Creatively Using Warp Modes for Sound Design – Free Video Series

Sound design is one of the funniest things to do as a music producer. Being able to mangle a sound and bend it to your will is an awesome feeling. Hvw you ever wondered some of the techniques that Halfred used in his Free Effects Library or the Animatronix in his Sound Wizards FX samples, then read on. Warp Modes are my weapon of choosing to do this. When most people think of Warp Modes they either don’t know what it is, or just know how to set it to stretch their audio, but there is a lot more that you can use them for.

I put together a free video series on using Warp Modes creative and wanted to share this with y’all. I walk through the basics of each Warp Mode and then take it to the extreme. I use the distorting effects of Warping to my advantage in sound design. In this article you are going to find a download link to grab the Ableton Live Sets I use as examples in the video. The download is by donation. I’ve put a lot of effort into this series, so if you want to donate a few bucks it will help me in making more creative videos on techniques.

After you download the Live Pack, install it and watch the videos. You can follow along with the activity at your own pace by pausing the video and playing with the pack.

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Creative Warp Modes Video Series:

Overview of the Warp Modes

Warp Modes can be used for all sorts of creative sound design. This is the first video of a series that goes over how to creatively mangle your sounds.

Using Beats Mode Creatively

In this video we will be looking at using Beats Mode to creatively change our samples. You can create new beat patterns, get strange repetitive effects, and more.

Making Risers with Textures and Tones Warp Mode

In this part of the series, we will be looking at taking a simple crash hit and turning it into a multi-dimensional riser. We will do this using Resampling, Texture, and Tones Mode.

Creative Vocal Edits with Complex Pro Warp Mode

In this video we will be looking at making unique and interesting vocal edits using Complex and Complex Pro Mode. There are some hidden gems in this warp mode that are great for editing vocals.

Review of Warp Modes

This video reviews everything we have gone over in the Creative Warp Modes series.

After all of this if you are still hungry for ways to mangle your sounds, then check out my article on Glitch Effects. Adding some strange free glitch VST’s might be just what you need.  Enjoy the techniques and let me know if you have some to add to the mix.


By |2018-10-16T12:50:55-07:00November 17th, 2015|Ableton, Producers Blog, Sound Design Tech|5 Comments


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  2. Liz January 30, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Hey Isaac,
    I really enjoy and love your courses and want to pay for it but I don’t have a credit card. Do you have a paypal account?

  3. AfroDJMac February 5, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Isaac, this is really freaking fantastic! Great thoughts on “misusing” things for the sake of experimentation and sound design!

    • Subaqueous February 5, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Thanks AfroDjMac. Yeah… Once I figured this out it has opened a lot of new sound design possibilities. Thanks for commenting and digging the videos.

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