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Ableton Live 9 Explained

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The Basics




Create an Arrangement

9.2 Update

Presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Scottie Dugan, this collection of videos will show you what you need to know to hit the ground running with Live 9 and then elevate you to 'power user' status.

Learn all the important fundamentals of Live 9, such as installation, software setup, routing & monitoring, creating and recording to audio & MIDI tracks, working with clips, all the different instruments, effects & racks, exporting your song for CD, MP3 and SoundCloud and much, much more.

Brush up on the new updates to Ableton Live 9.2 with these additional videos! Learn about the new Tuner Device, updates to Presets and Samples, and Workflow Enhancements with the latest version of Live.

If you're new to Ableton Live 9, or want to further your knowledge and skills, this is series to watch... Get "Ableton Live 9 Explained" today.

Scottie Dugan

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

Ableton Live 9 Explained is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Very Good, pro. and Easy... i learned a lot from it
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned alot, good instructor looking to see if Ableton will be a good live setup hub for my keys... well. I don't know yet, but I learned tons about the product. I like that he repeated important as well as difficult concepts.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK to get started with Live This is OK to get started with live, but it is pretty light on many of its subjects. For example the video on racks feels like a rushed afterthought & skips over the drum racks, in particular, way too quickly. Ableton Live 9 Explained? No, Ableton Live 9 Introduced would be a better title.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Live 9 Live 9 upgrade needed to know what's changes the tutorials was clear and right for me.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well done Learned a lot Consistent quality. Very helpful. Thank you.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Usable Info I've had Live for some time but never went too far beyond dropping clips and playing around. Wanted to learn more. This tutorial is different in that the information given gets you going quickly, without making the presentation seem like a verbal technical manual. I didn't need to know absolutely everything at once ... I needed to know what would get me going and make me productive and then I could find out other things that I needed to know as I needed to know them.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Basic Overview This course is a basic overview. To me it goes into a little more detail than the instructions supplied with Live 9 but honestly, I wouldn't say after watching this I am not any more in tune with the software. Right from the start, there is only basic install instructions. Great but that was pretty easy to figure out on my own. How about a lesson on installing the samples etc. on an external or secondary drive and how to map it so Ableton can find it? Or maybe a lesson on how to install third party content like say, Maschine or Kontakt...whatever? I just felt, especially toward the end, that it was rushed. Would be great to see more examples of workflow. Yeah cool, I can make a beat and loop it. How about straight forward examples of using Live in arrangement view to do compositions that aren't loop based and more than just triggering for live performance. Yes, I am aware that this software is named "Live" but I am quite sure it can be a powerful tool for whatever songwriting genre one would, or could, throw at it.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Education of the future You won't get this quality of education anywhere, even in real schools.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful instruction! I sampled several Ableton Live review courses before settling on this one. Scottie is a really great instructor, very clear and extremely organized and methodical. He makes it simple and easy to follow, which is all we really want when trying to learn something new and complex.
Date published: 2016-04-24
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