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Problem Chopping a mixdown to plug into sequences

Does anyone here ever chop a mixdown into samples to plug into sequences?

I'm trying to take my friends mixdowns and chop them up so I can plug each section (verse,chorus) into a sequence. The problem I'm running into is that the tempos are not lining up, so I can't transition smoothly between sequences as I would just by listening to the mp3. I'm trying to figure out the warp + BPM sync functions and how that relates to the master & sequence BPMs, but it's a lot of trial and error. Then there's also that BPM setting on the warp page.

Is there a better way to do this?
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    Master+Sequence tempo is an easy one.. Each sequence has its own tempo it can follow. Some people like to get prog rock and change tempos every 8 bars. This is where you would leave it set to 'SEQ' so the song follows the tempo of each sequence and changes when it needs to.

    Or, you want ONE tempo to rule them all, you can set the master tempo and it will play every sequence at that tempo instead of following the sequences individual setting.

    Sometimes I start working and 3 or 4 sequences in, Ill start programming something and not even realize I just finished 4 bars, and copied 4 new sequences off it and left it at 120bpm hah. I do this alot when Im copying patterns or drawing them in instead of actually playing them. Oops I just left 4 sequences in a 80bpm song set to 120bpm. I set the master tempo to 80 and I dont have to worry about it because no matter what, every sequence in the song will follow the master tempo now.

    As for your friends tracks lining up right.. All I can say is, if he recorded it following a tempo it should be easy as hell. Dont worry about the warp settings, just find out what tempo the song was recorded at, set the MPC to that and it SHOULD just line up bar for bar.
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  • Thanks, I understand how the master vs. sequence works. I think the problem is that some of the songs he recorded are not to a click. I went through the chops and used the auto-detect for tempo and they came up slightly different. So I tried using the tempos I got back in the sequences. It didn't work at first, but I played around and finally got it in sync. Not sure which thing I did worked though, unfortunately.
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  • Hey Brian,

    Thanks for posting!

    Syncing audio can be challenging with performances that aren't recorded to a click or are purposely going for a loose feel. The best way to set yourself up for success is to make tight chops that are lined up directly with the rising waveform of the first transient in a section. It's also worth noting that warping over longer samples is more likely to cause distortions or sync errors. The shorter your samples, the less data the warp algorithm needs to analyze, producing a more accurate result.

    Once you have your samples cut, load one into Sample Edit and select the Trim tab. If you are unsure what the original BPM was you can press the Detect button at the bottom of the display. The Live will automatically suggest the BPM that it reads from the sample. This should be the BPM that you use in your Sequence.

    There are many other techniques you can apply when warping. This video explains some helpful tricks for matching BPMs:

    5 ways of finding the Bpm of a loop - Mpc tutorial

    Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions.

    Thanks for your help, Monotremata!
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  • Thanks Monotremata! Super helpful to know these details about warping. This gives me an idea of where to go with it.
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