Adding groove to MIDI and audio files using Logic Pro’s Quantize Swing and Groove Templates

Time to get groovy in-the-box.

Musicians and producers often talk about the ‘groove’ or ’feel’ of a track. These terms may sound ambiguous but, more often than not, what’s being described is the offset of notes or beats from the tempo. That is, a hi-hat may be slightly off-beat or ‘off the grid’ to create a looser feeling. Logic Pro has a couple of clever features to make this an easy process.

In this Logic Pro Tips video, Jono Buchanan explores Quantize Swing and creating a Groove Template to change the feel of a beat. You’ll learn what the terms “swing” and “groove” refer to in music production, and how to apply it using Logic Pro’s Quantize Swing values. You’ll also learn how a Groove Template can be applied to both MIDI and audio files.

Throughout our Logic Tips series, MusicTech Logic guru Jono Buchanan explains the music production process using Apple’s professional DAW. We have 70 episodes covering topics such as:

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Jono Buchanan is an Apple Certified instructor, with years of experience under his belt. As well as being a professor in Guildhall’s Electronic Music Department, he’s also a producer and media composer, and a trusted writer for MusicTech.

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