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Best Backing Track Setup?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by zephyr_words, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. zephyr_words


    Aug 12, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    What's the best current way to run backing tracks? Looking to replace the "drummer pressing space bar on a laptop queuing MP3's" method.

    Songs where we do run sequences I'd like to have the option to chain maybe 3-4 songs together to help with seamless transitions.
  2. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    Ableton live
  3. F-Clef-Jef


    Nov 13, 2006
    Neenah, WI
  4. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Digitech JamMan Stereo. Split click to the right, tracks to the left. All cue and transport functions available via feet, and if you must run stereo backing tracks, your track can be synced with a built-in rhythm and sent out via a third output.

    It's much easier to keep a set rolling with my feet rather than poking around on a touchscreen or keyboard. Having a dedicated device with backups for our tracks on SD cards, smartphones, etc is pretty dang handy, too.
  5. +10000000000000000000

    this is the best way to go for sure...i use it to create all sorts of beats loops and samples...
  6. My band uses Cubase and we have our entire set programmed in with click-tempo changes and backtracks. Of course, this is not a free option, but it performs phenomenally. Some people won't agree, but it works for what we are going for. We have one big track and we know the exact length of the set list which we rehearse to. So, we are familiar with the breaks between the tracks, the track order and we never have tempo issues.

    To sum up, we use a laptop with Cubase, which is connected to a Presonus 1818, which is connected to an A+H MixWizard 12M. We only need to hit the space bar once!
  7. We load our stuf into two Roland Octopads with are much easier to trigger than using a laptop or tablet