Dubspot Workshop: ‘Controllers as Instruments’ + Ableton Live w/ Thavius Beck @ Decibel

During our visit to Seattle’s Decibel Festival earlier this year, Dubspot instructor/course designer Thavius Beck presented a workshop on MIDI controllers as performance instruments with Ableton Live.

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‘Controllers Are Instruments Too’ w/ Thavius Beck

Earlier this year Dubspot partnered with Decibel Festival to present a series of music production and DJ workshops with our team of instructors (including Thavius Beck, DJ Shiftee, and Chris Petti) at the annual music, technology, and art event in Seattle. During our visit, Dubspot instructor/course designer Thavius Beck led a workshop on using new types of MIDI controllers such as Keith McMillan’s QuNeo and Novation’s Launchpad as creative input devices for music production with Ableton Live.

(And don’t forget that we’ve partnered with Keith McMillen Instruments to offer a QuNeo controller in a free giveaway!)

Thavius Beck released his latest album The Most Beautiful Ugly on pioneering Los Angeles label Plug Research. He has also released music on labels such as Mush and Big Dada and collaborated with the likes of Saul Williams, Nine Inch Nails, Nas, and Busdriver. The Most Beautiful Ugly is Thavius’ first album in three years. You can buy the album here; it’s currently available in limited colored vinyl edition, CD, and digital.


From the studio to the stage, learn to use Ableton Live to create, record, produce, and perform your music. Learn about linear and improvisational styles of producing electronic music as we help you master the software’s innovative interface.

After completing this program, you will leave with four completed tracks (an EP), 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: 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
  • “I summarize my experience at Dubspot as an adventure! I learned the equipment and the mentality. Ableton is now my playground, and I owe it all to Dubspot.” – Peter Ardent

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

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

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