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First Song with Ableton Live

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    Intro (1:18)


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    Importing Audio (3:34)


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    Warping & Looping (7:04)


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    Simpler Intro (4:07)


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    Drum Racks Pt. 1 (7:06)


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    Drum Racks Pt. 2 (9:34)


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    Bass Synth (7:14)


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    Sidechaining (3:34)


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    Session & Arrangement (5:15)


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    Clip View Buttons (3:56)


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    Clip Recording (4:26)


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    Vocal Snippets (9:09)


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    Instrument Rack Pt. 1 (4:16)


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    Instrument Rack Pt. 2 (3:53)


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    Simpler Slicing (5:29)


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    Multi Macro Mapping (4:52)


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    Rough Arrange (7:52)


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    Arrange View Recording (3:56)


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    Vocal Effects (5:28)


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    Splitting & Joining (6:31)


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    Exporting Options (3:33)


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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TheShatz
Submitted 1 month ago

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!

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Ky Cygni
Submitted 2 months ago

Good intro to basics

Very useful for beginners..

I am a: Beginner, Producer, Beat Maker, Sound Designer, Ableton Live

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S
Submitted 10 months ago

Extremely helpful tutorial. Highly recommend.

The instructor goes through everything in such a thorough yet engaging way. Extremely informative and helpful for all producers.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live

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Shay
Submitted 10 months ago

clear and concise

A great over view of ableton

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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Safenafe1
Submitted 1 year ago

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

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro

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musicman
Submitted 1 year ago

first song with ableton live

great job

I am a: Student, Hobbyist

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exzackkly
Submitted 1 year ago

very helpful

im confident that i will leave this course with much more knowledge than before.

I am a: Beat Maker, Mastering Facility

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jaskcah
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

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

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choralriff
Submitted 2 years ago

This is a great rough overview

This gets you up and running quickly without bogging you down with details.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer

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d33law
Submitted 2 years ago

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.

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Hobbyist, Beat Maker

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

As a very young kid my parents signed me up for piano lessons. My mom said if I quit that I would regret it later on in life, but I thought piano lessons were boring! Electronic music was a natural progression for me from those early days, it let me combine my love of technology and all things nerdy with a love of loud and strange noises.

2. What training have you had?

I've had years and years of training from a good friend of mine named "The Internet", and before him my other good pal "Trial and Error". 

3. When did you get into recording?

The wonder of synthesis and certain electronic music is that you never really have to record anything if you don't want to! Although I do remember way back in the day recording found sounds on an old garage sale cassette recorder I bought, and using those samples in old school Trackers on the Apple II.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've worked with, and for, a whole bunch of fantastic people so far. Some of the more popular ones include Empire of the Sun, Dirty South, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Kennedy, Hong Kong Blondes, Loverush UK, Molly Bancroft, Made by Monkeys, Tiff Lacey, Marcie, Offer Nissim and Kirsty Hawkshaw. Madonna chose a track I made for a compilation she released, although she never called or took me for lunch! That really doesn't count as 'working with' does it!?

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I'm good at training people because I remember what it was like to be the newbie, and I try and go over things that I would have found interesting and cool, back when I was starting out. I take the time to learn the techniques inside and out, and then break that down quickly for people.

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First Song with Ableton Live is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 18 .
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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