You can record tempo changes, or you can draw them into a graph.
There are two ways to record tempo changes. Before doing either,
you first must select the Transport track by clicking on it in the
Set the Position Pointer (or rewind) to an appropriate spot, press
Record, then do either of these:
- click the numerical tempo arrow buttons, or
click the TAP button on each beat of your preferred
tempo. The playback tries to follow along.
Recording tempo changes seems like a good idea, but it is often
more precise to enter tempo changes graphically.
- Click on the left side of the Transport track to select it.
(Click the word “Transport.”)
- Choose Tempo from the Automation menu.
This places a tempo automation lane in the Transport track.
- Using the pencil tool, click and drag in the tempo
lane to create an empty clip.
- With the arrow tool, double-click the clip to edit
it. You could draw a tempo curve here, but it’s better
to click the Open in Edit Mode button.
That way, you will be able to see a scale at the left of the
tempo graph, as well as a way to set the default tempo.
Review the Editing Automation Data section of
Automating Instrument and Effect
Parameters. The tempo graph works the same way.
- There is one difference between editing tempo automation and
other kinds of automation. The vertical scale for tempo has
adjustable limits. In the picture below, 250 BPM is the
maximum tempo shown in the graph, and 30 BPM is the
minimum. But you can double-click those and type new numbers
to change these limits.
If you decide later not to have a tempo change after all, you can
still leave the tempo data in your sequence, in case you change
your mind again later. Just click the M (mute) button in the
tempo lane so that it turns red. Then the sequence will use
whatever constant tempo you type into the tempo field in the