Using Beat Detective for Groove Quantising in Pro Tools

Pro Tool's Beat Detective can do amazing things for the timing of recorded audio in the right hands. In this tutorial, Mike Watkinson demonstrates how to best get groove quantising.  

The Beat Detective window in Pro Tools brings together in one convenient location a range of tools and processes that lend themselves extremely well to working with drums. Groove quantising, that is the borrowing of the groove from one source and applying it as a quantising template to other material, is something you can achieve in most DAWs, but Beat Detective makes the process particularly straightforward.

Identify Your Source Material

In this example we are going to apply the opening drum groove from Stevie Wonder's Superstition to some rather sterile sounding drum recordings. Listening to Stevie (always a treat) you will hear that there are two clear bars of drum groove with no other instruments playing at the top. With the Superstition region solo'd use '

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More


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