Learn to create, produce and perform with the phenomenal music platform Ableton Live 9! Designed to be used in both - studio or live on stage, Ableton Live lets your creative flow run wild: compose, record, mix, master, and play. Our Ableton certified instructor will teach you the ins and outs of the software: anything from spicing up your DJing to creating your own music tracks. For you to get the maximum out of a training session the Ableton Live course is taught on one-to-one basis! 

If you want to focus on different aspects of Ableton Live 9 other then music production, you can sign up to learn how you can use Ableton to perform live with instruments, DJ, sketch and create mixes, prepare and release podcasts, mash ups and so much more. Together with our certified instructor from LONDON, you will determine the direction of the course and will be able to concentrate on the aspects you prefer to learn. All the session are one - to - one.. 

ABLETON 9 (2 Months)


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Ableton Course

Content

Beat Making with Impulse

Overview of Ableton

Browser: devices, session and arrange view
Keyboard shortcuts
Live packs
Drums: kits, Impulse, quantize, velocity tricks
Counting music: rhythm and tempo
Creating self contained projects

Groove, Warping and Clip Envelopes

Layered Drums: multiple Impulse kits
Midi controllers
Hot Swap: single sounds and kits
Quantize, groove and swing
Warping explained
Percussion: warping loops, warp markers
Clip envelopes: events, automation

Music and Bass with Simpler

Sounds: browsing, tricks, REX and Midi files
Simpler: loading sounds, start points
Programming bass parts in different genres
Compression: basics
Simpler: filter,  LFO, velocity, Live 7 Legacy
Riffs, chords and scales, arpeggiator
Racks: chains, instruments, drum racks

Scenes and Effects

Building scenes:capture and insert, labelling
Effects: inserts v sends/returns, when and why?
Delay and Reverb
Creative effects: Beat Repeat and Auto Filter
Midi mapping: sends, midi map values
Key mapping: toggle switches, mixing desk
Resampling: what and why? Frequency shifter

Arrangement and Vocals

Recording Arrangements
Automation: editing, recording/overdubbing
Arrange view essentials, fixed grid
Editing audio, consolidation, Red drums, fades
Editing midi
Free 3rd party plug ins
Vocal samples and recording vocals

Structure and Arrangement

Slice to midi: Macro loop compress functions
Structure: breakdowns, larger sections, method
Arrangement: how parts co exist
Arrangement types: songs, tracks
Project: Soy Mustafa ‘Red’, Jonny Miller Remix
Arranging: delete time, copy sections, als files
Tips: fills, Red drums, fill from original drum loop

Mixing Basics

Sweeps, washes, reverses, cymbals, FX
Freeze & Flatten options
Session view: set up, extending faders, sizing
Grouping tracks for mixing and processing
Spectrum analysing: using it to 'see' sound
Functional FX: EQ Eight and Auto Filter HP
Compression: attack/release, side chaining

Finish Project

Apply finishing touches to project
Exporting your track , options, dither
What is mastering? Pro mastering vs. ‘maxing’
Mastering basics: master bus additions
Ableton Course Final Test
Soundcloud and your online profile
Assignment 8: finish final track

Deep House in Ableton (Duration 6 Weeks)

Summary

Opening the lid on the best kept production secrets, this course highlights the crossover of techniques from both Deep & Minimal genres, allowing you to forge your own distinctive style. You will harness the true power of Ableton Live which has become the DAW of choice for countless successful Electronic Dance Music producers. It shows you how to design your own drum sounds from scratch using MicroTonic & Operator. The track structure analysis section will help you finish off your own tracks and provide you with exclusive downloadable templates. The course covers programming techniques such as: adding swing to drums; creating variation with drum patterns; automating drum sounds; working in percussion; glitching; synthesis fundamentals; creating ‘Riff Racks’; vocals; effect design - Rises & Falls; sidechain compression; slicing audio and feedback FX. The styles covered include Deep House, Soulful House, Minimal, South African House, Disco, Afro house and Detroit Techno. The devices you will use are MicroTonic, Impulse, Simpler, Sampler, Drum Racks, Analog, Operator, Chord Device and Beat Repeat. You will receive at least 66 downloadable project examples, patches & samples and by the end of the course you’ll be equipped to compose in a number of different house styles that will put you ahead of the game and help you forge your own sound. This is a unique opportunity to learn to make house music personally from guys at the top of their craft - see Expert Instructors below. You’ll soon be knocking out timeless sounding, quality house music cuts. Microtonic is recommended for this course.

