If the timing is wrong, you set up the punch in a tad before the incorrect timing. Punch ins are usually tied to locators (i say usually because i think in reaper they're tied to regions), that can be set up wherever (in fact whenever) you want, and not tied to the sequencer grid. In fact, just disable the grid in reason and the locators can be placed wherever you want them.crimsonwarlock wrote: ↑26 Apr 2022My idea is correct. And I did use it myself back in the day BEFORE we got DAWs.mcatalao wrote: ↑26 Apr 2022Also, your idea of a punch in is incorrect. There's nothing recorded out of the punch in, but the application manages the start and finishing of the recording, the player has the queue of his previous (correct) performance and plays on top getting the same "feeling" of the previous performance.
If your timing is not tight, your punch will fail exactly BECAUSE the punch in/out points are set before you do the punch, and therefore fixed on the timing of your track. If your playing timing sucks (to put it politely ), your performance will be cut by the punch points. Add to that the simple fact that overdubs are often done because of sloppy timing, and things get very tedious. Comping solves this problem because you can nudge the wanted parts into the correct timing. Something that won't work with a punch, specifically because you don't record outside of the punch in/out points.
Anyway, for me the point is making the "artist" do it right, may it be a timing issue, an incorrect breath, a glitch on a note, a dog that barks during a take, whatever! Punch in is a tool as any other that you use when you need it. There are so many more reasons to use a punch in and over dub, because anything can happen in a performance. And the point is correcting stuff right on the spot, not losing days of your life selecting the correct comp. It's not fluid. It simply isn't.
Again, bitwig, studio one, and reaper are very young daws that had punch in implemented on the release date, if their product owners thought punch in was not needed they wouldn't bother implementing it.
A feature is not useless if you don't use it. You don't value it, I do. That's it.