Join Jeff Foster for an in-depth discussion in this video Mixing tracks with live vocals, part of SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 Workshop.
Now it's possible in some of the multi layer tracks from SmartSound that you can pull out some of the lead instruments and in its place put in some vocals or vocal arrangements. Now before we start with that I do want to bring you to the License Agreement. Now this does not mean that you can use, any of the smart sound, tracks as backgrounds for, a vocal album or to redistribute these in any way, or to use them in a commercial, sense that will, go against your license.
So be sure to read this license thoroughly, and understand that before you proceed. With any of these techniques that I'm going to show you and in this case I've got a couple jazz clips here that I've got a singer for. This happens to be Ellen Johnson who is also working on another title for video to brain for presentations and you can find out more about her at ellenjohnson.net. She is a Jazz singer, a well known vocal coach and you can check out her information at both of her websites, elynjohnson.net and vocalvisions.net, and so with that I'm going to show you how we constructed this project...
I've got this, 30 second clip I'll use as an example, and we've got a trumpet and a sax, which we're going to do a couple of variations with here. So let me just play this through for you. (music playing) Okay, so using that melody line that the trumpet is carrying, we can just mute that and then export this and use it. So, let's hear, just a little bit of, just the sax. And we'll be replacing the trumpet, in another application, which we'll be using Adobe Audition CS 6, to take, both the exported file out of here, and the live recording that we do.
We'll put them together, and mix them in Audition. But let me play just a few seconds of this with just the Sacs so we'll have something to compare it to. (music playing) Okay, and now we'll go into Adobe Audition and we'll be able to hear this that was exported out of Sonic FirePro and combined with the live vocal recording, and we'll see what that sounds like.
(music playing) (music playing) Okay, so now we'll go back to Sonic FirePro 5, and we'll take out the saxophone and we'll have Just the rhythm section playing.
And we'll then go back in and Ellen will be performing just some basic lyrics and she may be changing the melody up a little bit. But this shows you that you can create something that is the basis or the song structure, or the The, the section structure here, so let's hear what it sounds like with just the rhythm section. (music playing) Okay, so now, let's go back to Adobe Audition, and lets hear what this sounds like with the vocals and the lyrics in.
(music playing) Okay, that made a beautiful base track for adding these vocals to.
Now there's one more example I'd like to share with you on another track that we've got here in Smart Sound. I've got another jazz piece here which I will be pulling the lead instruments out of, but just so you can hear it with the lead instruments. (music playing) Now taking the last idea that we did, where Ellen had added lyrics and actual words to it, and came up with a new melody line. Now we're just going to export the rhythm section and I'll play a few seconds of that for you.
(music playing) So now she's going to do some improvisation over top of the rhythm section, just some scat. Improvisation over this so when we go back over to Adobe Audition, this is what we'll be able to put together with just the rhythm section that we exported out of Sonic Fire Pro and brought in the live vocals. (music playing) So you can see how much flexibility you have with these multi-layer tracks out of Sonicfire Pro using the, the SmartSound tracks as a, as a basis to coming in and bringing in a different melody, bringing in some vocals, and having some really creative results out of this.
And again, I do need to bring to your attention the License Agreement. Make sure that you are using this appropriately, correctly and within the confines of that but it does show you just a little bit more flexibility in customizing these tracks to get the project that you need out of it.
- Browsing the SmartSound website for custom music libraries
- Using Quicktracks to custom-build your track
- Adding a track to a video
- Exporting your edited soundtrack
- Using SmartSound tracks with vocals
- Building songs and soundtracks with blocks from the bin
- Round-trip editing workflows with nonlinear editing software
- Creating loopable music tracks
- Mixing tracks with live instrumentation and vocals