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Alex Pop
Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 5:15:15 pm

Hey all,

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but I was wondering if anyone could point me to a quick tutorial/tips list for editing music within editing software. I find for my job I am constantly producing 1-2min commercial edits, and I often need to chop up the music quite a bit to get a nice slow start, beat drop, and outro all in the same 1min timeline. I have my own ways of pulling it off but I'm just looking for more professional/faster solutions to this problem so I can spend less time cutting up music tracks and more time focused on the visuals. Thanks very much!

Alex


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Daniel Sametz
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 6:07:10 pm

Have you tried Soundtrack Pro?

It comes in the FC Studio.


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Shane Ross
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 6:24:14 pm

I think he means he wants tips on HOW we do it. Techniques used like when to cut from slow to the big part to the end drop. I do this all the time in Avid and FCP.

I know of no resource...I learned it as I went. Was taught by someone who gave me tips, and the rest I just did. You need to find beats that match...then try stuff and see if it works, and if not, try something else, or another song. I can't explain it. I to it until it sounds right. So many editors just slap a cross fade and are done with it...and that's wrong.

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Michael Gissing
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 9:28:37 pm

With most music you only need to be able to count to four and identify the first beat in a bar. That said, not all melody is so confined. I edit music all the time but I have also been a drummer for 50 years.

Start with a basic understanding of time signatures.


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Alex Pop
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:21:00 pm

This. Would love to take a look at a timeline while someone is cutting up a track, just to give me some ideas. I have a really rudimentary understanding of 4-count beats etc and what I produce generally sounds OK to clients and viewers. Just want to see if I can step it up a notch. Occasionally I will use single drum hits/premade rises etc and am trying to incorporate those more as they are a really useful tool for blending all types of music.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:51:12 pm

Smart Sound was made for folks like us. The lego set of music assembly.


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Alex Pop
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 29, 2012 at 7:24:14 pm

Loving the Smartsound, definitely on the list for when we get some budget. No one's got a music assembly tutorial though?


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Mark Suszko
Re: Tutorial for Editing Music in any NLE (FCP preferred)
on Nov 29, 2012 at 8:46:16 pm

I learned my audio skills the old fashioned way, using reel to reel tape and a diagonal splicing block to create crossfades. Though it's been decades since using a block, when my NLE or DAW interface presents me with a razor tool or a diagonal line across a transition, I intuitively know what that stuff means from my old hands-on experience.

As far as more modern tips... maybe...


Something like these?

http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/detail.aspx?sid=107

http://www.digitaljuice.com/djtv/detail.aspx?sid=122


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