Ableton Mixing Workshop – July 5th and July 12th – 2015

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Mixing Workshop
Sunday July 5th  & July 12th – 10am-2pm

Mixing is a necessary skill for any music producer to create a professional sounding song.  A great musical idea can be lost in a cloudy and muddy mix. If your mixes lack that punch, depth, clarity or are generally not loud enough this workshop is for you. Learn how to use and abuse the tools to get your tracks loud! This workshop will cover the necessary elements to create a professional sounding mix by first understanding how the tools work and then learning when and why to use those tools to achieve the results you want.

RSVP on Facebook

Topics:

Elements of a Mix
Compression
Side-Chain Compression
Parallel Compression
EQ
Reverb
Delay
Volume Balancing
Panning
Signal Chains
Limiting
Referencing
Prep for Mastering
Cleanup Vs. Creative Mixing
Fixing it in the arrangement
Fixing it in the sample, synth or recording
Dealing with your room
Inserts vs. Sends and Returns
Tips n Tricks

 

Ableton Introduction Course – July 11th – August 1st – 2015

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Description: Make the music you’ve always wanted to with Ableton Live, a powerful tool for music production used by professional producers worldwide. In this 16 hour introductory course, you will learn how to use Live’s devices, loops, effects and instruments to create your own music. This course will walk you through the entire process of creating a song from start to finish with hands on examples and exercises. You will leave with an understanding of how to utilize both the session and arrangement view to create music, arrange a song and apply basic mixing techniques.

Class Meeting Dates:
Saturday – July 11th –   10am-2pm
Saturday – July 18th  –  10am-2pm
Saturday – July 25th –   10am-2pm
Saturday – August 1st – 10am-2pm

RSVP on Facebook

****Enrolling in this class makes you eligible for the educational discount on Ableton software!****

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Recommended Materials:

Laptop Computer
Headphones
Ableton Live 9
Free 30 Day trial version of Ableton Live 9
https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
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Day 1: Creating Beats
Part 1: Session View, MIDI and Creation Phase
Activity: Create your first drum beat!
The Music Production Process
Interface and Navigation Tour
Drum Programming, Drum Racks and creating groove
MIDI editing, recording and overdubbing

Part 2: Bass Lines and Chords
Lives Instruments
MIDI Effects
Writing Techniques
Packs and Help Files
Activity: Write a bass line and chord progression!

Day 2: Session View – Working with Audio, Loops and Samples

Activity: Manipulate loops and samples
Working with Loops, Samples & Warping
Convert Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI
Creative Sampling with Slice to New MIDI

Day 3: Moving into the Arrangement

Part 1: Arrangement View and refining your song
Activity: Perform your song into the arrangement.
MIDI Controllers
Clip and scene launching
Session View Automation & Clip Envelopes

Part 2: Arrangement View Editing Functions (2 Hours)
Activity: Refine the song in the arrangement view
Arrangement functions Audio, MIDI and Clip Editing
Automation
Audio Effect and Instrument Racks

Day 4: Mixing and Mastering

Activity: Polish your Mix and Make it Loud!
The Essential Elements of Mixing
EQ and Compression
Reverb and Delay
Insert FX vs Send and Return FX
Basics of Mastering
Rendering and Output

Ableton Tips and Tricks Workshop – May 31st – 2015

Tips and Tricks WorkshopIn this one day workshop Lenny Kiser Ableton Trainer will share several of his advanced Ableton tips and tricks to help you become a better music producer.

Sunday, May 31st

11am-3pm

Topics include:

-Creating Build ups and transitions for Dance Music
-Advanced Send and Return FX Processing
-Kick Drum Creation and Synthesis (Using the Nicky Romero Kick Plugin)
-Kick and Bass Processing
-Drum Programming Tips
-Audio Effect Rack Design
-Advanced Sound Design

Come prepared to learn and have fun.

 

Ableton Introduction Course – May 23rd – June 13th – 2015

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Description: Make the music you’ve always wanted to with Ableton Live, a powerful tool for music production used by professional producers worldwide. In this 16 hour introductory course, you will learn how to use Live’s devices, loops, effects and instruments to create your own music. This course will walk you through the entire process of creating a song from start to finish with hands on examples and exercises. You will leave with an understanding of how to utilize both the session and arrangement view to create music, arrange a song and apply basic mixing techniques.

