|1. Description - |
|Producing music with Ableton Live software. Compose, record, remix, improvise, produce and edit music. Study Ableton Live interface, edit audio, use plug-ins, MIDI sequencing and realtime mixing techniques. Compile live sets from audio clips, loops, samples in realtime and create songs in a variety of styles including R&B, Hiphop, Trance, Drum and Bass, and House Music. Integrate Ableton Live with Pro Tools for final mixing and delivery to dance clubs, radio stations and iTunes.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Explain the components of Ableton Live software.
- Analyze the aesthetics of contemporary music production parameters.
- Navigate the Live interface, windows and view options.
- Create MIDI sequences and edit MIDi clips.
- Arrange songs and identify song structures in the Live edit windows.
- Insert effects on Return Tracks.
- Create an original music production with synthesizers and samplers.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- When taught on campus:
- 30 Macintosh computers, MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
- Video projector and screen.
- 30 Ableton Live software installs.
- When taught via Foothill Global Access:
- on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
- Email address.
- Java-script enabled internet browsing software.
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Setting up Ableton Live (Lec, Lab)
- Audio preferences. (Lec, Lab)
- MIDi Preferences. (Lec, Lab)
- Optimizing performance with peripheral equipment. (Lec, Lab)
- Session Views
- Live browsers. (Lec, Lab)
- Live clips. (Lec, Lab)
- Working with Scenes and Clip Properties. (Lec, Lab)
- File Management
- Building Live Sets and projects. (Lec, Lab)
- Importing and exporting Live Packs. (Lec, Lab)
- Searching for and auditioning clips. (Lec, Lab)
- Setting up frequently accessed directories. (Lec, Lab)
- Recording and Editing MIDI
- Preparing to record MIDI (Lec, Lab)
- Recording and overdubbing MIDI. (Lec, Lab)
- Working with alternative MIDI entry methods (Lec, Lab)
- Using multiple output virtual instruments (Lec, Lab)
- Recording and Arranging Audio
- Preparing to record. (Lec, Lab)
- Recording in Arrangement View. (Lec, Lab)
- Recording in Session View. (Lec, Lab)
- Reworking Clips. (Lec, Lab)
- The Mixer. (Lec, Lab)
- Using Ableton Live in Live Performance.
- Preparing audio clips with the warp tool. (Lec, Lab)
- Triggering clips with actions. (Lec, Lab)
- Using Live as a sound source. (Lec, Lab)
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Graded lab assignments in the operation of the Ableton sequencers.
- Tests and problem solving activities using MIDI sequences.
- Preparing advanced digital sequences to an industry standard from a set of specifications for application in a MIDI environment, and evaluated from those specifications.
- A graded final project that demonstrates acquired skill in creating and mixing a master audio file and producing MP3 copies to an industry standard.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Margulies, Jon. Ableton Live 9 Power!. Independence, KY: Cengage Learning PTR, 2013. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|Commercial Music |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of the techniques for producing audio in Ableton Live.
- In-class viewing of Ableton Live projects followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
- Presentations of major music and post-production projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
- Demonstration of techniques for recording. editing, and mixing audio in Ableton Live.
|10. Lab Content - |
- Implementation and drivers.
- Velocity and aftertouch.
- Multiple routing assignments
- Virtual Instruments
- Volume matching.
- Tempo matching via Logic time stretching.
- Elastic Audio.
- ReWiring secondary applications via insert tracks and bus assignments.
- Plug-in applications using internal busses affecting external applications.
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and Internet multi-media.
- Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
- Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology. |