Ableton Live Warping – PART 8: How to use Complex Pro Warp Mode in Ableton Live

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

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This is part 8 in a 9 part series.

On a previous tutorial we explained the basic theory behind warping in Live. We also applied warping using Beats, Tones, Texture, Re-Pitch and Complex mode. On this tutorial we will explain the user the possible configurations included in Complex Pro mode in order to operate it properly.


As mentioned before, Complex Warp Mode is a warping method based on the Complex Mode but can offer even better results, with an increase in the computer’s CPU usage. Just like Complex Mode, Complex Pro is great for working with polyphonic textures or complete songs.



  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 mix of a song.

How to use Complex Pro Warp Mode in Ableton Live



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

How to use Complex Pro 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:

  • Formants: This slider adjusts the extent to which the formants of the sample are compensated when transposing. When set to 100%, the original formants will be preserved, allowing for large changes in transposition while keeping the sample’s original tone quality. This slider will not affect the warping if the sample is played back untransposed.
  • Envelope: This slider also affects the tone characteristics of the audio clip. The default value of 128 should work fine with most audio material. For very high-pitched audio clips, better results could be obtained by using lower Envelope values. On the other hand, when working with very low-pitched material, higher envelope values are recommended.


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

  • Formants: 67.41.
  • Envelope: 85.


The configurations will look like:

How to use Complex Pro Warp Mode in Ableton Live



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

How to use Complex Pro Warp Mode in Ableton Live



After applying this time stretching, the audio clip should playback with its warp editing applied. At this point the user has successfully warped the audio clip using Complex Pro mode. The tutorial has now finished.


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