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The Amazing Speed-Upper!

Posted by Stev187 on Sunday, August 5, 2007

The Amazing Speed-Upper
Loopy Dan Levenson

[For an audio example podcast of how I did this, go to my music page and listen to "Amazing Speed Upper."] 

Today I did something pretty cool with two pieces of software and Dan Levenson's free fiddle versions of OTFTCHB.  Jackie taught me "Cuffy" at Clifftop, but I was having a hard time keeping the fiddle line in my head.  I noticed that it's in Dan's book.  After some monkeying around, I now have an up-to-speed, continuous loop of the fiddle part for "Cuffy."  Here's how I did it.

  1. I used PolderBits to shave off the "potatoes" at the beginning of the fiddle track.  I carefully trimmed the beginning and end to be just the A and B part.
  2. I loaded the new, shortened version of Dan's "Cuffy" into the Amazing Slow Downer and used it to actually speed up the tune.  It sounds good to me at 128% of speed (remember that Dan is playing these tunes pretty slowly so you can hear what he's doing).
  3. I checked the "LOOP" box in ASD and there you go.  A continuous loop of "Cuffy."  I can play along or just let it drum into my head.  "Cuffy" has a pretty odd B part, so I often like to just hum these and drill them into my subconscious.

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