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Noiselab is a community of Ableton producers and electronic musicians. All instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers or successful producers with impressive industry credentials. We believe in learning from the best, so that's all we offer.

 

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Introducing our Music Production Bootcamp!

Loving our video courses, but need more teacher-student interaction? We’ve got you covered with our electronic music production bootcamp, a 3-month online training program taught live by an Ableton-certified instructor.

Learn how to produce music in an interactive digital classroom, streamed directly to your computer from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world.

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Get access to over 300 tutorials with a student membership.

Courses FROM INDUSTRY PROS


Get access to over 300 tutorials with a student membership.


Purchase courses individually or get unlimited access to all courses, lesson videos and project templates with a student membership, starting at just $19/month.

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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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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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ABLETON WAVETABLE SYNTH

This course is a deep dive into the new Wavetable synthesizer which is included with Ableton Live 10. You'll expand your sound design knowledge by learning how to use a wavetable synthesizer. This synth is capable of producing anything from atmospheric pad sounds to analog-style tones as well as many other evolving sounds.

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DECONSTRUCTING HIT SONGS: KING'S DEAD

In this course, we deconstruct production techniques from the hit song, “King's Dead”, by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake. We'll look at how to produce the oddly syncopated beat with distorted 808 kick drums, a reversed flute or synth sample, and the re-pitched vocal overdub that appears throughout the song.

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DECONSTRUCTING STEREO IMAGING: GET IT RIGHT

This course is about stereo imaging techniques - we'll learn by breaking down “Get It Right” by Diplo (feat. Mo). We'll cover a wide range of stereo imaging techniques that go from subtle to extreme. We'll cover the Haas effect, layering and panning, alogrithmic vs. convolution reverb, 3D movement, and more.

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DECONSTRUCTING SONGS FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE

Here, we'll take a look at how to deconstruct a song in Ableton Live and optimize it for live performance. We'll look at strategies for dividing your arrangements into groups and then bounce them out as stems. Then, we'll cover setting up a Live set using stems and how to use Ableton's scenes to help control the flow of the live performance and enable improvisation.

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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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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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ABLETON LIVE 10 OVERVIEW

This overview course is designed to give  a first look at the new features in Ableton 10, as well as some useful techniques to implement into your workflow. We'll cover new devices such as Wavetable, Drum Buss, Echo, Pedal, the new Max4Live drum synths, etc., as well as the updated Arrangement View and the ability to edit multiple MIDI clips at once.

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DECONSTRUCTING VOCALS: ALL THE STARS

In this course we'll deconstruct the vocal parts from the song "All the Stars" by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, in order to show how to create professional-grade vocal chains. We'll take a look at a variety of techniques and effects including EQing, gates, de-essers, compression, vocoders, reverb, delay, width, and much more.

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MAKING 808 SUB KICKS WITH SYNTHESIS

This course focuses on how to create deep booming sub-bass kick drums similar to the TR-808 kick that is so popular in modern electronic music (especially styles like hip-hop and trap). Topics include creating kicks with Analog, Operator, shaping the kick, pitch automation, glide, creating macros, and saving kits.

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DECONSTRUCTING HIT SONGS: VOCAL CHOPPING

Study vocal chopping techniques using Ableton Live! We're going to look at quite a few of the excellent built-in tools for slicing and rearranging audio. The goal of this course is not only to teach you the many ways you can chop vocals, but also to encourage you to think about Ableton's toolset in a creative way, for any type of audio manipulation - practicing these techniques will give you plenty of ideas!

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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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ABLETON PUSH

This course is designed to give any viewer who is new to Ableton Push a better understanding of its overall functionality, and the ability to compose drum beats, melodies, control effects, launch clips, and also MIDI map the USER mode to make Push function in any way they see fit.

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DECONSTRUCTING HIT SONGS: DRUM PRODUCTION

This course will give the viewer a better idea of how drum beats are constructed in some of the biggest songs in various electronic music genres. Learn how some of the top producers create their beats by deconstructing and analyzing the numerous components and arrangement of any great drum production.

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DECONSTRUCTING HIT SONGS: DANCE MUSIC SYNTHS

This course will break down how to transcribe and synthesize some famous sounds from classic dance tracks. The sounds and tools selected for this course are still commonly used in music production today! We'll deconstruct synth parts from hits by Daft Punk, New Order, Robin S., and Inner City.                              

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DECONSTRUCTING HIT SONGS: VOCAL SAMPLING & VOCODERS

Use vocals to create interesting layers by slicing to MIDI, sampling, re-pitching, gating, and using vocoders. We'll also look at effects chains to enhance the resulting sounds. To provide context, we'll dissect a number of songs that exemplify these techniques from artists like DJ Snake, J. Dilla, Skrillex, Gryffin, Kasbo, and Giorgio Moroder.

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SOUND DESIGN WITH OPERATOR

Producers like Skrillex, Mura Masa, and many others have raved about the capabilities of one of Ableton Live’s built-in instruments, Operator, and use it often in their music. Configured like an FM synthesizer with additive and subtractive synthesis capabilities, this versatile instrument can be used to create all kinds of sounds from keys, mallets, bass/leads, growls, and more.

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Over 20,000 Students


What our students are saying...

Over 20,000 Students


What our students are saying...

