I’ve been using Time Shift to line up my overdubbed tracks but it’s very imprecise, so I decided that once and for all I’m going to perform a proper latency test. I understand the procedure and I can generate a rhythm track perfectly, but when I go to record the next track it doesn’t do anything. I’m supposed to see two tracks of the rhythm track with the second one lagging behind, but all I see is a straight line.
Did that and it worked, maybe too well. After recording with my mic jammed into my phones, the top and bottom tracks lined up perfectly. What the hell…anyway can I proceed from here?
If so then how do I proceed? Can I start recording and overdubbing on new tracks and everything will be in sync? What do I do with the latency test, record over it, leave it alone, delete it? Do I run a latency test each time I’m about to record?
The object of the latency correction is to never use the Time Shift Tool again. If you perform in time with the backing track (and everything else goes OK), your performance will come out in perfect sync, automatically, as many different instruments as you wish (up to the power of the computer).
With reference to the top illustration. You got lucky/unlucky. Your performance is exactly one click off from the backing track.
The red bracket points to the two clicks that are supposed to line up. The circle on the left? Those are not the same click.
So figure out the difference between those two and combine it with the existing latency setting. Once you throw off your accidental match, you’ll be able to pick out a timing difference much easier.
This sound clip is a more normal close but no cigar.
So I’m right back where I started. I can generate a rhythm track perfectly, but when I go to record the next track it doesn’t do anything. I’m supposed to see two tracks of the rhythm track with the second one lagging behind, but all I see is a straight line. When I amplify that line all
I get is noise.
Hell, let me try it again. I’m pessimistic but I’ll try the thing again.
Here are pictures of what happens when I run the test.
The two out of alignment waveforms (after placing the mic into the phones).
The space between the pings. I couldn’t make them the size shown in the manual because I couldn’t get two pings on the screen at the same time. Should still work, no?
The result after I “Delete the second track by clicking the close box X in its control panel”, “Click the Fit To Width” button to see the entire click track, "click in the Track Control Panel of the remaining track to select it, then clicking the record button, and “after the recording is finished.”
So something must be wrong somewhere in the third stage, maybe, I don’t know.
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result then I’m certifiable.