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Choosing a tempo and setting up your click

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Tempo and Meter are two very important aspects of making music. Knowing where and how to set and change your tempo and meter are essential. So is having a click or metronome track for recording. I've changed a few things in my project. I dragged my loop over here all the way to the left, and I deleted the extra audio track that I had over here. Now, let's get to talking about tempo. If the tempo of the song is fixed throughout, meaning there are no tempo changes within the song. The quickest way is to turn the tempo track off and set your tempo in the Transport panel. Let's go down here. Click on the word Tempo. It will go from highlighted to not highlighted and the word Fixed, next to it, will appear.

Choosing a tempo and setting up your click

Tempo and Meter are two very important aspects of making music. Knowing where and how to set and change your tempo and meter are essential. So is having a click or metronome track for recording. I've changed a few things in my project. I dragged my loop over here all the way to the left, and I deleted the extra audio track that I had over here. Now, let's get to talking about tempo. If the tempo of the song is fixed throughout, meaning there are no tempo changes within the song. The quickest way is to turn the tempo track off and set your tempo in the Transport panel. Let's go down here. Click on the word Tempo. It will go from highlighted to not highlighted and the word Fixed, next to it, will appear.

Now, let's go down here to 120 and double click to change. Let's set it to 100, press Return on your keyboard. Now let's listen, by either pressing Play on the Transport bar or pressing the Spacebar. (MUSIC). That sounds a bit better. In the same way we've changed our Tempo, you can also change your Meter by going over here. You can click on it once, and now you can change this from 3 4, 4 4, 12 8, 6 8, whatever your song might be in.

Once you're ready, hit Return on the keyboard. Now that we've set a tempo, it's time to turn on a Metronome. Let's go to Transport > Metronome Setup. Make sure that under Metronome Options, you have Metronome in Record and Metronome in Play. Turn off Activate MIDI Click if it's turned on, and go to Activate Audio Click down here. Here, we're going to use Beeps, click OK. Now, let's go down here to the Transport panel and hit Click. Let's listen, (MUSIC). Now we've learned how to change our Tempo and Meter for our session as well as set up our Click.

This will help us when we are ready to record audio and MIDI.

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