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Ableton Live 10 Explained®

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    Getting Started

    First, learn to install and activate your software. You'll also see how to download and install packs, which are additional content made for Ableton Live.

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    Audio & MIDI Setup

    See how to make sure you have your settings correct and MIDI controllers ready to make music.

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    Starting a New Project

    Explore Ableton Live's file structure and discover how Live organizes files.

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    The Browser

    The built-in browser makes Live a dream. Learn how to preview audio, in-time, before adding it to your set. Also watch how to navigate sounds, instruments, and devices.

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    Tracks

    Our musical ideas live on tracks. In this video, go over how to use and organize them.

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    Routing & Monitoring

    Next, you need to learn how to hear what you're doing, both when you play back your ideas and when you want to record them. This video shows you how.

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    Intro to Clips

    Learn all about Clips, which are the basic building blocks where you store and launch your musical phrases and ideas.

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    Session & Arrangement View

    Live has two main views, which is very different from most DAWs. Learn the differences between them and how both views interact.

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    The Mixer

    The mixer section is where you begin to blend your tracks and ideas together. Watch how Ableton Live implements this workflow and gives you a fully functional mixing environment.

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    Intro to Devices

    Next, take a look at "Devices" and their workflow, which are Ableton's version of plug-ins and signal flow.

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    The Views

    Now let's go over all the different views within Ableton Live. You'll be moving these around a lot, so pay attention to these awesome shortcuts!

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    The Basic Components

    Every DAW needs controls to allow us to use it. Let's now take a look at the standard and unique control options Ableton Live has to offer.

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    Recording MIDI

    Now that you know how to operate the software, let's begin recording your MIDI ideas.

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    Converting Audio to MIDI

    This is a great feature which allows you to take previously recorded ideas and make them your own, by utilizing the endless options of MIDI.

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    Recording Audio

    Grab your microphone, keyboard, or favorite record. In this video you'll learn how to capture audio signal.

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    Key & MIDI Map Mode

    Discover how easy it is to "touch" the software. You'll never want to touch a mouse again after this video.

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    Intro to Session Automation

    In this video learn how to capture parameter changes, simply and creatively.

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    Editing MIDI Clips

    Next, learn how to edit and fine tune your MIDI ideas and performances.

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    Editing Audio Clips

    There are also many unique ways to manipulate audio clips. Scottie pulls back the curtain and reveals all.

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    Warping

    Now, let's take an in-depth look at what Ableton Live is known for. Stretching audio in real-time.

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    Editing Clip Automation

    In this video, dive into automation editing, which allows you to perfect and execute your parameter movements with precision.

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    Intro to Grooves

    Learn how to add feel and swing to clips which gives them an amazing, groovy, human feel and locks them all together.

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    Freezing & Resampling

    This workflow is simply brilliant. It makes life much easier when dealing with large sets or sharing sets.

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    Recording into Arrangement View

    In this video you'll learn how to capture a Session View performance for further editing.

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    Editing in Arrangement View

    Explore how you can begin the process of perfecting your song's arrangement, with some phenomenal work flow.

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    Automation Editing in Arrangement View

    Next, learn how to further refine your production using Automation Mode.

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    Exporting & Managing Sets

    Now that your song is done, see how to get it out of Live and out into the world.

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    Performing in Session View

    Finally, take a look at bringing your ideas back into Session View, which is the perfect place to perform your songs live.

Product Overview


Ableton Live 10 Certified instructor Scottie Dugan brings you awesome videos designed for beginner to intermediate Ableton Live 10 users. Learn to get going with Live 10, understand its main features and functions, as well as get more advanced topics and creative ideas. If you’re new to Live 10, this is the series to watch!

Scottie begins by welcoming you and then covers installing and activating your software. You’ll also see how to download and install packs, which are additional content made for Ableton Live.

Next, Scottie covers many basic, but important setup and foundational topics such as Audio & MIDI Setup, starting a new Project, understanding the Browser, Tracks, and Routing and Monitoring.

The almighty Clips are then looked at, which are your building blocks when using Live 10, followed by understanding and navigating the two main views in Live 10, the Session and Arrangement views.

