I can't for the life of me figure out warping long samples or short ones for that matter

I can't for the life of me figure out warping long samples or short ones for that matter


schizodj 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • vitaminB
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    The same basic techniques apply for both long and short samples. I'll concentrate on warping a song.

    You need to start by working out the original BPM of the track. You can do this roughly by turning warp off and playing the sample.

    With the sample playing, tap out the beat using the Tap BPM button at the top left; you'll see the BPM change. I usually round it to a whole even number.

    Click Warp if Live hasn't automatically added markers. On a freshly dropped sample, this will just add a warp marker at the beginning.

    Now you need to find the first downbeat; a definite beginning of a bar, often signified by a kick drum. It may be a while into the song, so watch the waveform while you listen and notice where it hits. It's usually pretty obvious on the waveform

    Zoom in and click at the exact point on the waveform that the kick begins to sound. There will usually be a little grey triangle above that point on the timeline, this is a transient marker. 

    Right click on the transient marker and select Warp From Here (Straight). This should align the grid with the waveform at the BPM you set earlier.

    To see this more clearly, right click on the new warp marker and select Set 1.1.1 Here. Now the bar count will begin at the first beat of the main song and each bar will roughly line up with the downbeat. You can change the start point afterwards, but it makes things a lot easier for now!

    As you listen again to the sample, turn on the metronome by clicking the |oo| button.

    You will notice that the beat drifts off a bit as the track gets further along. Whenever you hear this happening, add a new warp marker at the transient of the downbeat and drag it to the nearest start of a bar. Repeat to the end...

    Some people like to do this every 4 or 8 bars. It depends how tight you want it to be and how much time you're willing to dedicate to double clicking.

    For DJing with instrumental tracks I usually only bother with the major transition points like first downbeat, start of new verse etc and a few markers in between; this keeps the swing of the track intact. For mashups and tracks you'll mix with others, it's desirable to get things a bit more lined up. Concentrate on the sections you'll actually mix (intro, outro, break etc.) to save time and effort.

    I hope this helps. Use your ears as well as your eyes and you'll be warping like a Star Trek captain in no time. 



    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • inoagirl
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    Apple a, selects all. Apple I, inserts warp markers on every transient.
    Now go in, marker by marker and move them around to fit ur needs, keeping in mind every marker effects the audio between them.


    6 years ago | 0 comments

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