Ableton's ever increasing popularity has been marked by the opening of the UK's 5th certified training centre. Livetek are based in Manchester's Northern Quarter district where they share a building with music industry colleagues at Unity Radio FM and Faze 2 DJ agency.
To celebrate their launch, Livetek are putting on Futuresonic; an evening event featuring DJ Woody, Atomic Hooligan and Stealth1 - all performing with Live. There will be a Live 8 demo in the afternoon between 1pm and 5pm and all those attending will be entered into a draw to win a Novation Nocturn controller worth £100. Both events will take place at Livetek's new HQ at Installation House, 3 Bengal Street, Manchester, M4 6AQ.
Livetek have a fresh approach to introducing people to music production + performance. They focus on intensive tuition with small class sizes where courses can be tailored to students' specific needs. Courses vary from 4 hour introductions, to intensive weekend sessions, to 12 weeks of in-depth training on production techniques.
Livetek's ideology is not to place people into extravagant studio environments, but instead introduce them to the tools of the trade as used by jobbing musicians and producers the world over. Founder Adrian Pickard believes that Ableton is the studio's most powerful tool and the key to production is in the producer rather than the equipment:"So much music is now made on a home set-up rather than in professional studios. We set up Livetek to offer people the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of their set-ups and make amazing music on the equipment available to them every day".
As well as guest lectures from industry professionals such as Utah Saints and Atomic Hooligan, Livetek are involved with Unity radio's community outreach division North West Media to provide work shops for youths from schools, colleges, community groups and other projects.
To sign-up to Futuresonic's afternoon workshop, visit www.novation.com/abletontour