Backing Tracks: Be on the right track
Date: Friday, August 26, 2005 3:26:29 PM
Creating a good backing track is an art. Nowadays it's very easy to download a MIDI file from the Internet and create your own backing tracks. Many do so, but the quality is at best amateurish. I have seen many artists who will eagerly invest thousands in a top quality PA system, but skimp when it comes to backing tracks!
Grabbing an audience's attention is vital when performing with backing tracks, as there is usually little to captivate the audience visually. A good backing track is essential for grabbing the audienceís attention.
OK, how do I know itís a good backing track?
Here are some key elements to listen for on a good backing track:
The track must have a definite beginning and ending. Avoid fade-ins and fade-outs.
The mixing on the backing track should be done expertly. A good mix will result in a clear-sounding backing track without excess bass and shrill highs. On the topic of mixing, the panorama (or PAN) on the backing track should be wide enough to park a stretch limo. This is important. If the panning of the track is too narrow, your voice wouldnít be able to come across clearly, and it is your voice thatís the main attraction, isnít it
© Lothar Woehler BAMus(Hons)