subject

Kadenze: Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists

 with  Jordan Hochenbaum
Sponsored
Complexity Tutorials
Santa Fe University via Complexity Explorer
Class Central Course Rank
#2 in Subjects > Art & Design
#2 in Subjects > Art & Design > Digital Media

This course provides hands-on experience in producing, mixing, and sound design with a digital audio workstation. Students will learn the fundamentals (physics) of sound and digital audio, proper gain staging, where and how distortion enters recordings and mixes, how to set levels and panning, effective sub group mixing, and an introduction to signal processing such as equalization, compression, delay, and reverb. In addition to core audio and mixing concepts, students will learn various production techniques, such as sequencing, arranging, automation, using virtual instruments (e.g. synths, samplers, and drum machine plugins), working with MIDI, plugin formats such as VST/Audio-Units, and mapping digital USB controllers for the studio and live performance.

The material covered in this course will range from the foundations of producing music and sound design, to more advanced topics such as Ableton "racks" (Audio Effect Racks, MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and Drum Racks), multi-band effects processing, advanced modulation, warping, time-stretching, and mangling audio, as well as taking advantage of Live's audio analysis tools for extracting grooves, melody, harmony, and drums from recorded sound.

Syllabus

Session 1: Introduction To Ableton Live 
This session will cover the fundamentals of Ableton Live, including Live Sets and Projects, tracks, clips, the Session View, the Arrangement View, exporting audio, and more.
Session 2: The Nature Of Sound 
This session will cover the basic properties (physics) of sound, an introduction to digital audio theory, and gain staging.
Session 3: Levels And Panning 
This session will cover the fundamentals of setting up a basic mix, including balancing levels, placing sounds in the stereo field, and mixing into pink noise.
Session 4: Sculpting Frequencies: Equalization 
This session will cover using EQ to shape your sounds and mixes. Learn about the different types of EQs (3-band, Graphic, and Parametric) and how to use them on different sounds, using EQs for dramatic effect, as well as creating dynamic EQs.
Session 5: Reverb And Space 
Learn about natural and analog reverb, sound reflections and absorption, and how to use Live's powerful digital 'verb to bring a sense of space and depth to your tracks. Additional lessons in using reverb for sound design and FX will be covered.
Session 6: Compression And Dynamics 
This session will cover everything you need to know about dynamics processing and using compression to produce punchy mixes. Topics include an overview of how compression works using Ableton's "Compressor", buss compression with the "Glue" compressor, Parallel/NY compression, multiband compression with the "Multiband Dynamics" compressor, and Side-chain compression.
Session 7: Slicing And Dicing: Sampling In Live 
This session will cover the foundations of sampling from a historical perspective (Musique Concrete to Hip Hop), and practical use of samplers and sampling including using Live's Simpler and Sampler devices for synthesis and sound design, chopping up drum breaks, etc.
Session 8: Parallel Signal Processing: Ableton Racks 
This session will cover using Audio Effect Racks, MIDI Effect Racks, Instrument Racks, and advanced Drum Rack configuration for a wide range of applications including: dynamic audio effects, custom arpeggiators, multiband effect processing, and more.
Session 9: Inside/Outside: Advanced MIDI, Syncing Laptops, Mapping Strategies, And Audio Analysis 
This session will cover a wide range of advanced production techniques including a deeper understanding of the MIDI protocol, syncing multiple Live sessions on different computers via a standard computer network (WIFI/Ethernet), mapping strategies for live performance, as well as advanced audio analysis in Live (extracting "grooves" from audio, and converting melody, harmony, and drums from audio-to-MIDI).
25 Student
reviews
Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Digital Media
Provider Kadenze
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 9 weeks long

Disclosure: To support our site, Class Central may be compensated by some course providers.

+ Add to My Courses
FAQ View All
What are MOOCs?
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These are free online courses from universities around the world (eg. Stanford Harvard MIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you.  They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.

Reviews for Kadenze's Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists
5.0 Based on 25 reviews

  • 5 stars 100%
  • 4 star 0%
  • 3 star 0%
  • 2 star 0%
  • 1 star 0%

Did you take this course? Share your experience with other students.

Write a review
  • 1
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I thought I was good at Ableton and thought I would breeze through this course. But I really learned a lot and the assignments were difficult with amazing feedback on my eq and compression skills. This is different than other courses I have taken online.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've taken Ableton Live courses before but this one went much deeper in a lot of techniques. After this course I felt that my ableton skills were furthered a lot. I was looking to reach an advanced level and this course helped me a lot.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Great class, great instructor. I can honestly say my quality of work has increased exponentially from the material I've learned in this course.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
One of the most useful and important classes, learn a lot about Ableton Live and sound synthesis. Thank you Jordan.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 8 months ago
by Sky Debaun partially completed this course.
"Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists" with instructor Jordan Hochenbaum... is not just a superb introduction to using Ableton Live to produce electronic music.. it is much more!

