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Advanced vocal editing techniques

From: Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

Video: Advanced vocal editing techniques

Let's take a few minutes to dive a bit deeper into Vocal Editing. I will expand the screen using the Ctrl+Option+Arrow keys. And I will hone in on this vocal sample that I grabbed, which was basically the title of the song. Let's just take a listen to it. (Music playing) I'm going to turn the Delay off that I added for the purposes of showing you how to do some advanced vocal editing tricks.

Advanced vocal editing techniques

Let's take a few minutes to dive a bit deeper into Vocal Editing. I will expand the screen using the Ctrl+Option+Arrow keys. And I will hone in on this vocal sample that I grabbed, which was basically the title of the song. Let's just take a listen to it. (Music playing) I'm going to turn the Delay off that I added for the purposes of showing you how to do some advanced vocal editing tricks.

There's certainly a plug-ins you can experiment with, like Ring Modulators, I will pull one of those up just as an example. So Ringshifter, and we will solo out the vocal. (Music playing) Let's pull down a Preset Menu and we can experiment with a couple of different presets. We will go to Warped, Crazy LFO. (Music playing) And let's try Moving Pad. (Music playing) So as you can see, these are some pretty crazy-sounding effects, but I'm going to take off the Ringshifter and show you some vocal editing techniques, because that's not really vocal editing.

That's actually just apply a plug-in. Let's take this Scissors Tool, and we will expand the screen a little bit, and let's cut the vocal. We will very finally cut it up. I am making my cuts to coincide with the beats of the measure. So now that I've made all the cuts, we can actually experiment with muting out different parts of the audio region.

I'm just clicking and pressing M on the different edit points of the audio region to mute them out. (Music playing) That's almost a tremolo effect sort of a fade in/fadeout type of effect. It's pretty cool. Let's listen to it against the drums. (Music playing) Okay, we can even take this idea a little bit further. So let me take one part of the phrase here.

(Music playing) And I'm going to just delete out the rest of this. I can always undo by Command+Z, remember this is nondestructive editing. And I will take these two edited regions and I'm going to just arbitrarily place them along the grid and just see what it sounds like. (Music playing) That's pretty cool. That's almost a dotted 8th note syncopated, da, da, da, da feel. So let's take a listen to that again.

(Music playing) I think that's pretty cool. Now let's add some Delay to it. There is already some Delay on it, on Bus 2 actually. But let's add the Tape Delay and let's actually change the duration of the Tape Delay to match. So in here this Groove slider, this is basically the duration of the notes straight.

If you slide this over to 75%, it actually treats it as if it's a dot. For example, a dotted eighth note, a dotted quarter note, a dotted half note. So let's try a dotted eighth note, because that's really the rhythm that, that vocal sample is playing. (Music playing) And let's bring the Bus up. (Music playing) Let's really bring it up, so we can hear it. Oh, the Automation data is still on, so this is a good thing.

I'm going to actually turn the Automation Off. What was happening was this automation data was pulling it back down. So it is a good housekeeping rule. Always check Automation data. If something is not performing the way that you are intending it to perform, it's possible that maybe there's some Automation data left on the track from an edit that you did, several steps ago that you forgot about. So I've turned the Automation Off. We have the Read, Touch, Latch, Write selector here, I am turning it to Off, so now, when I bring this up, we will definitely hear the Delay this time.

(Music playing) It's actually a little too much Delay, so I will bring the Send, which is the Bus, down a little bit. (Music playing) So this gives you an idea of how you can use the editing tools within Logic to create some exciting and tension building vocal effects.

I highly recommend taking the time to do this. This is the type of edit where I might want to use it 4 and a half minutes into the track when everything is broken down and I am building a backup to slam into the hype, the apex of the song before breaking it down. This can be a very tedious process, but very rewarding, once you've gotten on the other side of the actual editing because you will come up with very new and exciting and creative vocal tricks, and this really will help your productions come up a level.

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Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

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  1. 16m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
      4m 45s
    3. Optimizing Logic's performance and monitoring system usage
      4m 29s
    4. Working with software synths
      3m 15s
    5. Using the exercise files
      58s
    6. Relinking audio files
      1m 39s
  2. 22m 51s
    1. Setting up your session
      2m 34s
    2. Determining and verifying source BPM
      1m 30s
    3. Lining up vocals over a kick drum
      5m 36s
    4. Choosing destination BPM and time-stretching in Flex mode
      4m 30s
    5. Exporting time-stretched vocals and importing into a session
      4m 23s
    6. Thinking about your direction
      4m 18s
  3. 22m 50s
    1. Using Apple Loops
      6m 8s
    2. Auditioning drum loops
      5m 46s
    3. Layering drum loops
      4m 45s
    4. Drum loops and drum programming
      6m 11s
  4. 19m 56s
    1. Chord changes and harmonic structure
      4m 18s
    2. Getting bass sounds and programming bass lines
      8m 50s
    3. Layering bass sounds and side chaining
      6m 48s
  5. 34m 20s
    1. Choosing foundational synth parts and sounds
      11m 46s
    2. Layering synth parts
      10m 21s
    3. Lead line hooks
      5m 37s
    4. Synth candy
      6m 36s
  6. 12m 19s
    1. The importance of arranging
      2m 26s
    2. Arranging your track
      9m 53s
  7. 23m 3s
    1. Creating vocal samples and transitional sounds
      11m 57s
    2. Advanced vocal editing techniques
      5m 44s
    3. Filling holes in the arrangement
      5m 22s
  8. 47m 30s
    1. Mixing philosophies
      6m 30s
    2. Mixing drums and bass
      5m 40s
    3. Mixing synths and transitional sounds
      12m 14s
    4. Mixing vocals
      10m 36s
    5. Final touches, referencing, and mastering your final mix
      5m 17s
    6. Listening to the final mix
      7m 13s
  9. 47s
    1. Final thoughts
      47s

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