Going deeper, you’ll then learn all about the Mixer, Devices, Recording and Editing Audio and MIDI, Key and Map Modes, Automation, Warping, using Grooves, Freezing and Resampling, Exporting your song for all the world to hear, using Live 10 to perform with in a live situation, and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re looking for the best way to get started with Ableton Live 10, look no further… “Ableton Live 10 Explained®” awaits you.


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piedb
Submitted 3 days ago

Great refresh and some new details

I think this series is very useful both for beginners and people who have been using Ableton for quiet a while. A lot of it was very familiar, but little things like stretching the waveform in a clip, some short cuts.. I had not seen before, thus were inpsiring for software I use almost daily.


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Classical Composer
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Helpful in many ways.

As always with Groove 3, the courses are very good for learning new plugins and software but also for adding to my bag of tricks for software that I THOUGHT I already knew.


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omeregeofficial
Submitted 2 months ago

Amazing!

Learned everything I wanted about Ableton 10 and whats differentiating it from the other DAWs. Thank you!!


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123Shannon
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent Overview Presentation

Scottie Dugan clearly has command of Ableton and does a fine job of relating the information. For future presentations I would prefer to see a highlighter around the cursor as the very small grey cursor on the grey background of Ableton made it at times difficult to track. The examples certainly illustrated the subject matter, but were not musical. Random notes are after a (short) while difficult to listen to.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician


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Sgravone
Submitted 3 months ago

Perfect!

Really clear and deep explanation of the software!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Reason, Reaper


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wildenhainmusic
Submitted 4 months ago

Nice Work.

I use Ableton Live for a couple of years but I still learned something new.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase


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Winni
Submitted 5 months ago

Great - very helpful for me as a (re-) starter

I used Ableton live 9 for a short time some years ago - and since then forgot a lot. This course was great for me to refresh all of the most important things in order to now use Ableton live 10 for my music. The author comes straight to the point, speaks clearly and explains it all pretty well. Some suggestions: There were only a few times I didn't understand what was meant and sometimes I couldn't follow because the mouse pointer was hard to follow (e.g. in the automation videos when many parts on the screen where moving) -> a highlighted mouse pointer would have been helpful.

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reaper


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Oslow
Submitted 8 months ago

Very helpful. 100% recommended

Honestly is a nice and easy tutorial that covers almost every single thing.


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sharkytowers
Submitted 9 months ago

Extremely worthwhile.

The instructor is clear and pleasant. The lessons get right to the point. If you are starting out with live START HERE! Couldn't recommend this series more highly.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live


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TonyB
Submitted 9 months ago

Great course!

I was still a bit shaky on 9 when I updated to 10, and this course has been instrumental in getting me up to speed on the changes and reminding me about the unchanged functions and power of Ableton Live. I'm glad I've invested in this.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live



piedb
Submitted 3 days ago

Great refresh and some new details

I think this series is very useful both for beginners and people who have been using Ableton for quiet a while. A lot of it was very familiar, but little things like stretching the waveform in a clip, some short cuts.. I had not seen before, thus were inpsiring for software I use almost daily.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Classical Composer
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Helpful in many ways.

As always with Groove 3, the courses are very good for learning new plugins and software but also for adding to my bag of tricks for software that I THOUGHT I already knew.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

omeregeofficial
Submitted 2 months ago

Amazing!

Learned everything I wanted about Ableton 10 and whats differentiating it from the other DAWs. Thank you!!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

123Shannon
Submitted 3 months ago

Excellent Overview Presentation

Scottie Dugan clearly has command of Ableton and does a fine job of relating the information. For future presentations I would prefer to see a highlighter around the cursor as the very small grey cursor on the grey background of Ableton made it at times difficult to track. The examples certainly illustrated the subject matter, but were not musical. Random notes are after a (short) while difficult to listen to.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Sgravone
Submitted 3 months ago

Perfect!

Really clear and deep explanation of the software!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools, Reason, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

wildenhainmusic
Submitted 4 months ago

Nice Work.

I use Ableton Live for a couple of years but I still learned something new.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Winni
Submitted 5 months ago

Great - very helpful for me as a (re-) starter

I used Ableton live 9 for a short time some years ago - and since then forgot a lot. This course was great for me to refresh all of the most important things in order to now use Ableton live 10 for my music. The author comes straight to the point, speaks clearly and explains it all pretty well. Some suggestions: There were only a few times I didn't understand what was meant and sometimes I couldn't follow because the mouse pointer was hard to follow (e.g. in the automation videos when many parts on the screen where moving) -> a highlighted mouse pointer would have been helpful.

