How to Create Backing Tracks If You Don't Play All the Instruments... or Any

Written by Seth Lutnick

Congratulations! Your singing has become amazing, and it's timerepparttar world knew. You've also written some songs that are just kick you-know-what. They need to be recorded, MP3ed and put onrepparttar 138792 net ASAP. But you've got two problems. First, you can't afford a studio, let alone a band for all this stuff. Second, you don't play all, or any, ofrepparttar 138793 instruments.

Well there is good news. With a deft combination ofrepparttar 138794 internet and today's software, you can do wonders. While it's never going to berepparttar 138795 same as a true band in a real studio, which you had better hire for that big record company showcase, you can still create great backing tracks.

First, repeat after me. "I love MIDI." Thank you.

MIDI, to refresh your memory, is like sheet music for a pianist. The paper itself makes no noises, butrepparttar 138796 pianist gets allrepparttar 138797 information he needs from it to let us hear Beethoven (especially ifrepparttar 138798 music is also Beethoven!). In your computer set up,repparttar 138799 MIDI file isrepparttar 138800 sheet music,repparttar 138801 MIDI sequencer or playback program isrepparttar 138802 pianist, and your computer's sound card and synthesizer arerepparttar 138803 piano. That's all you need!

Before we get started, I'll mentionrepparttar 138804 ultimate cover song shortcut -repparttar 138805 Internet! There are tons of great MIDI files of almost every piece of popular music out there. All you have to do is find them. If you can't, or you've got your own material, read on. Be legal, though!

If You Play Keyboard or Guitar Well

First, thank your parents forrepparttar 138806 lessons. Then, get your hands on a sequencer program and record your tracks. Using MIDI, you can chooserepparttar 138807 instrument sound for everything - all you need to do is inputrepparttar 138808 notes. For drums, you can either record them from your keyboard or use a plug-in drum machine. If you choose to record them, a quick way to do it is to record a couple of measures and then copy/paste to fill outrepparttar 138809 song. But don't forget to put in some drum fills!

If Your Playing Is Limited to Little or Not at All

For you there are wonderful programs, like Band in a Box and Jammer, to create backing tracks. They are very stylish, meaning, they function in styles. You must, atrepparttar 138810 very least, knowrepparttar 138811 chords for your song. You simply enterrepparttar 138812 chords, chooserepparttar 138813 appropriate musical style, and click a button called "compose" (or some reasonable facsimile). Before you can say "Holy guacamole, Batman," your music is playing. The drawback here is that your band will sound canned. And well it should, for it is! But, have no fear, there are ways to mitigate that quite well.

Making it Human

Best thing? Play what you can, at leastrepparttar 138814 melody. That, in and of itself, will help tremendously, as it's no longer just a band style playing chord progressions.

Next up, record a counterpoint. Counterpoints make ordinary songs exciting. They are secondary melodies that complementrepparttar 138815 main melody. They usually have a slightly different rhythm, and fill in whererepparttar 138816 melody has breaks. A great example is inrepparttar 138817 song "The Winner Takes It All," by Abba. Listen torepparttar 138818 theme that is always playing underneathrepparttar 138819 melody - it really drivesrepparttar 138820 song.

How To Create Your First DVD

Written by Steve Bishop

How To Create Your First DVD

Whether you want to transfer your pics to DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) or you want to backup a DVD to another DVD, I know you need some clarification aboutrepparttar whole process.

Their are quite a few DVD formats to choose from but which one is right for you in this rather confusing world of dvd formats? Shall I store my photo's on a DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R or DVD+R DL? What about just copying a DVD to DVD?

DVD Writers

To get down to basics you will first of all need a DVD drive that will be able to write your data (music, film, pictures, etc) to a disc. Most modern computers have at least a DVD-ROM drive which stands for Read Only Memory meaning it will only read (play) your DVD but it cannot writerepparttar 138389 data to a disc.

In order to write your data to disc you will have to have a DVD writer which will write (burn) your data directly ontorepparttar 138390 disc. A laser burns your info to disc which is whyrepparttar 138391 terms DVD burning or burn to disc are frequently used. Disc Formats

A normal single layered DVD disc (DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW) will hold upto 4.37GB of information on a single side of a DVD. There are also Dual layer discs (DVD+R DL) which have twicerepparttar 138392 capacity of a normal DVD (8.5GB). These discs have two layers on a single side which are read by a special laser which switches it frequencies depending on which layer it is reading onrepparttar 138393 same side of a disc. Although you will need an upto date dvd-writer in order to burn dual layered discs.

We won't concern ourselves with dual layers in this article. Its enough to know they exist and we have to have a more advanced dvd-writer for that.

Sorepparttar 138394 label onrepparttar 138395 box says DVD-R. What does that mean? Well,repparttar 138396 R bit on any DVD stands for recordable which means you can write your data directly ontorepparttar 138397 disc using your basic everyday DVD writer.

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