Course Abstract


Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you. Check out the Ableton website for a full feature list and current product pricing.

Our 5 week Make Music with Ableton Live 8 course will equip beginner/intermediate students with the skills needed for recording music, using midi, using the sequencer, beat making, working with loops, audio editing, audio mixing, remixing, mastering, music production and live performance with the Ableton Live audio software suite.

Is this the right music program for you?

Do you want to learn how to make electronic music, dance music, house, hip hop, electro, techno or minimal? Do you want to learn how to DJ with software? Do you want to record, edit and mix your own songs? If you want to learn how to make music with one of the most popular music software packages available today, our Make Music with Ableton Live module is the perfect short course for you.

Course Requirements

Students must bring their own laptops with a working copy of Ableton Live 8 installed and ready to go. We do not provide the software, but a fully functioning 30 day trial can be downloaded from the the Ableton website.

Course Package Includes:

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  • 10 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

Course Syllabus


Ross Fortune (BMus)

Profile shot of Ross Fortune

Ableton Live & Logic Pro Course Instructor
Ross has built up more than 8 years of experience teaching music and music technology at a number of schools, and now brings his expertise to our Ableton Live and Logic Pro courses. An honours graduate from the UCD School of Music, Ross is a multi-instrumentalist and also composes for film and commercial advertising.
Ross started his audio production company Secret Sound Society in 2010, and has since built up an impressive client list. You can hear his scoring work at his website, or check out the player below to hear tracks he has produced under the performing pseudonym Benny Smiles.

Student Testimonials

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
(Ableton Live Student 2011)

“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
(Ableton Live Student 2011)

Course Dates & Payment Information

  • Price: €300 (Cash, cheque or bank transfer accepted. Students are required to pay a €50 non-refundable deposit to secure their place on this course, which will then be deducted from their remaining balance. Balance must paid in full on or before the night of the first class)
  • Duration: 5 Weeks (5x2hr classes)
  • Time: 7-9pm Tuesday evenings
  • Upcoming Dates: [5 Week Course beginning Tuesday 27/3/12] [5 Week Course beginning Tuesday 1/4/12] [5 Week Course beginning Tuesday 5/6/12]
  • Discounts: 10% off for every friend you sign up! 10% Student & Unemployed Discount! Click here to view more offers
  • Status: ENROLLING NOW (max 5 students)

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