This is my favourite and everyone elses favourite mashup, wierdly the first one I did as well…
This came into being from listening to Unison by Porter Robinson and thinking ‘wouldn’t it be great to be able to play that’, the problem being that for music like this it is very difficult for it to find a popular audience from the lack of words. I then started hunting for an acapella in the right key that would fit the song, and it happen that ‘Moves Like Jagger’ was in the top ten at the time! The acapella was easy to find after my fellow DJ Medium Rare had it lying around on his computer waiting to be used, its studio quality and a good recording, what more could you ask for.
I didn’t know Reason existed at this point, so I was using Cubase 5 to put the tracks together. The time taken in a program that is getting on a bit was rediculous. I had a few effects built in but the combination of that and me still finding out really how to use the software properly meant that not many effects were used in the end.
The first task was to get both songs at the same BPM… I used Virtual DJ… The tempo change in Cubase I have never understood and I had used this software before, and it sounds as good as any other tempo change (give or take), so I sped the acapella up and recorded it. After doing this the tracks fitted very neatly together, and with the added advantage of having a BPM that could be put into Cubase, so that the ‘Snap’ function could be used to aid cutting up the vocal line.
Then in went many many hours of fiddling, for instance all the delay line effects were done manually. It took a long time to get it sounded good as well as getting the levels right.
Just as a quick tip, the build ups etc on this track use an effect that is a bit of a chore but sounds amazing. First reverse the clip and put a large echo on the vocal you want to go into for a drop etc. Then bounce the whole track and remember where the clip ends and the reverb starts. Then cut the two sections (the reverb and the original) apart and reverse them both again. Now put the reverb in front of the original clip… the effect is that of a backwards reverb up to the clip. Worked like a gem 😛
There are things I would change on this track like I over did the panning on the break down and a few other bits and bobs, but I’m happy to leave it for now, hopefully I can come back in the future with a lot more practicing of audio processing under my belt to make something even better!
Here it is: