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Electronic Music Production: Music Creation Techniques with Ableton Live BCST 1239

Broadcast Communications Course

International Fees

International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

​This course focuses on the fundamentals of Ableton Live for composing, recording and editing music. Ableton Live is recognized as one of the top competitors in digital music creation and is also recognized for its non-linear composition and audio recording environment while also enabling a more traditional linear arrangement. The course examines automation essentials and tools for creating, editing and producing music compositions. Course studies also focus on MIDI programming, composition strategies, use of device racks, live audio recording and editing, sampling, MIDI instrument design, and mixing for production, collaboration and remixing finished works within Ableton Live. Essentials for setting up the digital audio workstation, processor efficiency, collaboration and file management are covered. Use of Ableton Live for live performance is also explored.​

Prerequisite(s)

  • No prerequisites are required for this course.

Credits

3.0

Domestic fees

$447.00 - $456.13 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2024

Below is one offering of BCST 1239 for the Spring/Summer 2024 term.

CRN 69320

Duration

Thu Apr 11 - Thu Jun 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 69320
  • Domestic fees $447.00
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 11 - Jun 27 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Instructor

TBD

Course outline

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Domestic fees

$447.00

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. This course will be delivered synchronously ONLINE, requiring your attendance and participation in scheduled online lectures on the days and times noted on the course web page. You will be expected to attend online class meeting times as this is not a self-paced course. A low cost MIDI piano keyboard controller with a USB connection is required (25-key minimum recommended). A current version of Ableton Live Standard as a minimum is required. See Ableton’s site for purchase and subscription prices and for Ableton’s education discounts if applicable. Purchase options and appropriate editions for the course will be discussed at the first class. Ableton Live Push hardware is not required for this course and Push will not be used or covered in this course. Access to a desktop or laptop computer to complete course assignments outside class is recommended. Prior experience in music theory or experience playing a musical instrument is not required. If seats remain, registration is permitted without approval up to April 22, 2024, by calling 604-434-1610.
Status

Cancelled

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

Fall 2024

Below is one offering of BCST 1239 for the Fall 2024 term.

CRN 50913

Duration

Thu Sep 12 - Thu Nov 28 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 50913
  • Domestic fees $456.13
    International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 12 - Nov 28 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Online
Instructor

Pat McGee

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees

$456.13

Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. International fees are typically 3.12 times the domestic tuition. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. This course will be delivered synchronously ONLINE, requiring your attendance and participation in scheduled online lectures on the days and times noted on the course web page. You will be expected to attend online class meeting times as this is not a self-paced course. A current version of Ableton Live Standard as a minimum is required. See Ableton’s site for purchase and subscription prices and for Ableton’s education discounts if applicable. Purchase options and appropriate editions for the course will be discussed at the first class. Access to a desktop or laptop computer to complete course assignments outside class is recommended. If seats remain, registration is permitted without approval up to September 23, 2024, by calling 604-434-1610.
Status

Sneak Preview

This section is only available for registration starting Wed May 22, 2024 at 9:00 am (PDT)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use Session and Arrangement views for non-linear and linear composition and recording with proficiency.
  • Apply basic music theory and techniques using tools within Ableton to create songs and audio clips.
  • Record and edit MIDI-based music.
  • Edit and mix professional sounding audio.
  • Record professional sounding audio (low cost recording equipment options will be discussed but are not required for the course).
  • Audition and select instruments and voices for MIDI.
  • Design sounds with audio samples and instrument racks.
  • Use tools within Ableton Live which use music theory to create pleasing harmonies.
  • Develop musical dynamic song structures and themes.
  • Mix and edit recordings.
  • Remix works from other artists or collaborate with other artists using Ableton Live.
  • Implement generative strategies to overcome writer's block and to enhance compositions.
  • Manage files and optimize configuration for computers.
  • Use features to assist with live music performance.​

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2024

Related Programs

Electronic Music Production: Music Creation Techniques with Ableton Live (BCST 1239) is offered as a part of the following programs:

  • Indicates programs accepting international students.
  • Indicates programs with a co-op option.

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