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dragging multiple drum tracks using flex


richgilb

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I've got 11 drum tracks and the drums need a bit of help in terms of timing. I have tried moving just the kick drum track to learn that it messes up the other tracks a bit. Is there a way of turning flex on all 11 tracks, linking them, then dragging the kick and have the other 10 tracks move with it?
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I would add that when quantizing grouped audio, you can reference the quantizing off of only specified tracks (ie, Kick or snare,) by selecting/deselecting the green 'Q' square in the arrange track.

 

So for example, you want to quantize to 1/4 notes, but the tom hits are confusing logic and messing up the quantization: Group your channels, phase-locked, and deselect the green 'Q' icon, on all tracks but the kick, then quantize. It will use the kick as reference to quantize, and keep all tracks in sync with that. Then make your flex changes from there.

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Ok, you're still using a workflow that's bound to cause that kind of problem. What's been recommended is pretty much this:

 

1) Start from scratch with the Flex Markers, IOW, delete any you've got, otherwise they *will* get in the way of future quantizing efforts.

 

2) Group all the tracks together so that they'll all move together when you do the next step.....

 

3) Once you've got rid of your old Flex Markers, now try quantizing by referencing only the kick.

 

Rolls, being the clattery beasts that they are, are almost guaranteed to get pulled out of shape after quantizing. Half the notes in the roll will get pulled one way, the other half the other way.

 

But if you only quantize some simple and fundamental rhythmic element like the kick, then all the rolls and busy tom fills will follow along, if you follow mattyp's advice a few posts back.

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