Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a total beginner - which course should I choose?

Our Ableton Live: Introducer courses are designed for complete beginners. That is, you don’t need ANY previous experience with music production or playing an instrument to attend either the online or studio courses.

I've used other music software, which course is for me?

If you’d like to learn the ins and outs of Ableton Live, the Introducer course is for you. It covers all the most important features of the software used to put together a full track.

If you’re quite experienced at music production, the Ableton Live: Weekender course at the studio may also suit as it’s a more intensive route to learning how to use Live.

What's the difference between the studio and online courses?

Primarily, the studio courses have face-to-face contact – that means personalising the course to your type of music and giving you techniques and ideas that are relevant to what you like. The studio courses are also longer than the online course (running at 16 hours rather than 9) which gives you some extra detail on each subject as well as a chance to ask questions and get 1-2-1 feedback on your projects.

When studying at the studio you will get comprehensive notes for the course as well as unique sample packs and some other goodies. There’s also a social element – people who have come on the classes have gone on to form club nights together, get each other gigs and help each other get signed to labels. We have a Facebook group for those who have finished the studio courses where everyone helps each other to improve, as well as a radio show and club nights that you can get involved with.

Students attending the studio courses also get access to incredible masterclasses from artists in the music industry, as well as the possibility to get some 1-2-1 tuition after the course.

All this isn’t to say that the online course isn’t still a great way to learn, but there’s a lot of benefits to coming to the evening courses if you live locally to the studio.

How much work do I need to put in?

Music production is all about practice. The more time you spend working on your own the quicker you’ll get to grips with the software. Each week there is an assignment which will help you get familiar with the topics covered in class – you should look to spend a bare minimum of 2 hours per week working on these.

However, it’s the best hobby you can possibly have and you might find yourself sacrificing pub time to make music instead..!

Do I get any educational discounts?

When studying with us you get a letter which entitles you to educational discounts on loads of software, including:

– 40% off Ableton Live
– 50% off plugins from companies like Fabfilter, iZotope
– 10% off at Rubadub in Glasgow

…and loads more!

Which version of Ableton Live do I need for the Introducer course?

The demo version of Ableton Live lasts for 30 days and is completely unrestricted so this will allow you to get up and running with the software without paying a penny! Simply install it right before the course starts – there is a link to the right of this page.

If possible, you should look at buying the Ableton 9 Suite version of the software – when you study a course with us you can get 40% off by buying the Educational version of the software which is exactly the same as the regular version.

If you’re on a budget then Ableton 9 Standard or Intro can be used as well, but you won’t have a synthesiser that we will be learning in the course. A replacement for this will be provided to you so you can still understand the concepts of the synthesis.

What if I need to cancel my booking?

If you need to cancel your place on the course, please get in touch using the contact form below or on info[@]

Cancellations made up until 2 weeks before the course starts will be refunded minus an administration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the course starting cannot be refunded.

Are there funding options for the courses?

If you are between 17-25 and working less than 16 hours per week you can apply for funding from Princes Trust who may pay your complete fees. See this website for more infoo:

We are also a registered learning provider for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) which is available through your bank:

You can apply for a loan to study the Ableton Live: Complete course which consists of the Introducer, Producer and Mix & Master courses run consecutively:

Ableton Live: Complete

Do I need a PayPal account?

You don’t need a PayPal account to make payment for a course. After clicking Buy Now you will be taken to a PayPal screen where you can select ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’. This will allow you to make payment with any card without having a PayPal account.

What payment methods do you accept? Cryptocurrency?

The majority of payments are done via PayPal, as it’s the most secure and easy way to make payments. You don’t even need a PayPal account to register on a course – simply pay by credit or debit card via PayPal.

You are also welcome to make payment in cryptocurrency – currently we accept IOTA and Raiblocks as instant, feeless payments. If you have alternative cryptocurrencies then please get in touch – we will find a price for a course based on todays markets.

I'd like to pay in installments, is this possible?

We understand that sometimes it can be tricky to pay out a lump sum. So for our 9-week evening classes we’re happy for you to pay it in 2 installments if it helps.

Please use the contact form below to get in touch and we will get back to you to arrange it.

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