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Transitioning from triplets to sixteenths

This is a trick that you can use with any quantizer that provides the ability to apply a range of strengths of quantization. In Reason, there is a dropdown bar next to the quantize button that gives you a list of percentages ranging from 5% to 100%. What we are going to do is create a length of triplet notes on a hi-hat or any instrument, actually. In this case, let’s use 4 bars. For each bar, you should have 12 notes (the grid on the sequencer is labeled 1/8 T). And it helps to accent (apply a higher velocity to) to the first of every three notes. This creates a more natural, less robotic sound. For the first bar, leave the notes as triplets. On the first half of the second bar, apply a 1/16th quantization at 5%. On the second half, quantize the notes at 10%. Then at each additional half-bar, you will apply 25, 50, 75, 90, and 100 percent quantization. At 100%, you will have groups of three notes that are aligned to the 16th note grid, which is 16 notes per bar. It sounds kind of like a shuffle. You can also just leave out the 100% quantized triplets, and just fill in more bars with 16 notes per bar, with the first of every four notes accented. Listen to the included demo sound to hear this effect.

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One Response to “Transitioning from triplets to sixteenths”

  1. Chris says:


    This does not sound good in my opinion, the feel of the song I can never see requiring a change like that, either keep the eighth note constant, or go straight into it.


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