Escape the 8-Bar Loop is a special composition course on how to make electronic music using Session View, where Ableton is at its best.
You'll learn how to create the buildups, peaks, drops and transitions that turn your loops into complete songs.
This is how to get the most out of Ableton for performing, improvising, and flowing with your music (instead of fighting against the timeline).
Not many people are teaching it this way.
Here's a little tour to show you what's different about Escape the 8-Bar Loop.
Here's what you'll be able to do after you escape the loop.
This is for Ableton producers who make electronic music like house, techno, DnB, etc. This is not for rock bands, any other DAWs, or live musicians. The course material will work for every genre of electronic music.
No, it is not for raw beginners who just got Ableton for the first time. You need to have a basic working knowledge of Ableton Live for this course.
Creating and launching Clips in Session View, Switching between Clip and Device views, MIDI and KBD mapping modes, Automation envelopes, Track In/Out assignments, Warping audio clips & warp markers.
You need the full Suite version. The .alp files require Live 9.7.2 or newer to open. You can't do this course with Live 8 or earlier versions.
Yes, the course works for PC and Mac. The key commands listed inside are for Mac OSX, but they are easily adaptable to PC (cmd / ctrl).
Ableton Live 9.7.2 and a good pair of headphones. It's nice to have studio monitors and a MIDI controller with eight knobs for the FX, but that is not essential.
You learn by building an actual track in Ableton. Session Lessons give you step-by-step audio instructions, automated examples and hands-on activities to do INSIDE the program -- so you learn by doing it.
Email is best, I answer every message and I'm on email every day. Allow 12 hours for differences in time zones: email@example.com
Not yet but I'm excited to get certified as soon as they offer the Certification Program again in my area.
I recommend you set aside two hours for each module. That will give you enough time to download and open it, do the activities & exercises, then play around and have some fun with the built-in sounds. You could finish this course in a week if you work on it every day.
After you join, you have unlimited 24-7 access to the course. There's no time limit for access.
You can join now and start the lessons when you have time. It's entirely self-paced and I'm available for support with you at whichever stage you have questions. You get access to all the materials and you can start whenever you're ready.
No. You don't even need Push1. I built it to help everybody, even if you only have a laptop and headphones.
No. The MIDI communication for using looped clips with external synths requires some advanced MIDI skills that I do not teach in this course.
Here's what you get when you join Escape the 8-Bar Loop:
I want to make sure you get what you need, so I'm giving you a risk-free way to check it out.
You get three days to start this course free and see how everything works.
If it's not what you expected, you can cancel your payments and you won't be charged anything.
• Syllabus & Overview
• Backup your work
• Clear space
• Label your channels
• Color-coding groups
• How Bus Groups help with mixdown, live Dub improvising, and generally not losing your mind
• How loops become phrases
• Editing audio clips
• Key commands
• Editing MIDI clips
• Principles of Composition
• What goes in the Drop
• Bass & Drums layering
• Building a Climax / Peak
• Intro / Outro / Breakdowns
• Improvising with Scenes
• What are Transitions
• How to build Transitions
• Reverb & Delay
• AUX channel review
• Drum Fills & Drum breaks
• Mapping your controllers
• USing FX on Aux Returns
• Making FX from your original sounds (organic FX)
• Performing the song in Session View
• Recording into the Arrangement
• Bleeps & Sweeps Risers Instrument
• Crash Cymbals Drum Rack
• The Hypnotizor Delay/Glitch FX Rack
• Master Channel FX rack
• Course Review with printable PDF guides