Ableton Live

Ableton Music Production Course | London

Learn to produce and perform the music you love using Ableton Live in class sizes of no more than six on our interactive and engaging course from our flagship Electronic Music Producer Program. You will cover all of the music production skills needed to be well on your way to creating and performing tracks in any style using this unique software which has revolutionised the creative process. As well as being a perfect introduction to music production for beginners, our lessons also serve more experienced self-taught Ableton users, as they fill in the blanks thoroughly with our instructors, which on your course will include an Ableton Certified Trainer and a respected producer/engineer from our superior roster. They will show you how to produce and perform music in Ableton, just as they do. Total class time is 36 hours where you can ask a question and bounce off of your instructor and fellow learners at times it feels right and productive. Please do take a second to appreciate the value in that over online courses and tutorials.

All courses come with extensive notes put together by our expert course developers and you also get an industry recognised certificate on successful completion. Have peace of mind that we are an official Ableton certified training center, and check out more testimonials at the bottom of this page to see what recent learners thought.

Ableton is almost identical on a PC as it is on a Mac so it’s fine if you use the PC version on your laptop and/or studio. If you miss any sessions due to holidays or illness, we will do our best to engineer it so you can come back on a future cycle of your choice to catch up. Most GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 40% EDU discount on Ableton software. Find out if you do here.

Many learners these days prefer to use their own laptops on our courses for things like getting help customising their set-up, and they have their project exactly as they left it in class to work on at home. So we made the course more affordable, but added a £50 supplement for learners who wish to hire an iMac loaded with software. Please ensure you book an iMac when you book your course if you need one. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone.


Getting Started

  • Understanding your genre
  • 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
  • Launching clips
  • Intro to FX
  • Intro to instruments

Creating With Audio & MIDI

  • Warping in practice
  • Quantising audio
  • Clips: clip view and clip properties
  • Making beats with Drum Racks and Simpler sampling
  • Effects: Live’s effects and using third-party effects
  • Basic routing and resampling
  • Automation: creating dynamic changes in your arrangements

Sound Engineering & Recording Techniques

  • 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, analogue, sampling rate and bit-rate
  • Microphones overview and stereo miking techniques
  • Recording specific aspects of Ableton
  • Brand new Live Audio-to-MIDI features

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

DJing and Live Performance

  • Preparing (warping) whole tracks and harmonic mixing
  • On the fly DJ effects
  • Using MIDI controllers effectively/mouse-free control
  • Push 2
  • Grouping tracks and basic routing
  • Structuring your sets and using loops
  • Recording your performance + editing the arrangement view
  • Bouncing down

Advanced Techniques

  • Advanced warping – acapellas, classical music and anything without beats!
  • Multi-track warping
  • 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
  • Mixing tips and techniques

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Check out the student feedback from our Electronic Music Academy Program in LA ↓

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What a fabulous place, and the instructors are brilliant. The Ableton course I did was spot on.

Tayo (Radio 1)

I learned more in the first day at Garnish from a fellow industry pro than I did in a whole course at a large, non-specialised college from a career teacher

Cormac (Fabric Resident)

By week three I’d learnt more than I thought would have been possible in six. Tutors are great, I was never one for school, but have taken to this. The real impact is when I get home and am putting it into practice.

Andrew Bartlett

I took the Abelton Live 6-week beginners course and thought it a highly professional and thorough educational experience. The tutors were great, while the facilities and environment were perfect for such an undertaking. I will be returning, most likely for the Electronic Music course. Highly recommended if you are looking for a welcoming introduction to music production.

Simon Russell (Rough Trade Records)

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