Yesterday I had a instrument track with some MIDI keyboard in it. I had a chord track with chords typed in that matched the MIDI. I had a group of drum kit tracks too.
The MIDI and the chord track were quantized and I liked what I heard and saw.
I used the drum tracks, actually the kick drum track, to create a custom tempo map. It was very close but the drums had a feel that I wanted to keep.
After I had a new tempo map I attempted to quantize the MIDI and the chord track to the new tempo map.
The timing was very, very close but every time I quantized the MIDI, the chord track, or both at once, the chords in my MIDI track would be revoiced and it spoiled everything.
I finally turned off the follow chord track and was able to move the MIDI and the chord symbols to the grid.
I am writing here to ask for help with understanding what I was doing wrong and what a preferred work flow will be. I hope to get a better understanding of how Cubase “thinks” so I can work with it more effectively.
I guess, once I have the MIDI and the chord track matched that turning off follow chord track makes sense but it also seems to preclude making any further exploration into detailed voicing etc.
I suspect that the chords and the voicings in the MIDI track changed so much because the quantize process occurs in a serial fashion and so for brief moments the chord symbols and the MIDI events do not line up and the chords, and their voicing, get influenced by adjacent chord symbols, or something like that.
I’m a little hesitant to re instantiate the “follow chord track” on this MIDI because in some instances the change was too subtle to see visually and it took a while to hear that a note had gone sour during playback.
I’d like to feel more confident while using it and hope to learn how to make best use of it.