I'm looking to get my drummer ready for recording in a studio with a click track, we've usually sworn against it, but I feel it's time for it leading up to a bigger release.

Our songs have some tempo changes, I was wondering what the accepted way of recording drums to a click track would be for this, do you record each section separately, our use your DAW to automate the tempo after the appropriate amount of bars? Or is it simply a lot less time consuming to just lock it to one tempo?


If you wrote the song to have tempo changes then you had an artistic reason to make that decision which should overule all - so I certainly would not advocate locking it to one tempo.

The best option for recording with a click and capturing the best performance is to go through and automate your click. This can be a lot of work but it's definitely worth it, in my experience. If you're trying to step up your game, this is the best option. You could also make a recording of the click track, like an MP3, and everyone can have a copy to practice with, not just the drummer.

  • Note that a tempo change will often actually happen one beat BEFORE the barline. – Laurence Payne Oct 25 '18 at 11:34

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