jmitch Posted May 24, 2004 Share Posted May 24, 2004 Recording and tempo I have done a few demo recordings for my band out of my basement. I am still quite new to it. Every time I want to record something of music I always encounter a problem. I question every time the tempo and rhythmic feel of the music. If it is pop, you might not say it's that hard, just set the click and go. That certainly makes it easy to manage in music recording software. Because the computer knows where each beat is in the music, it's easy to record and make changes. However... ... I am in belief that subtle tempo changes within a piece greatly increase the natural feel and flow of the piece, provided good sensible, musical tempo changes are made. This requires a good drummer. I have read a lot by Craig Anderton who gave me some insight into this, and brought my attention to it. So, the dilemma is that I am reluctant to just feed the drummer a click track and just bang out the piece, because it can suck the life and feel out of a piece that needs some tempo swings. I don't want to take the life out of a drummer. I am a drummer, and I personally feel the urge to fluctuate the tempo a lot, especially in live performances. The audience may not be aware of it, but it is affecting the emotional impact the music has on the listeners. I have thought about ways to record the drummers subtle tempo changes, such as recording everyone playing live together, and recording everyone on separate tracks. However, this takes away from the lock tight grasp the software has on your music. The software no longer lines up with your beats, in turn, making it harder for you to work with your music. And the other issue, is how to capture that perfect drum cut. How many times should I record the drummer until I feel they have produced a solid, emotional track. The changes are so subtle it would be hard to distinguish between takes, especially, without hearing the rest of the music. Has anyone else felt the same way and ran into this problem with recording? Or do you all just pump out the click track and make your recordings rigid, perfect and lifeless. Think Different. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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