Ableton Live Tutorial: Bringing Your Finished Productions To Live Performance – Part 1 w/ Josh Bess

In this two part Ableton Live video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor Josh Bess demonstrates how to bring your original productions into a live performance setting. In part one, Josh explains his personal methods for dividing stems into individual audio loops in the Arrangement View. Stay tuned for the second part in which Josh dives deeper and explains how to create and manipulate custom audio effect racks in real time, MIDI mapping macro controls, and performing live. [Update: watch part two of this tutorial here.]

In this video Dubspot instructor Josh Bess demonstrates his personal method for taking your original productions out of the studio and onto the stage. Rather than playing a full tune as a single audio clip, Josh takes advantage of what Ableton Live offers as a live performance tool, and divides his tunes up into stems within individual Audio Tracks in Ableton Live. In this video, Josh will explain why he chooses these stems and provide some simple methods to dividing these stems into individual audio loops within the Arrangement View of Ableton Live. Knowing when and why to create certain loops, phrases, and transitions allows the performer much more freedom for live performance. Josh will discuss how he applies all of these ideas with his own Live sets, along with offering a download for the actual session used in this video tutorial from his website.

Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

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

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. 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 tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama 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.

Start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.