In this Ableton Live Warping Tutorial we look at how to quickly overcome the beat free intro at the start of some tracks. This technique is designed for tracks with a fixed tempo and is therefore most suited to electronic music.
If you haven’t already watched our Super Fast Warping tutorial it’s best to check that out first.
The trick here is to locate the first beat that it’s easy to warp from and then perform the super fast technique from there.
With the full track warped we can now count backwards to the start of the intro. Most intro’s will be 8, 16 or 32 bars long so with any luck you can count back this distance, locate the exact bar line and set 1.1.1 from there. If that worked out, you’re done and can move on with your life!
There is a chance that the intro does not fit with one of the above lengths. Let’s say the intro is 14 bars. If this is the case it’s best to tell Live the start of the track is 16 bars before your first beat. You end up with 2 bars silence but who cares… It won’t interfere with DJ sets and certainly isn’t a problem if you are warping for your productions.
The other possibility is the intro being too long. Let’s say it’s 18 bars. Most times you can still start with a 16 bar intro and just chop the excess off! If you do want to keep it then I would recommend consolidating some silence to the start, perhaps to make a 24 bar intro (working with a bar sections is most useful for DJ’ing)
What ever situation you find yourself in, this is a very fast way of locking your track perfectly to the grid.
The next Ableton Live tutorial will be posted at the same time next week.
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