Session Lessons are brand-new and most people don't know what they are.
To explain it a little bit, I've collected a bunch of questions that people ask me about them, and put the answers all in one place.
This will explain more about what Session Lessons are, how they work, and why they're better than watching videos on YouTube.
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It's an Ableton Live Pack (.alp) that you download and keep on your computer. When you open it up you play through a built-in tutorial, in session view. You follow audio instructions, you watch automated examples that show you what to do, and then you do hands-on activities. This is the best way to learn because you learn by DOING IT. Session Lessons make you make music.
When you first open the Project, you hear audio instructions that tell you what to do. Then you watch example Automation that shows you what to do. Then you do hands-on activities where you can play with the sounds and hear what happens. That means you get to learn by DOING IT, instead watching a video.
They're new. I made the first one in 2017 and since then I've been testing them, sharing them with students, and expanding my promotion to bring them to a wider audience of Ableton users.
Here are a few things you can expect:
Yes. You're about to learn how much you can do when you put together Ableton devices into Racks and map them with macro knobs for easy control. I do the hard part, you get the fun part.
Session Lessons come in all different tempos and styles. Mostly it's in the genre of house-tek or downtempo, because those are so common. The principles and techniques you learn are universal and will apply to every genre, especially for sound design and mixing bass.
I've been making electronic music for more than 20 years now. I spent about 15 years DJ'ing, eventually making a living at it and paying my rent with residencies and parties.
I also work as an audio engineer for live concerts, where I've set up literally hundreds of bands. I started using Ableton with Live5, I've used it for DJ'ing and live electronic shows and played with MC's, singers, bands, beat boxers, hand drummers, all sorts of performers.
I've produced tracks in many genres from house to techno, chillout to DnB, global bass and ambient drone music.
Check the Reviews section for a few comments. These really work and they're light years beyond watching a video.
Each Session Lesson takes about 30 minutes to do, plus however much time you spend making beats right afterwards. Remember, you're in Ableton and not wasting time on the internet.
These are the most compact, organized, structured lessons you can get. Maximize your Ableton time and you can completely stop searching on youtube or googling for answers. It's all inside Live in one place you can get to easily.
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They're not expensive at all when you consider how much technical knowledge and creative inspiration you will get from each Session Lesson. These are priced to reflect skills that you will be using every day, and you can keep for a lifetime. Session Lessons are the best way to learn Ableton production techniques because they get you making music. This is a great time to invest in knowledge that you can keep forever.
No. These are not made for you to imitate anybody else. These lessons teach you how to create your own original sound and original music. That’s how to unlock your creativity and make really good music. you’ll see. You get examples to follow so you can’t miss the point.
I offer instruments, FX racks, channel strips and lessons on how to use them. It's the theory that matters, you learn the thought process behind WHY we're doing each step of the process. It's not like fast food. You learn how to think like a producer, you get recipes and techniques, you get step-by-step processes that apply to every track you ever make for the rest of your life.
Yes, I explain everything. As long as you can operate the basic program functions and understand English, you can do it.
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These work for Live10. Some work for Live9, see each product for details. New Session Lessons for Live11 devices will be available later in 2021.
No, you don't need Push2 or any MIDI controllers. You can do it with a normal mouse, laptop, etc.
Yes and yes, these work for PC and Mac. I use Mac, so I talk about OS X key commands, but SL's work for PC just as well.
The audio interface doesn't matter, all you need are a pair of headphones. The bass lessons will be difficult if you are listening on laptop speakers because laptops don't make low frequencies. Try to get a pair of monitors as soon as you can.
No. Everything in the lessons uses stock Ableton instruments. Check each product to see if it requires Ableton Suite or Ableton Standard version. Session Lessons do not work with Intro / Lite versions of Live.
Each lesson takes about 100MB of disk space. If you can run Ableton and do a multitrack session with MIDI instruments, you can use these lessons. They're smaller than the average production session.
No, you don't need expensive studio monitors or a subwoofer. Everything you learn can be done with home speakers and headphones. When you get to more advanced bass mixing, you might need to buy better monitors or a subwoofer.
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