Ableton Live Tutorial: Mixing w/ Live’s Utility Device

Dubspot course designer and Ableton Live expert Steve Nalepa shares some mixing techniques using Live’s Utility device.

Professor Nalepa shares several mixing techniques using Ableton Live’s Utility device. Learn how to use Utility’s ‘Width’ and ‘Panorama’ controls to give sounds their own space in the mix. Setting different width and pan values for various tracks helps give differentiation and separation to the individual elements of your song which improves clarity and presence.


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. 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.

About This Program

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.

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


  • Dubspot’s complete Ableton course load: six levels/48 class sessions
  • 132 hours of hands-on instruction
  • Additional lab hours to work on assignments in Dubspot’s onsite facilities
  • 24/7 access to Dubspot Online’s Ableton Live course videos
  • Access to the course videos for one year after course completion

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

  • Pete
  • 2/8/2011

Very nice tutorial, Steve! I just bought Ableton Live Suite recently and I’m beginning to get the hang of its power!

  • mark
  • 2/8/2011

i LOVE LOVE these tuts steve. i will be joining the online course in april (so excited). In the meantime, where my week 4 at?

  • Marcos
  • 2/8/2011

What the name of the song at the end of this video?

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