“Watching you work gives me hope that more artists will push to have live and interactive performances. Even the smallest things like live recording hi-hat variations makes the listener feel like they're a part of something that's happening now and only right now.
I want to thank you for everything man. I've learned so much from you while I've been here, and your energy and enthusiasm has pushed me to work harder and harder on the music I love."
– Ryan Tippens // Speaking to Liam Shy
Ableton Live 101:
This class provides a background in Ableton Live and the general music production process. Students will begin to adopt the “Pyramind Method” of music production with Live and will set the foundations of a solid workflow. This class will have students finishing a full piece at the end of the course.
The various Warp modes and when to use them.
Recording and editing MIDI clips and tracks.
Laying out your song from Session to Arrange view.
Introduction to the Ableton Live Suite devices and FX.
Automation and a brief introduction to the mixing process.
Overview of Live’s main windows.
The Ableton user interface and navigation.
Getting started & working with clips and the Session view.
Saving your set and working with Templates.
Transferring projects between computers and studios.
Recording, Warping and editing audio,
Ableton Live 201:
This class focuses on the sound design and audio / MIDI FX devices of Ableton Live Suite. This class is taken in tandem with Sound Design 101 so many of the features and functions of the Native Instruments devices will be reinforced here with the built-in Live Suite devices.
Introduction to MIDI FX and Audio FX
Creating Racks and Groups from your processing chains.
Managing Live sets and file management.
Resampling and clip management.
Advanced audio FX and building audio effects racks.
Building custom sound banks and collections.
Sound Design and synthesis with the Live devices.
Introduction to sampling with Simpler and Sampler.
Building clips from MIDI using the Live devices.
More advanced Warping as Sound Design.
Ableton Live 210 - Advanced Production with Live
This class digs deeply into high-end techniques for producing material with Live. Specifically tailored towards speeding up your workflow, students will move back-and-forth between lectures and speed-writing projects working with “pretotypes”. This class also adds live performance aspects into the music production process, blurring the lines between the studio and the stage.
Advanced FX rack techniques.
Advanced MIDI production and editing techniques.
Key Command mastery.
Ableton Live Certification Exam.
“Pretotypes” and speeding up workflows.
Advanced production techniques.
Dummy Clips and clip-based automation performance.
Performing clips, arrangement and the mix!
Mixing & Mastering 301 with Ableton Live:
This class is the culmination ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts. Each week for 16 weeks, student projects and mixes will be dissected in a workshop setting to determine what works and what doesn’t using a set of specified objective criteria chosen by the student. Once mixed, the song will undergo mastering both at Pyramind “in the box” as well as at a professional facility in SF – the final step on the way to professional delivery.
*Prerequisites exist for this class which include a minimum of: Ableton Live 101, 201 and 210 // Music Theory 101, 110 // Producing and Arranging 110 // Sound Design 101, 201.
Vocals and tuning issues.
Cleaning up noisy tracks.
Musical EQ’ing based on song key and mode.
Advanced automation techniques.
Preparing tracks for Mastering.
Maximizing song arrangement during the mix process.
Dissecting and understanding the emotional arc of the song.
Balancing the elements of the song with volume.
Advanced automation and FX routing.
The “6 stages of mixing”.
“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 Student
Meet your Ableton Live Instructors!
Shawn Mercado - M3RC // SHDWS
M3RC began his journey into the electronic music world at the age of 15 and has performed at many world renowned venues and events, including Avalon Hollywood, Ruby Skye, The Regency Ballroom, Fox Theater, Sunrise Event Center, LovEvolution, Control LA/SF, and Insomniac Awakening. He has performed with such artists as Noisia, Zedd, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Madeon, Tommy Trash, Dada Life, The M Machine, The Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Rusko, and many more. Ableton Live 101 and 201.
Liam Shy // Mountain of Youth
Liam Shy is a dynamic and passionate audiophile who’s work includes being a Music Producer, DJ, Sound Designer, Live Sound Engineer, Audio Instructor and advocate for the electronic music community. He has worked as a Sound Designer and Composer including titles for the Wii and nationally broadcasted television commercials. In addition Liam has run several successful music projects, including Mountain of Youth and DISSØLV - a live EDM band specializing in dubstep and psytrance combined with classical and tribal themes. The band featured Liam as the vocalist, guitarist and live electronic manipulator– alongside violinist Valentin Santana, keyboardist Lauren Keys and drummer Zeta Ceti and they’ve opened for Infected Mushroom on several occasions. Ableton Live 210.
DJ UNDERBELLY (aka Tim Linetsky)
…”Sup ya'll. My name is Underbelly and I like to teach people how to make beats over the internet in a way that doesn't put you to sleep. I started doing music when my parents forced me to take classical piano at the age of 7. To rebel against them I began producing electronic music when I was 14 and teaching online when I was 17. My YouTube channel, You Suck at Producing, now has over 36,000 subscribers. I've had my tutorials and original productions featured in publications such as DJ Tech Tools, Earmilk, NEST HQ, and more. I've also toured internationally with a viral flute sensation (!) and supported artists such as Lido, The Gaslamp Killer, Keys N Krates, Sango, and Giraffage”. Mixing and Mastering 301 with Ableton Live.
Additional Information about building Custom Programs
All courses in the Complete are held at our San Francisco ground campus location.
Custom program students can choose from ANY of our existing individual classes based on need and satisfying all prerequisites.
Veterans and International students must choose from one of our approved Full Time programs and cannot build custom programs.
13 subject tracks across 3 DAW’s (Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Logic Pro X).
Payment plans are available to qualified students with low monthly interest up to 2-years based on the size of a custom program.
Discounts on gear are available through our partnerships with Ableton, Mixed in Key and Sweetwater Sound!
All Access Studio Pass is granted FREE with enrollment of a custom program over $10,000 in tuition.
Tuition - variable based on the choice of classes in the Custom Program.