How To Make A Sparta Remix (for starters)
To get started, you have to get a Sparta base, and a source. You can easily find a base from SpartaBaseReuploads or SoundCloud. If you are downloading a base from Youtube, make sure to use an online youtube MP3 converter (for example: https://ytmp3.cc/) to convert the following Sparta Base to the MP3 format and download it. Once you have downloaded your chosen Sparta Base, find a Sparta source video or get it from cartoon websites (Kisscartoon for example).
NOTE: If you want to download cartoon sources from other websites, make sure you have the Video DownloadHelper addon before doing this.
In order to make the source downloadable, play it and the addon will detect the video. Go to the addon and click the video to download. Make sure you click on (MP4) "720p" or "1080p" (if possible) for the highest quality to download, or else the source will have bad quality.
If it's a Youtube video, you have to download it using an online youtube MP4 converter. A good converter can be found by clicking here.
- Main Article: Timing
NOTE: Before doing this step, make sure you have downloaded and installed Sony VEGAS Pro.
To get started, open up Sony Vegas Pro. Here are many steps here in order to have perfect timing for a Sparta Remix, so make sure to check the Timing page for more instructions.
What you have to do
- Set the ruler to 16th notes (you can also use 8th, 32rd notes or triplets but 16th is recommended for remixes). Set the BPM to 140.000 (if you use a base with a different BPM, set that BPM instead).
- Make sure to enable Snapping, Active Take Information, Snap To Grid, Snap To Markers and Snap To All Events.
- Always make sure to disable Quantize to Frames, leaving this feature enabled will make your Sparta Remixes less synchronizable.
- Know how to zoom in and out, add new tracks (video and audio) and view note slices as shown below in the screenshot.
NOTE: Before doing the chorus, make sure to activate the pitch shift effect beforehand in order to avoid sample corruption.
The chorus. In case if you don't know, the chorus is the "main pattern" that is "often repeated throughout a Sparta Remix". There are many tricky patterns out there to use, such as one of the freestyle patterns.
But for beginners like you, here is the basic pattern that you can use in one of your Sparta Remixes:
How To Make A Pitch Sample (Melodyne)
To get started, you have to get Melodyne. Melodyne can be acquired on http://www.celemony.com/en/start or by other, less-than-legal, means. Sometimes if you ask on Discord, other remixers may provide you a link to download Melodyne. Once you have downloaded and installed Melodyne, open up VEGAS Pro, import your source (can also drag-and-drop), adjust your ruler settings and implement the basic chorus (as the methods were mentioned above).
NOTE: Melodyne samples sound depending on which sample you chose. If your sample doesn't sound good, considering choosing a different clip part to sample.
In order to make a sample, make sure to find an sound, audio that sounds clean as possible in the source (equalization may help sometimes to clean the sample). If the sample is too short, it can be streched either in Melodyne or Vegas, but it's more recommended to strech the sample in Melodyne in order to avoid distortion.
To make a new sample, you have to render your chosen audio (as mentioned above) in .wav format. You should be careful where you save and name your sample, because sometimes you may mix and choose the wrong sample for the visual! Now that your sample is rendered, open Melodyne. In Melodyne you need to import your sample (click in the File tab, and click Open to search for the audio you rendered earlier).
The sample you imported will be shown in Melodyne. In order to correct the sample, click the button "Correct Pitch" and set "Correct Pitch Center" and "Correct Pitch Drift" to 100% and click "OK". The sample may be too short, so you need to stretch it by dragging the sample until the sample is expanded.
The sample has also a inner line (the audio tone) which may look curved so it's time to correct this too (right-click the "Pitch Tool", click the Pitch Modulation Tool and set it to 0% and the line will be straight).
Once your sample is finished, export it (click in the File tab, and click Save As to save your new audio).
You can optionally import your sample straight away in Vegas and make it match with the visuals (activate the pitch shift effect beforehand in order to avoid sample corruption, use the pan/crop tool and resize the visual clip to the desired size, when the sample plays more, turn the sample horizontally or verticallly and change the sample's position in the opposite direction, making sure the flipped visual's position matches the unflipped one's position).
How To Make Patterns easier with Fl Studio
NOTE: Make sure you have FL Studio 12 instead of 11, because some necessary options (like trim and crossfade may not show in the older version).
Instead of importing and doing the pattern straight into vegas, you can import it in Fl Studio (drag and drop it there).
In the sample's properties, activate trim and crossfade before using the piano roll, there's also FL porta if you want to make your samples have a vibrato effect. If your sample sounds too standard, you can also add FL Fruity's effects (equalization, chorus, delay and more...).
Doing the pattern is as easy as doing an FL studio pattern. After you've finished your sample pattern, export it in a different name (in order to not mix it up) and then drag and drop it in Vegas, and make the box visuals match with the samples by usually flipping them. Another method is to do every pitch and percussion on FL Studio. (to be added)