How to Import Audio With No Warping in Ableton

Written by seamus islwyn
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When you import audio into Ableton Live, the program alters it to match the tempo using one of six different warping algorithms, depending on the software's settings. Warping audio is useful when, for example, you're dropping a drum loop into a DJ set and want it to automatically match the rhythm of the existing tracks. If you're editing vocals or other similar audio in Ableton, however, you may want to preserve the audio's original tempo. To do this, disable warping for the clip. You can either turn off warping for a single clip or configure Ableton to import all audio without warping.

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    Single Clip

  1. 1

    Launch Ableton. Click one of the folder icons next to the "Browser" pane, which is located to the left of the mixer window.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the audio clip you want to import. Drag and drop the clip onto an audio channel in the mixer window.

  3. 3

    Click the yellow "Warp" button in the "Sample" window near the bottom of the screen to disable warping for the audio clip.

    All Audio Clips

  1. 1

    Start Ableton Live. Click "Options," then choose "Preferences" from the menu. Click the "Record Warp Launch" tab on the left side of the window that pops up.

  2. 2

    Click the drop-down menu next to "Loop/Warp Short Samples." Select "Unwarped One Shot" from the menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "On" button next to "Auto-Warp Long Samples" to toggle auto-warping off.

  4. 4

    Close the "Preferences" window to apply the changes and disable warping in Ableton.

Tips and warnings

  • Ableton cannot loop unwarped audio clips.

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