Beginner Electronic Music Production and Song-Writing with Ableton Live

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Beginner Electronic Music Production and Song-Writing with Ableton Live


Learn the fundamentals of Ableton Live and create your first track.

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Day 1: The Interface
- The browser and basic editing
- Session view vs Arrangement view
- Launching clips and scenes
- Connecting a MIDI controller

Day 2: Beat-Making & Recording
- Constructing a beat using Drum Rack
- Understanding the rhythmic sub-divisions in music
- Straight vs broken beat
- Recording in real time
- Quantization

Day 3: Creating A Strong Melody
- Major and minor scales
- What are the characteristics of a strong melody
- Target Tones and Passing Tones
- What sounds are best suited for creating a melody

Day 4: Chords And Bass
- Major and minor triads
- How to construct a chord progression
- Rhythm and arpeggios with chords
- Pad sounds
- Building a bassline

Day 5: Finishing your first track
- Basic arrangement
- Audio effects
- Automation
- Basic mixing and mastering
- Exporting

Dates: March 6-10
Time: 7-10pm
Total hours: 15
Instructor: Josh Bess
Cost: USD390 (approx. SD560)



To take part in the workshops please make sure to bring the following equipment:

  • A laptop with Ableton Live 9 installed. Live 9 can be downloaded for free for 30 days at
  • A pair of headphones
  • A MIDI keyboard such as the Novation Launchkey 25. 25 keys is recommended, but a larger keyboard is fine too. (If you don't have a keyboard, please email us at and we may be able to lend you one.)



  • Certificate of Completion from Loop Academy
  • One month of access to the Loop Academy “Ask The Expert” Facebook Page
  • One student in each workshop will be selected to take the Music Foundations Course with Max Wild at Dubspot Online School



The maximum number of students per workshop is 20 students. The minimum number of students per workshop is 8 students. If the minimum number of students per workshop has not been met, it is up to the discretion of Loop Academy to hold the workshop or not. If the workshop is canceled due to low enrollment, any students that have paid for the workshop will receive a full refund.