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Old 14th September 2019
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Originally Posted by T.M.A. View Post
What exactly are you referring to when you say "comping"? My understanding of comping is taking multiple parts, sometimes from multiple tracks and putting them together to make one seamless part.
What you describe is what I'm referrring to.

Since you ask for exactness, depending on your tool "tracks" may be called "lanes" or "takes" or... isn't there a DAW that has "revolver tracks"? (The terms "folder" and "playlist" are somewhat related.) Either way, it is about picking the most useful bits from multiple recordings of multiple renditions of typically one and the same sound (typically of musical instrument or voice) that ideally would all sound the same and equally good, but actually don't. Because of this general similarity, the resulting comp can be described this way: for every point in time, the comp contains the sound from the same point in time from exactly one of the recordings. That is not true for e.g. an audio montage.

In practical terms: you seem to play an instrument or sing, and want to record that. You're probably no perfect player / singer... or are perfect, but like to vary aspects of your rendigion. Thus you want to play / sing and record bits of music multiple times, to have at least one convincing recording of every bit (or sub-bit within the bit).

A decent DAW then will greatly out-reward your learning curve by letting you record the bit over and over (with metronome and punching and pre-roll and whatnot), cut the bit into the proper sub-bits and reassemble them with minimal effort. Maybe some audio editors like Audacity do that too, to some extent; I never checked Audacity in particular for its capabilities in that regard.

The (variance of) meaning of "comping" and its application have also been discussed in these two threads.

[Edit] PS: Regarding a 'printed' click track, I just learned that Studio One (a DAW) has a "Render" button in its metronome setup that creates just that. I understand Studio One has a free version, but can't tell right away if it has that very feature enabled.