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If your snare is late or your bass ain't tight, what you gonna do? Click quantize!
If you program every drum hit and melody in with a mouse, then you can stop reading now. If however you prefer the hands-on approach, playing things in with a MIDI controller to keep the key rhythmic elements in sync, keep reading!
Quantizing your bassline keeps things rolling and if the beats are tight, your track will feel more cohesive.
If you really want that lop-sided Dilla-esque feel, focus on key events in the track. For example, when a new part enters after a dramatic pause, snap in the first note of every instrument and the first drum hits to give your drop the desired effect.
But after all said and done, there's a lot to be said for leaving things 'wonky'…
Q is also for:
Quantic - Mishaps Happening (FP Remix): Flux Pavilion's incredible rework of Will Holland's jazz/soul-electronica track. Very rare and very amazing.