Ableton Live Production

Ableton Live Music Production Course | Miami

Introducing our flagship Ableton Producer Program. The best way to learn anything is in smaller classes – and that’s just what we promise in this engaging and interactive 36-hour course – that will get you making music that you love using Ableton Live.

“I needed to brush up on something, so I called Garnish, as they have the best instructors” – Jamie Jones

Ableton has become incredibly popular, incredibly quickly. Adjectives like ‘revolutionary’ and ‘mould-breaking’ have become regularly associated with it. Excitingly, it provides users with what is effectively a creative ‘jamming’ tool to quickly develop ideas, a technique that’s popular with top-liners, electronic music producers and DJs. The course is designed to suit beginners, but is also perfect for self-taught users keen to enhance what they’ve already learned.

We’re proud to be the only Ableton- and Apple-certified training center in Miami, and we offer an exciting roster of experienced, Ableton-certified instructors with years of success under their belts. They all have great knowledge, practical tips and advice to share as an integral part of our engaging, interactive course. This gives you a seriously competitive real-world and up-to-the-minute edge over those trying to learn these skills from books and videos. We haven’t forgotten that learning should be a FUN experience – and all of our instructors know how to engage with the class. PC user? No need to worry, Ableton runs in a very similar way on Mac and PC.

Whilst many students prefer to use their own laptops on courses, we have also created the opportunity to hire a new iMac that sports the newest version of the Ableton Live Suite – simply add a supplement of $75 to the course price. We can provide controller keyboards and headphones as needed – as well as make space for your own machines. All those enrolled with us get a 40% EDU discount on Ableton software. Once you’re enrolled, purchase Ableton here and then we’ll show you how to get your discount.

We wanted to make our courses flexible. If a student misses a session, we have built in the possibility to repeat it, free of charge – and that will normally be on the student’s first choice cycle. Where possible, we keep an ‘open door’ policy for our former students.

Ableton & Apple Certified Training Center

Let’s Get Going!

  • How to set up: Audio and the preferences window
  • Explore what makes Ableton different to other DAWs
  • Applications of session view and arrangement view: when to use which
  • Live concepts: clips / browser / scenes / library
  • Launching clips
  • The concept of Ableton’s unique warp engine
  • An introduction to FX
  • An introduction to instruments

Creating With MIDI & Audio

  • How to quantize audio
  • How warping works
  • Clips – exploring clip view & properties of clips
  • How to make beats with Drum Racks & Simpler sampling
  • Live’s effects and employing third-party effects
  • How to record MIDI and set up live looping
  • Basic routing and resampling
  • Automation – how to create dynamic change in arrangements

DJing and Live Performance

  • Preparing whole tracks (warping) and harmonic mixing
  • ‘On-the-fly’DJ effects
  • Grouping tracks and basic routing
  • How to use MIDI controllers more effectively / mouse-free control
  • Bespoke Ableton controllers – Akai, Push and Novation
  • Structuring your sets & using loops
  • How to record your performance & edit the arrangement view
  • Bouncing down

MIDI Tracks and Composing with Virtual Instruments

  • Simpler – Learn to unlock the full potential of this simple sampler
  • Drum Rack – Programming beats, how to chop up loops, manipulating sounds, vocals and tracks – making rhythms from any sound source and also exploring the technique of Slice to MIDI.
  • Grooves & how to extract them
  • Using & controlling virtual instruments from third party developers
  • Setting up controllers via MIDI keyboard or drum pad
  • How to get creative with MIDI effects

Recording Techniques and an Introduction to Sound Design

  • Balancing – an introduction to the art of mixing. Group tracks and advanced uses of routing
  • The recording patch in detail, & an introduction to gain structure
  • EQ and compression for recording
  • Introduction to sound waves, frequency & amplitude
  • Foldback, headphone mixes & latency
  • Microphones overview and stereo mic-ing techniques
  • Recording specific aspects of Ableton
  • Digital, analog, sampling rate and bit-rate explained
  • How to compile audio takes

Advanced Techniques

  • Advanced warping – manipulate classical music, a capellas and anything else without beats!
  • Clip envelopes – how to use the unique loop-based technique, unique to Ableton, for automation on audio fx,, midi fx and instruments. Learn to achieve complex music, sound and rhythm manipulation with ease.
  • Multi-track warping
  • An introduction to Racks & Chains – their powerful hidden features. Also includes how to layer FX and instruments
  • Bringing all automation types together – and how to create build-ups and break-downs with complex sounds.

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    I found the course very useful at least for me as I didn't have previous experience with Ableton. The instructor was always very helpful and attentive to solve and answer any question.

    Luis Miranda

    Everything was great. Can't think of anything I would change. The instructor is knowledgeable and personable. His expertise and time is much appreciated. Thank you!

    Mike DeMille

    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.

    Ryan Conway

    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.

    Terry Pham

    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.

    Maria Luisa

    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.

    Emma Henry

    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!

    Corey Aguilar

    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!

    Vanessa Jadesa

    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.

    DJ Rhiannon

    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.

    Max Goldcamp

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