I love Flex Time (Polyphonic) in Logic Pro X – it saved my off-beat playing a lot of times. Of course it's very interesting to move markers right on the hits (aka. quarter note hit, 8th note hit, 16th, so on) but sometimes I just have a pattern played using only 8th notes (quavers, whatever you call them) and sitting and snapping each off-beat 8th note to grid becomes not so interesting. So... is there any automatic approach to snap all off-beat markers perfectly to closest on-beat grid position? Of course this doen't apply to triplets, quintuplets, sextuplets and some other tuplets because they can fall on a tick instead of even beat.

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  • Is there a reason why you don’t want to just use quaver quantization? Aug 20, 2018 at 15:59
  • @BobBroadley How to apply that?
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    Aug 20, 2018 at 16:00
  • Hey there. I’m sat in an airport waiting for a flight, with no computer, so I won’t post either an answer or detailed comments. However, I would say that, if you don’t know much about what quantisation is, or how to do it to audio and midi in a DAW, you should definitely read up on it. It is one of the most fundamental aspects of creating music in DAWS. Aug 20, 2018 at 21:10
  • TLDR: select passage of audio you want to snap to grid and press Q. Aug 20, 2018 at 21:11

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For the most part, you should do it yourself, as sometimes you want to leave a certain transient as it is, because it might create a vital artifact that can easily spoil the sound in a place, where it is snapped to grid. But in most cases, you can use quantization and then listen while correcting the transient that are quantized off (this happens especially with triplets of any type, mostly 16th note triplets though) or those that sound bad due to created artifact.


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