MultiTrack Player - How To Guide
How to purchase and download the MultiTrack Player
Setting up a play list
Open up your song library by hitting the Library button. The library will appear in the centre section over the player controls. Simply drag your chosen songs in the order you want them from your library into the play list area on the right. The first song selected will automatically be highlighted so all you have to do is hit play. If you want to remove a song simply click on the song to highlight it and then hit ‘Remove selected song’ at the bottom of the play list pane.
Setting up a song mix
When you first use the player the easiest option is to simply mute the instruments you have playing live, and once you’ve saved your song mix you’re ready to go. However once you get familiar with the MultiTrack stems you could try mixing in some of them in conjunction with your live instruments at a lower level by using the volume faders to fatten up the sound of your live band. The obvious stems to try this with are electric guitars and keys 1 & 2 so it’s worth soloing these for every song you’ve got to hear exactly what’s being played.
From a music production perspective, good parts to mix in at a low volume level are the ones that add a sense of width to the sound by using textures. So distorted low end electric rhythm guitar parts and Hammond organ washes work well here. If you are mixing in a more ‘lead’ orientated part be careful that it you don’t mix it so loud that it cuts across the vocal melody but mix it loud enough that your live players can hear it so that in turn they don’t cut across it themselves with their parts. I.e. two lead parts played simultaneously often sounds confused to the listener. That’s why a well mixed studio album will only draw your ear to one part at a time.
In a few songs we’ve deviated from the 1 acoustic guitar, 2 electric guitars, 2 keyboards format purely for production reasons. So there might be no acoustic, 3 electric guitars and 1 keyboard for example. In that instance we would place the additional electric in either the acoustic, keyboard 2 or ‘extras’ stem. As you play with the backing tracks you’ll find these as you solo through each stem and decide what you want in your mix.
Setting up two mixes for congregation and band
If you’re using the backing tracks through a PA system you may want to take advantage of the way we’ve designed volume faders to set two separate mixes. One for the congregation and a fold back mix for the band. Having a separate fold back mix has multiple uses. For instance it means the congregation doesn’t have to hear the 2 bar intro click or the click tracks if you don’t want them to, or the band can have the lead vocal as well as the vocal cue only in their mix to help guide them through the song. You could even use the mixes as a training tool, so keep the backing track acoustic part in the congregational mix but have a brand new guitarist in the band playing along but not amplified.
To use the two mixes you will need a standard splitter cable. So one end would have the 3.5mm mini jack stereo headphone output connecter and the other end would be split into two cables which would in turn plug into two inputs in your mixing desk. The plugs would depend on the inputs of your desk but would generally be ¼ inch jack or RCA. Lots of places like Maplin or Radioshack should do these type of cables. Better still, if you are going to be using Backing Band a lot get some quality cables made up. Other than that all you need is your computer and you’re ready to go.
How to use the click tracks
Within the backing tracks there are 3 separate types of click. The first is an intro click, which is the very top stem within the band pane. This only lasts for the first two bars on each song. Then there’s an 8th note click and a shaker for a more natural sounding rhythm guide. The shaker is best to use if you want a rhythm guide but aren’t using the fold back mix, (maybe just going into a single channel amp) so your congregation is most likely to hear it.
Therefore we’d really only recommend using the 8th note click track if you are using the left/right volume sliders to set up a separate congregation and fold back mix. Of course the click track is mainly designed to be used when you have a live drummer but even an added click in the fold back can really help keep the whole band in time. (Especially if you’re using ear pieces or headphones instead of wedges)
We’d also recommend putting the 2 bar intro click just on the fold back mix too so the congregation doesn’t hear it.
Tips to remember
If you don’t want any type of click track, remember to mute all three clicks. So if you’ve muted both the click and the shaker and you still hear a click when you first play the song you’re hearing the 2 bar intro click.