Ableton Live

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.

Important note about Ableton 10: Until its release, our course will be taught in Ableton 9, which operates exactly the same way as 10. The difference is that 10 has some new features that can easily be learned in this video once you have the foundations of 9.




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


£599 (multiple course and returning student discounts available)

Sundays | 11am – 6pm

January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11

Monday & Thursday Evenings | 7pm – 10pm

February 19, 22, 26, March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays | 11am – 6pm

March 21, 22 23, 28, 29, 30

Tuesday & Wednesday Evenings | 7pm – 10pm

April 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

Sundays | 11am – 6pm

April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

Four-Week Summer Camp

Monday Evenings | 7pm – 10pm

September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10

Tuesday Evenings | 7pm – 10pm | FULLY BOOKED

September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4

Fridays | 11am – 2pm

September 21, 18, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7

Winter Boot Camp | 11am – 6pm

December 28, 29, 30, January (2019) 4, 5, 6

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“It’s nice to be taught by professionals in the industry with experience and knowledge as opposed to teachers who’s institution say they are but they are not really! The course has definitely improved the way I see and use my music production” Isa GT


“Watching online tutorials is one thing, the Ableton course at Garnish is another! Another that has taken my knowledge, awareness and appreciation for the ability and power of Ableton to a whole new level. The tutors share their skills, knowledge and experience in a coherent and structured way, helping at every stage. If you want to kick off your music production or take your knowledge of Ableton to the next level, you MUST attend this course! – Chris Fry @chris_fry


“The course helped highlight some bad habits picked up over the years and I now have the confidence to shake them.” Terry Vietheer


Beatamaxx V Video DJ
“I found the Ableton course highly enjoyable and informative. I went from knowing nothing about Ableton to putting together live sets and even my own tracks. The instructors were brilliant, and it was great to have two from completely different backgrounds. The class sizes are small so it’s almost like having a personal tutor in the sessions. It’s easy to ask questions or recap if you miss something. I would most definitely recommend this course to anyone who’s serious about getting to grips with Ableton and producing music.” Beat a Maxx


“They have multiple tutors on the courses who work in different areas of the business so you get different perspectives. In just six weeks you are able to fully understand and work the programme with great tips from industry people who really know their stuff. It’s brilliant!” Jenny O’Malley


“Both Instructors were extremely knowledgable and gave a great intro to how Ableton works. There is only so much you can learn by watching videos online or purely teaching yourself without getting into bad habits. The lessons were taught at a good pace and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about music production.” Kieran Doyle


Supper Club London“Ive been DJing for years now and realise that the only way to progress these days is to produce my own releasable music. As a beginner, I tried out some private tuition from a bloke I found on Gumtree. I wasn’t getting much out of it at all and I even started to question myself. I did the Ableton diploma course at Garnish after a friend recommended it. The course is brilliant, our instructor Irfan was amazing, his enthusiasm when teaching is something else. Also very comforting knowing that he had released a new dance album I was already well aware of. A great mix of people on the course, and per hour, only a third of the price of the private tutor I had in the first place! I’ve just finished my first track, it’s such a wicked feeling 🙂 I can’t recommend the course enough! Melvo Baptiste




Introduction to Music Production and Performance in Ableton Live 9
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