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Music Production Program

Music Production Program

We teach Ableton Live in our Music Production Program. Ableton Live has quickly become an industry favorite among producers and musicians alike. It is a user friendly loop based software used as an instrument for live performances, as well as a music sequencer / DAW for composing, recording, arranging, mixing and mastering.  Beat Refinery offers 4 levels of classes as either 4 or 8 week individual courses, or in a continuous 24 week Program.

The 24 Week Ableton Program  is billed monthly for manageable payments and only requires a one time materials fee (Please Note: There will be a $20 materials fee for all students payable on the first day of class.)  By taking these courses as a package, you will only pay $1275 and save $250 as opposed to taking the courses individually.

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Ableton Live Level 1: The Fundamentals

Prerequisite: Strictly for the beginners
Duration: 4 weeks total / 90 min each week (also available in 1 day Weekend Beat Camp format)
Cost: $240 (Please Note: There will be a $20 materials fee for all students payable on the first day of class.)

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of the Ableton Live 8 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) using the arrangement view.
  • Software layout and controls
  • Basic DAW mixing
  • Basic audio effects
  • Basic audio & clip editing
  • Warping/time-stretching audio
  • Automation & arrangement
  • Saving & exporting projects

Ableton Live Level 2: Edits, Mashups & Mixes

Prerequisite: Ableton Live Level 1
Duration: 8 weeks total / 90 min each week (also available in 4 week FastTrack or 2 day Weekend Beat Camp format)
Cost: $480 (Please Note: There will be a $20 materials fee for all students payable on the first day of class.)

Students will learn:

  • How to create basic mashups, blends, remixes, mixtapes, and DJ-edits using Ableton Live’s arrangement view in a studio setting
  • DAW mixing
  • Audio effects
  • Audio and clip editing
  • Arrangement
  • Transition
  • DIY acapella
  • Full-length mixtape with Live
  • Blend/mashup/bootleg track
  • Re-drum edit
  • Basic remix using samples (loop-based)

Ableton Live Level 3: Beat Making

Prerequisite: Ableton Live Level 1
Duration: 8 weeks total / 90 min each week (also available in 4 week FastTrack or 2 day Weekend Beat Camp format)
Cost: $480 (Please Note: There will be a $20 materials fee for all students payable on the first day of class.)

Students will learn:

  • How to create original music using Ableton Live 8, samples, and software instruments
  • Audio effects
  • MIDI effects
  • MIDI programming
  • MIDI clip arrangement and composition
  • Recording
  • DAW Mixing
  • Impulse & Drum Rack, drum programming
  • Audio effect racks
  • Instrument racks
  • Recording and manipulating software instruments
  • Creating original music compositions & remixes

Ableton Live Level 4: Performing Live using the AKAI APC-20

Prerequisite: Ableton Live Level 1
Duration: 4 weeks total / 90 min each week (also available in 1 day Weekend Beat Camp format)
Cost: $240 (Please Note: There will be a $20 materials fee for all students payable on the first day of class.)

Students will learn:

  • How to control Ableton Live 8 in a live-performance setting using the AKAI APC-20.
  • AKAI APC-20 hardware controls
  • Basic control MIDI-mapping
  • Audio effects
  • Composing with loops
  • Audio routing & use of sends/returns
  • Live’s Session view mastery
  • Clip editing and arrangement
  • Setting up your live performance
  • DJ’ing with Ableton Live 8 and the APC-20