 9 is a digital audio workstation for creating professional level high quality audio. Learn all about how to use Live 9 while we walk through the creation of a piece of music. Learn how to use both the session view and arrangement view, recording and processing audio and midi clips, as well as exporting, mastering, and sharing on SoundCloud and Blend.

About the author
About the author

Jason Edleman is a certified life coach with over 4 years of experience providing coaching to individuals aiming to reach their goals either personally or professionally. ​Jason is certified in Motivational Interviewing, an NLP Master Practitioner, Stephen Ministry care giving, and working towards obtaining the IFC Credential. He has received over 160 hours of training and supervision in coaching and caregiving. Additionally, Jason holds multiple other professional certifications related to project management (PMP, CSM) and business strategy (BRMP). Coaching is a part-time passion for Jason. He is an active business leader working in the IT Services industry.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Jason Edleman and welcome to my course Introduction to Ableton Live 9. I'm an independent composer and musician. I have my early roots in rock and soul as a working drummer and singer. When I was in music school I quickly gravitated to the electronic music lab, and that is where I feel most comfortable. Digital audio workstations are a fantastic place to start, and that is why I picked Ableton Live 9. Live 9 has a simple-to-use interface, allowing you to lay down ideas quickly, and it provides professional quality at a reasonable price. It's used by many professionals, artists such as Deadmau5, Orbital, Nine Inch Nails, and Korn. In this course we're going to build out a piece of music from scratch, all the while teaching you how to use Live 9. Some of the major topics that we will be covering will include learning how to get around the tool and setting up MIDI controllers and microphones. We'll cover recording live audio and MIDI. We'll learn such things as warping, converting to MIDI and applying grooves. We will learn how to create submixes, apply effects, and learn how to export your mix for final mastering. And finally, you will learn how to share your music on SoundCloud and Blend. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to create a fantastic and professional-sounding piece of music. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with some audio concepts and music composition, but if not don't worry, we'll get you up and running with as little theory as possible. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Ableton Live 9 with the Introduction to Ableton Live 9 course at Pluralsight.

Device Setup & Recording
We've learned some of the basics and got to hear Ableton make some sounds, and while that was cool, it's not nearly as much fun as we're going to have throughout the rest of this course. Now we're moving into the fascinating world of recording in Ableton. In this module I'll talk about the project that we'll be creating together for the remainder of this course. Then we'll go over setting up your external devices, talk a little bit about what audio interfaces are and why we need them, and then we'll get into recording both audio and MIDI in the Session and Arrangement Views. Finally, we'll close out with learning to use VST's and programming drum tracks. For the remainder of this course we're going to be building out a piece of music together, and to make it more fun I'm going to put some parameters around it. Take a look at this, the piece is going to be in a mixed style, a combination of "Chillout", "Glitch", and maybe a little bit of "Industrial". The metronome markings then will be around 80-110 bpm. We'll stick with a structure following ABACA song form. We'll be using a combination of VST's, external controllers, loops, recorded audio, and analog samples. Our arrangement will consist of drum tracks, ethnic percussions, synthesizers and voice. Eventually we'll be manipulating the arrangement, and then we'll mix and master it, learning some of the subtle differences between the two, and in the end we'll be sharing it, but for now we need to get our external devices set up so that we can begin laying down some tracks.

Mastering & Sharing
In this module I will be teaching you how to export your tracks so that they can be mastered by you or somebody else. Finally, we'll be ending this course with sharing our work on SoundCloud and on Blend.