Explore how to use Warp view to add, correct, and delete Warp markers. Learn about the three basic types of manual warping and how to remove clip warping.
- The elastic audio feature in Pro Tools makes it easy to conform clips to the session tempo, but often times you'll need to manually warp clips to get the results you're after. Let's take a look at some examples. Here I've arranged some clips on the Funky Chords track. I've got a two bar chord pattern here, but I'd like to try it across the four bar range in the session. Let's take a listen. (synth guitar music) So this is definitely a job for elastic audio, but I'll need to manually warp the clip to get what I'm looking for.
To get started, I'll assign an elastic audio processor to the track using the elastic audio plugin selector here at the head of the track in the edit window. By the way, these processors are available only in the edit window. They cannot be applied from the mix window. All right. So I'm going to choose monophonic for this track. And when you first assign an elastic audio processor to a track, you may notice the clips go offline for a short time while Pro Tools analyzes them and adds event markers.
As I mentioned previously, I can display the event markers in analysis view. Analysis view is one of two views that are unique to elastic audio enabled tracks. In this view, the event markers appear as vertical black lines on top of the waveform. Let's zoom in a bit. Now the other view that we want to look at is warp view. In this view, I can still see the event markers, but they now appear as light gray lines rather than solid black lines.
In warp view, event markers serve as handles, or control points, for stretching and warping the audio. So I'll activate the grabber tool and when I mouse over an event marker we can see a special icon that allows me to time stretch the audio. By clicking and dragging on an event marker, I can perform a telescoping warp, stretching and compressing the clip relative to it's start point. So I'll stretch this across my four bar range, so I need to zoom out here to see the range.
And now I'll warp. So we want the clip to last for this duration. And now we can audition that in context. (upbeat music) Okay, so that's what I was looking for. Now, a bit further down this track I have another clip that also needs stretching to match the timing in my session in this section.
Okay, I'm going to use zoom-toggle here to zoom in a bit. So that uses command keyboard focus mode in Pro Tools, which goes a bit beyond this course, but for now you can use the control key on Mac or the start key on Windows while pressing E to access this function. So here, the chord at bar eight is in time, so I want to stretch the clip without changing where that chord occurs. In this case, I'll use an accordion warp.
Using the grabber tool, somehow my grabber tool got switched to a different mode, so I'll toggle back to the standard grabber. And I'm just pressing function key F8 to do that. And now I'll anchor the chord at bar eight by control clicking on this event marker. That converts the event marker to a warp marker. On Windows, you can start click instead. Warp markers affix a point in the audio to a specific time line location. So with that point pinned down, I can now click and drag on an event marker to warp the audio on either side.
So I'm just going to align the second chord here to the eighth note grid. And let's take a listen. (upbeat music) Very good. I'm going to deactivate zoom-toggle, again, using the E key. Now, as a third example, I have a clip further down the track that I've already matched to the session tempo, but this one has a timing issue at the start of the second phrase. Let's listen to that area. (upbeat music) So the problem is right at bar 13.
(upbeat music) So that chord comes in late. In this case, everything before the chord is in time, as is everything after the chord. So I just need to warp a portion of the audio to fix the problem. For this, I'll use a range warp. First, I'm going to zoom in again using zoom-toggle. I'll use the existing event markers to anchor the locations before and after the chord that I need to change.
In a case like this, rather than adding warp markers individually, I can hold the shift modifier and click the middle event here with the grabber tool to create three consecutive warp markers. And when I click, I get a warp marker here, at the location I clicked, and also over here. And now I'll drag this middle one back to bar 13. And we can hear that. (upbeat music) Sounds good.
So let me just mention a couple more things before we wrap up. In addition to adding warp markers by control clicking, you can also delete warp markers by option clicking on them, like so. On Windows, alt clicking will do the same thing. You can also delete warp markers from an entire selected clip by right clicking and choosing remove warp. That will reset the clip back to it's original unwarped state. So those are some options for manually warping your clips.
Click and drag on an event marker to perform a telescoping warp. Anchor the middle of a clip before dragging to perform an accordion warp. And anchor locations on either side of an event marker to perform a range warp. Just remember that you'll need to work in warp view to access any of these functions. And don't be afraid to experiment. You can always delete warp markers or remove warping entirely if you're not happy with the results.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media