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Getting WAV files cued up for easy mixing

In most audio files of songs, there is a moment or two of silence before the song starts. Or sometimes, a song has an introduction that is not in rhythm with the rest of the song. These types of beginnings can make mixing songs very difficult.

For this reason, these non-rhythmic bits at the beginning of a song can be cropped off. This is very easy to do within Live. This is done by dropping a song file onto a track in the Session or Arranger window. Then, in the Sample Display window, move Warp Marker “1” onto the first rhythmic beat of a song. (Now, the “1” is indeed in the right place, but making this adjustment may have misaligned the markers after “1”.) The quickest way to rectify this new problem is to click on the “2” beat, and move it to its proper place. It may make it easier to listen while this is done, to be sure the right spot is chosen.

Once the first beat of the song is cued up properly (that’s what moving the “1” did) and the tempo is approximately correct (that’s what moving the “2” did), these adjustments can be saved along with the file by pressing the “Save” button in the Sample Display window. From that point on, these Warp Marker settings will be present whenever the song file is loaded in Live.

Some songs (especially those not created with electronic sequencing devices) may have random, slight tempo variances throughout the song. In many cases this can be compensated for with beatmatching techniques (as discussed in Part 2). Sometimes, though, independently placed Warp Markers must be used since the beats are not equal distances apart, as they ideally would be. Non-equidistant Warping will be gone over in more detail at the beginning of the next section. But, for now, a tell-tale sign that a song may need some independent warp markers is that the “beats” or “spikes” on the wave analysis display (i.e., the “picture” of the wave) coincide less and less with the numbered markers as the song progresses.

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