Choosing an iPod for backing tracks

Peter from England, contacted me recently and asked what’s the best iPod for backing tracks. Here’s his question and my answer below:

Hi,
I am looking for an ipod, can you give me any recommendations?
I just want to be able to play backing tracks, no need for whistles
and bells.
Thanks
Peter

Hi Peter

The most important thing is that you choose one of the iPod models that has a screen (as opposed to the cheapest models which don’t have a screen).

For something that will do the job without paying extra for the bells and whistles, I’d recommend the new iPod Nano – only about £90 and VERY good value:

http://www.mp3backingtrax.com/mp3player.htm

Regards

Kenny

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Cheap backing tracks specially produced?

I received a request from a customer who was struggling to find two particular backing tracks. He’d searched everywhere and none of the backing track companies out there had any of these two songs so asked if we could produce them specially for him, but for “not too much money”. Here’s my reply:

Hi Kieron

Yes, we could produce those two backing tracks for you, but you say you need them at low cost and unfortunately producing tracks takes time and therefore costs money (probably around £100 each).

Commissioning a custom made backing track to be produced specially for you is much more expensive than buying a ready-made backing track off-the-shelf from our catalogue. The price of a custom track depends on how much work is involved in producing the track for you.

The best way to describe this is to think about how you would go about buying a suit from a clothes shop. If you walk in to the shop and buy your clothes off-the-peg, it will be much less expensive than having the clothes made-to-measure (where the tailor has to measure you up, cut the cloth, and make the clothes specially for you).

It’s the same with backing tracks – buying a ready made track off-the-shelf from our catalogue only costs a few pounds, but having a track specially made involves hours of work. Our arrangers are all professional musicians with many years experience and their fees are £20/hour (which is actually very reasonable for a professional arranger). When you consider that most recording studios charge £30/hour and upwards, and session musicians the same, our special arrangement customers save hundreds of pounds by getting our arrangers to record their songs.

You could keep trying searching around the internet to see if any other company has this song already produced – that way you could probably buy it off-the-shelf for a few pounds, in the same way that we offer off-the-shelf songs in our in our catalogue for only a few pounds…

Regards

Kenny

Using backing tracks to make a demo disc

One of our customers Mike from England contacted me recently and asked about using backing tracks to make a demo disc. Here’s Mikes question, and my answer below:

Dear Sirs
Could you tell me the procedure, or if its possible of
how to go about making a demo disc if we bought your
backing tracks?
Thanks
Mike

Hi Mike

Yes, we would happily grant you permission to use our backing tracks to make a demo CD or album, as long as your demo disc or album is only for your own use (ie sending to record companies or selling at gigs).

As for recording a demo disc or album, there are basically two ways you can do this.

One way is to find a local recording studio and take along your backing tracks, and record your vocals on top of them. The studio will then mix the backing tracks and vocals together and give you a CD of the finished album. If you need a supply of CD’s, most professional studios will also offer CD duplication services (or if it’s only a couple of CD’s for a demo you want, you could probably copy them up yourself on your own PC if you have a CD writer). I’ve written an article about creating audio CD’s which you may find interesting:

http://www.mp3backingtrax.com/article35.htm

The other way of recording an album or demo disc is to attempt to record it yourself at home. Despite what most people think, you don’t need to be particularly technically minded to do this, albeit recording software (just like with any type of software program) will always have a small learning curve at first. We actually have a free recording studio software you can download and use at:

http://www.mp3backingtrax.com/ar-recorder.htm

Hope this helps!

Regards

Kenny

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JJ Kane (Male vocalist from Murcia, Spain)

The MP3 Backing Trax team welcome J J Kane from Murcia, Spain – the latest artiste to promote his entertainment act in our YourSpace section.

J J Kane has been in the music business since 1966, playing in Rock N Roll bands and Cabaret in major venues and theaters all over the UK and Europe.

Read more about J J Kane at:

http://www.mp3backingtrax.com/yourspace/1/JJKane.htm

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Paul Craig (Male vocalist from Liverpool, England)

The MP3 Backing Trax team welcome Paul Craig from Liverpool, England – the latest artiste to promote his entertainment act in our YourSpace section.

With over twenty five years of entertaining behind him, Paul is highly regarded by his peers and agents alike. With his smooth, laidback style, Paul comes across with an air of elegance and style associated with those halcyon days of a bygone era of the forties “Hollywood Supper Clubs” And  sixties “Vegas  Shows”.

Read more about Paul Craig at:

http://www.mp3backingtrax.com/yourspace/1/PAULCRAIG.htm

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