For those who don’t own a synth or other audio editing tools but are interested none-the-less, quantizing is essentially the process of “rounding off” the timing of notes you have recorded to ensure they are more in time than they may have originally been recorded. This can be useful if correcting slight issues of losing the beat here or there, however should be used sparingly to ensure your music remains human and musical, rather than exact and robotic.
For anyone wishing to do this on a Motix XS, as I was asked tonight on Twitter, the process is as follows…
Once you’ve recorded your music, follow these steps:
- Press the track number of the track you want to quantize
- Press the Job button
- Press F2 for the Note menu
- Select job 1, Quantize
- Choose the start and end point of the selection you would like to quantize
- Select the quantize amount i.e. quantize to the nearest 1/4 beat, 1/8 beat, etc
- Press Enter to complete the quantize
If the result is not quite what you wanted, you can straight away undo (still in Job mode) by pressing F1 for the Undo / Redo job, and pressing Enter.
It can sometimes be trial and error to get the result you’re after. You may not need to quantize a whole phrase, but only a few bars within in. Also, if you’ve tried various quantize amounts (1/4 beat, 1/8 beat etc) and it’s rounding the notes a bit too far apart or a bit too close together no matter how you do it, it may be best to go back to basics and rerecord the take.
Trust this is helpful!