how to remix a song

Im trying to get into these remix contest's, I obviously use ableton, and was just wondering whats the best tools to use in ableton to remix a song? I dont have any big fancy mixers or anything, Im just using the ableton software.

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JP3RRY 2 years ago | 1 comment

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  • vitaminB
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    1. Make sure you *really* like the song you're going to remix! 

    2. Identify the bits that make that song special or unique and use them. Throw away the rest. 

    3. In arrangement view, it can help to put another song (in the same genre as your intended remix) as the first track (mute it!) and use that structure as a guideline for your tune so you don't get bogged down in working out when to have a breakdown, add a drop or whatever. Feel free to stray from that later on though, it's just a guide!

    4. Add something of yourself to the track, this is the really creative part. What makes a good remix is the addition of your favourite sounds, effects or themes to create character.

    5. Keep trying and trying, experiment and don't be scared to fail. Remixes are a very good way to learn arrangement and structure, and have been a way into the industry for many an artist. The successful artists are those whose work is instantly recognisable as theirs, while still containing some essential essence of the original tune.

    6. Have fun. There's no point otherwise :-D

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • cheakywillie
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    ableton is all you need...

    as as starting point take the song that you like and drop it in the session view...find a couple cool spots in the song that you like to loop and copy and paste them into the same channel....if you like one more than others a good technique is to take it and use the slice to midi function .....from their the you can pretty much go anywhere....one last thing....use the instrument and effect racks to make the interesting effects and create transistions...

     

    hope this helps get you started and good luck

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • j.jimenez
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    If you can, try not to listen to the original version. When I get remix parts, I listen to the parts as if I was browsing a library for inspiration, and use the sounds I like. This way I can create something I can call mine.

    Cheers!

    Joaquin Jimenez

    http://about.me/jjsauma

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • nagyember
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    1. When you got stuck, look for inspiration. I usually start to listen to others to catch anything that turns me on. "Anything" could be literally anything: a kick, a snare, a synth stab, even the approach.

    2. Remixing is not a typical 9 to 5 job. It's better if you have the possibility to immediately realize what comes to your mind, than waiting for the next opportunity to sit down in front of your computer (girlfiends usually don't appreciate this...)

    3. Practise, practise, practise. Years ago I targeted a sound, and tried to recreate it. While having a good time, I accidentally bumped into a great sounds. It works!

    4. Watch tutorials. The reason is the same: to turn you on. IMHO Olav Basoski's tutorials are the best.

    5. Look for songs that match with yours harmonically. You can create the ultimate mash-up. Well, it's not a remix, but a good starting point.

    My 2 cents...

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • SOTP
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    My advice would be not to use too many samples from the remix pack you get. For instance, if it's a vocal track, I try to use only the vocal itself and build around it. Or I try to pick a characteristic melody and throw it into my favourite style.

    First thing, you have to warp the samples or stems from the remix pack you want to use. It's quite easy, as those are labelled with the song tempo in BPM.

    If there is MIDI notes included, use them! They're great in forcing your creativity. Lay down the midi onto your favourite VST instrument and check, if it fits the mix.

    Other than that, just act as you would compose your own track. You don't need any fancy toys, Ableton and some nice free VST plugins can do really nice stuff.

    Some resources you might find useful:

    http://findremix.com/helpful-tips-to-join-in-remix-contests/#more-2762

     

    Hope it's good for a start.

    2 years ago | 2 comments
  • julienb
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    remixing is very personal.

    you can only learn to use Live and after this (huge) step.

     

    currently right now remixing a nice ambient artist.
    I completely destroyed the structure.
    I changed the tempo, altered stems by consciously change tempo using unappropriated warp parameters, I used slice to midi a bit (but absolutely not as it is written in the manual)

    ...
    btw, I can help a lot with Live
    but I won't tell to anybody how they could interpret a remix session because I just want you to listen ... your internal feelings.

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • djsolomix77
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    where i u guys getting remix packs from.?

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • innerstatejt
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    I agree with Vitamin B with "borrowing" an arrangement from another song. This definitely takes a lot of guesswork out of things. You can always change things later, but by that time, things will be much easier. 

    I typically work in the session window building a master scene. This is the part of the song that will be the peak of the track. When the peak of your remix sounds good, you know that you are building up to something good. Otherwise you run into possibility that your track starts nicely but ends up going nowhere. Once you have your peak, you can lay that into the arrangement window, thin out the intro and outro and work on your breakdowns etc. 

    I typically keep a copy of the full original track at hand for reference. Also, I you might find a gem of a loop straight from the original song that is usable with a bit of tweaking. These can kinda reel your remix back in to familiar territory & keep you from getting too "wanky" or getting lost on a tangent (which is VERY easy to do).

    At the end of the day, your remix should sound like a song with a structure. Don't be tempted by all the effect possibilities. Like movies, you need a good story or the special effects will be worthless. 

    good luck!

    Jason

    http://www.MusicSoftwareTraining.com

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Mark One
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    You can make really good remixes in Live but there are lots of techniques to master. Have a listen to this track and if there are any specific parts you'd like to know about just drop me a question at markone@thelivalb.com 

    http://

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • opusmachina
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    The best tools are your creativity and your imagination...

    Cheers!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • [i](o)
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    If you're stuck, chop up some loops, whack them in the session view, hit record & trigger them randomly until you stumble across something you like.

    Once you have your skeleton in place, switch to the arrangement window.  Begin work. Automate those FX baby!! 

    Here's one I made:

     

    FrmttngErrrorrrFFailll

    Peace. soundcloud/i_o

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • sambendavid
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    Hi there.


    You dont really need any big fancy mixers. 

    I recently submitted a remix for the PeaceTreaty competition (which you can listen to here if you like 

     

    PeaceTreaty - Change (ESSBEEDEE Moombahton Remix)

    Yo dudes! This is my entry for the PeaceTreaty and Dim Mak Change Competition. Moombahton style bled!!! Ow and I have made it free to download too, play it in your ride, in the shower, hell while you are shaggin yo girl, bump it. Spread beats, not heat. ESSBEEDEE

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    To make the remix I used alot of the basic functions in Ableton, one tool I used alot though was the Beat Repeat. This effect is PERFECT for remixing, especially when mashing up vocals. 

    Try to focus on just a few tools rather than wallaping everything in. For me I love manipulating Pitch Automation and using the Beat Repeat, you get some really crazy sounds if you use the two :) 

    Hope I have helped.

    ESSBEEDEE

    http://www.twitter.com/SamBenDavid

     

     

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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