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Recording the metronome

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You can record the audio metronome to a track. This may be useful, for example, if you plan to work on the project in another DAW, or if you simply want more control over the metronome signal. By recording the metronome to a track, you can export the click track as a separate track when you export individual track stems.

The first step is to create a new stereo bus that is dedicated to the metronome. Most of the default Cakewalk project templates already contain a Metronome bus. If your project already contains a Metronome bus, you can skip directly to step 5.

  1. If your project doesn’t contain a Metronome bus, go to Insert > Stereo Bus to insert a new stereo bus, then rename the new bus to “Metronome”.

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  2. Click the Metronome icon image.png in the Transport module to show the metronome settings (or go to Edit > Preferences > Project - Metronome).

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  3. In the Preference dialog box, select Use Audio Metronome, and make sure the Output field is assigned to the Metronome bus.

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  4. Click OK to close the Preferences dialog box.
  5. Right-click the Metronome bus in the Track view or Console view and select Insert Send > New Aux Track.

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    The Metronome bus is now sending its signal to the new Aux track.

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  6. Arm the new Aux track for recording image.png and disable Input Echo image.png.

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  7. Make sure the metronome is enabled during recording image.png (press F3 to enable/disable the record metronome).

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  8. Click the Record button image.png in the Transport module (or press R) to begin recording.

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    The signal from the Metronome bus is recorded to the Aux track.

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  9. When you are done recording the metronome, click the Stop button image.png in the Transport module (or press SPACEBAR), then disarm the Aux track image.png.

Note: If you re-arrange the project or insert meter changes or tempo changes after the metronome has been recorded, you should re-record the metronome in order to be synchronized with the timeline.

Post recording:

  1. Disable the original record metronome (press F3). This way, the metronome will only be played by the recorded Aux track.

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  2. If you don’t need to record any additional metronome signals, delete or disable the Aux send on the Metronome bus.

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    You can even mute or delete the entire Metronome bus if it is no longer needed.
     
  3. Assign the Aux track’s Input control to None.

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  4. Finally, rename the Aux track to a more descriptive name, such as “Metronome”.

That's it! You can now mute/unmute the Metronome track as needed.

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In summary:

  1. Create a Metronome bus and send it to a new Aux track.
  2. Record the Aux track.
  3. Mute the original metronome.
  4. Mute/unmute the Aux track when a click track is needed.

For more information about the metronome, click here.

For more information about Aux Tracks and Patch Points, click here.

Aux Tracks & Patch Points tutorial

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This has been asked quite a bit in the past. Im glad I have a place to link for future users asking this question.

Great detail Morten. Thanks

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Good info.  On first read I thought  "this is quite involved" but in practice it really takes no more than a minute or two.

Only thing or two I would add is:

1. Don't think you have to record the whole length!  Record a bar or two, trim to a complete bar. Ctl+L the clip (or right-click and choose Groove-clip Looping). Now just left-click and drag the right edge of the clip to the length needed.

2. To save time next time: add the Metronome Aux track (steps 1-5) to your favorite default template and Save!

Thanks Morten!

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