Ableton Live Tutorial

Creating Electronic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

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15 Videos | Length: 1hr 9min 51sec
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    Using the Included Media Content

    See what is in the Media Content folder included with this course.

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    Ableton Installation

    Get instruction on downloading Ableton Live and the nstallation procedures.

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    Accessing the Included Drum Kits

    Take a look at the included Ableton Live drum racks.

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    Creating your First Drum Groove

    Learn how to create your first drum groove by creating MIDI clips, writing MIDI notes, and adjusting velocity.

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    MIDI Editor Parameters

    Take a look at the main parameters of the MIDI Editor to understand exactly what it is doing.

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    Learn about using velocity and dynamics to create natural human feel volume changes.

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    Josh shows many ways to use hi-hats to get a multitude of sounds.

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    Building Groove Velocity

    See how all of these sounds work in an actual Groove.

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    MIDI Note Length

    Learn how to adjust the length of your drum hits based solely on your editor's MIDI note length.

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    Mixing Basics and Tempo

    See how to mix your drum rack sounds individually as well as manipulate tempo.

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    The Secret to Learning Various Groove Styles

    Josh goes over how to keep up with constantly changing groove styles.

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    Building a Groove with a Swing

    Learn what swing means and how to apply it to your drum groove.

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    One-Shot Samples

    See how to incorporate one-shot samples into your kit and how to manipulate them within Ableton Live.

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    Creating Your Own Drum Rack

    Here you will learn to take the ideas from the One-Shot Samples video and apply them to creating your own customer drum rack.

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    Josh wraps up this tutorial and invites comments about what you have learned.

Product Overview

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide video series, Josh Bess explain how to create a wide range of electronic drum grooves with a focus on more than simply programming beats and grooves, but utilizing the ideas and techniques of a drummer into electronic music production, for styles consisting of House, Techno, Breakbeat, World, and many more.

These ideas consist of velocity, dynamics, groove, swing, feel, sound choice, and many more tools to add to your drum programming knowledge. Bess also introduces you to Ableton Live 9, along with guiding you step by step to creating your own custom drum rack, along with providing a large amount of samples to work with, including over 300 one-shots samples, 300 drum loop MIDI files, Ableton Live Drum Racks, and more.

The ideas and discussions in this video course are based off of Josh’s book Electronic Dance Music Grooves: House, Techno, Hip-Hop, Dubstep, and More, released by Hal Leonard Books as part of their Quick Pro Guide series.

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Creating Electronic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from What I Was Looking For Helped me understand the different grooves that are used in the different genres of electronic music
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from High quality content I like the way this instructor deliver his training. Details such as highlight the mentioned part in the screen video are very welcomed. I also like the sample and drum kits that come with this training.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Top Notch! This course can revolutionize your understanding of groove and beat making. It shows exactly what is going on behind the scenes to create really any style of music you want! Things that seemed mysterious before... I feel like I now have the knowledge and tools to do it myself. I used it in accompaniment with the book that he talks about in the videos, and was amazed at the plethora of midi files and top quality audio samples that came with it. Thanks for a great product!
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Underwhelming There were some good ideas implemented in this course and I am interested in learning more from the authors book. I would like to know where to get hold of the MIDI Ableton project for myself to drill down into the inner workings. Overall, the instruction was unclear in areas, difficult to concentrate on what the author was saying with speech tailing off every other sentence. Also the constant pop up window from the author was very distracting. Slideshow style points were unnecessary. That hat?
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from A nice, short intro to beat making in Ableton Live At just over an hour, there's enough here to get you started making your own beats and grooves in Live. At the time of this review, the only comment (non-review) for this course is, "very very basic course only for absolute beginners." While an absolute beginner could probably muddle their way through this, I would recommend a foundation in Live before this series. "First Song with Ableton Live" here on Groove3 will likely give you that foundation. For a beginner interested in grooves and beat making, I recommend starting there with the first 6 videos, then jump over this one. Completing both series is roughly 3 hours. I did have a few technical problems and annoyances--particularly with the kits for the drum rack provided in the course content. I got a "not available" error message when I attempted to use the first kit. I remedied this by loading a stock kit and dropping the course kit on top of it. I also had to point Live to the samples every time I loaded one of the course kits, and for some reason the samples were in two different folders. On at least one of the course kits, a couple of the pads did not trigger any sound. I don't know if has anything to do with me using a PC and the instructor using a Mac, but that leads me to the next annoyance--keyboard shortcuts. The instructor refers to Mac shortcuts (option this, command that) and frequently does not tell you the PC equivalent. Sure, I can look it up, but why not do what other courses do and flash the Mac & PC shortcuts on the screen. There was also a problem of not being able to tell where the instructor was clicking. The tiny, black pointer was hard to find even on a big screen. All in all, there's solid content here unless you're already an accomplished Live user. I particularly liked the instructor's explanation of swing, so check that out (Tutorial 12) if nothing else.
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good but missing.... Good course but theres a difference between the package you donwload and the one in the video. Also there is missing some sounds.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well Done! I'm a student and new to making beats. I've watched a number of beatmaking tutorials, but this one is very good, but Josh also gives you a slew of material to work with, like 300 samples, there are drum racks, and other things. That alone makes this tutorial worth watching. His teaching style is easy to understanding, especially for us newbies and I've learned tricks and tidbits that wasn't included in the other tutorials I've watched.
Date published: 2016-02-22
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