Ableton Live Production

Ableton Live Music Production Course | Hong Kong

Get to grips with everything you could ever love about producing and performing your own music on Ableton Live within a small and focussed class. This course covers all the music production knowledge you’ll need to set you on your way to creating and producing music in all manner of styles thanks to the unique nature of this revolutionary software. It’s a 36-hour course that’s the perfect introduction to Ableton Live, but caters for more than just beginners, as self-taught students can use the opportunity to enhance and augment their knowledge, too. The course includes instruction from an Ableton-Certified Trainer and a producer/engineer from our respected roster, who will demonstrate, in practical, accessible terms, how to implement the training. Students can share and explore questions and techniques amongst their fellows and their instructors at any time during the course so that they optimize their learning. We feel this opportunity for true interactive learning gives the Garnish experience a significant edge over online courses or online tutorials.

It’s worth mentioning that Ableton runs the same on both Mac and PC, so it’s not an issue if you’re running the PC version at home or at your own studio. It’s also definitely worth mentioning that if you should happen to miss any sessions (through illness or holiday), we are committed to doing our best to get you onto a future cycle of your choice to fill in the gaps! Finally, please note that many GMP participants worldwide are eligible for 40% off the price of Ableton software. To learn more and request information on the schedule, click here.


Ableton & Apple Certified Training Center101

Let’s Go!

  • What sets Ableton apart from other DAWs?
  • Getting set up: Audio and the preferences window
  • Session view vs. Arrangement view: applications of each
  • Live concepts: clips / scenes / browser / library
  • The concept of Ableton’s unique warp engine
  • Launching clips
  • Intro to FX
  • Intro to instruments

Creating With Audio & MIDI

  • Warping in practice
  • Quantizing audio
  • Clips: clip view and clip properties
  • Making beats with Drum Racks and Simpler sampling
  • Effects: Live’s effects and using third-party effects
  • Recording MIDI and live looping
  • Basic routing and resampling
  • Automation: creating dynamic changes in your arrangements

DJing and Live Performance

  • Preparing (warping) whole tracks and harmonic mixing
  • On the fly DJ effects
  • Using MIDI controllers effectively / mouse-free control
  • Bespoke Ableton controllers – Akai, Novation, and Push
  • Grouping tracks and basic routing
  • Structuring your sets and using loops
  • Recording your performance + editing the arrangement view
  • Bouncing down


MIDI Tracks and Composing with Virtual Instruments

  • Simpler – Unlocking the full potential of this simple sampler
  • Drum Rack – Programming beats, manipulating sounds, chopping up loops, vocals, and tracks – making rhythms from anything. Slice to MIDI
  • Using and controlling third-party virtual instruments
  • Grooves + groove extraction
  • Setting up a MIDI keyboard or drum pad controllers
  • Getting creative with MIDI effects

Recording Techniques and Introduction to Sound Design

  • Balancing, introduction to the art of mixing. Group tracks and advanced uses of routing
  • Introduction to sound waves, frequency, and amplitude
  • The recording patch in detail, introduction to gain structure
  • EQ and compression for recording
  • Foldback, headphone mixes, and latency
  • Digital, analog, sampling rate and bit-rate explained
  • Microphones overview and stereo miking techniques
  • Recording specific aspects of Ableton
  • Compiling audio takes

Advanced Techniques

  • Advanced warping – acapellas, classical music and anything without beats!
  • Multi-track warping
  • Clip envelopes – creative uses of Ableton’s unique loop-based automation on audio fx, instruments, and midi fx. Easily achieve complex music, sound, and rhythm manipulation
  • Using all automation types together – creating build-ups and break-downs with complex sounds
  • Intro to Racks & Chains – powerful hidden features. Layering FX and instruments

36 Hours | In-Person: $23,400 | Online Remote Attendance: $5,999

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    I found the course very useful at least for me as I didn't have previous experience with Ableton. The instructor was always very helpful and attentive to solve and answer any question.

    Luis Miranda

    Everything was great. Can't think of anything I would change. The instructor is knowledgeable and personable. His expertise and time is much appreciated. Thank you!

    Mike DeMille

    The course is very friendly and engaging. Any and all questions will be asked with no hesitation or frustration, and it helps everyone else in the class that might have the same question in mind.

    Ryan Conway

    I would highly recommend Garnish because besides providing the technical aspects of the course material, the teachers are very knowledgeable about not only Ableton but music production in general which is a huge help. Garnish provides a great environment for music producers from all walks of life.

    Terry Pham

    Its a great school . I didn't know if I wanted to be more interested in music production and EDM but after Ableton I am totally in and I want to take more classes. Either you are a beginner or know something about Ableton, instructors will explain you very well.

    Maria Luisa

    It's much easier to learn from an experienced instructor rather than Youtube because I am able to ask questions and know why things work instead of just following a video.

    Henry Hang (Zankr)

    It was a lot better than watching youtube or reading about Ableton. The classes were helpful and it was nice to be around people with a similar mindset for networking etc.

    Emma Henry

    I took this course to build a stable foundation in Ableton. What I got was not only a foundation but and incredible amount of knowledge that surpassed my expectations. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to take that next progression from DJ'n to producing. I now have the full confidence to open up Ableton and make a full blown production from scratch. I have Garnish and their awesome teachers to thank for that!

    Corey Aguilar

    This course helped me become a lot more confident in my ability within Ableton. I learnt a lot of tips and tricks, that even friends who are successful in the industry didn't know about. Every lesson was packed with useful knowledge and I never felt stupid asking ANY questions. I came to this course with very little knowledge of Ableton and had no recording/production knowledge. I am very happy with the level I am at for taking such a short course. 5 stars!

    Vanessa Jadesa

    Great introduction to Ableton and music production. The course gave me the confidence, knowledge, and inspiration that I needed to get cracking in my home studio. It made me realize how creative I can be, and how much potential I have. I am very grateful for this experience, and the teachers were very cool and patient. I plan to take follow-up courses in the future as I felt very comfortable at Garnish.

    DJ Rhiannon

    The instructor had a way of explaining things that helped drive things home and really stick for me. He almost felt like a peer rather than a teacher and to be able to ask "dumb" questions and receive a genuine response was great. I can tell there's a real passion for teaching these programs here, and it's not just to get our money.

    Max Goldcamp

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