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Creative sampling & production in Ableton Live

with John Watson

Learn how to use samples and sampling creatively in Ableton Live.

In this 13-part course, John Watson shows you -in detail- how he creates a track from scratch, only using vinyl samples, field recordings he's made around the world, and samples of external instruments such as the Korg Electribe drum machine and MicroKorg synth.

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  • Lifetime access to all video-lessons
  • Instruction from an expert trainer
  • Great screenshots, "bird's eye" camera view of the gear
  • EXCLUSIVE bonus downloads of samples and project files created during the course
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
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14 lessons · 2h 26m

Seasoned producer and music technology educator John Watson teaches you how to use samples & sampling creatively in Ableton Live.

In this course, John walks you through the process of building a track - using only samples! He uses his personal sample collection to do so - field recordings from across the world, vinyl samples, and samples that he records during the course with his Korg Electribe drum machine and MicroKorg synth.

After setting up the project and taking a tour of the sample library, you'll learn how to use the Simpler and Sampler devices in Ableton Live to trigger samples and record them into your track. Learn everything you've always wanted to know about Trimming, Time stretching, EQing, and Tuning samples, Recording with MIDI and Converting to audio.

John will show you in detail how to use Session and Arrange views in Ableton Live and then walk you through the mixing and mastering of the track:

  • Understanding Attack, Sustain, Decay, Release
  • EQ'ing with EQ Eight
  • Adding reverb using a send/return configuration
  • Adding Compression with a variety of compressors (including Glue Compressor device for rhythm parts)

BONUS DOWNLOAD: As a gift with the course, John has provided you with a 40MB download of all the samples used in the course, as well as his Ableton Live project files.

At any time, you can also click on John's tutor page on the right to contact him directly and get personal feedback on your tracks.

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John Watson

After work experience with Depeche Mode and Cure Producer Dave Allen, John was inspired to study Music Technology in London. His music career began after a successful signing to CookShop Records releasing 9 singles and an album in 2007 that received rave reviews from Q, Uncut and Lowdown Magazine, plus radio play from XFM and Radio One.
John began training as an audio engineer at Bonafide studio in 2005 where he refined his talents and later that year set up Jackdaw Recordings. He’s collaborated with many successful artists and in 2007 began playing for pop musician Patrick Wolf, performing at leading venues, here in the UK and internationally - including The Astoria and Shepherds Bush Empire.
Based in his London studio John now writes music, with two more releases on Cook Shop, does sound engineering for prominent artists, and sound design for TV ads, film, theatre, corporate video.

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