In this video I’ll show how I create a tempo map in Pro Tools to sync with a natural, non-clicked recording. Watch my entire tempo mapping process as I prepare for overdubs on a song by singer-songwriter, Zelda.
Topics & Techniques Covered In This Video:
Why Would You Ever Record Without a Click?
Recording an artist’s performance without a click track allows me to capture the natural essence and spontaneity of their music, and is how I begin every new session. After all, why force an artist to play to a click if it’s not needed?
Each time an artist performs their song without a click (especially when it’s their first time performing it that day) I get a glimpse into not just the song but also the artist’s emotional state.
If the they had a chill morning they might play more slowly, more gently; if they’re anxious about an upcoming concert on the other hand they might play faster or more aggressively. Free from the confines of a click track, the song becomes a vehicle of artistic expression rather than a task to be completed accurately.
Performing without a click also provides leeway for the artist to speed up a bit in the choruses or slow down in the bridge, or perhaps add a dramatic pause or ritard leading into the breakdown section. None of these expressive options are possible when tracking to a static tempo click.
Now, I hear you thinking:
The Importance of Tempo Mapping
Key Steps in Tempo Mapping
Challenges and Solutions
The Benefits of Tempo Mapping
Building a tempo map takes time, so it’s a good idea to make sure all comping and editing of the non-clicked performance is completed before you begin mapping.
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