Ableton Live Producer Certificate


Our Ableton Live course is about making music. Ableton Live is one of the world’s best DAWs for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” our Ableton Live training is for you. Check out the Ableton website for a full feature list and current product pricing.


Our 4 week Ableton Live Producer Certificate Course will equip novice students with the skills needed for recording music, using midi, using the sequencer, beat making, working with loops, audio editing, audio mixing, remixing, music production and live performance with the Ableton Live audio software suite. After completing this course, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, and the Secret Sound Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live. You will also be eligible to register for our follow-on Ableton Live Intermediate Producer course.


This program is about learning Ableton Live while going through the creative process of being an artist. We focus on being creative rather than getting hung up on technical details, and developing your own sound through experimentation. You will learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton Live has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, and ways of creating tension and drama in your music. Modules 2 – 4 will give you the experience of completing tracks to add to your portfolio (see the Modules tab below for details).


Module 1: Beats, Sketches and Ideas

Learn the fundamentals of Ableton Live by producing a series of musical sketches. Create beats, bass lines, and melodies with MIDI instruments, record live instruments, and start discovering the infinite potential of Live as a studio production tool.


  • Software & Hardware Setup
  • The Live Interface
  • Recording Audio
  • Working with loops
  • Creating MIDI Instruments and Devices
  • Music Theory Basics
  • Recording MIDI
  • Synthesizing bass with the Analog synthesizer
  • Audio Effects and the Signal Chain
  • Mixing Techniques 1: Faders and Pan Pots
  • Mixing down / Exporting tracks
Module 2: Complete Your First Track

Get comfortable with Ableton Live as you begin to develop your short sketches into full arrangements. Explore Live’s powerful tools for transforming audio, including Warping and Sampler. By the end of level 2, you’ll be comfortable with Live’s core production tools, and have your first full track composed by developing a sketch from Module 1 into a full-length arrangement.


  • Drum programming fundamentals in Drum Rack
  • Musical Dynamics & The Basics of Rhythm
  • Manipulating sounds with Sampler
  • Deconstructing commercial records
  • Time stretching with Warping
  • Creating song structures and arrangements
Module 3: Synthesis & Effects

Dive into synthesis and process sounds to add a unique sonic stamp to your music. Learn the fundamentals of analog-style subtractive synthesis to create basses, leads, pads, and sound effects using Ableton Live’s powerful library of software instruments. Explore fundamental mixing and effects processing concepts.


  • Working in Session View
  • Envelopes: ADSR
  • Subtractive synthesis with Analog
  • Effects Processors
Module 4: Routing, Transitions and Finalising Mixes

Build your knowledge of subtractive synthesis by creating sweeps, risers, and transition effects. Use reverb and delay to integrate sounds into your mixes, adding character and texture. Use automation and filters to build drama and execute exciting transitions. Combine your mixing skills to take one of your tracks through the final mixdown process.


  • Routing 1: Sends and Returns
  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • White Noise
  • Creating builds, drops, and transitions
  • Limiters


Alan Keane

Ableton Live - Music Production Course Tutor


Dublin based artist/producer Alan Keane is the founder of vinyl label Indicate. An honours graduate of the Dublin Sound Training Centre and IADT, Alan is a veteran live performer and has appeared at countless club nights and festivals over the last decade.



Performing and producing under the alias Pusher_(Indicate) since 2012, Alan has numerous releases under his belt and has secured their physical distribution worldwide.




“Just completed the Ableton Live course. 10/10 to the lads, couldn’t of asked for more. Well organized classes, very friendly and helpful, everything well explained and lots of attention to detail. The notes and videos were very effective – nice to be able to have a look back and jog your memory. Great value for money. Thanks again guys!”
Padraig O’ Callaghan


“A wonderful, exciting and simple step-by-step introduction into the world of home recording/producing. Loads of fun and worth every cent! Please sir, may I have some more?….”
Adam Power


“The videos were great – very well punctuated and pragmatic, and the teacher was excellent. Very understanding towards students different learning levels and extremely accommodating/approachable.”
Tracy Tough


Course Package Includes:

  • 8 hours of classroom tutoring, with 30 minutes before every class dedicated to helping students one-to-one with specific questions and issues.
  • Access to our online Ableton Live tutorial video series. Each week’s tutorials reflect the material we cover in class, so even if you didn’t quite catch something the first time around, you’ll never miss a beat with our tutorial videos.
  • Support outside of class hours: Students can schedule face-to-face online support with their tutor via Skype Screen Sharing. Screen sharing not only allows you to show the tutor exactly what you’re talking about, it allows us to demonstrate what needs to be done in real time.
  • Access to our online Q&A wall, where you can post your questions and have them answered by our practicing professionals. Every question stays up on the wall, so our database keeps growing as each questions is answered for all to see.
  • Valuable and transferable audio production skills with our weekly Mixing Techniques modules.
  • Weekly downloads including class notes, resources, FX banks and sample packs


€200 (Cash, cheque or bank transfer accepted)
Students are required to pay a €50 deposit to secure their place on this course, which will then be deducted from their remaining balance. Balance should paid in full on or before the night of the first class unless a payment plan has been arranged.


4 weeks (4 x 2 hour sessions)
Tuesday evenings 7-9pm for four weeks


What You Need:
A laptop computer to bring to class
Ableton Live installed and running
A pair of headphones


10% Student & Unemployed Discount applicable


ENROLLING NOW (max 4 students per class)