Ableton Live

Ableton Live Music Production Course | Los Angeles & Live Online

“I needed to brush up on something, so I called Garnish,as they have the best instructors” – Jamie Jones


Learn to produce the music you love using Ableton Live on our interactive and engaging course in small classes. This short 36-hour express course comes from our more comprehensive Ableton Producer Program. Since its release, Ableton has revolutionized music production providing users with a creative ‘jamming’ tool to quickly develop and evolve ideas. This technique is particularly popular with top-line songwriters, DJs, and electronic music producers. Our course is great for beginners. But it also suits self-taught users keen to fill in any knowledge gaps and learn Ableton properly to raise their game.

 Have peace of mind that we are the only Ableton and Apple certified training center in Los Angeles with a superior roster of instructors including Grammy-winners with many years of making music in Ableton under their belts. You will have access to their practical tips and advice in our engaging course. Interacting with your like-minded class gives you advantage over anyone trying to teach themselves with books, online courses, or tutorial videos. Learning how to produce music should be FUN – not tedious! If you’re a PC user – don’t worry, Ableton is virtually the same on Mac and PC. If you missed a few classes in a course cycle and like to catch up in future or you’d just like to come back and repeat some or all of your course, we will provide admission free of charge normally on the closest cycle repeat. Our door is always open for our former learners.

All Garnish Music learners worldwide qualify for a 40% EDU discount on Ableton software. Once enrolled, purchase Ableton here. Then we’ll point you in the right direction to get your discount. You will need to bring your own laptop, with all of the software you will be learning installed. Everything else is provided in class. Contact us if you have any questions.

Ableton certified, Apple authorized world-class facilities with superior roster of instructors.

Let’s Go!

• What sets Ableton apart from other DAWs?
• 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

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

Creating With Audio & MIDI

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

Recording Techniques and Introduction to Sound Design

• Balancing, introduction to the art of mixing. 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, analog, sampling rate and bit-rate explained
• Microphones overview and stereo miking techniques
• Recording specific aspects of Ableton
• Compiling audio takes

DJing and Live Performance

• Preparing (warping) whole tracks and harmonic mixing
• On the fly DJ effects
• Using MIDI controllers effectively / mouse-free control
• Bespoke Ableton controllers - Akai, Novation, and Push
• 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

36 Hours | $1499 + $100 Registration if booked 14 days before start or $1799 + $200 Registration

Or get in touch with us. Our placement experts will follow up with information and a time for an assessment call to get you in the most suitable program we have for you.

For one-to-one lessons, see Ableton Live Private Instructionand connect with a specialist on that page.


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    Our Testimonials

    I found the course very useful at least for me as I didn't have previous experience with Ableton. The instructor 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. The instructor 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.

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