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I cut a lead improv over a bass track & rhythm track I laid down and ended up being surprised with the result (enough not to delete). There's a couple areas where there's some tuning anomalies - partly due to the fact the guitar was a fully floating Floyd Rose that I hadn't locked into hardtail mode and that I cut this at the end of a rather long playing session. This is particularly obvious on a couple of intervals and a few unison bends (which I tried to avoid playing) - What I don't know is if this kind of stuff can (or would be) fixed in the mix. I'm going to post the track and would like feedback on what might actually be done (specific to things like tuning or note fixing). There's an area around 1:16 - 1:20 that I'm particularly curious about. What do you pros do? What can you do? Does something like this (or can something like this) be tweaked or fixed in the mix? Many thanks for your feedback.



anonymous Wed, 12/03/2014 - 03:27

There are several ways this can be "fixed", although it's not the worst pitch issue I've ever heard...

At 1:16, you are pretty much repeating the lead guitar riff that you also played just before it... so, you could copy the first riff, which is okay, and then paste it to play again at at 1:16.


There is pitch correction software that will allow you to fix it... although just as importantly, the DAW program has to allow you to select just one small section. Samplitude is great for a task such as this, as it allows the user the ability to separate out out parts of the file, down to just a few frames, where you can manipulate very small incremental pieces of audio/notes.


You could just play the part again. ;)

DogsoverLava Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:35

Thanks Donny -- at this stage in my learning I was curious to know what was possible. I've posted two short clips of the area in question. In isolation the guitar sounds passable here - with the full tracks my ear gets pulled by the two notes. As I listen to the full track I can hear that maybe I've got one specific string that's off or not properly intonated so in certain positions on the neck or in unison with another string or note my issue jumps out. I'll put the whole track in my bag for later reworking (retracking) but super curious as to what can be done in situations like this and how effective it is.

Can you isolate notes played simultaneously independent of each other on a track? Is that where we are at with technology?