Dubspot Ableton Live Student Experience Pt 1: Learning Electronic Music Production

Dubspot Classroom – NYC

This new decade has been a great one for music. New tools for creation and discovery mean unprecedented access to an unknowable amount of music. One can find pretty much anything they’re are looking for these days if they dig hard enough. And as a music writer, I frequently do make that effort. But sometimes it would be nice to create that sound I’m seeking instead of hoping somebody else will.

Now that I’m beginning the Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program at Dubspot, I have the perfect incentive to learn some of those tools. I’ll be able to contribute to the conversation with music instead of just words.

And I’ll be writing about my experience in the classroom here on this blog regularly, offering readers an opportunity to see what taking a course here is like.

The classroom setting has never been one I was very comfortable in, but Dubspot is no ordinary school. Many of the teachers here are artists I’ve respected and been a fan of for years. And the full studio set up at my fingertips is much more exciting than any study hall.

My biggest interest is diversity and uniqueness of sound palette, and I usually find that through electronic and world musics – nebulous as both those categories are. Personally I prefer heavy and energetic moods and am significantly influenced by hip hop. It’s hard to pick one artist out of so many to highlight as a favorite. But some of the names that have had a steadily updated presence in my playlist over the past few years are Shackleton, Nguzunguzu, Jahdan, 2562, Pacheko and Sepalcure. I’ve covered local and international sounds with lots of beats and bass, delved into the array of music coming from my neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and interviewed a number of the world’s better known electronic talents.

I chose Ableton because it seems intuitive to start with, yet it’s extremely powerful with a deeper understanding. I also wanted to learn a program that was useful for more than just making music, and could be used for making studio mixtapes or live performances.

Through these classes, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the subject I cover, become a more engaged member of the musical community, and take further advantage of the unique wealth of knowledge at Dubspot. And hopefully you’ll join me, because it will be an educational experience for us all.

– Mike S

Our music production program is custom-tailored to fit your musical style. You can choose from several Digital Audio Workstations including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, or Propellerhead’s Reason.

After completing this program, you will leave with 4 completed tracks (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

“So far the experience through Dubspot is incredible, and I can’t wait to go through the next levels. It’s just getting better each week, and I can not wait to start putting an EP together, not just being able to put a successful track together!” - Dan Carter, United Kingdom

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

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