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OCTOBER 9-10 2023





Become a master in Strange Electronics' SETLIST, TUNELIVE, and LYRICS, the highly acclaimed playback plugins known for their exceptional efficiency and reliability in the music industry. This workshop is designed to impart the top playback engineers' refined and proven method, who have actively contributed to Setlist's development and evolution.

The workshop is suitable for artists, music producers, engineers, students, and anyone in the music industry, seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge. Attendees will gain industry-standard insights and techniques, learn the best practices for optimizing signal paths, and get hands-on experience building playback racks and using MIDI controllers in Ableton.

In addition, the workshop will cover topics such as Autotune, using the LYRICS app as a teleprompter, and tips for staying organized and productive while on tour. Participants will also learn about various playback systems, their pros and cons, and how to select the best setup that suits their requirements.

This workshop provides an extensive and immersive learning experience that focuses on the Strange Method, the industry standard for playback. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a CERTIFICATE OF COURSE COMPLETION in the Strange Method: Strange Electronics' SETLIST, TUNELIVE, and LYRICS, a valuable addition to your professional profile.


Henry Strange

is a force to be reckoned with in the world of professional live performance playback engineering. With a career spanning over a decade, he has earned a reputation as a true pioneer in the industry. His expertise in designing and implementing playback systems has enabled him to work with some of the biggest names in music, such as Drake, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Dead and Company, and more.

Driven by a passion for innovation and a desire to deliver flawless performances, Henry founded Strange Electronics to offer artists the best possible playback experience. His cutting-edge software and hardware have set a new industry standard as the tools for live performance playback, notably SETLIST, the go-to Ableton Live app for playback professionals.


With a deep understanding of electronics and a keen ear for music, Henry has revolutionized the world of live performance playback. His dedication to his craft has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers, and his clients trust him to deliver top-notch performances time and time again.

Stephan Jacobs 

is an accomplished music professional in addition to having a successful career with his own music projects, with over a decade of experience working with A-List artists and Strange Electronic. He has honed his skills to take on complex projects with efficiency and ease, and has built a reputation for delivering exceptional results.


Stephan's impressive resume includes working with major acts such as A$AP Rocky, Brockhampton, Run The Jewels, Snoh Alegra, Saweetie and countless others. He has programmed shows and ran music on some of the largest concerts worldwide.


Stephan's broad skill set and ability to work with artists of all genres make him a valuable asset in the music industry. He is a master at keeping everything organized and on schedule, ensuring that every performance runs smoothly. Stephan's dedication to his craft is evident in his impeccable track record of successful shows and satisfied clients.


Chris Formanek

is a highly acclaimed professional live performance playback engineer, known for his exceptional work with some of the biggest names in the music industry. With an impressive resume that includes working with artists such as The Black Eye Peas, Flume, Kehlani, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, and The Kid Laroi. Chris has also worked for TV shows such as Songland, Good Morning America, and Ellen. 


Drawing on his knowledge of computer science and music, Chris has created hi-tech playback systems known for simplicity and reliability. He is known for his ability to bring out the best in any performance.


*Register quickly to secure your spot, as seats are limited.

DAY 1 - Program a Show

Learn the Strange Method: expect a training session covering everything you need to know about using Ableton for live performance playback. You will learn all the skills needed to program a live show from beginning to end. Work with real-life examples used on the road and do hands-on troubleshooting exercises. Get expert 1-on-1 advice from your instructors on everything playback.

  • Fundamentals of playback engineering

  • Role of the playback engineer

  • Audio routing/bussing in Ableton

  • Differences between stems, multi-tracks, and TV tracks

  • Tempo and warping

  • Click tracks and cues

  • Programming timecode

DAY 2  - Hardware and The Strange Suite 

From software to hardware on a playback rig, uncover the tools of the trade and learn how and why the pros use them. Learn the Strange Suite, comprised of Setlist, TuneLive, and the brand-new LYRICS plugin. See inside different playback rigs and get insight into how to identify what artists' needs are.

  • "Strange Method" workflow

  • Signal path 

  • Overview of different playback systems

  • The Strange Suite: Setlist, TuneLive, and LYRICS

  • Autotune and UAD Console

  • MIDI controllers

  • iConnectivity devices

  • Redundant systems and fail-safe performances

  • Hands-on exercise in building a playback rack

*Additional support: you will also have access to additional support and guidance from the instructors to help you fine-tune your playback sessions and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Additional material provided from the course

All participants will receive a package of useful materials.

  • The popular plugins Setlist (value of $300)

  • USB-C stick containing useful resources, including:​​

    • Strange Method Live Playback Templates

    • Materials related to show programming

    • PDFs of all the tutorials covered in the workshop



full two-day workshop

*Includes free copy of SETLIST (value of $300)

*25% discount on TUNELIVE and LYRICS (save up to $50)

*If you have already purchased SETLIST, get a discount of $150 on the Workshop. Email us for this discount.



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Q: What do I require to be able to attend the workshop? Do I have to be a genius at Ableton Live?

A: We recommend that attendees have some understanding and work fluency in Ableton Live and a basic notion of audio engineering. However, this workshop is suitable for individuals at all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced users.


Q: Do I need to bring my own equipment?

A: Yes. Every attendee must provide their own laptop computer with any working version of Ableton Live and headphones. We recommend bringing any additional equipment that you usually use in your workflow, such as MIDI controllers, audio interfaces, etc.


Q: How do I get there?

A: The workshop venue will take place at Strange HQ in downtown Los Angeles. We recommend using public transportation or ride-sharing services to reach the venue. There is additional street parking in the neighborhood.


Q: I can't attend on these dates. Will there be another workshop in the future?

A: Yes! Get on the waitlist to find out about our next workshops. Dates TBA.

Q: Is lunch provided during the workshop?

A: Lunch is provided, along with a one-hour lunch break each day. You may also order food of your preference or go somewhere nearby within the hour. 


Q: Will I receive a certificate after completing the workshop?

A: Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion after successfully completing the course.


Q: What is the refund policy if I can no longer attend the workshop?

A: If you need to cancel your registration, you may receive a full refund minus the full cost of Setlist before the enrollment deadline (September 1st, 2023). After that, a refund will not be given, although it can be reallocated to a future event, if and when it may occur.


Q: Is there an age limit to attend the workshop?

A: No, there is no age limit to attend the workshop. However, attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Q: Will there be any breaks during the workshop?

A: Yes, there will be several breaks throughout the day, including a lunch break.


Q: Can I use a PC instead of a Mac for the workshop?

A: Yes, a PC with Ableton Live is suitable for the workshop.






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