Class Meeting Dates:
Saturday – May 23rd –   10am-2pm
Saturday – May 30th  –  10am-2pm
Saturday – June 6th – 10am-2pm
Saturday – June 13th – 10am-2pm

RSVP on Facebook

****Enrolling in this class makes you eligible for the educational discount on Ableton software!****

_________________________________________________________________________

Recommended Materials:

Laptop Computer
Headphones
Ableton Live 9
Free 30 Day trial version of Ableton Live 9
https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
_________________________________________________________________________

Day 1: Creating Beats
Part 1: Session View, MIDI and Creation Phase
Activity: Create your first drum beat!
The Music Production Process
Interface and Navigation Tour
Drum Programming, Drum Racks and creating groove
MIDI editing, recording and overdubbing

Part 2: Bass Lines and Chords
Lives Instruments
MIDI Effects
Writing Techniques
Packs and Help Files
Activity: Write a bass line and chord progression!

Day 2: Session View – Working with Audio, Loops and Samples

Activity: Manipulate loops and samples
Working with Loops, Samples & Warping
Convert Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI
Creative Sampling with Slice to New MIDI

Day 3: Moving into the Arrangement

Part 1: Arrangement View and refining your song
Activity: Perform your song into the arrangement.
MIDI Controllers
Clip and scene launching
Session View Automation & Clip Envelopes

Part 2: Arrangement View Editing Functions (2 Hours)
Activity: Refine the song in the arrangement view
Arrangement functions Audio, MIDI and Clip Editing
Automation
Audio Effect and Instrument Racks

Day 4: Mixing and Mastering

Activity: Polish your Mix and Make it Loud!
The Essential Elements of Mixing
EQ and Compression
Reverb and Delay
Insert FX vs Send and Return FX
Basics of Mastering
Rendering and Output

 

Music Theory For Electronic Musicians – April – 2015

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Do you struggle with being able to finish your tracks because something is musically wrong but you don’t know how to fix it? If so then this music theory course is for you. Music Theory is an important and necessary component to any electronic music producer’s skillset. In this 8 hour course you will learn how to find your way around the piano keyboard, build simple chords, create chord inversions and learn about major and minor scales. This class is centered around learning music theory and how it can later be incorporated into Ableton or any other D.A.W.

This class brought to you by Lenny Kiser Ableton Trainer and Benjamin Gribble.

Instructor BIO: Benjamin Gribble is a music theory expert and trained pianist with a degree in music composition and theory from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching music theory and piano lessons in SF privately and at various institutions for the past 7 years.

Class Meeting Dates:
Tuesday April 7th –    7-9 PM
Tuesday April 14th –  7-9 PM
Tuesday April 21st –  7-9 PM
Tuesday April 28th –  7-9 PM

RSVP on Facebook

Topics
Week 01
Understanding the Keyboard Layout
Simple Chord Structures
Activity  Building Simple Chords
Activity  Putting Chords Together
Week 02
Introduction to Inversions
Activity  Building 1st Inversion
Activity  Building 2nd Inversion
Week 03
What is Major and what is Minor
Activity  Whole Steps and Half Steps
Major and Minor 3rds
Activity  Find and Build Major Chords
Activity  Find and Build minor Chords
Week 04
Major and Minor Scales
Activity  Find the relative minor of Major keys
Activity  Find the relative Major of minor keys

Ableton 101 – Making a Track From Start to Finish – April – 2015

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 Learn how to make a track from Start to Finish in Ableton.

Class Meeting Dates:
Saturday – April 4th –   10am-2pm
Saturday – April 11  –   10am-2pm
Saturday – April 18th – 10am-2pm
Saturday – April 25th – 10am-2pm

RSVP on Facebook

Day 1: Creating Beats
Part 1: Session View, MIDI and Creation Phase
Activity: Create your first drum beat!
The Music Production Process
Interface and Navigation Tour
Drum Programming, Drum Racks and creating groove
MIDI editing, recording and overdubbing

Part 2: Bass Lines and Chords
Lives Instruments
MIDI Effects
Writing Techniques
Packs and Help Files
Activity: Write a bass line and chord progression!

