Turning your song into an Ableton Live looping performance

Learn step by step how to create a live looping performance from your songs using Ableton Live 11.

Course Instructor: Vicky O’Neon

Course level

In this course you will learn how to create a live performance in Ableton Live using some of the following features: MIDI mapping, resampling, follow actions and automated effects. You will get access to download the live set for Vickys debut single Cold As used in the course to explore, whilst you are learning. 

This course aims to provide you with suitable skills to use session view as a tool for your live performances. It’s especially useful for drummers but any instrumentalist and live performer can apply these tools to their performances.

What you'll learn

  • Build their own live performance using stems from a ready written song
  • Design a well-structured CPU efficient live set
  • Explore creative tools for production using built in effects, Max for Live devices and external plug-ins
  • Have fun watching a crazy electronic live performance on the frozen Baltic sea

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Ableton Live 10 or 11 (i.e. trial or full license)
  • In order to use all features explored in this course you will also need: Ableton Push, A MIDI controller (eg. SPD-SX or keyboard), Ableton Live Suite for access to Max for Live (can be purchased as an add on to Ableton Live Standard)

Course content

  • ---- Cold As Live Looping video
  • ---- Ableton Project to Cold As
  • ---- Lesson 1: Introduction
  • ---- Lesson 2: Setup
  • ---- Lesson 3: Exporting your parts from arrangement view into session view 1
  • ---- Lesson 4: Exporting your parts from arrangement view into session view 2
  • ---- Lesson 5: Discover triplet grid and quantise options
  • ---- Lesson 6: MIDI Mapping
  • ---- Lesson 7: Creative vocal effects
  • ---- Lesson 8: Creating a CPU efficient live set
  • ---- Lesson 9: Working with samples in Drum rack
  • ---- Lesson 10: Freezing tracks
  • ---- Lesson 11: Using Ableton's Drum rack with Roland's SPD-SX
  • ---- Lesson 12: Structuring your live loops
  • ---- Lesson 13: Structuring your live loops
  • ---- Lesson 14: Starting and stopping scenes, loops, and effects from the SPD-SX
  • ---- Lesson 15: Pitch drop
  • ---- Lesson 16: Automated effects live
  • ---- Lesson 17: Spectral Resonator
  • ---- Lesson 18: Outro

Who is this course for

  • Build YOUR own live performance using stems from a ready written song

About the workshop leader

Vicky O’Neon is a UK based Finnish born drummer. She is a passionate Ableton Live user and is incorporating Live into her work as a performer, producer, playback tech, Youtuber and educator. Some of her work experience includes using Ableton to program electronic drums and live loops for the Olympics Team GB’s Homecoming Concert at Wembley Arena (aired on BBC One) performing with Nile Rodgers, Laura Mvula, Anne-Marie, YungBlud and Mica Paris. In 2020 she worked closely with Brian May from Queen releasing 2 songs, one of which hit no. 13 in the iTunes chart. She has also performed with Hans Zimmer and friends (inc. Pharrell Williams & Johnny Marr) at the Hammersmith Apollo and Clean Bandit for the MTV Music awards. Recent music releases include her debut single 'Cold As' and the album 'Tigerpunsh' with electronic music producer Rachel K Collier.