Music Production Course Sydney: Learn Ableton Live

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Learn how to make music in our Ableton music production course in Sydney

Calling all musicians, artists, producers, beatmakers and electronic music enthusiasts! Whether looking for the work skills to build a career in music production or an enthusiast wanting to master the methods and technical aspects involved, it has never been easier to create sophisticated music with minimal equipment at low cost. This course will introduce the you to the Ableton Live interface and the technical requirements to enable you to compose and produce music using just a laptop and a keyboard, all in a compact 5 week night course. Please note, the course is highly technical so a basic to intermediate knowledge of computers is needed.

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Who is this course suitable for?
  • Anyone looking for the skills and knowledge involved in electronic music production to work in the field or for personal enjoyment;
  • Those already working in the field with experience in other digital audio workstations (DAW) who are looking to expand their knowledge to include Ableton Live;
  • DJ’s looking to use the Ableton interface for live play to refine their craft and stay competive;
  • Composers and musicians interested in adding to their repertoire

Please note that we currently offer two types of courses – class room and live online via zoom platform. If you choose our live online option, a material kit with all necessary items will be delivered to your door step after enrolment.

Course Content

Week 1: Introduction to the interface & MIDI Sequencing

  • Become familiar with the important functions of the interface
  • Create and build your own drum racks from scratch
  • Create multiple ideas from a single MIDI drum loop
  • Manipulate MIDI clips in session view
  • Gain the knowledge to setup and map MIDI controllers
  • Play, Record and Edit a basic bassline idea to suit drums
  • Use MIDI effects in Ableton to generate arpeggio, chords, play in key.

Week 2: Digital Audio

  • Able to record your own audio files using a mic or direct input.
  • Manipulate and edit audio files to match the musical idea.
  • Create drum racks from loops or your own recordings.
  • Rearrange and remix your own recordings.
  • Create unique sonic textures and basic sound design.
  • Remix existing ideas into your own

Week 3: Intro to Sound Design and FX

  • Distinguish audio effects and their respective names
  • Knowledge of the basic features in each effect unit
  • Use reverb, delay to give depth and space in your productions
  • Understand basic sound design principles and how a synthesizer works.
  • Modulation of sounds using filters, ADRS and LFOs.
  • Familiar with the physics behind the sounds.
  • Start developing your personal ‘sound’

Week 4: Arrangement

  • Transfer the ideas from the session view to the arrangement view.
  • Transform short musical ideas into a complete track.
  • Learn from the best: reference tracks, radio edits and popular arrangement formulas that work.
  • Record, edit and automate (volume, effects, pitch etc.)
  • Tips on good habits and how to avoid bad ones.

Week 5: Intro to Mixing and Mastering

  • Understands the fundamentals of audio mixing.
  • Familiar with the basic mixer features in Ableton.
  • Apply a good balance of the elements
  • Understand the fundamental difference between mixing and mastering.
  • Polishing the mix and final touches.
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the Browser, Session and Arrangement views within Ableton Live
  • Work with audio and MIDI clips
  • Program drums, leads and pads with instrument racks
  • Basic sequencing, sampling and effects
  • Configure your own preferences in Ableton Live
  • Basic mixing of electronic music and preparing tracks for output to professional mixers
Materials provided
  • Dell Computers on a Windows environment

* Ableton Live 10 Suite

  • Novation Launchkey Mk 2 MIDI controller
  • Class Notes
What you need to bring
  • Please bring a pair of headphones or earphones to class
  • Course is highly technical so a basic to intermediate knowledge of computers is assumed
  • Please bring a USB if you would like to save your work but this is not imperative
  • Students may bring their own laptop to the class either Apple or PC provided they have installed a copy of Ableton Live 8, 9 or 10 (preferably 10) before attending, this can be a trial version.
  • Students may also bring their own MIDI controller provided it will fit on the desks provided, the tutor is happy to adapt the class to suit students who bring in their own gear but reserves the right to ask you to use the college facilities if technical complications affect the learning environment

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.
Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: Great instructor, good materials.

  • said: Very informative and enjoyable.

  • said: I really enjoyed my music production course , I learned so much in the four classes , the tutor was really good and helpful. John Ellis

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