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Sound Design and Synthesis in Ableton Live


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The most sought after and user requested endeavor: Sound Design and Synthesis with Ableton Live. This beast of a course is jam packed with deep dive tutorials covering every single Ableton Instrument and Device in thorough detail to help you go on beyond presets. Each section also features workflows and practical / actionable synthesis and sound design examples for each device making it the most comprehensive guide for Ableton sound design available on the web.

If you are tired of shuffling through presets and sound samples looking for that perfect sound, why not learn to roll your own sounds with this fun and engaging platform!

You will learn

Synthesis 101: basics of using a synthesizer
Working with audio clips, automation, and warping
Modulations, oscillators, filters, samplers, and layering
FX utilization with phasers, flangers, chorus, distortion, and frequency shifters
Comb filtering, grain delay, corpus, & tension
Signal processing and tonal balancing as a foundation of good sound design
Deep dives into Ableton's instruments: Analog, Operator, Sampler, and Wavetable
FM Synthesis, Granular Synthesis, Wavetable Synthesis, Modular Synthesis, and more

You will get

Video lessons with 20+ hours of content
An organized and optimized curriculum
Mentorship via the Seed to Stage private Discord Server
Feedback on your compositions through the community
Loads of resources such as Samples and Ableton Templates
Educational discounts from Ableton & more
Lifetime access to continuous new content updated monthly
Lasting skills that will ignite and elevate your career!

Course Curriculum

Free Preview Lessons

2.1 Editing Basics and Keyboard Shortcuts
4.2 Simpler FX & Designing Sounds in Stages
7.7 Ableton Analog Advanced Patch Ideas

2 - Working with Audio

2.1 Editing Basics and Keyboard Shortcuts
2.2 Basic Clip Editing (5:26)
2.3 Audio Warping Modes (13:05)
2.4 Warping with "Beats" Mode (7:34)
2.5 Resampling Workflow (8:31)
2.6 Clip Automation & Texture Warping(12:44)
2.7 Elastic Audio and Warp Markers (8:33)
2.8 Review: Putting it All Together into a Loop (16:49)

3 - Ableton Auto Filter

3.1 Basic Filtering and Filter Types (9:33)
3.2 Circuit Types (6:06)
3.3 Putting the Auto in Auto Filter (9:31)
3.4 Auto Filter Sidechaining (4:41)
3.5 Clip Automation with Autofilter (5:58)

4 - Ableton Simpler Intro

4.1 Simpler Sample Playback Controls (11:32)
4.2 Simpler FX & Designing Sounds in Stages (10:02)
4.3 Automation in Arrangement View (13:07)

5 - Synthesis 101 with Simpler

5.1 What is Subtractive Synthesis? (4:18)
5.2 Simpler Becomes an Oscillator (6:23)
5.3 Amp Stage: ADSR Envelopes (10:48)
5.4 Simpler Modulation: Filter Envelope (7:42)
5.5 Simpler Modulation: Low Frequency Oscillator (9:08)
5.6 Simpler Globals (9:29)

6 - Advanced Simpler Sound Design

6.1 Simpler One Shot Mode (9:10)
6.2 Simpler Slicer Mode (7:57)
6.3 Warping within Simpler (13:15)

7 - Ableton Analog

7.1 Ableton Analog Overview (4:37)
7.2 Ableton Analog Oscillators (16:47)
7.3 Ableton Analog Filter Section (14:45)
7.4 Ableton Analog Filter Routing (11:42)
7.5 Ableton Analog Amp Section (7:27)
7.7 Ableton Analog Advanced Patch Ideas (32:15)

8 - Sound Design with Delay and Echo

8.1 Ableton Delay 1: Overview (8:25)
8.2 Ableton Delay 2: Repitch Effects (14:36)
8.3 Ableton Delay 3: Fade and Jump (10:00)
8.4 Ableton Delay 4: Comb Filtering (7:09)
8.5 Ableton Echo Overview (13:17)
8.6 Ableton Echo 2: Modulation Section (10:55)
8.7 Ableton Echo 3: Character Section (12:03)
8.8 Ableton Echo 4: Echo Effect Design (14:34)

