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Click/Backing Tracks/In Ear Confuzzelment

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by b to g is yummy, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Does anyone have any suggestions for my band? We're looking for a cost effective way of hearing and creating a live click track. It would be good if more than just our drummer would hear it since some of our songs don't have drums till well into the song.

    Would a multiple head phone-out contraption be our best bet? Even getting drummer and keyboardist hooked up should help tremendously and not be too combersome cord-wise, since they (obviously) don't move around much.

    IEM would be sweet...but ouchie $$$$

    Side Note
    Eventually we think we'd like to get some backing tracks as well, does anyone have software recommendations to create the tracks? We'd be looking for mostly extra keyboard sounds ie..pads, electronic beeps, swooshing, swelling etc. We just had our first studio experience, and got introduced to a program called Reason, which seemed pretty cool. I think this software could be an option.

    Edit: We also have some tempo changes, so an ordinary metronome won't cut it..any advice on how/where to make a good click track with tempo changes and choose the tone??
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Get a FM transmitter (such a one like you use in a car for an IPOD). Hook it up to the monitor out of your board. Hook up a digital metronome to an open channel and set it to monitor only. You might need one of those 12v car to AC adapters if you can't find an AC FM transmitter.

    Buy cheap FM radios and "in ear" head phones. The radio shack single in ear work nicely.

    Set your FM transmitter to say 89.1 or any open frequency, then dial in on your personal radio.

    It's wireless, it's cheap, and everyone controls their own volume.

    You can also add monitor/live mix this way to hear the entire band or just vocals for everyone etc. Just remember to run the metronome to monitor only. :)


    Not counting the metronome and if you have a dollar store nearby you MIGHT have 50 bucks invested in the project.
  3. Moe Monsarrat

    Moe Monsarrat Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Austin, Tx.
    Endorsing artist:Regenerate Guitar Works Carvin, Micheal Kelly Guitars
    I doubt anything but good IEMs will satisfy you in the end.
  4. ^ probably good advice..i think you'd have a hard time hearing a click with dollar store ear buds..even if you could...probably not so great for the ears beating volume with more volume.
  5. and does anyone have any advice on affordable software to make a good, variable tempo click track?
  6. gregh


    Sep 15, 2008
    Reaper will, but also Usine. Probably most DAW software will nowdays. You could always program in different sounds for each musician if that was handy. Reaper has a work around that will allow you to have a different tempo for each track, others might as well.

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