Ableton Live Advanced Course

SNED Music 8 week Ableton Live Advanced Course

For students who have already completed the beginner course, or feel their skills are ready for the challenge, the Advanced Course provides a deeper expansion of your creative journey.
Designed as a follow-on from the beginner course, the Advanced Course goes more in depth, taking you to the next level, and sees your production skills greatly enhanced and refined.

What you need to know:
Classes will run from 7-10pm on Tuesday evenings, beginning Sept 12th at the The SNEDlab, De Chene Pde, Coburg, VIC, Australia. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early each session to get set up.

Requirements: Students will need their own computer, quality wired headphones, a computer mouse and a working version of ABLETON LIVE 11 SUITE.

Terms: Please ensure you have read the Terms below prior to booking in.

Dates: To be confirmed.

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Product Focused:
This course is focused towards actually producing TWO quality tracks throughout the duration of the course. In this sense, we put our already established skills to focused creative use, and whilst continuing to learn powerful new skills, students are working towards a refined and completed product. This includes direct in-person 1:1 feedback and coaching in class to help you immediately refine your music during the creation process.

Weekly check ins:
Each student has the option of sending through their work for coaching mid-week, which includes a 15 minute phone call to answer any questions and provide direct feedback.
Smaller, longer 3 hour classes:
This longer format facilitates more hands-on, deeper learning, with smaller classes capped at 10 participants also facilitating more 1:1 time between teacher and individual students.
Get ready to be making and finishing more music than you have ever made before! 🙂


This is a comprehensive course that covers production, performance, and sound design techniques in Ableton Live, including:

Advanced Sampling:

  • Using Simpler and Sampler to trigger, layer and loop
  • Isolating basslines through granular synthesis in Sampler
  • Cutting and chopping in Simpler
  • Creating entire beats / tracks via creative manipulation of samples
  • Generating confidence in creating your own samples

Advanced Sound Design:

  • Creating powerful subs and basses
  • Complex layering and instrument rack design
  • Multi-band synths
  • Deep EQ, effects chains, and automation to create life in new instruments
  • Deeper exploration of using ‘space’ in music

Instrument Racks:

  • Macros + complex mapping
  • Chain Selectors + creative instrument layering
  • Design of your own unique instruments
  • Sample selection devices (eg snare selectors)
  • Slice to midi and creating drum racks from existing samples

Advanced Audio Effects:

  • Elaborated use of Sends/Returns
  • Further developing your own unique effects chains
  • Exploring Reverb: A key to bringing music to life
  • Multi-Band compression
  • Parallell compression

Advanced clip editing/launching:

  • Follow actions
  • Legato mode
  • Deeper clip envelope editing (creating effects progressions/mixer automation through clips)
  • Dummy clips

Advanced Mixing:

  • Advanced sidechain techniques
  • Exploration of frequency masking and how to clear space for clean mixes
  • Creative automation, demonstration of Max For Live devices
  • Understanding mastering chains

Performance in Ableton Live:

  • Preparing songs for live performance
  • Configuring effects racks for live performance use
  • Session/Arrangement hybrid performance
  • MIDI instrument control and innovation
  • How all of this can be very useful for composition and arrangement

Course requirements: Enthusiasm and excitement, your own computer with a working version of Ableton Live 11 Suite installed and running, a computer mouse, and a quality pair of headphones.
I will be providing the group with a robust sample pack for us to create with. Feel free to bring any MIDI controllers that you would like to play with or learn how to use.

These courses generally reach capacity, so it is recommended to book early and secure your place. Limited to 10 students.

Pay in full before July 18th and get your spot for $995 ($200 discount)
Pay in full before August 15th and get your spot for $1095 ($100 discount)

DEPOSITS AND PAYMENT PLANS: Get in touch if you would like to make a deposit payment to secure your place, and arrange a payment plan

REFERRAL DISCOUNTS: If you have a friend who would like to take part, and successfully registers – you get $50 cash back from your course fees. Get a friend involved! Learning as a team is a whole lot of fun. Please contact me to receive your referral cashback

Please note:
Course fees including deposits are non refundable and non transferable
This event requires a minimum number of participants to proceed. In the unlikely case of cancellation due to low numbers, your fees will be refunded
Location for group venues may be subject to late notice change. Classes will always be held at various venues on rotation within the inner-north suburbs, so please be sure that you are able to reach the following areas: Fitzroy/Northcote/Preston/Brunswick/Coburg/Thornbury

Feel free to contact me at any time with any questions about the course – and if you would like an in person chat before booking, you are most welcome to visit my Coburg North studio for a free 30 minute consultation.

Booking Terms:

  • Course fees, deposits, and pre-payments are 100% NON refundable and non-transferable.
  • Course tickets are transferable (re-sellable) to another user if the course has sold-out or upon agreement from SNED Music in writing for a $20.00 AUD administrative fee.
  • Course tickets are only valid for the course dates specified in the course you have booked. Individual class transfers to future courses are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are only possible when discussed and confirmed in writing before the start date of the course you have booked.
  • Depending on booking numbers, courses may be postponed by up to 14 days from the originally advertised date. In this case, the final two classes of 8-week courses will be rescheduled and will take place two weeks later than initially planned. Please check your calendar to see if this works for you before booking.
  • In the case of a postponed course in which three or more participants cannot make the rescheduled dates, private in-person group classes will be arranged at the Coburg North studio, which you can attend at no additional cost. If you are unable to attend any rescheduled classes (for example overseas travel), you can attend private 1:1 in-person or online sessions to make up for the rescheduled classes, at no additional cost.
  • Location for group venues may be subject to late notice change. Classes will always be held at various venues on rotation within the inner-north suburbs, so please be sure that you are able to reach the following areas: Fitzroy/Northcote/Preston/Brunswick/Coburg/Fawkner/Thornbury

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OCT 11 – 26 NOV 2023


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