Below is a link to your 4th and 5th video from my full Ableton Training video collection.

Warping :

What is warping? Warping is the heart of Ableton’s capabilities. It allows 2 or more loops or complete songs to both conform to the same master tempo. Think of warping as the ability to time stretch your audio in a very unique way. By properly learning how to warp your audio files, it makes those files incredibly elastic and flexible. If there is one thing in Ableton that you NEED to get your head around to get Abletons full potential THIS IS IT!

Below I have given you 2 videos on the subject of warping a song. The first is how to use Ableton’s autowarp feature and the second video is how to

warp a song or loop manually. Understanding both approaches will benefit you greatly in your ability to take your productions to the limit!

There has been a bit of discussion regarding my approach to warping, so I am happy to share other suggestions if they might work better for you. After you watch the videos, come back and read the followup suggestions below.

Now go get your videos!

Ableton 8 Videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCqX9veJSKY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4TVSi1w2Bs

Ableton 7 Videos

http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/dvdsamples/04warpingsongwithautowarp.mov

http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/dvdsamples/05warpingthehardway.mov

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCqX9veJSKY

(please allow time for this high quality quicktime file to load)

Followup suggestions on warping on Ableton 7:

In the first video it was suggested that you make sure to create a warp marker at the end of your song file just to make sure everything is locked. I would have to agree that this is a good practice and I would recommend this tip. Not all of your songs are going to be quite as simple as the song I used in this video and you’ll want to check your song start to finish with a kick or metronome to make sure autowarp has done it’s job correctly.Autowarp tends to be quite good at figuring out a files original tempo but not the best at finding the songs first beat point, so you may need to adjust that first warp marker. If you find it slipping off beat, you’ll want to use the approach in the 2nd video to correct things. Also, a suggested practice is to add a warp marker at bars 1, 3, 5, 9, 17, 32, 64 and then at 32-bar intervals until the end. Try all of these if you like and find which works best for you.

In the 2nd video There has been discussion that people prefer not to go through the trouble of using the kick from an impulse instrument when warping a track, and instead just use the metronome. I’d say that is probably fine advice in most cases, but I find that using a kick might expose a song that isn’t completely beatmatched a bit more noticeably. I’ll let you be the judge of this. Just make sure that if you do use a kick sample or kick from impulse, that you continue to use the same kick for ALL of your tracks. You can also the metronome wav file with a kick sample and not have to use the impulse instrument.

 

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