Defining how many bars an audio sample is, without warping the audio
How can I define how many bars an audio sample is, without warping the audio?
(I need the initial unaltered audio sample to be the basis of the entire Live project; from which all other relevant parameters are derived. Tempo, etc.)
I noodle on guitar/bass until I come up with something I like, then I hit R in Audacity (for quick & easy no-frills recording) and record whatever I just came up with, for however long makes sense to the piece. (Hit Space to stop recording. Hitting R again instantly starts recording a new track.) Eventually, I multi-export the current batch of song-seeds as wav files.
Next, I drop one of these wavs into a clip in an audio track in Ableton to use it as the seed for a song. The idea is to trim it to a nice loop-able section and then jam along to that loop, on other armed tracks with whatever other instruments I'm feeling at the time and start to build-up the song around that initial seed.
I can get the trimmed sections of audio to loop perfectly, but Live will often claim it's some bizarre number of bars. (Live, like most DAWs doesn't seem to love poly-rhythms.) I've tried numerous things to advise Live the clip is actually 16/32/64/whatever bars long. Everything either results in the audio being warped, or Live not measuring its bars whatsoever.
I've tried pre-trimming the loop and then listening to the sample in VLC while using Live's TAP button to pre-set the Tempo before bringing the sample into Live, and this looked promising - it caused Live to call this particular clip 16 bars, but when I hit Play I notice it had altered the speed of playback of the clip..... (even though I have Live set to not Auto-Warp Long Samples.)
It should be a simple matter of telling Live to take a clip which is a set length of time, and divide it into a given number of bars - and then auto-adjust the Tempo of the song based on this sample.
I know I can very manually play with the Tempo to have it play-back as the right speed, but I would always know it had been messed with and is no longer in its natural state... I want the audio to have always been left alone and have the DAW conform to the music - not have the music conform to the DAW.
I feel there absolutely must be a simple way to do this, but I've been searching for two days now and am getting very uninspired. I completely re-read Chapter 9 in the manual, as well as jumping around various other sections in the manual. I've done numerous searches in this knowledge base and on google.. This is such an obvious technique to use to write, I feel this has to be easily doable, so I apologize if the answer should be obvious. If this is not currently possible in Live, Ableton really needs to look at adding it in a future version.
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