Guitardude19
UG's Mad Scientist
Join date: Jan 2006
2,230 IQ
#1
I need some advice on the following situation.

I have a gig that might happen. I am a solo musician because Im finding it very hard to find people to play with. Anway thats not the issue. The issue is backing tracks...

Ive recorded 4 original pieces of music, but only the chord progression and bass lines on my home PC but the quality is shoddy so I wont be using that.

I phoned a few recording studios and none of them can gauruntee a good quality recording and they are charging £60 for something like 3 hours studio time. I could go down this route as it is better than my home recording equipmet.

However, I already have the backing tracks in Midi format... Should I settle with Midi and leave it at that knowing that it will just sound like Midi or do I go and spend £60 recording all the parts again... I want a good sound but I really dont want to use the Midi as it doesnt sound authentic.

Its impossible for me to find anyone to play with at the moment... Any advice?

Thanks.
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HenryJoe
drums and guitar
Join date: Jan 2008
37 IQ
#2
i bet some idiot is gonna think ur playing all that alone and call u a god
shortyafter
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2007
1,040 IQ
#3
How shoddy are your recordings? Unless you've got semi-decent equipment/experience, then pretty much any studio recording will be better than your own. They probably can't guarantee radio-quality recordings, but that doesn't mean their recordings won't sound fairly reasonable.

The ideal option would be to go to the studio. I wouldn't do the midi thing, it will probably sound too fake. Whatever you do, just remember that they're only backing tracks. People aren't going to care if they sound 100% professional or not. If you can afford the time, money, and effort it takes to go to the studio, do that. But you can always just use your own recordings or the midis.
Last edited by shortyafter at Mar 6, 2008,
axemanchris
Awwww.... NOW what?!
Join date: Aug 2006
2,471 IQ
#4
For less than 60 pounds.... can you hire a couple of friends to come in and play brushes on a snare or whatever and back you on a bass, or acoustic guitar or something? Lots of friends will do this kind of thing for the chance to help a brother out and to get a couple of free beers and a plate of wings or something.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
KRSplat
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2007
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#5
MIDI? Honestly, I think that would sound pathetic. Pay for studio time; it'll be worth it.
axemanchris
Awwww.... NOW what?!
Join date: Aug 2006
2,471 IQ
#6
People really get down unnecessarily on midi. Midi is brilliant, but is misunderstood. Midi is nothing more than a universal set of instructions that one device uses to understand the music of another device, and generally follows a standard hardware protocol to connect them. Midi doesn't sound like *anything.*

Turn on the radio or MTV or MuchMusic or whatever. Midi is everywhere. Why does Eminem's tracks or Moby's tracks sound brilliant (or Def Leppard's drums, or a lot of tracks in major Hollywood motion pictures for that matter), whereas your e-greeting sounds corny as hell? It comes down to the quality of the instrument. Send one set of instructions to a cheap instrument - say the little wave-table synth embedded in your cheap soundcard. It's a cheap instrument.... of course it sounds cheap! Now, take that same set of instructions and send it through a high-quality sample library, and you'll swear it's the real thing. A high-quality instrument sounds better - simple!

Now, I'll qualify that with the fact that it depends on who is doing the programming. Good instructions = good results. Crappy instructions = crappy results. And *that* is a whole other kettle of fish.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
ledhed68
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2005
1,305 IQ
#7
Have you thought about looping at all? cause I think that would be the best idea, then you are playing all live and you still have backing tracks.
axemanchris
Awwww.... NOW what?!
Join date: Aug 2006
2,471 IQ
#8
Looping is getting really annoying. Too many people do it, and not very well, and it has already become gimmicky and cliche.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.