Ableton Live Video Tutorials

Ableton Live Commercial Video Tutorial Roundup


Looking for full-on commercial video tutorial courses on Ableton Live?

Here is a list of some I’ve found. For most courses lists, I’ve only seen the free demo movies for each course. In each case I thought the presenter was knowledgeable, they were good teachers, and the videos had professional production.

In the case of Nick Maxwell's tutorials, I have access to all the movies and can say they are really great if you want to go beyond using Live as a DAW and actually use Live, Simpler, Sampler, and instrument/drum racks as an "instrument".

I’ve broken my list down into two categories 1) How to Use Ableton Live and 2) Sound Design with Ableton Live. Note: I’ve revised this article to contain a third category called 3) Ableton Live Technique. This category is for miscellaneous videos to help you take your Ableton chops to the next level that are not specifically targeted at sound design.

To help you pick the tutorial that is right for you I’ve provided some high-level info for each course. Checkout the free videos, and course listings using links below.

Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.


image Live Explained Volume 1
Craig McCullough
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  : Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

imageLive Explained Volume 2
Craig McCullough
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Picks up where Volume left off and covers more advanced features of Ableton Live.
Tutorials & Run Time: 20 Tutorials / Over 3.5 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital Download + Disc $54.99, Digital Download $49.99, 30-day Online Pass $17.99, Membership

image VTC Ableton Live 6 Tutorial

Author: Steven Smith
Level: Beginner
For: Those new to Ableton Live who want an introduction to all of Live’s core features
Tutorials & Run Time: 96 Lessons, 8 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 6
Format & Price:  Disc $99.95
Released: 2007-12-13


Sound Design in Ableton Live

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: Those who want to learn radical techniques for creating everything from hard-hitting drums to complex atmospheres. Gain the knowledge to create unique, complex sounds!
Tutorials & Run Time: 5 Hours 
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. For $7 you can get 1 and a half hours of the videos, (Developing a Sound Design Philosophy, Atmospheric Fly-by, Designing a Drum Kit, and Slicing Melodic Sounds). You will be given the option to purchase the remaining sound design videos for the $30 difference, as well as the option to upgrade to the full Megapack (both "Sound Design" and "Sampling and Slicing") for the $42.99 difference.

Sampling & Slicing with Ableton Live

Author: Nick Maxwell
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
For: A no-fluff series on creating sample-based music in Ableton Live. Learn essential tools and creative techniques with this series. Get up to speed in no time!
Tutorials & Run Time: 2 Hours
Live Version Used: Live 7
Format & Price:  Digital download or streaming video. Purchase this 2 hour video series now for $25 and start learning instantly. Save 20% on your purchase of both "Sampling and Slicing in Ableton Live" and "Sound Design and Creative Audio Manipulation" through this special package deal. Get both series for $49.99!

3) Ableton Live Technique


The Ultimate Ableton Tutorials

Author: Jason Timothy
Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
An eclectic collection of tutorials on various Ableton Live topics. Easy to follow that even a complete beginner will be able to make great songs, remixes, mash-ups or DJ on Ableton very quickly! Offering

  • Ultimate Ableton Collection #1 – $37(Download)/$59(DVD)
  • Uiltimate Ableton Collection #2 – $37(Download)/$42(DVD)
  • Advanced Warping Collection
  • Ableton Mini-packs – $7:
    • Drum kit's and Sample Mini-pack
    • Drum Racks Mini-pack
    • DJ Mini-pack 1 and 2
    • Sampler Mini-pack
    • Operator Mini-pack

Tutorials & Run Time: Varies depending on package 
Live Version Used: Live 7 & 8
Format & Price:  Digital download, DVD

Add your finds to this roundup by commenting on this post.

Mark Mosher

(Modulate This) Sound Design

Modulate This Blog Turns 3


Modulate This Turns Three
Modulate This is now three years old and I’m happy to report that the popularity continues to grow month after month.

I want to thank the hundreds of readers out there who subscribed, those who take the time to comment, and those who use the links on this site to shop. I especially want to thank those who donated. As you can imagine, some of the more complex tutorials and the video tips are quite time consuming to produce so I really appreciate your support.

