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Sync tempo to external MIDI or audio, and record as automation on tempo track

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asked Nov 8, 2020 in Recording by mvcurran (190 points)
I would like ability to recording changes to tempo made while recording live, and also have external MIDI gear drive the tempo.

For example, I may have a setup with an external drum machine, sequenced bass synth, and possible live audio/MIDI from an additional synthesizer, as well as audio from vocal and/or guitar. I am trying to cope with if at some point within a song the tempo is changed, how to keep the recording accurate. This would likely be controlled by a tempo knob on whichever instrument is set up as the master clock.

I think the first problem is tracking the song's tempo within StudioOne. In my case I have a MIDI tempo that all other gear in the setup recognizes, aside from StudioOne. I have seen other requests which may be more for audio-driven beat detection but either way I think there is a need for external tempo control. I have both MIDI tempo detection and audio beat detection in hardware synth so it'd seem possible in DAW.

And I think the second problem is there needs to be a way to record the external tempo such as treating the Tempo track like other automation tracks where the changes in value are recorded as the live performance is occurring.

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answered Nov 9, 2020 by Lukas Ruschitzka (168,040 points)
 
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