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Fast Songwriting In Ableton Live

with Isaac Cotec

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  •   01 Clearing the Path

    15:41

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About The Class

the best way to write a song in Ableton live.


When you are working on a song it’s easy to get lost in the details of production and lose sight of what you are really trying to do: make better music. Ableton Live can help – Ableton’s flexible workflow lets you focus on what really matters.

Isaac Cotec is an Ableton Certified Trainer and in Fast Songwriting In Ableton Live he’ll teach you how to setup Live so the technical side of your songwriting process is simple and straightforward.

You’ll get tips on organizing your sample library, presets, and other assets so you can stay in the flow once the creative process starts. Then you’ll work through every step of songwriting process. To start off, Isaac will share tips on:

  • Picking a concept, genre, and bpm
  • Building out the melodic and rhythmic seeds
  • Quickly writing the foundation of the track

He’ll also help develop your work after you’ve laid a foundation. You’ll get insights on using:

  • Core elements: intro, verse, chorus, bridge, break, pre-chorus
  • Melodic devices: call and response, passing notes, ground bass
  • Rhythmic devices: syncopation, polyrhythm, etc

For those times when inspiration isn’t coming, Isaac will share the strategies he uses to overcome writer’s block and help you know when a song is done. You’ll know exactly what it takes to set up an optimal workspace in Ableton and how to write a song while taking full advantage of it’s functions and features.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Clearing the Path

    15:41
  2. 02

    Building a Track From The Ground Up

    20:36
  3. 03

    Developing The Composition

    07:21
  4. 04

    Advanced Toolsets and Tricks

    15:25
  5. 05

    Creating a Template in Ableton Live

    27:37
  6. 06

    Making Presets in Ableton Live

    13:43
  7. 07

    Using a Beat Library For Songwriting

    22:47
  8. 08

    Starting a Track: Sketches in Ableton

    33:36
  9. 09

    Writing in Key Tricks for Sketches

    17:08
  10. 10

    Parts of a Composition

    16:11
  11. 11

    Composition Exercise

    15:49
  12. 12

    Melodic Devices in Songwriting

    19:21
  13. 13

    Rhythmic Devices in Songwriting

    13:41
  14. 14

    Expanding the Sketch

    14:07
  15. 15

    File Management in Ableton Live

    21:14
  16. 16

    Using Generative Music in Songwriting

    28:17
  17. 17

    Breaking Through Writer's Block

    10:19
  18. 18

    Production Stages Review and Q & A

    13:02

Meet Your Expert

Isaac Cotec

Isaac Cotec started producing electronic based music in 2005, while working with a project called Psyche Sonics. Psyche Sonics was an experimental group working with the science and research of binaural beats, and altering consciousness through sounds. The project manifested ... read more

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  • zip Caribbean Drum Beats
  • pdf Concept Music Guide
  • pdf Creating Stem
  • zip Drum Loops
  • alp Fast Songwriting Example Files
  • zip Future Step MIDI Patterns
  • zip Hip Hop Beats 60-100 bpm
  • zip Images
  • alp Production Template v3
  • zip Scale MIDI Presets
  • alp Scale Refrences
  • pdf Sharing Live Sets
  • pdf Fast Songwriting in Ableton Live - Syllabus
  • alp Isaac Cotec - Scale Refrences.alp
  • alp Isaac Cotec - Scale Refrences.alp

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    August 2015

    I started sequencing in the mid-80s using Dr T's Keyboard-controlled sequencer... it had two modes like LIVE, a loop mode and an arrangement mode... you can see the progression of design today.. of course, there were no internal sounds, just MIDI, so you used modules and keyboards for sound generation, synced to tape for recording, added vocals, then took your tape to a bigger studio to mix, then sent off your master to those mysterious magicians to make it sound like a record. Amazing to see such a young kid like Isaac, able to do all the above work out of a little laptop! This young man is such an inspiration. He's not only got the music and technical side down, he's got got a good head on his shoulders. Great job, Isaac! Thanks so much for your willingness to teach and share what you have, and you have a lot! You're a great help.

  • Victor van Dijk

    Victor van Dijk

    October 2018

    In awe with this super kind and highly knowledgeable teacher! Wow, he really pours his musician's heart out in this outstanding course on everything that relates to being a musician, sketching, writing songs, composing, and so on. Also it's a course chock a block full of highly helpful Ableton Live project files, PDFs, and many many useful tips and tricks. I highly recommend this course, it should have cost WAY more, and in all honesty, it's a steal! And did I mention, that you learn a lot about and within the Ableton Live environment?! LOVE this course!

  • baptzot

    June 2016

    Isaac is one of the best guy who can teach anything on Ableton! He got so many tips! His courses are so amazing! I really improved my skills thanks to him! And I do rewatch his courses with pleasure!

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