SSR Manchester - Ableton Sessions


Ableton Sessions

SSR Manchester - 11am to 5pm
We're delighted to be teaming up with our friends at Ableton for Ableton Sessions, a day of live and interactive Ableton workshops taking place at SSR in Manchester (28th March) and London (11th April).

This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Ableton Live and the Ableton Push instrument and there is something on offer for all ability levels, be it complete beginner or advanced user.

The event is completely free to attend, you just need to register a place via the form at the bottom of this page.

So, what's in store on the day?

Push Playground (All Day)
Come and try Push and Ableton Live for yourself. Road test the newest features under the guidance of Ableton Certified Trainers and Staff. Collect a free swag bag of Ableton merchandise before you leave!

Ableton Creative Clinic (All Day)
Confused by compression? Wondering how to warp tracks for DJ sets? Having problems getting tracks finished? Whatever your creative issue, stop by the creative clinic and get some expert 1-2-1 advice from an Ableton Certified Trainer. By all means bring your laptop and we’ll take a look at your project and help you to find a solution. Just make an appointment when you arrive at SSR on the day.

Ableton Sessions (Times as below)
Taking place in the Charlie Jones Live Venue at SSR Manchester, a series of workshops focusing on different topics and workflows for Ableton Live and Push users of all ability levels.
  • 12pm - Everything Is An Instrument - Ableton Live has some great tools for realising your musical ideas and inspiring your creativity. Record your guitar playing and transform it into an orchestra; hum a few notes into your laptop mic and turn it instantly into a synth bassline, tap a rhythm on the desk and create a classic drum machine loop. Certified Trainer Simon Lyon explores the creative possibilities with Live’s “Audio to MIDI” function. Session followed by 15 min Q&A time.
  • 2pm - Push Your Hardware To The Limit - There has been a huge resurgence of interest in hardware recently. Classic synths and drum machines are truly back in vogue. But did you know that you can play and sequence them using Ableton Push? Certified Trainer Michael Greig shows you how, taking full advantage of Push’s scales mode and using Push’s touch sensitive encoders to tweak parameters on the fly to capture a performance. Session followed by 15 min Q&A time.
  • 3pm - The Essential Guide to Max4Live - Max4Live is a versatile toolkit of devices included with Live 9 Suite. It can be used to build pretty much anything you can imagine but for the less geeky among us there are also some ready made devices for you to use right out of the box. Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers guides you through some of his favourites including Mono Sequencer, LFO, Convolution Reverb and Glue Compressor. Session followed by 15 min Q&A time.
  • 4pm - From the Studio to the Stage - A short live performance by Max Wheeler of Anushka (Brownswood Recordings) on Ableton Live & Push, followed by an audience Q&A where Max breaks down his live set / rig and details how the duo adapt their studio work for live performance. Here we look at how Ableton Live enables artists to bring their studio to the stage and add “hands-on” improvisation to each performance.


If you have any questions about the event please contact SSR Manchester on 0161 276 2100 or by email to

Maps and direction to SSR Manchester can be found here.


This event has now passed and registrations are now closed. Thank you to everyone who attended!
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