Production Foundations in Ableton Live

Do you own Ableton Live but feel like you're not using it to its fullest potential? We will show you how.

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Your mentor for the Online Music Production Courses program (Justin Crosby) will teach you how to use Ableton Live to harness your creative and technical potential by walking you through an in-depth, end to end Ableton Live online course. This provides a tour of Ableton Live’s instruments, features, and devices. Justin has over a decade of experience using Live to produce music in a broad array of genres; from hybrid trailer scores to popular and underground genres of EDM, Justin has used Live for the past twelve years as a platform for creating music for almost any occasion. Whether you’re producing EDM for the dance floor, writing production music for media, or a singer-songwriter with a home studio, his online music production course will inspire you to tap into Live’s uniquely fast workflow and maximize your time so you can focus on creativity and productivity.

Originally trained as a guitarist, Justin began recording and producing music in high school and quickly found himself on stage touring with indie bands ranging from Blur to the Boo Radleys, and sharing the stage with acts such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Flaming Lips, and Radiohead. His early years spent in recording studios primed him for a love of the writing and production process.

Justin’s techniques are a real-world approach, an approach he developed through years working in the trenches of production music. His music catalog spans television in virtually every corner of the globe, trailers for major motion pictures, independent film scores, apps, games, and media. Whether your goal is to make music for media or music for the masses, Justin is here to help you realize your vision by becoming prolific in your creative home base, Ableton Live.

With this rich history and passion for production, Justin will guide you through every nuance of the process. From an in-depth and hands-on tour of Live to the fundamentals of sound design and mixing, pre-production, and project organization. He will be your creative mentor, teaching you how to produce, arrange, and remix — but most importantly how to finish your tracks once you know how to use Ableton Live as your inspirational hub!

More about Justin

The Next Level Sound Music Production Course will help you make the most out of Ableton Live. Whether you’re an experienced Ableton user or your new to the world of Live I want to help you see your artistic vision through. I have over twenty-five years experience writing and producing music, and a genuine passion for helping others bring that vision to life. 

I've been using Ableton Live for over a decade. I’ve used it to produce music in just about any genre imaginable. Simply put, no other program lets you develop ideas with the speed and ease of Live. Whatever of your creative goals I want to teach you how to hone the skills necessary for producing music quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, consistently. 

In this course, we'll explore all of Live's devices and how to make the most of them. We'll look at arrangement structure, and learn how to take an 8 bar sketch and develop it into a completed track. We’ll dive into Max For Live, a creative playground bound to inspire. We’ll even talk about the creative process, and develop strategies for producing music when inspiration strikes.


  • You want to learn Ableton Live on a deep and intuitive level
  • You want to make the most of your time by using Live as a sketchpad for capturing ideas quickly
  • You're not sure how to develop those ideas into a complete arrangement
  • You want to learn how musical structure and format are used to make a good arrangement into a great arrangement
  • You wish to develop additional strategies for realizing your creative vision
  • You want to get hands-on experience using every device in Live, and understand the 'when, why, and how'
  • You're dying to dive deep into Max For Live by getting your hands dirty with all of its devices
  • You hope to use hands-on experience to get the most out of every feature Live has to offer
  • You wnat to learn how Max For Live and can be utilized to inspire new ideas and make composition easier
  • You're not sure how to harness the technology in Live to help you find creative inspiration in virtually anything
  • You want to take the music out of your head, into Live, and bring it to the Next Level!



