I want to share an idea about a plugin that in my opinion could be very useful. I don’t know if there is such a thing or even if a DAW includes such a tool.
I better describe it with an example. I like to play with a “flexible” tempo. I mean, I like to accelerate and brake. It seems really expressive to me, especially when you adapt to a video sequence. Suppose that I imporvise an initial sketch in real time to make it more natural, if later I want to add more instruments it is useful and convenient to quantize. This means spending a lot of time in quantizing with more or less rigidity, and later, adding an automation of the tempo to brake or accelerate where I consider. And it’s easy to even destroy the initial fluency.
It would be great if a plugin could generate an automation of the tempo based on how I have played, quantize my midi notes with the rigidity that I indicate, and thus obtain a quantized track but at the same time with smooth tempo changes that do not alter the actual interpretation.
Maybe, that plugin could focus on the low notes from a certain octave, which is where I would mark the harmony in that sketch, and it usually follows a rhythm according to the beats and the tempo.
This plugin would save a lot of time on non-compositing tasks. It could make smooth as well as abrupt changes in tempo, even detect time signature changes. It would be a spectacular tool for workflow especially in soundtracks.
I don’t know if there will be such a thing. Or maybe a combination of several plugins could work.
What do you think?