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ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION LEVEL I

This is the first course in our 3-part series. We'll cover what a DAW (digital audio workstation) is, why Ableton Live is a unique DAW, and the difference between the Session View and Arrangement View. We will also teach you how to work with MIDI instruments, audio material, and much more.

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SYNTHESIS

This course focuses on 3 different types of synthesis that are employed by different virtual instruments in Ableton Live - subtractive synthesis using the analog instrument, frequency modulation (FM) synthesis with operator, and granular synthesis using the sampler instrument. This is a great introduction to the world of synthesis.

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THINGS EVERY ABLETON PRODUCER SHOULD KNOW

Learn several useful tips that you may not be aware of. We'll cover topics ranging from ways to use racks, techniques to use when grouping tracks, slicing audio to MIDI, assigning tempo and signature information to scenes, and much more. These hard-to-find skills will give you an edge as an Ableton producer.

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MUSIC THEORY FOR ELECTRONIC MUSICIANS

Master the fundamentals of music composition and songwriting. Learn note names, accidentals, how frequency corresponds to pitch, the difference between major and minor scales, note intervals, basic chords and inversions, chord progressions, and more.

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ABLETON LIVE HACKS FOR DEVELOPING SONGS

We'll look more in depth at workflow hacks designed to help you progress your ideas further. After initial ideas have been put down into a project, this segment will primarily deal with developing and enhancing sounds, working quickly in Live's Arrangement view, and adding automation.

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ABLETON LIVE HACKS FOR FINISHING SONGS

The mixing hacks covered will help you apply processing and set levels more efficiently in your mixdowns, to create well-balanced, finalized music. We will also touch on some frequently overlooked techniques for file management.

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION LEVEL II

This is the second course in a 3-part series. Explore the basics of music production by focusing on composition techniques, programming drums, quantization, and basic music theory such as writing melody, chord progressions, adding a lead part, arpeggiators and many other topics.

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DJING WITH ABLETON LIVE

Ableton Live is a useful application not only for multitrack recording and production, but also for live performance. In this course, learn about the crossfader, midi mapping, incorporating effects, send effects, envelopes, advanced midi mapping, finger drumming, live looping, saving templates, and much more.

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THINGS EVERY PRODUCER SHOULD KNOW PART II

Develop a more efficient and productive workflow, while exploring some unique creative possibilities within Ableton Live. The concepts and techniques covered in this course will enable you to work in your projects and execute your creative ideas much quicker. These hard-to-find skills will give you an edge as producer.

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ABLETON CUSTOMIZATIONS AND HIDDEN FEATURES

Learn how to customize your Ableton Live working environment and speed up your workflow by automating repetitive tasks. Make your version of Ableton Live feel more like home and also improve the speed at which you can switch between different work modes and project types.

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IN THE STUDIO WITH STINT

In this course, STINT will walk students through the process of writing and producing Gallant's single "Weight In Gold", from the Grammy nominated album Ology. Students will get an exclusive inside look at how the track was composed from the drums and rhythmic elements through the synths, guitars, vocals, and effects.

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MIXING ESSENTIALS

The objective of this course is to give the viewer a better fundamental understanding of basic mixing concepts and techniques. We will discuss gain-staging, grouping tracks, subtractive EQing, panning, effective ways to control dynamics such as compression, and insert effects versus send effects.

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION LEVEL III

This is the third and final course in a 3-part series. Learn about EQing your tracks, working with effects, creative sampling techniques, export settings, and much more. After completing this course in the electronic music production series you’ll be able to combine all of these elements into making a song.

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SIDECHAIN

Utilizing the sidechain input allows you to modulate audio by using the audio from another track - this allows you to control how the track pumps and breathes. It can however be applied in many other unique and creative ways. Each lesson will highlight a new device and show creative examples of how to take advantage of this feature. 

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PERFORMING WITH ABLETON LIVE

Preparing your live performance and getting your Ableton Live project stage-ready can be a daunting task. Musicians often struggle with how to best translate their tracks to a live performance, especially when it comes to dialing in the best setup with their software and hardware. 

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ABLETON LIVE HACKS FOR CREATING SONGS

Hack into Live's Session View to record, overdub, and live loop new parts without stopping the flow of the music. We will also look at hacks for more efficient writing of MIDI parts, such as utilizing MIDI effects, step recording in MIDI notes, and making the most of Drum Racks.

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FM SYNTHESIS

This course is all about FM synthesis - Frequency modulation is a type of synthesis that is heard in many genres of music including house, pop, dubstep, EDM, electronic music, and more. Popular synthesizers include the Yamaha DX7 keyboard and the software synth Native Instruments FM8 - both of which have been used by notable artists.

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