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I'm slightly embarrassed to say this is fascinating:
Only math bands need this. Click tracks for rock music should be harun.
if the acoustics are perfect for the character of the track and you can capture them cos the musicians are that freakin awesome then no. Never ever been in this situation. If not then yes use a click esspecially if there is delay effects involved or going to be used in the mix.
I'll say one thing that annoys me thou in protools you can set a steadily increasing click eg i want the track to get fast over 4 min by 4bpm or for a build section. This would make things flow so much nicer over increments.
36 crazy fists city ignites is a good example
when recording demos or generally recording riffs and beats and bits and pieces to work with in your sequencer of choice. But when it comes to full studio recording work or for the benefit of all bedroom artists out there, your pre-master takes, you shouldn't have to use a click - instead, aiming for the feel of the music.
I'm a terrible perfectionist in any aspect of creativity I indulge in, be it music making, art, writing etc, but I know that too much sheen sometimes stops you from seeing what's under the surface. Having said that there's plenty of times I've listened to a song and thought 'dear god where are these peoples senses of timing?!'.
Live I can definitely see no reason for a click, though. A band should be dynamically shifting their tempo in sync with one another or they're simply not a band.