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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 our vocal in a little bit of context. We've got a kick drum from the EXS 909 kit. I'll quickly add a hat and a snare just to give us a little bit more on the drums. I'll use my Track Duplicate Feature. (audio playing) And I'll add the hi-hat next. (music playing) Quickly quantize that. I only need two bars.
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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 our vocal in a little bit of context. We've got a kick drum from the EXS 909 kit. I'll quickly add a hat and a snare just to give us a little bit more on the drums. I'll use my Track Duplicate Feature. (audio playing) And I'll add the hi-hat next. (music playing) Quickly quantize that. I only need two bars.

(audio playing) We'll loop this. Use our Track Duplicate Feature (audio playing) And add a snare drum. (music playing) Quantize to Quarter Notes and Loop. (music playing) Excellent. Now let's take a listen to the original so I can get a handle on what the chord changes are.

I'll create a software instrument track right below the original, double-click on the EXS, and I'll choose Piano from the EXS24. (music playing) That was working. So let's Solo out the original, and I will plunk around the piano till I get a handle on what the chord changes are, and then I'll drop in a Reference or what I call a mock bass line.

(music playing) So the chord changes to me sound like they are floating between B-flat miner, G-flat major moving down to an F Major chord and then the chorus sort of reverses that pattern a little bit. So that gives me enough of a reference point.

So I can mute the original, I'll move my Piano sound down here to the bottom. But I'll actually change it to a bass now, double-click on the EXS and choose Bass. I'll just is put a Fretless Bass up just for now, and I've already set a loop point from the first verse to all the end of the first chorus, so we'll use that. (music playing) That's essentially what the chord changes at the original are, and I'll use those chord changes for now, because again remember, the point of putting this in context is to listen to our time-stretched vocal in a little bit more of a remix setting.

I know I'll go through and do some more editing on the vocal. But it's more exciting to edit to at least a mock bass line and a drumbeat rather than just a kick drum or a click track. So let's put the bass in, I'll play this from the first verse to the first chorus. (music playing) I made a little bit of a mistake there at the end but let's quantize that, and I'll quickly fix my mistake.

(music playing) Let's go back to where the chorus starts. (music playing) Right there at merry-go- round. I'll delete that. Let's loop the chorus and get a better handle on what the chord should be. (music playing) Okay that should work.

Let's expand our loop region here and record in the chorus bass. (music playing) Okay, let's quantize that.

I threw an extra note in the first eight bars of the chorus, and it's not really bothering me. Again, this is just a mock bass line to give me some sort of inspiration as I edit these vocals. Let's take a listen from the first verse. (music playing) I decided that that extra note I threw in is bothering me a little bit, so I am going to just take the last 8 bars of my bass line from my chorus, because the first eight had that extra note in there, that I'm not that crazy about now that I listen back. So I made my edit point.

Let's delete this, Option+Drag over the back eight bars and our chorus should sound a little bit better now. We'll play it right from the chorus. (music playing) So that gives us a little bit of a reference.

I can still hear my edit point on the word control, but I'll fix that as I get deeper into the editing process. But this gives you a little bit of an overview of how I go about negotiating a situation like this where I am editing between the original vocals and the time-stretched vocals, and then I am putting things in context which will then help me further edit the original vocals and the lead vocals in those specific spots.

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