Tak­ing a ra­zor blade to the track’s vo­cal hook

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51:00It’s time to get the vo­cal work­ing in the track, and with a few ap­pro­pri­ate phrases al­ready placed, the boys try out dif­fer­ent sec­tions to see which will sound right com­ing out of the drop. Steve’s got a good ear for the tim­ing of the vo­cal, pick­ing up on syl­la­bles that come slightly early or late, and with Drew pi­lot­ing Logic 9 like some kind of stu­dio Han Solo, the two get to work chop­ping, swap­ping and stretch­ing the au­dio re­gions.

In­stead of sim­ply slic­ing parts of the vo­cal and mov­ing them around the time­line, Drew makes sure to use timestretch­ing to pre­vent gaps or over­laps be­tween the au­dio re­gions. “When we’re chop­ping, and we’re mov­ing this ‘You’ sec­tion back to the left, in­stead of just leav­ing [the re­gion cur­rently to its left] as it was, we timestretch it back in, and then you get the whole phrase.”

The pair take some time to get the vo­cal sound­ing right, but they’re aware that they’re work­ing against the clock, so cer­tain prob­lems are left to be fixed fur­ther down the road.

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