Ableton is essentially a tool for making music. The better you know how to use that tool, the better your music will sound like in the end. How do you get good at it then?
Learning Ableton is just like learning any software or musical instrument: it seems complicated at first, but with PRACTICE and GUIDANCE you’ll soon be able to use it.
When I was starting out people often told me to „just experiment“ and figure the program out myself. So I opened up the program and tried to figure out how to make music. After a good few weeks of doing that I ended up feeling discouraged and stuck. I found myself endlessly tweaking knobs which I didn’t know what did. All of my „music“ sounded like trash.
That’s when I figured out that this approach is a painful way of learning. Of course, after years of doing that I would probably figure out some stuff. But there had to be a way around this hard process.
Fortunately on the internet I came across people who knew how to use this software. Mostly by watching crappy improvised YouTube tutorials I learned the basics of the program which was enough to get me started to make music.
That’s what I call GUIDANCE - people who know something well (or at least better than you) can pass on their knowledge to you, so you don’t have to figure it out the hard way.
However when I was watching these tutorials I noticed one thing: there were almost no tutorials explaining how to actually make a track from start to finish for beginners. There were lots of videos covering single effects or tricks, but it was hard for me to actually apply this and to make good sounding music.
That’s why I wrote „Beginner’s Guide to Ableton & Serum - Making a Beat from Start to Finish” - it is my attempt to speed up your process of learning and to show you how a track is really made. If you’re starting out in Ableton and you’d like to make a beat from start to finish, then I recommend you to check it out.
I’m k-pizza, a chill trap music maker who likes to share his experiences with other producers. I’m regularly going to show up with music and content at PML.
PML Beginners Course: Producing A Track From Scratch in Ableton