Do you want to learn how to make beats using Ableton Live?
Learn 1-on-1 with an industry professional.
Specializing in Rap, Hip Hop, Trap and R&B style beats.
Lessons are taught by 5PiECE – whose formal education began at the Metalworks Institute where he earned a diploma in Audio Production and Engineering, and led into an internship with Noah “40” Shebib at OVO Sound and expanded into working experiences at studios across Toronto, working with talent such as Murda Beatz, Sean Paul, MadeinTYO and more.
About The Instructor
Dan “5PiECE” Lombardi is an audio engineer, mixer and producer based in Toronto, ON, Canada.
5PiECE graduated from the Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production in 2013 with a diploma with honours in Audio Production & Engineering. Upon graduating, he interned for Drake’s record label OVO Sound, mentoring under his main producer Noah “40” Shebib at their SOTA Studios Facility. He later moved on to engineer at several full-scale facilities in Toronto such as DNA Recording Facility, Vespa Music Group and New Toronto Studios before setting up his own private studio and music company. Throughout his travels, 5PiECE has worked alongside notable talent such as Sean Paul, MADEINTYO, 24HRS, !llmind, MurdaBeatz, WondaGurl and many more. 5PiECE is familiar with most popular DAWs and prefers to produce in Ableton and mix in Pro Tools.
Want to learn more about 5PiECE’s teaching style? Watch his free Mixing Tutorials
Music Produced by 5PiECE
How Do You Offer Lessons?
Come to 5PiECE’s studio located in the west-end of Toronto for a private lesson.
You’ll learn directly from 5PiECE as he walks you through his production process from start to finish. Topics covered will include navigating Ableton, music theory and composition, drum programming and more. You may also ask questions to gain further clarification around how to create a beat from scratch.
Not in Toronto? No problem. 5PiECE has worked with many international clients in places such as Iceland, Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland and more.
Lessons are tailored to each student and formatted the same as in-person. Submit questions before the lesson so 5PiECE may answer them within the lesson.
Due to time-zone differences and internet quality issues between countries, these lessons are not live. Instead they are pre-recorded in HD and sent immediately after recording.
Past Client Testimonials
I’ve never taken music production lessons in my life, so I didn’t know what to expect when i met 5PiECE. I’m grateful to have met him as he was able to walk me through the production process from start to finish explaining the “why” throughout to better my understanding. He's made me think deeper about how to approach making beats, and its clear that he wants to see his students develop. He’s an amazing and patient teacher and I highly recommend 5PiECE to anyone looking to take up music production or become better at it.
As someone who has been DJing for years, I have always had a keen and genuine interest in production. I realized that some of my DJ performances and battles actually had a live production aspect to them and thought "well if I can do this live, imagine the possibilities of creating in a software like Ableton." 5 showed me how I could take my current knowledge and skills and apply them to the world of production. He taught me how to use Ableton and the foundational tools in order for me to make my own music. 5 is an excellent teacher, who is extremely patient and thorough. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in learning how to make beats. He's your guy!
How Do I Book A Lesson?
Reach out below to determine lesson availability and scheduling.
Once confirmed and agreed upon, send payment via E-Transfer or PayPal to confirm your lesson time(s).
Day of lesson – show up on time, be attentive, and ask questions.
If doing an online lesson, 5PiECE will confirm the turnaround time and will get the lesson back to you by then.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
Please refer below for a breakdown of our lesson pricing.
Lessons are 2 hours long and include screen-capture recording with audio of lesson and instruction
What Is Covered In Each Lesson Of The Bundle?
Introduction to Ableton
Navigation, Workflow, Important Tools, Getting Started with MIDI, How To Borrow Inspiration From Other Songs
Building & Organizing Sounds, Using The Drum Rack and Other Alternative Tools To Play & Program Drums
Music Theory & Composition
How To Know What To Play, Build Chords and Create Musical Elements For Your Song
Basslines & 808s
Creating Your Own 808 With Samples, Modern Day 808 Tricks, and How To Play & Program Deep Basslines That Work
Warping, Resampling & Audio
How To Use Ableton’s Warping and Resampling Abilities, and Recording External Audio
Automation, Sequencing & Arrangement
Putting Together the Final Product, Adding Switch-Ups and Preparing For Mixing & Mastering
The 10 Lesson Bundle would build on the above by incorporating 4 additional mixing and mastering lessons that will help put together the entire final product and have it ready for final release.
Producers, beat makers, artists and aspiring engineers who want to improve their producing, mixing and mastering skills when it comes to creating and releasing music.
Lessons include the instructor and private studio facility with professional equipment for the lesson. Lessons also include a screen-capture video recording with audio of the lesson so students may refer to it again later.
Having a copy of the lesson in this format gives you a way to revisit the lesson and ensures that you learn exactly what you came to learn from 5PiECE.
Mixing lessons are taught in Pro Tools or Ableton based on student preference. Production lessons are taught in Ableton exclusively.
For mixing lessons, no, the principles taught in lessons are not specific to any DAW- they are mixing techniques you can use within any DAW environment including but not limited to FL Studio, Logic, Reason, Reaper, Cubase, etc. Past students have been on FL Studio and Logic.
For production lessons, it is recommended that you have and produce in Ableton as lessons are taught in that environment.
No – lessons are taught on my computer set-up. This is required for proper screen-capture with audio. You may bring your laptop to follow along, but based on personal experience it isn’t necessary.
Classes are customized to each student.
For beginner production lessons, we have developed a proprietary curriculum that teaches you the fundamental elements of music production and how to approach applying it in real-life creative situations. This curriculum is stretched over multiple lessons that cover topics such as sound selection, drum programming, melody, arrangement and final mixing/mastering and more.
For mixing/mastering lessons, students often arrive with a personal song/beat they want to focus on mixing and mastering. This song is mixed in front of them while the decisions and thought-processes behind the mix decisions are explained by the instructor. This helps the student understand what is being done and why its being done so that the student can leave with an example of how to apply the knowledge within their own work. Students are also able to ask questions or for specific demonstrations during the lesson as well.
Classes are good for anyone of any skill level whether you’re just starting to make music or have been making music for awhile and want to hone your skills. I’ve taught students of all levels.
Lessons are offered in 2 formats:
- In-Person – at my private studio location if you are located in Toronto, ON
- Online via Pre-Recorded Lessons with Q&A follow-up
The studio is located in South Etobicoke in Toronto near Kipling Avenue & Horner Avenue. Also close by Lakeshore, 5 mins from Humber College South Campus. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be sent the exact location.
While we respect that your friends and family are your biggest supporters, other parties usually interfere with lessons by creating interruptions, noise, distractions, etc. We want your learning to be our focus so that you can become the best producer and engineer you can be. For that reason, we ask that only students show up to attend lessons.
Unfortunately at-home lessons are not offered at this time. All lessons are offered in-person at my studio location or online.
Lesson payment can be made via Interac E-Transfer if you’re in Canada, or PayPal if you’re outside of Canada.
All PayPal payments are subject to an additional 4% fee for processing.