Live Performance in Ableton Live

with Brian Funk

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Intermediate 30 lessons (2h 20m) Mobile, Tablet + Desktop

Hi, Brian Funk here.

I've been performing live with Ableton Live for years now, and I remember the effort I went through to figure out how to use the software for live performance.

So I've put together the Ableton Live course that I wish existed when I first got serious! ...and sharing all my production secrets.

If you have ever wanted to get on a stage and perform using Ableton, this is the course for you. These ideas and techniques work for a solo artist like myself, DJs, instrumentalists in bands, and sound engineers. I have used Ableton to perform my songs all by myself, to play synths and instruments in bands, to apply effects to other instrumentalists and vocalists, to DJ, and even to provide sound effects and music in theatrical performances. The applications are limitless.

Everything in the course is meant to be practical and useful. I discuss everything from effectively routing your tracks, setting up your sessions in a sensical manner, incorporating live and virtual instruments, setting up controllers, recording your performances, live looping, and even how I have been integrating Ableton's Push into live performance. I approach every technique in ways that will actually work live and are mindful of CPU usage.  There are even tips on how to keep things interesting for your audience.

Bonus Ableton Devices Included!
I've also packed this Ableton Live course with some handy Audio and MIDI Effect Racks. The 10 Effect Racks will help you add character, clean up mixes, do rudimentary mastering, create drum fills and glitch sounds, as well as emulate things like the MPC's famous note repeat. They come in a separate Ableton set and can easily be saved to your library for use in any project. (These devices require Ableton Live 9).

Good luck, I know this course will get you to the next level in your live performances and musical journey.

Gear used on this course: MOTU Ultralite 2 audio interface, OP-1 Synth, iPad with synths (MiniBrute, Soundprism Pro app), Midi Controllers (Akai APC-40, Novation Launchpad, Akai MPK mini, Softstep foot controller), Ableton Push

Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of Ableton Live, for example I won't be explaining the difference between Session and Arrangement View, or the various Warp modes.

So start improving your live performances too with this Ableton Live course right now! After you are finished with this one check out the rest of the Electronic Music Production courses!