Participant Guide: NYMAZ Music Production Course


Hello and welcome! The goal of this 4-week course (Level 1) is to get comfortable with music production, create ideas for your first song, and (optionally) upload your music to SoundCloud. We’ll show you the software step-by-step. If you follow the steps and do the coursework, you’ll know the basics of using Ableton Live and create songs using 2 different workflows.😀 We recommend that you spend at least 3 hours between sessions going over the material, though this is optional. If you attend all the sessions, you’ll also get a free licence for Ableton Live Intro, woohoo! 🥳 Just email us if there is a reason why you have to miss a session.


The sessions will take place on Zoom. It’s recommended to use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. If you haven’t used Zoom before, here’s an easy-to-follow guide. You can also join a test meeting to get comfortable with Zoom and check your audio. There is a cool feature in the Zoom Settings – you can change the colour of the reactions to match your skin tone! 😀 Please join 5 minutes early and use your real name, so we can let you in from the waiting room and ensure a safe classroom.


  • Your computer + charger
  • A pair of headphones (over-ear headphones provide better audio quality and block out outside noise)
  • A good, stable internet connection (if possible, connect to the router with an ethernet cable rather than WiFi)

The sessions will be easier for you if you have two screens – here are some suggestions:

  • If you have two computers, use the more powerful one for Ableton Live and the other for Zoom.
  • Use your computer for Ableton Live and a tablet for Zoom.
  • Mac: put your computer in extended desktop mode and connect it to your TV. Have Ableton Live on your computer and Zoom on your TV.
  • Windows: Connect your computer to your TV and use multiple monitors to have Ableton Live on your laptop, and Zoom on your TV.
  • If you only have one screen, no worries, you’ll be fine! 😀

One tutor will be available to answer your questions on the Zoom chat throughout each session. It can help if you take a screenshot of your issue and send it to us. If you’re not sure how to take a screenshot, here are the instructions for Mac, and for Windows.


Don’t hesitate to contact Lisa (contact@matildaeyre.com) with questions about Ableton Live, music production, or general music industry advice.


Week 1: The Session View 

  • Introduction to the basic functions of Live 
  • How to program beats

Week 2: MIDI & Live

  • Choose Instruments in Live and record melodies / basslines
  • Create and edit MIDI clips

Week 3: Using Effects

  • Organise your Project with names, colours and groups
  • Add Audio Effects
  • Play with MIDI Effects
  • Key mapping & MIDI mapping

Week 4: The Arrangement View

  • Record your ideas from the Session View into the Arrangement View
  • Learn more techniques to arrange and edit your clips
  • Create a song using Samples from the Browser

E-mail equalizeproduction@gmail.com Hours Equalize Music Production CIC / Company Number: 13008716
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