Sam Spoons wrote:FWIW I find playing to a click much harder than playing with live band, or even just me and a drummer.
Playing to a click is a weird head-screwer for me.
On the one hand, I can play pretty much anything to a click, but on the other hand I am only happy with certain results if they are not played to a click. The OCD in me wants my tracks to fit neatly into a DAW timeline, but the player in me doesn't care. Then again, the critical listener in me sometimes listens to the player and wishes it was done with a bit more respect for the tempo...
... and so it goes on :-)
I haven't found the answer yet. I usually start with a click, but trying to inject feel/push/pull around it. If I fail to get a good take after a few tries, I abandon the click.
Playing live with other people sans-metronome is far easier
than playing to a recorded version of myself playing without a click.
As I said, it's all a bit of a head-screw ;)
In the past I have done commerical studio sessions where the drummer couldn't play to a click, so I laid the keyboard part down first (to a click) and then they played along to that, after which I re-did the keyboard part 'with feel' to the recorded drum track in order to make the whole sound like we'd done it right in the first place :crazy:
You may enquire where the bass player was while this was going on. "In the van doing recreational pharmaceuticals", would be the answer to that. Gosh, it seems a long time ago!