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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.
Since I own all four of the DAWs covered in this course I've been able to spend many hours over the years, finding their strengths and limitations with time stretching audio. When the time stretches just a few BPM different from the original BPM, I generally use the time stretching algorithms of the DAW that I am working in for that particular project. If I'm faced with an unusually large time stretch, I will time stretch the vocals in several different programs and then pull all of the different time stretches into the DAW that I'm working in so that I can audition each one side by side.
This strategy is very effective and can sometimes be the difference between creating a usable time stretch vocal and unusable one. I hope this gives you a better understanding of how I use these tools to achieve the best quality vocal time stretch possible. I can't stress enough that when it comes to doing a full vocal mix, your remix really is only as good as the quality of your time stretched vocals.
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