Lately I’ve been using Flex Time a lot for tightening up the timing of recorded audio. It’s such a joy to turn on Flex, choose a Quantize value, and then sit back and listen to my track’s perfect timing 😎
I kid, of course. But quantizing with Flex can definitely get your timing corrections 80-90% of the way there with a single click.
But sometimes quantizing with Flex can be heavy-handed.
For example, in today’s video my quantized drum fill gets pulled apart a little too far. There’s an audible stuttering of a snare hit. No problem – let me use the Eraser Tool to remove the quantize markers from that section.
Once I clean up the erroneous edits, I’d like to preview the before and after results. So I head over to the Flex Enable button and turn Flex off to listen to the original fill.
But when I turn Flex back on…the quantize markers I erased return!
Hoo boy. This can be a serious problem. If markers I erased are reemerging every time I turn Flex off and back on, how can I trust my Flex edits and quantizing??
This is where Track Alternatives come in. Instead of disabling Flex to compare your efforts (which risks reemerging quantize markers), create a duplicate Track Alternative:
- Disable Flex and Follow for the regions on Track Alternative A
- Keep Flex and Follow enabled for Track Alternative B
- Flip between Alternative A (the original recording) and Alternative B (the quantized version) for easy comparing
Now you can safely compare your flex editing efforts, without markers running wild 🙂