The distance in semi-tones between keys

Hi Kenny, Just saw your latest blog on "Keys"......Question! The distance in semi tones between keys.... ie if key is A.... Is it 1 semi tone down to get Ab and 1 more to get G likewise is it 1 semi tone up to get Bb... and if so is it consistantly 1 up or down over the entire range???? I was at a friends Karaoke the other night and he asked the question. I couldn't answer!!!!  Gordon Hi Gordon Yes, that's correct - each key on a keyboard represents a semi-tone. The notes follow the alphabet from A up to G# but after G# instead of the next note being H, you repeat the notes again (i.e. A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#). By the [more]

Clicktrack and bass guitar tracks

Hi Kenny I have read almost all off your articles, but couldnt find any about my spesific question. What I wonder is how to send the drum track to the drummers headphones amplifire and the bass track straight to the PA system. If I have to pan those tracks, how do I do that? You see we are three in the band, guitar, keyboard and drums, and need only the bass track into the PA system. What equipment and software do we need? With regards  Mira Hi Mira It's very easy to route the stereo from a backing track to two different destinations. You don't need any special software to do this (although you will probably need some sort of headphone amplifier for your drummer if you want [more]

Intro clicks on backing tracks

Thanks to Bill for bringing up this question about intro clicks at the beginning of backing tracks... Kenny, I want to say "Thanks" for your response and the information provided. I am certain that it will be very useful. I started using customizable Backing Tracks exclusively for these arrangements and I really appreciate the quality and effort that is but into your company's recordings. For several reasons we began 3 months ago to downsize from a 5 piece band to 2 players... so, without having to burn up a lot of our time creating our own backing tracks and still cover tunes with a full sound, I was fortunate to find your company online. Admittedly I am learning my way to make this work. The Audacity software [more]

Will a full iPod charge last a gig?

There are no silly questions in this world - only questions you haven't heard answered yet. It was a pleasure to help out our customer Paul with his transition from Minidisc to iPod...  i am a solo singer, until now i have used minidisc backing tracks, i want to move forward and use ipod to mixer board. i have just found your website and it is an extremely valuable source of information, it has helped me tremendously particularly the helpful hints regarding hook up, volume settings and silent tracks for pausing etc, however, i can't find an answer to my question, i am not familiar with ipod, i am yet to buy one, i'm not familiar with an ipods physical connection layout and i do not [more]

Buying exclusive rights to a song

A good customer of ours asked me about something that's very different to exclusive rights to using a backing track - he asked about obtaining sole rights to the use of a song from the original songwriter/author (i.e. so that no-one else can sing or perform that particular song). The process of doing this is a minefield and incredibly expensive and that's if you can get a songwriter to sign away his rights to his song in the first place - getting a songwriter to sign away his songs is like asking him for his firstborn LOL...! Hi Kenny, after you have pointed out all the pitfalls I think we are going to have to make up our own songs. It is so expensive to get the [more]

Laptop, iPod, iPhone or Minidisc?

April 17, 2012
Kevin asked a question about which is best for playing backing tracks – a laptop, iPod, iPhone or Minidisc? Hi Kevin In my opinion...

Preventing your iPod switching off during playback

April 11, 2012
Thanks to James for this question about how to stop his iPod switching itself off while playing his backing tracks… I have back trax...

Different tracks, different bit-rates problem

April 5, 2012
Thanks to Glenn for asking this question about bitrates… i would appreciate if you could help me.I am a solo artist. having read your...

Moving with the times can be hard…

March 31, 2012
Hey, everyone needs to let off steam and there’s nothing wrong with having an opinion and even a little rant now and again about...

Shift in our backing track production focus

March 27, 2012
Many of you out there have asked about new chart backing track production and the shift in focus at MP3 Backing Trax to custom...

Making a medley the WRONG way

March 20, 2012
There’s really only one way to produce a backing track medley of songs – the proper and professional way. One customer, Liam, tried it...

Volume variations of backing tracks

March 14, 2012
The question of adjusting the volume of backing tracks from various different companies is a common topic of conversation! Hi Guys  I have many...

Running programs on different Windows systems (XP, Vista, 7)

February 1, 2012
One of our customers Sean discusses programs and operating systems with us. Yip, computers are a nightmare Sean! Programs that run fine on one...

Windows Vista problems

January 27, 2012
Thanks to Dave for highlighting this issue. He had some problems with Windows Vista in-built unzip program. Ah, thank goodness they don’t produce Vista...

Using backing tracks with powered/active speakers

January 20, 2012
Thanks to Todd for this question about using backing tracks from an mp3 player directly in to powered or active speakers… Hi, First, I...
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