Ableton Live Quick Start

Learn the basics of Ableton in one day - For Beginners
Runs Monthly on Saturdays

10:00am – 4:00pm
Instructor: Gabe Soto aka Fortuna
Cost: $297

Who is this course for?

  • Beginners who are frustrated trying to figure out Live

  • Beginners looking to learn to create a track from scratch in Live

  • Artist's and producers who are making electronic based music

Who is this course is not for?

  • Artists looking to learn how to record their band or other bands

  • Artists who are recording primarily rock or folk music

What do I need to bring?

  • Headphones

Do I need a laptop? 

  • No. You get to work on your very own iMac workstation loaded with Live 10 Suite and a midi controller. You can bring your own setup (laptop etc) however we ask that you work on our workstations as they are setup and ready to go.

Do I need Live? 

  • No. We provide it for you on our iMac workstations. However its good to have for you to practice and continue learning how to use Live. We also sell Ableton Live Suite Education to students as they get Educational pricing as students of Beat Drop. (Save over $350)

Prior musical experience or knowledge of Live is not required. Through hands-on exercises, students learn Live’s various panes, effects and mixing facilities.  Because of the small class size and open learning environment, each student receives ample personal attention and comes away with a working knowledge of this ingenious program.

Topics Include:

  • Sketching ideas in Session View

  • The Geography of Live: A Tour of the Ableton Interface

  • Drum Programming Basics with Ableton Live Racks

  • Intro to Audio Effects: Tweaking Your Sound

  • Intro to Midi Effects: Varying your performance

  • MIDI & Key Controls: Using Live with MIDI Controllers

  • Arranging your track in Session View and then in Arrangement View

  • Editing Your Arrangement: Refining Your Production in the Arrange View

  • Basics of Mixing and Outputting your track for the web.

Why Ableton Live?

Nothing touches it for simplicity, creativity and spontaneity. It’s super fun to work with and has a unique interface to interact with. For recording and producing to playing live with it simply is the best option out there. For more videos on Ableton Live check out Ableton’s Youtube page


"This course, through Beat Drop, will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. You will leave this course having the confidence to create and express your art. You will meet amazing, like minded individuals that want you to succeed and you get the perks of a small class size, engaging instructors, and the best exposure to the industry that exists in Calgary. Coming into this course with ZERO knowledge in Ableton, I've graduated with full assurance that I can complete a finished piece of art that is ready for commercial exposure."- Tim O

"Beat Drop is an amazing atmosphere where you get to learn from people who are passionately devoting their lives to making music." - Beni D

"I was skeptical at first about what i would get out of this course and if it was worth the money, but after having completed it, i am now interested in taking as many courses as BeatDrop has to offer. Mitch and his crew were great, and the atmosphere was totally easygoing, very comfortable environment for learning. Not only did I learn the in's and out's of Ableton, but also some quite valuable knowledge in audio production overall, that i can use anywhere. I'd recommend this course to anyone who is sick of just tinkering around and wants to take their music to the next level. See y'all in the fall!" - Paul F

"If you're considering taking this course, then take it. Undoubtedly the most effective and efficient way to take your ableton methods to the next level, no matter what your level of experience." Lauren D

"Learning in an open environment with likeminded people is integral to moving forward. Beat Drop has given us this environment and we all have moved forward. For me it has given me the understanding of how the program works what each facet of it does and how it relates to the procedure of music production; from an idea to a finish track. Thank you." - Chris B

Ableton Live Core I is the perfect way to get a grasp on Ableton itself and how to use it. Having used Ableton 6 years prior to this course and being self taught, I was surprised at the amount of information and tips/tricks I had learnt! whether you are beginning or already familiar with Ableton, check this course out!! It's definitely worth it!"          - Chad D

"When your first sitting down to Ableton it can definitely be a little intimidating. This Course really breaks down some of the most important aspects of the massive world that is Ableton and gets you flowing through it immediately. I strongly Recommend this course!" Jimmy D

 “Having walked in with absolutely minimal knowledge I did not know much of what I was getting into. I can now say after completing Ableton 303 the knowledge gained from the course is absolutely worth it. It was an incredibly helpful course and I had a lot of fun taking it. Infinite thanks to Mitch and his crew.” -Russ

“The Ableton Live Core production class is an awesome crash course in professional audio production. Whatever your musical style, the course teaches the fundamental skills to start producing, remixing, and performing with Ableton Live. I had a great time learning, and the classes are fun and engaging. I would highly recommend BeatDrop if you’re trying to figure out how to take your passion for music to the next level.” -Steve

“Beatdrop was such a helpful course. Coming into beatdrop I had no prior knowledge of the program, Now I have the skills and techniques to lay out a ton of “sick beats” and we got to watch cat videos!!!” -Gage

“This class was well worth the money. Great environment to learn in, and awesome people teaching it. Learned everything I needed to know, and more. Went into this class with out ever touching a DAW, and came out pretty confident in my abilities. Would definitely recommend this class to anyone.” -Brad

“The live course was dope! Instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. The course was well prepared and formatted to give a solid memorble introduction to Live. I came away from the course with an understanding of the abilities of the software, a starting point to pour creativity into, and a lot of song production and mastering ideas to further study and explore. I have been recommending the course to friends that have expressed interest in learning beat production. I’ve also been loving the free artist workshops. Calgary is blessed to have Beat Drop!” -Scott

“I had a fantastic time at Beatdrop’s Electronic Music Production 101 course. I was very impressed with the facilities and Mitch’s instruction. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to get started producing music on their laptops, and I look forward to taking further courses at Beatdrop to further my education.” –Tyler

“Beat drop was super hype.I love the small class size and hand on approach. Made it easy to learn things quickly” –Kamille

“Beat drop was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. The class was very easy to get along with and the teacher went very in-depth for all the questions I had. Thanks to Beat Drop I’ve made Ableton my main digital audio workstation and I have progressed a lot in electronic music.” –Mike