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Start making music with the powerful, intuitive controls in Studio One and these lessons from producer and remixer Josh Harris. Josh begins with a tour of Studio One's Start Page, the creative hub of the program, where you set up your artist profile and audio devices. He then shows you how to set up and start recording a new song, including punching in and using track layers. The course then moves into editing audio and MIDI, where Josh explains the most important of the editing functions: comping, trimming and time stretching audio, quantizing MIDI, and editing MIDI velocities. He also covers mixing with effects and chains, showing how to speed up the process with presets and automation, and explores Studio One's unique feature set used to master your recordings. The course wraps with tips to connect with your audience and share your music with the world, including publishing to SoundCloud, promoting songs on the Nimbit Store, and using PreSonus Exchange.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the term comping, comping refers to taking bits and pieces of multiple takes and creating what is called a composite take. What we're looking here are the three guitar takes underneath Guitar 2. All I need to do to activate the different takes to audition them is select my Range tool, which I've done, and use it to double-click on each take. And you'll notice, as I do that, up here in Guitar 2, I can see which take is available for me to listen to.
And down here in the take list, that corresponding take is highlighted. Let's solo out Guitar 2 and take a listen to all three takes. I'll start with Take 1. (MUSIC) We'll listen to Take 2. (MUSIC) And then, we'll listen to what's called Layer 1.
(MUSIC) Now, if I want to create a composite take using bits and pieces from each one of these, I'll expand my Screen View, and I will take Studio One out of Snap mode, up here at the top. Studio One has been in Snap mode, which snaps to the grid. I'll unclick it. And now, you'll notice as I move my Range tool, it moves with more of a free form. It's not snapping to the grid anymore. I'll Zoom In even further.
And all I need to do is use my Range tool to select the different areas within each take. And then, Studio One will create a composite take for me. So, for example, if I wanted to use the first part of take one, I simply highlight. As you can see, the area that I highlighted in take one is now part of the region in the Guitar 2 track. Let's say that I want to take the next section from Take 2. I can simply take the Range tool here, and highlight this area, and I'm building my composite take.
And come back over here and select this range. And select this range over here. And as you can see, you can work your way through your multiple takes to create your composite take. Now, I'm not sure what this is going to sound like, I'm just showing you the process. Let's take a listen. (MUSIC) So, if I was done at this point and I was happy with the composite take, all I have to do is right-click over here, Expand Layers is checked, highlight it, and it closes the takes. I can come back at any time and redo my comp. Simply right-click, and then choose Expand Layers and my takes are available to me.
If I want to name my takes, I can either double-click, and name them something different than Studio Ones default naming. Or I can also right-click, and click Rename Layer. But for now, I'll close Expand Layers, and leave this composite take alone. Most likely, for my final mix, I will go through and choose some different takes. One of the keys to creating a good composite take is to pick and choose your bits and pieces from your takes in a manner that creates one seamless performance.
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