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Choosing the tempo for different styles or genres

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It's important to make sure that the BPM you choose for your remix falls within the accepted BPM range for the GENRE that you're remixing in. While this is by no means exhaustive. I've selected a list of what I feel are some of the most relevant electronic music genres of today and yesterday. First up we have Hip Hop/Rap and Trip-Hop, whose respective BPM Ranges fall between 60 and 110. Next up is Acid Jazz which generally falls between 80 and 126 beats per minute. Then we have Tribal House 120-232 beats per minute.

Choosing the tempo for different styles or genres

It's important to make sure that the BPM you choose for your remix falls within the accepted BPM range for the GENRE that you're remixing in. While this is by no means exhaustive. I've selected a list of what I feel are some of the most relevant electronic music genres of today and yesterday. First up we have Hip Hop/Rap and Trip-Hop, whose respective BPM Ranges fall between 60 and 110. Next up is Acid Jazz which generally falls between 80 and 126 beats per minute. Then we have Tribal House 120-232 beats per minute.

After that we have Euro/Disco House and mainstream house which falls between 120 and 134 beats per minute. Trends/Hard House and Techno are quite a bit faster with BPM Ranges around 130 to 155. And Breakbeat has a wide range of 103 beats per minute to 155 beats per minute. Dubstep has quickly become one of the more popular genres of electronic music and most Dubstep tracks fall at 140 beats per minute.

And finally, Jungle and Drum-n-bass whose BPMs are very fast and fall between 160 and 180 beats per minute. While I believe that the musical categorization can sometimes be overkill. Fans and DJs are picky about mixes within a particular style being legit. That is not to say that you shouldn't push the boundaries a bit but do keep in mind who your audience is.

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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

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  1. 5m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      46s
    3. Why did we record this course in four different digital audio workstations (DAWs)?
      45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      2m 24s
  2. 3m 4s
    1. What is time stretching/expanding?
      1m 4s
    2. Exploring different time-stretching scenarios in remixing
      2m 0s
  3. 31m 17s
    1. Understanding where to get a capella vocal tracks
      2m 30s
    2. Time stretching in Pro Tools
      6m 44s
    3. Time stretching in Logic Pro
      4m 51s
    4. Time stretching in Reason
      5m 17s
    5. Time stretching in Ableton Live
      5m 16s
    6. Understanding the roles of multiple DAWs in a time-stretching workflow
      1m 2s
    7. Dealing with wet vocal stems
      4m 2s
    8. Choosing the tempo for different styles or genres
      1m 35s
  4. 21m 6s
    1. Importing vocals and using the 10% time-stretch rule
      7m 42s
    2. Comparing several vocal time stretches at faster BPMs
      6m 20s
    3. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      7m 4s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Setting up your session for double timing a vocal
      7m 27s
    2. Double timing the music and then time stretching the vocals to a slower BPM
      8m 54s
    3. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      10m 22s
  6. 28m 53s
    1. Setting up your session to slow down a vocal track
      2m 34s
    2. Calculating the BPM and tempo of the original track
      4m 18s
    3. Time stretching the vocals to a slower BPM
      6m 46s
    4. Comping the time-stretched vocal and the original vocal
      6m 49s
    5. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      8m 26s
  7. 54m 12s
    1. Starting from a pre-existing Pro Tools multitrack session
      13m 34s
    2. Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track, part one
      9m 55s
    3. Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track, part two
      7m 37s
    4. Subdividing 6/8 time and changing the time signature to 4/4
      7m 5s
    5. Editing vocal phrasing to work with 4/4 time
      7m 0s
    6. Time stretching the vocals to a faster BPM
      9m 1s
  8. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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