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On Ableton Live 11

A comprehensive 101 electronic music production course that covers concepts of audio engineering, recording, music theory, sample selection, arrangement, mixing, tuning and mastering music. 

Including the use of creative audio, midi effects and using advanced vst's and Analog synthesisers to make some awesome sounds. 


At the same time, we will focus on developing practices that make the process of music-making fast, fun and creative for you. And as we run a Music Studio you'll get an in-depth experience on how we produce records for our clients.

The course offers a mix of online (Zoom & HQ Audio) and offline lectures.



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Satyam Sangwan is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Music Producer from New Delhi. Owner of Silk Road Studios, which is a friendly music production studio where he offers services and mentorship in the area of music and visual composition, production, engineering and education.

Ripple Drift is the creative alias of IDM producer, sound engineer and educator, Satyam Sangwan. Knowing the ins and outs of Live, Satyam actively produces and engineers artists, jams on analog synths, and mentors students.



15 structured lessons will be taught in this course which shall give you a full understanding of Music Production, Recording, Tuning, Mixing and Mastering a track.


Introduction to Ableton

  • Introduction to Ableton Live

  • Setting up your system

  • What is a DAW

  • Signal Flow | Equipment You Need

  • Preferences in Ableton Live 

  • Understanding Ableton’s Interface

  • Working with Scenes

  • Introduction to Live’s Browser

  • What is MIDI | MIDI & Audio Properties.


Audio Effects In Live

  • Live’s Mixer

  • Exclusive Arm and Solo

  • Dry/Wet | Series and Parallel FX

  • Using Sends and Returns

  • Creating Manual Feedback for Returns

  • 2 Ways of Building Headphone Cues

  • Using Effect Devices

  • The Hot Swap Switch

  • EQ and Filters

  • Soloing Different EQ Bands

  • EQ-ing in Stereo, L/R and M/S

  • Compressors and Dynamic Processing

  • Different Types of Delay Effect Processing

  • Using Reverb Effectively

  • Side-Chain Gating and Side-Chain Compression

  • Make a song using 5 or more tracks and use what we have learned.


Sampling In Live

  • Live’s Software Instruments

  • Impulse in Detail

  • Impulse as Multi-Output

  • Simpler in Detail

  • Isolating Chords from a Loop to Playback as an Authentic Chord

  • ​Simpler / Sampler  in Detail


Recording & Tuning Vox

  • Recording Vocals efficiently. 

  • Practices to follow as a vocalist

  • How to produce a vocalist. 

  • Vocal Fx and Mixing techniques

  • Vocoders in Detail

  • Introduction to Auto-Tune & Melodyne. 


Introduction to Mixing-1

  • Gain Staging

  • Colour coding | Grouping | Management 

  • Fades | Editing | Cleaning

  • Levelling

  • Set the right Monitoring | What levels to mix on? 

  • Studio Monitor setup | Why do we need room acoustics?


Understanding MIDI

  • Live’s Browser in detail

  • Auditioning Clips and Devices

  • Understating File Structure and Saving Live Set

  • Preparation to Record MIDI

  • Recording and Overdubbing MIDI

  • Using the Step Sequencer to Enter MIDI

  • Grids | Fold View in the Editor | Legato Option

  • Quantizing | Quantizing with Grooves | Live Quantizing

  • Editing MIDI Velocities | Note Expression | Chance 

  • Make a beat using what we learned. 


Automation & Mapping

  • Using MIDI Effects

  • Arpeggiator | Chord | Scale

  • Keyboard Mapping | MIDI Controller Mapping | Instant Mapping

  • Automation Envelopes

  • Recording Real-Time Automation

  • Drawing Automation Manually

  • Automating Clips in Session View

  • Unlinking Clip Length and Automation Length

  • Editing Automation

  • Using Fades and Cross-Fades


Racks in Live

  • Live Racks

  • FX Racks

  • Nested Racks

  • Effects in Series and Parallel

  • Using FX Chains

  • Instrument Racks

  • Key-Zone Editor and Velocity-Zone Editor

  • Drum Racks

  • I/O, Sends and Returns Inside the Drum Rack

  • Choking Samples

  • Using Macros


Prepare a Live Set

  • Make an Ableton set for live performance

  • Optimize your Ableton session. 

  • Using Dummy Clips to manage your live set

  • Max for Live Instruments, Midi & Audio effects

  • Creative Essentials | Packs


Introduction to Mixing-2

  • Why & When to use EQ and Compression. 

  • EQ in detail | Types of EQ | Different EQ modes 

  • Compression in detail | Types of Compressors

  • Multi-Band Compressor | Multi-Band EQ | Difference btw both

  • Discuss various types of plugins in the market. 


 Recording Audio In Live

  • Recording Audio

  • Different Monitoring Modes

  • Understanding Session & Arrangement View

  • Grids in Arrangement View | Permanent Scrub Areas

  • Recording in Arrangement View

  • Using Punch-In and Punch-Out Switches

  • Recording from Session View to Arrangement View

  • Back to Arrange View Button

  • Grouping Tracks

  • Using Locaters

  • Editing in Arrangement View

  • Shortcuts for a fast workflow


Warping In Live

  • Warping Audio

  • Basics of Warping

  • Understanding all Different Warping Modes in Detail

  • Transient Markers and Warp Markers

  • Using Warp to Quantize Audio

  • Creating an Instrument Using Warp Markers

  • Exporting/Bouncing Audio from Arrangement and Session View

  • Freeze and Flatten Tracks


Launching Clips In Live

  • Launch Modes of Clips

  • Follow Actions in Detail

  • Making a Break-beat Using Follow Actions


Overview of Push2

  • Introduction to  Ableton Push 2 

  • Walkthrough basics of Push 2. 

  • How to make a track from scratch using Push 2

  • Introduction to Analog Synths

  • Connect an Analog synth with your Ableton set.


Finalising the Mix & Introduction to Mastering

  • Reverb | Delay | Chorus | Phaser 

  • Parallel or Series FX 

  • Advance FX mixing techniques 

  • Automations with Return Tracks

  • Finalising the Mix 

  • Setting a correct Headroom for Mastering

  • Introduction to Mastering

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