How To Prevent Backing Track Errors

playradioplay.jpgYesterday we told you about using backing tracks in your live set. Today we are going to offer you a few hints about getting them to work better.

  • Always leave 2 bars at the top of a backing track for count in!
  • Record yourself counting in the song along with the click saying the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 to start the song. This way, if you are confused about which count you are on in the click track, it is easy to tell where you are and make sure you aren’t off the backing track! You can easily record this one time and line the numbers up for each song!
  • If you decide to use a sampler and play with a click make sure you take the right output from the sampler since the left output will usually playback in Mono giving you click and the backing track. On some samplers it may be necessary to plug a cable into the left channel and leave it dangling, even though it is not outputting anywhere, it may need a load to not playback in Mono.
  • If you are using a Mac Laptop for your backing track create a New User on your Mac, this way you can use specific preferences to make your Audio Software run smoother and be less prone to mistakes and crashing.  You can find this function in the System Preferences under the Users tab.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.