I’m a beatmaker. Please tell me how to make MIDI tracks swing.

Adding swing to a MIDI track can make the rhythm feel more natural and groovy. Swing generally involves slightly offsetting the even divisions of the rhythm, usually eighth or sixteenth notes, so that the rhythm doesn’t sound mechanical or robotic.

Here are some general methods to swing your MIDI tracks:

If you’re using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW):

  1. Find the Swing Feature: Most DAWs have a built-in swing or shuffle feature. Locate this and apply it to your track.
  2. Quantize Settings: Within the ‘Quantize’ or ‘Quantization’ options, you might find the capability to apply swing. This is often a slider that adjusts the amount of ‘swing’ or ‘shuffle.’
  3. Manual Adjustment: You can also manually offset the MIDI notes within your DAW. This can be time-consuming but offers the most customization.

If you’re programming MIDI:

  1. Note Offset: You can emulate swing by slightly offsetting the start times of each MIDI note programmatically.
  2. Delay Effect: Alternatively, you can program a slight delay to create a feeling of swing.

If you’re using a hardware sequencer:

  1. Swing Parameter: Many hardware sequencers come with a swing parameter. By adjusting this, you can add swing to your sequence.
  2. Manual Step Adjustment: Some sequencers allow you to manually fine-tune each step.

The best method to use can depend on what kind of hardware or software you’re using, as well as how much swing you want to add.