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Ableton Live 11 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • System Setup & Preferences 9:43

    System Setup & Preferences

    Thomas introduces the course and shows how to properly configure audio inputs, outputs, and MIDI controllers so you can hear and playback audio from the software.

  • Creating New Projects & Sets 8:30

    Creating New Projects & Sets

    This video covers how to crate a new project and start a song, including the different options available. Thomas also talks about templates and how they can be helpful when making a new song.

  • Session & Arrangement View 7:27

    Session & Arrangement View

    Thomas explains what makes Ableton different from other software and shows you how Live has multiple different workflows available for making your songs.

  • The Browser 15:20

    The Browser

    Learn how to use the browser, its basic functions, and how it is helpful when making songs. This video also teaches you more advanced features of the Browser and how they can make the songwriting process faster and more creative.

  • Basic Components & Key Commands 9:29

    Basic Components & Key Commands

    Discover the basic sections of the software, playback features, and commonly used key commands in Ableton Live.

Chapter 2 : Parts of the Software

  • The Views 4:58

    The Views

    Thomas now shows you the multiple windows inside of Ableton, how to open and close them, and when to use each section when working on a project.

  • Basic Signal Flow, Routing & Monitoring 8:41

    Basic Signal Flow, Routing & Monitoring

    Learn the basic input and output routing as well as how audio flows though the software.

  • Tracks 5:55


    This video defines all the different track types available in Live and discusses what each is used for.

  • Intro to Clips 7:44

    Intro to Clips

    Thomas now breaks down the clip based workflow in Ableton Live step by step, and how it's used as the building blocks for songs.

  • The Mixer 9:37

    The Mixer

    Thomas give you an overview of the mixer and its basic functions, as well as how to use it to balance your songs.

Chapter 3 : The Basics

  • Recording Audio 6:41

    Recording Audio

    Learn how audio is recorded into Ableton Live, and the differences of recording audio in the Arrangement View and Session View.

  • Editing Audio Clips 9:36

    Editing Audio Clips

    Explore the basics of Audio Clip editing and how the editing process can be used for creative audio manipulation.

  • Virtual Instruments 8:13

    Virtual Instruments

    Thomas now introduces the virtual instruments that come inside of Ableton and also shows off some helpful presets to get ideas started quickly.

  • Using Effects 7:21

    Using Effects

    Get an introduction to Live's effects plus helpful presets that can be used to easily make exciting sounds for your songs.

  • Recording MIDI 9:53

    Recording MIDI

    Learn the basics of recording MIDI Clips in Arrangement View and Session View.

  • Editing MIDI Clips 12:25

    Editing MIDI Clips

    See the basics of editing MIDI Clips and how recorded sequences can be edited to create new versions of recordings.

  • MIDI Scales 2:51

    MIDI Scales

    In this video, Thomas shows you the MIDI scales feature that was added in the Live 11, which creates a helpful overlay that allows you program the right notes in any key for a given sequence.

  • Rack Macros 3:56

    Rack Macros

    Learn how Rack Macros can quickly and easily create new sounds for your songs.

Chapter 4 : Editing Features

  • Intro to Automation 13:24

    Intro to Automation

    Learn the basics of automation in the Arrangement View and how automation is used to bring life and movement into your songs.

  • Editing Clip Automation 7:14

    Editing Clip Automation

    This video is similar to the previous video but now shows you how to create automation at the Clip level, which is helpful when creating repeated sequences or making a song in the Session View.

  • Intro to Grooves 11:27

    Intro to Grooves

    Thomas shows you how the Grooves in Ableton Live can be used to make MIDI patterns more dynamic and lively. The Grooves feature can also be used to creatively manipulate audio to re-edit musical recordings. See how!

  • Warping 12:38


    Learn the basics of how the audio warping feature can be used to edit audio recordings and loops in Live for endless new sonic results.

  • Freezing & Resampling 5:04

    Freezing & Resampling

    See how Freezing and Resampling can be used to make larger, more CPU intensive sessions more optimized, plus how this can be used creatively to make new sounds for your songs.

  • Keyboard MIDI Controller & MIDI Map Mode 10:27

    Keyboard MIDI Controller & MIDI Map Mode

    Thomas now shows you how various parts of the software can be mapped to either an external control surface or a computer keyboard, as well as how the computer's keys can be used as a MIDI controller.

  • Editing & Moving Parts to and from Session View 7:40

    Editing & Moving Parts to and from Session View

    Learn how to move Clips to and from Session and Arrangement View, plus more advanced workflows for recording performances into the Arrangement View.

  • Exporting Your Song & Managing Sets 5:49

    Exporting Your Song & Managing Sets

    Wrapping it up, Thomas teaches you how to take a finished song and export the project for all the world to hear. This video also shows how to make sure you have properly collected all of the audio files and samples from your set into the project folder, for archiving and sharing sessions.

Product Overview

Ableton Live pro Thomas Cochran presents in-depth Ableton Live 11 video tutorials! If you are new to Ableton Live 11 and want to learn the program from the ground up the right way, this course is for you. Thomas starts at the beginning with the important basics and takes you all the way through to exporting your very first song. Two Ableton Live projects that Thomas creates in the videos are also included so you can follow along on your system. These videos are designed for those who are new to Ableton Live 11.

To begin Thomas welcomes you and then shows you how to properly configure your audio inputs, outputs, and MIDI controllers so you can hear and playback audio from Live, followed by how to crate a new project and start a song using the different options available including templates. Thomas then explains what makes Ableton Live different from other DAWs, showing you the different workflows available for making your songs and productions. Next you'll see how to use the browser and its basic functions when producing, plus the different sections and views of Live, integral playback features, and commonly used key commands for quick and easy control.

Throughout the rest of the videos you'll learn more important foundational features such as signal flow, track types and their usage, Clips, the Mixer, recording and editing audio and MIDI, using virtual instruments and effects, MIDI Scales, Rack macros, Automation, Grooves, Warping, Freezing and Resampling, exporting your first song and much, much more!

To see what these comprehensive Ableton Live 11 tutorials show you, and how they'll get you up and running and using the program efficiently and creatively, see the individual Ableton Live video tutorial descriptions on this page. Get going with the incredible Ableton Live 11 today... Watch “Ableton Live 11 Explained®” now.

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