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Click Tracks for Drum Tracks

Click tracks and tempo tracks are a necessity in today’s modern recording environment. Along with the obvious, click tracks can help in many subtle ways too. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your recording project.

It is very important to export your click (or tempo track) and include it as a separate track when you submit scratch or backing tracks. However, if you don’t have that capability you can simply tell me the exact tempo that the song was recorded and I’ll provide the click. One very helpful thing you can do (if you cannot export a click) is to include a count off at the beginning of the song. This is very important when retrofitting live drum tracks to an already finished song. If a count off was not recorded at the start of the project you can “wildtrack” your click after the fact. To do this, prepare an empty track to record then start the song. After the song plays for a few bars start counting or clapping quarter notes (you’ll be recording this counting/clapping into the empty track while your song plays). Stop the recording/playback after a few measures and then edit the count-off onto the front the song.

Next month we’ll spend some time discussing midi files and/or quantized backing tracks and their click relationship. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this article or about any of the services offered by You can reach me at

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