Ableton Push Tutorial: Live Production and Performance Techniques Part 1 w/ Dan Freeman

In part one of this two part Ableton Push video tutorial, Dubspot instructor and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Dan Freeman demonstrates how to build a track from scratch without any pre-recorded audio using Ableton Push in a live performance setting.

Update: Check out part two in which Dan breaks down the performance and offers tips for composing in real-time with Push!

I come from the world of live instruments and my background is actually as a jazz bass player where I learned to have an idea of what the song would be, but create something unique and new with every performance. When I got Ableton Push earlier in the year, I decided to challenge myself to see if it could do ‘live production’. By this I mean – starting with no prerecorded loops or audio.

It definitely took a lot of practice, and it feels like a really intense version of DJing. When it works it’s fantastic, but if you fail, it’s pretty evident. In learning to do this live production set, I learned a couple of techniques on the Ableton Push which that I will discuss in the next video. These will help you get some basic idea of ways in which you can use Push for production and or performance. – Dan Freeman

Dubspot instructor Dan Freeman (CØm1x) is a Brooklyn-based Bassist/Producer and Ableton Certified Trainer. He has traveled and performed extensively worldwide as a session bassist and with his group Comandante Zero (CØ), a digital music and art collective. He currently directs Dubspot’s international programs, and does clinics on production using Ableton Live around the globe. For more info, check out

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
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  • 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.

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