Join Josh Harris for an in-depth discussion in this video Determining and verifying source BPM , part of Remixing a Song in Logic Pro.
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It's extremely important at this stage of the remixing process to determine the tempo, otherwise known as BPM or beats per minute, of the original version. So I'm going to show you how to import the original version into the session and determine its BPM. I open up the Audio Bin by pressing B and underneath Audio File, I choose Add Audio File and from the Audio Files folder, I choose Simply Falling. I add it to the Audio Bin, drag it out onto the Arrange window, close the Audio Bin by pressing B again.
Underneath the Metering section of the Plug-ins menu, I choose BPM Counter. I'll drag that out here. Play the track. (Music playing) Logic has determined that 112 beats per minute is the tempo of the original version of Simply Falling. The reason that it's important to tackle this at this stage of the process is that if you don't know what the beats per minute of the original track is, when you go to bring your vocals into the session to time stretch them, how can you time stretch a vocal track if you don't know its source BPM? Sometimes a source BPM is provided for you with the vocal stems and you can eliminate this process.
But now you know how to verify the BPM of the original track by using the BPM Counter if you're uncertain of it.
- Using Logic Pro as a remixing environment
- Setting up a session
- Lining up vocals over a kick drum
- Analyzing chord changes and harmonic structure
- Programming synth parts
- Arranging a track
- Demonstrating advanced vocal editing techniques
- Mixing the drums, bass, synths, and vocals
- Mastering the final mix