Dubspot EDU Sessions @ Communikey 2014! Ableton Live Workshops w/ Thavius Beck

The Dubspot EDU Sessions will be coming to Communikey in Boulder, CO on April 11th and 12th, where Dubspot instructor and music producer Thavius Beck will host a series of four workshops on Ableton Live. 


This year marks the 7th edition of Boulder, Colorado’s annual Communikey Festival, a four-day music and arts festival. Dubspot is proud to present four Ableton Live workshops in partnership with the Communikey Festival on Friday, April 11th and Saturday April 12th. Dubspot Ableton Live Certified Instructor Thavius Beck will host these workshops which will cover aspects of the popular DAW including live performance, track composition and mixing and mastering. Check out the full schedule below along with more information on each workshop.

Friday April 11th
Workshop 1 – 12pm – 1pm
Live Performance/DJing with Ableton Live

Thavius Beck has used Live exclusively over the last 5 or 6 years for his own solo performances around the world. In this workshop, he will give you an extensive look at his personal show setup, and discuss various scenarios for setting up a live performance and/or DJ set with Ableton Live.

Workshop 2 – 2pm – 3pm
Advanced Sample Manipulation

In this workshop, Ableton Certified Dubspot Instructor Thavius Beck will discuss multiple ways that we can approach sample manipulation using the tools available in Ableton Live.  Topics will include advanced warping techniques, time stretching with Sampler and Simpler, unorthodox resampling techniques, and much more.

Saturday April 12th
Workshop 3 – 12pm – 1pm
Arranging, Mixing, and Mastering with Live

With Ableton Live, it can be easy to spend the majority of your time in the Session View playing with loops, but at a certain point you’ll want to take all of those loops and ideas and arrange them in a way that takes the listener on a journey and tells whatever story you want to convey.  One thing that a lot of up and coming producers aren’t aware of is that there are some basic formulas used when it comes to arranging that can help make your songs more palatable and sound more professional.  There are also some fundamental principals when it comes to mixing that can greatly enhance the overall clarity and width of your mixes without needing to use external effects or devices.  We will explore all of this, and finish off discussing various ways to master your finished mixes in Live.

Workshop 4 – 2pm – 3pm
Making Something From (almost) Nothing

In this freeform workshop, Thavius Beck will demonstrate how easy it is to build the foundation of a song using only one sound in a multitude of ways…  We will start by recording a sound from a nearby source, and in the course of manipulating it in numerous ways we will discover many of Thavius’ own personal techniques and workflow regarding resampling, routing audio, building effect chains, MIDI programming, and sound manipulation.

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
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • 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.

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.

NYC Open House: Sundays 11am & 12pm

Ask questions. Watch demos. Test drive workstations.

Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.