InstructorSimon Stokes
TypeOnline Course
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Course Overview


What's Included?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4



Ableton Live 9 is the latest and greatest music software for electronic music. Can’t make it to the studio in Glasgow for a course? Whether you’re completely fresh to music production or looking to switch to Ableton Live, this is the course for you. Featuring 50 videos containing over 9 hours of world class tuition from one of the planet’s leading trainers.

The course is split into 4 parts showing you how to build a complete track from start to finish. Join Ableton Certified Trainer and music producer Simon Stokes (Soma Records) as he guides you on how to create electronic music from start to finish in Ableton Live.

Simply click ‘Buy Now’ to the right to begin the course and work through it at a pace which suits you. This course is also available FREE with all studio courses!

This course comes absolutely packed with content for you to use and work through. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 50 videos of world class tuition in Ableton Live software
  • Over 9 hours of content split into handy 10 minute videos
  • 20 Ableton Live projects showing a track being put together from start to finish
  • FREE exclusive sample pack from Sample Magic plus bonus samples from Goldbaby!
  • Exclusive discounts on sample packs
  • Access the course materials for one year – learn at your own pace!

Part 1: Building Beats & Using Effects

Focussing on your first steps with Ableton Live, Part 1 covers the interface, before moving on to building beats with Impulse & Drum Racks. You’ll then learn how to use audio effects to improve and twist your sound! Videos include…

  • The Interface
    Learn about how to navigate round Ableton Live including the browser, transport and mixer sections.
  • Creating a Beat
    Discover how to use Live’s handy Impulse device to create your beats from scratch!
  • Core Percussion
    Flesh out your kick drum with additional percussion.
  • Creative Percussion
    Time to get creative! Play around with other percussive parts to flesh out the groove.
  • Drum Racks & Velocity
    Learn how to use Live’s powerful drum racks.
  • Working with Clips
    Get taught how to manipulate Live’s clips to create interesting patterns.
  • Audio Effects
    Learn how to use reverb and delays to improve your sounds.
  • Filters & Spectrum
    Here we focus on audio engineering principles to learn about filters and the audio spectrum.
  • Preferences
    Take a look around Live’s key preferences to get the most out of it.
  • MIDI Mapping
    Enter the world of MIDI mapping by using a controller to tweak parameters in Live!
  • Recording MIDI
    Learn how to use an external controller to jam in your beats in realtime!

Part 2: Working With Audio & Synthesizers

Learn about how to utilise and mangle audio with Live’s incredible warping engine, before discovering how to add synthesizers to your project with basic music theory. Videos include…

  • Introduction
    Get an overview of the audio engine in Live and the different ways it can be used!
  • Audio Loops
    Bring audio loops into your project and manipulate them.
  • Warping
    Learn about Live’s incredible Warping functionality – treat audio like liquid and make it fit your project!
  • Warping for DJing
    Learn how to warp full tracks to use as part of a DJ set!
  • Sampling
    Bring in full tracks from your computer and sample sections of them to create remixes and edits!
  • Warping Acapellas
    Adding vocals to your track can be great fun – learn how to warp acapellas to fit your BPM.
  • Introduction to Simpler
    Discover Ableton’s powerful Simpler device!
  • Basic Music Theory
    Every producer should know some music theory – here we get to grips with piano notes, major and minor chords.
  • Synthesis
    Discover the fundamentals of synthesis and why it’s a great skill to have!
  • Adding Synths
    Begin adding synths to your project to shape your sound.
  • Envelopes
    An introduction to envelopes, a fundamental knowledge for synthesis.
  • MIDI Effects
    Create chords and patterns with a single key using MIDI effects!
  • Quick Arrangement Recording
    Learn how to record a structure in realtime to make a quick arrangement.

Part 3: Advanced Effects & Mixing Down

This part is dedicated to improving the sound quality of your mix-downs. From beginners through to music production experts, you can never have too much mix-down knowledge to improve your tracks! Videos include…

  • Grouping
    Discover how to group tracks to process them together.
  • Equalisation
    Learn about one of music production’s fundamental skills – EQing
  • EQing Parts
    Use your EQ skills to improve each part in your project.
  • Return Tracks
    Discover how to use return tracks to create interesting effects.
  • Compressors
    Demystify one of production’s most misunderstood concepts – compression.
  • Advanced Compressors
    Learn about the expert functionality of compressors.
  • Glue Compressor
    Discover Ableton Live’s incredible Glue Compressor!
  • Sidechaining
    Use compressors as an effect to give your track more drive.
  • Mixdown Concepts
    Key concepts to help you get the best sound quality from your music.
  • Mixing Down
    Discover how to mix down your music for maximum impact.
  • Referencing
    Use your favourite tracks by other producers as a learning tool to improve your music.
  • Master FX
    Get the most out of your track using master effects!

Part 4: Arrangement & Exporting

Arrangement is the most important part of music production, and in this part you’ll learn many techniques to help you to put together tracks like the professionals. Videos include…

  • Introduction to Arrangement
    Learn about arrangement view and how to use it.
  • Starting an Arrangement
    Practical techniques to get your arrangement underway!
  • Track Structure
    Listen to music to analyse its structure to help learn how to build your own track.
  • Building the Intro
    Time to start fleshing out the intro to your track!
  • Automation
    Using Ableton’s powerful automation features to manipulate parameters in your project.
  • Recording Automation
    Use a controller to tweak and record automation in realtime!
  • Making Edits
    How to make edits to drum and synth parts to make your tracks stand out from the crowd.
  • Creating Builds
    Successful dance music needs a great buildup!
  • The Drop
    Key techniques for creating an amazing drop that makes dancefloors explode!
  • Working with Time
    Using Live’s time functions to quickly arrange your track.
  • Incidental Effects
    Adding one-off effects to your track for the pro touch!
  • Final Mixdown
    Getting your track prepped for a mastering engineer.
  • Creating a Premaster
    How to run off the perfect premaster.
  • Making a Master
    How to make a master of your track to share or send as a demo to labels!

Simon Stokes is a highly accomplished music producer and a world-class tutor.

Signed to the legendary Soma Records under his Petrichor alias, one of the top techno labels in the world, he has released his debut album Mångata (Mixmag’s album of the month) whilst playing a string of live and DJ performances around the UK and Europe.

Chosen as one of Ableton’s elite ‘Certified Trainers’, he also runs Shoogle Studios, Scotland’s leading electronic music production school.

For this course you should have a computer running Ableton Live.

Minimum version: Ableton Live Intro.

You can get a fully functioning demo of Ableton Live Suite that lasts for 30 days here.

Student Testimonials

Section 1Building Beats & Using Effects
Section 2Using Audio & Synthesisers
Section 3Advanced Effects & Mixdowns
Section 4Arrangement & Exporting