In Classroom Courses13 & Older


Ableton Live Certification

Gain a solid understanding of foundational music production techniques and learn to operate Ableton Live like a pro. With Berklee Online's extensive online curriculum, you will learn to:

  • Use Live in both studio production and live performance environments
  • Design any sound imaginable with Live's synths
  • Use Live to apply rich harmonic ideas to compositions
  • Use synthesis tools to improve music productions

 Payment plans are available for the Ableton Certification Program. Learn more in our frequently asked questions here.


In Classroom Courses13 & Older


Symphony DJ Academy
Lesson 1: Drum Programming
  • Sessions and Arrangements
  • Audio Preferences
  • Quantization
  • MIDI
  • MIDI Preferences
  • MIDI Programming
  • MIDI Editing
  • Groove
  • Assignment 1: Drum Programming
Lesson 2: MIDI Composing
  • MIDI Sequencing
  • Composition: Contrast and Repetition
  • Motific Development
  • Harmonies
  • Using Apps to Implement Music Theory
  • Session View Automation
  • File Management
  • Assignment 2: MIDI Composing
Lesson 3: Arranging
  • Mappings
  • Grouping
  • Tracks
  • Send/Return
  • Controllers
  • Moving From Session to Arrangement View
  • Frequency Spectrum
  • Automation in Session View
  • Consolidating Clips
  • Exporting Your Arrangement
  • Assignment 3: Create Final Version of Project
Lesson 4: Audio Playground
  • Setting up to Record
  • Input/Output (I/O)
  • Sampling Rate
  • Bit Depth
  • Buffer
  • Recording Audio
  • Audio to MIDI
  • Simpler in Classic Mode
  • Assignment 4: Create a Short Composition
Lesson 5: Building Sounds
  • Racks
  • Instrument Racks
  • Key and Velocity Ranges (Splits)
  • MIDI Effects
  • Arpeggiator
  • Pitch
  • Macro Controls
  • Saving to User Library
  • MIDI to Audio
  • Freezing Tracks
  • Assignment 5: Building Sounds
Lesson 6: Mixing
  • Dimension
  • Width
  • Depth
  • Height
  • Time
  • Sectional Contrast and Timbre
  • Critical Listening
  • Managing Volume
  • Gain Staging
  • Session Organization
  • Assignment 6: Create Your Arrangement and Mixing for Dimension
Lesson 7: FX Processing
  • Audio Effects
  • Brightness
  • Autofilter
  • EQ8
  • Sends
  • Time-Based Processors
  • Effects Automation
  • Assignment 7: Use Effects to Finish Your Project
Lesson 8: Remixing
  • Warping
  • Crossfader
  • Simpler: a Second Look
  • Remixing
  • Assignment 8: Create a Remix
Lesson 9: Pre-Production
  • Big Picture: What, How, and Why
  • References
  • Form
  • Energy
  • Sonic Palette
  • Curation and Prep
  • Session Prep
  • Assignment 9: Generate Ideas in Pre-Production
Lesson 10: Production
  • CPU Management
  • Troubleshooting Computer and Session Issues
  • Session File Management
  • Relinking Missing Files
  • Deleting Unused Files
  • Collaboration
  • Redundancies
  • Mixing With a Controller
  • Assignment 10: Compose, Sequence, and Record
Lesson 11: Performance
  • Moving From Arrangement to Session View
  • Performance Techniques
  • Live Looping
  • Record Quantization
  • Launching
  • Follow Actions
  • Scene Changes
  • Live Effects Processing
  • MIDI Mapping
  • Playing Along
  • Recording Your Performance
  • Assignment 11: Format Your Arrangement for Performance
Lesson 12: Looking Ahead
  • Artist Interviews
  • Home Studio Setups
  • Exploring Additional Topics
  • Synthesis, Sampling, and Digital Signal Processing
  • Assignment 12: Review Your Classmates’ Final Performances

Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

This course does not have any prerequisites; it is designed for those with no experience with Ableton Live.

Required Textbook(s)

  • None required

Software Requirements

  • Ableton Live 9 or 10 Suite

Hardware Requirements

  • MIDI controller recommended
  • Audio interface
  • XLR microphone such as Shure SM58, Audio Technica AT2020, etc.

After enrolling, please check the Getting Started section of your course for potential deals on required materials. Our Student Deals page also features several discounts you can take advantage of as a current student. Please contact for any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in live chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of  Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software (available in the course when joining your first chat)
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal Microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection

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