Editing backing tracks

The backing track subject that is the least understood by singers is editing backing tracks. Even singers with years of experience using backing tracks are totally lost when it comes to editing them.

This isn’t surprising considering there are very many types of backing track formats (cassette, DAT, midifile, MP3, CD. Minidisc, Cubase Arrangements, Cakewalk etc) and each have to be edited in different ways. To make matters worse, some have very limited editing capabilities and as if that wasn’t enough to contend with, the better the quality of backing track, usually the less editing capabilities the backing track has.

To understand how backing tracks can be edited, you really need to understand how a backing track is recorded. Most audio files which have gone through a mix-down or stereo mastering process should sound great – however this type of recording of the backing track means that it is quite rigid and changes to the track can’t be made so easily.

Before you endeavour to edit a backing track, the first thing you should do is read my article about editing backing tracks. Oh, and don’t forget, before you start messing about with your tracks, make sure you’ve made a┬ábackup!