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Tap Time Tempo

Like it or not,  most music is recorded to a click.  It’s a blessing and a curse.
The click locks us together but at times, can squeeze the very life out of music.

How about we get the click to follow the music for a change? That’s not a daft suggestion.  In most sequencers, you can make a tap-time tempo map.  Here’s how I do it in Logic.

I recorded a few bars of piano without a click, just trying to feel it and phrase it musically.  The timing is free, often called ‘rubato’.
If I want to sequence with this or play along, a click that matches the music would be really useful.

Step 1. Put the first beat of music on beat 1 bar 1, and roughly find the tempo for the first bar.
Step 2. Set up a midi track to tap along with the music from a midi keyboard. A percussion sound is best. (Turn the sequencer click off.)
Step 3. Choices; tap on every beat, or half bar or bar.  For this music, I tap on every half bar.
Step 4. In Logic, the tool you need now is well hidden.
Go to ‘view’ , ‘configure global tracks’ and tick ‘beat mapping’.
Step 5. In global tracks you now have a beat mapping option.  Select your tapped midi track, choose ’beats from region’, I tapped every half bar, go.

And that makes you a tempo map that follows the music, changing tempo on beats 1 and 3 in every bar of 4.  Most likely you will want to play around with some tempo changes to get the click feeling comfortable with the music, you might need some tempo changes on beats 2 and 4.  But now you can play along with your oh-so-natural feeling piano part, with a click and all the features of midi timing.