Groove3 Ableton Live 12: How to Make Your First Song [TUTORIAL]

Not sure how to start making your first Ableton Live 12 beat or song? We’ve got you covered! In this Ableton Live 12 video course, Ableton Live expert Thomas Cochran will walk you through the entire process of creating your very first song with Live 12. After this Ableton course, you’ll be ready to start your first song with the confidence and knowledge to make it great, whether you’re new to recording or Ableton Live. These Ableton Live 12 videos are for new Ableton Live 12 users.

Thomas welcomes you and then kicks things off with a playthrough of the song that we’ll be creating throughout the course. ( You also get all the files used in the video course, so you can follow along every step of the way in your own Live session. Then it’s on to the track’s rhythmic foundation: the drums. Thomas will show you how to build the drum track, as well as how to apply some bus processing to enhance their tone.

Next, you’ll learn how to create a chord progression with keys to serve as the melodic and harmonic bed, followed by some percussion parts and demonstrations of some new MIDI editing features in Live 12. Thomas then shows how to add a bass part using a preset that he tweaks with some added distortion and other effects to hold down the bottom. Through the rest of the course, you’ll learn much more, including adding more chord layers, adding an arp synth part (using the sequencer), adding vocal chops (from a loop, also demonstrating how to change the pitch of a sample), arranging the song (deciding which parts go where, etc.), and mixing/mastering tips (combining all the instruments, adding effects, and more).

Newbies rejoice! With the experience and knowledge gained in this Ableton course, you’ll be ready and able to start laying down your very first song right away with direction and purpose. Along the way, you’ll also learn many other skills (bus processing, arranging, etc.) that will be applicable in countless ways down the line. See the individual Ableton Live 12 video tutorial descriptions for more information on the process and ideas about how you’ll be able to use these concepts in your own song. It’s time to take your first step into a bigger world… Watch “Ableton Live 12: How to Make Your First Song” now!

What You Will Learn:

  • How to build a foundational drum track and enhance its sound via bus processing
  • How to create a chord progression, add keyboard layers, and a bass part with a customized tone using distortion and other effects
  • Creating a synth patch from scratch and using it to build an arp part with the sequencer
  • Arranging techniques, mixing and mastering tips
  • And more!

Plug-ins used:

  • Must have Ableton Live 12 Suite
  • Simpler
  • Drum Buss
  • Meld
  • Analog
  • Echo
  • Delay
  • Reverb
  • Glue Compressor
  • Chorus-Echo
  • Phaser-Flanger
  • Auto Filter
  • EQ Eight
  • Erosion
  • Saturator
  • Limiter
  • Utility

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