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GREZMONKI - Posted - 06/07/2019:  06:33:09


Hello all. I want to put something together that I can download and playback some backing tracks and jam with. I dont know the first thing about the best equipment for this or even where to look for it . I would want it to be powerful enough to be able to easily hear over my banjo and I'd like it to be rather portable so I could take it with me when I want to play somewhere besides my music room. So, what are you using , what are its features and where'd you find it ? Thanks.

kmwaters - Posted - 06/07/2019:  06:47:15


Laptop with decent speakers and the Band In A Box software.

kmwaters - Posted - 06/07/2019:  09:46:04


If you use BIAB, you will want to get their Realtracks 11 and 33 which are specific for bluegrass use. Awesome stuff. BIAB is powerful, and takes some time to really understand all it can do - but well worth it.

thisoldman - Posted - 06/07/2019:  10:44:07


I've used an mp3 player (yes, they still make those), my smart phone, and a tablet. An mp3 player does not have speakers, so you need to use earbuds or headphones, which muffles the sound of the banjo. My smart phone and tablet are loud enough if I don't play too loud - again, you could use earbuds or headphones. Mp3 player and tablet have a lot of memory to tap into, my smartphone not so much with all the apps I have on it. I don't know what format BIAB saves to, if you use it, so you may need to convert them to another format, like wav or mp5.

rudy - Posted - 06/07/2019:  13:18:18


quote:

Originally posted by GREZMONKI

Hello all. I want to put something together that I can download and playback some backing tracks and jam with. I dont know the first thing about the best equipment for this or even where to look for it . I would want it to be powerful enough to be able to easily hear over my banjo and I'd like it to be rather portable so I could take it with me when I want to play somewhere besides my music room. So, what are you using , what are its features and where'd you find it ? Thanks.






Step 1.  Decide on what you want to use to store and play back the tracks.  Laptop, phone, iPad, etc.  Pick your preference. Add whatever tracks you want to your device.



Step 2.  Get a Creative D100 stereo auxiliary speaker.  I use mine for all kinds of things and it fills a room at a fair volume level.  The sound is excellent, and although it's Bluetooth compatible it's much  simpler to use a short cord to run between the headphone jack of your player into the auxiliary input of the D100.  The D100 runs a LONG time on a set of batteries, too.  You can use the AC adapter that comes with it, but batteries work so well I wouldn't bother.  This also means you can take your player and the D100 anywhere and use it without concern of where to power it from.



cnet.com/reviews/creative-d100-review/



Seriously, this is ALL you need!


Edited by - rudy on 06/07/2019 13:21:04

SimonSlick - Posted - 06/07/2019:  14:43:25


I have used Band In A Box, and it is generally pretty good. For me the kick offs and endings are a big challenge and limitation with it. If I have the time, I prefer to record and mix my own backing tracks usually with a couple of guitars, bass, and keyboard. Wav files have better sound but also are much bigger files than mp3s. For portability I use mp3s. An ipod, ipad, or iphone will work fine to play an mp3 backing track. You just need to run in through an amplifier and speakers of your choosing.

On this experimental video I used two battery operated Roland Cube Street amps. I played the backing track (a 320 mp3) off of an ipod through one amp and did the vocals and banjo through the other.

Backing tracks can take a lot of thought, planning, and time to put together, but it's a lot of fun to do.


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