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seagull
post Aug 25 2008, 03:36 PM
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Hey Gmc!

This is probably a question mostly directed at the instructors (as they are the only ones, whose backingtracks I've heard) but any advice is welcome! smile.gif

I really want to be able to make my own backingtracks, so that I could get to make some material on my own.
But unfortunately, I suck with computer software, and I need some advice on which programs to purchase in order to be able to make backings. smile.gif

I don't have the largest budget imaginable, but hit me with some suggestions. I know I need some drum-software, but how such softwares work beats me. laugh.gif

So, any advice is appreciated! smile.gif
Thanks in advance!

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post Aug 25 2008, 03:39 PM
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I've got Acoustica Beatcraft for drums, which is quite cheap (£20) and sounds quite good and is pretty easy to use, of course try the free trial first. I'm testing fruity loops now which is quite good but is a bit difficult to use and limited in sounds unless you buy extra stuff with it.
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post Aug 25 2008, 03:43 PM
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Yeah, tried Fruity Loops as well, but I thought it sucked. laugh.gif Too difficult to use.


Oh, and btw, it would be real nice if the softwares are easy to use. biggrin.gif
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post Aug 25 2008, 03:46 PM
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Yeh well i definitely recommend beatcraft then. smile.gif
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post Aug 25 2008, 03:51 PM
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Try Riffworks.
The demo movie at Line6 shows how to make a backing track in a couple easy steps.
It's got Instant Drummer.
If you have a pod or a toneport, you should be ready to go. wink.gif

It'll cost you $99, which is fairly cheap IMO.

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post Aug 25 2008, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE (jacmoe @ Aug 25 2008, 04:51 PM) *
Try Riffworks.
The demo movie at Line6 shows how to make a backing track in a couple easy steps.
It's got Instant Drummer.
If you have a pod or a toneport, you should be ready to go. wink.gif

It'll cost you $99, which is fairly cheap IMO.



Sorry, I haven't got a Line6 processor. It's an old Korg AX1500G which I intend to record with. smile.gif
Thanks though!
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post Aug 25 2008, 04:04 PM
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Audacity and Reaper are cheap and good for recording.
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post Aug 25 2008, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Aug 25 2008, 05:04 PM) *
Audacity and Reaper are cheap and good for recording.



Yeah, I'm actually using Audacity already. smile.gif For guitar parts.
But how about bass? And how to merge the bass tracks with the drum tracks?
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post Aug 25 2008, 04:28 PM
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Hi seagull,
I am currently working on a Student Instructor lesson "How to create a backing track with only freeware tools"
Should be finish in a couple of days. happy.gif
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post Aug 25 2008, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE (Skalde @ Aug 25 2008, 05:28 PM) *
Hi seagull,
I am currently working on a Student Instructor lesson "How to create a backing track with only freeware tools"
Should be finish in a couple of days. happy.gif



Sounds awesome Skalde! Will definitely check it out then. smile.gif
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post Aug 25 2008, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE (seagull @ Aug 25 2008, 04:36 PM) *
Hey Gmc!

This is probably a question mostly directed at the instructors (as they are the only ones, whose backingtracks I've heard) but any advice is welcome! smile.gif

I really want to be able to make my own backingtracks, so that I could get to make some material on my own.
But unfortunately, I suck with computer software, and I need some advice on which programs to purchase in order to be able to make backings. smile.gif

I don't have the largest budget imaginable, but hit me with some suggestions. I know I need some drum-software, but how such softwares work beats me. laugh.gif

So, any advice is appreciated! smile.gif
Thanks in advance!

/Seagull


You get machines for drums and bass, but I advice you to pull the chords off yourself to make it sound a bit less synthetic.
Anyway, I use addictive drums, and an octave changer to do the bass with the guitar.
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post Aug 25 2008, 05:22 PM
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A friend of mine recently bought a very cheap system. Sound card EMU 0404 and he got Cubasis recording software + Proteus X - some sampling software with tons of great sounds. All that for £60. You would need to spend a couple of weeks learning how to use all that and do some test work. I believe that you can produce good quality tracks in 2 weeks if you work every day.


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QUOTE (seagull @ Aug 25 2008, 04:59 PM) *
Sorry, I haven't got a Line6 processor. It's an old Korg AX1500G which I intend to record with. smile.gif
Thanks though!

Is it true that AX1500G has the same card as the AX5G? I own a 5G tongue.gif


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post Aug 25 2008, 07:42 PM
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QUOTE (kaznie_NL @ Aug 25 2008, 06:52 PM) *
Is it true that AX1500G has the same card as the AX5G? I own a 5G tongue.gif



Sorry mate, I really don't know anything about that laugh.gif


@kjutte: Which octave changer? A software program?

@ all the others: Thanks for your input!



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post Aug 25 2008, 07:55 PM
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QUOTE (seagull @ Aug 25 2008, 08:42 PM) *
@kjutte: Which octave changer? A software program?

It's a guitar effect, which (as the name implies) changes the pitch an octave or two higher/lower.


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Start by playing something - a bend, a riff, a scale, a song - very slowly; if you make a mistake, start over; do this over and over, until you can play it flawlessly - and I do mean flawlessly - many times in a row. Next, gradually increase the tempo. Eventually you'll be flailing like a madman.
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post Aug 25 2008, 07:56 PM
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QUOTE (seagull @ Aug 25 2008, 07:36 AM) *
Hey Gmc!

This is probably a question mostly directed at the instructors (as they are the only ones, whose backingtracks I've heard) but any advice is welcome! smile.gif

I really want to be able to make my own backingtracks, so that I could get to make some material on my own.
But unfortunately, I suck with computer software, and I need some advice on which programs to purchase in order to be able to make backings. smile.gif

I don't have the largest budget imaginable, but hit me with some suggestions. I know I need some drum-software, but how such softwares work beats me. laugh.gif

So, any advice is appreciated! smile.gif
Thanks in advance!

/Seagull

Go to Jamstudio.com - You can make some basic backingtracks by entering in the chord progression, and picking which instruments you want(Such as Drums, bass, piano, etc) and some of the sounds are good. Its free and its the easiest way to get going fast with no computer skills.

I use it to pracxtice a song when I'm too lazy to spend the time doing anything more.

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post Aug 25 2008, 08:56 PM
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post Aug 25 2008, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 25 2008, 09:56 PM) *
What soundcard do you have mate?



Still the sucky on-board standard soundcard, but soon I will buy a new pc with a good soundcard in it, so I might as well prepare for it. smile.gif
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You will have latency issues with that card, but still you can practice in some multitrack software a bit. Reaper is free, and it is a decent DAW to begin with. Install it and try some drum, bass and pad VSTis. You can find a bunch of them on the net relatively cheap.

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post Aug 26 2008, 06:12 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Aug 26 2008, 01:25 AM) *
You will have latency issues with that card, but still you can practice in some multitrack software a bit. Reaper is free, and it is a decent DAW to begin with. Install it and try some drum, bass and pad VSTis. You can find a bunch of them on the net relatively cheap.

What computer do you have now?



DAW? VST's? Sorry, software noob coming through laugh.gif

Computer is just an old one I assembled myself, but when I get a new one it's gonna be a whole lot better. I am planning on getting some decent recording equipment when I get the money, which shouldn't be long from now as I started working full-time a couple of weeks ago.
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