Create with MPE in Live 11 – On demand

Level: Beginner

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)  offers a vast playground of musical opportunities to create musical compositions and productions. Live 11 supports a range of MPE tools to allow the composer and producer to create ideas in a myriad of ways. In this workshop you will creatively explore and deploy a range of MPE techniques in a musical setting. This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to utilise the creative possibilities of MPE in the Ableton Live environment.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Identify the role and function of MPE

  • Explore MPE compatible devices  in Live

  • Utilize MPE controllers within Live 11

  • Apply MPE to create novel musical and sonic elements

Session Study Topics

  • Using MPE

  • MPE devices in Live

  • MPE controllers

  • Creatively using MPE


  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Live 11 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

Mel is a London based music producer, vocalist and educator.

She spends most of her time teaching people how to make music with Ableton Live and Push. When she’s not doing any of the above, she makes educational content and helps music teachers and schools integrate technology into their classrooms. She is particularly interested in training and supporting female and non-binary people to succeed in the music world.

Supported by 

Non-linear strategies for composing with Live & M4L – On demand

Level: Intermediate – Advanced

The creative path is not a straight line. In this workshop, you will develop a workflow focused on experimental approaches utilizing randomization, stochastic methods, polymeters, polyrhythms and more using Live and M4L. Experimental audio processing and non-linear mixing activities will be included in the compositional process to create unique sound qualities as well as overcoming creative blocks.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Examine various forms of (non)linear compositional strategies

  • Identify approaches that provide musical contingency

  • Select Ableton’s techniques & M4L devices to use in the writing process

  • Design generative methods for complex compositional systems based on the Ableton and M4L environments

Session Study Topics

  • Randomization & Stochastic methods

  • Polymeters & polyrhythms

  • Racks, Audio & MIDI FXs chains

  • Max4Live LFO, Shaper, Buffer shuffler, Multimap pro


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Ableton Live 10 Suite, or Ableton Live 10 with a Max For Live license

About the workshop leader

Simone Tanda is a musician, producer, multi-media artist, tech consultant, and educator.

Based across London & Berlin he is currently creating music for his own project, as well as multidisciplinary artists, film, and commercials.