Essentials Skills For The Modern Producer


Begin with the basic essential skills for the modern music producer – the foundations of music theory, and Ableton production and performance.

Learn to speak the language of music and understand the magic behind your favorite songs.

Create your own music using Ableton, the world’s leading production software, including sampling, programming beats, and recording. 

Learn to perform your music with Ableton using the same modern techniques used by all of your favorite artists.


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    Music Theory 101

    Rhythm, Semitones, Intervals, Scales, Chords, and Chord Progressions 

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    Ableton Live 101

    Session vs. Arrangement, Recording MIDI & Audio, Using MIDI Controllers & Audio Interfaces.

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    Audio & MIDI Effects

    Processing Audio techniques, Modern MIDI Tools,  Signal FLow

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    What is Automation and how to use it, Advanced Automation Tricks

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    Using Ableton’s Samplers, Chopping up Samplers, Finding the Key, Sampling VOcals and much more

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    Final Project

    Students will complete a full project under specific requirements by the end of the course.


6-week course building the fundamental skills for students to start their journey of becoming music producers using the popular Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Ableton Live.
The students will also get access to the online course curriculum which will provide the students with class notes, videos, cheat sheets, assignments, and quizzes.
This course is aimed at beginner-intermediate music producers.

Foundation of Music Production 

Lesson 1 – Music Theory: Rhythm

Learn the fundamentals of rhythm and how modern-day music styles using rhythmic patterns from all across history and cultures. Explore Tempo Vs. BPM, Time Signature, Note Division, Triplets, and Syncopation.

Lesson 2 – Music Theory: Arrangement 

How to analyze a song in Ableton with Warping and Locators, what is Structure-Function, how to achieve ultimate Tension & Release in your project, Verse-PreChorus-Chorus vs. Breakdown-Buildup-Drop.

Lesson 3 – Music Theory I

What is the Western Music Theory and how it can help us make beautiful music? How to make beautiful music in any style.

Lesson 4 – Music Theory II

Learn Notes, Scales, Intervals, Chords, Chord Progressions, Voicing vs. Inversions. How to compose a melody, basslines, and hooks.

Lesson 5 – Ableton Live: Programming Drums

Intro to Ableton’s interface, learn what so special about the session view, and see how to use Drum Racks to make drum beats in any style.

Lesson 6 – Ableton Live: Recording & Editing

Explore Ableton’s Arrangement view, How to Record MIDI and Audio, Overdub How to Edit & Warp Audio. Using MIDI Controllers.

Lesson 7 – Audio & MIDI Processing

An in-depth look at every Audio & MIDI effect in Ableton. Parallel Vs. Serial Processing. How and why to use Return Tracks.

Lesson 8 – Automation

Explore the most important form of expression for modern computer musicians. Record & Edit Automation, Pre-Determine Shapes, Mapping MIDI Controls, and free-form drawing.

Lesson 9 – Sampling I

Introduction to sampling and samplers, History of Sampling, Ableton’s Simpler vs. Sampler, infinite loops, how to chop up samples.

Lesson 10 – Sampling II

Making your own instruments, advanced Drum Rack tricks, how to build super drum racks, Dilla sampling techniques, and much more.

Lesson 11 – Production Session

Collaborate with your classmates and explore all the techniques you learn in this course to create a track together in real-time.

Lesson 12 – Finals!

Listening session & Jam



ADMISSION  From $350/m

NIGHT CLASS DATES July 13th, 2021

SCHEDULING Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30PM-10:00PM PST

DAY CLASS DATES August 2nd, 2021

SCHEDULING Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30AM-01:00PM PST



Night Class Dates


Day Class Dates


6 Weeks

View payment plans here, starting from 4 payments of USD $350/month

July 13th, 2021

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30PM-10:00PM PST

August 2nd, 2021

Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30AM-01:00PM PST

Instant Access

Over 35+ hours of video

Extensive Class Notes

Exclusive Downloads

Lifetime Access

Custom Ableton Templates

Mentor Teachers


This course is for complete beginners to music production and Ableton. Any prior experience with music (playing an instrument, singing etc.) or with computer music (pro tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Reason, etc.) would help.


