Friday, April 20, 2018

Why Doesn't MIDI Hit on Beat? - by DianaDee Osborne

DATE of posting:       20 April 201   SUBSCRIBE - 

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

Let's say you've quantized your MIDI instrument such as violin synth or bass synth.
That is, you've selected notes, gone into the GarageBand SCORE region, and selected
Auto Align to
for all the quarter and eight notes.... but 
the instrument sometimes still is not "hitting" on Count 1
of the measure. Why not? How do you fix this?

Here's an Easy fix --
There's a huge chance that your MIDI notes are too long.
1. Go into the Piano Roll view of the notation section.
2. Look at MIDI notes near the end of each measure.
    Are some of them so long that they cross into the next measure?

3. If so, it's an easy fix: Just shorten the long notes so they don't cross the measure bar.

MAYBE STEP 4:  Just trying to shorten them a BIT may take TOO MUCH.
Another easy fix:
__ 4a.  Go up into the menu and TURN OFF   SNAP TO GRID.
__ 4b.  Spread out the notes section view.... That gives you more control.
__ 4c.  NOW shorten the notes a bit...
__ 4d.  TURN ON    SNAP TO GRID.

NOTE: This is most important for COUNT 1. The ear doesn't notice other counts so much.
REASON for the problem:
The last MIDI note of a measure will usually continue to be heard if it
extends into the next measure...
and THEREFORE note which you had quantized for count 1 of the next measure
often can't be heard in time.  Until you did this easy fix!

Much joy to you fixing regular beats in music!
Lots of Examples to hear free at
©2018, 2011 DianaDee Osborne;  all publication rights reserved
(An earlier version published 6 November 2011)