Question about BPM in Ableton

Ableton

PeaElAre

about 9 years ago (edited)

Hello...so, we're new to the whole Ableton thing. Used one of the Our God loops available here last week and it went off without a hitch. This week, we're going with one of the Great I Am loops but having a slight bit of difficulty with it. The BPM is slower than we normally play it...we play it 80 BPM but the loop is 77 BPM. So I set the tempo at 80 BPM and each of the individual tracks at 80 as well. When I did that, everything was out of whack. I had to change everything back to 77 before it lined up again. What are we doing wrong? Thanks.
scoottie

about 9 years ago (edited)

This means one or more of your tracks aren't warped or aren't being warped correctly. I would recommend going through Live's built in lesson to get started with warping. You can find it from the Help menu and it's very good.
Jakes

about 9 years ago (edited)

Yeah this is deffinatly a file warping problem. In ableton preferences you need to turn auto-warp long samples off. What is happening is when you import the file into ableton it automatically warps your file to the default bpm which is usually 120bpm and when you change the bpm from 120 to 80 you are warping it again and that is why your file is sounding all messed up. Turning of auto-warp will allow you to import a file and it will be unaffected until you desire to warp it your self. Check out this post of someone who had the same problem there is some great information here http://loopcommunity.com/content/ableton-bad-quality-playback.
Paulcase

about 9 years ago (edited)

Hahaha that was my thread, solved a ton of problems that day :)
mattmccoy

about 9 years ago (edited)

I agree with DuganAudio - the power horse of Ableton live is Warping... so it's a very important feature to learn about. Anyone having a problem with this should definitely go through Ableton's built in lesson under "help view". Understanding how warping works, will help you solve most, if not all, of these issues.

PeaElAre

about 9 years ago (edited)

Appreciate all the feedback, folks. It was very helpful in getting this worked out.