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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.
If you are a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library, or if you're watching this tutorial on a DVD-ROM, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. Let me show you what is provided within the exercise files folder. On our desktop, we have our exercise files folder, and as I open it up, you'll see that I have organized all of the audio files by artist and song starting with Iyeoka - Breakdown Mode, we have the original MP3 and AIFF file, LEAD VOCAL and split, stereo, left/rights of all the other vocal parts.
The next folder is Iyeoka - Simply Falling, and in this folder, we simply have the Dry_Acappella_112 beats per minute. The next folder is Jodi Nardone - Waiting in the road, and I've titled it Waiting in the Road Remix because as you'll see, when you watch the movie, we're actually extracting these parts from the original Pro Tools multitrack session. Here we have the click track and Jody's lead vocal. Next is Natalie Brown - Around the World, and in this folder, we have Natalie's original version and MP3 version of it, along with LEAD and background vocals, both Wet and Dry.
Next is another song by Natalie Brown called I Knew You Were the One, and we also have an MP3 along with a set of Dry and Wet Vocals, Leads, and Backgrounds. I'd like to take a moment and point out that although I'll be working within multiple DAWs throughout this course, that shouldn't discourage you from taking the audio files in the exercise files folder and following along in your DAW of choice. In other words, if I'm performing a time stretch in Logic, there is no reason why you can't import the same set of vocals into Pro Tools or Ableton or Reason, whichever DAW you're using, and follow my process but just do it in your specific DAW.
If you're fairly new to remixing, you might want to spend a few minutes watching the chapter where I use your DAW in my demonstration. This will orient you to some of those tools and carry you through the rest of the course. If you are a monthly member or annual number of lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Let's get started.
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