building a click track

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by andrew graham, Aug 17, 2003.

  1. I am a conductor that works in musical theatre and have worked with
    many click tracks in the past. Although I have worked with them I
    really would'nt know how to construct one on my own. I am now doing a
    project where I need to build a click track to provide vocal
    sweetening and orchestral sweetening in spots. Is there anyone in
    here that could provide me with what I need to buy to accomplish this.
    I.E. digital recorder, cakewalk? What is the best program to build a
    click on, I have Finale 2004, would this help me at all? Pretty non-
    technical so any suggestions would be a big help. Thanks in advance.

    Drew

    P.S. is this the best group to be posting this in or is there another
    group that could provide me with the anwsers I am looking for?
  2. CK

    CK Guest

    > I am a conductor that works in musical theatre and have worked with
    > many click tracks in the past. Although I have worked with them I
    > really would'nt know how to construct one on my own. I am now doing a
    > project where I need to build a click track to provide vocal
    > sweetening and orchestral sweetening in spots. Is there anyone in
    > here that could provide me with what I need to buy to accomplish this.
    > I.E. digital recorder, cakewalk? What is the best program to build a
    > click on, I have Finale 2004, would this help me at all? Pretty non-
    > technical so any suggestions would be a big help. Thanks in advance.
    >

    I seem to recall that there was recently an article in Sound On Sound about
    this very thing.
  3. Abyssmal

    Abyssmal Guest

    On 17 Aug 2003 06:23:02 -0700, andrewgraham@prodigy.net (andrew
    graham) wrote:

    >I am a conductor that works in musical theatre and have worked with
    >many click tracks in the past. Although I have worked with them I
    >really would'nt know how to construct one on my own. I am now doing a
    >project where I need to build a click track to provide vocal
    >sweetening and orchestral sweetening in spots. Is there anyone in
    >here that could provide me with what I need to buy to accomplish this.
    > I.E. digital recorder, cakewalk? What is the best program to build a
    >click on, I have Finale 2004, would this help me at all? Pretty non-
    >technical so any suggestions would be a big help. Thanks in advance.
    >
    >Drew
    >
    >P.S. is this the best group to be posting this in or is there another
    >group that could provide me with the anwsers I am looking for?



    Try here at download.com for free / shareware metronomes.
    http://download.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=metronome&tg=dl-2001

    I use acid pro from Sonic Foundry if I want to put together tempo maps
    where the tempo changes multiples times in a song.It is as easy as
    creating a midi track,inserting tempo changes in the timeline,
    assigning a sound, and rendering to wave file.

    Most sequencers such as Cubase, Sonar,Logic audio,etc will allow you
    to create midi tracks, assign sounds to the midi notes, and render to
    wave.I am not sure if any of these will allow you to change tempo
    within a song, though.I use Acid pro for this, since they made it
    quicker and easier to do in that particular program.

    Finale allows you to import,edit midi files.So you can create a midi
    file of 8th notes,16th's, etc, assign them to an output, and record it
    to wave.If you cannot change tempo in an arrangement in Finale, you
    can render measures at 1 tempo, render more measures at another tempo,
    and paste them together in a wave editor.If tempo changes are allowed
    in finale within a song, then setting the type of note, assigning to
    an output, and recording to wave should be all you need to do.

    I find it easier to use a program that allows me to create the entire
    song, with tempo changes, and export it entirely, which Acid pro
    allows me to do.
  4. Mike Rivers

    Mike Rivers Guest

    In article <c19f2ffe.0308170523.2db02a88@posting.google.com> andrewgraham@prodigy.net writes:

    > I am a conductor that works in musical theatre and have worked with
    > many click tracks in the past. Although I have worked with them I
    > really would'nt know how to construct one on my own. I am now doing a
    > project where I need to build a click track to provide vocal
    > sweetening and orchestral sweetening in spots.


    How much "building" do you want to do? Will a drum machine work, or
    are you looking for something that will allow you to easily match the
    tempo of a click to go along with something that's already recorded,
    or rehearsed, that will be played live (not following a click)?

    Cakewalk used to have a function called "Fit Improv" that allows you
    to create a tempo track by tapping a key along with what you're trying
    to follow. That should be pretty easy for a conductor to do. I don't
    know if they still use that name, but I'll bet they still have the
    function. Probably others do too, including Finale which you have.



    --
    I'm really Mike Rivers - (mrivers@d-and-d.com)

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