 
Content

Beat Making Devices

Genre analysis & classic drum sounds
Beatmaking using Impulse & Simpler
Building up beats using Drum Racks and Audio Clips
Drum sound design
Introducing Microtonic

Creating Drum Sounds

Creating kicks, claps, snares, hats & metallic sounds in Microtonic
Programming a minimal beat using samples
Drums sound design using Operator & Analog
Groove & swing
Adding texture with noise & found sound
Percussion

Programming Drums & Percussion

Programming Minimal drum patterns
Pattern switching
Creative use of automation
Creating futuristic percussion textures
Using Samples - Vinyl clicks etc (samples provided)

Sound Design

Synthesis overview including the oscillator section
Modulation - envelopes & LFOs
Creating ‘Minimal' bass patches
Analysis & programming of existing track's bass sounds
Creating synth sounds

Musical Elements

Examining notes some classic basslines
Generating riffs with the Arpeggiator and Chord devices
Creating a synth & Sample Rack
Ideas for vocals & creating a 'Minimal' style vocal
Using the Chord Device

Developing Ideas & Effects

Developing musical ideas
Clip envelope modulation
Inserts vs send/return FX
Effect & sound design - falls/risers
Session View and clip composition tricks

Trade Secrets & Finishing Touches

Trade secrets - special effects and treatments
Sidechaining, Grain Delay, Beat Repeat
Finishing touches
Fleshing out the track
Compression & EQ

Arrangement & Mixdown

Structure analysis
Practical structuring: breakdown, buildup & drop
Additional details (fairy dust)
Basic mixing concepts
Compression, EQ and limiting
DIY Master/exporting the finished track

Electronic Music Composition Course (Duration 2 Months)

 

Summary

This is an ideal course for beginners with no musical training, as well as advanced producers who want to take their tracks to the next level and finish off great ideas that stayed on your hard drive without getting completed. It requires no previous keyboard ability. In Electronic Music Composition (EMC), we analyze how classic and cutting edge tunes work and show you the techniques used so you can implement them in your own tracks. EMC shows you how to develop the musical aspects of your tracks without getting too bogged down in scales and theory. You'll learn how to add hooks, riffs, chords, basslines, melodies, develop your arrangements and work with vocals whilst keeping everything in key so it 'sounds right'. We'll analyse and breakdown massive tracks and artists in a wide variety of styles and more. What made these tracks huge and how are they put together? . You will be shown how to work with a vocalist, using a real life writing situation to demonstrate.  This module shows you what's being played on the keys and what's happening in the software/DAW so you can apply the techniques to your own music.

 
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Keys, Chords & Arpeggios

Terminology: the keyboard, root note, which notes 'work'
Major/minor scales
Transposing in Ableton Live
Basic chords and how to make them, major & minor chords used in sequence
Slowing down tempo of track for easier playing/recording
Ableton Live - warping
Arpeggiating: automated & playing them yourself
All supported by plenty of videos, audio examples
Projects to download

Chord Progressions, Voicings & Basslines

Chords, basslines and how they work together, chord progressions
I-IV-V minor sequence, Ableton Live chord device
Human chord device, note intervals, alternative chord sequences
How to play shapes, different approaches to writing, different chord voicings
1st & 2nd inversions, moving between chords using different voicings
Playing over chord device, extending chords: 7ths, Maj 7ths & Min 9ths
Which chords 'go' over which tracks?
Bass: playing under repetitive chords, repetitive lines and changing chords
Playing basslines with no chords over them

Rhythm, Riffs & Melodies

Rhythm: basic and syncopated, analysing examples, using piano roll
Riffs and melodies as hooks in the track, how to improvise
Chords & scales, improvising riffs & melodies over chords
Playing chords rhythmically, soloing, comping several ‘takes’ together
Using vocal samples as main hook, transposing vocal vs changing chords
Working with an acapella, vocoding melodies, playing chords rhythmically
Interweaving chords with drum track to make hooks, playing across the groove
Creating melody from electronic percussion, extra melody tips, octaving
Finding the top note of a chord and re-enforcing it with another sound

Final Musical Touches & Arranging

Adding final musical touches and techniques to arrange & finish your track:
Build tension & release in arrangement, changing melody over same chords
Using different chord sequences for different sections
Using standard arrangement templates e.g. (ABABCB).
One chord sequence tracks: emphasising beats, adding strings, arpeggios
How melody changes feel of chord sequence between verse & chorus
Creating a B-section, using a high string line to build a section, modulating
Relative minor changes, shift modulation, circle of fifths
Use of strings, analyzing and extending an arrangement. Finish your track!

