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Creating and using Groove Templates


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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training

with David Franz

Video: Creating and using Groove Templates

If you want to quantize a MIDI performance and you're not confident in your quantization skills or you prefer the sound of pre-made quantization maps derived from real musical performances, you can use groove quantization. You can choose from a variety of pre-made groove quantization maps or groove templates. If we go to Event > Event Operations > Quantize, go down into the Quantize Grid, we can see the groove templates listed in these folders. Now it's difficult for me to describe how these templates will affect the sound of your track, but fortunately you can get some information about the template if you click the Show Comments button.
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  1. 13m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Exploring the different versions of Pro Tools
      3m 22s
    3. Optimizing your computer before installing Pro Tools
      4m 18s
    4. Troubleshooting
      2m 19s
    5. Using the exercise files
      2m 25s
  2. 36m 55s
    1. Installing and authorizing Pro Tools
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your Pro Tools system
      4m 31s
    3. Powering up and powering down
      58s
    4. Choosing the Playback Engine and Hardware settings
      5m 55s
    5. Optimizing Pro Tools' performance
      6m 26s
    6. Utilizing Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC)
      3m 36s
    7. Setting essential preferences
      2m 35s
    8. Creating a Pro Tools session
      4m 31s
    9. Identifying elements in a session folder
      2m 36s
    10. Creating new tracks
      3m 58s
  3. 42m 5s
    1. Exploring the Edit window
      6m 44s
    2. Exploring the Mix window
      3m 11s
    3. Exploring the Transport and Big Counter windows
      2m 57s
    4. Using the Color palette and window arrangements
      2m 35s
    5. Investigating the menus
      3m 22s
    6. Understanding samples and ticks
      3m 34s
    7. Viewing and manipulating tracks
      4m 31s
    8. Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
      3m 58s
    9. Selecting an I/O settings file
      4m 12s
    10. Understanding signal paths and gain stages
      3m 46s
    11. Utilizing keyboard shortcuts and Keyboard Focus
      3m 15s
  4. 21m 11s
    1. Using DigiBase and the Workspace browser
      4m 14s
    2. Importing audio
      3m 0s
    3. Importing MIDI
      2m 48s
    4. Importing session data
      5m 34s
    5. Importing tracks from a CD
      2m 51s
    6. Importing video
      2m 44s
  5. 56m 46s
    1. Recording audio
      6m 13s
    2. Playing back audio and Edit window scrolling
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a click track
      5m 24s
    4. Overdubbing and using the record modes
      8m 52s
    5. Recording with playlists and Loop Record
      4m 6s
    6. Punch recording and using the monitoring modes
      4m 14s
    7. Dealing with latency and ADC
      4m 58s
    8. Creating a group
      6m 5s
    9. Adding effects while recording
      5m 16s
    10. Creating a headphone (cue) mix
      4m 29s
    11. Assigning disk allocation
      2m 17s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding nondestructive editing and region types
      3m 19s
    2. Using the Selector and Grabber tools
      3m 37s
    3. Using the Trim and Scrubber tools
      7m 5s
    4. Using the Zoomer tool and zoom presets
      5m 51s
    5. Using the Pencil tool
      3m 10s
    6. Using the Smart tool
      1m 27s
    7. Understanding the Edit modes
      5m 51s
    8. Arranging clips
      6m 40s
    9. Undoing an edit
      2m 44s
    10. Utilizing fades and crossfades
      9m 41s
    11. Building a comp track using playlists
      5m 17s
    12. Locking and muting clips
      2m 48s
    13. Special Edit window buttons
      7m 15s
    14. Creating an audio loop
      5m 19s
    15. Editing a voiceover
      9m 41s
    16. Using Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch
      9m 12s
  7. 17m 21s
    1. Working with clip groups
      4m 33s
    2. Using time, tempo, meter, key, and chord
      5m 37s
    3. Creating memory locations
      7m 11s
  8. 33m 10s
    1. Setting up MIDI on a Mac
      4m 17s
    2. Setting up MIDI on a PC
      2m 14s
    3. Setting up MIDI in Pro Tools
      2m 44s
    4. Recording MIDI data
      3m 14s
    5. Recording multiple MIDI tracks with one virtual instrument
      2m 17s
    6. Recording options for MIDI
      6m 21s
    7. Using Step Input
      4m 35s
    8. Making a drum loop with MIDI Merge
      3m 36s
    9. Composing with virtual instruments
      3m 52s
  9. 57m 1s
    1. Using the edit tools for editing MIDI data
      10m 0s
    2. Editing MIDI data in the MIDI Editor
      7m 31s
    3. Working with the MIDI Event List
      2m 12s
    4. Editing MIDI data with Event Operations
      8m 33s
    5. Quantizing MIDI tracks
      12m 16s
    6. Creating and using Groove Templates
      5m 35s
    7. Utilizing real-time properties
      5m 50s
    8. Using MIDI Learn
      5m 4s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Exploring the Score Editor
      5m 49s
    2. Using the Score Editor
      5m 5s
    3. Setting up a score
      4m 48s
    4. Printing and exporting a score
      1m 48s
  11. 25m 39s
    1. Writing and editing automation
      6m 40s
    2. Drawing automation with the Pencil tool
      4m 2s
    3. Editing automation with the Trim and Grabber tools
      2m 58s
    4. Cutting, copying, pasting, and clearing automation
      4m 12s
    5. Turning automation on and off
      3m 52s
    6. Automating plug-ins and virtual instruments
      3m 55s
  12. 1h 49m
    1. Setting up a session for mixing
      8m 50s
    2. Setting up an effects loop
      9m 30s
    3. Working with plug-ins
      4m 33s
    4. Utilizing ADC while mixing
      9m 8s
    5. Applying EQ
      12m 43s
    6. Adding compression and limiting
      14m 25s
    7. Using delay effects
      6m 52s
    8. Applying AudioSuite plug-ins
      6m 24s
    9. Adding reverb to your mix
      6m 50s
    10. Bouncing down a mix
      4m 15s
    11. Making an MP3 for iTunes and SoundCloud
      2m 53s
    12. Setting up a session for mastering
      4m 58s
    13. Mastering a session
      10m 37s
    14. Bouncing down master recordings with Dither and Noise Shaping
      7m 24s
  13. 9m 59s
    1. Importing and displaying video files
      2m 38s
    2. Adding music, foley, ADR, and FX
      4m 29s
    3. Bouncing down video and audio together
      2m 52s
  14. 4m 0s
    1. Archiving an entire session
      4m 0s
  15. 58s
    1. Further recommendations
      58s

