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Old 26th June 2009
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Originally Posted by BenJah View Post
Hi Butch

Huge fan of your work. I'd like to know your thoughts around quantizing drums in protools. Is this something you tend to regularly do or something you try to avoid?

Thanks in advance.
I like the tracks to be pretty tight, but I always pay a lot of attention to when a drummer sounds good, and try to make grids adhere to the drummer, not the other way around.
That's why I do tempo maps, as well as letting parts of songs freestyle.
I think the degree of quantizing depends on the song, and the drummer.
You have to use your ears, make sure the groove feels right.

Tip: don't look at the computer screen when listening so you can see if a drummer is ahead or behind. Close your eyes....and listen!