The best way to get up and running with Ableton.
If you’re a newcomer to Ableton, the process of learning how to produce music can seem pretty overwhelming. It’s hard to know where to start. (Or maybe you’ve started, but you’re not sure how to turn your musical ideas into an actual song.)
Whether you’re a total beginner or a somewhat experienced user who struggles to finish tracks, this course will give you the foundation you need to produce music confidently in the genre of your choice.
Learn Ableton. Develop a Workflow.
Make music you and have fun doing it.
One Course to Rule Them All
THERE ARE A LOT OF ABLETON COURSES OUT THERE.
WHY TAKE THIS ONE?
Your instructor is Lenny Kiser, an Ableton Certified Trainer, producer, DJ, and audio engineer. Read his full bio below.
Tested and Proven
You get access to the same world-class curriculum we teach at our music school, Sequence One, in the Bay Area.
Learn by doing. You’ll start with a blank Ableton project and walk through the entire process of producing a track.
This course was professionally produced, and it includes 60 HD videos — that’s over ten hours of training.
We provide you with all the Ableton Live project files and samples you need to complete the course lessons.
Use the Comments feature on the course videos to get help from Sequence One instructors and fellow students.
What You'll Learn
The best way to learn Ableton is by getting your hands dirty and using it to produce a song, and that's what you'll do in this course. Not only will you learn how to competently work with the software, you'll also get a full primer on the music production process itself. Be sure to check out the promo for an overview of the course content!
By the end of the course, here's what you'll be able to do:
- Set up your gear
- Navigate the Ableton interface, find sounds, and organize your music library
- Develop a workflow and grasp the difference between Session and Arrangement view
- Program a beat and make custom drum racks
- Understand the basics of music theory, like rhythm and timing, notes, scales, chords, and chord progressions
- Write a chord progression in a specific key and create a bassline that works with the chords
- Record, edit, and warp audio
- Use audio and MIDI effects
- Structure and arrange your songs
- Create interesting transitions between song sections
- Understand fundamental audio mixing concepts, like volume balancing, EQ, compression, saturation, reverb, delay, and panning
- Mix down, master, and export a song
Expand the full curriculum below to access free previews of a few of the video lessons.
What Students Are Saying
"This is thorough, quality training from beginning to end. If you've ever felt intimidated by Ableton or music production, this course breaks it down really well and tells you only the things you need to know."
- Suzanne Y.
"Overall, a superb course. I've done a few Ableton/general music production courses, and this is hands-down the best I've come across. It's informative, fun, and the format is just right. It's worth it even at double the price. Well done!"
- Pramesh C.
"Very easy to follow along. Trustworthy source. This course is comprehensive, but tells a simple story of how to create a song in simple steps. It gets you from 0-to-pretty-damn-knowledgeable quickly. I went from knowing nothing to being able to teach my friends step-by-step how to create a song."
- Chris H.
"As a user who isn't totally brand new to Ableton, this course has given me a lot more confidence in feeling like I can capably make music going forward. From workflow to music theory to song structure to the user interface, this course has been MASSIVELY helpful. I'm already using a lot of keyboard shortcuts to navigate Ableton and speed up my process.
If you want to learn Ableton, start this course IMMEDIATELY. Without this course to help me from the beginning, I feel like I wasted a year struggling with complex software rather than getting to the fun part of producing actual music."
- James O.
"There were so many things I loved about the course: 1) Lots of information and details, yet easy to follow; 2) I was happy to see foundational elements included (gear setup, audio vs MIDI, music theory, production phases, organizing projects, etc.) and the sequence of chapters seamlessly flowed into each other; 3) The aesthetic of the video was extremely professional and clean; 4) Lenny's pacing didn't feel rushed and loved that he threw in some humor; 5) It was awesome that I could play back a part of a video or revisit a past video when needed."
- Gwoeyn D.