You can record a performance without the metronome and have Cakewalk adapt the project tempo to match the tempo of the recording.The Process > Fit Improvisation command lets you take a recording and create a tempo map (with measure and beat boundaries) that fits what you played. Your performance is not changed in any way, even though MIDI note start times and durations are adjusted to fit the new tempo map. This is important if you later want to use any of Cakewalk’s editing features that depend on a proper tempo map for best results, such as Snap to Grid and Quantize.In order to create a tempo map, you must first record a MIDI reference track and tap in the beat (one note per beat). To do so:
1. Select Insert > MIDI Track to insert a new blank MIDI track, then arm it for recording.
IMPORTANT: You must record only a single MIDI note on each beat boundary. The reference track must contain one event for every single beat, with no extra beats or missing beats. Missing or extra MIDI events will cause the tempo matching to fail. The first beat of the reference track should be at 1:01:000.
The better the quality of your reference track, the better job the Fit Improvisation command can do. You want each of your reference track events to be as close as possible to the beat of the music.
5. Select the reference MIDI clip, then select Process > Fit Improvisation.Cakewalk adds tempo changes as necessary to fit the tempo grid to the reference track. When you’re done, you should mute the reference track, since the reference track events are not rescaled.
Note: If the resulting tempo grid exceeds 250 beats per minute, you will see an error message. If this happens, you can shorten the start times of each event using the Process > Length command, decrease the tempo to compensate for the change, and then try again.
Note: If you want, you can use other types of events as markers on the reference track, such as a sustain pedal. Remember, however, that MIDI sustain pedals generate one event when the pedal is pressed and another when it is released. So if you want to use the sustain pedal for the reference track, keep this in mind. Click down, up, down, up, for one, two, three, four.Some keyboards transmit aftertouch events when you record your reference track. These extra events will prevent Process > Fit Improvisation from working properly. Therefore, you should delete these events before using this command, or filter them out when recording the reference track (using Edit > Preferences > MIDI - Playback and Recording).You can also use the Project > Set/Measure Beat At Now command to align a freely played MIDI performance with the Time Ruler. For details, see Aligning measure/beat boundaries manually.
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