Ableton Live Warping – PART 4: How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live

This tutorial shows the user an in-depth explanation of How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live.

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This is part 4 in a series.

On a previous tutorial we explained the basic theory behind warping in Live. We also applied basic warping to an audio clip using the Beats mode at its default settings. On this tutorial we will explain the user the possible configurations included in Tones mode in order to operate it properly.

 

As mentioned before, Tones Warp Mode is designed to work best for stretching material with a more or less clear pitch structure such as vocals, bass lines or monophonic instruments.

 

  1. Open or create a new Live Set with at least one audio track included that contains an audio clip:

For the purpose of this tutorial, the audio clip is a simple recording of a human voice line.

Ableton Live Warping - PART 4: How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live

 

 

2. Locate at the Warp Mode area and make sure the Warp Mode is set to “Tones”:

Ableton Live Warping - How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live

 

Besides the Warp ON/OFF switch, which in this case it is ON because it is highlighted in yellow, there are several other options we can study from this Warp Mode area:

  • Warp Mode: This drop-down list lets the user select the different Warp Modes. For the purpose of this tutorial we are working with Beats mode.
  • Grain Size: This knob lets the user set rough control over the average gran size used. The grain size is determined in a signal-dependent manner. The general recommendation is that when working with signals with a clear sense of pitch contour, small grain sizes are the best option. Conversely, larger grain sizes will help avoid artifacts that can occur when the pitch contour is unclear, but the trade-off can be translated into audible repetitions.

 

3. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will set the Tones Warp mode as:

  • Warp Mode: Tones.
  • Grain Size: 17.

 

The configurations will look like:

Ableton Live Warping - PART 4:  How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live

 

 

4. Create the new warp markers and apply the necessary warping to modify the audio:

Ableton Live Warping - PART 4: How to use Tones Warp Mode in Ableton Live

 

After applying this time stretching, the audio clip should maintain its original pitch, but the performances should playback differently since it was warped. At this point the user has successfully warped the audio clip using Tones mode. The tutorial has now finished.

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