  • Navigate every aspect of Live’s UI without missing a beat
  • Learn how to use Live to record Vocals and live instruments
  • Understand the fundamentals of synthesis and sound design
  • Apply your understanding of synthesis and sound design to commercially popular VST and AU synthesizers
  • Improvise an arrangement from Session View to Arrangement View
  • Have proficient control over SessionView and understand why it’s useful for getting ideas into Live quickly.
  • Understand the critical differences between Session View and Arrangement View
  • Understand how Session View and Arrangement View compliment each other as starting and ending points for your production
  • Know all of Live’s instruments on a deep and powerful level.
  • Produce, Remix, or mashup tracks using Ableton Live
  • Learn the foundations of a good arrangement
  • Utilize those foundations to create a structured arrangement
  • Refine your arrangement into a finished song or instrumental using Live’s Arrangement View
  • Create custom sound effects using Live’s instruments.
  • Thoroughly Understand all of Live’s effects plugins.
  • Be able to build a complete mix using Live’s devices.
  • Build custom effects chains you can store and recall as individual effects presets.
  • Expand on those effects chains to build unique and custom glitch devices.
  • Master Live’s Groove Pool and use it for adding groove and flavor to your tracks.
  • Learn how to turn unfinished ideas into complete songs using Ableton Live

"Justin is one of the most inspiring and knowledgeable teachers I have ever worked with. I had been teaching myself for a long time, and I knew I was missing a lot. In just the first few weeks with Justin, I started to understand his philosophy of production and my music started to take off. Thank you, Justin!"


"When I started studying with Justin, I already had been producing in Ableton for 5 years. Justin showed me his workflow and changed my whole game. The fact that he is fluent in so many production styles makes him the ideal teacher. And he loves to help people, and just has an awesome approach to making music that is really unique."


"He's just the dopest production teacher on the planet! I went to lots of other online music production courses where the teachers were dry and boring. Justin makes learning fun! And he totally knows what he is doing, and knows how to show it. I learned a ton in the first week!"


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Frequently Asked Questions

All courses are available as LIVE trainings or Self-Study Video on-demand courses.  The content is exactly the same.

LIVE training session are 50 minutes.

Yes.  All Core Course students (both LIVE training participants and Self-Study Students may attend a weekly LIVE feedback for works in progress and Q and A sessions at all of the Departments Live Open Office Hours .

All Trainings are recorded and posted daily to the private online classroom for review.  Usually within 24 hours.

You have Instant Lifetime Access as soon as you sign up!

You get Lifetime Access to Over 200 hours of up-to-date video content available instantly upon purchase.

No.  We have a strict no refund policy. That being said we will try to work with you creatively to make you happy if possible if the course was not a good fit for you.

Yes.  The Complete Producer Bundle is designed as a complete and integrated producer education.  However the course may be taken individually and separately. 

Yes you can!  And many of our students tune into class from bus stops, trains, cars, and airplanes!  It's cool!

No.  All Videos are streamed, not available for download.

Yes.  LIVE training classes are limited to 20 students

Yes.  Practice sessions are available for download in a wide variety of genres, both electronic, organic and hybrid.

No,  This system works for any genre of music.  Our Mixing and Mastering courses we teach workflow, principles and advanced techniques of Mixing and Mastering that are applicable to any genre. Most of our students are EDM producers (some of them have reached top positions in Beatport charts), and music for film, ads and video game producers.

All the techniques shown during the course can be applied to any plugin-lines including stock DAW-plugins. All the examples are shown based on FabFilter, iZotope, SoundToys, UAD, Slate Digital, Plugin Alliance plugins. You can replace those plugins with alternatives of other developers/DAW stock plugins.

Most of the techniques shown on the course are applicable to any modern DAW that can host VST/AU/AAX plugins: Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One, ProTools, FL Studio, Reaper etc.

Most of our students use their own tracks but if you don’t have materials we provide stems for Mixing and Mastering. We provide track stem in variety of different genres. Last two weeks of each Mixing/Mastering course is dedicated to mixing/mastering practice and shootouts: each student receives same stems and mix the track during two weeks, providing 1.0 mix version on first week class where we listen all the tracks and give feedback. On the second week students are submitting 2.0 mix that we listen during the class and give the feedback. Listening how different people mixed same track is highly beneficial for developing your mixing/mastering and ear training skills.

Yes.  Absolutely.  Many of our students work on headphones with no problems.

Yes.  We will provide you with proof of participation that will give you access to 50% off Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Izotope, and others.  (list)

Yes.  You will receive a certification of graduate from each course you complete.

Yes.  But that of course depends on your schedule.  Many people have successfully taken 2 coures simultaneously with great results.


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