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Quantizing is an essential part of recording MIDI tracks. And for those of you who may not have heard of quantizing MIDI before, it's a feature that corrects the timing of the MIDI notes played. I'll select one of Studio One's virtual instruments. I'll choose Presence and I'm able to select the preset from the drop down menu right here. I'll grab UBV cord drag it onto the arrange window and there's our sound. (SOUND) My play head is already at measure 1, I'll hit the c key to turn the metronome on.
And I'll record in some midi parts. (SOUND)(MUSIC) I'll double click on the midi region, and as you can see, these are the midi notes playing. The timing is obviously off. These notes are arriving way before the down beat. I'll highlight these notes.
The part I played in, is a series of 8th notes, so I'll quantize 2 eighth note. And there we go, it auto corrected my timing. Let's take a listen. (MUSIC) Excellent. Now in the event that you don't want to wait until after your part is played and you'd like to have quantizing occur while you're playing your part in (SOUND), all you have to do is turn on the input quantize feature, which you can do from the record panel. I can pull the record panel up by Option Shift R. And a panel pops up at the bottom right between the transport and the bottom of the arrange window.
And I can select input quantize. I'll play the same part in again, and you'll see that quantization will occur, as I'm playing the part. (MUSIC) Double-click on the region and, as you can see, the notes are already corrected. So it's a personal preference as to whether or not you want to correct your timing after you've played the part in or while the part's being played in. It's not right or wrong, it's purely subjective. Sometimes you may only want to quantize a portion of the notes that you've played in, to keep the part feeling live.
If you're going for more of a live feel, I would suggest not turning input quantize on and simply double clicking on the midi region, like we did here to bring up the notes and highlighting the notes that you'd like corrected and quantize them and leave the other notes untouched. In this movie I created a preset on the arrange window by simply dragging a preset from the list within one of PreSonus's virtual instruments presents. Next, I played in a keyboard part that was a series of eighth notes. We were then able to take a look at the a midi data by double clicking on the midi region and I demonstrated the difference between quantizing after you played the part in. First is setting input quantization, which will automatically correct your timing while the part's being played in.
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