MTEC 72B: PRODUCING MUSIC WITH ABLETON LIVE
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||3 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in MUS 66E.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
The student will be able to:
A. Explain the components of Ableton Live software.
B. Analyze the aesthetics of contemporary music production parameters.
C. Navigate the Live interface, windows and view options.
D. Create MIDI sequences and edit MIDi clips.
E. Arrange songs and identify song structures in the Live edit windows.
F. Insert effects on return tracks.
G. Create an original music production with synthesizers and samplers.
A. Setting up Ableton Live.
1. Audio preferences.
2. MIDi preferences.
3. Optimizing performance with peripheral equipment.
B. Session Views.
1. Live browsers.
2. Live clips.
3. Working with scenes and clip properties.
C. File management.
1. Building Live Sets and projects.
2. Importing and exporting Live Packs.
3. Searching for and auditioning clips.
4. Setting up frequently accessed directories.
D. Recording and editing MIDI.
1. Preparing to record MIDI.
2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI.
3. Working with alternative MIDI entry methods.
4. Using multiple output virtual instruments.
E. Recording and arranging audio.
1. Preparing to record.
2. Recording in Arrangement View.
3. Recording in Session View.
4. Reworking clips.
5. The mixer.
F. Using Ableton Live in live performance.
1. Preparing audio clips with the warp tool.
2. Triggering clips with actions.
3. Using Live as a sound source.
1. Implementation and drivers.
2. Velocity and aftertouch.
3. Multiple routing assignments.
B. Virtual instruments.
2. Volume matching.
1. Tempo matching.
1. ReWiring secondary applications via insert tracks and bus assignments.
2. Plug-in applications using internal busses affecting external applications.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
1. 30 Macintosh computers, MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
2. Video projector and screen.
3. 30 Ableton Live software installs.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
1. on-going access to computer with email software and capabilities.
2. Email address.
Method(s) 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
Method(s) 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
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Kuehnl, Eric. Ableton Live 101. 2019.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and internet multimedia.
B. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
C. Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.