Logic Pro 9 Which tracks should be Q-referenced?

Andre Favreau

Which track should I activate as Q-Reference?

I recorded my strumming acoustic guitar in stereo (x/y position). I also recorded the DI on a third track. Since I would now like to flex edit the tracks, I therefore put them in a group selecting "Editing (Selection)" and "Phase-Locked Audio", and I then activated Flex view with the polyphonic algorythm and complex mode.

1-So I'm just wondering now, which tracks should I select as Q-reference? Should I select all three of them? Only the stereo pair? Only the DI?

2-Also, about the transient markers... when I add or erase them, should that happen on all three tracks at the same time or should I edit each track seperately? Because right now, they seem independent of each other which is not very cool...

Thanks for your help

I would q ref only the Di track. With phase locked audio ticked any timing offset between mics and Di will be preserved this way.

With only Di q ref'd you only need to worry about transient placement of the Di track.
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For Multi mic drum recordings. Once again all tracks must be phase locked. Then I usually start with just the kick close mic as q ref. if this doesn't get it all in time enough after quantization I will then add the snare to the q ref.

I've never needed to add more than those two with drums. Adding more tracks to the q ref can start to work against you.
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I've had good results with muti track drums by using both the kik and snare as the Q Reference. Of course it's dependent on the type of drum part it is. But if involves a strong backbeat on snare with strong downbeats on the kik, it usually works fine.
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