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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
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Putting the time-stretched vocal in context


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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

with Josh Harris

Video: Putting the time-stretched vocal in context

Let's spend a few minutes putting these vocals in a bit more context. I'll create a Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, and I'll select under Drums > Electronic Drums > Electro House, and let's take a listen to what this sounds like. (music playing) We have our kick drum. (music playing) Just a basic kick snare hat. (music playing) I'll go with Slot 2. So that'll be our beat.
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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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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
2h 51m Intermediate Jun 28, 2012

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In this course, author Josh Harris demonstrates time-stretching techniques in four of the major digital audio workstations: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reason, and Ableton Live. Josh covers the basic time-stretching treatments, where minimal tempo adjustment is needed, and then moves into more difficult territory—remixing at a much slower or faster tempo than what the original tracks were recorded at—where time stretching is pushed to the extreme. Another technique shows how to create a composite vocal from multiple time-stretched tracks. Each lesson employs real-world musical examples to clearly show where each time-stretching technique is useful and how the results of time stretching affect the sound of a song.

Topics include:
  • What is time stretching or expanding?
  • Understanding how time stretching fits into the remixing process
  • Working in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, or Reason
  • Calculating the tempo of the original track
  • Dealing with wet vocal stems
  • Importing vocals with the 10% time-stretch rule
  • Comparing time-stretched vocals at faster tempos
  • Putting a time-stretched vocal in context
  • Setting up a session for double-timing a vocal
  • Creating a 4/4 remix from a song originally in 3/4 or 6/8
  • Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track
Subjects:
Audio + Music Music Production Music Editing Remixing
Software:
Ableton Live Logic Pro Pro Tools Reason
Author:
Josh Harris

Putting the time-stretched vocal in context

Let's spend a few minutes putting these vocals in a bit more context. I'll create a Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player, and I'll select under Drums > Electronic Drums > Electro House, and let's take a listen to what this sounds like. (music playing) We have our kick drum. (music playing) Just a basic kick snare hat. (music playing) I'll go with Slot 2. So that'll be our beat.

We can mute out Redrum. Let's also pull up a piano, and I don't have to go up here to create. I can also quickly right-click and create, and I'll just do a basic NN-XT Sampler, I'll select Piano, we've got a bright piano sound. (music playing) There we go. I'll choose a basic NN19 Sampler for my piano sound. I'll take a look at to SubTractor's patch library, go to Bass, and I happen to know this sound and like this sound, Backlash Bass.

(music playing) It's coming a little bit hot, turn this down. (music playing) Excellent. So let's select the NN19 and go back to our QuickTime Player and take a listen to the song, and get a handle on what some of the chord changes are. (music playing) I'll move up into where the song kicks in. (music playing) Okay, that gives me a little bit of an overview of what the chord changes are, and obviously, I'm not looking to do an R&B remix per se.

But for now, I can use some of the same bass notes that are found in the chords in the original version. Let's move our song pointer all the way up to where the first chorus starts, and I'll move myself over to the SubTractor Synth. (music playing) Let's turn off the click track. We'll take a listen to the first chorus. (music playing) I'll turn the vocals down just a little bit just. They still feel a little bit loud.

Since I already know what the chord changes are in the original, and I know what the bass notes are I'll play in a bass pattern that mirrors those chord changes. Ultimately, I will choose a different bass pattern. But again, we're looking to just put the vocals in some sort of context at this stage to go through the song and then see if we need to do any further editing. (music playing) Excellent. I'll double-click on my bass notes here in my MIDI region.

I'll right-click up here and select Quantize Notes. Let's scroll back and see if they do sound beat now. (music playing) Sounds like they're a little tighter to me than the way I play them.

Arrow back, I'll put some basic piano chords in over my bass line. Again, these are just placeholders. This is not going to be a final part. (music playing) I'll give myself a couple of bars pre-roll. (music playing) I made a mistake there. Let's zoom in and fix that.

I can just erase that right there. (music playing) Excellent. So I opted to go with more or less the same chord changes as the original.

But again, these are just placeholders. I'll double-click on my MIDI notes here, Quantize, and you can see the slight shift in the notes that the quantization did work. We'll back it up and take a listen. (music playing) Excellent. So now we have our vocal sitting in a bit more context.

And what I would do from here is simply copy and paste these MIDI regions throughout the song and give myself a sketch arrangement of sorts to listen to the vocals, go through, see if there's any tightening up, moving of phrases, anything with the feel of the vocals that I'd like to change now that we have the vocals on a four-on-the-floor remix context.

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