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Best way to keep a perfect/even beat?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Kuroneku, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Let's say I'm recording MIDI with my piano, and I use a metronome. So far so good.

    But when I have to cut, for instance, a 4/4 beat section out of the track that I just recorded, it seems almost impossible to have a perfect cut to where I could put that cut right next to each other and have perfectly 2 times that 4/4 beat.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    you have to expand the view of the track. click the icon that looks like a magnifying glass with the + mark. each time you expand the track view the resolution becomes finer so your "snap to" becomes more exact expand view by four or five and you should be able to make a more precise cut.
  3. Kuroneku

    Kuroneku Active Member

    Zooming in to the deepest helps! Thanks

    Hey, do you know if there is a metronome vst that does BEATS PER SECOND? Like on an electronic piano
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    If your technique can't handle the part, you can slow down the tempo until you can execute the part.

    Then speed up the midi data later.

    What I do mostly is get close then clean it up in the midi editor.

    Also time spent on technique helps.

  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    All musician percive time differently. While listening to a track you might not hear it but some will anticipate time and others will be a bit late. For those that anticipate, you can't make a selection based on the measures in your daw because you'll miss the beginning of the note. You need to to select from the point just before the note hits. When I want to do a selection to copy a part, I always note the exact starting point on my selection and when I make a paste, I paste to that same spot in the mesures. That way I keep the integrity of what the artist has done.
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Other than practice lol, Sorry, I figured we needed that one tossed in here so its done lol.

    To add a bit more ,

    This is a double edged sword here. What do you do. MIDI likes to be landing on the beat while we know the natural feel sounds right when everything isn't quantized like a machine, at least the main driving parts to the song that is. So, I always quantize drums tighter to the grid and may never quantize piano, strings, all fills and leads, etc.. There are reasons outside the feel why I do quantize.
    CPU, interface, MIDI controller and DAW software all play a key part from one system to the next so one mans opinion will vary greatly from another on how they program and arrange music ITB.
    To add, many people in this business never understand how great MIDI technology is because you have to have a properly designed system in the first place and take a year to learn it before you really get anywhere. Its incredibly useful and way more complex than most would ever imagine. If you think track automation is cool, MIDI is miles beyond that. The coolest thing about MIDI is you can continuously edit everything from note change, feel to special effects to the mil sec. Its amazing.
    Great MIDI programming is far from sounding robotic. That's how the beginners do it and how the less informed interpret what it is..

    I built my system so MIDI and latency runs like a clock. This is the first part to getting it all tight and accurate to the performance. A great MIDI set-up doesn't get all goofy on you like it does when you have a less than desirable system.

    Confusing? well, that's the first step to getting it right. A serious low latency MIDI setup is the key to sounding real and tight. MIDI IS the coolest thing to happen after the tape recorder was invented.

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