I'll quote the instructor's welcome message.. it definitely represents my experience so far:

"In this course we’re going to help you develop your core mixing and production skills, increase your knowledge of analog/digital audio theory, and we’ll also dig into some more advanced production and fx processing techniques. Whenever possible, you’re also going to get historical and/or technical context to help you really understand how and why these techniques have developed over the years. Along the way, we’re going to sneak in a lot of tips and tricks that will hopefully shorten your path between creative ideation, exploration, and actually finishing tracks that you’re proud of. Whether you’re just getting starting with music production and sound design, or you’ve b
Read more
"Sound Production in Ableton Live for Musicians and Artists" with instructor Jordan Hochenbaum... is not just a superb introduction to using Ableton Live to produce electronic music.. it is much more!

I'll quote the instructor's welcome message.. it definitely represents my experience so far:

"In this course we’re going to help you develop your core mixing and production skills, increase your knowledge of analog/digital audio theory, and we’ll also dig into some more advanced production and fx processing techniques. Whenever possible, you’re also going to get historical and/or technical context to help you really understand how and why these techniques have developed over the years. Along the way, we’re going to sneak in a lot of tips and tricks that will hopefully shorten your path between creative ideation, exploration, and actually finishing tracks that you’re proud of. Whether you’re just getting starting with music production and sound design, or you’ve been producing for years, this course is packed with tons of information, and we’re committed to helping you get the most out of it!"

Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
by Myrto Ch. is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The course is very detailed and well formed. All the information given at the sessions is cohesive ,easy to understand and consequently memorize. I knew nothing about Ableton at the beginning, but even during the 3rd session, I started feeling confident . The instructor, Jordan, has the ability to pass the knowledge to the students and keep them focus and on track.

Overall, this course has been an excellent source of information so far.

Many thanks to Jordan & the rest of the Team

Greetings from Greece, Europe

Myrto
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I am grateful to this class it is helping me in the music industry. I want to take my career to another level. With the assistance of this class this will give me better insight on how to create and produce the music I want to create. Also I am learning about the software products and how to use the software in my creation. Please remember women are getting into the music industry & music engineering. with this class you will make better decision on your creation.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Really a great course if your looking to hone your Ableton chops (well duh), but what I really liked was the projects that involved matching eq, or compression, etc to a reference file. This simply is the most effective way to improve your "sonic ears" so to speak. They even give you detailed graphs showing you how you've done in comparison to the reference, brilliant!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
This is one of the best courses to get started with Ableton, and getting to know the steps involved in music production. Before this course, I watched hundreds of YouTube tutorials and some other paid tutorials, but this one really helped me understand the basics of Ableton and music production. Special shout out to Jordan for being as awesome as he is!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is the perfect course for getting your feet wet in Ableton Live. Theory and practice are well-balanced, background information given by Live's makers is valuable. The lectures are clearly understandable (which is even more important when English is not your first language). You can't go wrong here, I highly recommend this course!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The Sound Production course offered by Cal Arts provide a perfect and interactive environment to learn sound production in Ableton Live. The course instructor Jordan teaches in an easy to follow concise manner making many of complex subjects seem simple. This course makes what seems daunting, sound production, simple and fun.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
by Jose A. Cañada completed this course.
Excellent course to get into Ableton and music production. It goes deep into topics such as mixing, reverb, sampling, EQ, compressing and gives you the tools to go even deeper. Lecturer Jordan Hochenbaum's lectures were very clear and structure. Assignments were challenging and feedback very informative. Highly recommended!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
This class was very well laid out for someone with very little to no music production. It starts with necessary theory and covers the tools you will use the most in ableton to start producing and developing your own skills. I very much recommend this course to anyone, not just beginners. Thank You!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The best free online resource to get started with Ableton Live. I've watched tons of videos but it was very difficult get a global vision.

This course helped me focus on what's important, gave me a very good overall view and helped me to understand where to focus.

Awesome to find it available free.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Very thorough and well organized. Jordan shared valuable insights for both beginners and advanced users. His teaching style is great as well - I am a university lecturer so have an informed perspective on that
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A sweet learning slope with clear instructions and theory. This course helped me to sort out the good practices in Ableton Live. I recommend this to every Ableton Live beginner, even when Live 10 will be out.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
This course is very interesting and well done, all the explanations are quite clear, and it gives me lots of new abilities and ideas to go farther into my musical projects, I would highly recommand it!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Very good course that cover the basics of music production with Ableton Live. With this course you discover all the potencial of Ableton, and you realize that , after all, you only scratches the surface.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Absolutely loved this course due the learning content and what we had to produce! Ableton is one of my favourite programs so getting a better understanding of how it works has been brilliant!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Absolutely loved this course due the learning content and what we had to produce! Ableton is one of my favourite programs so getting a better understanding of how it works has been brilliant!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes
  • 1

Class Central

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Sign up for free