Some tracks, especially those from the days of manual drummers, before the days of drum machines and Digital Audio Workstations, MPC production studios etc, don’t quite stay precisely “on beat”.
Such tracks can be a challenge for any mixing DJ to mix into, or out of manually… and just as tricky to make sync with computer generated Beat grids.
The solution is to add manual Beat grids along the track.
In Engine Prime, here’s how to do that.
•. Load a beatgrided track which you need to adjust the beatgrids for
•. On the left hand side of the waveform there are three buttons vertically placed… the top one is Track Data, the middle (looking like a Nail or Golf Tee) is Beatgrids adjust (the bottom one is allthe hot cue and looping options. Choose the Beatgrid option.
• use the mouse to move the waveform left/right… note that there’s a white “stylus line” just left of centre which doesn’t move with the waveform… move the waveform until the place in the track where you want to place a manual Beat grid marker is right on that white stylus line.
• in the left hand side Beatgrid controls, click the beat grid marker button., which is directly under the “Reset” button. A new manual Beatgrid marker will be created oncthat precise spot. You can zoom in, on the waveform using the preferences sliders.
• manual Beatgrid markers show up on the track in Yellow, Auto created Beatgrid markers appear in red.
For a TEST try setting some manual (yellow) Beatgrid markers very close together and very far apart and then try playing the track through that area… the track will speed up and slow down through those beatgrids.