Time stretching

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by MisterBlue, Jun 4, 2003.

  1. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    We are close to finishing our current production and there is this one song that just seems a little too slow with the final arrangement and instrumentation (3% speed-up would do the trick).

    Now, time stretching is obviously readily available in a lot of software solutions, however, the ones that I have used on complete mixes so far result in unacceptable loss of quality.

    Time stretching/compressing individual tracks gives somewhat improved results, but still the overall loss is something that I will not tolerate. Short of re-recording the entire project, do professional mastering facilities usually offer top-quality time stretching/compressing services that will meet my quality expectations?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. joe lambert

    joe lambert Distinguished Member

    Oct 17, 2001
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    Mister Blue,

    One trick mastering engineers have been using for years is vari speed on the tape machine, I have one and use it once in a while. Sound quality is great, obviously this will speed up or slow down everything. But when used properly it works very well. Time compression on a whole mix sucks. It's one thing to do it on a single track then put that in a mix, but when it comes to a song this is the best sounding why. It can also be done in the computer. Either way sounds good.
  3. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Joe, does this process involve a shift in pitch?
  4. Doug Milton

    Doug Milton Active Member

    Sep 23, 2002
    yes, it would.
  5. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
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    I have downloaded the demo and will give it a shot. It's kinda pricey but also seems very powerful. Probably too powerful for the purists among us because it gives the turd polishers a lot of extra power ... :D .


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