Hi, Violinist. I’m glad it worked.
Regarding quantization. No wonder the idea of it wasn’t easy to grasp since the whole concept of mechanical straightening of note positions on a grid should be alien to any musician who plays an acoustic instrument, which is not bad at all, but rather natural. However, sometimes the material you record cannot be played precisely on time for various reasons (drum patterns, small note values, moderate playing skills etc.). That’s when quantization may come in handy.
If you read scores you should know that a bar is a relative measure of time that can be filled with notes and rests of different rhythmic values depending on the time signature. Imagine a bar with 4/4 signature as a grid of 4 squares (or note positions) equally distant from each other. Any note or rest you record gets placed on one of those squares only, not letting you miss its position, even if in absolute time you might have missed it. This is what happens when you turn auto quantize on an set the quantize value of 1/4. Set the quantize value of 1/16 and your measure is going to consist of 16 note positions and whatever you record gets automatically placed on the position on the grid which your playing in absolute time is closest to.
Now let’s approach this in reversed order. You recorded some MIDI material and found that some notes are out of time. You select those notes in the key editor and run Quantize command. The program asks you what quantize value you would like to set, which means how many equal note positions (grid squares) you’d like to divide your measure (grid) into. You set this value and run the command and the program makes sure the notes you selected are put in the appropriate grid squares.
Quantization is something you have to not overdo with. If you fill your measure with only 1/4 notes, but then set the quantize value of 1/32, the program then has 32 positions to choose from for the notes placement, which might give you the result you didn’t intend to achieve. You have to experiment a little, but soon you will be seeing right away which value would be the most appropriate in any given case.
If this doesn’t clarify the quantize concept, feel free to ask more questions.