I recently traveled down to Orcas Island in the US to interview Jake Perrine, author of the book Producing Music with Ableton Live. Jake is a Certified Ableton Trainer who leads the Seattle Live Users Group. In this book he brings a unique approach to the table. Many books on Live are laid out similarly to the manual, explaining what each device and parameter does, but not how to USE them. I tire quickly of these types of books as they offer no practical examples whatsoever. Jake takes a different angle though, and walks you through producing a track while reading the book. How refreshing! I certainly dig it. Wish there were more authors and educators out there who show us how to implement the theory; who take us to where the rubber hits the road.

This book is the first of three that will be released on Hal Leonard Publishing. This one is aimed at providing you with a solid foundation in Live, while the second book goes into more advanced aspects of the program and covers some elements of mixing and mastering. Oh, did I mention that Jake is also a professional mix and mastering engineer and that he taught the electronic music production program at the Art Institute in Seattle for 10 years????? Hello!

The third book will be on Ableton Live 9 when it gets released. Don’t ask me when that will be…none of us know ;) Waiting patiently on that one… So, if you’re a musician looking to produce music with ableton live, this book will be a formidable aid in building your knowledge about the program. I hope you check it out.

Buy the book: Producing Music with Ableton Live