Songwriting in Ableton Live (Or Any Audio Application)

Songwriting in Ableton Live (Or Any Audio Application)

Author: Dr. J. Anthony Allen (Member)

IAOMEI Rating:
5/5

Type: Single Course

Summary: In this class, we are going to write a song together. We will start with just messing around on the keyboard until we find an idea, then we will work on the song structure, form, sound design, and end with mixing it and a discussion about mastering the track. Beginning to end – step by step!

Price: Varies by platform. Average $39.99

Description:

Welcome to Songwriting in Ableton Live (Or Any Audio Application!)

In this class, we are going to write a song together. We will start with just messing around on the keyboard until we find an idea, then we will work on the song structure, form, sound design, and end with mixing it and a discussion about mastering the track. Beginning to end – step by step!

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

This class is for anyone who has an interest in songwriting. Especially:

  • Aspiring Songwriters: If you have never written a song before, but you want to learn how its done, this course is for you.

  • Songwriters: If you are a traditional songwriter, but want to expand your palette by using electronic elements, or just help recording your songs, this course is for you.

  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding how the writing with audio software works, this course is for you.

  • Producers: Improve your tracks by gaining a deeper understanding of form, sketching, structure, and development.

In this class, we start with the very basics of songwriting and work all the way up to a finished song. I’ll walk you through every step of the process and explain the logic behind every decision I make.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original, compelling, and memorable sounding music.

Software:
This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.

I’ll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.

Genre:
I’m best known for working with electronic music, but I’ve designed this course to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about songwriting techniques for all genres, sounds, and styles. All genres are welcome here!

Topics Covered: 

  • The Essential Tools of Songwriting

  • Working with MIDI

  • MIDI Controllers, Keyboards, and Guitars

  • Overdubbing real instruments

  • Defining a Sound “Palette”

  • Building a Library of Samples

  • Building a Library of Synths

  • Building a Library of Drum Sounds and Loops

  • Sketching

  • Developing a Sketch

  • Expanding a Sketch

  • Defining Form

  • Lyrics

  • Drum Programming

  • Sound Design Elements

  • Synthesizers

  • Recording “real” Instruments

  • Mixing

  • Balancing

  • Tuning Recordings

  • Mastering

  • And much, much more!

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