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Music Production: Ableton Live

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Overview

Point Blank Music School is an Ableton Certified Training Centre, and we've been teaching Ableton live for over 15 years. This course is developed and delivered by our Ableton certified lecturers, ensuring our students receive the best cutting edge training. Our lecturers have worked with the likes of King Krule, Armin Van Buuren, Bjork, Depeche Mode and many more. Throughout this course you will get a thorough understanding of how to use the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) while working in fully kitted-out studios. Our workstations feature the latest hardware and software including Push Controllers, Native Instruments Komplete, Roland Cloud and more. You will learn how to produce your own tracks - whatever style of music you are into, meet an eco-system of musical talent and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of masterclasses and events. All students enrolled on this course are entitled to receive 50% off Ableton Live Suite. We also run a Logic Pro course which you can view here, otherwise please read on to learn more!


This module aims to develop your fundamental understanding of contemporary music production. You will learn technical production skills within Ableton Live that are central to the realisation of musical ideas: recording and editing MIDI and audio, pre-production considerations, drum programming, mixing, audio effects processing, automation and arrangement techniques. You will have the opportunity to conceive and execute a production project, applying creative, technical, project management and reflective skills to aid your development as a producer and for professional life beyond.

Point Blank classes are small to ensure you receive ample 1-2-1 time with your lecturers. Our studios are located in Shoreditch—a global hub of London music venues and bars—and include industry-standard, state-of-the-art technology, including a 48-channel SSL Duality Delta and an Audient 8024 mixing console.

Key Info

Duration 3 Months
Available start dates 2024 2025
  • 8 July (Limited availability)
  • 30 September (Limited availability)
  • 13 January (Limited availability)
  • 14 April
  • 14 July
Weekly timetable This course takes place on Monday and each class starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.
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Expert Lecturers

Anna Lakatos Music Production

Musician, singer and trained audio engineer, specialising in object-based 3D sound for motion picture and commercial music production. Anna is an Ableton Certified Trainer and NI Product Specialist.

Simon Mitchell Music Production

Simon Mitchell has played at a variety of venues, from Ministry of Sound in London to Coalition in Brighton. Simon has also showcased his own sonic and visual installations and has many years of teaching experience.

Harminder Dhanjal Music Production

Harminder Dhanjal AKA Psylence has released music on ProgRAM, Skint, 4ncurrency and The Weird & The Wonderful; produced mixes for the game DJ Hero and mixed and mastered music for artists including Pav4n, Illaman, Chunky and Juany Bravo. 

Nicola Serra Introduction to DAWs

Nicola Serra’s the founder and curator of Dronica, renowned East-London sound-art festival, and the curator and resident artist of Ritualtronics. 

Ben Chetwood Music Production

An Ableton Live expert, Ben has worked with artists such as Little Boots, Rudimental & Damian Lazarus. His approach to performance is influenced by his extensive use of hardware and effects.

Career Opportunities

  • Music Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Editor
  • Music Arranger
  • Film/TV Music Composer
  • Remixer
  • Artist/Performer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Studio Manager
  • A&R/Label Manager

I loved this course! Even though I was already familiar with some of Ableton's capabilities, I thoroughly enjoyed going much deeper into the DAW, and using new features which I wasn't aware of until now. I had a fantastic instructor who really made learning an enjoyable process. I felt that he really listened to all the students and made lessons relevant to their individual genre preferences. I learned lots of handy tips and tricks, and my production skills have increased dramatically. - Siobhan, Music Production student

Global Alumni

Madam X

DJ, label head, club impresario. Mixing grime, techno, bass, garage, Madam X is adept at playing huge crowds or 100-cap basements. Hosts shows on Radio 1, Rinse & NTS. She is multi-faceted and unique.

Pete Tong

Godfather of Dance Music and long-time friend of Point Blank Pete Tong, founder of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and worldwide DJ superstar, learned Native Instruments Maschine with the team here in London.

Goldie

We taught Goldie something he didn't know already - Ableton Live! The legend drops in from time to time & recently invited PB students to a VIP drum recording session at Assault & Battery studios.

Claude VonStroke

Dirtybird boss Claude says: "I took a class with Point Blank in Ableton Live. It was awesome learning bass production!" The bass don was recently voted the No.1 DJ in USA! Watch him review PB above.

Aluna Francis

Aluna Francis is half of AlunaGeorge. She studied production at PB before taking off to chart success with 'You Know You Like It' & No.1 hit 'White Noise' with Disclosure. Check out her awesome video.

Leona Lewis

Everyone knows Leona from X Factor. Before she won it, Leona wowed her fellow students on our Singing Course. "Her talent was obvious" said her instructor, "and her success thoroughly deserved."

Patrick Topping

'The World's Biggest Tech House Producer!' Secured three Beatport #1s: ‘Get Beasty’, ‘Forget’ & ‘Voicemail’. Also owns two DJ Awards & DJ Mag’s ‘Best Tune’. Championed by Pete Tong & Annie Mac.

Arjun

With 1,500,000 Facebook followers, Sri-Lankan born Arjun is a South Asian pop superstar. His single ‘I’ll Be Waiting” charted at #1 on iTunes India and spent 30 weeks on the BBC Asian Download Chart.

Spoony

Spoony is a legend in UK dance music having brought garage to the masses in 2000 as part of the Dreem Team. He's since gone on to become a staple on Five Live but proved he's always learning by enrolling at PB!

FEES

Fees (UK) Saving over monthly instalments
£1,995 payment in full £95
£50 reg fee + balance of £1,945 £95
£50 reg fee + £680 per month
See details during the enrolment process for more information on fees and international student pricing.

Pay in full upon enrolment and save up to 20% over paying in instalments. See the enrolment process for more details.

Discounts

Point Blank students enjoy a range of exclusive discounts including but not limited to:

  • 50% off NI Komplete, Ableton Live Suite & Roland Cloud
  • 30% off NI Kontrol & Maschine
  • 25% off Adam Audio & Focusrite

FAQS

Do I need to buy software & equipment to take the course?

Depending on your programme, certain pieces of hardware and software will be essential throughout your studies at Point Blank. To help with your independent learning and assessment work, you will need to have access to this equipment outside of the campus. However, if you are able to attend classes on-campus, this equipment will be available to use either in-class or by booking practice time. Note that you have access to our facilities 7 days a week during term time for the length of your course (excluding scheduled breaks). Please visit this page which lists the hardware and software you are required to own for programmes taught by Point Blank. Where you may choose to study online (distance learning), this equipment will be essential to your studies and assignment work. If for any reason you cannot afford to purchase an essential item, you may be eligible for financial support via the hardship fund. More information about this can be found here. If you wish to buy equipment or software for your home studio, remember that Point Blank students qualify for discounts from Apple Education, Ableton, Native Instruments, Pioneer DJ and other leading industry partners.

What is my timetable?

This course takes place on Monday and each class starts at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm.

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