Bill Burgess is one of the coolest trainers we know. That's why we said YES when he offered to design this amazing course on MIDI in Ableton Live 9. Bill is an extraordinary teacher who delivers insightful nuggets of music gold. Pay attention and learn!
Bill Burgess is the former Pro Audio Product Marketing Manager and Logic Pro Artist Relations Manager for Apple Inc. He's also a brilliant software educator with long experience teaching audio producers how to make music!
MIDI, in Ableton Live 9, is the essential life-force of of this deep DAW. It's what makes Live tick and Bill Burgess has filled this course with tons of MIDI knowledge that is so insightful that it may change the way you compose, record and perform with Live.
This course starts off with one of the most intriguing looks at MIDI and the history of MIDI that has ever been created. This tutorial alone is worth the price of the course!
From there BIll jumps right into MIDI recording, overdubbing and automation. With the basics out on the table, you start getting into the grit of MIDI editing. Bill lays it all out, delivering a buffet of very cool techniques.
Next up, you get a some very hip MIDI tips custom-made for songwriters. These are designed to help you get you ideas into Live fast – without getting burdened with extraneous diversions!
From there, you're off to MIDI FX where you get inside knowledge on all the very innovative transformations you can hookup to supercharge, arpeggiate, randomize and destroy any MIDI data in sight! Bill completes the adventure with a tasty little section on controllers, outboard synths and iOS integration.
So kick off your shoes and spend some time with the entertaining Bill Burgess and learn a ton about MIDI in Ableton Live at the same time!
I found it difficult to follow along to Bill's first two Ableton courses, but I learned a LOT on this one. It's full of useful information and tips and I'll definitely be going over it again.
My only complaint was the section on MIDI effects. I found a lot of stuff was skipped over quickly and I still don't understand how many of the effects work. I'll try consulting the manual to see if it helps. Other than that, it is a great course.
Tybur wrote on February 6, 2016
Wow.Transitioning to Ableton has been difficult for me. There is so much that can be done with it, and learning the software has been overwhelming. I had no idea where to start.
Thank you Bill and AskVideo. Thank you.
Avid Learner wrote on December 22, 2015
This was a great course, it surely increased my knowledge of Ableton considerably. I already knew some stuff about MIDI and MIDI recording in Ableton but this course showed me a lot of things I didn't know about. If you don't have any knowledge of MIDI this course is essential. Bill is also a great teacher, he explains things very clearly. 5/5!
TooSavy wrote on April 16, 2015
This particular video had a little bit of important information in it but AGAIN went a little bit to fast for my taste!!!!!!!!
Keith_UK wrote on December 8, 2014
So Bill has a dry presentation style (and humour to match) but his knowledge of Live is second to non and he is continually shining a bright light on this brilliant software as i transfer my skills across from Logic - which requires a slightly different mindset IMO.
Unfortunately watching this course has cost me Â£350 - as having seen the huge fun/control options in the last video i now HAVE to buy an iPad. (Yes - i'm late to the iPad party - but better late than never!!)
Nice work Dude !!
Brett C wrote on October 29, 2014
Never before has a tutorial on MIDI editing made me laugh out loud - in a good way! Bill's style is incredibly fresh, funny and most of all informative. A great series.
Dan wrote on February 22, 2014
Another great course by BB. Keeps it fun and exciting even on the simplest of features and lessons.
vexter wrote on September 21, 2013
Good tutorial. I knew most of the material we were going through but liked the section on step sequence programming
Keanan wrote on July 14, 2013
Ableton is far superior to any other DAW in regard to MIDI, IMO. Bill shows it off nicely.
Vruno wrote on July 8, 2013
every detail is important , thx for this sea of knowledge! kind regards