What do you get with Ableton Accelerator?

  • 10 Video Modules

    Lifetime access to 8 hours of structured, step-by-step video content. Everything you need to know about making great dance music, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Exclusive Sample Pack

    Production Music Live have provided an incredible sample pack just for you, meaning you have access to the exact sounds I use in the videos.

  • Access to me for questions

    Videos are great, but sometimes you just need to ask questions. You'll get a swift response from me in the comments.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction and Setup

    • Welcome! Watch this video

    • Setting up your preferences

    • Download your exclusive sample pack

    • What equipment do you need?

    • What do electronic music producers do?

  • 2

    Quick Wins

    • Making your first beat

    • Writing 'in-key' for non-musicians

  • 3

    Technical Fundamentals

    • Navigating Ableton Live

    • Audio vs MIDI

    • Samplers

    • Working with MIDI

  • 4

    Learn the Sounds

    • Learn the sounds

    • Examples of drums and percussion

    • Examples of bass

    • Examples of leads and stabs

    • Examples of pads and atmospheres

    • Examples of risers and FX

  • 5

    Getting Ideas Down

    • Introduction to Music Theory - Part one

    • Introduction to Music Theory - Part two

    • Drums - Part one

    • Drums - Part two

    • Finding a vocal sample

    • Making bass lines without a synth

    • Transposing samples

    • Leads and melodies

    • Making chords less scary

    • Pads and atmospheres

    • Vocals - Editing and warping

    • Vocals - Pitch shifting and vocal chops

    • Intro to synths

    • Oscillators, filters and envelopes

  • 6

    Building Your Track

    • 'Faders up' mix

    • Session view arrangement

    • Skeleton arrangement

    • Session view to Arrangement view

    • Working with clips in Arrangement View

    • Vocals in Arrangement view

    • Arrangement - Tension and impact

    • Risers and FX

    • Snare rolls

    • Automation

  • 7

    Learn the Tools

    • Plugins

    • EQ

    • Common EQ moves

    • What is compression?

    • Using compression

    • Reverb

    • Delay

    • Saturation

  • 8

    Mixing and Mastering

    • Mixing vs mastering with Chris Pavey

    • Sidechaining

    • Parallel compression

    • Exporting

    • How to 'master' your track

  • 9

    Building your Music Making System

    • What should you do when sitting down to make music?

    • How to schedule music making

  • 10

    Next Steps

    • What to focus on now vs later

    • What to do when you inevitably get stuck

    • Further resources

  • 11

    Bonus interview

    • BONUS: Interview with mastering engineer (Chris Pavey)

Ready to start making music?

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  • What equipment do I need to work along with the course?

    Not a lot! All you need is a computer (Windows or Mac), a pair of headphones and a copy of Ableton Live, which you can get a free trial of from Ableton.

  • I'm a total beginner, will this work for me?

    Absolutely. This course will work even if you have no prior music-making experience. If you've tried to learn this before and got frustrated, stuck or overwhelmed, this is your solution.

  • What if I have questions?

    You can leave comments under each video, I will be monitoring these very closely. Also, as part of the Platinum Package, you get 2 personalised track reviews from me. Also, you can email me at john@theaudiojourney.co.uk

  • How long will it take to complete the course?

    This totally depends on how much time you put in. The course is roughly 8 hours of content, so you could work through it in a weekend, or progress through it over 4-8 weeks. Do whatever suits you best!