If you are looking for other level courses check out our:

Producer Skills – Synthesis and Sound Design 

Artist Progression – Artist Development & Collaboration

The Art of the Super Producer – Mixing, Mastering & Music Business

Live Online Classes

Day Class 09:30AM – 01:00PM PST (Mondays & Wednesdays)

Night Class 06:30PM – 10:00PM PST (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Some classes might be rescheduled due to national holidays.

Book your in-class or virtual class visit:


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Required Software (Student Discounts Available):
– Ableton Live (Intro, Standard, or Suite)

We recommended using speakers and/or headphones.

If you are not sure which speakers or headphones to buy, contact us for advice.

Yes, All classes are recorded and sent after class for review.

This course is Live Online. Meeting twice a week for a 3.5-hour class.

If you’re interested in a much cheaper option with self-pace progression check out our Online Certification Program.


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Foundation of Music Theory
  • Rhythm Theory
  • Using Semitones and Intervals
  • Diatonic composition
  • Harmonizing and building chords
  • Styling
Learn the language of music to help you make the music you want to make, To communicate with other musicians and reveal the magic behind your favorie songs.
Progremming Beats
  • How Drum Racks work
  • Choosing the right samples
  • How to use Syncopation
  • Layering Techniques
  • Drum Processing methods
Sequence drums in any style using Ableton Live's Drum Racks. Learn tricks and techniques to take your beats to the next level.
Ableton Live 101
  • Why Ableton Live?
  • Session vs. Arrangement
  • Recording & Editing Audio
  • Live's Warp Engine
  • Using & customizing MIDI controllers
Experience the leading software today for modern music production.
Demystify the world of Ableton Live to make any style of music.
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  • History of Sampling
  • Hardware Samplers
  • Simpler vs. Sampler
  • Sampling your own instruments
  • Slicing Samples
Explore the endless world of sampling.
Add organic texture or make it into an instrument
Everything is possible with sampling
Using MIDI Controllers
  • Which Controller Should I Get?
  • Setting Up
  • Expression Controls
  • Advance MIDI Utilities
  • Playing Live Beats
Choose the right MIDI controller for your production/live needs.
Use MIDI remote scritps to enahce your workflow
Learn tricks and tips to customize your controller
Recording & Warping
  • Choosing the right mic
  • Setting up recording session
  • Working with other musicians
  • Time Stretching
  • Live's editing tools
Learn how to setup and record mics and instruments in Ableton Live.
Master the warp engine for syncronizing audio and sound design
Class Jams
  • Play in a band with your computer
  • Try out different instruments and MIDI controllers
  • Improvise on any given scale
  • Develop your ear for melodies, harmonies & Basslines
Play live with your classmates in the first modern ClassJam environment.
Develop collaboration skills, performance focus and improvisation techniques.
Structure & Styling
  • Active Listening
  • Pre-Determined Arrangement Techniques
  • BPM Ranges
  • Song Segments and how to use them
  • Finishing a full song
Get your own sound from analyzing and deconstrucing modern song structures.
Learn different musical genres to help you achive your own unique sound.
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Music Theory 202
  • Parallel Harmony
  • Relative Scales
  • Pentatonic & Blues Scales
  • Jazz in Modern Music
  • Voicing Techniques
  • Borrowed Chords
Progress your composition skills by learning advanced music theory methods.
You will get a deeper understanding of how to produce strong harmonies, melodies and arrangements.
Ableton Live 202
  • The Launchbox
  • Modulation Vs. Automation
  • Session View Production Techniques
  • Advance Audio & MIDI Editing
  • Clip Envelopes
Learn advance Ableton techniques to take your production to the next level.
Everything is possible with Ableton Live let your imagination be your guide.
  • Analyzing Electronic vs. Acoustic music
  • Odd Time Signatures
