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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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Removing profanities with instrumentals


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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

Video: Removing profanities with instrumentals

Now if you have a profanity in the song and you happen to have an instrumental of that same song, it's a much better way to replace that section with the profanity with a piece from the exact same location in the instrumental than it is to try and reverse it. The reason is because you can get a much cleaner and more musical-sounding result. In other words, you don't have to reverse the music as well as the profanity to make the profanity unintelligible. So we're going to use the exact same song that we used in the previous example, and the exact same part of the song will pretend to be our profanity, and the track that's on Edit 2 we'll pretend is our instrumental.
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. A word about the film and music used in this course
      25s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. Creating a template session for working to picture
      7m 29s
    2. Importing a picture file
      3m 17s
    3. What is time code?
      4m 17s
    4. Syncing picture to Pro Tools
      6m 58s
    5. Importing audio files
      3m 3s
  3. 48m 36s
    1. Using the Zoom and View commands
      9m 54s
    2. Utilizing the edit modes
      7m 59s
    3. Navigating with key commands
      7m 57s
    4. Creating and using sync points
      3m 20s
    5. Using the snap editing commands
      5m 16s
    6. Using memory locations
      8m 12s
    7. Customizing crossfades
      5m 58s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Auditioning music to picture
      10m 21s
    2. Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same "cue"
      6m 2s
    3. Editing to maintain or change the arc/build of the cue to fit the scene
      15m 11s
    4. Editing the start and end of the cue
      9m 55s
    5. Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit
      4m 5s
    6. First pass of a 30-second condensed edit
      11m 17s
    7. Improving the 30-second condensed edit
      14m 41s
  5. 26m 49s
    1. Exploring alternate edits of the same song
      8m 17s
    2. Editing different songs to the same scene
      18m 32s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Mixing the edit
      5m 26s
    2. Bouncing down the edit
      2m 47s
    3. Compressing the QuickTime files
      3m 12s
  7. 12m 19s
    1. Conforming the edit to picture if the scene has shifted
      5m 27s
    2. Conforming the edit if a shot's length changes within the scene
      6m 52s
  8. 10m 34s
    1. Removing profanities by reversing audio
      2m 8s
    2. Removing profanities with instrumentals
      2m 36s
    3. Keeping a song in sequence
      1m 19s
    4. Layering audio
      1m 36s
    5. Time stretching
      2m 55s
  9. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
3h 29m Intermediate Oct 27, 2011

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Let music editor and producer Skye Lewin show you a selection of audio editing techniques for cutting music to picture in this course on Pro Tools. He covers the basics of timecode, syncing a QuickTime movie with the Pro Tools timeline, alignment of music to picture, editing music, and editorial techniques that may require editing rights. The course also covers creating alternative edits, conforming edits, and exporting QuickTime movies for presentation.

Topics include:
  • Importing audio and video files
  • Creating and using sync points
  • Using snap editing commands
  • Customizing crossfades
  • Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same cue
  • Creating a 30-second condensed edit
  • Exploring alternate edits and alternate songs
  • Mixing and bouncing down the edit
  • Compressing QuickTime movies
  • Conforming an edit if the length of a shot changes or if a scene has shifted
Subjects:
Audio + Music Film Scoring Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
Skye Lewin

Removing profanities with instrumentals

Now if you have a profanity in the song and you happen to have an instrumental of that same song, it's a much better way to replace that section with the profanity with a piece from the exact same location in the instrumental than it is to try and reverse it. The reason is because you can get a much cleaner and more musical-sounding result. In other words, you don't have to reverse the music as well as the profanity to make the profanity unintelligible. So we're going to use the exact same song that we used in the previous example, and the exact same part of the song will pretend to be our profanity, and the track that's on Edit 2 we'll pretend is our instrumental.

So let's listen to and find our profanity again. (clip playing) Okay there it is, so we're pretending that this musical phrase is our profanity. What we could do to replace it with the piece from the instrumental track is first make sure that both the original song with the vocal and the instrumental of the song are perfectly phase aligned. Zoom in really, really close so that you can see the sample level. And here you can see that these are aligned, and the way that I can tell they're aligned is because this peak lines are perfectly with this peak.

A second way, and a more important way, that you can tell that are aligned is by listening to them. If you hear phasing, you know that they're not going to be aligned. And let me give you a quick example of what phasing would sound like. So if we would have shift this track just to hair later so that it's visibly out of sync, and be even little more, and if we were to play the two together-- (clip playing) --there is a strange, out-of-phase sound between the two tracks. If we shift them back into place--I'm going to press Undo twice--and we listen (music playing) again, now it just sounds louder.

We want to make sure that our selection is perfectly in phase before we do this technique. Let's zoom back out. Find our profanity again. (clip playing) Okay, so right here is our pretend profanity, so what we would do is literally make the selection that we want to replace on our vocal track. Using the semicolon key we can move down to our instrumental track, copy the piece we want to replace, use the P key to move back up, and paste it. Just like any other edit, we can clean it up, put our crossfades on it.

Let's listen to that. Obviously, it's a fake scenario, but you'll get the idea. (clip playing) And we've now removed the profanity.

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