recording old tape sample into live w/correct tempo.

I would consider myself a somewhat advanced live user, but I have just discovered a huge gap in my live knowledge.

 

What I'm tinkering around with is transferring/recording into Live old mini disk recordings of me playing piano. I have many riffs I would like to prepare for use in live. Primarily as one, two, or four bar loops.

 

What is the best way to go about this? Or should I ask " what are some ways to accomplish this?" 

So I recorded a riff into a session slot- Maybe 10 seconds of audio. The project tempo was set to 90bpm, but the piano recording was NOT 90. So I dragged the session slot recording into arrangement and exported the audio as a wave.

I then opened a new live set and dragged the newly exported audio into live.

Now,.... I thought live auto detected the tempo for the first audio opened in a set,

and then matched all other audio/midi to that.

But when I loaded the audio, live's tempo stayed the same ; 90bpm, which was way off from what the actual exported piano audio is.

 

Am I making this too complicated? What am I missing? I have probably 100 old piano recordings I would

like to prepare for session slots in live.

Thanks in advance!

p.s, I'm a drummer, so trimming the recordings into even audio pieces I can use is quite easy for me.

Brian

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brian sansone 10 months ago | 1 comment

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    I have never heard of a functionality in live that autodetects samples' speed and automatically sets the global tempo. I have heard of live scanning the audio to detect what bpm it is and setting that particular clip to that bpm, but it does not do so for the first clip it opens.

    If you have a perfectly quantized piece of audio that you want to use in live, all you have to do is drop it in, and set the live set to the particular tempo that your clip plays at. You can do this by listening to it, or just turning the warp functionality off before you drop the clip into live, or just turn it off after in the clip overview section.

    does this help at all?

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  • brian sansone
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    What I have is hours of piano recordings. Recorded through a mic onto mini disks.

    I guess I was mistaken about live adjusting global tempo to that of the first dropped clip.

    I am trying to figure out the best way to transfer those recordings to ableton.

    So while the minidisk is playing , lets say, 89 bpm, abletons clock may be running at 120.   So now I have a recording of an 89bpm piano riff sitting inside a 120 bpm ableton project.  Where do I go from here?

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    so there are two main ways to do this. pardon any typos, i have no wifi at the moment and am doing this from my phone.
    you can either figure out what tempo the track is going to be at, and set the master tempo to that before you start to record into live, or just after you record the track into live, you can adjust the tempo in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
    as long as your warp function is off, you should be able to adjust the grid to fit the audio you recorded

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  • brian sansone
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    Thanks

    Brian

    10 months ago | 0 comments

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