Ableton Live Intermediate Producer


Our Intermediate Ableton Live course is about making music. Over 4 weeks, you will learn the skills needed to take your productions to the next level. After completing this course, you will leave with a portfolio of high quality original tracks, and the Secret Sound Intermediate Producer certificate of achievement.


This course is about taking your productions to the next level in Ableton Live, while going through the creative process of being an artist. We focus on developing your own sound through experimentation, and building an in-depth knowledge of intermediate level production tools, techniques and concepts.


You will develop practical experience through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, and ways of creating tension and drama in your music. For further details, see the Modules tab below.


Module 5: Beats & Rhythms

Following on from our Producer Certificate course, we dig deeper into various methods of creating and manipulating rhythms using samples, drum racks and some of the awesome functionality of Ableton Live. Expand your creative palette for rhythmic composition and experiment with new methods of beat making.


  • Building custom Drum Racks
  • The Slice to MIDI function
  • Grooves
  • Converting drums to MIDI
  • Sampling
Module 6: Equalisers

Explore the frequency domain, the physics and theory of sound, and how you can apply this knowledge to producing and mixing. We’ll discuss a number of functions of the equaliser, and how it can be applied in mix situations as well as creative scenarios. Develop an intimate understanding of the frequency domain and how it can be manipulated creatively and technically.


  • EQ Functions
  • EQ Bands and the Frequency Spectrum
  • Masking
  • Cut Filters
  • Shelving Filters
  • Parametric Filters
Module 7: Dynamics Processors

Explore dynamics processors and the concept of compression, while trying out some of its many uses. We’ll also look at Gates, both as a utility and as a creative effect.


  • Dynamics processors: an overview
  • Compressing vocals to smooth out levels
  • Sidechain Compression
  • Gates
Module 8: Harmonic Distortion

Explore the harmonic series and its importance to the science and art of equalisation. Get familiar with Ableton’s powerful FM synthesizer Operator, and try some awesome applications for Ableton’s Vocoder. Discover the power of harmonic distortion, and discover how its manipulation can enhance your productions. Learn the ropes with Ableton’s Operator synthesizer, and work Ableton’s incredible vocoder into your productions for fantastic classic electronic sounds.


  • The Harmonic Series
  • Distortion
  • Parametric EQ Revisited
  • Waveforms, Frequency and Timbre
  • Using Ableton’s Vocoder for classic sounds


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)