How to create a killer live set using Ableton Live & external instruments

with Mark Burnett

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Intermediate 16 lessons (2h 16m) Mobile, Tablet + Desktop

Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Burnett has been working with Ableton products for the past 14 years. He's also a label owner at Funk'n Deep Records (Soundcloud, Resident Advisor), whose tracks are appearing in the world’s biggest festivals and largest podcasts from the industry’s heavy-hitters such as Carl Cox & Richie Hawtin.

Mark will take you on a detailed tour of the hardware and software setup he uses in his live shows. 

Whether you're new to Ableton or have experience using the software and want inspiration on how to plan and execute a live set using Ableton Live and external instruments, this course is for you!

By the end of this course, you'll feel comfortable creating & delivering a killer set in front of an audience!

In detail, Mark covers:

  • Understanding cabling and routing of signals
  • Setting Ableton live preferences (Audio, Midi Syncm etc.)
  • Setting up external instruments in Ableton live
  • Mapping MIDI and external instruments
  • Setting up a microphone track
  • Setting up thru tracks and loopers
  • Using extra effects to add complexity to your set
  • Live set flow, examples, ideas and inspiration (using Mark's live show as an example)

Featured gear and software:

  • Ableton Push
  • Vestax VCM 600
  • Roland TR505 Drum Machine (12 bit PCM based drum machine)
  • Korg Volca Beats (Analog kick drum circuit)
  • Elektron Analog Rytm
  • Nord Rack digital synthesizer
  • Sound card
  • USB hub
  • Emagic MT4 (midi breakout box)

Player reviews

“Thanks. Nice course! Like it a lot! Nice setting and very easy and clear teaching! Hope you make more in this genre!!??”


“excellent instruction, keep it up!”


“Very good and simple introduction to external device in Ableton.”


“Thanks just what I needed straight to the point, best explanation”


“That's about as thorough an informative as it gets. Thank you!!”


“This is probably the best example of the most clear, concise, well laid out instructional video I've ever seen on any subject ever. So well done. The different camera angles, the way he speaks, just perfect. Thank you so much!”

Sherman C.