Craft Your Signature Sound

Ready to start making music in Ableton? Daily Loop will get your production chops up to speed with one simple tutorial per day for 68 days. Created by producer and educator Kate Ellwanger (aka Dot), this course will guide you through the ins and outs of the program, covering everything from basic navigation to advanced tricks used by the pros.

Ellwanger's unique teaching method breaks the curriculum down into concise daily videos with practical application strategies instead of presenting larger chunks of information that are difficult to retain. Less time spent binge-watching tutorials means more time spent creating music as you learn! 

At less than the price of a fancy coffee drink per day, Daily Loop is the most affordable and efficient program of it's kind. With program enrollment, you'll gain access to:

  • Daily tutorial videos
  • Weekly assignments to apply your learning to your music
  • Downloadable demo sessions
  • PDF cheat sheets
  • Online office hours with the instructor to ask questions and receive feedback
  • Peer to peer music reviews and discussions
  • Graded quizzes to evaluate your progress
  • Lifetime access to all materials


  • About the Instructor

    Shaping the future of independent music has always been the guiding force for producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Kate Ellwanger, who writes and performs under the name Dot. After nearly a decade-long career as an artist, DJ, and founder of the production company Unspeakable Records, Dot entered the Web3 space at the start of 2022 with her ‘Life Support’ series, minting 6 songs from the album in honor of the 1-year anniversary of its release, and is among the top-selling music NFT artists this year. The album also gained significant momentum on streaming platforms, earning her playlist covers on Spotify Fresh Finds and Creamy, as well as Amazon Breakthrough Electronic. Ellwanger holds a B.A. in Music from Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, and a Master’s Degree in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation from Berklee College of Music. In addition to her background in classical and contemporary music, she has over 15 years of study in mindfulness practices from multiple traditions, including yoga, meditation, and psychospiritual development. Dot's return to the stage in 2021 brought her to some of the most highly-acclaimed venues and music festivals in the world, including Red Rocks, EDC Las Vegas, HARD Summer, Firefly Music Festival, The Fonda, Elsewhere Space, Echostage, and more. Dot is also one of the first artists to host a 3-day event exclusively for her NFT collectors: Sonic Summit launched this past labor day weekend in partnership with NFT SV in Sun Valley, Idaho, and included multiple panel discussions, visual art exhibitions, and two nights of live performances from artists in Web3. Her music has been praised by the best in tastemaker media, including features in Nylon, Pitchfork, Red Bull, LA Weekly, Okayfuture, MTV Brazil, C-Heads Magazine, Nest HQ, Ableton, and BBC Radio 1xtra. As an active supporter of her local and global music communities, Dot is also a voting member of The Recording Academy, and contributor to MusiCares. She has taught music production and composition at critically-acclaimed institutions including The Los Angeles Recording School, Dubspot, Point Blank, and Garnish.

    Kate Ellwanger

    Producer, CEO of Unspeakable Records

    Kate Ellwanger

What Artists Are Saying

"Dot is a master of her craft and is truly passionate about helping people express themselves through music. Her step-by-step processes are comprehensive and easy to understand while providing insightful postitive feedback. Learning from Dot has been a fun and challenging experience and I highly recommend any of her programs to anyone looking to tap into their creative self."

-- Alan M, Producer, Los Angeles

"Daily Loop is changing the horizon for me as a musician. I'm amazed at how much I'm learning, and that so much more is possible for me than I had previously thought. 

Dot has a unique talent as a teacher -- not only is she massively skilled in Ableton, but she's not afraid to break down the concepts for you into super simple and clear language. I was impressed by how clear the teaching was, and how fun she made it.  Daily Loop is the opposite of those production courses where the videos are mind-numbingly dry, and the teacher speaks an elitist language that you can't follow.

Dot's approach is unique in that she brings an inclusive, human element to music production -- you will feel like you are sitting with a friend while you get top-level information.

Daily Loop is de-mystifying music production for me, and giving me a seat at the table. I think this is going to be a game-changer for a lot of other women, and I'm grateful to Dot for having the boldness to create such an awesome course!" 

-- Composer, San Francisco

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Welcome to Daily Loop!
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  • 02
    The Fundamentals: Get to Know Your New Best Friend
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  • 03
    Anatomy of a Beat: Music Theory for Producers
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    • Day 7: Rhythm
    • Day 8: Melody
    • Day 9: Harmony
    • Day 10: Bass
  • 04
    Warping: On and Off The Grid
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  • 05
    Capturing Sound: Record Your First Instrument
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    • Day 15: Preferences
    • Day 16: Recording Vocals
    • Day 17: Recording Line/Instrument Inputs
    • Day 18: Doubling
    • Review
    • Music Sharing
    • Quiz
  • 06
    Signal Processing: Audio Effect Basics
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    • Day 19: MIDI Effects
    • Day 20: EQ
    • Day 21: Compression
    • Day 22: Distortion
    • Day 23: Modulation Effects
    • Day 24: Reverb FREE PREVIEW
    • Day 25: Delay
    • Day 26: More FX
    • Music Sharing
  • 07
    Racks on Racks: Drum, Instrument, and Effect Racks
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    • Day 27: Drum Rack
    • Day 28: Instrument Rack
    • Day 29: Audio Effect Rack
  • 08
    Sound Design: Intro to Synthesis with Analog
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    • Day 30: Analog Fundamentals & Bass
    • Day 31: Analog Kick
    • Day 32: Analog Drums
    • Day 33: Sidechain Compression
    • Day 34: Analog Lead
    • Day 35: Analog Pad
    • Music Sharing
  • 09
    Workflow: Developing Efficient Habits
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    • Day 36: Freeze & Resample
    • Day 37: Harmony to MIDI
    • Day 38: Drum Slices to MIDI
    • Day 39: Quick Synth
    • Day 40: Advanced Sidechain Compression
    • Day 41: Sidechain Gate
    • Day 42: Subtractive Arrangement
    • Day 43: Default Sessions
    • Music Sharing
  • 10
    Ear Training: Exercises for Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, EQ, and Compression
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    • Day 44: Melody Ear Training
    • Day 45: Harmony Ear Training
    • Day 46: Rhythm Ear Training
    • Day 47: EQ Ear Training
    • Day 48: Compression Ear Training
    • Day 49: Active Listening
  • 11
    Advanced Sound Design: Operator and Sampler
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    • Day 50: Operator Bass
    • Day 51: Operator Sub Bass
    • Day 52: Operator Lead
    • Day 53: Operator Pads
    • Day 54: Operator Risers
    • Day 55: Sampler Vocal Synths
    • Day 56: Sampler FM & AM
    • Music Sharing
  • 12
    Max for Live: Get Under The Hood
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    • Day 57: Convolution Reverb
    • Day 58: Instant Haus
    • Day 59: Granulator
    • Day 60: Drum Synth
  • 13
    Finishing Touches: Mixing & Mastering
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    • Day 61: Volume and Panning
    • Day 62: EQ
    • Day 63: Compression
    • Day 64: Vocal Processing
    • Day 65: Mastering
    • Music Sharing
    • Club Can't Hear Q&A
  • 14
    Studio to Stage: DJing and Live Performance
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    • Day 66: Live Set Structure
    • Day 67: Live FX
    • Day 68: DJing in Ableton
    • The Finish Line