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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

with Josh Harris

Video: Welcome

Hi, I'm Josh Harris, and welcome to Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching. Remixing is an art form that focuses on reimagining an artist's or band's song in a completely new musical or rhythmic setting. In this course, we'll look at four different time stretching scenarios that remixers often face, and we'll do it using four different digital audio workstations: Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, and Pro Tools. I'll start by showing you how to do basic time stretching of a vocal by using the powerful built-in time stretching algorithms found within each DAW.
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  1. 5m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      46s
    3. Why did we record this course in four different digital audio workstations (DAWs)?
      45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      2m 24s
  2. 3m 4s
    1. What is time stretching/expanding?
      1m 4s
    2. Exploring different time-stretching scenarios in remixing
      2m 0s
  3. 31m 17s
    1. Understanding where to get a capella vocal tracks
      2m 30s
    2. Time stretching in Pro Tools
      6m 44s
    3. Time stretching in Logic Pro
      4m 51s
    4. Time stretching in Reason
      5m 17s
    5. Time stretching in Ableton Live
      5m 16s
    6. Understanding the roles of multiple DAWs in a time-stretching workflow
      1m 2s
    7. Dealing with wet vocal stems
      4m 2s
    8. Choosing the tempo for different styles or genres
      1m 35s
  4. 21m 6s
    1. Importing vocals and using the 10% time-stretch rule
      7m 42s
    2. Comparing several vocal time stretches at faster BPMs
      6m 20s
    3. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      7m 4s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Setting up your session for double timing a vocal
      7m 27s
    2. Double timing the music and then time stretching the vocals to a slower BPM
      8m 54s
    3. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      10m 22s
  6. 28m 53s
    1. Setting up your session to slow down a vocal track
      2m 34s
    2. Calculating the BPM and tempo of the original track
      4m 18s
    3. Time stretching the vocals to a slower BPM
      6m 46s
    4. Comping the time-stretched vocal and the original vocal
      6m 49s
    5. Putting the time-stretched vocal in context
      8m 26s
  7. 54m 12s
    1. Starting from a pre-existing Pro Tools multitrack session
      13m 34s
    2. Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track, part one
      9m 55s
    3. Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track, part two
      7m 37s
    4. Subdividing 6/8 time and changing the time signature to 4/4
      7m 5s
    5. Editing vocal phrasing to work with 4/4 time
      7m 0s
    6. Time stretching the vocals to a faster BPM
      9m 1s
  8. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
2h 51m Intermediate Jun 28, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is time stretching or expanding?
  • Understanding how time stretching fits into the remixing process
  • Working in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, or Reason
  • Calculating the tempo of the original track
  • Dealing with wet vocal stems
  • Importing vocals with the 10% time-stretch rule
  • Comparing time-stretched vocals at faster tempos
  • Putting a time-stretched vocal in context
  • Setting up a session for double-timing a vocal
  • Creating a 4/4 remix from a song originally in 3/4 or 6/8
  • Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track
Subjects:
Audio + Music Music Production Music Editing Remixing
Software:
Ableton Live Logic Pro Pro Tools Reason
Author:
Josh Harris

Welcome

Hi, I'm Josh Harris, and welcome to Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching. Remixing is an art form that focuses on reimagining an artist's or band's song in a completely new musical or rhythmic setting. In this course, we'll look at four different time stretching scenarios that remixers often face, and we'll do it using four different digital audio workstations: Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, and Pro Tools. I'll start by showing you how to do basic time stretching of a vocal by using the powerful built-in time stretching algorithms found within each DAW.

Then I'll show you how to identify the tempo of the original version of the song using both tap tempo techniques and built-in BPM counters. You'll see how to create composite time stretch vocals by editing the original vocal and time stretch vocal together. Then we'll explore how to take a down tempo ballot and transform it into a double time remix. (music playing) I'll leave and show you how to take a song that began its life with a 6/8 feel and alter the rhythm, phrasing, and timing of the vocal to create a 4/4 dance remix.

If you're someone who has felt intimidated by some of the time stretching scenarios that remixers face on a regular basis, I think this course will inspire you to think about those challenges in new ways. We'll be covering all of this in four different DAWs with lots of professional tips and real-world solutions to common remixing challenges revealed along the way. If you're ready, let's dive deep into Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching.

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