9 Inspiring Ableton Live Tutorial Videos

I love Ableton Live. I’ve been using it for about 9 months now and I just keep running into new things. It’s a playground for music producers. I admire the design – it feels like Live is designed from ground up to foster creativity in electronic music production. I love watching how other people are using it.

Youtube is full of tutorials, but it’s not always easy to run into something really interesting or inspiring and well presented. I’ve been bookmarking some good ones since I started learning the software. So here are a few of the best Ableton Live tutorial videos I’ve come across. Have a look – you just might run into a game changer. I know I have.


Chord & Scale

This one was a true eye opener for me. Great technique for generating ideas, especially for those of us who don’t know much about music theory.


King Britt Ableton Live Workshop

Very interesting insight from King Britt on his music creation process as well as working in live situations.


Productivity tips for Live 9

I liked this one a lot for showing many small things that make working with Live 9 a lot smoother.


Warping full tunes

Warping used to drive me nuts when I first started getting into Ableton Live. Of course it was just me. There’s nothing wrong with the software when you understand how things work. This tutorial is essential, especially for anyone who wants to do DJ:ing within Live. Very detailed and well explained.


Live 9 in 9 minutes

A very cool video showing all the new features in Live 9.


Glue Compressor

This one plugin is a big deal. Watch this tutorial video and learn to use this badboy!




Interesting ways to use side chaining in Ableton Live

There are a lot of different ways you can use side chaining. Watch and learn.


Vocal Processing Effects & Live Performance

Great info “straight from the trenches” for anyone working with vocals in live situations.


Glitch Edits Tutorial in Ableton 9

A fun and interesting video showing some pretty advanced stuff. Even if you’re not really into glitch stuff you will find lots of useful info here.


Do you know some good ones?

Show me something. Post your favorite Ableton tutorial videos in the comments. Cheers.

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  • eugene eugene

    Thanks, gonna watch em all today’s evening!

    • Ilpo Kärkkäinen

      No probs enjoy!

  • Nick cent

    Nice! It’s always nice to get an email by Ilpo just when I light up my jay! Appreciate your recommendations mate! I’m learning the ChucK language at the moment which is also something really interesting. I have started thinking in Chuck, sleeping, eating, and waking up chuck! ; – ) It’s much too technical for most ppl tho.

    • Ilpo Kärkkäinen

      Cool man. On what kind of stuff is ChucK typically used at? I understand it’s some kind of language to coordinate audio with visuals?

      • I learn for the sake of programming for music and see where it will take me. So far, I like the way you can generate random numbers between 2 values to change parameter values, and make repetitive stuff more interesting. Kinda like setting LFOs to any parameter, but using random, specific random.

        • Ilpo Kärkkäinen

          Cool, I have always sucked with stuff like that. Fortunately with Live they are making things pretty easy. Good luck with that!

  • I have plenty of other videos as well on my youtube page. I’m really passionate about teaching and helping out the edm community so let me know how I can help.

    Sidechain Compression http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPXioNReuVA

    Tutorial on white noise buildups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v_Yur4_zqE

    Automation Tips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHo5ZqKTsc4

    Audio and Midi curves/fades http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pdXKHH1gHQ

    Using Sidechain EQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLc9uLQOQNs

    How To Get a Wide Stereo Mix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgQoJum9DL4

    How To Make Sub-Bass for EDM and Hip-Hop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-oC2FHB3XU

    • Ilpo Kärkkäinen

      Good videos, cheers.

  • Nickstutorials.com

    I have an ongoing series called “Unscripted Sound Design” here:

    I’m doing my best to add new videos weekly and have been teaching Live since 2008. Give it a look if you ever get bored 🙂

    • Hey Nick, looks good. Nice concept. Keep up with that.

    • jake

      I can vouch for the value of nick’s premium tutorials he sells on his site. They are very high quality. He really goes in depth into the workflow and thought process of sound design. A great place to begin for anyone who wants to take the first step in breaking away from the tyranny of presets. I’m not affiliated with him or anything, just a fan and satisfied customer. Thanks…

  • Bassplayinlass

    I just want to thank everyone who take the time to make these tutorials–they are a Godsend to newbie do-it-yerself home recordists such as myself. I’ve always had an engineer do all this stuff for me. But nowadays, it’s silly to be so old-school. And I want to keep pace with the younger songwriters!

    • Agreed – thanks for the comment and indeed thanks to all the people making these tutorials. I’ve learned so much from them as well and that is why I want to share the best ones I come across.