Ableton Live Tutorial

First Song with Ableton Live

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    Intro

    Timothy goes through how the course will be delivered

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    Importing Audio

    In this video you’ll see where the browser is, and how to import your own audio files and sample CDs.

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    Warping & Looping

    Timothy explains what warping is, as well as how to use clip looping to create a four on the floor kick.

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    Simpler Intro

    It’s easy to get a sample into Simpler, Live’s ‘basic’ sampler.

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    Drum Racks Pt. 1

    Timothy demonstrates the Drum Rack included in Live, as well as the insert effects that create the main Lead’s top end.

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    Drum Racks Pt. 2

    Drum Racks can be extremely flexible when it comes to applying FX to individual sounds and more.

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    Bass Synth

    Create a great sounding bass patch using Lives FM synth, Operator.

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    Sidechaining

    In this video, you’ll learn how to sidechain in Live.

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    Session & Arrangement

    Timothy clears up the often confusing relationship between Session and Arrangement views in Live.

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    Clip View Buttons

    In this video, Timothy demonstrates some of the cool MIDI editing features in the Clip View area.

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    Clip Recording

    Learn to record and subsequently fix up a MIDI clip.

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    Vocal Snippets

    Timothy goes through some vocal samples, warping and adjusting start points and effects to fit into the track.

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    Instrument Rack Pt. 1

    Learn about the concept of Instrument racks as Timothy layers some synths overtop of the bass synth.

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    Instrument Rack Pt. 2

    Timothy shows you how to process each instrument chain separately in your Instrument Rack.

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    Simpler Slicing

    Watch as Timothy uses the powerful new slicing features in Simpler to slice and dice a vocal in a matter of seconds.

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    Multi Macro Mapping

    In this video Timothy maps multiple controls to a macro knob.

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    Rough Arrange

    There are a few ways that you can record and arrange your material in Live.

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    Arrange View Recording

    It’s easy record directly into Arrangement view.

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    Vocal Effects

    Timothy spices up the stuttery vocals using some stereo tricks, a Redux, and Frequency Shifter.

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    Splitting & Joining

    In this video you’ll learn how to reverse audio files and how to create fills and variations with splitting and consolidating.

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    Exporting Options

    Timothy demonstrates the process of exporting your masterpiece into a format that everyone can enjoy!

Product Overview


Ableton Live includes everything you need to take your creative spark and turn it into a shareable masterpiece. In this video tutorial series, dance music hitmeister Timothy Allan takes you from start-up to wrap-up!

Timothy first hits the ground running, teaching you how to import samples and warp them into a classic “four on the floor” dance groove which leads right into tutorials on how to get the most out of the Ableton Live Drum Rack.

Now that the beat is under your belt, Timothy shows you how to create a killer bass patch using Operator, and how to get Sidechaining setup and going in Live. Then it’s time to learn the difference between Session View and Arrangement View, and all about Clips, including how to use the Clip buttons, and how to record and edit Clips.

With your song well underway, it’s now time to start adding flourishes. Timothy shows you how to use MIDI Effects, how to Warp, Slice, Dice, and Effect Vocal Snippets, and how to use Instrument Racks.

The finish line is in sight… Timothy shows you how to use Multi-Macro Mapping to map multiple controls to a single knob, allowing you to add cool, realtime multi-function moves to your tracks.

Timothy now finishes up the arrangement, spices up the vocals, and reverses some audio files to add the final “wow” factor to the tracks. Last but not least, Timothy shows you how to export the final mix to a format you can share with the world!

If you’re new to Ableton Live, and maybe even to digital music in general, “First Song with Ableton Live” will get you started and on the path of complete song creation. Check it out today!


