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    time stretch...

    it should be so simple..

    What I have is a song at 120 bpm and an acapella vocal... coincidently in the right key... but at the wrong tempo.

    all I want is an elastic stretchy thing that I can use to match the vocal timing to the backing music. Nothing complicated, just stretchy timey.

    can I do it? No I sodding well can't!

    advice please.

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    now that you are a presonus person, you are beyond my helping abilities
    only advice i have is to make sure that the original is a whole number of bars.
    stretchy thing is cubase think.

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    Because the human voice is so complex it's not only about tempo it's also about rhythm & ups and downs & swings etc... so i think there's no easy answer if you want it to sound good.
    Have someone with a similar voice sing it on the 120bpm song and than stretch and edit every syllable from the voice that you have to match & sync the recorded voice. A lot of work but this is the only thing that comes to mind right now
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    According to the Presonus website, StudioOne Free is able to do timestretching ...

    Maybe this has some useful information for you:

    Studio One V2 Audio Timing Training (Part 1)


    Studio One V2 Audio Timing Training (Part 2)


    Studio One V2 Audio Timing Training (Part 3)


    Actually most modern DAWs seem to have a timestretching function implemented and there are also seperate plugins for this task. Some are even free.

    Good luck,
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    Thanks very much for your interest and suggestions on this topic my friends.

    Here is a little update.

    I did indeed find the elastic stretchy button in studio one and used it to match the timing of the vocals (roughly). I only needed it to be matched roughly because I was never going to use the recording. All I was trying to do was put some demo vocals onto the track as a guide for the human singers.

    Hilariously, it turns out I was wrong when I said the acapella vocal that I had was in the right key. It was in exactly the wrong key; seven semitones down from where I thought it was!

    After 'fixing' the pitch and timing issues I now have a guide vocal that sounds like it was sung by drunken chipmunks at a helium snorting party.

    It also means that I will have to revisit the backing music and do a drastic key change so that it can be sung by humans - Probably requiring that I do a whole new arrangement.

    This is also not a problem really. The whole exercise was just to put together a demo for a potential track for my band to play live.

    tB.

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