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Comping your takes

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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.

Comping your takes

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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Up and Running with Studio One

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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      30s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 12m 56s
    1. Navigating the Start page
      1m 32s
    2. Setting up your artist profile
      2m 11s
    3. Configuring your audio devices
      2m 51s
    4. Working with external devices
      2m 18s
    5. Exploring other options
      4m 4s
  3. 19m 53s
    1. Creating a new song
      2m 46s
    2. Navigating the Browser
      2m 1s
    3. Navigating the Transport
      1m 44s
    4. Dragging and dropping instruments, loops, and effects
      2m 59s
    5. Configuring and recording an instrument track
      1m 23s
    6. Configuring and recording an audio track
      2m 39s
    7. Punching in
      1m 56s
    8. Recording to track layers
      2m 35s
    9. Navigating the Inspector
      1m 50s
  4. 31m 40s
    1. Quantizing MIDI
      3m 21s
    2. Editing MIDI
      2m 21s
    3. Consolidating MIDI regions
      2m 7s
    4. Converting MIDI to audio with Track Transform
      2m 50s
    5. Taking advantage of the Studio One editing tools
      3m 55s
    6. Arranging bundled content
      3m 53s
    7. Comping your takes
      3m 25s
    8. Trimming audio, creating fades, and changing region gain
      3m 42s
    9. Tuning audio with Melodyne
      4m 34s
    10. Creating Folder Tracks
      1m 32s
  5. 19m 18s
    1. Navigating the Mixer
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up and routing FX and buses
      4m 23s
    3. Working with FX chains and presets
      3m 8s
    4. Recording and writing automation
      3m 34s
    5. Exporting your mix
      5m 21s
  6. 19m 59s
    1. Preparing songs for mastering and navigating the Project page
      5m 14s
    2. Utilizing EQ, compression, and limiting
      5m 23s
    3. Making changes to your original mix during mastering
      3m 25s
    4. Exporting the finished product
      5m 57s
  7. 8m 13s
    1. Publishing to SoundCloud
      2m 51s
    2. Uploading your song to Nimbit
      1m 59s
    3. Accessing user-generated content with PreSonus Exchange
      3m 23s
  8. 1m 8s
    1. Next steps
      1m 8s

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