Dubspot Year in Review: Best Ableton Live Tutorials of 2015

In this Ableton Live roundup, we look at some of our most popular and well-received music production tutorials from this year using Live 9 and Push.

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Ableton Live Tutorial: 5 Creative Percussion Tips

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ explores five creative percussion tips that transform repetitious loops into more interesting musical elements.

 

Chopping Samples in Ableton Live 9.5 w/ SentZ + Free Download

In this video, Dubspot Instructor Cliff Callendar aka SentZ takes us into Live 9.5 and demonstrates his approach to chopping up samples in the redesigned Simpler using his custom Slicing preset included as a FREE download.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Building Multiband Phase Inversion Racks w/ Rory PQ + FREE Download

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the steps for building transparent Multiband Phase Inversion Racks and shares his insight into multiband processing. Included is a FREE Ableton Live Audio Effect Rack.

 

Creating Music with Polyrhythms in Ableton Live by Josh Bess

In this video, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Bess takes us through his approach to creating a tune solely from polyrhythmic ideas and shares many helpful music theory techniques to help you evolve your sound.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Building an Audio Mastering Template w/ Rory PQ

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the basic tools and approaches to audio mastering using an Ableton Live native devices and an Audio Mastering Template that is available as a FREE download.

 

Mr. Bill vs. Ableton Live Part 1: Workflow Tips and Bass Sound Design

Earlier this year Sydney-based producer and educator Mr. Bill visited Dubspot NY to host a free workshop about working more efficiently with Ableton Live and improving your workflow. In this video recap, we highlight some valuable techniques Mr. Bill offered up during the workshop about working quickly in music production and sound design.

 

Mr. Bill vs. Ableton Live Part 2: Vocal Edits and Track Composition

Earlier this year Sydney-based producer and educator Mr. Bill visited Dubspot NY to host a free workshop about working more efficiently with Ableton Live and improving workflow. In this video recap, we highlight some valuable techniques Mr. Bill offered up during the workshop about editing vocals, chord sound design, and composition approaches.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: 4 Rhythmic Gating Methods w/ Rory PQ + Free Download

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In this Ableton Live Tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through four methods of creating rhythmic gate style effects to add movement and energy to sustained sounds. Also included is an Ableton Live project loaded with racks and examples of the rhythmic gating methods covered in this tutorial.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Four Ways to Achieve Stereo Width w/ Curl Up

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Dan Salvaggio aka curl up takes us through his approach to achieving stereo width for sounds in a project. Learn four great techniques used to make your sounds wide.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Understanding Automation and Modulation Envelopes w/ Rory PQ

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ explains the difference between automation and modulation, as well as covers how to use both types of envelopes in your projects.

 

5 Ableton Push Tips Part I: Production + Performance w/ Dubspot’s Dan Freeman

In this Ableton Push video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Dan Freeman demonstrates five drum programming techniques using Ableton Push’s melodic step sequencer for production and live performances.

 

5 Ableton Push Tips Part II: Using Note Mode in Live Performance w/ Dan Freeman

In this Ableton Push video tutorial, Dubspot Instructor and Ableton Live Certified Trainer Dan Freeman demonstrates five tips that take us deeper into Push’s functions for production and live performances.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Sub Bass Layering Techniques w/ Dan Salvaggio + Free Download

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Dan Salvaggio aka Curl Up shares his approach to layering Sub Bass and splitting frequencies using Live’s Operator device and Instrument Racks.

 

Ableton Workflow Tips: Five Ways to Improve Productivity w/ Rory PQ

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In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ shares five workflow tips to improve productivity and streamline your approach to music creation.

 

Live Video Tools: Sound Responsive Visuals for Ableton Live w/ Adriano Clemente

In this video, Dubspot Instructor Adriano Clemente introduces us to Live Video Tools, his new Max For Live video manipulation device for creating captivating visuals with Ableton Live.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Building a Basic DJ Template w/ Rory PQ + FREE Download

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In this new tutorial series focused on building a DJ template, Dubspot’s Rory PQ shares his insight about digital DJing with Ableton Live and takes us through the steps to build a customized DJ Template. Included is a FREE Ableton Live DJ Template download.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Building Dummy Clip DJ Effects w/ Rory PQ + FREE Download

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In this second part of a series on building a DJ template, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the steps of building DJ effect racks triggered by Dummy Clips. Included is a FREE Ableton Live DJ Effect Racks.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Creating a DJ Assist Mix Fader Rack w/ Rory PQ + FREE Download

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In this third part of a series on building a DJ template, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the steps of creating a DJ Assist Mix Fader Rack used to mix two tracks effortlessly for seamless transitions. Included is a FREE Ableton Live Audio Effect Rack.

 

Ableton Live Techno Fundamentals: Video Recap w/ John Selway and Ulysses

On Friday January 16th, Dubspot NY hosted a special Ableton Live workshop featuring techno producer and Dubspot Instructor John Selway, alongside special guest, Elliot Taub aka Ulysses.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Working with White Noise + FREE Instrument Rack w/ Rory PQ

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In this tutorial, Dubspot writer Rory PQ shares his insight about white noise and explores a few creative ways white noise can be used in your projects. Included is a FREE Ableton Live Instrument Rack download.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial: Harmonic Multiband Distortion + FREE Rack Download w/ Rory PQ

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In this tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ explores harmonic distortion and various approaches to creating a more powerful sound using a Multiband Distortion Effect Rack in Ableton Live. Included is a FREE Ableton Live Effect Rack download.

 

Ableton Tutorial: Live Performance and Effects Processing w/ Ben Runyan

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In this tutorial Dubspot Instructor Ben Runyan explores live performance and effects processing using the Korg nanoKONTROL and Ableton Live.

 

Ableton Live Tutorial 9.5: The Redesigned Simpler w/ Rory PQ

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In this Ableton Live Tutorial, Dubspot’s Rory PQ takes us through the completely redesigned Simpler Instrument revealed in the new Live 9.5 update.

 


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

About This 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.

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

Overview

  • 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

 

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.

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