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LIVEMAKER 1


Mar 20 – May 8, 2017 [Term 1 Course]

Essential Beginner’s Course for Studio and Live Music Production with Ableton Live.

Are you a producer wanting to develop DAW superpowers? Are you a musician who plays an instrument, but dreams of taking your instrument to creative places it’s never gone before? Are you looking to upgrade your technical creativity for both live and studio playing? Are you a singer/songwriter producing your own music? Are you just looking for an easy way to get your sounds into a computer and then mess with them?



Livemaker 1 is Noisemaker Academy’s course that focuses on your music making using the most powerful software platform for studio and live performing musicians, Ableton Live. The course begins at an absolute beginners’ level, then digs deep into the Live functionality that you need to make great, authentic music. We also explore live performance – the use of live instruments, including live looping and recording, live real-time effects, and live sample playback. No digging through piles and piles of youtube videos to find what you’re looking for, we’ve assembled it all in one place!

Who this course is for:
  • Music Producers.
  • People who play instruments from all disciplines/backgrounds.
  • Vocalists, Singer-Songwriters.
  • Noisemakers, Synthesists and tweakers of sounds who want to develop a live set.
  • Media Producers like Filmmakers, Podcasters, Animators and Game Makers.
What you need for the Course:
  • You will need to bring your own Mac or PC laptop, charger and headphones, with at least a Demo version of Ableton Live installed. We can provide these items in-class if you give us 24 hours notice, and we can hire them to you for the duration of the course for an additional fee.
When and where does the course happen?
  • Classes are on Mondays, 6:30pm-9pm
  • Venue: Soundbyte Studios, 187 Carr Place, Leederville. [Map Link]
  • Mar 20 – May 8, 2017 [Term 4 Course]
  • Classes limited to 6 students per class (see class details below)

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Why Choose Noisemaker Academy?

Ableton Certified.

Livemaker 1 is designed and taught by Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan. Ableton certifies only the best and most capable trainers and teachers in order to ensure that the Ableton user community has access to a high standard of training.

Limited Class Sizes.

Each class is limited to 6 students, to ensure that you get the best possible learning experience around. This allows for each class to closer cater to your particular capabilities and learning styles.



Livemaker 1 Curriculum Guide


We’ve designed an Ableton Live music production course that specially caters to live musicians and instrumentalists. The course runs as one night class per week for 9 weeks, with a project week break in week 5. Note: Please click on the section headings below to expand the curriculum guide for each period.

Setting up for Live – A

1.1 Plugging in 1: Equipment for playing Live live, and how to set it up
1.1.1 Intro to Audio Interfaces
1.1.2 Optimizing your Computer and Audio Interface for live use
1.1.3 Testing your setup – ins and outs

1.2 Plugging in 2: Intro to Microphones, signal flow and gain structure
1.2.1 The right mic for the job
1.2.2 Condenser Mics vs Dynamic Mics, pickup patterns
1.2.3 Signal flow: where your sound goes
1.2.4 Gain structure: where to turn your sound up & down

Setting up for Live – B

1.3 Plugging in 3: Inputs and outputs – Audio
1.3.1 Intro to Live’s in/out section
1.3.2 Big Picture: Live sound processing to get a great sound.
1.3.3 Setting up a cue mix
1.3.4 Big Picture: Joni in the Moon’s live monitoring setup
1.3.5 What to do in an audio emergency at a gig!
1.3.6 EXTRA – the acoustic + amplified dilemma: what you and your audience actually hear

1.4 Plugging in 4: Inputs and outputs – MIDI
1.4.1 How MIDI works: different messages for different functions
1.4.2 Big Picture: MIDI Tesla!
1.4.3 Intro to MIDI controllers
1.4.5 Big Picture: build macro instruments/racks for killer sounds
1.4.4 Live’s (remote) MIDI mapping functions: Live at your fingertips

How Live works, how to make it work for you – A

2.1 Arrange vs Session: linear vs non-linear.
2.1.1 The Session view: How and why Live works more like the way you think about music
2.1.2 Intro to Clips and Scenes
2.1.3 Non-linear production: a great starting place for creativity
2.1.4 Session view for Live playing/jamming
2.1.5 Session to Arrange: print your live jam to a linear arrangement

2.2 The Live Mixer: Plug anything into anything else, all ‘in the box’
2.2.1 I/O – where every sound begins and ends in Live
2.2.2 The Monitor section (& why you can’t hear your sound)
2.2.3 Faders, knobs and automation
2.2.4 The channel types – Audio, MIDI, Returns and Master

How Live works, how to make it work for you – B

2.3 The Live Browser: find what you’re looking for
2.3.1 Drag and drop live effects
2.3.2 Use search to speed up your digging
2.3.3 Saving and organizing your own clips, effects and software instruments

2.4 The Transport: Know the grid before you can go ‘off the grid’
2.4.1 The transport and how it affects your music
2.4.2 Using tempo and time signature automation
2.4.3 Sending audio and the click to your cue output
2.4.4 Tips and tricks for playing with a click/cue
2.4.5 Using delays to keep yourself in time

In week 5, students complete a project that consolidates the concepts from the first 4 weeks. It is also recommended that students who order extra private lessons have their private lessons in this week, to cover any concepts that may need tutoring assistance.
Effect my sound! (effects 1)

3.1 Insert vs Send effects: how, when, and where to use them
3.2 EQ and compression (and limiting): The 2.1 most important insert effects
3.3 Time-based send effects: Simple Delay, Filter Delay, Ping Pong, Reverb
3.4 Time-based insert effects: Auto Filter, Auto Pan, Beat Repeat,
3.5 Distortion/mangling effects: Amp, Dynamic Tube, Erosion, Overdrive, Redux, Saturator, Vinyl Distortion
3.6 Modulators: Chorus, Phaser, Frequency Shifter
3.7 Power insert FX: Corpus, Multiband Dynamics, Looper, Spectrum
3 ways to go live with Live, with real-world applications

4.1 Intro to the three setups, optimizing your system for each
4.2 Setup 1: the all-output, no audio input system
4.3 Setup 2: the audio- and MIDI-input focused system
4.4 Setup 3: the ultimate audio input and output hybrid
Looper and Clip record: loop your sound live!

5.1 Looper Part 1: Introduction to Looper
5.2 Looper Part 2: Building a live Looper-based session
5.3 Looper Part 3: Adding Effects to a live Looper session
5.4 Clip Record focus (& how it works in the session view with a range of controllers)
5.5 Clip record vs Looper record: different processes for different applications
Taking your sound to the next level (effects part 2)
6.1 Live Sound Design 1: Group your effects with Racks; Macros, Chains and the chain editor
6.2 Live Sound Design 2: Power up your Racks
6.3 Live Sound Design 3: Make your life easy with ‘one-knob’ effects
6.4 Live Sound Design 4: Using sidechains to control one sound with another sound
Form is everything (Structure your Live set)
7.1 Scenes & Clips advanced: Follow actions
7.2 Breaking your music down into scenes
7.3 Duplicating scenes to create arrangement options
7.4 Automation in the Session view
7.5 Clip launch options (Legato!)

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