I use ableton live 10 and I like to record things without metronome, then automate the master tempo accordingly.

This works really good with audio tracks (eg. a guitar or vocals) provided I de-activate the warp button on the audio clip.

Now I'd like to do the same with MIDI (record without metronome then adjust tempo). I found 3 solutions so far :

  • freezing the track to audio, which is not what I want
  • setting tempo automation before recording and recording with a metronome, which does not allow me to record freely
  • the best solution so far : use midi "warp" markers or quantization to have the midi straight on tempo THEN reautomate the tempo (based on a duplicate track frozen to audio, to have the right changes). This is hard work and really not precise...

Does anybody knows a trick, a workaround for this specific situation ?

Maybe Ableton live 11 has enabled proper MIDI warping ? I would have seen it in my google researches I guess...


  • What are you trying to achieve, and what isn’t working? It is not clear from your post
    – Doktor Mayhem
    Aug 4, 2021 at 20:44
  • I try to find a way to record midi freely, then to adjust the tempo automation so that the beats fall right
    – gui3
    Aug 21, 2021 at 14:09
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    I've tried to do this in version 9, and couldn't find any sensible way to make the timeline match freely recorded MIDI. In the end, I just completely disregarded Ableton's bars/beats grid and manually played a tambourine track to serve as a metronome for further overdubs. If you'd like to use MIDI quantizing for some parts, sorry, can't do. If you want to play without the computerized MIDI handicap crutches, you'll actually have to be able to play. ;) Aug 27, 2021 at 22:26


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