Generally when I'm chopping breaks, I prefer to let the end of a hit go right up to the start of the next hit (or even overlap if separating kicks/hats/snares) so as the 'room' sound from the break is continuous throughout the pattern.
One thing I've never quite worked out is what to do when a drum hit isn't long enough and you get a tiny gap of silence between hits. Even though it's only a few milliseconds, it still sticks out like nuts.
One example is a drum loop I'd written ages ago with the "Let The Music Take Your Mind" break. I suppose it was an ambitious attempt, considering the original is around 110 bpm and all the hits are either 8ths or 16ths.
I can only pitch it down so much before I lose the sound that I'm after. And time stretching just sounds nasty.
Perhaps I could use compression to fade the hits out, but there goes all the atmosphere of the break.
So what options am I left with?
I know Paradox often talks about sampling the 'air' in the break but I'm not quite sure I understand exactly how he goes about it.