Hopefully this method of applying swing variations in trackers will match the swing settings of the MPCs.
( EDIT : they will not. These sets of swing variations were created by delaying the second 8th note in every quarter note. Roger Linn's MPC swing variations were created by delaying the second 16th note in every 8th note ).
There are a few factors that have contributed to natural, human-feeling grooves in my drum machines...
Swing – applied to quantized 16th-note beats – is a big part of it. My implementation of swing has always been very simple: I merely delay the second 16th note within each 8th note. In other words, I delay all the even-numbered 16th notes within the beat (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) In my products I describe the swing amount in terms of the ratio of time duration between the first and second 16th notes within each 8th note...
...Regarding sequencer resolution, the LM-1 – used on all of those early hits by Prince, Michael Jackson, and many others – had a sequencer resolution of 48 parts per quarter note. (48 parts per quarter note permits swing variations of 50, 54, 58, 60, 62, 66, 70 and 75%, and I rarely need more swing increments than this.) The Tempest has a resolution of 96 parts per quarter note but almost all of the great grooves it makes don’t use more than 48 parts per quarter note resolution and often no more than 24.
Edited by lettuce, 19 January 2018 - 03:54.