How do you remix a song?

I always see other people on youtube remixing songs like bangarang and etc. But i havent found out how to do that so if any of you know please help.

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Krave_Echo 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Funk N. Furter
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    Hi Krave. The way to do it is to first get the audio tracks for each instrument. These are called stems. The easiest way to get stems is to enter a remix competition, you can easily find them on google. Load them into Live, find the tempo, the key, the start point for the tracks, and away you go. Use as much or as little as you like. Chop it up, mess it about. You might wanna warp all the stems first in case you want to change tempo. Some of the stems might not start at the beginning of the track, so use the full original to line everything up initially, unless you are just using the vocal in which case just concentrate on making sure that is lined up correctly. Another thing you can yo is work out the melody but play it with a new instrument. Just make a loop and figure out the notes by playing along. There are a few tuts on my site that may help

    http://www.macableton.com/Ableton_live_tutorials/warp-and-remix-an-acapella.html

    http://www.macableton.com/Ableton_live_tutorials/warp-track-make-loop.html

    http://www.macableton.com/Ableton_live_tutorials/moving-a-set-from-arrange.html

    Let me know how you get on and if you have any more questions.

     

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  • Krave_Echo
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    Thank you :) 

     

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  • david.barker
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    I have bought the Remixing in Live tutorial,by Olav Basouski,very good video tutorial,packed with content

    .Not cheap but cheaper than an online course,he,he

    http://www.MacProvideo.com

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  • Krave_Echo
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    thanks bro :)

     

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  • jestermgee
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    I ahve done dozens of remixes over the years (Smells like teen spirit, War of the worlds, Bitter Sweet Symphony to name just a couple) and in most cases I have never used stems or accapellas BUT it depends on what you want to do.

    For the ones I have created as "promo works" to simply get a hook in peoples ears at parties and such I have heard a song and thought "that could sound better with a harder beat or a piano. Just cut the song into managable chunks (can be done in ableton clips) and then reduce the frequencies of the parts to layer other stuff onto. Then start adding bits. If you want to make a complete rewrite of the original then it's best to get raw stems or instrumentals and accapellas but sometimes it's just fun to sit in and write amongst the song. One of the biggest popular ones I did was a song "Mad World" by Gary Jules (originally Tears For Fears) where it's already just piano and vocals and I layered in violin, cello and an evolving mellow hip-hop beat and extra piano. The instrumental version was then reused in 2 different film projects and was changed enough to be original.

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