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Understanding the basics of Ableton Live

with Isaac Cotec

"Arguably one of the best Ableton trainers in the world!"
Get started using Ableton Live with Isaac Cotec and part 1 of this in-depth, 3-part course that will help you master all aspects of the software.

INCLUDED: plenty of opportunity to practice with awesome exercises and exclusive downloadable project files, audio samples and libraries.


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For you get:

  • Lifetime access to all video-lessons
  • Instruction from an expert, Ableton-certified trainer
  • EXCLUSIVE bonus downloads of project & audio files, worksheets created during the course
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
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20 lessons · 2h 16m

We've teamed up with acclaimed Certified Ableton Trainer Isaac Cotec to create the "ultimate" 3-part Ableton course that walks you through all the concepts that you'll need to master it. From navigating the software, laying out musical ideas on the timeline, to connecting MIDI instruments, improvising and experimenting with musical ideas, adding Audio effects - it's all explained here so you can use Live in your own music.

This part 1 of the course specifically focuses on the following skills:

  • Navigating Ableton Live, including Clips, Tracks, Session and Arrangement views
  • Understanding the browser, including managing files & Hot-Swap
  • Controlling Clips, including the Clip Box, Launch box, Sample box and Envelopes
  • Controlling Timing, including Warp and Warp Modes

The course is a mix of "live video", featuring Isaac Cotec speaking to camera and screen shots so you can understand exactly what Isaac is doing at every point of the course.

INCLUDED are tons of exercises and course downloads - check them out on the "Downloads" tab above.

Good luck with the course and if you have questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Isaac directly using our tutoring feature on this page!

Lesson Plan

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Exercise - What is Ableton Live - Live Example

Exercise - Understanding the Browser - Hot Swap Example

Exercise - Controlling Timing - Reviewing Timing

Exercise - Controlling Clips - Example Follow Action

Isaac Cotec

Arguably one of the best Ableton Trainers in the world! Over the years, while working on his own music, Isaac began teaching recording techniques, sound design, and Ableton Live to private students. Since getting his certification as an official Ableton Certified Trainer, he's helped thousands of producers step up their game and succeed as musicians.

Isaac Cotec started producing electronic based music in 2005 with Psyche Sonics,an experimental group working with the science and research of binaural beats, and altering consciousness through sounds. After touring, Isaac Cotec continued writing music under the alias Cotec and later emerged as the artist Subaqueous. As Subaqueous, he blends his electronic past with future and past organic production techniques and, to date, has released 3 albums and 4 EP's.  Isaac Cotec is the founder and manager of the record label Invibe Music. Invibe represents some of the Pacific Northwest’s best electronic music, and specializes in midtempo dance music.

Check out some of Isaac's Ableton Live courses below, and don't hesitate starting a conversation with him using our tutoring feature on this page.

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