Ableton Live


Thanks for everything this school has done for me. It has been nothing but the best experience for me and I’m really starting to understand the flows of these programs.
— Matthew Allen (Ableton Online Student)

Ableton Live Producers Certificate Program

Next Start Date: November 2nd, 2015

Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Six Online Classes, 12-Month Program

This six-class program gives you the full exposure to producing in Ableton Live. In one year you will progress through Live learning the DAW right along side Music Theory, Sound Design, Advanced Production and Mixing.

Detailed individual course descriptions below.


Courses & Schedule:

  • Months 1-3:
    • Welcome to Ableton Live
  • Months 4-6:
    • Ableton Live InDepth
    • Synthesis and Sound Design in Ableton Live
  • Months 7-9:
    • Music Theory in Ableton Live
    • Advanced Producing and Arranging in Ableton Live
  • Months 10-12: 
    • Mixing and Mastering with Ableton Live

Other benefits include:

  • Academic discount pricing on Ableton Live 9
  • Payment plans available for U.S. applicants
  • Special discounts with EDU partners
  • Live webinars with instructors
  • Personalized video feedback on homework assignments  
  • Interactive community forums moderated by instructors

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3,495.00 4,170.00
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Ableton Live Online Classes

Next Start Date: November 2nd, 2015

Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Welcome to Ableton Live

Pyramind’s Welcome to Ableton Live online class is the first step in a series of certification courses. This class lays the groundwork for gaining a comprehensive knowledge of Live, one of the most widely used tools for producing and performing music at a professional level. From the start, the course emphasizes the importance of establishing an effective workflow and covers everything you need to know to get started using Ableton.

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  • Welcome to Ableton Live

  • Recording Audio

  • Introduction to Warping

  • Working with MIDI

  • Ableton Effect Devices

  • Automation & Mixing

  • And much more! 

Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Ableton Live InDepth:

This class focuses on using the devices built in to Live Suite. Now that the basics are covered, this deep-dive into the elements of Live becomes the foundation for making your unique sounds. Each and every device will be explored in depth and substantial time will be spent on synthesis, sound design, using FX and advanced management techniques.

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  • Analog synthesis techniques
  • Frequency Modulation synthesis (Operator)
  • Modeled synthesis
  • Sampling
  • Racks and FX, building custom FX racks & more
  • Advanced techniques and file management

Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Music Theory with Ableton Live

Hosted by owner, co-founder and Chief Academic Officer Matt Donner, this must have class is for every user of Ableton Live and walks you through the theory – and practical usages – of music’s most fundamental language. Learn why the best songs all use the “rules” of theory – and how to break those rules for maximum creativity!

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  • The basics of Rhythm
  • Working with tempo
  • Major scale, notes, their relationship to the keyboard
  • Triads, chords, two-chord progressions, cadences, major vs minor chords
  • Other major keys, the circle of 5ths/ 4ths
  • Moving beyond the Major scale, the Minor key C
  • Chord progressions in minor, how to find chords that match each other
  • Chord subistutions
Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Synthesis and Sound Design in Ableton Live

This is an introductory Sound Design course led by Sound designer/Producer Taylor Elsasser. The focus of this course is to demystify the basic forms of synthesis used in modern day music and general sound design. This class emphasizes the fundamental techniques commonly used on many instruments while drawing parallels to how many synthesizers have similar functionality. 

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  • Subtractive synthesis (analog)
  • Fm Synthesis (operator)
  • Simpler/sampler
  • Working with audio/Warping
  • Granulator (Max for live)
  • Patch Creation
  • Drum sampling

Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Advanced Producing and Arranging with Ableton Live

This is an advanced production and arranging class that uses Ableton Live to produce music with an emphasis on aesthetics, arrangement, production, and mixing. The class focuses on production techniques and strategies for developing your own unique sound when composing and producing with Ableton Live. This class explores a high level of detail with Ableton’s tools and devices (instruments, effects, racks, etc) and students are required to engage in discussions about musical aesthetics, arrangement, and production techniques.

Students are required to show examples of their work through out the term and to collaborate with other students in the class. Learning outcomes for the class are structured so the student will gain knowledge of the following topics:

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  • Creating unique sounds in your productions
  • Complex drum programming and arrangement
  • Create engaging and innovative bass lines, lead lines
  • Create interesting arrangements and sound design
  • Learn professional mixing techniques
  • Learn to collaborate with other student producers
  • Final collaborative project
Pyramind is an Ableton Live Certified Training Center

Mixing & Mastering with Ableton Live

This class covers the fundamental concepts that make up a mixing and mastering workflow in Ableton Live.  If you are new to Mixing and Mastering or looking to ensure that you've left no stone unturned - this class is for you.  

The videos will lead you in a step-by-step process, taking an electronic dance music track from the songwriting stage all the way to final output.  Each stage has very important steps that need to be executed in order to ensure a successful workflow and finished product. 

In addition to covering the Ableton plugins, we will also explore tools from iZotope, Fab Filter, Brainworx and Universal Audio.

This is a comprehensive course that will take you from beginning to end, ensuring your songs are ready for the dancefloor!

Pre-requisite: Pyramind's Advanced Producing and Arranging with Ableton Live online course or equivalent production experience

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  • Creating Mix Stems

  • Volume, EQ and Compression Techniques

  • Stereo Width and Pan

  • Multiband Dynamics

  • Saturation & Excitement

  • Return FX Techniques

  • Mastering EQ's and Compressors

  • Ableton Rack Techniques

  • Virtual Tape Machines

  • Metering & Loudness Deception

  • Final Export