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Ableton Live: Beginner's Guide to Beat Making

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Introduction 3:23


    In this video, Thomas introduces the course, what will be covered, and the song that he will be showing how to make.

  • Installing the Software 5:26

    Installing the Software

    Learn how to install the Ableton Live software and the sample packs that will be used in the course.

  • Basic Layout of the Software 6:08

    Basic Layout of the Software

    This video covers the basic layout of the software and the functions of each of the main sections.

  • Setting the Speed of Your Song 6:06

    Setting the Speed of Your Song

    Learn what tempo and BPM are and how they are used to adjust the playback speed of your songs.

  • Audio Input & Output Setup 4:34

    Audio Input & Output Setup

    In this video, Thomas explains how to setup the audio inputs and outputs of the software. He also covers what a sound card is and how it is used when recording.

  • Setting Up a MIDI Controller 7:16

    Setting Up a MIDI Controller

    Learn what a MIDI controller is and how to set one up in Ableton.

Chapter 2 : Adding Drums & Rhythms

  • Kick & Snare 12:32

    Kick & Snare

    This video covers how to create a kick and snare for your song, as well as how to load in drum kits.

  • Hi-Hats & Percussion 7:45

    Hi-Hats & Percussion

    Learn how percussion is used to create variation in your drum parts.

  • Percussion Audio Sample 8:39

    Percussion Audio Sample

    Thomas now shows you how to load and edit a drum loop to create a new percussion part for the song.

Chapter 3 : Adding Melodic Parts

  • Chords 13:58


    This video talks about what a musical scale is and how it can be used to easily create chords.

  • Bass 5:03


    Thomas explains what a bass is and how to create one for your track.

  • Synth Pad 6:01

    Synth Pad

    Learn what a synth pad is and how they are used to add ambience and weight to your songs.

  • Adding a Melodic Audio Sample 7:24

    Adding a Melodic Audio Sample

    This video shows you how to take a melodic audio sample and slice it up to create a new melodic pattern.

  • Lead Synth 6:52

    Lead Synth

    Discover what a lead synth is and how to create one for your song.

Chapter 4 : Mixing & Song Structure

  • Song Arrangement Pt. 1 12:53

    Song Arrangement Pt. 1

    Thomas now shows how to take the short musical sequence that was created in the previous videos and extend it out into a full song.

  • Song Arrangement Pt. 2 12:12

    Song Arrangement Pt. 2

    This video shows how to add variation to the different parts of your song to make it more interesting.

  • Adding Transition Effects 9:23

    Adding Transition Effects

    Learn how different audio effect samples can be used to create transitional parts in your tracks.

  • Basic Mixing & Effects 13:25

    Basic Mixing & Effects

    This video shows how to mix the different parts of the song together to make sure that everything sounds blended together.

  • Basic Automation 10:40

    Basic Automation

    Learn how different effects in a song can be automated to create variation in your songs.

  • Exporting a Finished Song 4:59

    Exporting a Finished Song

    This video shows how to export the final song project as a single audio file so you can share your song.

  • Ideas & Next Steps 1:42

    Ideas & Next Steps

    Thomas wraps up the series by discussing the next steps and recommendations for continuing with learning about songwriting and music production.

Product Overview

Thomas Cochran shows you how to make your very first beat with Ableton Live! See how to produce your first beat from scratch, using nothing but Ableton Live, including software installation and understanding Live's layout, all the way to exporting your finished beat and more. This series is designed for the absolute newcomer to Ableton Live.

Thomas first starts with the steps to install Ableton Live on your computer, followed by a detailed overview of Ableton Live's layout. Next, you'll see how to set your song's tempo and how to configure your MIDI controller and audio interface with Live, including basic routing practices.

Now on to the fun stuff! Thomas shows you step by step how to add and program your drum sounds to make the backbone of your beat, followed by how to write melodic parts using chords, bass and lead sounds. Then it's on to arranging your song structure, adding transition effects, mixing your tracks, using automation to fine tune your effects, and exporting your first beat to share with the world, and more!

To see what these Ableton Live beat making videos show you and how they'll help you to make your first beat with Ableton Live, see the individual Ableton Live beat making tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to get started on becoming a producer and make your first song, this series of Live beat making videos will get you started on your journey... Watch “Ableton Live: Beginner's Guide to Beat Making" today.

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