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Chapter 6. Recording Audio > Setting Up a Click Track

Setting Up a Click Track

If you’re recording rhythmic music or will be incorporating MIDI in your session, you’ll want to record to a click. This ensures that recorded audio and MIDI will align with the grid, making it much easier to overdub, edit, and arrange with reference to bars and beats.

To set up a click track:

1.
Choose Track > Create Click Track.

Pro Tools automatically creates an Auxiliary Input track with the Click plug-in inserted, and assigned to the main outputs (Figure 6.11).

Figure 6.11. Choose Track > Create Click Track to create an Auxiliary Input track with the Click plug-in inserted.


2.
In the Transport window MIDI controls, click the Metronome button so that it is highlighted (Figure 6.12).

Figure 6.12. Click the Metronome button in the MIDI controls area of the Transport window.


3.
To audition the click, press the spacebar to start and stop playback.

4.
In the Mix window Inserts area, click the insert named Click (Figure 6.13).

Figure 6.13. Click the Insert to open the Click plug-in window.


The Click plug-in window opens (Figure 6.14).

Figure 6.14. The Click plug-in window.


5.
To change the sound of the click, choose a different preset from the Plug-In Librarian menu in the Click plug-in window (Figure 6.15).

Figure 6.15. Choose a click sound from the Plug-In Librarian menu.


6.
To change the relative levels of the accented and unaccented beats, adjust the sliders in the Click plug-in window.

7.
In the Transport window MIDI controls, double-click the Metronome button (Figure 6.12).

The Click/Countoff Options dialog appears (Figure 6.16).

Figure 6.16. Use the Click/Countoff dialog to set preferences for the click.


8.
Under Click, choose when you want the click to sound: “During play and record,” “Only during record,” or “Only during countoff.”

9.
Under Countoff, click the check box to select “Only during record” if you want the countoff to sound only when recording (and not on playback).

10.
Type the number of bars for the countoff.

11.
Click OK.


  

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