101 // 201 // 210 // 301
Ableton Live 101:
This 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.
- 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
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.
- 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
Mixing & Mastering 301 with Ableton Live:
The Ableton Live version of Pyramind’s acclaimed Mixing & Mastering class: This unique educational process in this class puts the student in the driver’s seat. Every 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.
This class synthesizes ALL of the subjects learned to date – from music theory to songwriting, production tools and engineering concepts – as the students realize what a piece of music actually goes through to be finished! 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.
- Maximizing song arrangement during the mix process
- Dissecting and understanding the emotional arc
- Balancing the elements of the song
- Advanced automation and FX
- Vocals and tuning issues
- Cleaning up Noisy tracks
- EQ and compression in action
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.
Ableton Live Ins
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.
Ableton Certified Trainer
Zaak Kerstetter is a music production teacher, DJ and artist who produces downtempo cinematic bass music under the moniker Zenotope. With an appetite for the absurd, and an admiration for the subversive undertones of underground communities, he continued to experiment with soundscapes, hardware synthesizers and sequencers, and came across Live while living in New York City. Zaak was immediately attracted to the non-linear work flow and the breadth of possibilities that Ableton Live offers. Within six months of discovering Ableton Zaak moved to San Francisco, CA to attend Pyramind’s Audio Production school, where he graduated from the core program. He went on to teach as a faculty member at Pyramind as the Live 101 and 201 instructor.
Shawn 'M3RC' Mercado
Ableton Live Instructor
Shawn began his journey into the DJ and electronic music world at a young age. He then graduated from Pyramind's Core Producer program in 2013. Shawn has performed at many world renowned venues & events including; Avalon Hollywood, Ruby Skye, The Regency Ballroom, Fox Theater, Sunrise Event Center, LovEvolution, Control LA/SF, Insomniac Awakening, etc. He has performed with artists such as; Noisia, Zedd, Sub Focus, Jack Beats, Madeon, Tommy Trash, Dada Life, The M Machine, The Chainsmokers, LA Riots, Blasterjaxx, and many more.
Shawn currently holds a residency at Ruby Skye nightclub & Control in San Francisco under his solo alias ‘M3RC’.
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.