[LAU] Ardour: auditioner output and click track

Al Thompson althompson58 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 14:48:06 UTC 2012

On 06/03/2012 10:39 AM, jonetsu wrote:
> Hello all,
>   Basically, what are the auditioner and click outputs in Ardour for ?
> I'm currently relying on a 'primary' track to give sync to the rest of
> the tracks inasmuch as it's recorded first and everything else gets
> recorded against it.  Quite often it is an acoustic guitar track.
> Problem is with this approach is that if the guitar track has to be
> redone, then it's starting all over again, especially when there are
> solo guitar bits. The click output could maybe provide something like a
> base sync but I'm quite allergic to click sounds as I find them
> distracting, let alone finding the right rate.  Maybe daydreaming, but
> is there some kind of responsive momentaneous switch that could be hit
> by the heel and whose output could trigger a non-obstrusive
> sound/sample of some sort, dedicated to its own track ?  It is so easy
> to tap the heel while playing to keep the tempo: it's be nice if it
> could serve as input for click track of some sort.
> Anyways, what is the auditioner Ardour output for ?  It is not shown in
> the track/bus list and there's no bus assigned to it.
> And, any suggestion for creative click track use (and Ardour click
> track output/assign of audio file for click ?), or how to redo a base
> track when everything depends on it, would be appreciated.

I don't think you're going to find a way to do this in the way that you
are thinking.  The problem is that a click is always going to be
associated with the BAR/BEAT time on your track, and if you aren't
initially playing along with a click, the chances that you will stay
with one is just about zero.  What I would recommend is to play your
track the way you want, and then go back and manually add a "click"
track by listening to the guitar, and record another track with you
counting, or clapping, or using whatever sample you prefer, manually
triggered.  That way, your initial guitar track becomes the "time
source" and you wouldn't have to follow along with a click.

Just my $0.02


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