Friday, January 19, 2018


DATE of posting:       19 January 2018 - 

RECORDING HINTS -- written about using  GarageBand -- BUT
these Hints help increase your skills in ProTools, Logic, etc. 

It is **SO** aggravating !!! --
Let's say you have a synth flute track that sounds pretty good
 except  ONE  note... ONE  note --
and no matter how much you try to align it to a quarter note or whatever, 
it still sounds muddy or "thicker" than all the other notes.
You've looked and looked at the MIDI track 
and don't see anything different about that note

1.  Highlight note closest to where you hear GHOST note, so you can quickly find it.
2.  Go to the MIDI view. 
3.  Check   that there is NO same OR conflicting note before this PROBLEM NOTE
         that is TOO LONG... extends on top of this problem note,
         and thus is still playing when this one begins.

Still can't find a problem? >>
GarageBand has this quirky thing...
If you select a note and copy it, but forget to move the playhead
(red marker line) to the place you WANT the new note
before you habitually press the apple-V shortcut to copy it,
GB pastes the new note right on top of the old note. 

So there's a possibility that you have a 
hidden note behind the MIDI note you see. 
 I call this a "ghost" note -- you can HEAR it but not FIND it!.   (Grrrrrrrr......)
           No idea what the proper word is, but hey, this describes it well.
To check to see if this is the problem, in your MIDI  track's Piano Roll
         (shown after hitting the "snowflake" in the bottom left corner):

1. Select the problem note &  drag it upward or downward.
            If there's a "ghost" note, you'll see that copy still
            in the place from which you just moved your note.

2. If yes, there's a "ghost" -- just delete the wrong note, whichever it is.

3. If no, there's no "ghost" and you need to keep investigating,

A.  Do an Edit >  Undo change position of note (or the more common apple-Z shortcut).
Then you're back where you started from but have ruled out a common-enough cause of muddy notes.

    I take a PHOTO CLIP  of the correct notes as reference.
    then DELETE the notes around the GHOST
    and then copy in notes from another measure.....
ANNOYING BUT.... Hey, whatever works! -DianaDee:)

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(An earlier version published in this blog 8.3.2011)