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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?

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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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