Originally Posted by JDN
Just curious, when using swing quantizing on the MPC, do you usually like to aply the same swing to all quantized tracks, or have them slightly different? Also, I'm sure it varies on a song by song bases, but what are peoples favorite swing percentages
I don't, but each person has to find there own groove.
Yes i use swing, no i don't use the same setting on each beat. For me it all depends on the BPM and pattern.
The swing, if programming from the first note, all depends if i am using any even numbers I.E. no even numbers/off beats then no swing for the kick or snare as no matter how much is applied it will touch nothing! ( i often make beats using no swing as its simply not needed for the patten.)
As said I have no set formula so it depends on the patten if am gonna swing the kicks or off snare or if am gonna swing the hats. (i use swing as a timing correction and thats all.) I do not swing with more than one setting. For me the feel of quantized drums can be real funky as long as you break up the flow and push things a little.... see shift.
Just as important or even far more important is the shift. No real drummer ever hits any of the hats/kicks snare so on to the same exact point so just break it up and use your ear.... If your getting it right to drum are gonna breath.... Once you play yours keys or drop your sample it should gel a lot better. I tend to quantise my drum elements but always play my keys live these days.