July 27, 2017

Edit Your Backing Tracks

Here is a video about how to add choruses to your backing track to give you more soloing time. It is done here on Logic Pro X, but the basic principles will apply to other DAWs also. 

A basic knowledge of working with DAWs is required - not everyone will be able to do this.


In this video we will be looking at how to add extra soloing choruses to your Jazzbacks backing track using Logic Pro X – in 10 steps.


Step 1. Find the tempo of your backing track.

You can find this information displayed at the jazzbacks website’s product pages.

While you are there, make a note of the song arrangement – how long the intro is, the heads, and how many solo sections are already there.

Step 2. Back on your Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW, set the tempo to 128 bpm ... and set your snap... to bar.

Step 3. Now drag your audio file onto your DAW.

Step 4. Set your snap to ‘beat’ and drag your audio file forward 1 beat (or quarter note).

Step 5. Turn on your metronome … and check that the track lines up correctly with your grid.

Now, set your snap back to ‘bar’.

Step 6.  Locate the first bar of the solo section...   Using the scissors, cut the file at the start of the first bar of the solo. …

Then, find the end of the first solo section and cut at the end of the solo...

Step 7. Drag the end of the song out towards the right of the screen, giving yourself enough room to paste your copies of the solo in.

Step 8. Copy the sectioned solo...   and paste it... at the end of the solo that you have copied... Repeat this process for as many solo sections as you want to have.

Step 9.  Drag the end section back to the left... so that is at the end of your last copied solo region.

Step 10. Check your new edit points for glitches or awkward sounding crossover points.... If you need to, you can adjust them by setting the snap to ‘off’ and experimenting with the crossover points until you achieve a satisfactory result.

Remember, you can always use the Command – Z combination to undo your latest edit. Always keep your original file hany in case you want to go back to square one again.

When you are happy with your track, you can bounce it down and create a new audio file.


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