What is the course about?
Arranging, mixing and producing musical ideas using Ableton Live. You will import loops and samples, record your own audio, create musical ideas using a keyboard, graphic methods and virtual instruments and learn to mix and add effects to produce complete pieces in real-time. You will be working on Mac computers.
Tutor Martin Delaney is an educator, musician, and writer. He’s been using Live since version 1.2, and was among the UK’s first Ableton Certified Trainers. Martin’s played many live sets himself, and specialises in helping artists prepare for their own shows, but has taught many different types of student, including: musicians, DJs, composers, producers, schoolkids, students, prisoners, and psychiatric patients. He’s previously written three books about Live, as well as many magazine tutorials. As part of his interest in hardware controllers, Martin designed the Kenton Killamix Mini USB MIDI controller. Martin is the editor of [external website].
What will we cover?
- Live's interface; navigating via the browser, and the session and arrange views
- Importing and recording audio in both the session and arrange views
- 'Warping' audio, both short clips and entire tracks
- Recording and editing MIDI with a keyboard using Live's devices and VST instruments
- Preparing Live for performance using a MIDI controller to trigger clips and effects
- Improvisation and the creation of a Live 'set' in real-time to allow further editing in the arrange view
- Basic mixing and effects processing including automation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Navigate files and folders via the browser, and operate Live confidently in both the session and arrange views
- Import and record audio in both the session and arrange views
- 'Warp' audio, both short clips and entire tracks
- Record and edit MIDI with a keyboard using Live's devices and VST instruments
- Prepare Live for performance using a MIDI controller to trigger clips and effects
- Improvise and create a Live 'set' in real-time to allow further editing in the arrange view
- Perform basic mixing and effects processing including automation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone who wishes to learn how to put this exciting technology to creative use, and is suitable for complete beginners in music technology.
Some familiarity with computers is useful. If you are not familiar with Macs, Build offers introductory courses on this platform that you may wish to take.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
You will make best progress if you can work on your projects between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.
It is useful to have access to a computer (Mac or PC) with Ableton Live software outside class to work on your project between sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to move on to:
- explore your creative side further in Sonic Arts, Max/MSP or Arduino workshop
- develop further your skills in Mixing and music production, Mixing and mastering
- develop more specialist skills through Vocal Recording techniques, Sampling, beat-making and synth programming, or Creating drums and beats
- learn how to market your music through Music Business Skills, Promoting your music online or Make a website: WordPress for musicians
Go to the Music Technology and digital audio production page for the full range of courses.
For advice email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630.
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details