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What do you use for Backing Track?

Discussion in 'Home Recording Studio' started by slash1814, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. slash1814

    slash1814 Strat-Talker

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    What do you use for Practicing along with a backing track?
    1) Amp Aux. input
    2) Stereo Monitors
    3) 2.1 multimedia speakers
    4) ..other sources? let us know.

    My experience.
    - Amp aux input - sounds bad.
    - only multimedia speakers are weak and feeble.
    - 2.1 sounds much better, good drums and bass output is helpful for sure.

    Lets us know what do you use. And what should sound best.
     
  2. Highway Star

    Highway Star Former Member

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    Apr 22, 2016
    Who knows?
    97% of the times I just play the backing on my laptop and jam along with it with or without an amp :)
     
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  3. felis

    felis Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 27, 2013
    Antwerp/Belgium
    Alternating between laptop speakers and (Mustang) Aux.
     
  4. Omar

    Omar Most Inquisitive Junior Jazzer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2017
    Marbella, Spain
    Mainly Amp aux. sometimes multimedia speakers.
     
  5. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    This is me, too.
     
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  6. Cuban

    Cuban Strat-Talker

    155
    Mar 18, 2017
    UK
    I play youtube through my phone bluetoothed to Alexa who in turn is connected to my hifi.
    I dont like the 'aux in' on my amp
    (Katana 50)
     
  7. MagnusR

    MagnusR Strat-O-Master

    940
    Feb 21, 2013
    Sweden
    Most of the times my Yamaha THR 10 and it's aux input
     
  8. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 16, 2011
    France
    Through studio monitors via an audio interface and computer.
     
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  9. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Sometimes I spin it into my Boss RC3

    If I comes out tinny I run it through the Kenwood amp and acoustic research speakers
    That's a little more trouble...
     
  10. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    I usually play the backing track and the guitar through the DAW, as that's where I make the backing tracks. Out through either the HiFi or the headphones.
     
  11. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    I record backing tracks (mainly Youtube) into my DAW, especially for things like learning the songs for jams, and listen through headphones to what I record over the tracks to find my weaknesses.
    and I still get stuff wrong!!! :mad:
     
  12. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I get it wrong recording my own stuff. :p
     
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  13. slash1814

    slash1814 Strat-Talker

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    I am not able to decide whether to go for a studio monitor or a 2.1 system. the latter is an economical option, only hassle is to find more room for a subwoofer.
     
  14. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    It depends what you're plugging them into. if it's the onboard soundcard of the computer you may as well go 2.1.
     
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  15. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    My main amp (Blues Cube Hot) doesn’t have an aux-in, but I also have a little Vox Adio that I’ll mostly use when we’re away from home (2-3 months each winter and assorted short trips), but it was my main and only amp for a few months. And it lives in my office / man-cave where the rest of my guitar stuff is, serving various purposes. One of them is running backing tracks through, which I can do either with an aux-in cable or Bluetooth. It’s also a really fun little recording amp because it’s got all sorts of great sounds (just not a huge amount of volume or bottom end from the small speakers) and a single usb runs sound to a DAW and back through the amp to be its own monitor. So I don’t need to use headphones unless I’m adding a mic-ed acoustic guitar or vocals.

    Much of the time my backing track is me on the looper through the Blues Cube. So simple, immediate, direct, spontaneous, etc. But I’ve also got some really nice blues grooves on iReal I like to play to and an occasional actual backing track as well, and those go through the Adio.
     
  16. slash1814

    slash1814 Strat-Talker

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    Yes its going to be my laptop. I am leaning towards a good 2.1 system.
     
  17. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lately I just play youtube backing tracks on my Macbook Air and play along. I'll probably get some sort of inexpensive speaker/sub system for it to add a little oomph. There's a Digitech Trio pedal under the Christmas tree that may change things up a little bit if I'm smart enough to make it work. That remains to be seen.
     
  18. Robins

    Robins Dr. von Loudster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 22, 2010
    Germany
    Backing track in DAW. Mic connected and recording amp. If I want to learn that song/track.
    Always recording is a good thing to control myself (hearing my guitar track isolated).
    I practise most of the times without even being plugged in. Clean and unamplified guitar is a good way to build a great tone and practising control of my guitar/hands and mind.
    Still on my mission.

    All the best,
    Robin
     
  19. Dan_Q

    Dan_Q Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Jan 26, 2016
    NW UK
    depends on location- i'm old skool and use a tascam CD Trainer (remember those?) through aux in on the amp. At the other end i use a boss rc1, oc3 and drum pedal in my signal chain- DIY!

    i really should update sometime, but for me, it still works. interesting to read what others are using :thumb:
     
  20. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    If it works, it works.
     
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