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Introduction to Ableton Live

by Julieta Papi




8-class course aimed at musicians, students and the general public who wish to get started in music production with Ableton Live. Content will be developed from an initial level, covering the main concepts of electronic music that allow understanding how sequencers and sound modules work to begin to create rhythmic, melodic and harmonic bases, record and edit audio, apply audio and midi effects, sample, edit midi control maps, automate parameters, set up a session to play live, and more.


That the students acquire  the necessary knowledge to function easily through the Ableton Live platform. Extending said content to carrying out practical work aimed at creating song models or sound design, being able to create their own music.  


Virtual. Classes will be taught through the Zoom platform. 8 weekly meetings of 1.30 am. The objectives of each class are developed (which may vary) and exercises are given to apply during the course. Includes notes as summary and sound libraries ready to produce.



Tuesday September 14​ , 7 pm



Assist with the program installed in any of its versions. Headphones are recommended. No prior knowledge is necessary.


General contents

Overview of the program, what is a digital audio workstation, which Ableton emulates, differences between midi and audio, sound surround, brief review of the history of electronic music, live set utilities and their differences with the arrangement mode , creation of midi clips of all kinds of instruments (rhythms, basses, pads, etc)  sound recording and editing, audio and midi effects, sampler and simpler, automations, midi and key map editing, midi controllers, how to put together a session to play live, how to sync with other musiques.  

Contents by class

Class 1:  Welcome, an overview of Ableton, configurations, the two modes that the software has, all the functions of the console, parameters of the channels and global parameters of the Project. Sequencer and Sound Module Concept. Creation of rhythmic midi clip, armed with a drum set in musical progression.

Class 2:  Bass clip creation, loop duration variation, sound envelope concept to modify in sound modules. Bass and drum coordination from the Live set,  how scenes work, assembling clips in Arrange mode, and exporting the project to an audio track.

Class 3:  Create melody and harmony midi clips on Ableton Native Instruments. Step sequencer and note sequencer. Application of audio effects and midi effects. Assemble the song parts in Arrange mode.

Class 4:  Audio recording in a home studio, on board plates and external sound cards, drivers, audio editing, cut, paste, fade in-out, etc. Routing of the audio signal. Monitoring a microphone for a live session. Integration of what is recorded with the midis, in the arrangement mode or in the live set.

Lecture 5: Simpler and Ableton Sampler Utilities. Assemble a midi sequence on the sampler with original sounds recorded or from libraries. Build a drum machine with sounds external to the program. Load audio clips, different ways of the warp.

Lecture 6: Automation of effects, automations of native instrument parameters, automation in the arrangement mode and in the live set. Creation of Channel Groups, Locators.

Class 7:  MIDI controllers, what they are and how to use them. Midi map editing, in-out midi routes. Synchronization of the midi clock between two computers or more, Link of ableton, synchronization with external machines. Ableton vocoder utilities.

Class 8: Reinforcement of the contents seen, clearing up doubts. General idea of  how to put together a set to play live, be it from a pre-assembled song show, a set entirely created live, a mix of both, a sound system for theater and dance, a set that interacts with other musics.




Julieta Papi is a Professional DJ and Electronic Music Producer from EMBA (School of Music of Buenos Aires). He specializes in the assembly and production of live sets. Freelance worker, develops original music, sound design for audiovisuals,  sound and technical operation for theater.  She starts her solo project where she produces her first album Amora, co-founder and producer  Welcome to the Computer, producer and singer of Ensamble Folklórico Digital and Memorias del Futuro. For ten years he has coordinated  Ableton Live workshops.



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