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Music Theory: Composing with MIDI Effects

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This course is about how to use MIDI Effects to compose MIDI chords and melodies. You'll learn how to use the built-in effects in Ableton Live, as well as Max 4 Live, to generate new ideas in a very musical way. By leveraging these effects (essentially MIDI processors), you can take simple incoming MIDI input and convert it into new musical ideas that are interesting and unique - you'll create ideas that you may normally otherwise not consider. These techniques are great for musicians who already have theory knowledge and are seeking inspiration for new ideas, as well as for those who are new to music theory - these techniques are a great way to learn about chords and melodies, and make it easy to come up with ideas quickly.

Lesson topics include:

  • Using MIDI Effects to Compose Melodically
  • Seventh Chords and Scale Device
  • Chain Selector for Chord Type
  • More Scale and Chord Types
  • Add Pitch to Change Keys
  • Chord Progression Envelope
  • Automating Key Changes
  • MonoSequencer MIDI Input


Your Instructor


Thavius Beck
Thavius Beck

Thavius Beck is an electronic musician, producer and performer that's worked with countless musicians including Nine Inch Nails, Skylar Grey, Saul Williams, The Mars Volta and many more. Thavius is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and has instructed hundreds of Live students through teaching courses at several music institutes, giving one-on-one lessons and holding dozens of Ableton Live workshops throughout the country.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.