Ableton Live

101 / 110 / 201 / 210

Ableton Live 101:

This (elective) class provides the necessary background for students with little to no experience in computer-based production and recording to enter the later Live courses well prepared. In addition to gaining familiarity with Live’s primary applications, the lessons are arranged to emphasize the adoption of a solid workflow. Assignments will be given each week culminating in a finished piece at the end of the course.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Live’s capabilities including production, SFX and Live performance
  • The Ableton user interface
  • Getting started & working with clips
  • Saving your set
  • Transfer of projects between computers
  • Working with audio
  • Basics of warping
  • Working with MIDI
  • Arrangement view
  • Ableton effect devices
  • Automation

Ableton 110: Performance 

This powerful new class explores the creative capacity of Ableton Live in a performance environment. Expanding on Pyramind’s Live 101 & 110 classes as well as the DJ 101 class, the course will initially establish a working knowledge of many of Ableton’s core performance tools including warping, looping, clip management, effects and DJ set layout.

Topics include:

  • DJ technique with clips in Ableton
  • Live looping
  • Multi-Sample Mapping
  • Synthesis Tools for live sets
  • Real-time instrument processing
  • Interfacing Ableton with other musicians on stage
  • Effect rack creation and customization
  • MIDI setup and customization
  • MIDI controller overview and customization
  • Touch OSC for custom MIDI interface creation and control with the iPad

Ableton Live 201/210:

These classes focus on both the studio and live performance applications of Ableton Live. Students will receive comprehensive training on Live’s various modes, components, parameters, and capabilities, as well as, how this can be used in conjunction with other professional audio applications and other third party tools.

Topics include:

  • Ableton Live overview (arrangement/session views, browser functions)
  • Setting up Lives’ preferences
  • Creating and arranging new songs
  • Using Audio and MIDI files
  • Audio editing, Warping, and looping
  • Using envelopes and automation
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Rewire and Live (Reason, Pro Tools and Logic)
  • Recording audio clips and creating a set in real time
  • Bouncing tracks
  • Practical media management techniques
  • Preparing the necessary digital files for live performance

Ableton Live Instructors

Gregory J. Gordon

Ableton Certified Trainer

As an Ableton certified trainer Greg oversees the Ableton Live curriculum and certification testing at Pyramind. He and his team have developed an in depth program based on extensive studio and course delivery experience. During his twenty plus years as a music industry professional Greg has built a long list of credits and a diverse set of skills as a music producer and engineer and uses Ableton Live as his first choice for arranging and sound design. Credits include working on: Sunset Overdrive, Halo Anniversary, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, World Of Warcraft and many more.

Liam Shy

Ableton Live Instructor

Liam Shy is a dynamic and passionate audiophile, dedicated to the world of sounds his entire life. His work includes being a Music Producer, DJ, Sound Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Instructor and advocate for the electronic music community. Liam graduated from Pyramind Training in 2009 specializing in Music Production, Sound Design, Mixing and Mastering. He has worked professionally as a Sound Designer and Composer including work on titles for the Wii and nationally broadcasted television commercials.

Zaak Kerstetter

Ableton Live Instructor

Zaak’s current projects and expertise focus on bass heavy, soundscaped, narrative driven composition for live performance. In addition to being an electronic music producer, Zaak is a painter and fire dance performer. His background in performance and visual art make Zaak a talented facilitator and visionary for collaborative creation, which is the focus of his most current project The Zenotope Collective.   

Guest Speakers

Pyramind Training has had the pleasure of hosting some of the biggest artists in the game and we regularly hold our well attended and respected, Elite Sessions at our ground campus in San Francisco. Here are some of our past guest speakers who specifically shared their knowledge with Ableton as their choice of DAW.