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Playing along with Youtube tracks

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by mblackford, Jan 7, 2013.


  1. mblackford

    mblackford

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    Hi, I am looking for some advice. I frequently need to rehearse by playing along with tracks posted on Youtube. What I have been doing is running the recorded track out of the headphone jack on the computer into the tape-in on a small Mackie mixer. Then I run my bass into a channel on the mixer and blend the two together through headphones. I'd like to be able to do this using hardware with a smaller footprint and fewer cords. Is there a better solution, like a tiny USB powered mixer? Thanks!
     
  2. mblackford

    mblackford

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    No replies? How about one of those Behringer single mic preamp USB mixers? Its small, powered from USB, just plug the bass and headphones in. I suppose you'd want to use a DI box, since the input is not hi-z. Will this work?
     
  3. capncal

    capncal

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    i do this pretty often but i just run my headphone out from either my phone or the computer and plug it into either our PA at the practice space or straight into my practice bass amp at the house. just one cord.

    a lot of times i'll just listen to the song i'm working on through my headphones, which are super sweet blue tooth that syncs with my phone and just turn my bass up to the point i can hear what i'm doing. no cords!
     
  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo

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    I use either of two solutions:

    1. Play back Youtube through computer speakers and bass through my bass amp.
    2. Run headphone out from computer into my amp's Effects Return, which has an adjustable level control.
     
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  6. Philonius

    Philonius Supporting Member

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    I set up a Garage Band track that I can play my bass through, then jam along to You Tube at will. Headphones; so as not to disturb Mrs. Philonius. ;) E-Z Pleezy, if you happen to be on a mac.
     
  7. ErikW

    ErikW

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    Vox Amplug. Works great.
     
  8. bassinplace

    bassinplace

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    This and a wireless system is how I do it, plus headphones out of the amp since I have to practice silently.
     
  9. OneAri

    OneAri

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    It may or may not appeal but have you considered a songsterr plus subscription? It should let you isolate the bass from most tracks,reduce the volume of other instruments or remove them entirely from the track. Its a cheaper alternative to most mixing software...
     
  10. nick98338

    nick98338

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    Yep! That will work.
     
  11. mblackford

    mblackford

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    Thanks for all the suggestions!
     

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