  • Arrangment Styling
  • Sound Selection
  • Deconstructing Methods.
Learn the key characteristic of all popular music styles.
You have a specific style in mind you want to produce? We'll show you all the secrets.
  • Analog vs. Digital
  • Synth Signal Path
  • Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes and LFOs
  • Advance Modulators
  • Reverse Engineering
Take the sounds in your head and create them in the computer using synthesizers.
Demystify the vast world of virtual synths.
Sound Design
  • Advanced Time Stretching
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Fractal Soundscapes
  • Experiments in Sound
  • Field Recordings
  • The Art of Layering
Develop creative thinking by using multiple techniques to create unique and complex sounds.
Become a sonic master.
  • Ableton Link
  • Class Production Sessions
  • Project Managment
  • Real vs. Virtual instruments
  • Live Performance Routines
  • Rewiring
Collaborate with class mates with in-class synchronization.
Develope the skills needed to productevlly work with other musicians.
  • Choosing The Right Song to Remix
  • Flipping a Sample
  • Remixer Tools
  • Stems and Multi-Tracks
  • Preparing your Original Production for Remixing
Learn the art of remixing from top remixers in the industry.
Take your favorite songs and filp them with your own style.
Live Performance
  • DJing in Ableton Live
  • Preparing your Songs for Live Performance
  • Playing with a Band
  • Live Looping
  • DIY Controllers
Use the computer as a live musical performance tool.
DJ or play your own orgianls in any way you can imagine.
Max for Live
  • Max for Live Essentials
  • Modifying Exciting Devices
  • Creating your own Devices
  • Ableton as a Modular Environment
  • Live's API
  • VJing using Jitter
Explore the infinite potenital of Cycling 74's and Ableton's Max for Live.
Control Live in ways that weren't possible before.
Anything is possible with Max for Live
  • Win the Loudness Wars
  • Mastering Song vs. Album
  • Prepering Your Music for Distribution
  • Understanding the importance of Dynamic Range
Master your songs to sound as good as possible on as many playback systems as possible.
Learn the secrets on how to make your songs loud and punchy.
Finger Drumming
  • Choosing the Right Controller
  • Sound Design for Live Performance
  • Building Custom Racks
  • Using DIY Controllers
  • Planning your Controller's Configuration
Humanize your production or impress your audience on stage.
Build your own sound packs and develope your live performace skill with finger drumming.
Live Looping
  • Hardware Looping
  • Using Live's Looper
  • Live Looping in the Session View
  • Automatic Loop Recording using MIDI Scripts
  • Setup and Routing
Master the art of live looping with virtual instruments, conventional instruments and mics.
Come up with quick musical ideas, build your songs live on stage.
Online Presence
  • Social Media
  • How to Reach Out to Labels
  • Booking Shows
  • Getting Signed
  • Getting more Followers
  • Making a Music Video
Develop your artist brand and get your music heard by the right people.
Book shows, tours and festivals.
Find the right label and make music your career.
Entertainment Law
  • Clearing Samples
  • Commercial vs. Indie Distribution
  • Getting your music on TV and Film
  • Working with a Manager
  • Copyright your Music
  • Performance Rights
Understand the legallty behind the music industry.
Get the most out of your shows and releases. Maximize income streams.
Distribute your music the right way.
Production Sessions
  • Class Jams
  • Live Routines Assignments
  • Additive Composition
  • Produce other Classmates
  • Online Collaboration Methods
  • Musical Chairs
Collaborate in class.
Get private mentorship sessions from Beat Lab's instructors
Learn how to add part of yourself creatively to an exciting song.
  • Understanding How Sound Work
  • Gain Staging
  • Controlling the Stereo Field
  • Using Compressor & EQs
  • Using Time Based Effects
  • Bussing and Pre-Mastering
Master the art of sound mixing.
Make your music sound more clear, punchy and loud.
Learn the techniques and tools to help you take your music to the next level.
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