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The Ableton Experience: A Day of Free Music Production Workshops at McNally Smith

McNally Smith College of Music is presenting The Ableton Experience on June 10, featuring an afternoon of free music workshops focusing on music production techniques, scoring for TV and film, and live production/performance — all based on Ableton Live. Ableton product experts, including noted clinician and composer/producer Huston Singletary, will lead these specialized workshops, and each session will include special artist appearances from Laura Escudé and Francis Preve, who will give attendees further insight into their real-world production experiences along with their unique techniques and tips in Live. In addition, the event will profile leading products by Avid and Novation, from synths and keyboards to interfaces and controllers.

Laura Escudé

Laura Escude

Laura Escudé is a critically-acclaimed music technologist, violinist, composer and sound designer. Laura specializes in the software program Ableton Live and became one of the first Ableton Certified Trainers in the world in 2008. Her company Electronic Creatives specializes in music and technology consulting and is an Ableton Certified Training Center. She has worked with diverse directors, artists and composers such as J.J. Abrams, Jason Reitman, Lili Haydn, LMFAO, Sean Beavan, Mark Isham, We Are the World and Carmen Rizzo. Visit her site at

Francis Prève

Francis PreveWith a career that spans nearly two decades and runs the gamut from collaborating on worldwide classics like “Yin” and “Yang” to designing sounds and audio content for Ableton, Roland, Korg, and Avid/M-Audio, Francis Prève’s contributions to the EDM community have earned him a unique place in the pantheon of DJ/producers. Most recently, Prève’s work has included high-profile remixes for legendary DJs like Sander Kleinenberg and Dave Seaman/Josh Gabriel, as well as pop hipsters Scissor Sisters, Dragonette and Winter Kills. His original productions, like “Marina”, “Hasown”, “Flotsam/Jetsam” and “Yin/Yang” (with Wolfgang Gartner) have received support from top-tier DJs ranging from Mark Knight to Kaskade to Tiesto. Find more about Francis at

This dynamic event is FREE to the public, but space is limited. RSVP using the form below to ensure your admission.


June 10, McNally Smith College of Music
Cost: Free

  • Noon – 1 p.m., Reception in McNally Smith Soundbite Café with a special live performance from DJ Leon J
  • 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Music Production Techniques featuring Francis Preve
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sound Design, Composition & Production for TV & New Media featuring Huston Singletary
  • 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Live Production & Performance featuring Laura Escudé

McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange Street East
St. Paul, MN 55101

Times and events are subject to change. Be sure to include your email when RSVPing to receive updates about the event.