"Although I've been using Ableton for quite a few years now, I must say I learned many interesting things here. Your courses are great and fun. Thanks very much."
-Michel


"Fun learning. To the point... Number 1 course for Ableton."
- Ambir


"I can't tell you how much this course really helped me understand another DAW... made understanding Ableton a lot easier than YouTube videos."
-John


"I had already some experience myself with Ableton, music production, and sound design, however I have found that the approach your courses offer helped me fill out some holes in my knowledge about Ableton. I think that the courses are well structured and things are explained clearly."
-Andrea


"Great tutorials! Probably the best I've seen so far. Thavius is a great teacher. Thanks so much and happy music making!"
-Erico

"Overall, I think this might be the best site I've ever encountered for learning about Ableton. Thavius is an awesome instructor. I'm really looking forward to seeing what else you guys come up with for classes."
-Mike


"This is exactly what I needed...3 videos in and I can honestly say I understand everything so far. Thank you SO much!"
-Tim


"This was so helpful! I didn't realize how cool warping was until I learned in this manner...Thank you!"
-Jane


"I can't thank you enough! I've seen many tutorials for different DAWs, but you are by far the best teacher and I really appreciate your effort."
-Armin


"This is probably the best online course on Ableton I've seen so far! Thank you very much!"
-Irina


"Another great course. To be honest, I thought I already knew how to use the devices pretty well - so I was surprised to find the course so useful. Some ways to use things that I hadn't really considered."
-Alan

"Been using Abelton for about 3 years now (alot of remixes and drum chop beats) all self taught, and Thavius is answering almost every single question I have ever had about what items are and how to apply them. It's incredibly gripping for me, and beaing able to just stop and mess with an idea he just mentioned is HUGE. Thank you so much for offering these courses."
-Jeep


"I always thought software like this is super difficult to get your head around - turns out you just need a good teacher. Thank you!"
-Nick


"Finally! No more trying to find a bunch of random Youtube videos in mixed order on learning Ableton. Genius and easy to understand. Quickly becoming one of my favorite teachers."
-Zach


"Thanks so much for the course! I enjoyed doing it a lot, have even picked up a lot of tips that I know will be handy in future! Very informative in what to do also!"
-Bradley



"This is extremely helpful if you need assistance with inspiration for some creativity."
-Matthew

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The Best Instructors


All of our instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers
or successful producers with impressive credentials.

The Best Instructors


All of our instructors are either Ableton Certified Trainers
or successful producers with impressive credentials.

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Paul Laski | Ableton Live Certified Trainer

Paul Laski (P-LASK) is an Ableton Certified Trainer with over six years of teaching experience at DubSpot New York and Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles. Paul has been involved in the electronic music scene for over a decade as a producer, remixer, sound designer, DJ, and educator.

Blending sounds from house, techno, garage, and beyond, P-LASK's original productions and remixes have been featured on Moody Recordings, Groovebirds Records, Crowd Records, Cherrytree (Interscope) Records, Abe Duque Records, Mean Red Music, Krafted Music, and his own imprint, Electric Dangerous Records. He has done remix work for artists such as Coeur du Pirate, Abe Duque, Divisible, Pointe Claire, Edian (UK), Rainer Hoeglmeier (Germany), and Wei Wei (China).

A small selection of his sound design work can be heard in the factory preset bank of XFER Records’ SERUM software synthesizer. Paul continues to develop presets for software synthesizers, free Ableton Live Racks, and samples, many of which are available through his website (www.p-lask.com). When he's not busy in the studio, he offers instruction and consultation in Ableton Live and live performance for artists and producers in the LA area.

 
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Thavius Beck | Ableton Live Certified Trainer

Thavius Beck is an electronic musician, producer and performer that's worked with countless musicians including Nine Inch Nails, Skylar Grey, Saul Williams, The Mars Volta and many more. Thavius is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and has instructed hundreds of Live students through teaching courses at several music institutes, giving one-on-one lessons and holding dozens of Ableton Live workshops throughout the country.

 
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STINT | Producer/Songwriter

STINT (Ajay Bhattacharyya), is a Canadian record producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. He produced and co-wrote the majority of tracks from Gallant's debut album Ology, which was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards. STINT has also co-written and/or produced music for artists such as Zara Larson, Banks, Santigold, Sabrina Claudio, AlunaGeorge, Portugal The Man, NAO, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Train.

 
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Mark Burnett | Ableton Live Certified Trainer

Mark Burnett is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer who has assumed many roles within the music industry, from producing sync work for some of the top media houses to supporting delivery of the best music expositions, conferences and festivals in the world. He has built a name as an enabler through his inspirational, supportive and often outlandish contributions to the music ecosystem as well as daily contributions to the Ableton community through his brainchild ‘The Live Lab’.

 
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Mike Park | Musical Director / Ableton Live Professional

Mike Park is a musical director and session drummer based in London. He works with artists to bring the energy and production quality of their recordings into the live environment. In 2016 he rebuilt Låpsley’s live show and toured as her drummer. He has additionally been working as MD for BETSY, Leo Stannard, Lao Ra, Sälen, IDER, Shannon Saunders, CASI, Kyla La Grange, Leo Kalyan, and Jazz Morley. As well as building bespoke live setups from scratch, he helps to develop existing live shows: improving overall sound and production value, streamlining technical elements, sourcing musicians, and developing artist performance and confidence. His MD work is characterized by the highest quality live sound, an original visual aesthetic, and seamless use of technology for consistent and reliable execution show after show.