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PMWIZARD
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

I just came back from vacation in Cape Coral Florida. At the one bar, they had a female singer with backing tracks on an iPad. People were dancing and having a great time. She sang all types of music and was very confident in her presentation. Here she was performing to an appreciative audience.
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

I don't care if it is Karaoke - if someone can sing well - what the **** difference does it make what their accompaniment is?

Being able to sing doesn't mean you can play - but should that hold you back?

There are many Karaoke roadshows and DJ's who base there show on the L1 - just because they don't play anything doesn't mean they're not worthy or good entertainers. Maaan - the snobbery in here can be a little stifling...
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

Twenty-two posts so far.

One seems critical of backing tracks, three seem critical of that one post.

Let's stay focused on the original question. "How do you use backing tracks?"

Thank you.
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

I use an iPad with the StageTraxx app. It's pretty good in that you can set up playlists with scrolling lyrics (if that is your thing). It also remembers what volume you last played each track at (as many backing tracks have variations in volume). You can also set up safeguards such as double taps to start/stop to prevent idiotic/drunk audience members interfering with the screen while you play. The scrolling lyrics is handy for songs you don't play often - but you usually need to add the lyrics using iTunes via your PC.

Unfortunately they don't seem to do an iPhone version.

I used a K&M iPad holder which clamps to the microphone stand.

Regarding merits of backing track use, I don't have the option of playing in a full band due to a dearth of local talent (other than my own, of course). I've played in full bands for years and certainly find it more fulfilling on the night, but I don't have that option at present, and need to pay bills, and that's what the local audience want to hear (it seems). I play live. I sing live. I use accompaniment. End of.

I think I do a good job.
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

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Originally posted by Angel On Guitar:
Since your post was back in September I'm sure you have it nailed but just for the record here is my approach
I am a professional solo act in Houston and do a lot of private and corporate events. Some are small (50 people or less) and some are large(up to 1200).
I use the Bose compact for the small gigs and my L1M1 (with the big round base) plus 2 B1s.
I used to produce all of my own backing tracks but it took too much work and I could never get the sound to be exactly what I wanted. Now I purchase custom tracks from KaraokeVersion.com. I can tailor the instruments and vocals I want and most tracks are very good.
I run a PC with Windows Media Player for the tracks and use MiniLyrics.com for the lyrics.
The tunes go from the laptop via USB to channels 4/5 on a Bose T1 and then to the L1 or Compact. My Line 6 JTV Variax guitar goes through a Line 6 POD HD500X and then to channel 2 of the T1 and my Shure wireless headset mic to channel 1.
I used a full PA for years until I upgraded to the Bose systems 4 years ago. Since then I have done latterly hundreds of shows and at every one at least one person will tell me how great the sound is.
Sometimes space is an issue at the smaller gigs and I can't get there separation I want but I always have the L1 behind and off to one side of me so I can hear myself.
Since I do almost 100% covers of virtually every genre from Sinatra to One Republic and pop to country, jazz, standards, and on my sound is critical to having a successful performance and Bose is the key to my success for the equipment piece of the puzzle.
Karaoke Version is the other key piece because without great backing tracks I can't effectively play the lead guitar parts and sing the lead vocals.
Just my take on Bose and Karaoke version.com. Hope you can use it. T1


Hi! My first time on this forum. I can't thank you enough for all the good info you posted regarding the L1 and KV. I've been saving for the L1 and plan on getting it the end of this month. Do you have a notebook type laptop or larger? I have an IPAD mini and don't know if that would work. Approximately how far behind you is the speaker setup? I use a Shure wireless mike and don't want feedback worries. The whole setup description is very helpful. I'm getting the ToneMatch, too. Again, thank you!!!
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

Karaoke Version are very good for backing tracks - however if you ask them to make you one bespoke they will break your bank IMHO.

On the other hand protraxonline.com have a reasonable stock of really fantastically produced material - and they don't break the bank if you ask for something bespoke (a track they haven't yet done).

I use an iPad V3 and have not had any issues..
Bought a separate stand and monitor on the advice read here - but standing 6 - 8 feet away diagonally from my L1 and B2 - I've not yet had feedback or needed the monitor while using a Shure Beta 87A.
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

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Originally posted by wesearcy:
I build mine (for a duo) out of MIDI files.


Great performance on YouTube - nice one!
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quote:
Hi! My first time on this forum. I can't thank you enough for all the good info you posted regarding the L1 and KV. I've been saving for the L1 and plan on getting it the end of this month. Do you have a notebook type laptop or larger? I have an IPAD mini and don't know if that would work. Approximately how far behind you is the speaker setup? I use a Shure wireless mike and don't want feedback worries. The whole setup description is very helpful. I'm getting the ToneMatch, too. Again, thank you!!!


Having great fun with the L1 system and I'm new to it.
I hope you'll have as much fun.

My music source is an iPad 3 so an iPad Mini or Air will easily do it. iPad held to mic stand with a Hercules TabGrab - very good.

Shure beta 87A is great in front of the L1 - I've experienced practically zero feedback issues since buying the mic. It also helped that the ToneMatch had the mic preset too - opened it up...
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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

Used to create tracks from manipulated online MIDI files run through a Kurzweil PC1 and a Roland Fantom XR.  Found a great resource in Karaoke-Version and converted most of my material over to files from there.  

Used backing tracks to augment a 3-piece, duo, and now a solo act.  The tracks allow us to take on material that would not otherwise be possible with instruments like horns, keyboards, etc.

 

Video of solo performance can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZjA8oYOL3o

 

Between the quality of the BOSE, sequenced lighting, and the general control of volume & balance, club owners and patrons seem to really enjoy this mode of live music presentation.

 

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Re: How do you use backing tracks?

Sorry moderator, this is just too precious to let sit there, but with regard to "To track or not to track?" ...if Rush did it, who am I to question the process?

 

This is not opinion, but most lighting for touring groups has gone the way of sequencing.  Outside of jam band applications, performers are following a program.