Elevate your skills as a music producer with the Ableton Acceleration Program!
Designed and taught by veteran music producer and world renown Ableton Certified Trainer Kiva, this is an intensive course designed to teach you all the necessary skills to begin writing and completing your own unique musical creations.
This comprehensive course guides students through all the essential knowledge of producing music and working with Ableton Live 11, from foundation basics and advanced production techniques, to mixing, mastering and onstage performance.
Each course consists of 8 private 2 hour lessons with two classes per week at a time that works for your schedule. Courses are taught online via Zoom.
These courses are open to artists, DJs, musicians, and producers of all musical styles and experience levels who are ready to learn the art of music production and unlock their creative potential with Ableton Live 11. Reserve your seat now and prepare for launch with the Ableton Acceleration Program!
Overview of Courses:
Music Production Level One \\\ Basic Fundamentals
In this course, you will begin by getting familiar with Live’s interface and basic operations. Dive into the world of music production by learning to record MIDI, program drums, and use Ableton’s powerful Warping engine. Learn to set up audio interfaces and record live instruments and vocals. You’ll learn how to sweeten your music with an introduction to Ableton’s extensive audio effects and learn the basics of automation and mixing. Learn songwriting formulas to organize your musical ideas and create strong song structures.
Music Production Level Two \\\ Intermediate Skills
In Level 2, we learn to harness the power of Ableton’s drum machines to build our own custom drum kits and to program many styles of beats. You’ll begin to learn the secrets of synthesis and sampling to add to your productions. Discover the techniques of advanced warping and composing with Ableton’s MIDI effects. Learn to use advanced audio effects and integrate third party VSTs into your workflow.
Music Production Level Three \\\ Advanced Skills
Explore the world of FM and Wavetable synthesis. Expand the possibilities within Ableton by learning to integrate powerful tools from Max for Live. Discover advanced sampling techniques and special audio effects. Learn to build custom tools to create within Live. Put it all together with guidance on finalizing song structures and an introduction to the world of mixing and mastering.
Mixing & Mastering Essentials \\\ Level 1
Learn to how to create professional sounding mixes for your music and take your sound to the next level! First, learn important information about the science of acoustics and learn how to set up a great sounding mixing environment in your home studio. Next, we take an in-depth look at frequency and working with EQs to refine each sound in our tracks. Learn to use Panning, Reverb, and Delay to create illusions of space and depth. Understand how to work with Compression and Limiters to control dynamics and give power to your tracks. Learn the secrets of mastering to get your music sounding it’s absolute best and ready for the world!
Mixing & Mastering Essentials \\\ Level 2
In Level 2, we dive even deeper into the world of mixing and mastering. You’ll learn how to integrate cutting edge professional mixing tools from Izotope, Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Waves and more. Learn how to prepare and treat live vocal tracks for a clear and present sound in your mix. Learn about how to enhance your mixes with saturation techniques and refine your dynamics with multi-band compressors. Understand how to create professional sounding final single and album masters for your future music projects!
Ableton Onstage: Live Performance Techniques
Learn how to take your music from the studio to the stage with this exciting Ableton Performance course! We begin by looking at how to configure Ableton from a DJ’s perspective to plays sets of music we produced or by our favorite artists. Learn to create custom performance audio effects and do complex MIDI mapping to get the most out of your performance rig. Explore live MIDI improvisation and learn live audio looping techniques.
This course will teach you a variety of ways to utilize Ableton for performing as a DJ, a solo artist, collaborating with other artists, or as part of a larger band!
Synthesis and Sound Design
Learn about the fascinating history of synthesis and learn how to create your own stunning arsenal of original sounds to use in your music productions. In this course, we will learn about the history of many of the important types of synthesis: Subtractive, Additive, FM, Wavetable, Granular, and more. You’ll learn how to get the most of out of Ableton’s powerful synthesizers and Max instruments. We will also look at some of the best cutting edge virtual synthesizers from Native Instruments, Arturia, and more. Unlock the secrets of synthesis and supercharge your sounds with this course!
Courses are $800 USD each paid in advance.
Every course has 8 x 2 hour lessons and meet twice a week.
We also offer the option to meet once a week.
Each course level can be taken individually or sequentially as a series.
Payments can be made electronically with Venmo, Zelle, or Paypal.
Don't have Ableton? No problem!
If you are ready to start learning, but are still deciding if Ableton is right for you before purchasing the software, many students begin classes with Kiva using Ableton's free 90-day Ableton Live Suite version available here: https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
Once you decide you love the software and are ready to invest in a license, all of Kiva's enrolled students are eligible for a 40% off EDU discount on Ableton Live Suite 11!
Please use the form below if you have any further questions or to discuss scheduling your first class!