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    Star Cool Edit Pro: REMIX TUTORIAL #1

    Cool Edit Pro: REMIX TUTORIAL #1

    Timing


    This is the first tutorial of a series I'm going to be writing on making remixes with Cool Edit Pro! This one is on Timing. A lot of mixes I see made by people with not much experience often lack correct timing. It's really important that an acapella matches the beat perfectly otherwise it doesn't sound half as good as it could be!

    As well as getting the acapella bars to drop in time with the instrumental bars, its important that the speed of both audio files match. The tempo of all songs vary, it's very rare that you will find an acapella and instrumental of the exact same speed.

    So to begin with, you will obviously need an acapella and an instrumental (If you didn't know, an acapella is the vocals of a song), which you can probably find around the forum.

    Open up Cool Edit Pro and make sure you're in Multitrack View (The first button at the top of the navigation bar switches between Multitrack View and Edit View), and import your instrumental and acapella. Drag the instrumental into the top layer of the Multitrack. Play it through, and find out where the first beat is dropped, or where the vocals would start. Usually you can tell because the waveform pattern changes and gets louder:



    In this tutorial I have changed the waveform colours - the Intrumental is red, and the Acapella is blue. In the image above, the arrow points to where the beat drops in my instrumental. Once you've found it, you now need to drag your acapella onto the second layer. Do the same again, and find where the first verse starts. Don't worry about any intro or skit that you hear before the actual song starts, cause you can mess with that later. Just find the spot where the very first word of the first verse is dropped.

    Now what you need to do, is match the two spots up of the acapella and instrumental. You can slide the waves along by holding down the right mouse button and moving them about.

    **HOT TIP**

    To make sure the timing is really accurate, zoom in using the green scrollbar at the top of the multitrack. Click the end of it and drag it left or right to zoom in and out:



    Once you have zoomed in, you can now perfectly match the waveforms by dragging the acapella accordingly:



    I used a red line in the image above to show how both waveforms match. Now, play the start of the track and listen to see if it sound right. If it doesn't then try dragging the acapella forwards/backwards just a few miliseconds and play it again. Timing in remixing is about perfection, make sure you keep dragging it and playing it back until it sounds perfect.

    As I said earlier, you'd be lucky to find an acapella and instrumental that match up all the way through first time. Once you've got the start of the acapella dropping nicely on the beat, play it through and listen to how well the lines meet the beat. The acapella will probably be faster or slower than the beat. If the acapella line ends before the beat line, then it's too fast. And vice versa, if the acapella line ends after the beat line, it's too slow.

    Now you need to edit the speed of the Acapella. Either switch to Edit View, or just double click the file name. Once you've got it open in Edit View, click the Effects tab, click the [+] box next to Time/Pitch, and then double click Stretch:



    Now in the Presets box, you will see you can select Slow Down or Speed Up. If you click these, you will see the only thing it affect its the number in the Ratio box:

    100 : Tempo unchanged.
    >100 : Faster Tempo.
    <100 : Slower Tempo.

    Change the number accordingly - Less than 100 if you want to slow it down, and more than 100 if you want to speed it up. You don't need to change the ratio by much though. You should never need to change it to less than 90 or more than 110, because this will just distort it. In which case, you should probably just scrap the acapella and try another! It can be a long process, but once you're more experienced you begin to be able to select an acapella which would fit a beat well just by listening to them.

    The idea though, is to slow down or speed up the acapella just a little bit (perhaps to 95 or 105), then click OK and switch back to multitrack view and play them again. If the acapella is still too fast or too slow, go back to Edit View, goto Edit > Undo (CTRL & Z), and try altering the speed again. Sometimes you will have to slow it down or speed it up by just miliseconds for it too sound right (100.2 for example). You might not be able to hear any difference yourself, but it all adds up further down the track and the acapella could eventually go off beat again.

    If you did everything above correctly, the start of the acapella should now drop nicely on the beat, and play at a matching tempo through the whole track. Remember practice makes perfect, it can take hours just to get timing right.

    That should be all for getting the timing right, if you have any questions throw em at me!

    Good Luck!
    Abstroose

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    fukin good post stroose, real nice, in depth easy to understand tut man



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    Thanks for the comment B

    Yo peeps, this is Exclusive to MB.NET!, searched on Google and couldn't find no other tuts on this. So don't for the rep!


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    thats dope for all the new to the game producers...nice job

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    Hey much nice shit this Abstroose. One thing if you can put a link on a post on this info thread plz
    http://www.makaveli-board.net/showthread.php?t=3169
    Last edited by Dago; 05-28-2007 at 06:15 AM.

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    Yo has this been of any use to anyone? Is it work makin another one?

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    thanks for all yr work, great job

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    yo homie could u plz post the tutorial of Sony Acid Pro 7 thanks.

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    That was a very easy to understand post. An excellent tutorial.

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    That is a fantastic post man! I love Cooledit been using it for years and I can't get down on the new audition they got out now.

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    I just had some stuff to add just in case it helps anybody. (hope you don't mind bro)

    If you're trying to create an instrumental to put to an acapella, the easiest way to find the BPM (beats per measure) is to take the original track that the acapella was taken from and cut a loop of it.
    it can be a four bar phrase or eight, keep in mind, the longer the loop the lower it will formulate the BPM
    Example:
    A four bar loop could be at 120.4 bpm and if you opened the same loop cut into an eight bar phrase would come out to be 60.2
    4 bar phrases are the best because all hip hop tracks are in 4/4 time.
    (you can tell how many bars by counting the lines in a rap song, there's usually a line per bar - in a simple written rap that's 2 rhyming words at the end of 2 bars)

    Be precise when you cut the loop, try cutting it so the the beginning is the first kick drum in the loop, then cut it to the first kick drum when the loop repeats. you'll be able to tell because the the wav will look exactly the same when it starts over.
    (in cool edit to cut just highlight the section in the loop then go to "edit" and click "copy"
    then go to "file" and select "new"( 44100)
    then go back to edit and select "paste"

    Then on the new file you have a loop cut. YOu can save it from this point and playit back using the loop playback option at the bottom to make sure it sounds right.

    Then take the finished loop and open it in acid. You'll notice that if you right click on the loop track it will display "set tempo to .."

    this is the BPM that the loop is in and therefore the entire song.

    So when you make your instrumental justt record it at that bpm (example, set your drum tracker to play the drum beat in that bpm and just record your instruments over it"

    When the instrumental is complete you just open you acapella and slide it into place like homie said at the beginning of the post.
    The best way to match is every rhyming word at the end of the bar will be at the same time as your snare hit (or hand claps) at the end of the bar (as long as you have traditional drums)

    Hope that helps y'all a little I love hearing the remixes everybody comes up with there's alot of talented people on this board!

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    I still use that program to this day!

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