How To Make A Remix Without Having Stems ♫ An Open Source Tutorial


Hi My name is Aggelos Mavros and i produce psychedelic trance music under
the artist name Open Source. I’ ve had some guys recently asking me “Angelo why don’t you make a tutorial about
music production and you make those tutorials about hacking and other stuff ?” So i decided to make a tutorial about what I do best and that is making music. If you think the video is blurry just maximize it and increase the quality to 1080 pixels and then you should be able to see everything
in detail. In this tutorial I am going to show you how
you can make your own remix. But first let’s clarify some things about
remixes, remakes and bootlegs. Typically a remix is a rework of a previously
released original mix. In order to do a remix you need to have access
to what we call stems, vocals, melodies or even the track in open format. If the resources for this specific track that
you want to remix are NOT available then you have to re-create everything from
scratch. Like, record new vocals, recreate sounds and so on. In that case we are talking about a “remake”. Bootleg is a term used for a remix when the remixer used only the track in its finished form. So if you are not able to record new vocals
or recreate sounds and you just worken on the finished song by for example changing the structure or adding a few sounds of your own, then you should call it a bootleg. As should be obvious here, remixing requires making contact with the
original producer, who will provide stems, midi, vocals or even
the song in open DAW format. If for example the track was written in cubase
he will provide the cbs project, so you can adjust or modify anything that you want. If the track was written in FL studio, he
will provide the flp project and so on. But what happens if the original producer
is famous and you cannot get any of the resources related to his creation ? Today we are going to speak about exactly
that. Unauthorized Remixing. So practically what we are going to do here
is to start building a bootleg but because we will develop some sounds from scratch, like the melodies, we have the right to call it a remix or even
a remake. Let’s take things from the beginning. The first thing I normally do is to find the
original track in decent sound quality. The best way to do that is to buy the track
in wav format on beatport or any other shop. If you don’t want to buy the track you can
get it from youtube or anywhere else. At that point i want to make a small notice. Mp3 is a compression algorhythm developed in the mid 90s. What it mainly does is that it shrinks the
size of the file by cutting out frequencies. The human ear can detect frequencies from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Till the conversion of 192 kbps the frequencies cut are undetectable by the human ear. But at 128 kbps and below the frequencies
erased are detectable by the human ear. Losing frequencies mean loosing sounds and
in general loosing quality. So keep in mind that when you rip something
from youtube it must be at least 128 kbps, otherwise you started off on the wrong foot. The next thing I normally do is to find the
vocals in acapella. Just search online and follow the results. Sometimes you will find the vocals on soundcloud
performed by a second voice, but that is not an issue. What’s important is the vocals to be recorded
in a studio and not taken out of the original mix using EQs. Because if this is the case you can always
hear some music at the background. The next thing I typically do is to find a
midi file of the song that I want to remix. Usually you will find 2 or 3 versions of the
track that you want to remix in a midi format. All you have to do is download it and open
it with your daw. Then you need to replace its channels with
virtual instruments and sounds. Most popular songs are indeed available in
midi format on the web. The midis include the melodies and in most cases the whole track structure. If that happens you are lucky and you can
proceed. But what if the track that you want to remix
is not popular and there are no midis for it on the web ? There are 4 more ways to get its melodies. The 1st way is to do it using your ears. As the years pass you will become more and more efficient in doing that. You start with simple melodies and at the
end you will be able to recreate any melody that you hear. The 2nd way is to search for the song’s score
or music sheets. The 3rd way is to find a video showing someone
who actually plays this song with an instrument and see which notes are pressed. The 4th and best solution is to get a program
that transcribes the pitched sounds into real notes. There are some brilliant software that have
been developed over the years that you can extract melodies from (*.wav) waves or mp3s. Like this program here, if you enter a recorded
sound, it extracts the exact notes for you, the melody. Now you can import this melody into your DAW. The next step is to absorb a few original
sounds from the original track. Open the track with an editor, and get a few sounds that you like. Some of them will be looped and some will
just play once. For instance, I used this sound when making “The Prodigy – No Good (Remix)”. And this exact sound when I did “The P rodigy – Firestarter (Remix)”. So now that we have our clean vocals, a few
original sounds, the structure, and the melodies, we can certainly call this a remix or a remake
and start working on it. The first thing to do is of course to synchronize
everything. I am going to adjust my vocals to my tempo
and add a kick. Now the real production process begins. I can’t teach you many things about this because the procedure of composing music takes years of practise. But I can say this: Work work work until you
have the results that satisfy your greatest expectations. Don’t forget to put your personal signature
on your remix, something that defines your project and should be in all your tracks. Don’t forget to ask your friends for advices
on how it sounds. Don’t forget to think about your track before you go to sleep in order to come up with the best possible additions and improvements the next day. And at the end, if you are lucky enough, you might have a decent result. After countless hours of composing I came up with this, let’s hear a part of it. Now let’s hear a bit of “The Firestarter (Remix)”. Let’s hear a bit of Michael, who you think
is dead, but he is not. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Open Source Remix) And the remix of a song that had a huge impact on me. “Infected Mushroom – Bust a Move (Open Source
Remix)” You can find all the remixes that I’ve made
on www.youtube.com/undergroundremixes or www.soundcloud.com/undergroundremixes I wish you the best of luck in remixing !

5 thoughts on “How To Make A Remix Without Having Stems ♫ An Open Source Tutorial

  1. And if i want to use the FLP? Where i can find ALL the FLPs of ALL the SONGS existed in the entire universe? Including Undertale, Deltarune and their AUs FLPs?

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