What’s Next?
Up till now, this blog has been a mixture of discovery articles, tips, news, and step-by-step tutorials. In looking back, my most popular articles and the ones that have made the most difference to you readers are the more detailed step-by-step tutorials. To help grow the blog and make an even bigger impact on your work, my vision for the coming year is to write articles to help you:

5 Ways to Support Modulate This!
Here are ways you can support Modulate This moving forward.

  1. Subscribe: Subscribe  if you haven’t done so.
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  5. Donate: Use the links on this blog to shop, and consider making a donation if you like what you are reading.

Comments From Readers
I’ll close by passing along some awesome comments from readers.

Thanks again for another great year!

Mark Mosher


"Tutorial: How to use the Axiom 25 with Ableton Live and with Live’s Impulse Drum Sampler"

  • Excellent! I’ve been trying to figure this out for a few days since buying the gear, and this did the trick! Well worth the donation! 
  • Kick ass article. That’s how Moldover does it!! Seriously, worth the read. Look for some paypal money in your account.
"Video Tutorial: How to Use the Vocoder in FL Studio"
  • Best tutorial out there.
  • Thank you so much, I’ve always wanted to use the vocoder… and now I will in my next song thanks to you! good tutorial!
Video Tutorial: Creating A Pattern with the Step Sequencer in FL Studio
  • OMG Thank you I didn’t know how to put the patterns on the song now I do. Great help!
  • Finally a tutorial that actually helps!!!! thx lad!!
M-Audio Trigger Finger Tutorial & Enigma Preset for FL Studio FPC
  • This is the most helpful thing I’ve found on the Internet yet. Thank you sooooo MUCH!!!! 
  • You are a god, this is the kind of knowledge I’ve been searching for. You got me out of a real puddle, thank you so much.
(Modulate This) Ableton Live Video Tutorials Videos

Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks

I just posted "Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks" to YouTube. This is one of those simple tips that will both save time and allow you to stay organized.

Mark Mosher

(Modulate This) Ableton Live

MusicTech Focus: Ableton Live Magazine – Great Info for Those New to Ableton Live

MusicTech Magazine has created a 132-page special edition that concentrates purely on Ableton Live and features. It contains brand new Live 7 tutorials, interviews with power users, 9 classic Live 6 workshops, full Live 7 review, free DVD with workshop resources and 20 Ableton video tutorials. This is available online and at local bookstores.

I flipped through a copy I found at my local Borders here in the US and thought that the tutorials were very comprehensive. If you are new to live this would be money well spent.

Mark Mosher

(Modulate This) Ableton Live

The Insider’s Guide to Ableton Live

Computermusic_live2006 just announced that "For the second year in a row, Computer Music magazine has dedicated
a special issue exclusively to Ableton Live. The Insider’s Guide to
Ableton Live
features a mix of both beginner and advanced tutorials, a
special story on Live user groups and custom Live Packs made especially
for the issue. The issue is available through January on UK newsstands and at selected Borders and Barnes & Noble outlets worldwide." You can also buy this online.

Here is a description of the issue from Computer Music Magazines web site.

If you use Ableton Live – or want to – this brand-new CM Special is
for you. Put together with the help of Ableton technical experts, the
world’s most hardcore Live users and CM’s own crew of music production
pros, this is a collection of insider’s tips and tricks that you just
won’t find anywhere else. For producers, DJs and musicians.


  • Build a track in Live 6
  • Make your arrangements flow
  • Get your head round Live’s most misunderstood features
  • Perform advanced MIDI tricks
  • Put the new Racks through their paces
  • Get to grips with Sampler
  • Compose and sync sound to picture
  • Integrate Live with a traditional DJ setup
  • Discover advanced techniques and hacks

Plus! On the CD

  • Exclusive Ableton Live Pack

Kicking electronic percussion and atmospheric pads from electronic
master Dennis DeSantis, ready to drop into your latest project

  • CM ModMachines Lite Live Pack

A collection of extreme sounds from TrackTeam Audio, featuring
pumped-up drums, big synths, kicking bass, twisted effects, expressive
keys, amazing atmospheres and dozens of convoluted effects chains.
Bring out the best in your tracks!