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February 15, 2011

Comping Vocals on the Lennon Bus with Pro Tools 9

Written by Ryan L'Esperance


Hey everybody! Ryan here, with a little Pro Tools Tip that I’d like to share with you. I often find myself working on the Lennon Bus in a situation when there is a point in the song that the artist is having a little trouble in a section or we want to try some different variations for a verse per say. So I use a technique called comping that allows the artist to do multiple takes of a section, try as many variations as they like so I can later pick the best take or pieces of the take to create the best “comp.”  Here’s how you set it up.

The first thing you do is set up Pro Tools to Loop Record. This is done by right clicking or control clicking the Record button until it shows the loop record icon.


Next you record as many takes as need be to get the best performance out of the artist.


Once you have your takes recorded, right click on the region that you’ve been loop recording and select “matches> Expand to new playlists.”


Go to your Track View Selector and select playlist.


You will now see all your takes, you can select and solo each individual part and pick the best takes.


Next to the Comp Solo Button is an arrow that will allow you to copy the selection to the Main Playlist. This is where you rinse and repeat.


Continue going through all of the takes to create your final comp in the Main Playlist.


Once your comp is complete, go back to the track view selector and choose waveform to hide the playlist view. Your comp is now complete! Add some crossfades and you’re done.

Hope this tip helps you with your production needs.

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