I’ve been playing professionally and semi pro for 35+ years and you’d think my timing would be impeccable, but a few years ago I got the silly urge to take some jazz lessons from a local recording jazz artist, cause as everyone knows, jazz draws huge crowds, right? Anyway, it was like learning guitar all over again, and since he was big on time signature he insisted I get a metronome. That lasted for several months and it helped tremendously, but I got bored with reading charts and hearing a dang metronome and went back to my wayward path of rock and roll.
I had forgotten how important good meter was until I recorded some demos recently. The click track was what reminded me. By having that on the recording the drummer was able to add his parts after I had recorded the rhythm and vocal tracks. I haven’t used a metronome in years, but I definitely will use a click track when recording.