Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Putting the time-stretched vocal in context

From: Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

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.

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.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

32 video lessons · 5979 viewers

Josh Harris
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  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

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.