I have an early version of a MIDI piano track that I am realizing now has a groove that got lost as I quantized, many versions ago - I realize now, I want it back, badly! (I’ve never quantized before, and I’m sorry I did now, but that’s a different story). That early project version with the great groove has a variable tempo track, created by applying Time Warp to the freely played piano in that early project.
A major change I’ve made since that early project version was that I duplicated 6 bars in the middle of the song, so the version I have been working with for quite a while now is 6 bars longer.
Finally, another difference from that early version is that I have edited some individual tempo points here and there since then - so even prior to where the extra 6 bars were inserted, the tempo tracks of the two project versions are different.
So my problem is: I want to bring the beautiful MIDI groove from last month’s project into the project as it stands today, but have to get around the fact that the new project version is 6 bars longer, and has different tempo points here and there.
I was going to try doing it like below … can someone look this over and let me know if they see any problems this way, or maybe a better way to do it?
1 - “Housekeeping” first - In the old project (that has the MIDI groove I want back), go ahead and duplicate the six bars for the 2nd solo, so now the total # of bars is the same in each project.
2- Then in that old project, with MIDI piano track in Musical Time Base, flatten the tempo track. (The MIDI notes should “move” with it, right?)
3- Then in the current version, create an empty MIDI track, export the tempo track to keep it safe, then set all tracks to Linear Time Base, then flatten the tempo track of the current version.
4- Then drag the MIDI part from the old project into the new project, and line up its start with its proper musical origin. (Just to clarify … since the track it is drug to is in Linear Time Base, it shouldn’t change as a result of the drag, right?
5- Then import the tempo track back into this current version. (The notes in the MIDI piano part should still not “change”, because the track is in Linear Time Base, right?)
6 - Then set all the tracks to back to Musical Time Base, including the MIDI piano. (Should the MIDI piano part then somewhat magically align to match the music in the other MIDI and audio tracks in the rest of the project? This is the part I’m least sure about …)
Thanks for any thoughts!