Extending Musical Theory

General EMC1 Recap
Mixing major & minor chords, slash chords & right hand inversions
Breaking the rules with clashes and notes not in the scale
Working with Intervals and chord riffs
Extended scale theory - modes & alternative minors
More about chord progressions - dominant 7ths
Modulating
Extracting feel - making it funky

Track Analysis: Massive Tunes

Analyzing big tracks
Including Avicii / Skrillex / Deadmau5
Breakdown of Analysis Process
Arrangement techniques
The musical elements: how do they work?
Creating a structure template of each track to apply to your own compositions
Download projects containing bassline; chords; melodies; riffs; structure
How to take a track, get it in time and define the sections
Analyse a track of your choice in your DAW
Interpolating parts and focusing on arrangement

Approaches to Writing, Instrumentation & Finishing

Starting with samples; playing/singing over other tracks to create new parts
Setting boundaries & following formulas
Recreating other tracks (interpolation); working with musical samples
Working loops & samples (includes free downloadable sample pack)
Using keyboard/guitar to write chord sequence; writing with someone else
Remix approach: writing different music underneath an acapella
Using instrumentation to build up your track; strings; brass
Further arrangement techniques: creative drum programming
Analysing tracks' arrangements; applying these templates to your own tracks

Vocals & Collaborating

A look at how vocals are used in Electronic music
Getting a vocal onto your track; different choices and methods
Sing it themselves; use a Vocoder; work with a singer; chop up an acapella
We provide acapellas to work with; getting an acapella in tune & time
Using a vocal sample or phrase as a starting point
Writing your own vocal top line (just hook - not full song)
Approaching a vocalist; developing your idea with someone else
Producer/composer skills when working with vocalists
Full vocal dance tracks
Vocal recording process; other vocal techniques: harmonies; ad libbing
Collaborating with other artists/producers/friends




ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION COURSES

IN ABLETON 9 AND FL STUDIO 11

EDM (Electronic Dance Music)

Duration 2 Months

This course is suitable for Mac, PC, in Ableton Live users and covers a broad range of EDM taking in Trance, Progressive House, Electro House, Dubstep and Tech House. Starting with various ways of creating killer beats, to writing basslines and riffs, and completing a complete track by the end, you will learn directly from active, successful professionals how to make a wide range of dancefloor smashing music. You'll learn essential tips and tricks about using EQ and FX, grouping, sidechain compression, applying automation, mixdown techniques and much more.

Content
Beats

Origins, Legends & Pioneers of Trance & EDM
Classic drum machines & sounds
Introducing key drum making devices in Logic & Ableton
Programming beats in all styles using step sequencing, loops & slicing methods
Use of quantize, swing, triplets and fills
Adding FX to beats

Extended Beats & Basslines

Drum sound design in Logic & Ableton (Ultrabeat, Operator)
Creating sweeps & pitch down bass FX
Adding percussion, layering drums and using klopfgeist
Introducing basslines & programming bass sounds from scratch
Using sidechain compression on bass, and widening FX
Grouping & amping techniques

Advanced Basslines

Analysis of various bassline rhythms
Using bass stabs & tuning samples
Creating 'interval' bass patches (including interval music theory)
Using FX such as delay & reverb on bass
Automating bass & FX parameters
Creating wobble & talking bass patches

Chords, Riffs & Stabs

Basic music theory - key signature, scales and chords
Programming pads, and synth riff sounds
Chord deconstructions of tracks by Armin Van Buuren and Ummet Ozcan
Creating arpeggios
Synth stabs and reversing techniques
Using chord devices

Building Sections & Adding Hooks

Building different sections of the track by adding new elements
Using FX such as sidechain reverb & LFO auto filter
Writing and programming lead synth parts and sounds
Creating hooks, memorable riffs & transitions
Arrangement analysis and deconstruction of big tracks
Using tape delay for build-ups

Working With Vocals

Analysis of how vocals are used in electronic music
Fly-on-the-wall look at two recording sessions in two different genres
Compiling ('comping') & pitch correction
Cleaning up a vocal take, dynamics, EQ, panning & mixing of BV's
Remixing vocals including working with an acapella
Stutter vox FX, sourcing vocals, creating & editing your own vocals

Editing, FX & Structure

Arrangment & structure
Adding FX to vocals (reverb, delay etc)
'Pitch down' and 'tape stop' FX
More transition FX including 'synth downfiller' and 'dub siren'
Creating twisted vocal FX
Applying arrangement templates to your own track

Finishing Track

Completing arrangements of tracks from course
Showing effective use of dynamics throughout the arrangement
Creative FX combinations
Split frequency drums
DIY mastering