Friday, March 30, 2012

"Bohemian Rhapsody" police cruiser singer gets remixed

You may have seen the video of the drunk guy singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in the back of an RCMP cruiser. If not, scroll down. If so, check out my remix of the drunk guy plus Queen, with some slicing, dicing, tuning and timing mixed in for good measure. (All done in Reaper with included plugins.)



And here's the original video:



And if you have the urge to do something like this yourself, I'm not going to hoard my secrets. Here's how I did it:
- Fed both the original RCMP Cruiser Drunk video and a Queen Bohemian Rhapsody karaoke video into a Youtube-to-MP3 site online and downloaded the tracks
- Imported both files to separate tracks in Reaper
- Applied an effects chain to the RCMP singing guy: First, a channel mix plugin to isolate just the right channel, since the left channel was only static. That moved the Right channel to center.
- EQ to cut the mud and boost around 3k.
- ReaTune set to tune the vocal to B Major. In hindsight, I think that might have been the wrong key for much of the song, but it's the information I had at the time.
- Reverb on the vocal -- ordinarily I'd use a good reverb plug-in, but all I had was the stock Reaper verbs, and I was in a hurry.
- The laborious part was going through the RCMP guy's track phrase by phrase. I sliced it, then moved it to match the instrument track. Where the drunk was off-tempo, I used time-stretching (Alt-drag) to change the pace.
- Smoothed the ins and outs of each slice with Reaper's simple fade-in/out
- Adjusted the levels for proper balance
- Put a 'glue' compressor on the master bus and a limiter just in case.
- Mixdown to WAV and that was all! Took about half an hour, and I did it while still doing my day job!

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