I thought I'd try this here as I didn't get a response in the Software forum.
I wonder if anyone's had any experience at using the swing quantization function with Jazz?
I'm multi tracking some original tunes and want to set up some click tracks. The swing
function with Sibelius and my drum machine are too rigid to record with. I experimented
with taking a real bassist's performance and mapping the transients and making a groove
template, but it's problematical: there are many stray peaks and not all get picked up by
the Q grid; and the timing can be be very personal - I just want a regular but groovy click track.
I made a series of 4 bar MIDI strips of walking bass (I selected "8 bar MIDI track"
and the click is on the 1/4 note, but I actually have 4 bar sections!!) and set them against the click.
If I set the Q grid to 1/4 note and the Q length to anything, I get wild synchopation, whatever the swing
percentage is set to. If I choose less than that, nothing happens. Also, is there a way to
either have a longer MIDI empty section for step time input, and is there a way to have the
quantization set for all the separate strips, rather than the one selected in the MIDI editor?
I was hoping the variable swing setting + the humanizer button would do it, but I may have to go back to
using transients, in which case, can anyone answer this: is it possible to delete transients before you make
a groove template? Can you add input lines to the groove template? I found sometimes it was exactly the
transient you wanted that didn't show up. Obviously, you can move the MIDI notes around by hand.
Any advice appreciated. I notice there are lots of preset groove templates for pop music etc - I guess
Jazz is too much a backwater to find templates for it.