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Making Beats! 3 Producers Share Their Best Tips & Strategies

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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41 Lessons (3h 44m)
    • 1. 1 Intro

    • 2. 2 WelcomeCollaborativeClass

    • 3. 3 IntroducingOurTeachers

    • 4. 4 OverviewOfNick

    • 5. 5 DrumRacksOverview

    • 6. 6 MakingYourOwnDrumRack

    • 7. 7 PlayingInDrumSounds

    • 8. 8 monitoringTheKick

    • 9. 9 TripletGrid

    • 10. 10 Controllers Overview

    • 11. 11 ConnectingControllers

    • 12. 12 MIDIMapping

    • 13. 13 PushInterface

    • 14. 14 NickIntro

    • 15. 15 BJELO part1

    • 16. 16 WhatAreEffectRacks

    • 17. 17 SettingUpAudioEffectRack

    • 18. 18 OperatorInterface

    • 19. 19 OperatorPresetExploring

    • 20. 20 VelocityandGhostNotes

    • 21. 21 NickVideo2Intro

    • 22. 22 BJELO part2

    • 23. 23 GroovePool

    • 24. 24 BJELO part3

    • 25. 25 NickVideo4Intro

    • 26. 26 AutomatitingEffects

    • 27. 27 BJELO part4

    • 28. 28 Overview CoraVideo1

    • 29. 29 MetronomeSettings

    • 30. 30 EditingMIDIand Quanitizing

    • 31. 31 QuantizingPercentages

    • 32. 32 CoraVideo1Intro

    • 33. 33 DavidW 1

    • 34. 34 DavidW 2

    • 35. 35 DavidW 3

    • 36. 36 AutomationandEffectsReview

    • 37. 37 DavidW 4

    • 38. 38 DavidW 5

    • 39. 39 DavidW 6

    • 40. We Interrupt This Class...

    • 41. 40 ThanksBye


About This Class

Welcome to Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets!

This class is unlike any class I've done before: It is a fully collaborative class. That means you are not just going to be hearing about how I make beats, and my production tips and secrets. You will hear those, but you will also hear from two other well-known producers to show you some of their tricks as well. This is an art, and the best way to develop your own style is to hear the perspectives of several teachers - not just one.

For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Ableton - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Drum Racks
  • Recording Drum Racks
  • Making Your Own Drum Racks
  • Monitoring the Kick in Alternative Channels
  • Working on the Triplet Grid for Better Grooves
  • Playing Beats with Controllers
  • Setting up Controllers
  • MIDI Mapping
  • The Push Interface
  • Effect Racks
  • Building Audio Effect Racks
  • The Operator Synthesizer
  • Creating Ghost Notes
  • Velocity Adjustment Tricks
  • The Groove Pool
  • Quantizing Tricks
  • Effect Automation
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Making Beats - 3 Producers Share Their Best Secrets, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Beat Making in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."





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Jason Allen

PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of "glove" controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When ...

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