The Region Parameters window is one of my favorite windows in Logic Pro. It's the small drop down menu at the top of Logic's Inspector. It's quite easy to ignore this window for its lack of visual appeal (to say the least!), but it has some of the most powerful capabilities in all of Logic. The amazing thing about this window is that everything you do is nondestructive and region based (nothing you select in this window is ever permanently applied to the region, and can be turned on/off at any time). In this article I'll be evolving a simple track by using various Region Parameters.
If you'll be following along, you can either download the logic project below, open a track you've been working on, or pull in some green apple loops. My sample track has drums, bass, and a synth pluck sound.
Step 1 - Quantization
First, let's quantize the regions. I played the bass and pluck sound live, so they're not perfect. A common value is 1/16 notes. Other common values would be 1/32 for retaining hi hat fills, 1/12 or 1/24 for songs with triplets, or high values like 1/64 and up to capture a drum flam, or strums.
Select all the regions (drums, bass and pluck), and choose 16C Swing from the Quantize parameters menu.
Step 2 - Q-Swing
You'll notice (directly below the Quantize menu) a parameter called Q-Swing (Quantize Swing). In addition to the pre-defined Swing values selectable in the Quantize parameter list, Q-Swing allows you to adjust the swing percentage manually. Swing adds 'groove'