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My backing tracks FAQ

Posted by erstokke on Saturday, August 25, 2007

I have posted a few backing tracks on my music page. I get a lot of questions about these tracks, so here is the FAQ:

1. How do you make these tracks?
RE: I start off with dkmarhalls midi tracks ( or create my own Band-in-a-box track. Then I export the tracks to a standard midi file and import them into Logic. You could use GarageBand or Cubase or any other midi/audio recorder/sequencer-application. Then I replace the guitar and mandolin parts by recording myself playing on real instruments. I have played guitar for a lot of years, but I am still a novice on mandolin.

2. What hardware do you use?
RE: I use a Røde NT1A microphone into a M-Audio 410 Firewire interface hooked up to an iMac G5 computer. My 1974 Levin guitar and Michael Kelly FSE Mandolin may also be considered harware.

3. How much work do you put into making these tracks?
RE: I use up to 15 minutes in Band-in-a-Box. Then about 2 hours re-recording and mixing in Logic. I guess I could have cleaned up my playing and make the tracks more perfect, but I dont have too much time for this. I want to play banjo, not making backing tracks all the time.

4. Can I make requests for new backing tracks.
RE: You are welcome to make requests, but I am not always able to fulfil them! I am working my way through Janet Davis book You Can Teach Yourself Banjo since "everyone" is using it. But I am also doing backing tracks on request.

5. How do I download the songs to my computer so I can burn them to a CD to play away from my computer?
RE: There is a download link to the right of every song title on the music page. Right-click in Windows/Ctrl-click on a Mac and select download to disc.

6. Are there any copyright restrictions on the files?
RE: You may freely use these tracks. Download them to your computer, copy them to a cd, record your own banjo playing along with the tracks and create cds of yourself playing along with the tracks as christmas presents. You are also allowed to perform live along with the tracks, but drop me a e-mail so I know where I have been playing. You may not use these tracks commercially in any way without permission. If you earn money from my tracks, I want my share.

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