How to Make Clean Versions of Songs

Have you ever had the problem of playing songs with explicit lyrics in public? Well, software such as Audacity and Adobe Audition could be used to censor these lyrics, so that a song with explicit content can be transformed into a clean version like a radio edit.

  1. Install and open Audacity.
  2. Go to File > Import > Audio and after selecting the audio file that has explicit content, click on “Open”.
  3. Click on the “Zoom In” tool and select the area of the track that has to be censored.
Figure 1 : Audio track to be censored
Figure 1 : Audio track to be censored

For the next step, there are two options :

  1. Go to “Effect” and click on “Reverse”. This is will flip the selected section vertically, so that the explicit word becomes meaningless.
  2. The other option is go to Effect and click on “Vocal Remover” and then click on “OK”.
Figure 2 : Vocal Remover window
Figure 2 : Vocal Remover window

However, it should be noted that sometimes the instrumental part of the selected section could get removed as well by using the second method.

Finally, click on “File” and then on “Export” to save the censored version. After checking the details (info) of the track are correct, click on “OK”.

These are the ways that could be used to remove or alter the f-bombs and s-bombs in tracks. Hope this helps.

Feel Those Beats

Recently, I have been listening to more hip-hop songs, especially the ones produced by Timbaland. According to what I feel, he is the best producer of hip-hop music. Timbaland has worked with so many pop artists such as Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, JAY Z and Nelly Furtado.

I thought of producing my own hip-hop, R&B and dance tracks and the results were satisfactory. These have been shared in my Soundcloud page and on Twitter but I will share them at the end of this post. Various instruments such as piano, drums, koto and violin have been used in the production stage. I use Apple Logic Pro X for music production. A bit of Photoshop was also learnt to create cover art.

Well, check the tracks out. I hope you’ll love them. If you like my tracks, please “like” and “share” them on Soundcloud and other social media.

Producing Music

I have been using Apple loops found in Logic Pro X software for my tracks (except for the first one). After sharing eight tracks on Soundcloud and being satisfied with eight likes, two comments and 82 plays (which I never expected), I thought, “Enough with loops. Why not create my own melodies and beats?”

Then, I had to think of a suitable melody and a beat for my next track, which was not easy because it should be made unique and grooving, so I placed some notes on the piano roll of Logic Pro X software and did a playback. The starting and the middle sections were great but the end was not that good. After fiddling around with the notes, I finally managed to get a fine melody. For the beat, I listened to some sequences in the “Boom” plug-in found in Pro Tools to get an idea and drew the notes on the piano roll again.

My next step was to figure out how to get the “whoosh” sound found in electronic tracks, which can be created from white noise. After watching some tutorials, I was able to do this using the “ES P” and “Autofilter” plug-ins. A screenshot showing the two plug-ins can be found below:

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Currently, I am investigating on filter sweeping and time compressing, so that I could get the “weew” sound found in electronic tracks (for example, in Vicetone’s remix of “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke).

Here are the tracks that I created after the three tracks found in my previous post. Hope you would enjoy them. One of them is R&B.

My Electronic Tracks

Since childhood, I have been interested in music. In the good old days, I liked listening to pop and rap songs. My favourite groups were Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Five. As time passed by, I started listening to R&B, rap and hip-hop. Eminem is one of my favourite rappers and Timbaland, who can create amazing beats, is my favoured producer of all time.

In the year 2007, one of my friends introduced me to the flavour of house music. At first, I thought it was just noise (as most people in the older generations think) but then after listening to that genre for several times, I got the hang of it. Since then I’ve been listening to artists such as David Guetta, Avicii, NERVO, Nicky Romero, Fedde le Grand, Vicetone…..and the list goes on. House music has several genres, a common one found these days is Progressive House. I don’t really mind about the genre sometimes : If a particular song puts me in the mood, I listen to it.

Recently, after being inspired by some of my friends who produce music, I too started creating my own tracks in my free time using a software called Logic Pro X. Getting used to a different type of software was difficult in the beginning but I continue to learn and master it. After checking out some YouTube videos on producing music, I created three electronic tracks. Hope people will enjoy them. So far, I’ve got some positive feedback on one of my tracks and I wish to increase my fan base as time goes by. Some people will say that it is very easy to produce music using a laptop, but there is a series of stages involved in producing. The major step involved in the production process is coming up with a great idea. I think that is what matters the most, not the techniques or tricks used to release a great track.

Here are the tracks that I have created so far :