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Chapter 1. MIDI sequencing: make it easy... > Editing ­ get rid of the bum notes! - Pg. 5

MIDI sequencing: make it easy on yourself 5 To quantize or not to quantize Musicians argue endlessly over this. There's no doubt that quantization helps tremendously to tighten up loosely played performances. On the other hand, it can render a beautifully expressive performance completely lifeless. So when do we resort to quantization? Well, let's suppose you are composing techno music as background music for a science documentary video. In this case quan- tization is probably a must. Computer music by its very nature lends itself to this kind of treatment. On the other hand, if you were working on music of a romantic nature, for a chocolate box adver- tisement, the music would need to `breathe' in a rubato fashion. In this case quantization would be used sparingly, if at all. Those are two extremes and there are many styles of music and combinations of instruments that fall in between. Choices have to be made. Editing ­ get rid of the bum notes! We all make mistakes and one of the beauties of Logic is the ability to edit any mistakes and wrong notes after recording. If you've followed the principles outlined above, hopefully, there will not be too many. Those of you familiar with conventional music notation will find it easiest to alter, delete, and replace wrong notes in the Score [Windows > Open Score] (Figure 1.10). Others may prefer the Matrix Edit window [Windows > Open Matrix Edit] where you will find a graphical representation of the recording with the notes placed on a grid (Figure 1.11). It's easy to determine the pitch from the virtual keyboard on the left-hand side. For detailed use of these Editors, refer to your Logic manual.