9 - FM Synthesis and Ableton Operator

9.1 What is FM Synthesis? (1:59)
9.2 Ableton Operator Overview (11:38)
9.3 Ableton Operator ...Operators! (20:45)
9.4 Ableton Operator Filter Section (8:20)
9.5 Operator LFO Section (7:53)
9.6 Ableton Pitch and Global Sections (14:52)
9.7 Ableton Operator Sound Design (30:44)

10 - Reverb and Ambience

10.1 Reverb, Resonance, and Ambience Intro (1:54)
10.2 Reverb and Realism (9:11)
10.3 Ableton Reverb Controls (16:14)
10.4 Ableton Reverb Freeze Effects (11:35)
10.5 Hybrid Reverb Overview (7:10)
10.6 Hybrid Reverb Algorithms (22:42)
10.6 Hybrid Reverb Algorithms (22:42)
10.7 Hybrid Reverb Convolution & Impulse Responses (19:22)
10.8 Hybrid Reverb Transition Sounds (11:20)
10.9 Hybrid Reverb Sound Design Examples (14:30)

11 - Signal Processing with Insert Effects and Chains

11.1 What is an Effect Chain? (3:22)
11.2 Chorus / Ensemble / Vibrato (14:41)
11.3 Phaser / Flanger / Doubler (10:17)
11.4 Frequency Shifter (8:55)
11.5 Ableton Overdrive (7:41)
11.6 Ableton Amp (9:16)
11.7 Ableton Redux (11:33)
11.8 Ableton Erosion (3:55)
11.9 Ableton Multiband Dynamics & OTT (8:44)
11.10 Ableton Saturator (18:15)
11.11 Glue Compressor (9:12)
11.12 Ableton EQ Eight (11:50)

12 - Audio Effect and Instrument Racks

12.1 Audio Effect Rack Overview (6:30)
12.2 The Chain List (10:13)
12.3 Rack Macros (9:25)
12.4 Multiband Processing Racks(13:32)
12.5 Instrument Rack Overview (12:24)
12.6 Random Preset Generators (16:38)

13 - Layering Concepts and Workflows

13.1 Melodic Layering (10:37)
13.2 Sub and "Mid" Bass Layering (6:43)
13.3 Snare Layering with Audio (8:13)
13.4 Snare Layering with Effects (9:09)
13.5 Foley Layers! (11:11)
13.6 Kick Drum Layering (10:48)

14 - Granular Synthesis with Granulator 2

14.1 What is Granular Synthesis? (2:22)
14.2 Granulator 2: Grains (12:05)
14.3 Granulator 2: Grain Modulation (17:03)
14.4 Granulator 2: Filters, Envelopes, Pitch, and FM (14:13)
14.5 Granulator 2: Sound Design Examples (21:48)
14.6 Granulator 2: Live Input! (9:10)

15 - Glitch and Buffer Effects

15.1 Beat Repeat (13:19)
15.2 Grain Delay (9:18)
15.3 Glitchmachines Fracture (17:21)
15.4 Buffer Shuffler (23:10)

16 - Sound Design Workflows

16.1 Workflows Intro (1:55)
16.2 The Checklist Approach Part 1 (12:43)
16.3 The Checklist Approach Part 2 (9:06)
16.4 From Sound Design to Composition(15:37)
16.5 Sound Design within a Composition (13:55)
16.6 Comping in Place Workflow (14:38)
16.7 Focused Synthesis Workflow (9:00)

17 - Wavetable Synthesis with Ableton Wavetable

17.1 Wavetable 1: Overview (6:47)
17.2 Wavetable 2: The Oscillator Section (12:45)
17.3 Wavetable 3: The Filter Section (5:02)
17.4 Wavetable 4: The Modulation Matrix (15:10)
17.5 Wavetable 5: Globals and Midi (13:06)
17.6 Wavetable 6: Sound Design Examples Pt. 1 (23:28)
17.7 Wavetable 7: Sound Design Examples Pt. 2 (22:22)
17.8 Wavetable 8: Roll Your Own Wavetables (23:26)

