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Click track questions in pro tools

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by GregLarson, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. GregLarson

    GregLarson Guest

    hey everyone the drummer for my band has made the click tracks we would like to use in Guitar Pro and we plan on just importing those into pro tools to play along with (he likes the cues he's made in them that we cant get from just a straight click). I've also made a click in protools so I can later beat detect it. If I import the mp3 guitar pro click track will the tempo changes on my click in protools make it all goofy?

    Really appreciate any help
  2. Ravikash

    Ravikash Active Member

    I think what you are asking is if you import the click track audio from the mp3, will it line up with the pro tools click track, then answer is no and yes. No because pro tools and guitar pro, have their own clocking system, so it will not line up and it will get "all goofy", but when importing that audio track, you can then create a custom tempo map, and manually map out each click in the mp3 into the tempo map, and set your click to that in pro tools, and it will line up correctly, for beat detective and such.

    Hope that helps
  3. GregLarson

    GregLarson Guest

    thats exactly what I needed! thanks
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Be aware that the mp3 format changes the timing of the audio slightly by adding zeroes at the start, so you will probably need to edit the start point of the click track before creating the tempo map. If you can export the click track as a wav file instead you will make your life slightly easier.
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Of course, if you can export the click as a midi file it should have all the tempo changes embedded in it already...?
  6. GregLarson

    GregLarson Guest

    well what we ended up doing was playing the guitar pro file from my drummers laptop and we recorded that straight onto an audio track in protools. No external drive available that would work with a pc :p Do you think the custom tempo map is still possible by doing it this way?
  7. Ravikash

    Ravikash Active Member

    yeah, it will work just fine, it will just be a bit time consuming.
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Not sure if your version of ProTools has this feature but I know that there is a feature that will detect peaks and automatically line them up in ProTools. One would think that you could then easily synchronize both click tracks that way. Not even like you have to take it from someone's drumbeat. Haven't any of you other ProTools guys here done that? Not that I haven't manually included hundreds of edits to keep certain non-synchronous items synchronous. But that takes a lot longer than the computer takes. A lot longer.

    Can't remember the name of the synchronizing plug-in?
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  9. musicproducer

    musicproducer Active Member

    There are many ways to get this done. A simple one is to use Identify Beat (Comm + I). Identify the first beat of the click as bar 1 beat1. Then count through the tune and figure out which bar and which beat the last click happens on, and Identify that beat as well.

    If the click is pretty true, you might be good to go. Alternately, you may need to identify other places in the tune if the click drifted. Usually good to do them sequentially from the beginning if you can, as often as is necessary to get it close enough for your needs.
  10. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think I was talking about "Voc-Align"? It should work with click tracks if it works with vocal tracks shouldn't it? I've never tried nor used it but my buddy Bruce has mentioned it to me numerous times. He tells me it does a great job & quickly. But then he's running an HD 3 system system on Macintosh I think? Not Pro tools LE out-of-the-box. Not sure if it's a native-based plug-in?

    Not ProTools fluent
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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