Specific Instances Where I Rely On Timing Correct
|By Amir Said (Sa’id)|
I regularly receive emails and private messages over at the BeatTips Community concerning Timing Correct and Quantization. Well, my direct, short, non-politically correct response: Leave timing correct alone (as much as you can) and learn how to play (program) most of your drum parts with the Timing Correct off. However, most beatmakers will inevitably want to push the envelope with drum programming, so I have to acknowledge that. Therefore, here, I’ll outline the four occasions wherein I typically use timing correct.
(1) when I’m creating “stutter snares” (think down south sound)
(2) when I want to create intricate drum rolls.
(3) when I want to manipulate quick hi-hats or “reggae-style” syncopated hi-hat patterns.
(4) when I want to create bass (kick) drum build-ups.
Here, I should mention that when it comes to swing and feel, I almost never use timing correct or quantization. I like to play my drum patterns out as live (natural) as possible, which means without the timing correct “correcting” my feel and sense of rhythm. Some people try to achieve “swing” through timing correct and quantization, (which if you think about it, is actually counterproductive). I, however, opt to create swing in a much more natural manner, primarily through how I use percussion and multiple hi-hats and rides within my drum frameworks.Articles, Beatmaking, BeatTips, Drum Sounds and Drum Programming, Arranging, and Composing, MusicStudy, The BeatTips Community (TBC), Themes, Theories, and Concepts