Warping modern electronic music in Ableton Live is usually pretty easy because it’s all made on computers, so the tempo stays steady the entire time. But what about when a producer decides to get tricky, and starts the song off with some kind of non-tempo element?

This is where Live’s “Set 1.1.1 Here” feature comes in really handy. What it does is allows you to tell Live where you want the first bar and beat of the song to be located. You don’t have to go by what the actual start time is, you can make your own!

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Figure out where you want the actual beginning of the track to be. In the example below, you can see there is a bit of a fade-in happening before the actual beat starts. The beat of the song really starts at Bar 2.

song beginning fade

The song’s beginning fade.

2. Right-click on the transient that you want to set as the start point (or you can zoom way up and Right-click anywhere, even where there isn’t a transient.

starting transient point

This is where you want the first bar to be.

3. Select “Set 1.1.1 Here.”

set 1.1.1 here

Right-click and select “Set 1.1.1 Here”.

4. The markers will now begin at that point, and the bar will say “1.”

new start point

The new bar 1.


Things to note:

1. Zoom in super-close if you want to make sure you’re exactly on the transient. Live’s transient detection is usually a little off.

2. You can set 1.1.1 anywhere in the song. For example, If you’re working on a loop that’s at bar 32, and you want that to be the first bar (for editing purposes), then set it.