Lesson 2: Beats

Where oh where would we be without rhythm?! This week you’re going to take one of the seven sketches you laid out in week one and use Ableton to start fleshing it out, thereby turning your musical ideas into tight beats. Once we go over the core concepts of Ableton, you’ll start programming your original beats via realtime or pattern-based sequencing. You’ll also get a taste of beatboxing as an effective vehicle for conveying your musical ideas straight into this powerful DAW, get crafty with Kraftwerk, and take a virtual field trip to learn about Xfer Records’ synthesizer, Serum!