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training
8h 54m Beginner Jan 20, 2012

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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Pro Tools interface
  • Selecting inputs, outputs, and busses
  • Understanding signal paths and gain stages
  • Setting up Pro Tools hardware and software properly
  • Importing audio from multiple sources
  • Recording and editing audio and MIDI
  • Adjusting time, tempo, meter, key, and chord in arrangements
  • Mixing and mastering a session
  • Setting up an effects loop
  • Importing and displaying video
  • Adding music, Foley, ADR, and FX
  • Archiving a session
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
David Franz

Creating and using Groove Templates

If you want to quantize a MIDI performance and you're not confident in your quantization skills or you prefer the sound of pre-made quantization maps derived from real musical performances, you can use groove quantization. You can choose from a variety of pre-made groove quantization maps or groove templates. If we go to Event > Event Operations > Quantize, go down into the Quantize Grid, we can see the groove templates listed in these folders. Now it's difficult for me to describe how these templates will affect the sound of your track, but fortunately you can get some information about the template if you click the Show Comments button.

So first I'm going to choose this MPC 57% 16th notes Swing, and you'll see template contains 1 bar(s) of 4/4 time. I can click on Show Comments, and it'll show some more information about this template. By adjusting the Timing, Duration, Velocity, and other parameters, you can alter how the groove templates affect your MIDI performance data. At a setting of 100% the default setting for timing, duration, and velocity, the MIDI data will follow the groove template's feel exactly.

At 0% the MIDI notes will not be altered from their original state. Thus the groove template will have no effect. At 200% the MIDI notes will be altered twice as much as the groove template would usually alter them. Velocities and durations will become exaggerated versions of the groove template settings, and the timing of the notes will be moved to twice the difference between the original note locations and where they would normally be placed within the groove template. You can also choose to pre-quantize the MIDI notes, which hard-quantizes the notes to a 16th note grid before applying groove quantize.

This is a great thing to use if the rhythm of the MIDI performance that you're trying to quantize is a little dodgy to begin with. So let's apply a groove template to some MIDI notes, and I'm going to turn this Pre-Quantize off. Choose the Grabber tool and select this Drum Beat, and before I apply it, I want to press play, so we can hear the before and after. (Music Playing) So I've already selected this MPC 57% 16th note Swing template, so I'm going to change the timing here to 100% so that it follows the template exactly, and now I'm going to hit Apply. Let's listen.

(Music Playing) That sounds pretty good actually. Now you can make your own groove templates using Beat Detective. Let's close this up. So if you go to the Event menu and choose Beat Detective, now Beat Detective can analyze audio and MIDI data to define dynamic and rhythmic relationships in a performance, and create a groove template from that information.

Beat Detective generates triggers for bar, beats, and sub-beats that map the rhythmic relationship of a groove, as well as the amplitude of audio tracks to MIDI velocity. The Beat Detective window has options for working with both audio and MIDI. Here we'll choose MIDI, and I'm going to choose Groove Template Extraction, and I am going to create a groove template from this drum beat. Now I know that we just applied a groove template to this already, but imagine that we have a track here than want to extract a groove from, and that's what we're going to do.

So we've got the Groove Template Extraction. We're going to capture the selection and time, so we've got exactly 16 bars selected here. If you need to change your selection, you can just go into these fields and change them. Next, we'll go onto the Detection area, and we'll choose Normal Detection, and we'll choose to analyze the lowest note. So this will have Pro Tools focus on the kick drum from the groove to give us the basis for this groove template, and now I'm going to click Analyze. Let's go zoom in on this track.

Now as I drag this sensitivity slider, you're going to see Beat triggers up here on the beats and sub-beats of your selection. Bar trigger lines are the thick lines, and beat triggers are medium lines, and the sub-beats are thin lines. Now since we chose the lowest note, it's really only analyzing these lower notes. And to show you this, so the thick line here is at the bar line, bar 2, and this thin line is a sub-beat trigger shown at this particular 16th note.

I'll go up here now and choose Extract. So we have 16 Bars, Time Signature 4/4, and I'm going to save this to disk, and this automatically puts us right into the Grooves folder. I am going to create a new groove folder for my grooves and then call this groove1. So now we've extracted a groove, and if I go to the Event Operations > Quantize window, you can actually choose that groove right here.

Now I use groove templates a lot. I prefer the MPC style ones mostly. Sometimes I'll make my own from audio files or from drum loops that I will bring into Pro Tools. They are a terrific way to get your MIDI tracks quantized really quickly, using proven quantization feels.

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