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Warping in Ableton Live

Posted on | August 5, 2007 | 6 Comments

Here’s a video I uploaded to YouTube showing how I usually warp dance tracks in Ableton Live. There are many ways how to do basic warping, but this is how I usually do it with tracks that have a fixed and easy-to-warp beat.And remember, the arrow keys are your friends when moving around with a loop point in Live.


6 Responses to “Warping in Ableton Live”

  1. Doug
    August 5th, 2007 @ 1:29 AM

    Great video. I’m not even a Live user (yet), and it was well done. SnapzPro is a good program!


  2. Loopy
    August 5th, 2007 @ 9:13 AM

    Great video, but there’s one major flaw in the video: you didn’t go thru setting the exact first beat in this video.

    The 4 bar technique is a great one, I have to try that myself next time when warping tracks.

  3. Kent Sandvik
    August 5th, 2007 @ 12:54 PM

    Hmm, I think I set the first warp point in the beginning of the video and talked about it. Things flew past too fast, as I edited in the audio after I did the screen capture.

  4. Kent Sandvik
    August 5th, 2007 @ 12:55 PM

    I will write another article of the current SnapzPro settings I use — more complicated than I thought concerning the whole pipeline from capture to YouTube.

  5. Dima Fomin
    September 25th, 2007 @ 4:28 PM

    Hi Kent !
    Thanks for interesting warp technique , but you better don’t use complex mode with tracks , because sound quality is much bad than default beat mode,especially on high frequencies.Just listen and feel the difference.

  6. Kent Sandvik
    September 25th, 2007 @ 4:44 PM

    It it actually the beat mode that causes a lot of warp artifacts due to the use of granular synthesis. Beat mode works fine for drums and anything with strong transients but very little melodic content. For anything else, re-pitch is best but then there’s no control of the pitch, and complex is second, with it having some artifacts related to weak transients.

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