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Saturday, January 10, 2015

A different way of editing: BENDING AUDIO.



Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're seeing in-depth how to edit a track, in a different and faster way than the "Slip Editing" method.
In Pro-Tools this method is called "Elastic Audio", in Presonus Studio One V2 is called "Audio Bend", but the way it works is more or less the same: we're talking about a tool capable of detecting the transients of a wave track ad to align them more or less automatically to the tempo track, avoiding us the need to do this long and boring task manually (click here for a dedicated article).

Today we're taking a look specifically in the method used for the Presonus Studio One V2.

- First off obviously we have to set the Tempo Track of the project, so the Daw knows where to move the transients.

- Then we Click on the Audio Bend icon on from the top menu, and from the sub menu that appears we click on "Analyze".

- After the software has analyzed the track and detected all the transients (for example all the snare hits), we can specify the threshold from where to start moving and the type of instruments (e.g. Drums). The software will generate a "Bend Marker" for each transient.

- From here we can choose between two things: Quantize, which will move all the transients on the midi grid, or Slice, that slices the events, turning the single track on a serie of separated events.
We can also eliminate the silence between the transients making the track a serie of slices in which only the audible part is shown.

- Once we have selected what to do with our track (the Quantize option is the standard choice) we just click on "Apply" and the software will move the transients according to the global click and quantization. You can also, with a specific function, choose the precision of the quantization (to make it feel a little less mechanical) or add some swing to the track.

Hope this was helpful!


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