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Click Track Timing

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Keala, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Keala

    Keala Active Member

    What controls the timing for the Click Track/Metronome when I'm recording?
    Is it controled by the converters internal clock?

    There have been many times where it seems like the metronome starts okay, then slows down at some point.
    I'm currently using Sonar 8.5, but also had this problem when I was using a Roland BR-1600CD 16 track recorder.

    Has anyone else encountered this problem?
  2. aj113

    aj113 Active Member

    This isn't a straight answer to your question, but to avoid these sorts of problems I use a separate midi track firing off a snare rimshot or similar as a click track.
  3. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    I have clients that are not greatly familiar with metronomes say this to me all the time. Get a little korg $20 one and see if it does this. If it does it is the user. If it doesn't more investigating will be needed.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The only way a daw clicktrack changes speed is if the tempo setting is changed manually or via automation. A third possibility is that the computer chugs or stutters but the tempo will remain constant.
    As a professional musician and teacher, I can tell you unequivocably that most people have to LEARN to play with a metronome and are completely unaware that their tempo is not constant. Especially if they try to sing and play at the same time. They will swear otherwise on their life but are dead wrong.

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  5. Keala

    Keala Active Member

    Thanks for your responses gang!
    Paul, I do have a small Korg MA-30 Metronome. I've had it for awhile to practice my timing. Haven't had problems with this; and I always make sure a new battery is installed every 2-3 months.
  6. Beat Poet

    Beat Poet Active Member

    One thing you can do is go into a program like Fruity Loops, create your own click and then export it. There'll be no latency problems and you'll have a separate MP3/WAV that you can insert into your session. It's also good for when moving projects around different DAWs, as each DAW's inbuilt clicks always seem to be ever so slightly out of sync with each other.

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