• Ableton User Group - February

    The Midway

    The SF Ableton User Group is for anyone interested in Ableton Live, music production and performance. The goal of the group is to create a community around music making and performance through the sharing of ideas, projects and lectures on a wide variety of Ableton and music production related topics. Meetings These meetings consist of two parts: lectures and networking. The lectures are led by certified trainers, artists and user group members. Always Free! Facebook Event Page - https://www.facebook.com/events/3160367347322888/

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  • Produce Tech House in Ableton Live 10 with Lenny Kiser

    SAE Expression College

    In this meetup, you'll learn the fundamentals of producing tech house with Lenny Kiser, Ableton Certified Trainer. With releases on labels such as Dirtybird, TAT, Perfect Driver, Laser Native and Confession, Lenny brings his unique form of tech house music production to this free workshop. He'll show you how he builds a track from scratch in Ableton Live 10. You'll learn how to: - Program and process drums - Create a bassline - Create interesting transitions with automation - Build tension and SFX with Echo - Arrange house music for the dance floor

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  • Ableton Meetup - Live 10 New Features

    SAE Expression College

    In this meetup, come check out all the new features and improvements in Ableton Live 10! Ableton certified trainer Lenny Kiser and Javad Butah (Ableton) will walk you through all the new devices and updates to Live and the Push. Come get a first hand look at the new devices: • Wavetable • Echo • Drum Buss • Pedal Check out the new features and improvements: • Capture • Multi-clip editing • Automation Improvements • Nested Groups • Arrangement Editing Improvements • EQ8 and Utility improvements See all the new Push updates: • Device Visualizations • Note Layouts • MIDI Clip Mode Come meet other Ableton users, see Live 10 for the first time, and learn!

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  • Ableton Meetup - September - Sound Design Basics

    SAE Expression College

    In this month’s Ableton user group meeting, come learn the fundamentals of sound design! This workshop will teach you sound design techniques related to audio manipulation and processing. Ableton Certified Trainer Lenny Kiser will show you how to get creative with audio samples, loops, and Ableton’s built-in audio effects to design new sounds. Here are some of the techniques we'll cover: - Layer sounds to create tension-building SFX - Create bassline pitch glides using an 808 sample - Add modulation effects, such as the chorus, flanger, and phaser - Create movement in sounds with automation - Use time stretching to create interesting vocal effects - Apply EQ and reverb to blend sounds together

  • Artist Series - Decap

    SAE Expression College

    At this month's Ableton user group meeting, our guest is San Francisco-based artist Decap! He is known for his heavy-hitting beats that incorporate styles from hip-hop, trap, jazz, RnB, and future bass. His signature hybrid of these genres is called Future Knock. He has worked with such artists as Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli. Decap is also known for creating his own series of sample packs, "Drums That Knock," which currently is on volume 4. These packs are incredibly successful — they've been the #1 selling sample pack on Splice, and they've been praised by many famous producers. Decap will be giving away 5 copies of Drums That Knock at the end of the meetup. In this meetup, Decap will walk you through his process for creating a future knock beat from scratch. He'll show you how to adjust the timing of your sounds to create a "bounce." After generating the main components of the song, he'll show you how to arrange these loops and ideas into a structured song. Along the way, he'll share countless insider tips and tricks and show you how to create interesting transitions with automation. Come out to learn, meet other Ableton users, and get inspired!

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  • Ableton Meetup - Artist Series - Sherry St. Germain

    SAE Expression College

    At this month's Ableton user group meeting, we have EDM artist Sherry St. Germain. She is known for her futuristic vocal performances, song writing/production skills, and live finger drumming performances. She has worked with artists such as Steve Aoki and is currently collaborating with companies such as Ableton and Melodics. Sherry will perform a live set at this user group meeting, and then walk you through her production and performance process with Ableton. She'll provide tips and tricks about songwriting, performance, and controllerism. Come out to learn, meet other Ableton users, and get inspired! http://www.sherrystgermain.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pg/sherrystgermainmusic

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  • Ableton Meetup - June - Tips and Tricks

    Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

    In this months Ableton User Group Meetup come learn several tips and tricks to improve your production workflow! Come meet other local Ableton users and learn! Always Free! +FREE PIZZA

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  • Ableton Meetup - MIDI Effects

    Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

    In this months meetup we will be showing you how to use Ableton’s MIDI effects to improve your production workflow. MIDI is one of the main technologies that is used to write music inside of a DAW and control virtual instruments. MIDI effects allow you to further manipulate and control your musical ideas in interesting and creative ways. It is our goal in this workshop to show you how MIDI effects work and how to start using them in useful and creative ways. Learn how to: Play chords with one note with the Chord Device Use the Arpeggiator device to create complex sequences of notes Transpose your song with the Pitch device Create interesting musical ideas with the Random device Stay in key with the Scale device. Use the Velocity device to create a more lifelike production Devices Covered: Arpeggiator Chord Pitch Random Scale Velocity About the presenters: Lenny Kiser is an Ableton Live certified trainer, producer, organizer of the Bay Area User Group and owner at Sequence One. This meetup is for all skill levels! Come hang out, learn new things, and meet other Ableton users in the community!

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  • Ableton Meetup | Audio Effect Racks

    Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

    In this months meetup we will be showing you how to build and use audio effect racks. These devices allow you to combine multiple audio effects into one rack to streamline production and live performance with effects. Any audio effect can be placed into a rack so the sound design possibilities are endless. It is our goal in this workshop to show you how audio effect racks work and how to start designing your own. In this workshop Lenny Kiser and Evan Sirchuk will show you how to: Part 1 - Audio Effect Rack Basics and Design Create a custom audio effect rack Map macro controls to create multi-effects Learn fundamental sound design techniques for rack building Part 2 - Advanced Rack Building Create a ghostly multi-band beat repeater. Design an imperfect pitch recycler Create a realistic cassette tape style distortion. About the presenters: Lenny Kiser (https://soundcloud.com/lennykiser) is an Ableton Live certified trainer, producer, organizer of the Bay Area User Group and owner at Sequence One (http://www.sequenceone.org/). Evan Sirchuk (https://soundcloud.com/evan-sirchuk) is a user group member, musician, sound designer and instructor. He has developed a unique approach to designing audio effects and he offers his racks for free over at http://chipperswitch.com/ This meetup is for all skill levels! Come hang out, learn new things, and meet other Ableton users in the community!

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  • Ableton Meetup | Lo-Fi Hip-Hop

    Ex'pression College for Digital Arts

    In this months meetup we will be demonstrating several Lo-Fi hip-hop production techniques. This genre can be classified by it’s heavy use of sampling and processing techniques used to produce an intentional low fidelity sound and vibe. Lo-Fi has been carved out by DIY beat-makers producing nostalgic instrumentals with modern production tools. The production characteristics often include the intentional use of noise, tape hiss, fuzz and anything else to make the record sound special and unique. In this workshop presenters Javad Butah (Ableton) and Lenny Kiser (Ableton Certified Trainer) will show you how to: • Use Lo-Fi sampling techniques • Chop and tune audio samples • Expand a sample based production by layering with instruments • Use audio effects to process Lo-Fi sounds • Gather and work with field recordings This meetup is for all skill levels! Come hang out, learn new things, and meet other Ableton users in the community!

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