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    Chop and Screw on the CPU...

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    OK I got a PM from someone I guess wishes to remain anonymous.

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    hey wat up i was wondering how do i create the new stylish "chopped & screwed" style on my cpu
    I figure there are many more people more qualified than me to answer this question (DJ's) but here is my best answer.

    Screwing the music is really very simple. Find a program that has a pitch shift function. Set the pitch shifter to -1 through -3 depending on how "screwed" you want the music to be.

    Chopping is a little more complicated you're gonna need a DJ program that will let you play two songs at the same time.

    I use Tractor and I'm not very good at it.

    But place the same song in deck a and deck b.

    Set the cross fader all the way over the deck b.

    Press play on deck a then press play on deck b.

    Now the trick is to get deck a to play about a beat ahead deck b.

    Then use the crossfader to slide back and forth quickly between deck a and deck b.

    Making "chop" on the snare.

    Good Luck...

    If anyone has a better solution I'd love to hear it as I said before I'm not very good at it.

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    i'll tell you how i do it, which is very far from anything near as professional as you're talking, but the end result sounded pretty good considering i dont have turntables or anything like that. i take my song in cubase and first slow it down to the speed i wanted using the time stretch, then i use pitch shift to get the vocals to sound how i want and that takes care of the screwed part. then i just zoom on the waveform and wherever i want it to "skip" or chop, i just splice it and move it backwards or forwards. im sure michael watts would laugh if he read this, but it really sounds pretty good. ill post a link if you want to hear it. i dont know if this helps you or not, but i figure if this guy who's asking you this doesnt have the crazy kind of equipment that swisher house has he should be able to do something similar and get decent results.
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    yep

    pcp, i pretty much do it the same way as you the only difference is i double the tracks in cubase, set one slightly ahead but on tempo. I time stretch both (but making sure the length of the song is checked to remain the same), I then begin to chop what ever i want emphasized.
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    I'm kinda like that too. I screw the track down in traktor and then load the screwed track in cubase and make my chops in there with a double track. Sometimes I don't even need to double it, but I usually do anyway. Not that I do screwed and chopped much, but I do it on request if an artist wants their track done that way after they've recorded it. Doesn't mean I don't charge 'em for that though
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    hey willz you have any sound clips of what you're talking about here? i have no idea about chopping screws or whatever it is you're describing hehe...
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    Hey zed...have you ever heard a song that has the pitch slowed down. Kind of like a record playing really slow. Then some of the vocal parts skip to fit the pitch shifted beat? That's chopped and screwed music.

    Chopping is editing the vocals so that they have a small skip in them that repeats partially.

    Screwing is using the pitch shift to slow down the beat.

    I just wanted to give you some kind of knowledge before you listened to it so you'd know what to expect.
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    BTW Traktor is one of the best DJ progs I've come across. I love playing with that thing and seeing what comes out.
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    i'm goin to try and C&S a song tonight in Cubase....see if i can get it right...

    i had Traktor but could never get it to start right like i wanted it to to do C&S
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugalo180
    pcp, i pretty much do it the same way as you the only difference is i double the tracks in cubase, set one slightly ahead but on tempo. I time stretch both (but making sure the length of the song is checked to remain the same), I then begin to chop what ever i want emphasized.

    i think when i chopped and screwed the song on my cd, i actully pitch shifted it, but made sure i selected the length to remain the same. sorry if my previous post was a little misleading.
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    im going to see if this work later today on a track..
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