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Chapter 10. Editing MIDI > About Groove Quantizing

About Groove Quantizing

One of the glaring omissions in the first version of Cubase SX was the lack of groove quantizing. Cubase VST (and nearly every other sequencer) supported groove quantizing, which uses one MIDI part as the timing grid for another MIDI part. This was accomplished by extracting the “groove” from a MIDI part, or sometimes an audio file, which would then create a complex timing grid that could be used as a quantize source.

Groove quantizing opens up a ton of interesting musical possibilities. A MIDI drum beat can be used to quantize a piano part, which will tighten the groove between the two without any of the robotic feel that is generally part of quantizing. Combining this with other advanced quantizing tools like iterative strength and iterative quantizing creates a very powerful tool for working with MIDI parts.


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