Cortex Training is a London-based training centre specialising in live events, sound, media production and vocational courses

Ableton Live for show control

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1 day course

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Course Overview

  • Playback audio and video in a real-time live sequencing environment
  • Route audio and MIDI to build custom show and installation setups
  • Communicate with other apps and protocols like Resolume, Arduino and DMX
  • Create custom hardware and touch screen interfaces

Who should attend this course?

Many of things we will look at are relevant for both small productions on a tight budget and for professionals looking to enhance their skill set with a more ideal sequencer.

This course is not intended for those seeking music production or music performance techniques, please contact us if you are looking for training in those areas.

More Details

This one-day intensive training course looks at Ableton Live as a powerful show control software that can trigger, sequence and synchronise audio/visual material and cues whilst communicating with various other apps and technologies.

Though Ableton Live can trigger audio and MIDI clips in a quantised fashion straight out of the box, it’s sequencing and improvisation capabilities go further through the use of Max for Live (part of the Live Suite package), networking and things like DMX interfaces. We will think of Live as a hub for different protocols and get it to mesh with live video apps like Resolume.

After an initial basic overview of Live we will move away from a traditional workflow to look at it as a rock-solid tool for playback and event triggering. Many of things we will look at are relevant for both small productions on a tight budget and for professionals looking to enhance their skill set with a more ideal sequencer.

There is no single way to use Live, and despite this being one of its strengths it can be dauntingly open-ended. We will cover fundamental techniques that could be broadly utilised across a number of different projects – live event playback, theatre cue systems, audio-visual performance, sonic art or multimedia installations.

This course is not intended for those seeking music production or music performance techniques, please contact us if you are looking for training in those areas.

Prior knowledge and use of Ableton Live is not essential, but helpful. Upon enrolment we will send you links to online resources that will cover the basics.

Course Details

  • Introducing Live
  • Unique show features
  • Exploring the interface
  • Use of hardware controllers
  • Building custom show setups
  • Track routing – audio, MIDI, bus, aux
  • Custom speaker setups
  • Working with Clips
  • Max for Live devices
  • Inter-application communication
  • Working with OSC
  • Sending DMX messages to lighting
  • Triggering videos in VJ software
  • Reading sensor information from Arduino
  • Recording a performance/show

Course Requirements

  • Though not essential to complete the training – a copy of Ableton Live Suite will be beneficial. There is a 30 day trial version available from ableton.com

  • Your own laptop – and/or a memory stick to take away resources

About The Tutor

The course tutor Nick Feldman has been an avid user of Ableton Live since the very first version and teaching the app is now his main professional focus. He is both an electronic musician and visualist and has performed at festivals including Glastonbury, Shambala and Boomtown Fair and performed live video for renowned artists such as Diplo, 2ManyDJs, Rudimental and Foreign Beggars.

Venue Information

East London venue TBC