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First Song with Ableton Live is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 27 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent introduction to Live's workflow Good stuff. Focused, friendly, respects your time and your intelligence. I'm experienced in a couple of other DAWs and have been wondering what Live had to offer in terms of workflow - and this is one of the best resources I've found so far. Timothy's obviously knowledgeable, and his teaching style is casual but precise, and the course structure is natural and relaxed while clearly demonstrating a lot of what makes Live unique.
Date published: 2021-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good and fun learning This guys method is interesting and engaging. I only wish I had him teaching me at uni rather than the dinosaurs of centuries gone. Very helpful
Date published: 2020-10-19
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from That was helpful Thank you Timothy, nice video. Not my favourite style of music but it was very helpful to learn the workflow you use in Ableton Live!
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great way to start out. I appreciated the careful guidance in how to go about potentially creating tracks within Ableton. While it is certainly a bare bones approach, it definitely provides a strong foundation. Thank you!
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very good teacher I managed to learn the basic functions of Ableton Live with the help of this concise training.
Date published: 2020-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful for a newbie like me... I created my first song!
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from inspiring! It is inspiring for someone like me who have never really produced a song. I recommend it to give a clue of the way to take for a beginner.
Date published: 2020-02-19
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good! I know more than I did! I am ready to create!
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Dope! Learned a bunch on this one!
Date published: 2019-01-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent and very helpful tutorial! This was a great and very informative (and entertaining) tutorial video, showing many of the cool features found within Ableton for making songs. Great job!
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good intro to basics Very useful for beginners..
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely helpful tutorial. Highly recommend. The instructor goes through everything in such a thorough yet engaging way. Extremely informative and helpful for all producers.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from clear and concise A great over view of ableton
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good Excellent start up for using Ableton. This is one of 3 DAW's that I use and Ableton being the one that I've self taught myself on. This tutorial has done a fine job of helping me in some of the areas that I have not explored before. Thank you very much
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from first song with ableton live great job
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from very helpful im confident that i will leave this course with much more knowledge than before.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from More in 1 hr then I've learned in 2 years This course taught me more tips and tricks about Ableton than I had picked up doodling on my own for two years.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This is a great rough overview This gets you up and running quickly without bogging you down with details.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good tips! I never skip the beginner courses because you always seem to pick up little things. There were numerous little things I never knew even after a few years of using Ableton that this course taught me.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really Informative As a seasoned musician and DAW user that is new to Ableton this series really helped me understand some basics that I had glossed over when I dove in to use the product. Great job and thanks!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best in Groove! Been through most of Ableton Live lessons plus a ton on vst's but this is first one that ties it all together and makes it happen. I did more in a 30 minute session this afternoon just to try out my new learning than in all my previous ones! Very well done. This is a must buy for anyone wanting to get a real hands on lesson with Ableton.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best Ableton tutorial I have had so far. Really like how he gets to the meat and potatoes of the program. Like the attitude and tone of voice, makes it even easier to pay attention.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great to see it all work together For an overview and seeing the components, couldn't be better. Thank you.
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great great very great ..than u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Better than expected Based on some of the previous, less positive reviews and comments, I didn't expect to get much out of this series. But since I've been struggling to get through the other introductory Ableton videos on Groove3, I figured I'd give it a try. Why are people harshing on this series??? It's engaging, I'm learning a ton, and the flow of information works way better for my learning style. Plus I enjoy the author's quirky narrative style. Definitely recommended for anyone else having difficulty getting over Ableton's initial learning curve.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Did not live up to expectation The instructor has a very distracting way of speaking which shifts the focus on to himself and away from what he is trying to teach. That would be manageable if the course were good but for a beginner, like me, I found that the instructor went off on to relatively obscure tangents, particularly focusing on the technical aspects of sound editing, at the expense of how to use the program to put together a song. The course was supposed to be about how to write a song using the program, not how to edit what you already wrote. He seemed to get intrigued with his own thoughts and lost what I felt was the advertised topic - Songwriting with Ableton. I would not recommend this course.
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect introduction for me. Instructional videos are often comprehensive, step-by-step guides into the features of a given product. They often take the form of a video version of a users' guide or a users' reference manual. While this is great for really delving into the details, this is not the best way for me to learn. Starting from the details and building up to the big picture doesn't work well for me. I do much better if the instruction starts with broader concepts, like the design of the workflow. If I know, in general, how stuff works and where to look for what I want, I don't need a lot of detail. I can get to that on my own. This video series does exactly that. Tim Allen doesn't treat you like you've never seen a DAW before or don't know computer interfaces. He just gets to the specifics about how Live works. If you need more in-depth specifics, there are many nice tutorials here at Groove3. But Mr. Allen's intro here is really all you'll need if you're comfortable drilling further down on your own.
Date published: 2016-06-06
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