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Introduction to Electronic Music Production (Ableton Live)

Course Aims:

To engage learners & develop creative and musical skills with an understanding of the key elements to music tracks and works. Develop learners’ skills to a level where they can make original music confidently using Ableton Live software.

Course Description:

Would you like to learn how to make original music on professional music production software? On this Electronic Music Production Course, participants will learn how to produce music using Ableton Live professional software and they will have access to a huge selection of sounds, samples and software to produce high quality pieces of music. You will learn how to import audio files and loops, programme MIDI instruments and drums, use Audio and MIDI FX, understand basic music theory and create an original piece of music. You can share your ideas and productions with others attending the course with the opportunity to collaborate to make music with others. No prior music education is required although a passion for music definitely helps. If you like rock, dance, classical, jazz or other styles of music then this course is for you.

This course will cover:

The initial sessions will cover how to use the software to produce music. This will start with producing a backing/rhythm track using virtual instruments and samples, then moving on to adding harmonic and melodic elements to the production. The sessions will also cover adding effects to the parts to enhance the production.

The sessions will also breakdown how current releases have been produced using software, which we will breakdown in demonstrations in class.

The course will cover how to use the software in a variety of different ways; one such way will be to use Ableton as a DJ tool. The learners will develop their own skills to enable them to create their own DJ sets within the software.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Create and recognise how to use Audio and MIDI tracks, Scenes and MIDI Clips.
  2. Create and edit Warp Markers.
  3. Access and utilise the browser functions within Live.
  4. Identify and recognise how to use basic editing functions (e.g. move, copy, paste, cut, consolidate etc.) within the arrangement view.