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Studio One: Into The Groove

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques
By Robin Vincent

Extracting a groove from a loop in Studio One is easy. As you can see, the vertical lines within the box at top centre are no longer regular, but correspond to the strong beats within my loop.Extracting a groove from a loop in Studio One is easy. As you can see, the vertical lines within the box at top centre are no longer regular, but correspond to the strong beats within my loop.

We explore real-world uses for Studio One's tempo-tweaking tools.

There was a time when the basic elements of a song were things you could build upon, but which would have to remain pretty much as they were once established: a beat, a vocal recording, a chord structure, and so on. But what's been interesting me recently is the ability we now have to fundamentally change those raw materials. I'd like to say that this is in the endeavour of creative music production, but more often than not, it's in the process of trying to rescue something. In this month's poke at Studio One I'm going to use my own gripping story of disaster and rescue to highlight the fabulous tools it has for finding beats, extracting grooves and regrooving the fundamentals of your track to find a path out of production dead ends.

My story begins with the desire to produce a definitive version of a song used in live performance. I'd put together a skeleton arrangement and found a super drum loop to build the track around. I then grabbed the opportunity to work with a passing vocalist, and was able to record some pretty great vocals alongside the groove. Then the work began.

Extracting A Groove 

The drum loop had a powerful lilt and vibe to it, and I had great difficulty fitting other virtual instrument parts into that groove. My playing was not really up to the task, and quantising seemed to take things far away from what I was trying to achieve. This is where the wonderful world of groove extraction comes into play.

Hit the 'Q' in the Studio One toolbar to open the Quantize panel. In conventional quantising, you deal with the Grid view, where settings for note lengths, resolution, swing and so on keep everything on...

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