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Default Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 09:07 AM

Up till now I've never bothered with the idea, but I thought I might try playing with a backing track. What prompted me in this was seeing an act at our local casino, a solo keyboard player/singer who played a Korg SP200 piano over backing tracks. To be honest, it all sounded so much fuller than just using onboard styles. It almost sounded like the original backings from the original recordings, and of course the correct arrangements.

Can anyone recommend a good source for backing tracks, free or otherwise. Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 09:50 AM

Hi Howie
Many performers use them and they are good for live performances with the one big drawback - you can't make a mistake!
I believe there are sites where you can get free ones and also pay for them, I personally don't use them but no doubt there will be some members who can point you to sites.
Of course you can't use them when uploading songs to this (and many others) site.
You can make your own backing midis of course - record the midi, add further tracks, add effects, edit bum notes out, adjust timings etc then delete the melody track.
Pros use backing tracks all the time in fact they couldn't perform without them most of the time
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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 10:12 AM

Hi Howie.

I used to use a lot of backing tracks when playing my Guitar. However I do now try to produce them myself on the Keyboard.
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Ameritz - Professional Backing Tracks Supplier - Download MP3 Backing Tracks
Jeff Daniels Backing Tracks
I think at Ameritz they only cost £1.95 each at present.

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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 03:57 PM

My wife does a bit of singing and I had a brief look at backing tracks.

From what I can remember from this particular site (professional) you had to specify the key in which you wanted it - there was no opportunity to 'try before you buy' so we didn't go any further as we didn't know whether the song in that key would suit Liz's voice.

I suppose you wouldn't have that problem with a keyboard as you could always transpose.

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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 04:29 PM

Hi Steve.

I think you've got the wrong site.
On Ameritz you can get a preview of each track before you buy.(About 30secs)
Also on most of the popular songs you get a choice of key's for Male or Female and sometimes a few inbetween.
I've used this site many times and their BT's are excellent.
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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 06:24 PM

Yes after I made the last post I had a look at what they were offering, must be a different site as you say.

Also, if my memory serves me correctly, they wanted about £15 per style!

I suppose the way to get round the key problem is to try it out with the keyboard first and see which key your voice feels comfortable with.

This doesn't apply to my voice - I sing so terribly they used to employ me in a pub at chucking out time. Once I started singing they all found they'd got 'homes to go to'!

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Default Re: Backing tracks - 12-02-2010, 07:46 PM

Hi Steve.

Yeh! Have browse at Ameritz, I'm sure you will find what you want.

As regards finding the Ideal Key on the keyboard, this really depends on the song you are singing. The best way is to find your tonal range, and key somewhere between these limits.
If you are good sometimes it can span 2.5 octaves. If your name is Maria Carey you can scan 5 octaves!!!
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Default Re: Backing tracks - 16-02-2010, 08:12 AM

Thanks for your replies, gents. A bass player friend of mine sent me a backing track for Mustang Sally just to try out. I must say I found it very restricting playing over the backing track, having been used to playing the song in the usual arranger manner (which, technically, is playing over a backing track of sorts). Anyway, if I do go to using commercial tracks, and I'm a long way from convinced, it's going to have to be a very gradual process of transition. Thanks for those links, Ray.

On a related note, my Roland Cube 100 amp has only the one input jack so if I want to run both my keyboard and the mp3 player (the backing tracks) through the amp, what sort of splitter should I be using. I already tried a 2-female 1/4" to 1-male 1/4" Y adapter, but it reduced the volume drastically. I'm guessing that happened because the mp3 player is outputting stereo, whereas the lead from my keyboard is mono. So, if I put the 1/8" stereo jack into a 1/8" in, 1/4" out mono jack, then into the amp via the Y adapter, do you think this will work. Sorry it sounds a bit convoluted in words, but I hope you can see what I'm trying to do.

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