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F is For Flex and Feel

Finding the right feel for our music is an incredibly important part of getting it to sound right. Fortunately, Logic has a lot of tools to help us control, correct, and capture the feel of our performances. Among the tools in our toolbox are Fex Time, and the ability to make custom groove templates.

Flexing audio files results in the creation of transient markers that act as time references. These markers are what gives us the ability to adjust the timing of audio in ways similar to how we improve the timing of our MIDI performances.

Frequently, I’ll find an Apple Loop in Logic’s Loop Browser that has a nice groove. Using that groove as the basis for quantization of MIDI parts I want to add is a snap using Logic’s Flex-based transient marker creation, in conjunction with Logic’s groove template function found in the Quantize menu.

Figuring out the timing nuances of an Apple Loops groove is done automatically for us the moment we turn on Flex. I like to use Slicing mode for this purpose. Slicing Mode is all about timing. It is essential to convert the Apple Loop to a regular Wav or Aif audio loop first so that the markers that allow it to be played back at variable tempos are “baked in” at the project tempo.

Follow along in this video as I capture the feel of an apple loop and then apply it to a MIDI bass part. And then vice versa. I’ll show you how to take the timing and feel of the MIDI performance, and apply that to the Apple Loop. If you are a skilled player, you may very well likely want to get the apple loop, or any other pre-recorded audio for that matter, to follow the timing of your performance.

Fortunately using Flex in this way is very simple. It is capable of a lot more of course. But this simple function, the automatic creation of transient markers, combined with Logic’s groove template functionality, make this kind of timing manipulation extremely quick and painless.

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