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Workshop: Ableton Live for Absolute Beginners

November 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registrations are closed.

About the workshop

While much has changed since the birth of electronic music, the spirit of the music that connects composers of today with those of the late 60s and early 70s remains. Tools such as Ableton Live allow contemporary electronic music composers to channel this spirit while exploring the possibilities new technologies have to offer. This workshop is being taught primarily from an artistic perspective, rather than that of a technician. In other words, the philosophy behind this workshop is about making the most of what you know as an artist and musician who uses technology, rather than acquiring technical knowledge for its own sake.

Workshop topics include:

  • basic MIDI functions
  • Ableton Intro’s library of sounds
  • editing audio clips
  • effects and equalization within Ableton
  • exporting tips for master-ready mixes
  • using Ableton in live performance

This workshop is supported by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.


No previous experience in Ableton Live is required. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with a trial or purchased copy of Ableton installed.

About the instructor

John Daniel (b.1989 in Hemet, CA) is an American musician currently living in Chicago, Illinois. His current project, Forest Management, began in 2011 in Daniel’s hometown of Westlake, Ohio. His newest release, ‘Shifting’, will be out on October 7th on White Reeves Productions.