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Reaper

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Oslow
Submitted 8 months ago

Very helpful. 100% recommended

Honestly is a nice and easy tutorial that covers almost every single thing.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

sharkytowers
Submitted 9 months ago

Extremely worthwhile.

The instructor is clear and pleasant. The lessons get right to the point. If you are starting out with live START HERE! Couldn't recommend this series more highly.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

TonyB
Submitted 9 months ago

Great course!

I was still a bit shaky on 9 when I updated to 10, and this course has been instrumental in getting me up to speed on the changes and reminding me about the unchanged functions and power of Ableton Live. I'm glad I've invested in this.

I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live


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.

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    Ableton Live 10 Certified instructor Scottie Dugan brings you awesome videos designed for beginner to intermediate Ableton Live 10 users. Learn to get going with Live 10, understand its main features and functions, as well as get more advanced topics and creative ideas. If you’re new to Live 10, this is the series to watch!

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    Ready to make Ableton Live come alive? Well, Scottie Dugan explains how, showcasing Live's awesome built-in dynamics and EQ processors. Compression and EQ are the most commonly used effects for making your tracks and productions shine, so let Scottie demystify them and show you them all in action!

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Ableton Live 10 Explained® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 17 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great refresh and some new details I think this series is very useful both for beginners and people who have been using Ableton for quiet a while. A lot of it was very familiar, but little things like stretching the waveform in a clip, some short cuts.. I had not seen before, thus were inpsiring for software I use almost daily.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful in many ways. As always with Groove 3, the courses are very good for learning new plugins and software but also for adding to my bag of tricks for software that I THOUGHT I already knew.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Learned everything I wanted about Ableton 10 and whats differentiating it from the other DAWs. Thank you!!
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview Presentation Scottie Dugan clearly has command of Ableton and does a fine job of relating the information. For future presentations I would prefer to see a highlighter around the cursor as the very small grey cursor on the grey background of Ableton made it at times difficult to track. The examples certainly illustrated the subject matter, but were not musical. Random notes are after a (short) while difficult to listen to.
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect! Really clear and deep explanation of the software!
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice Work. I use Ableton Live for a couple of years but I still learned something new.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great - very helpful for me as a (re-) starter I used Ableton live 9 for a short time some years ago - and since then forgot a lot. This course was great for me to refresh all of the most important things in order to now use Ableton live 10 for my music. The author comes straight to the point, speaks clearly and explains it all pretty well. Some suggestions: There were only a few times I didn't understand what was meant and sometimes I couldn't follow because the mouse pointer was hard to follow (e.g. in the automation videos when many parts on the screen where moving) -> a highlighted mouse pointer would have been helpful.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful. 100% recommended Honestly is a nice and easy tutorial that covers almost every single thing.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely worthwhile. The instructor is clear and pleasant. The lessons get right to the point. If you are starting out with live START HERE! Couldn't recommend this series more highly.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great course! I was still a bit shaky on 9 when I updated to 10, and this course has been instrumental in getting me up to speed on the changes and reminding me about the unchanged functions and power of Ableton Live. I'm glad I've invested in this.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Teaching I took some online classes and this teaching far exceeds what I learned. A simple, yet complex, yet highly informative explanation of how and why Live works for just about any type of music that can be created. I highly recommend this to any one that is just starting out or someone that has been studying this for awhile.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Scottie Dugan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the way he taught the class, it seems that he was here
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful Tutorial This is a very well made tutorial. In the past, I shuddered to listen to this particular instructor, due to his poor diction and rapid speech. In this series, he appears to have worked on his oral presentation, so that now the tutorial is understandable. I would recommend that he moves his mouse/pointer tool more slowly so that the viewer can see what command or button he is accessing. It would also be useful to have a pdf file of the various shortcuts which he references.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great work nice voice, well paced tutorial, non-annoying musical examples which also aren't too loud compared to the voice, well filmed, nice clean hands - really very well done - Dugan is the best
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great value! Nice flow to all videos & easy to understand - a must have for all Live 10 Producers
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome. thorough and succinct.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent starter and also some of the new! Loving this video as it goes in depth but not in a long toothed sense. Straight to the point no B/S.
Date published: 2018-02-20
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