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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
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Setting up your session to slow down a vocal track


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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

with Josh Harris

Video: Setting up your session to slow down a vocal track

During this chapter I'll be using Logic Pro on the Mac platform for the demonstration. The menu choices and keyboard shortcuts I'll be using are for that DAW and platform only. If you are using a different DAW or are on a different platform, obviously, you will be using different keyboard shortcuts and menus, but the remixing concepts will be the same. If you need a refresher on your DAW of choice, please seek out the Essential Training title for that DAW on the online training library here at lynda.com. Additionally, you can reference the chapter in this course where I do use your DAW for the demonstration, and I'll show you the basic remixing tools and techniques for that DAW and then return to this movie and go through this chapter's concepts with the techniques appropriate to your situation in mind.
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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

Setting up your session to slow down a vocal track

During this chapter I'll be using Logic Pro on the Mac platform for the demonstration. The menu choices and keyboard shortcuts I'll be using are for that DAW and platform only. If you are using a different DAW or are on a different platform, obviously, you will be using different keyboard shortcuts and menus, but the remixing concepts will be the same. If you need a refresher on your DAW of choice, please seek out the Essential Training title for that DAW on the online training library here at lynda.com. Additionally, you can reference the chapter in this course where I do use your DAW for the demonstration, and I'll show you the basic remixing tools and techniques for that DAW and then return to this movie and go through this chapter's concepts with the techniques appropriate to your situation in mind.

As you can see, I've opened up blank session in Logic. I'm going to create a few extra audio tracks in addition to the one audio track that I chose when I opened up my session. And I'll just duplicate here with the Track Duplicate button. Next, I will create my own metronome on the EXS24. Now Logic has a built-in metronome, and we're able to turn it off and on over here in the Transport window. (audio playing) This metronome is a little quiet for me.

So I'm going to program the kick drum on EXS24 that falls on every quarter note. I turn off Logic's metronome, I will reset this channel strip, and choose EXS24 from the software instruments pulldown menu. I'll select a drum kit, and I we'll just use a 909. (music playing) There is our 909. Actually, I will turn Logic's metronome back on so that I have something to play to.

(music playing) Turn Logic's metronome off, quantize my kick drums to quarter notes, select my loop region. (music playing) Excellent. And I'll move this over to measure 1, hit L, and now I have my kick drum pattern looped infinitely. I prefer to spend a few minutes setting up the session before I actually import the vocals.

I believe that the workflow is much better when the session is set up and tailored to the task or tasks at hand.

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