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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.
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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