Heinrich Zwahlen

Heinrich Z.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Recording vocals and instruments with Ableton Live

About Heinrich Z.

I was one of the first 4 Ableton certified trainers worldwide and have been re-certified several times since.
I started the first US Ableton curriculum at the legendary Dubspot in NYC, where I was also teaching for 8 years, both in the physical school and online.
I've been teaching Ableton at a private music studio since 2017 where I co-wrote the curriculum.
As a long-time electronic music producer, I'm familiar with Logic, Po-Tools and I'm also a Native Instruments specialist, having created curricula for sound design with Komplete and Maschine at the above schools.
Over the years I worked in many musical styles, from electro to hip-hop, house, techno, synth wave, dnb, and downtempo bass music styles, having been an active artist/producer with major label credentials myself since the beginnings of electronic pop music while also collaborating in the studio with many artists.
I speak English, German, French and also some Italian.


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12 Reviews
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Heinrich is an excellent teacher! Your study is customized to whatever level you need. He answers all questions and provides positive input. I had a very basic knowledge of Ableton and it is much improved now having studied with him. Thanks, Heinrich!

Posted Jun 8, 2021
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Heinrich is a great teacher and a great person!
He knows so much and is so enthusiastic and patient while teaching. He has a lot of experience and he is a warm-hearted person, definitely the kind of person you wanna spend your time with :-)

Posted Nov 12, 2020
Demitri Kesoglides
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Heinrich was hands-down one of the best music instructors I've ever had. He has such a celebrated history as a producer and engineer, yet he still remains humble in the teaching environment with his students. He also adapts to specific learning styles and knows how to get through to you if you have difficulty with a particular topic or module. He's also a geuine, great guy - once you are his student he has no problem helping you or giving you advice long after his course is completed. To this day my brother and I still consider him a friend and a mentor. Highly highly recommended!

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I learned Maschine and Native Instruments MK3 from Heinrich and he knows his stuff!!! He is very patient and very supportive. He is one of the few official Maschine experts who are available to teach.

Maschine is not easy to learn but Heinrich tried to simplify topics into something easy to understand. He was open and flexible to my learning style and how I wanted to approach my lessons. That's the biggest benefit to private lessons with Heinrich!

I read the review by Cezanne about Heinrich not having enough interaction with students and that was not my experience. In fact, I felt sometimes I got too much time with him (sorry Heinrich, sometimes you talk a lot haha!). Don't get me wrong, the things he had to say were very valuable, I can just be too eager sometimes to move on from a topic so that's really on me and not Heinrich. Any time I had questions, I could text him and if it was too much to text back, he would call me right away.

Heinrich is also very chill and relaxed when it comes to working with you to find a good time to meet up for a lesson.

Posted Aug 10, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Lots of experience and takes an interest in student's music. Heinrich has helped me with some very basic and critical Ableton techniques!

Posted Jul 29, 2020
Adriana Norat
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Heinrich has vast experience and is an excellent teacher. He is great at assessing the student’s abilities and interests and adjusting his lessons accordingly.
He is a gifted musician and sound designer and also highly skilled at teaching, always kind, friendly and patient.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Heinrich is a great instructor! He is friendly and will always answer your questions. Heinrich explains to you everything you want to learn thoroughly and with a hands on example. His knowledge and experience manifests and is a great place to observe his workflow and thought process to then implement and develop your own.

Posted Jul 25, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Heinrich has been one of the best teachers and sound design wizards I have worked with! He is very thorough and hands on when teaching and gives a very detailed explanation which makes the process seem simple and very user friendly for all. He taught me the ins and outs of Ableton and sound design with Native Instruments, Komplete 12. He gave honest and positive reinforcement feed back on all my work and projects which helped me grow as a producer. He is very passionate about his craft and it shows during his class sessions to the point where I look at music production and sound design in different ways than I would have before.

Posted Jul 23, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

The classes were great and you were able to compact a lot of information in a short period of time in a productive way. I definitely enjoyed your styles since everything was calm and comfortable.

The only thing I would say is maybe being more hands-on with the students. I did have a hard time remembering terms or ways of getting from A to B. So maybe a little more interaction with the students?

Thank you for everything, learned so much from you and will carry all the information for life!! :)

Posted Jul 22, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Taught me everything I know with such love and humility. He listens and teaches like a pro. 5 stars.

Posted Jul 21, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

As a beginner, I had the best experience learning the ins and outs of Ableton with Heinrich. His thorough understanding of the software makes learning light and fun. He's approach is conversational, so there was quite a bit of back and forth during the class; teaching and learning were well integrated. Asking questions during the lesson, as opposed to after, made the lessons flow seamlessly. I loved the course and would highly recommend Heiner to any one at any level!

Posted Jul 19, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Heinrich has massive knowledge about music production. His ableton lessions were very detailed and easy to understand. I've got tremendous amount of information about music production from him. Great teacher! Highly recommend! x100

Posted Jul 10, 2020

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Instructor, Curriculum Design
Feb 2017 - Present

Private Music Production, Brooklyn

Specializing in Ableton Live and NI Komplete. In person and online.

Instructor, Curriculum and Course Designer
Sep 2007 - Jun 2016


Specializing in Ableton Live, NI Komplete and Maschine. In person and online instructor.

Sep 2002 - Apr 2006


Working in Berlin with SupaDj Dmitri (DeeLite) and Elisa Burchett and DJ Mitja Prinz

Mar 1994 - Jun 2002

Bleeker Studio

Specializing in midi recording, audio editing, sampling and synthesis (StudioVision, ProTools, Logic) Clients: JayZ, Coolio, Phoebe Snow, Curtis Mantronik (Freeze Records), Sam Sever(MoWax) Basscut (Pow Wow Rec/Profile/TimeWarner UK Publ.Ultra)

May 1989 - May 1994

Spike Records

Studio Manager, Engineer, Producer, Artist

Artist Producer, Basscut
May 1989 - Jul 1992


Member of Billboard charting electronic music duo Basscut. https://www.audiospandrel.com

Producer Engineer
Aug 1985 - Jul 1988

Canal Sound NYC

Midi and Synthesis/Sampling engineer working with NYC artists: Sam Sever/3rd Base (Def Jam), Book of Love (Sire) Marty Rev (Suicide), Arto Lindsay, Stuart Argabright(Dominatrix), Rammellzzee, Phase2, Biilie (Timmy Regisford) and many more..

Jun 1983 - Jul 1984

Delgado vs Masterplan

Studio project with GabiDelgado (DAF)

Oct 1979 - May 1983


With Swiss Synth Wave pioneers Aboriginal Voices (RecRec/Crammed Discs)

Jun 1976 - Mar 1979

Nasal Boys/Expo(EpicRec)

Founding member and performer at major label Swiss Punk/New Wave band.


Psychology, Philosophy, Linguistics BA
Jun 1973 - Jun 1978

UHZ University, Zürich



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Ableton Live
May 2007

Ableton GMBH

I've been certified several times from 2007 to 2019 https://www.ableton.com/en/certified-training/heinrich-zwahlen/


Jan 1990
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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