If you are remotely interested in music production, you have at least heard from Ableton. Ableton is at the same time a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and a performance tool for DJ’s.

Ableton Live example screen
Ableton Live example screen

As any DAW, it might look a bit intimidating for newcomers, and the learning curve is definitely steep if you really want to create something decent with it.

In order to lower the barrier, Ableton has now launched a music learning web app designed to take newcomers through the basic of music creation.

It’s frankly very well done, and if you don’t need any prior knowledge to quickly get into it.

It’s designed in a step by step approach, and each step has a built-in Ableton Live simulator that lets you sequence melodies & rythms.

Ableton making music app simulator
Ableton making music app simulator

Ableton even uses real songs as examples, breaking down tracks like Daft Punk’s “Around The World”,  Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” and Robert Hood’s “Ride” to demonstrate how the key concepts work.

You can even export your creations to Ableton Live if you have it installed.

Useful?

Definitely, yes. If music production is something that interests you but you are intimidated by the apparent complexity of it, this course will break down the basic in very easy to understand terms. It might even get you started in Ableton Live (which is, of course, the whole intention here, Ableton is not offering this service for free because they are so generous).

What it doesn’t teach you

Just keep in mind that making beats & melodies that sound good together is not the hardest thing in the world. Many DJ’s create their tracks in Ableton Live.

The real challenge of producing music is making those individual bits & pieces blend together. Knowing your way around the jungle of VST plugins, how to use compression, and above all, the ancient art of music mastering. What ultimately makes a track pop out is the whole dynamic and sound spectrum of it, and it takes a lot of training and great talent to create compelling tracks that sound good.

What ultimately makes a track pop out is the whole dynamic range and it takes a lot of training and great talent to create compelling tracks that sound good.

Did you try it out, and how did you like it? Comment below!

 

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