I’m almost ready to throw in the towel! I cannot figure out how to quantize my drums so that they’ll play smoothly when solo’d. There’s multiple problems that I cannot seem to fix. Here’s what’s going on:
6 close mic’d drum tracks played through a presonus firestudio project linked to Cubase 6. Genre I would call punk rock or grungy alternative type stuff.
Brand new studio-dedicated Compac PC, Windows 7, 4 gigs RAM, 500 GB hard drive
When tracking to the rest of the music, I would play a 99% flawless drum performance. When I sit back down at the computer to listen to it, as the song plays the drums drift further and further from the the rest of the guitar/vox tracks. By mid song it’s unlistenable. I’m assuming I have a latency issue?
My bigger issue is with trying to edit the drums to the click. I put all of the drums in a folder and select group editing. IQuantize is turned off. I set my thresholds for kick, snare and hats/ride depending on what part of the song I’m trying to edit (I cut the song into segments so that I’m not biting off more than I can chew). I slice and crossfade and play back the drum performance. It sounds terrible - stops, pops, mistimes, machine guns etc.
I’ve tried playing with different priority settings, different slice beats (8’s, 16’s etc), all make slight differences but all sound terrible in some way or another. I’ve tried to cut around drum fills so that I’m editing only the basic beats and still does not edit smoothly.
I have tried to watch all of the youtube vids on quantizing drums and they do it step by step exactly as I am and it doesn’t work. Mine still sounds like hell.
I’m so frustrated - what else can I try to do??? Please help someone!!!