Depends how things are tracked. Have used them a million times in recording studios and don't mind at all playing with them. In many cases, I've read a chart and laid the drum tracks down with just a click track and no other instrumentation at all. This method can be challenging but very efficient once you get used to it.Do you guys use them or no?
I have a session coming up possibly with odd time signatures, and seems like I should be using one.What do you guys think?
I love the metronome
rarely ever practice without it and never track without it
it has never done anything but make the recording process move along faster ...sound tighter....and make all post engineering a hell of a lot easier
and while practicing its just there....I dont pay much attention to it its simply a guideline
never had a problem playing with it....whether on top of it laying behind it or pushing it depending on what the song called for
anyone who struggles with a click I highly recommend you go to the shed and work that out asap
otherwise yr not doing the musicians that you play with any favors ...trust me
if you cant stay with a click how good do you think your time is when its not there?
not very id be willing to bet
and what is our first order of business as drummers?
+1 and right on to everything below. You want to be know as the guy that keeps the time together by being on the money. There is absolutely no downside to practicing with a click so that's something to be included every time you sit down at the drums. Not like you can't practice without it but when it comes to being drummers it's really central.
Once upon a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth there was almost no way to practice with a click. All of the metronomes were too quiet for a drum set and none of them had headphone jacks. When this was the case the only guys that had to keep with a click were players working in sessions, mostly TV and Film sessions. There are a lot of old albums that you can hear time issues, especially from the 60's and 70's.
Things are very different now. There is more of a sensitivity to time issues since drum machines started being used and now with microscopic beat correction in DAW software. Even if you don't run in the circles where this time sensitivity comes up, eventually you will if you play around long enough. You don't want to miss out on anything because this skill set isn't intact.
I have a Top 40 gig that I sub for where there are backing tracks panned right and a click panned left in a headphone mix. I wouldn't be making that money if I couldn't play well with a click.
If you practice with a click whether it's odd time signatures or not, you'll be SO much freer to make music instead of worrying if you are even playing in step with the click.
BTW: I had to chuckle that this very appropriate post was made by a member who has Keith Moon in his avatar. I think the only time Moonie played with any kind of click or sequencer was on Baba O'Riley. Most of his playing as another drummer friend put it "..waves in the ocean".