Ableton Live, Reaktor, and Maschine workshops

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Audio Production Workshops

New weekend workshops starting in October 2016:


Ableton Live Immersion 1-2 October 2016

For people who are new or relatively new to Ableton Live and want to develop strong foundations for using this extremely versatile and creative tool.


Ableton Live Advanced Weekend Workshop 8-9 October 2016

For Ableton Live users with some experience who would like to push their sound design and production skillset to the next level with Ableton Live.


Reaktor Intensive 22-23 October 2016

This two-day intensive course will teach you to build your own modular instruments and effects in Reaktor 6, the latest version of the powerhouse modular studio environment with nearly endless sound design possibilities.


Ableton Live Immersion 5-6 November 2016

Maschine Production Weekend 12-13 November 2016

This two-day intensive hands-on workshop is all about producing music with Maschine 2, the powerful and innovative groovebox system from Native Instruments.


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Can’t find a workshop to fit your schedule? Need personalized instruction targeting your needs? Check out our individually tailored one-to-one courses.

Some background…

big brain audio offers intensive weekend workshops in small groups as well as one-to-one instruction on Ableton Live and Native Instruments products. We are a Berlin-based Ableton Certified Training Center, with a pool of the most highly-qualified instructors in the field, headed up by Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Smith. Our aim is to make you the master of your audio production environment. Unleash your musical creativity with big brain audio! Find out more about big brain audio here.

Our workstations are outfitted with the new Push 2 and Ableton Live 9.5 (Suite), as well as the Native Instruments Komplete 10 bundle of instruments and effects.

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Watch our Kontour Video Tutorials

Check our “Introduction to Kontour” video tutorials! We produced nearly an hour of step-by-step walkthroughs covering the main aspects of this outstanding new Reaktor-based synthesizer created by Stephan Schmitt. Go to our dedicated Kontour page or watch them on the big brain audio YouTube channel. You can also watch all five videos in a playlist.

Learn Your Tools

Our workshops go deep. With small classes and expert teachers, we make sure you learn. And create.

Become an Expert

With full-on, all-day intensive training, our weekend workshops will turbocharge your productivity. The courses are based on step-by-step hands-on learning, ensuring the best possible learning environment.

We focus on the best tools in the industry — made by Ableton and Native Instruments — with the highly-acclaimed NI Komplete bundle, including: Reaktor, Kontakt, Absynth, Massive, FM8, and Maschine,* the world’s only fully-integrated groove production and performance system. It goes without saying that Ableton Live is our sequencing, arranging, and performance production environment. We teach musicians how to get the most out of their creativity with these high-powered studio and stage instruments.

Push Your Creativity

Take a one or two day weekend course to sharpen your audio skills on the best software and hardware tools available today. With a course maximum of twelve participants (six for one-teacher courses), you will work on your own workstation with an iMac computer, a keyboard-controller (a Maschine controller for the Maschine workshops or a Push controller for the Ableton Live workshops), audio interface, and headphones.

Our workshops have become popular through a combination of the best possible teaching environment and world-class instructors with a laid-back community experience.

Check out the upcoming workshops. To get an idea of what a big brain audio workshop is like, check out the articles from the blog here, here and here. If you have any questions, check out our faq page or drop us a line.