Online Open House Clinic Developing a Performance Environment with Novation & Ableton Live

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When: Wednesday, August 27 at 4:00pm ET

Length: 30 minutes


Join Berklee Assistant Professor and online course author/instructor Loudon Stearns for an in-depth demonstration of the development of a performance environment using Novation hardware and Ableton Live software. This online clinic will focus on configuring the software and controllers for improvisation.

Plus, Novation is giving away one Bass Station II to one lucky winner and one Launchpad S control pack to another. To be eligible to win, be sure to log in and watch the clinic on August 27. Winners will be notified by email.

Congratulations to Pamela K. (Winner of the Novation Bass Station II) and Randall R. (Winner of the Novation Launchpad S control pack). Thank you for watching!


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About Loudon Stearns
As an associate professor at Berklee College of Music’s Contemporary Writing and Production department, Loudon Stearns prepares musicians and producers for a successful career in a technology-laden music industry. In his classes at Berklee College of Music and in the Berklee Online courses he has authored, Loudon stresses fundamental concepts and skills that allow students to adapt in a changing musical environment. Having already become an Ableton Certified Trainer, Loudon is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Media Arts. As a performer, Loudon uses a laptop, various controllers, Ableton Live, and his own custom programs to create audio/visual experiences for galleries and electronic music audiences.

About Novation
Novation makes gear for you to play, create and perform music, specializing in analog modeling synthesizers, high quality MIDI keyboards, and controllers. Novation products include the 'Launchpad' Ableton Live controller, the publicly revered 'SL MkII' keyboard series, the Nova range and Bass Station II synthesizers, and most recently, the ‘Launch’ range of USB iOS MIDI controllers. Novation products are designed by musicians and producers who use the gear they have designed daily.

Topics in this Open House will include:

  • Launchpad S and Launch Control communication and signal flow
  • Launching Ableton Live clips with the Novation Launchpad S
  • Mixing in Ableton Live with the Novation Launch Control
  • Bass Station II and Live signal flow and communication
  • Bass Station II Sequencer
  • Bass Station II and Ableton Live synchronization
  • Bass Station II External input configuration
  • Important Ableton Live clip parameters (quantize, Ram, legato, and follow actions)