Course 4: Elastic Audio and Elastic Pitch

In this course, you will dive deeper into the power of Pro Tools by utilizing two of its most useful features: Elastic Audio and Elastic Pitch. This course helps you with recordings that were recorded out of time or out of key. Understanding the full power of this tool will also help you get more creative with a track even if it was recorded perfectly.

Elastic Audio allows you to make anything from subtle changes in transients to dramatic changes to musical phrases by lengthening, shortening, and repositioning a selected section of audio. You also have the ability to change pitch without altering timing; audio can be manipulated like a rubber band that can be stretched or compressed, allowing you to make faster or slower tempo changes during specific moments in your song.

Elastic Pitch allows producers and engineers to adjust the pitch of a vocal or instrumental track without affecting its timing. This can be used for correcting out-of-tune notes, creating special effects like harmony vocals, and even making extreme changes such as turning a spoken word into music. It also saves time by eliminating the need for tedious manual editing tasks such as retiming individual notes or manually adjusting pitch by ear.

You’ll learn the different workflows of each feature and when to render or commit these changes. Not all versions of Pro Tools have Elastic Audio, so if you move from one system to another, the changes may not translate. At the end of the course, you’ll have a review and be required to fill out a blog entry.