Okay so this is something I've been struggling with for forever. Whenever I'm putting a beat together, it just sounds really, stiff and way too structured. Now, I'm aware that there are multiple components regarding the dynamic and feel of the beat, such as sample selection, velocity, sample length, and the actual spacing of your notes, but the last part is the one that really gets me. So here are a few of my questions. 1. On or off the grid? Now seeing as how DnB is a faster tempo, working off the grid and adjusting your percussion hits slightly doesnt really hold that much sway. I mean, it's noticeable, but only slightly. Not nearly as relevant as say like a 128 bpm, where you can really feel that swing. Now diving into the real problem Icome across when working with swung notes is this. Lets say I have a two bar measure. At the end of the first bar I have a swung hi hat, but then I have a kick on the 1 of the second measure. The kick now sounds rushed in the context of the beat. This is not what I'm going for. As previously stated, I'm just trying for a less structured feel and trying to humanize the overall feel. So then I compensate by adjusting the kick as well. So ultimately I just end up swinging all the notes I realized that ultimately all I've done is just changed the bpm of the track without actually doing so. I mean, it sounds right, but nothing is really swung at all now, its just a different bpm. I'm so confused. So I decided to dissect what some produccers were doing in their tracks. One track I looked at was Ultimatum by A-Cray. This track has a bpm of 172, and I do like the groove of a lot of his tracks. What I discovered is that almost none of this song really fit the grid at all. Kicks and hates were all over the place. For the most part the snares lined up. And of course I wasn't really expecting everything to just fall into place, but this just looked like a clusterfuck. I'm I just retarded? What am I missing here. I guess all of that was really my only question. I hope I was able to explain it well enough.