INTRODUCTION

Who’s behind Noiselab? We’re a small team of producers and musicians obsessed with Ableton Live. Not only that, but we’ve been involved with teaching computer-based music for the past 10 years. To the say the least, we’re incredibly passionate about making and teaching music. That’s why we founded Noiselab: to foster a community of Ableton producers, connect established pros with curious students, and pass down the knowledge and wisdom gained from years of experience.

We directly partner with our instructors, paying them 50% of the net sales related to their courses. This simple, transparent partnership allows us to expand our catalog of top-quality Ableton tutorials and courses while rewarding the producers that help us grow.

This Instructor's Guide will tell you how to become a Noiselab instructor. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected]


COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Each course must be a minimum of 2 hours (no maximum). Most of our courses are around 3 to 6 hours. Longer courses tend to sell better.

Each course should be broken down into sections of 3 to 6 lessons each. A lesson video is typically 5 to 20 minutes long. Click here to see an example of a typical course structure.

Ableton project files must be included with each lesson.

Technical audio/video requirements:

  • 1080p minimum display resolution - the higher the better
  • 16:9 display aspect ratio
  • Stereo audio

GETTING PAID

Noiselab instructors receive a percentage of our total net subscription revenue. We define net subscription revenue as gross subscription revenue less:

  1. A three percent (3%) administrative and handling fee (primarily credit card fees)
  2. Any sales affiliate commissions paid out by Noiselab
  3. Any discounts, refunds, rebates, and/or chargebacks related to the course

We pay our instructors by PayPal during the first week of every quarter.


All of our instructors sign a standard agreement which is intended to:

  • Protect Noiselab in the event of negligent or criminal activities by an instructor.
  • Specify that instructors maintain ownership of their materials.
  • Clearly lay out the terms for payment.

We put a lot of money, time and energy into promoting and marketing your courses. For this reason, we also require that you provide us with an exclusive license, meaning that you will not host or sell the content you provide to Noiselab anywhere else. That said, if you would like to stop selling your courses on Noiselab for any reason and offer them elsewhere, just give us proper notice, and you’re free to do so.

Agreements are delivered by email and electronically signed using HelloSign.

INSTRUCTOR AGREEMENT


Step 1

Let us know that you’re interested by emailing us here, providing as much information as possible about your music background. We typically only partner with instructors that are either Ableton Certified Trainers or are well-established producers with strong credentials in the industry.

Step 2

If we accept your application we’ll send you our standard agreement. Sign it electronically through HelloSign.

Step 3

Submit one or more ideas for course topics. To manage quality control and reduce duplicate content, we must approve every course topic before you get started.

Step 4

Once the course topics are approved, produce and edit the first lesson (generally a 5 to 15 minute video) from start to finish. We strive for the highest-quality Ableton instructional content, so we usually work closely with our instructors during the creation of the first video. This ensures that you’re able to meet our quality expectations before creating the rest of your material.

Step 5

After we’ve approved your first lesson video, create the remaining lesson videos for your courses. At this point we’ll have provided you with enough feedback to trust you to create the remaining lessons without getting in your way. That said, if you do have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. A course is considered complete when you send all of the final deliverables to Noiselab, including final exported videos, Ableton projects files, and any other materials. Email us at [email protected] for instructions on how to send, which may vary depending on the number of files and their total size.

Step 6

Relax and get paid! We’ll provide you with updates on your course sales every month when we pay you.

Process


For video capture on a Mac we strongly recommend using ScreenFlow, but you can also use Camtasia or IShowU HD. On Windows, Camtasia is best. We require all final videos to meet the video and audio specifications listed in the Course Requirements section. If you’re using any hardware or music equipment in your lessons, such as Ableton Push, please use a high-resolution camera such as a DSLR, HD Go Pro or recent model smartphone. 

RECORDING


We require that all of our lesson videos on Noiselab incorporate effects to enhance the final quality of your videos (e.g., zoom-ins, call-outs, descriptive text overlays, etc.). Watching a lesson that’s primarily (or solely) computer screen capture without any edits gets very boring very quickly.

Take a look at this short video from one of our courses - take note of the effects such as highlighting portions of the screen, putting boxes around key buttons and objects, adding text overlays, etc.

While it is difficult to create strict guidelines around effects like these, we ask our instructors to use their best judgement to add them where they make sense. Screenflow makes it incredibly easy to add these effects on the fly and they will enhance the overall quality of your content.

EDITING / EFFECTS


Exporting

It may take a little trial and error to get the best export settings for your videos. You want to maintain a high-quality resolution while minimizing final file size.

If you're using Screenflow set you export settings we recommend using the "Web - High" setting:

 

This "Web - High" setting uses the H.264 codec at a framerate of 60fps. The datarate is 5,000 kbits/sec and Main profile. Audio settings are stereo at 44.1 kHz at 256 kbits/sec.


We require our instructors to include a 2-3 sentence text description for each lesson video. These text descriptions inform students the content of the lesson before starting the video. 

Here's an example of a lesson description:

Lesson: Low Frequency Oscillator. LFO is another term you may have encountered before, but what exactly does it mean? LFO stands for Low Frequency Oscillator, and it can be used to modulate a parameter in a cyclical way. Let’s see how we can use the LFO in the Analog instrument.

We also require our instructors to include a 3-5 paragraph text description for each course. Keep in mind prospective students will read this course overview before enrolling in your course, therefore the more descriptive, informative and compelling the better. You can see examples of course descriptions here and here.

Course and Lesson Text Descriptions


Every lesson must include the Ableton project files, which we make available for download with your course. Please send only clean Ableton projects, removing all unnecessary plugins/VSTs, automation, tracks, etc. Please also delete anything in your Ableton project that is unrelated to the lesson.

To ensure a professional aesthetic and avoid confusing students please name tracks and project files appropriately. Check for proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

Project Files