I know Cubase’s editing/mixing flow very well. Yet I rarely find use for any loop-based production techniques. Most music I record is live, with able players. Occasionally I use a click, but that’s it.
Now I have a long-time client who cut a beautiful, flowing solo piano/vocal take (to a click) that we’ve unexpectedly decided to track drums onto. A very solid, lock-step drum part to be added too.
Although the basic take is gorgeous, it rushes & drags (in a jazz/free sort of way) several times. We tracked drum kit to the take with the click running. The resulting drum takes - while locked to the click - in parts don’t match the piano/vox’s very wavering human tempo (which is nice/flowing, just not lock-step). Tracking without click went worse.
What’s your best advice for fixing this, assuming I start using the existing drum recording (that we tracked to click)? I’d like to maintain the tempo of the piano/vox, and craft the drums to match them. One other thing - I don’t mind doing a drum cut/paste job. The drum part is very simple & loop-like already.
I am an old school Cubase pro user - as some may recall, since the Notator days on the Atari (+ a brief dalliance with the first Nuendo… made sense at the time!).
If I can pull this off, I am going to be kind of a hero - not afraid to try something complicated, btw. The client is in NYC mostly; I’m in the Midwest - retracking is the least easy option. So any advice from those experienced with these techniques is much appreciated!
(6.5 still - but will upgrade if it will help)