In our Ableton class, taken from our flagship Ableton Producer Program, we teach you how to use the software, working on the music you love in small classes, over an interactive, engaging 36-hour course.
Ableton has been revolutionary in the music production industry since its release. Favored among top-line songwriters, DJs, and electronic music producers for its unique ‘jamming tool’, which allows for the ability to develop and evolve ideas quickly. This course is delivered by our superior roster of instructors, which include Ableton Certified Trainers, Grammy Award-winning artists, and music makers with many years of Ableton experience. You will learn to use the technical software with confidence by understanding the mechanics, while having access to practical tips and real-world advice. The small class size allows for ultimate interaction with your instructor and co-learners. This course is great for beginners as well as those who have been self-taught and are ready to fill in the gaps and learn Ableton throughly, taking their music to a new level. Learn how to bring that sound in your head out into the world with our Ableton class right here in Nashville!
For the course we require you to have Ableton software installed on your PC or Apple laptop. Garnish Music Production learners qualify for a 40% EDU discount on Ableton software. If you prefer to use a studio iMac with the required software already loaded we have a limited number available for $75 per course. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for learners.
If you miss a session and you’d like to catch it up, or you’d just like to come back and repeat some or all of your course, you can do, free of charge, normally on your first choice cycle. Our door is always open for our former learners.
What sets Ableton apart from other DAWs
Getting set up: Audio and the preferences window
Session view vs. Arrangement view: applications of each
Live concepts: clips / scenes / browser / library
The concept of Ableton’s unique warp engine
Intro to FX
Intro to instruments
Creating With Audio & MIDI
Warping in practice
Clips: clip view and clip properties
Making beats with Drum Racks and Simpler sampling
Effects: Live’s effects and using third-party effects
Recording MIDI and live looping
Basic routing and resampling
Automation: creating dynamic changes in your arrangements
DJing and Live Performance
Preparing (warping) whole tracks and harmonic mixing
On the fly DJ effects
Using MIDI controllers effectively / mouse-free control
Bespoke Ableton controllers – Akai, Novation, and Push
Grouping tracks and basic routing
Structuring your sets and using loops
Recording your performance + editing the arrangement view
MIDI Tracks and Composing with Virtual Instruments
Simpler – Unlocking the full potential of this simple sampler
Drum Rack – Programming beats, manipulating sounds, chopping up loops, vocals, and tracks – making rhythms from anything. Slice to MIDI
Using and controlling third-party virtual instruments
Grooves + groove extraction
Setting up a MIDI keyboard or drum pad controllers
Getting creative with MIDI effects
Recording Techniques and Introduction to Sound Design
Balancing, introduction to the art of mixing. Group tracks and advanced uses of routing
Introduction to sound waves, frequency, and amplitude
The recording patch in detail, introduction to gain structure
EQ and compression for recording
Foldback, headphone mixes, and latency
Digital, analog, sampling rate and bit-rate explained
Microphones overview and stereo miking techniques
Recording specific aspects of Ableton
Compiling audio takes
Advanced warping – acapellas, classical music and anything without beats!
Clip envelopes – creative uses of Ableton’s unique loop-based automation on audio fx, instruments, and midi fx. Easily achieve complex music, sound, and rhythm manipulation
Using all automation types together – creating build-ups and break-downs with complex sounds
Intro to Racks & Chains – powerful hidden features. Layering FX and instruments
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I found the course very useful at least for me as I didnt have previous experience with Ableton. Jake was always very helpful and attentive to solve and answer any question.
Everything was great. Can't think of anything I would change. Jake is knowledgeable and personable. His expertise and time is much appreciated. Thank you!
The course is very friendly and engaging. Any and all questions will be asked with no hesitation or frustration, and it helps everyone else in the class that might have the same question in mind.
I would highly recommend Garnish because besides providing the technical aspects of the course material, the teachers are very knowledgeable about not only Ableton but music production in general which is a huge help. Garnish provides a great environment for music producers from all walks of life.
Its a great school . I didn't know if I wanted to be more interested in music production and EDM but after Ableton I am totally in and I want to take more classes. Either you are a beginner or know something about Ableton, instructors will explain you very well.
It's much easier to learn from an experienced instructor rather than Youtube because I am able to ask questions and know why things work instead of just following a video.
Henry Hang (Zankr)
It was a lot better than watching youtube or reading about ableton. The classes were helpful and it was nice to be around people with a similar mindset for networking etc.
I took this course to build a stable foundation in Ableton. What I got was not only a foundation but and incredible amount of knowledge that surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to take that next progression from DJ'n to producing. I now have the full confidence to open up Ableton and make a full blown production from scratch. I have Garnish and their awesome teachers to thank for that!
This course helped me become a lot more confident in my ability within Ableton. I learnt a lot of tips and tricks, that even friends who are successful in the industry didn't know about. Every lesson was packed with useful knowledge and I never felt stupid asking ANY questions. I came to this course with very little knowledge of Ableton and had no recording/production knowledge. I am very happy with the level I am at for taking such a short course. 5 stars!
Great introduction to Ableton and music production. The course gave me the confidence, knowledge, and inspiration that I needed to get cracking in my home studio. It made me realize how creative I can be, and how much potential I have. I am very grateful for this experience, and the teachers were very cool and patient. I plan to take follow-up courses in the future as I felt very comfortable at Garnish.
The instructor had a way of explaining things that helped drive things home and really stick for me. He almost felt like a peer rather than a teacher and to be able to ask "dumb" questions and receive a genuine response was great. I can tell there's a real passion for teaching these programs here, and it's not just to get our money.