The new flex pitch in Logic Pro 10 is a real-time pitch control tool that can also be used as a track based tool. It makes it possible to isolate certain areas to turn on flex or do so for the whole track. You can learn more about using the flex pitch tool in this online tutorial on exploring Flex Pitch.
We previously explored the concept of Flex time and Groove tracks. But in this movie we'll check out Logic Pro 10s new flex pitch, its an awesome real-time Pitch Control tool. Like Flex time, the flex pitch can be used as a track based tool. Let's use it here on the bass track. To turn on Flex pitch we can double-click on the new base O one region. As you can see it opens up in the audio file editor. Let's make it nice and big. Here we can turn on flex. It's this purple button. It looks like a twisted region.
We did this before for Flex time and it's going to ask us do you want to turn on flex for the whole track? And let's say yes. Now in here we chose our Flex time options. At the very top we can enable Flex Pitch. And once I do that logic analyzes the track. And you notice we see almost MIDI-like blocks for the audio regions. Now I want to listen to the bass and the acoustic guitar together here. So I'll just solo the bass. And I'm going to solo the acoustic guitar, resize this back up high, okay.
Let's take a listen here. (MUSIC) Let's hear that one more time. (MUSIC). So at the end of the phrase, right here to be exact, the acoustic guitar plays a chord that we like to have the bass follow. When I click and hold this block right here for where the bass note is, Logic tells me the pitch is A sharp. (SOUND) And it turns out that the guitar playing might have a C more as the root.
So let's click and drag and pull this note. This is how easy Flex pitch is. You can treat audio. (MUSIC) Like MIDI. So I'm going to click and drag, and actually pull this bass note up. (MUSIC) We'll hear the pitch change as I move it. (MUSIC) That's a B. (MUSIC) There's C. So I just was able to grab hold of the area and pull it up a couple semitones to go from A-sharp to C. Let's hear this together. Let's see if the bass more matches the chord of the guitar. (MUSIC) Awesome, so it was here originally. Let's here that.
(MUSIC) And let's hear it as a C. (MUSIC) Cool, that works. Now in addition to just grabbing hold of different pitches of your audio track and pulling them up or down, there're a couple of other nuances to go over. Notice when you have a pitch block selected, there's these six dots you see. Each of these dots allow you to do more fine tune pitch editing.
You can adjust pitch drift at the beginning or ending of the note by pulling up or down on the upper corner dot. So here I can have it start a little higher pitch or a little lower pitch before it settles in. I can't see that being as useful for bass, but maybe for singing that could be really useful. I can do the same thing with the upper right and have it drift up or down towards the end of the note. (SOUND) You can adjust fine pitch with the upper middle dot, so if I want to just make the pitch slightly higher or lower, not full semitones like I was doing before, you can adjust that with this middle dot.
You can increase or decrease vibrato with the lower middle dot, so again, this might be more useful for singing. Let's see when I pull up or down, it creates sort of a wavering in the pitch, something that would sound more like vibrato. The bottom right is called Formant shift, which tells the Flex Picks algorithm sonically what aspects of the note to control. So I can shift the formant. Up or down and the bottom left is a gain. So I can actually make a note slightly louder or softer, which isn't really directly involved in pitch. But it's a really nice opportunity to alter your audio performance, through just changing the gain of that one little section there.
If you wanted to make a hitch variation in the middle of this block, you can just take your Scissors tool. So, type T and grab your Scissors tool and you can cut these blocks in half. So therefore now I have the ability to make the second half of the note rise up or down. And so that's what you do if you have a block that isn't quite cut up the way you like it. It's as simple as just grabbing the Scissor tool and making a splice in it and now you can have more, options for editing half the note or the beginning of the note or whatever it is. And as I zoom out of the page, you see the whole bass track has been mapped out in pitch, I can see all the notes and then any point in the song, I can grab hold of any note.
(MUSIC) And change its pitch and a, almost like media way, although this is a sampled audio file, so Flex pitch is a massively welcomed tool to Logic. You can harness it's power really on any material. We looked at a bass here, but you should try this out on vocals or guitar parts or keyboard parts and you can save otherwise perfect performances quickly and non destructively. Because I forgot to show you here, non destructively we can just turn this Flex pitch off and go back to our original performance.
So any moves you make can be saved in here as a Flex pitch but you can back to the original performance at any time. It's a really powerful tool.
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