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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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.

Luis Miranda

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!

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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