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Thread #41309   Message #2975992
Posted By: John P
30-Aug-10 - 01:04 PM
Thread Name: Help: Do you use a click track in the Studio?
Subject: RE: Help: Do you use a click track in the Studio?
The trick is to use a click and still have it sound "live". It takes a bit of practice but isn't really that hard. Most of the time, the live feel comes from striking a note either very slightly before or very slightly after the beat. You just have to do that while there's a click going on.

I've often had two or three people play the song with the click just to get the song down at a steady tempo. Then everyone plays along with those scratch tracks without hearing the click. The scratch tracks then get thrown away.

Mixing is a mess if there's a lot of bleed-through from other instruments or voices, which is what you get if everyone records together in the same room. I've also done a lot of recording where the same musicians are playing two or three parts on the same song. Doing that without a rock-steady rhythm is almost impossible.