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Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« on: April 18, 2020, 07:38:53 pm »
This was posted in one of the guitar challenge threads:
A couple of questions: (i) do you make these backing tracks yourself, if so what instrumentation do you use? (ii) where do you get video footage to use over the track? Is there a web site that has stock footage that can be used for this sort of thing?
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Yes, I make my own loops and backing tracks in Garageband, which is a free DAW that comes with most newer Mac computers. There are iOS versions as well, but I can't speak to them.

A Garageband project starts with a designated major or minor key, and beats per minute (BPM) setting. From there I add a drum loop and what other elements to fill out the vibe or groove. Sometimes I'll add a rhythm guitar or chimey note section.

There are other methods and tools for making your own backing tracks, I would like to invite others to share how they do it. 

As for video & images, I search the interwebs for royalty free content. Alternatively, I shoot my own footage and images with my iPhone.

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Re: Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 07:51:01 pm »
Thanks Clint. When you record the bass line is that you playing? Do you have a bass or are you using a pedal to drop a guitar down by an octave? The keyboard fills - do you have a keyboard or are you using a simulator?
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Re: Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2020, 11:28:35 pm »
I don't have a bass guitar, so sometimes I use a loop in Garageband, play a guitar bass line, or use my Trio to lay down some bass. My amp has an octaver setting/plugin, but I'm not that fond of the tone from it. Here's a case where I played acoustic guitar power chords into a looper to get some bass action:


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Re: Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2020, 09:32:14 am »
Good thread to start and ideas to share CT!
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Re: Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2020, 02:55:24 pm »
Thanks, close! The skill that is worth developing, certainly for me, is to hear a beat that I like in a particular track, and then try and recreate it in a new track. When your brain is wrapped around developing melodies tied to chord progressions, it's a bit of a leap to focus on beat and groove. It must be a right brain vs left brain thing.   

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Re: Making Backing Tracks From Scratch
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2020, 03:01:04 pm »
Good thread CT. To be honest don't make a lot of backing tracks now and tend to just use my Trio+ as the workflow is so quick compared to anything else. What I can recommend in terms of products to support backing track creation are the EZ range (EZDrummer, EZKeys and I think EZBass is about to come out). EZ drummer is particularly effective to build a drumtrack. I've also tried the Band in a Box software but have always struggled to get something useful out of this.
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