64th Note Quantize and Beyond

Last updated on 3/31/2016

By Carl Jacobson, Cakewalk

Many of users have asked Cakewalk to support quantize resolutions of 64th notes and higher.  Quantization resolutions this high are useful for creating drum and bass and other styles of electronic music, and for creating dramatic effects. The good news is you can already Quantize any note value you desire, and this tip explains how.  The steps in this tip apply to SONAR, Cakewalk Pro Audio, Cakewalk Home Studio, Cakewalk Music Creator, Cakewalk Plasma, Cakewalk Guitar Studio, and Cakewalk Professional.

Tighten Up

Edit | Quantize can be a powerful tool when used to tighten up the rhythmic values of a performance.  In the Quantize dialog box, the Resolution parameter presets allow you to select rhythmic values ranging from whole notes to 32nd note triplets in standard increments.  In some cases, for instance when programming fill accents or when dealing with a particularly fast or syncopated run, you might need to quantize to a finer resolution than 32nd note triplets or to a rhythm like a dotted 8th note.

Here's how to get those rhythmic resolutions when quantizing.

In addition to selecting the preset Resolutions in the Quantize dialog box, you can also define your own resolution by typing a MIDI Tick value in the Resolution field.  Depending on the Timebase setting of your project (i.e. Parts Per Quarter Note or PPQN), this number will vary.  We have prepared a handy table for you with the numeric values of common rhythmic resolutions not already preset in Quantize. 

Note: If you are using a low PPQN setting for your project, certain Quantize resolutions will not be possible. There are instances across almost all PPQN settings (192 and 384 are the exceptions) where certain rhythmic values do not divide into a whole number of ticks. In those instances where an exact rhythmic resolution would require a fractional tick value we have presented choices or approximations (indicated by italics).  Choose the lower choice if you would like to have a pushing feel, or the higher resolution if you would like to have a more laidback feel.  In cases where that exact rhythmic value will be a common pulse throughout your piece, we recommend working at a different PPQN setting.

Now all you have to do is type these values into the Quantize Resolution field, set your other Quantize settings and hit OK.  Once you take the time to do this, don't forget to save the setting as a preset by typing in a name (i.e. Dotted 8th - 960 PPQN) in the preset field at the top of the dialog box, and hitting the save preset button (the icon that looks like a small floppy).  That way you can call up these resolutions  any time you like.

 

PPQN

Dotted Quarter
Note
Dotted
8th 
Note
Dotted 
16th 
Note
Dotted 32nd 
Note
64th
Note
64th
Note
Triplet
128th Note 128th Note Triplet 256th Note
48 72 36 18 9 3 2 N/A 1 N/A
72 114 57 28 or 29 14 4 or 5 3 2 N/A N/A
96 144 72 36 18 6 4 3 2 N/A
120 180 90 45 22 or 23 7 or 8 5 4 2 or 3 2
144 216 108 54 27 9 6 4 or 5 3 2
168 252 126 63 31 or 32 10 or 11 7 5 3 or 4 2 or 3
192 288 144 72 36 12 8 6 4 3
216 324 162 81 40 or 41 13 or 14 9 7 4 or 5 3 or 4
240 360 180 90 45 15 10 7 or 8 5 4
360 540 270 135 67 or 68 22 or 23 15 11 7 or 8 5 or 6
384 576 288 144 72 24 16 12 8 6
480 720 360 180 90 30 20 15 10 7 or 8
600 900 450 225 112 or 113 37 or 38 25 19 12 or 13 9
720 1080 540 270 135 45 30 22 or 23 15 11
900 1350 675 337 or 338 169 56 37 or 38 28 19 14
960 1440 720 360 180 60 40 30 20 15

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