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Best way to use a backing track?


(@azraeldrah)
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I'm just starting a band, well two singers and me, the problem is i often work alot of synth guitar into my work (strings, maybe some bass etc) and alot of time it's providing a harmony or melody along with whatever the guitar is doing. I was wondering what the best way to create a backing track is and how best to use one on stage. Should i have a countdown before each song? or what?

Sorry for the poor grammar, i've only just woken up from a heavy night.

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(@mattypretends116)
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I think most bands who use that sort of stuff run laptops to the PA.

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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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Use a MIDI floorboard hooked up to your midi synth so you can start and stop sequences with your foot and adjust the tempo of the sequences when things go unlike planned. Easy and more reliable and human-error-proof then running entire backing tracks from a laptop.


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(@ginger)
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whats a midi synth? Is that something for a computer? Whenever I hear midi I think computer, I'm not to familiar with that stuff.


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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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MIDI is a language that allows music devices to communicate. With a MIDI floorboard (example, Behringer FCB1010) you can 'talk' to whatever gear you have that 'understands' MIDI. With MIDI-synth I mean a synth, either on the computer or just a module that can be controlled using MIDI, which is basically every synth. Or in other words, you'll be using your feet to control the synth using a language called MIDI. Sounds more complicated then it is, as usual.


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