First of all, sorry for my english, it’s not my mother tongue.
I have always been wondering if there’s a way to lock specific midi notes to avoid them to be modified in any way (position, velocity, whatsoever…) …
The reason why I’m asking this is because of the following fact:
I often find myself building really complex drum fills or something similar … things, that can take me hours to get them finished, because of the fact that I want them to sound as natural as possible.
Problem Nr 1: when building such midi rhythms or melodies I also very often use quantizing on many notes, with the help of the default key command ‘Q’. Now, it unfortunately rather often happens that I accidentally hit the Q button without having any of the midi notes highlighted/selected at this moment. So EVERY midi note in my event is getting quantized AND THE BIGGEST PROBLEM HERE: of course sometimes I don’t even realize it. So I keep on building for hours and hours on several parts, when I suddenly realize that all the building that I’ve done some days ago is destroyed, because I must have accidentally hit the Q button during the current day.
Problem Nr 2:
Maybe some more information about my workflow regarding building virtual drums for example:
I very often like to quantize just some parts of my drum set, for example I like to have the kick drum to be quantized rather tight, while I like my cymbals to be more natural and a little off the grid.
Therefore it would be awesome to lock a whole note area, let’s say for example: look every note except for note 36 where my kick drum is. Then just hit the Q button and I don’t have to worry about having selected the right notes and not accidentally having selected some snare or so.
I know I could use seperate midi tracks for each drum part (kick, snare, hihat, etc.), at least for solving problem nr 2, but I want everything inside one midi editor.
And of course I want to solve both problems.
I also know that there is the logical editor and if no one of you guys will be able to help me further with the above described problems, then I will start using the logical editor in the future in some way…
but I thought before taking this step I should ask in this forum, if there are any features I haven’t found yet or if there is another way to improve my workflow and make things a little easier and less complicated.
By the way: I have also already thought about building a logical editor preset that is called something like “quantize selected” and put it onto a key command, so I cannot accidentally quantize ALL notes if there is nothing selected… unfortunately (as far as I can remember) this is not possible to do with the logical editor
So, YES, I have already thought this whole topic through in detail but I am still looking forward to some replies and suggestions of course!
BIG THANKS in advance!
And to steinberg: Very good upgrade with cubase 7, the trackversions alone are worth 50€, at least for me, at least for my workflow!