Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching

with Josh Harris
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Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching
Video duration: 0s 2h 51m Intermediate


In this course, author Josh Harris demonstrates time-stretching techniques in four of the major digital audio workstations: Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Reason, and Ableton Live. Josh covers the basic time-stretching treatments, where minimal tempo adjustment is needed, and then moves into more difficult territory—remixing at a much slower or faster tempo than what the original tracks were recorded at—where time stretching is pushed to the extreme. Another technique shows how to create a composite vocal from multiple time-stretched tracks. Each lesson employs real-world musical examples to clearly show where each time-stretching technique is useful and how the results of time stretching affect the sound of a song.

Topics include:
  • What is time stretching or expanding?
  • Understanding how time stretching fits into the remixing process
  • Working in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, or Reason
  • Calculating the tempo of the original track
  • Dealing with wet vocal stems
  • Importing vocals with the 10% time-stretch rule
  • Comparing time-stretched vocals at faster tempos
  • Putting a time-stretched vocal in context
  • Setting up a session for double-timing a vocal
  • Creating a 4/4 remix from a song originally in 3/4 or 6/8
  • Tightening up a vocal that drifts from the click track
Audio + Music
Ableton Live Logic Pro Pro Tools Reason


Hi, I'm Josh Harris, and welcome to Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching. Remixing is an art form that focuses on reimagining an artist's or band's song in a completely new musical or rhythmic setting. In this course, we'll look at four different time stretching scenarios that remixers often face, and we'll do it using four different digital audio workstations: Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, and Pro Tools. I'll start by showing you how to do basic time stretching of a vocal by using the powerful built-in time stretching algorithms found within each DAW.

Then I'll show you how to identify the tempo of the original version of the song using both tap tempo techniques and built-in BPM counters. You'll see how to create composite time stretch vocals by editing the original vocal and time stretch vocal together. Then we'll explore how to take a down tempo ballot and transform it into a double time remix. (music playing) I'll leave and show you how to take a song that began its life with a 6/8 feel and alter the rhythm, phrasing, and timing of the vocal to create a 4/4 dance remix.

If you're someone who has felt intimidated by some of the time stretching scenarios that remixers face on a regular basis, I think this course will inspire you to think about those challenges in new ways. We'll be covering all of this in four different DAWs with lots of professional tips and real-world solutions to common remixing challenges revealed along the way. If you're ready, let's dive deep into Remixing Techniques: Time Stretching.

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