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Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 | 10 comments

David Farmer Special: Video Tutorials on Elastic Audio and Surround Panning Automation

David Farmer has created two amazing video tutorials for his Designing Sound Special. Take a look:

Using Glide to Automate Surround Panning in Pro Tools

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Elastic Audio in Pro Tools – Basics for Sound Design

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  1. Cool videos, thanks David! Just a quick question. Why do you prefer polyphonic over varispeed? I usually use varispeed as it more or less emulates tape based time stretching and to me it holds up better. I am just curious as to what pros polyphonic offers you in your work flow. Thanks!

  2. wow!

    always wanted to try out elastic audio but forgot about it somehow.
    I believe E.A is also great when editing car sound fx.
    both tutorials very inspiring.

    thank´s a lot!

  3. Thank you so much, David. I had no idea about the nudge/glide automation tip! Thank you! @Colton Polyphonic doesn’t alter the pitch when you adjust timing – varispeed will pitch it down if you make it longer – I think. Polyphonic is for multi-channel broadband frequency audio (like the woosh), and Monophonic is for a single channel piece of audio – like a voice. Someone correct me if I’m wrong! Thanks again, David! Avidly waiting for more!

  4. Terrific stuff, David – thanks so much for sharing it.

  5. David,

    You CAN do performance moves in Elastic Time involving pitch and time compression by using the Tempo Graph. On your Elastic Time track make sure you’re in Varispeed Mode, set to “ticks” and samples. Set track view to Warp. Open the Tempo Graph and using the pencil tool, start drawing hills and valleys!

    Rock On!


  6. You’re correct about performance moves. Tempo map is global across every track, and that’s of little use to me personally.

    Not to mention if the track is tick based, to track to the tempo map, you’ll change the timing of everything downstream, like shuffle mode. So you can’t use it to cut to picture.

  7. David, I should’ve specified that I used this strictly for designing sounds in a “work track” set to tick, rendering the clip, and then pulling down the clip into a session track once I’m happy with the sound. Doing it this way has never shifted any other session tracks because they’re set to sample.

  8. I’ve done another video showing varispeed here:

    I’m not the best one to demonstrate this as I don’t use varispeed or tick-based much. There are some tips there though for folks that are new to elastic.

  9. These tutorials are extremely useful. I have been playing around with creature sounds recently and have found that the elastic audio methods seems to make the task a little easier. especially when trying to create inflection.
    Thanks for sharing. 

  10. Excellent videos David, thanks for sharing some great tips like the warp markers! I often forget about using Elastic Audio and reach for Pitch N Time but you showed some great uses.

    Thanks, Gabe

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