26 June 2008 ~ 0 Comments

U2 Buffalo Video With A Click Track

This past Sunday we opened up Craig Groeschel’s One Prayer message, Make Us One, by playing One by U2.  There is a pretty cool music video for it which they also played during concerts.

So I downloaded the video to play while we did the song.  Some of the lyrics match up pretty nicely with the video, so I created a click track to go with it.  It was the first time we’ve ever done any sort of click track, and Dave Clarke did an awesome job playing with it.

To make the click track, I first downloaded the video from YouTube.  I exported it as an audio file and dropped it into Soundtrack Pro.
They have a woodblock loop that works well for a click track.  It hits on 1 and 3, so the key is to find the right tempo, then double it to get all four beats.  Change the tempo of the project and it will change the loop, but keep the song the same.
Funny thing about One is I had a lot of trouble figuring out where it was at, and couldn’t figure it out.  For one thing, I’m not sure it stays consistent the whole time, but it was somewhere around 90.  So I doubled it, and I’m pretty sure it’s 90.5 cause it worked REALLY close at 181.
I then added 8 counts lead in, and put a beep on the 1, the 5, and the 1 so we’d know right where to start it.

It worked out really well and it was a blast to play a U2 tune at Church!
I’ve embedded a YouTube view of the click track.  If anyone wants the higher res version to use, let me know and I’ll hook you up to save you the work!

Here’s the video with music.

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