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Change tempo but keep original time

Chris Cornell

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I have a question that I have been searching for and trying out various things that I have found on these forums and other resources, but not having much long.

To give you a little bit of context, my band is attempting to use Cakewalk as a live performance tool.  The purpose is for a few different things.  One of the guitarists may be out here and there so we wanted a way to fill in with the leads as backing tracks.  The other reason is to start working with IEM's and a click track. While I know this may not be the best option, it is a free option.  What I have put together is using the arrangements to basically divide out the songs.  I have dropped the various tracks in each section and I am able to create an entire arrangement from the "sections" (full songs).

Now the dilemma.  I have set the tempo on each of these "sections" based on the tempo for the recording.  I recorded a few lines of the click track and looped it across the length of the song.  Once we started to practice with the click track, we decided that some of them may be too fast or too slow when performing live.  What I am trying to figure out is an easy way to change the tempo of the tempo track, but keep the duration of time that was set based on the tempo originally set.  I realize it doesn't completely make sense, because the faster the tempo, the shorter the length of time the song would be.  I think maybe my biggest issue is that I can't seem to get the pre-recorded tracks to fit to the time change, which were set based on the original tempo, which then bleeds into the next song.  I attached a snippet to show what I mean.  Originally the tempo was set to 165 with ran until 11:40-ish.  I changed it to 180, which now puts my next section starting at 11:30-ish.  The image basically shows what my issue is.  I have tried locking the tracks for the songs I want to change, all of the tracks, and the tracks for the songs after the one I am attempting to change.  Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Also, this probably is not the best way to do what I am trying to do, so I am all ears if there are other suggestions as well, as this is my first time attempting to get a setup like this going.

Thanks for your help!



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Your screen shot tells me nothing but I’m guessing you’re trying to use the Arranger to create a playlist. 
Most people who use Cakewalk live  use the Playlist feature. 
Each song is a separate project and the playlist loads them up as a set. 
Then it’s easy to change each song. 

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@bdickens Yeah, I figured it didn't make a ton of sense, but still trying to do something anyways to make it work the way I wanted.

@John Vere Basically what I was trying to show from my screenshot is that when I modify the tempo, the tracks for the song I am modifying bleed into the next song, which then will not work.  I may have to check out the "Playlist" feature, because the Arranger is definitely giving me a little bit of trouble.  I also had not heard of that before, so thank you for the suggestion. I appreciate it!

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