18 - Physical Modeling / Karplus Strong Synthesis

18.1 Karplus Strong Synthesis Intro (4:03)
18.2 Ableton Collision 1: Exciter Stage (10:19)
18.3 Ableton Collision 2: Resonator Stage (18:17)
18.4 Ableton Collision 3: 2nd Resonator, LFO, and MIDI (21:59)
18.5 Ableton Corpus (10:37)
18.6 Ableton Tension (32:11)

19 - Ableton Modular Expansion

19.1 The Envelope Midi Device (18:23)
19.2 The LFO Device (13:46)
19.3 Envelope Follower Device (7:37)
19.4 Shaper (12:35)
19.5 Expression Control (15:52)

20 - Ableton Sampler

20.1 Ableton Sampler Overview (3:41)
20.2 Ableton Sampler's ...Sample Page (9:24)
20.3 Ableton Sampler's Pitch / Osc Page (13:55)
20.4 Ableton Sampler Modulation Pages (12:19)
20.5 Ableton Sampler Selector Modulation (10:09)
20.6 Multisamples 1: Intro and Importing (13:24)
20.7 Multisamples 2: Correcting Root Notes (5:56)
20.8 Multisamples 3: Instrument Chains (9:40)
20.9 Multisamples 4: Acoustic Instruments from 1 Sample (17:19)
20.10 Multisamples 5: Velocity Zones (8:27)


zabooma foomar
zabooma foomar
..I can happily say these were what I was looking for. There is so much to learn from each course, which has shown me how powerful Ableton is.
July, 2023
These courses, which are backed by the support of an amazing community, are the most complete and well structured that I have found. It has been worth the investment.
July, 2023
..if you are looking for the quickest way to get the learning out of the way and have the absolute time of your life creating music, feel the stoke and jump right in, you've found the right place.
Graf Nautilus
I was amazed by the abundance of great ideas shared throughout, offering endless inspiration for creating music. The instructors' expertise shines through his explanations and demonstrations!
June, 2023
..using various DAWS for 20 years, I thought I was fairly knowledgeable on various functions, but doing this course has shown me how many little things you miss when you are self-taught by Youtube.
July, 2023
I started with the Ableton Live performance course and got hooked. Anthonys way of teaching totally resonates with how i understand things.
July, 2023
Incredible teacher and methodology. Directly to the useful tips without circling around. Very interactive and useful for all types of artists.
July, 2023
hunter wiley
Hunter Wiley
Anthony's teaching approach gave me a sense of autonomy, creativity and confidence in my music making -- instead of the typical dogmatic approach of blindly following tutorials step-by-step.
Die Kursinhalte sind alle sehr gut aufgebaut werden in einem sinnvollen Lerntempo vermittelt und es kommen nahezu alle Fragen in den Lektionen vor, die sich mir beim Lernen der Inhalte gestellt haben.
July, 2023
Both [the Live Performance & Pigments courses] are very thorough & go into great detail, covering basically anything you need to know. The information is well presented, & the videos don't get boring.
August, 2023
circul & eas
Circul & Eas
It may feel like “Why should I spend money on this information when I can get it for free?” I thought that too. The answer, if you want one, is simply: “Because it is better."
fab y luz
Fab y Luz
His friendly teaching style and passion for Ableton’s abilities sure is contagious! You can rewatch them at your own pace and get inspired to make your musical expressions come to life.
christopher gilbert
Christopher Gilbert
..lessons are clear and well-defined, and everything is demonstrated in a musical context, so I've been enjoying learning because every lesson I complete gives me something new I can use.
The sound design course is amazing. Easy to follow, and easy to understand!
July, 2023
joshua nelson
Joshua Nelson
The information I get is legit, and the instructor covers everything I’ll need to know about my craft. The lessons are concise and well thought out so I can learn most proficiently.
Echo Whiskey
Great teaching style, well laid out and downright INSPIRING!
July, 2023
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This isn't some cheap mini course...this is a complete Ableton school with more focused content than a music college could ever have

40% off on Ableton Live with Educational Pricing
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Lifetime Access to all Video Lesson Content
Downloads including Samples, Instruments and Devices
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Access to the content on your own time
Mentorship, when you need it, for a lifetime
Community support and feedback on your music
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