Sound Design via Automation

This lab provides some example strategies to produce exciting sounds, noises and samples using parameter automation. Worksheet here .

Audio to MIDI

This lab will focus on using the Audio to MIDI conversion functions available in Ableton Live (v9) and likely many other DAWs moving forward. These tools can be used to help quickly create new productions as well as assist in the analysis of existing works. Lab worksheet.

Re-sampling workflow

To make music creation more efficient we will use one of the re-sampling workflows that has become popular with electronic producer/mentors such as ill.Gates and training organizations such as dubSpot.   Sound library build worksheet.

Graphic Scores

Making a simple score using shapes like squares, rectangles and trapezoids is a quick and easy way to break the tyranny of the blank page.   Scores may also use more precise notation and markings, as seen here. For this lab, we will build upon our discussion of the Fibonacci series (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55, etc.) and the golden […]

Simple Synthesis

This workshop will get you into the basics of synthesis using the Simpler Instrument in Ableton Live. This can be done with the basic, standard or suite versions of Live. Please download these synthesis source files. Simpler Synthesis worksheet Reminder: As you create sounds you like, record them as samples to be used in your […]

Lab 5 Stacking and Sequencing

Stacking There are at least a few ways to add richness and depth to your music productions.   One quick and easy method is to add tracks of instruments playing parallel or doubled parts.    Back when we could only record instruments, we would have to replay the same parts several times.   There were some […]

Same Same Different

One of the easiest ways to make boring music with modern technology is to simply repeat the same audio material exactly the same over again. A quick way to prevent repetition is change the material in some what after the second repetition. Here are two worksheets to help you get started on the concept of […]


Session mode keyboard performance and recording step by step instructions Post your arrangement to sound cloud and submit your work via the google form here. Project 01 Reminder, checklist.        


Download the example session here.    If you do not have access to Ableton Live, you can load the audio loops into the DAW of your choice.  Just make sure there is one loop on each track, and that they can loop. Guided activities and worksheets: 1.  Mixing Activity 1  To do list. 2. Mixer Functions […]

FRCC CMA1 Syllabus

Syllabus: Tentative Schedule of Topics