Pro Tools - click tracks go haywire

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by melonmachine, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    I'm using Pro Tools LE and generally it works well, but a weird problem is the clicktracks. Sometimes they work OK but often they go completey haywire - being completely uneven.
    Very frustrating!
    Any suggestions?
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    don't use the PT click

    not trying to be small here
    I have never used the PT click
    and always build my own clicks and grooves and convert to audio
    place the bits of audio on the grid the way you want them
    yes it can be frustrating if you have tempo changes but having things as audio is far more stable than midi based units

    often the click comes first and to have everything based on something that can shift doesn't make sense to me
    even if there was a solutuion to your midi/click issue
    the stability of an audio file in PT is worth it

    and most importantly
    ANY latency issues in the generation of the click are gone with the use of an audio file and you can see the acuracy when on the edit page
    AND you can chose to bump that click with respect to the grid to influence the artist ... if you need to
  3. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    ah, so some annoying work now will save me more trouble later? Why's it always like that? Why can't everything be easy all the time?!

    Thanks for the advice, makes total sense

  4. taxman

    taxman Active Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Are you on a PC or Mac? Are you recording audio to your boot hard drive?
  5. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    I'm using a PC, with an external drive - although I had the same problem using the regular hard drive.
  6. taxman

    taxman Active Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    ProTools is very funky with a PC. There are usually many processes running in the backround that you have to shut down to optimize performance. These could be the problem. Is there a problem with recording in general, or just with the click track?
    Did you leave a message on the PT support forum?
  7. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    no I didn't try that. Could be a good idea.
    I was also thinking of taking off as many other programmes as possible, so there's less to interfere. Hopefully that'll make it run a bit smoother
  8. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    ah ha! Updated drivers and it seems to have sorted things out. Still, I might sick to audio clicks anyway. I don't trust it!
    thanks for the advice, Giles

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