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Old 09-15-2010, 11:08 PM
blondebimbodrummer blondebimbodrummer is offline
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Default Backing Track Dilema !!

OK so when playing live I play to backing tracks which are usually the length of an entire song (3 - 4 minutes), containing synths and extra parts etc..

I have made myself a little backing track device which comprises of an ipod with a splitter plugged into it. One side has a click track on, goes into a mixer next to the ipod and then into headphones. The other side does not have the click track and goes straight out to the PA system.

Now this is all very well and good but when you are in the middle of a show and sweating, flicking through different songs on a little ipod screen is slow and annoying, and can sometimes cause long pauses between songs.

I am wondering how other people have overcame the same problem, because I certainly cant see that this is how pro's do it. I have been researching the Roland spd-s and this seems to be about the only tool I can find that it suitable for the job, having nice large pads to trigger the backing tracks.. Though I calculate that it can only hold about 12 full songs at once? The other question I can not find the answer to is that is it actually capable of doing this, as i know the new Yamaha DTXM12 would be perfect for the job but it only allows you to load 4 MB samples...

Hope someone can help

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Old 09-16-2010, 09:34 PM
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Default Re: Backing Track Dilema !!

I use to a DAT machine for backing tracks.

I'd use an iPOD now.

The issue for you seems to be why are you flicking through different songs?
You should create a set list the band is going to play, and then program the list in the iPod in the right order.

Then all you have to do is hit pause once in a while, if that.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:01 PM
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Default Re: Backing Track Dilema !!

Yah.. just make a playlist on the iPod.

If you're not doing things in a preset order, and you have a large catalogue, then maybe use a laptop with a mouse attached (easier than fumbling with an iPod wheel). And have all the songs in a playlist, sorted in a logical way so that you can easily find them.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:54 PM
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Default Re: Backing Track Dilema !!

Yeah but that defies the point.

Say I want to put an extended intro on a song then go into a song with a backing track it's not possible when using an ipod or a laptop as you have to fiddle with it to get the right track, thus making the transition un-seemless... Hence i though using a spds would be suitable so i can just load the songs as samples onto the pads and hit the relevant ones when required.

I can't see how else pro's do it because I know they are not fiddling about with laptops and ipods in between tracks...
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:15 AM
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Default Re: Backing Track Dilema !!

Have you looked into useing "Mainstage 2" in "Logic Pro 9"?
Here's a link to the apple website.

You can scroll down to the section entitled "Live Performance"
Then select the tutorial video entitled "Playback"

Hope this helps.
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