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what's the difference between an edit and a remix?

what's the difference between an edit and a remix?

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Fred Litmustest's picture
Wed, 05/03/2008 - 20:48
OK - so I'm an old bloke and this disco stuff always confused me but seeing as I do a bit of DJ'ing I feel I should know this and I don't ...

So what is the difference between a remix and an edit (if anything)?
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Wed, 05/03/2008 - 20:53
An edit chops up the track with possibly a few minor additions, logic drum loop etc. whereas a remix is an original take on the track.
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Wed, 05/03/2008 - 21:09
Major Dude;327278 wrote:
An edit chops up the track with possibly a few minor additions, logic drum loop etc. whereas a remix is an original take on the track.
Pretty much what he said.

To elaborate just a bit, or at least give a slighty different perspective. A re-edit can be done without the master tapes, or any raw bits of the song. You're taking a finished work and cutting it to pieces. And possibly adding simple parts (as MD said drum loop or rising keyboard sound or maybe some filtering/effects.)

To truly do a remix, you need either the "master tapes" (or in this day and age the computer file) with all (or some) of the parts of track divided up. You may use some of the original sounds, not use some, loop different parts, add your own parts. And you may use none (or next to none) of the tracks from the original. Also there is usually some major rearrangement. This is a remix in the current sense of the term.

In a more traditional (and possibly literal) sense, a remix is bringing the multi-track tape back up through mixing board, and readjusting the levels. Usually for dance purposes, this involves boosting the bass and drums, and possibly adding more effects (quite possibly dub style effects). And maybe tape looping some of the parts to extend them (i.e. intros and breakdowns). But less writing of new parts and total rearrangement. This I would say is a more "traditional" remix.
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Wed, 05/03/2008 - 21:11
anyone else just have a massive deja vu?
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Wed, 05/03/2008 - 21:26
aah - thanks for that - makes sense now I think
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