Day 2: Session View – Working with Audio, Loops and Samples

Activity: Manipulate loops and samples
Working with Loops, Samples & Warping
Convert Harmony, Melody and Drums to MIDI
Creative Sampling with Slice to New MIDI

Day 3: Moving into the Arrangement

Part 1: Arrangement View and refining your song
Activity: Perform your song into the arrangement.
MIDI Controllers
Clip and scene launching
Session View Automation & Clip Envelopes

Part 2: Arrangement View Editing Functions (2 Hours)
Activity: Refine the song in the arrangement view
Arrangement functions Audio, MIDI and Clip Editing
Automation
Audio Effect and Instrument Racks

Day 4: Mixing and Mastering

Activity: Polish your Mix and Make it Loud!
The Essential Elements of Mixing
EQ and Compression
Reverb and Delay
Insert FX vs Send and Return FX
Basics of Mastering
Rendering and Output

Ableton Mixing Workshop – March 15th – 2015

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Mixing Workshop
Saturday March 15th – 2015
RSVP on Facebook
10am-2pm

Mixing is a necessary skill for any music producer to create a professional sounding song. A great musical idea can be lost in a cloudy and muddy mix. If your mixes lack that punch, depth, clarity or are generally not loud enough this workshop is for you. Learn how to use and abuse the tools to get your tracks loud! This workshop will cover the necessary elements to create a professional sounding mix by first understanding how the tools work and then learning when and why to use those tools to achieve the results you want.

Topics:

Elements of a Mix
Compression
Side-Chain Compression
Parallel Compression
EQ
Reverb
Delay
Volume Balancing
Panning
Signal Chains
Limiting
Referencing
Prep for Mastering
Cleanup Vs. Creative Mixing
Fixing it in the arrangement
Fixing it in the sample, synth or recording
Dealing with your room
Inserts vs. Sends and Returns
Tips n Tricks

Ableton Tutorial – Crazy Filter Effect

This audio effect is meant for use as a sound design tool with Ableton Live. It helps to add frequency movement to sounds to keep them interesting. This effect is good for pads and certain bass sounds. Max for Live is required to use this device since it utilizes the M4L device – LFO. Check out the video for all the details!

Download the Crazy Filter Here

 

Ableton Remix Workshop – Dec 13th – 2014

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In this workshop you will learn the creative art and technical process of remixing a song.

Pre-Production and Remix Theory

The Remix Process
Where to find remix competitions and stems
Preparing stems and warping
Generating an idea from the original

Basics

Changing Tempo
Converting Audio to Harmony, Melody and Drums
Dealing with vocals
Creative editing
Creating contrast & making it different

Mixing and Sound Design

Creating instruments, samples and loops from the original
Instrument and sound layering techniques
Breakdowns and buildups
Effects
Arranging the remix

I will be showing you how I remixed this track.

Original:

My Remix:

 

Music Theory for Electronic Musicians

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Do you struggle with being able to finish your tracks because something is musically wrong but you don’t know how to fix it? If so then this music theory course is for you. Music Theory is an important and necessary component to any electronic music producer’s skillset. In this 8 hour course you will learn how to find your way around the piano keyboard, build simple chords, create chord inversions and learn about major and minor scales. This class is centered around learning music theory and how it can later be incorporated with Ableton.

This class brought to you by Lenny Kiser Ableton Trainer and Benjamin Gribble. 

Instructor BIO: Benjamin Gribble is a music theory expert and trained pianist with a degree in music composition and theory from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching music theory and piano lessons in SF privately and at various institutions for the past 7 years.

Dates:
Tuesday Oct 28th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 4th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 11th – 7-9 PM
Tuesday Nov 18th – 7-9 PM

Topics
Week 01

  • Understanding the Keyboard Layout
  • Simple Chord Structures
  • Activity Building Simple Chords
  • Activity Putting Chords Together

Week 02

  • Introduction to Inversions
  • Activity Building 1st Inversion
  • Activity Building 2nd Inversion

Week 03

  • What is Major and what is Minor
  • Activity Whole Steps and Half Steps
  • Major and Minor 3rds
  • Activity Find and Build Major Chords
  • Activity Find and Build minor Chords

Week 04 

  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Activity Find the relative minor of Major keys
  • Activity Find the relative Major of minor keys