I have been struggling to get a previously recorded audio track to align with the project click tempo and am looking for any good tips. I’m using LE 5 and have been considering upgrading to 6 if it can solve this problem for me. The track I’m trying to warp is a slow ballad (I Can’t Make You Love Me) about 83 bars long without a lot of defined transients. I’m trying to create a backing track of this transposed up a step and want to use the original for reference.
The project is set to 60 BPM. When I import the track into the project and set Musical Mode it looses sync with the click in about 10 bars. I’ve tried slicing the entire track using manual and/or automatic hitpoints and then dragging the events to the correct beats. That works somewhat after I close the gaps but its pretty labor intensive. For my last effort I used Finale 2012 to tap in a tempo track and imported this into Cubase as a MIDI tempo track. This is similar to what Cubase 6 does automatically with its Tempo Detection algorithm. This actually worked pretty well (with Musical Mode turned off) although it fell out of sync with the click after about 40-50 bars. I could tweak the tempo map manually and try to get the remainder to fit over the entire track but this is also pretty labor intensive.
Has anyone found an audio warp or time stretch procedure or algorithm in any version of Cubase that just works for freely recorded audio tracks without a lot of hassle? The demos on YouTube for Cubase 6 Tempo Detection seem to fit the track perfectly but I’m skeptical that this is really that easy.