Ableton Live

Produce Your First Track

NEXT CLASS STARTING October 27

Our flagship electronic music production course “Ableton Live: Produce Your First Track” was designed as both an introduction and deep dive into the world of music production. The course focusses on students applying concepts right away so that each student has finished an original track by the end of the course.


ENROLL TODAY

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

DISCOVER THE WORLD OF MUSIC PRODUCTION

Learn to transform the sounds in your head into a finished track using just your laptop and Ableton Live. You will be guided step-by-step by our expert instructors to help you unlock your creativity!

Learn how to navigate the interface and find sounds, samples, and instruments quickly using the browser. Explore how Session and Arrangement Views interact, and learn important workflow techniques such as how to edit audio and MIDI and record in real time.

Music Production Fundamentals

Learn how to navigate the interface and find sounds, samples, and instruments quickly using the browser. Explore how Session and Arrangement Views interact, and learn important workflow techniques such as how to edit audio and MIDI and record in real time.
Learn to program drums using Ableton’s powerful Drum Rack, and customize drum kits using your own samples. Learn the nuances of how beats vary from one genre to the next, and apply essential tools such as quantization and groove.

Drum Programming and Beat Making

Learn to program drums using Ableton’s powerful Drum Rack, and customize drum kits using your own samples. Learn the nuances of how beats vary from one genre to the next, and apply essential tools such as quantization and groove.
Learn about the fundamentals of music theory and how intervals, scales, and chords are interconnected to create melodies, chord progressions, and basslines, to form the melodic material for a song.

Music Theory Fundamentals

Learn about the fundamentals of music theory and how intervals, scales, and chords are interconnected to create melodies, chord progressions, and basslines, to form the melodic material for a song.
Explore how audio and MIDI effects add another creative dimension to your color palette as a producer. Learn to record and manipulate audio and create unique sounds, using Ableton’s powerful samplers.

Audio & MIDI Effects, Sampling, Warping

Explore how audio and MIDI effects add another creative dimension to your color palette as a producer. Learn to record and manipulate audio and create unique sounds, using Ableton’s powerful samplers.
Discover how to turn a 4-bar loop into a 4-minute track, by learning about song structure and arranging techniques. Add movement to your music by applying automation, variation, transition effects, and ear candy.

Arrangement & Automation

Discover how to turn a 4-bar loop into a 4-minute track, by learning about song structure and arranging techniques. Add movement to your music by applying automation, variation, transition effects, and ear candy.
Add final polish to your music by learning about the mixing process, covering essential concepts from gain staging, panning, and sends

Mixing and Exporting Your Track

Add final polish to your music by learning about the mixing process, covering essential concepts from gain staging, panning, and sends & returns, to compression, EQ, and demo-mastering. Leave the course with your track bounced out and ready for the world to hear.

STRUCTURE AND SUPPORT

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum
at an Ableton Certified Training Center

343 Labs is an Ableton Certified Training Center, which means it is endorsed by Ableton to teach the highest level of Ableton curriculum.

Save hours of time by learning exactly what you need to know, instead of watching countless hours of YouTube videos. Our structured curriculum and expert instructors will ensure you get where you want much faster.

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TOPICS COVERED

Overview and Understanding the Interface

Drum Programming

Session and Arrangement View

Audio and MIDI Editing

Intro to Music Theory

Melodies, Chords, and Basslines

Audio and MIDI Effects

Automation

Track Arrangement

Audio Recording

Intro to Sampling

Warping

Mixing Techniques

Demo Master and Exporting Your Track

 


All our in-person classes take place at the renowned Riverside Studios overlooking the Spree

ADDRESS: Köpenicker Str. 6A, 10997 Berlin

ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING GREAT

HEAR WHY STUDENTS LOVE OUR CLASSES

Hundreds of students have taken this class as their first music production class ever, and they have all ended up making amazing music!

 

Are you ready to make your first track?

  • Produce your first track

  • Learn from world-class instructors and get personalized feedback

  • Drastically improve your music production skills through a step-by-step curriculum

  • Learn with a peer group and meet like-minded producers and musicians

Classrooms & Studio Space

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your questions aren’t covered below, you can email us or call us.

Who is this class for?
This class is for complete beginners who have not had any formal musical training or music production experience. It is also for students that have dabbled with Ableton but not had any formal training and have gaps in their knowledge, which they would like to fill by taking a structured course and learning from a reliable source.

What is the time commitment and class schedule?
We offer classes that meet from once per week to several times per week, so you can choose a class that suits your schedule best. You will be expected to devote about 3 hours of time per week, outside of class, to practice the concepts covered each week.

What equipment do I need to take this class?
All you need is a laptop with Ableton Live installed and a pair of headphones. You can download the free demo of Ableton Live here. We’ll provide a MIDI keyboard and Ableton Push for you to use during class.

Do you offer discounts on Ableton Live and other software?
Yes, as a 343 Labs student, you are eligible for a 40% discount on an Ableton Live license and can get discounts on most software and hardware through us. Just let us know, and we will help. If you prefer to try out Live before buying, you can download a free 30-day demo here.

What edition of Ableton Live do I need? Can I use an older version of Live?
We recommend that you use Ableton Live Suite or Ableton Live Standard. If you are using an older version of Live (such as Live 9), you can use that, although we always recommend using Live 10.

Will there be homework, and will I get feedback from my instructor?
Yes, you will be getting assignments after every class to practice and apply the concepts you learned. You will also be working towards completing your first track and presenting it to the class on the final day. Students will present their assignments at the beginning of every class, and the instructor will be giving feedback and making improvement suggestions.

What happens if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you can watch the recording, or refer to the class notes emailed to you by your instructor after every class. You can also arrange a makeup class with your instructor for €50.

Do you offer refunds if I change my mind?
Yes, we do. You can read our full refund policy here.

Can you transfer me to a different class if the class is too easy or hard, or if my schedule changes?
We would be happy to transfer you to a different class if you let us know within the first three sessions. We usually don’t charge for making a transfer.

Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we do. Please contact us to arrange it.

Why are you called 343 Labs?
Sound travels at 343 meters per second. We thought that would make for a pretty cool name.

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