Video: Learn Ableton Live @ Dubspot NYC or Online w/ Thavius Beck

Does music drive technology? Or does technology drive the music? In this coming age of singularity this line is blurring and the tools we use to create music are changing as fast as the music itself. At Dubspot we employ the most current platforms for creating music with a curriculum that combines classic approaches to songwriting with the bleeding-edge of technology in music production.

Music Production & Performance with Ableton Live @ Dubspot

In the first video: Ableton Live is an innovative music production and performance tool. From the studio to the stage, Ableton Live is used to create, record, produce, and perform music. In this video Dubspot community of musicians, artists, DJs, audio technology professionals, veteran producers, & enthusiasts of all genres including Free The Robots, Peter Kruder, Steinski, Justin Boreta of Glitch Mob, Francis Preve alongside Dubspot instructors John Selway, Thavius Beck, Laura Escude, DJ Kiva, Daniel Wyatt.

One of the most powerful tools to emerge from this acceleration of technology over the past decade is Ableton Live. This program was built by musicians and programmers from the ground-up to offer a unique workflow that is often hailed as one of the most innovative and downright fun experiences that you can find for computer music production. Live combines the linear elements of a traditional sequencer with a secondary modular page that allows a more direct approach for live performance as well as creative composition approaches. This Session View is used by countless performers for its stability and flexibility on stage while the Arrange View will let musicians feel at home with a limear time-based system.

Ableton Live is, quite simply, the game changer. It can be used to create, record, produce and perform music from the moment you install the software. It can work as the center of your performance and it can produce hit records from start to finish. The tools that you choose to create music are personal decisions that will shape the workflow and sound of your experience. At Dubspot we embrace many tools for music production, allowing our students to decide the path they would like to follow for personal music creation. Today we wanted to update you on some exciting changes that are happening at Dubspot with our revamped Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

Learning Ableton Live: The Dubspot Difference

In the second video: Dubspot instructor and Ableton Live trainer Steve Nalepa takes you through the six levels of Dubspot’s Online Ableton Live program that was designed to take you through the complete process of finding your own unique style and creating a body of work while learning Ableton inside and out. This program will take you through the artistic process of creating sketches that will help form your final compositions. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full length songs – one per level. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, and ways of creating tension in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

Dubspot instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck is co-developer of Dubspot’s Ableton Live Producer Program, and he is currently teaching Level 1 and Level 2.

Thavius Beck is an electronic musician/producer/programmer who has worked with various artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Saul Williams. He is currently signed to LA-based label Mush Records, where he has released several albums.

His previous works are known for their distinctive sound which melds equal parts rock, hip-hop, soul, industrial, and electronic music, showcasing his diverse musical influences in everything he makes. With a heavy focus on beat making, editing, and multi-track recording, he has used Ableton Live for the majority of his work (live and in the studio) for the past four years, giving him extensive practical knowledge of the software.

In addition to making his own music, he has held electronic music workshops in several colleges, given one-on-one tutorials to various artists on Ableton Live, and has been hosting a monthly Ableton Live workshop at The Downtown Independent in Los Angeles since 2009.

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

All six levels / 48 sessions
Registration is still open for Online and NYC Classes

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with 4 completed tracks (EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

Dubspot’s Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program includes the following six levels:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Taking Your EP Global


  • Ableton Live Core & Advanced: 6 levels
  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional instructor-supervised lab hours


  • Ableton Live Core & Advanced: 6 levels
  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load
  • 60-80 hours of high quality videos
  • 3 hours of instructor-led chat sessions per week
  • Direct video & audio feedback from instructors

A couple particular areas where Dubspot Online stands out are our continual emphasis on your musical development and fostering of community and networking.

All music production courses at Dubspot Online require you to develop original music as the class progresses, in most cases finishing at least one track by the end of the course. In the long run, this helps you build a portfolio and practice promoting yourself. But just as importantly, you will submit your ongoing track each week so that your teacher and peers can provide useful feedback. This will be a source of new ideas and also a way to help improve your workflow.

Each course is broken up into week-long blocks that we call classes. Each class is centered around a series of videos in which a teacher presents the week’s content. As many programs focus on using the computer, most videos show the teacherʼs computer screen as they demonstrate and explain what they are doing — the same as it would be in a physical classroom, except you can rewatch the demonstrations as often as you like.

For more start dates and information about payment plans, please call 212.242.2100 or 1.877.DUBSPOT (1.877.382.7768) or send us a message at