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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.
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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