Creative Probability & Chance in Live 11

Membership plan: Getting Started | Topics: Music Production

Course overview

In this workshop you will utilise probability and chance in Ableton Live to creative novel and unique MIDI patterns. These patterns can be utilised to create evolving musical ideas, empowering you to make unique and fresh compositions. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to begin exploring probability and chance in Ableton Live.

What you'll learn

  • Apply randomisation to velocity and triggers to note events
  • Utilise MIDI processing to create random events
  • Use clip and scene Follow Actions to add probability and chance to arrangements
  • Explore the free Probability Pack

Who is this course for?

  • Sound designers looking to get started with probability and chance
  • Music producers interested in learning how to use probability and chance in their productions

Course content

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The Chance Lane
  • 3. Expression Control
  • 4. Modulating Drum Sounds with Random
  • 5. Using Random on Effects
  • 6. Generating Basslines
  • 7. Using Random Velocities
  • 8. Generating Chords
  • 9. Generating Melodies
  • 10. Using Follow Actions to Generate Arrangements
  • 11. Capturing what it generates


  • A computer and internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.

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