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Learn to build a unique live set from your productions, and learn to perform them live on stage for an audience.

This course will teach you to build a live performance set to perform your music live on stage, integrating the instruments, analog gear, and MIDI controllers that you already play and own. You will discover Ableton Live’s powerful live performance functionality, and learn how this software can be customized to fit your musical needs, exploring advanced features such as live looping, tempo changes and syncing tempo with live musicians, custom effect racks, MPE, Max for Live, and much more. 

Topics Covered

Preparing your music for live performance

Building a live performance template in Ableton Live

Working with MIDI controllers and custom mappings

Integrating analog gear such as synths and drum machines 

Integrating live instruments such as guitar, bass, vocals

Live looping for live performance

Monitoring, cue points, and changing tempo

Working with MPE

Creating custom instrument and audio effect racks for live performance

Creating automation and follow actions

Tempo syncing with live instruments and other musicians

DJiing with Live

Using Max for Live for advanced custom functionality 

Creating a mastering chain for live performance




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


Are you ready to produce vocals?

  • Vocal recording equipment: mics + pre-amps

  • Acoustics and room treatment

  • Levels and gain-staging

  • Coaching a vocalist

  • And much more…

Classrooms & Studio Space


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

Who is this class for?
This class is for students that have little (or no) prior music theory training, or students that are self-taught and have gaps in their knowledge. The course will give students a solid foundation into music theory and composition, so that students spend less time hunting for the right notes for their musical ideas, and instead learn a method to get their ideas out quickly and accurately.

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 a DAW of choice installed and a pair of headphones. If you want to use Ableton Live you can download the free demo 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.

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 $75.

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.