MIDI Programming in Ableton Live – On-demand

Level: Beginner

By turning off the quantize function on his MPC  J Dilla ushered a new era of groove in electronic music production. Composing beats using both rushing and dragging feels while also making sure that notes remained musically coherent. This workshop intends to equip you with the skills to program hip hop beats and music ideas with a drunk drummerfeel inspired by producers and musicians such as J Dilla, Questlove, Flying Lotus, or Kaytranada.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop an understanding of pulse, subdivision and polyrhythms

  • Acquire an understanding of the Groove

  • Using the Groove Pool and Warping to program beats with both MIDI and audio content

  • Identify & apply the right quantization values to apply to your programming

Session Study Topics

  • Drum rack for composition

  • Audio & MIDI warping for rhythm programming

  • The groove pool and timing features

  • Audio effects for enhancing rhythms


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Live Suite or Standard (i.e. trial or full 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.