A song I’m working on is acoustic guitar driven, but is full arrangement with midi drums, etc., so managing the tempo is important to stay locked.
The tempo is a consistent 116 bpm throughout. However, at the end of the verses, there’s a chord that sustains for one bar. When I play it on acoustic, that bar always stretches just a bit longer for feel before kicking back into tempo. And because it’s feel, the duration isn’t the same for each instance. The human factor, and all that. However, I want to play to a click track so my timing doesn’t drift too much, as it can sometimes do.
I’ve experimented with creating tempo changes for those sustain measures, stretching them just a bit for the feel, but that’s pretty much the tail wagging the dog. The feel comes from how I play the acoustic part, so I can’t really predict it and put it into the tempo map ahead of time.
The best solution I’ve come up with so far is to play to a click up to the first sustain and then mute the click and just use the Force for the rest of the song. Then I could use the tempo tools to analyze the audio and generate the rest of the tempo track. But that leaves me working without a click for the majority of the song, which I’d rather not do.
There are many people here more clever than I am. How would you go about solving this particular problem?