There are four situations I’d like to describe that I find frustrating. I’d like to discuss if there is a feature or two that could simplify. In all the cases I described, I’m recording with a count in (preroll).
- I have a 1 bar count in and am recording (midi) and want to play a note exactly on the 1 but I come in early ( sat a 1/128th before the 1): the note is lost
- I have a piece of music that plays a note just before what mighty logically be considered the first bar (e.g an 8th note before the 1): I need to add an extra bar to capture it.
- I have a clip recorded unquantized which I shrink to only include a certain bar which has a note played just before the 1: I either lose the note, or make the clip a littler longer at the front meaning it’ll snap to grid “late” (with my early note on the one).
- I want to make a time selection of a bar which contains early notes as I’ve been describing: I end up needing to include a short time before the 1 in my selection to accommodate, potentially taking little snippets of other clips.
My general thinking is 2 fold
- I think I’d like recording to occur during the preroll and the playback of that preroll to be included in the clip prior to the part that snaps (like a fade in), but not be just of the clip loop.
- I’d like a “forgiveness” or “affinity” parameter such that notes played just prior to a musical beat (or extending just into another bar) be associated with the bar they were “intend” to be played in. This means if I snap a clip to grid which has a preroll note played 5ms early, the note remains 5ms before the clip start, even when clipping. This could also apply to time based selections to avoid you cutting off a small sliver of a note at the start of end of a selection when you recorded unquantized.
Anyway, these are my thoughts, but I wanted to get an idea of what people thought about the problem itself and my proposed solution, and if anyone else has any other ideas or better fixes to propose.