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In this course, author Josh Harris demonstrates constructing a remix using only a pre-existing vocal track as a starting point. The course shows how to time-stretch vocals, offers suggestions for establishing a musical direction, and explains how to audition and layer Apple loops. The course also covers programming beats using synths, generating vocal samples, arranging the remix, and creating master-quality final mixes.
Now that we've pulled in our drum loops and we have a sense of what the backbeat of the track is going to be, it's time to get into the musical changes. This is the point of the remixing process where I will mute out everything except for the original song. And I will also create a piano track so that I am able to play with the original version and get a handle on what the chord changes are. So I will create a software instrument and I will choose a Steinway Studio Piano.
Hit B to close the Audio Bin and let's take a listen to the original and here's my piano sound. (Music playing) Okay, and we're going to listen to the original and I'm not going to worry about the chords just yet, I'm going to worry about single notes, I like to listen for the baseline of the original and get a handle on what that baseline is doing before I get into programming my own baseline for remix. So here's the original. (Music playing) So as I'm listening to the chord changes of the original, I hear that the baseline is basically playing B to G to E. And I'll expand upon that and actually play full chords with it to make sure that I actually have the right chords.
Chords are essentially two or more notes being played simultaneously, so these are just octaves. B and a B but I'm actually going to expand it and play full chords where play a B minor chord, and you can see down in the Transport Window that as I play those notes right above the No Out in the lower right corner of the Transport next to the CPU Meter there is a B m. The lowercase m next to the letter B stands for minor.
So let's roll back and listen to the chords again. (Music playing) Second chord is G major, third chord is E minor, fourth chord is F# major. Now I've listened to the original enough to know that basically the same four chords are used for the entire song.
So I actually don't need to scan up further into the song to check to see if there are some chord changes that I might want to be aware of prior to programming the baseline and the keyboards, but I do encourage you to listen all the way through the song and make sure that you're not missing any chord changes. This is a very important part of the process. I have heard many, many, many people actually put the music in a different key than the original song, and you're not doing yourself or the artist any favors by creating a musical track that's in the wrong key.
So prior to programming the baseline it's essential that you spend a few minutes and get a handle on what the chord structure is of the original and then you can start with the original chords as a base set of cord changes to put underneath a vocal. I actually very rarely use the original cord changes in a remix. I will search for different harmonic solutions that will work underneath the vocal that very rarely are the exact same changes as the original. But for this song they feel good, they feel like the right chord changes to my ears, and so I'm going to go ahead and go with those cord changes as the chord changes for the remix.
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