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How to remix | Easy to follow steps to planning your bootleg

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How to remix | Easy to follow steps to planning your bootleg
By Producerfactory 19 September 2014 507 Views No comments

1. How to remix a song step 1

How to remix a song begins with choosing good audio editing software, within your digital audio workstation aka DAW, you can begin to add the audio files that build up the original track. The original audio files may comprise of vocals, various sound effects, a violin melody or any other instrument.

Simply make sure that all these remix stems and individual audio layers.

Depending on which software you are using to remix a song, some may allow you to perform more difficult tasks such as editing the tempo of the original track, or even autotune vocals and do pitch correction. Pretty much all the later mentioned audio software platforms will allow you to slice the files, reverse the Waveforms and even stretch the timing of the various remix stems to mould them to your preferred genre.

If you are concerned with spending too much money on various audio softwares, then I honestly recommend Ableton live as your program of choice as it costs around £290. Ableton Live is one of the best DAWs out there, and it is also geared towards live performances and creating your remixes within your own music studio. These programs of course will allow you to present your creations live. This is the first step of how to remix a song.

2. Step two

Choosing a song to remix is the most vital part of step two. You may be considering that you only have the final bounce available for you to remix, but is this the best option and therefore the best track to take? If you have remix stems and audio files available for the bootleg, this will not only improve the end quality of the track, but it'll also resemble the original.

Simply make sure that you pick a track with the remix stems and elements that cannot get old, such as cool hooks or brilliant live recorded instrument layers. Remember that your remix has to attract attention from your fans.

3. Step three

Dissecting a track into various segments is probably the first thing you would like to attempt.

When remixing, you might not want to take the whole stem of any element that there is. It's best you focus on the most attractive parts of the song. These when identified must be sliced and diced correctly by using the scissors or cutting tool of your audio software in your digital audio workstation.

Once you have all your stems and separates organised within your remix song file, then you can begin with step four.

4. Step four

Now you have found every piece and part of the original song you wish to remix, it is time to begin the production process. Insuring clear cut individuality is the selling point of your remixes. You should now begin to introduce the leads, drums, kicks and instruments that signify this song is made by you, or begin working on the presets and effects.

I'm sure this is not the first time you have worked with audio software to simply manipulate the track as you would with an original track using samples. Create the best and heaviest drops, captivating bridges, and even add new vocal elements if possible.

Once you have completed all these tasks, master the track and it is ready for distribution.

How to remix songs professionaly

Many DJs and music producers are asking how to remix songs. Everyone has heard old tracks been bought back to life by talented audio producers. Tracks from the 70s and 80s with melodies that were famous at the time are brought back to life by simply adding new elements, new sounds, revitalising the melodies and updating the context of the track to the modern times. How to remix songs like a professional is simple when you understand your way around your production software and by following a simple to do list as well as adding your own personal touch.

Daw program's suited for remixing

There are many DAW programmes suited for remixing that you can choose from. These include Logic, Ableton, Cubase, Fruity Loops and many more.

Many ask what are the advantages or disadvantages of various digital audio workshop (DAW) programmes for remixing, but the simple answer is each has their strengths to which you have to find the right one best suited to you.

Out of the listed digital audio workshops, there are none that are inferior. Basically take your pick, get used to their systems and how they work, and whichever one you feel most comfortable working with, then that should be your preference. Endlessly discussing the positives and negatives of each is a waste of time. Instead, I recommend spending time using the DAW to create music and familiarise yourself with its interface.

Choosing your remix song

Choosing which song to remix can be bit of a daunting task. The main focus you should give to your song you wish to remix, is that there are attractive features of the original track. These features are they predominantly reflect as the traditional element of the remix. This element is exactly what you need to make your remix individual, recognisable, and compatible with the original. Important is that you find your own weakness within music production and focus on an original track assisting you with an element strengthening your weakness. Say for example you are brilliant at making a drum loops, synth loops, kicks or baselines. However, you are not great at melodies, then it may be best you choose an original track that has a melody to knock all your fans off their feet.

Be surprised at how many older track whole elements that are simply gems and diamonds within the rough. Within the hip-hop industry, many such melodies, vocals, or guitar loops are one of the main life lines of the top tracks. Of course just having the best elements and attractive features is not necessarily all the work done. It then comes down to you to bring the older original track to the modern times and to implement your style.

Of course not all remixes are old versions of all tracks from the 70s 80s 90s and even the 40s, but no matter which track you choose it is important you implement your signatures sounds and style into it. In the end you would like your fans to be able to recognise your work.

I need help with my remix song

If you need any help with your remix project, for example finishing it off or bringing it to the level of quality you desire, then our producers at Producer Factory will be very happy to assist. Our Remix Service has successfully assisted many customers with their requests, and as we are building up a large returning customer base, it shows must be doing something right.

Please don't hesitate to contact us.