Ableton Live II: MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Premium class

Brian Jackson, Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Author

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15 Videos (1h 11m)
    • Trailer

    • What is MIDI?

    • Setting Up Your MIDI Controllers

    • Computer MIDI Keyboard

    • Key and MIDI Mapping

    • MIDI Clips 101 - The Piano Roll

    • Finding Drum Sounds

    • Pencil a Drum Beat

    • Editing MIDI 101

    • Getting Ready to Record MIDI

    • Recording MIDI drums

    • Recording MIDI Keys

    • Quantize 101

    • Quantizing MIDI Performances

    • Groove 101


About This Class

Create a short MIDI sequence using audio clips and a drum beat, then use a technique called quantizing to automatically align all the elements to the same time and tempo.

Ableton Live 9 is uniquely powerful audio software, equally strong in helping you create, produce, and perform music. In this second, 68-minute class from audio engineer, musician, and producer Brian Jackson, you’ll learn the ins and outs of MIDI, the industry standard for connecting a wide range of musical instruments, devices, and computers. You’ll create melodies with a built-in or external keyboard, draw in drum beats, record MIDI sounds, and practice a technique called quantizing, which aligns a track's timing so it sounds steady and professional. No need for special musical knowledge: it’s a perfect class for producers, musicians, sound designers, and anyone interested in working with audio.

Ready to learn more? Check out all 4 classes in Brian's series:

Ableton Live I: The First Steps of Digital Music Production

Ableton Live II: MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

Ableton Live III: Shape Your Own Audio & Beats

Ableton Live IV: Finishing a Track

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Brian Jackson

Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Author

Brian Jackson is an internationally released electronic musician and audio engineer. He was one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers, is the author of both The Music Producer's Survival Guide (2013) and The Music Producer's Survival Stories (2014), and specializes in one-on-one training in audio engineering and music production for beginners and Grammy winners alike.

In addition to recording, producing, and teaching out of his Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based studio Form Labs, Brian is also a partner and Director of Education at Devotion Gallery, Brooklyn's first Ableton Certified Training Center. Leading both of these venues, Brian bring together a diverse range of artists, musicians, and teachers—all specializing in computer-based music, audio production, and creative visual media. Specialities include MIDI, synthesis, mixing, recording, mastering, music theory, sound design, digital DJ, Mac-based DAWs, and much more.