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How to create backing tracks

Who would have said that? I discovered I was a genius. A music genius. I lay down, as I usually do, on the sofa in my office, I looked up and … well, I realized! Yes, I repeat, I realized I was a music genius. In a face to face with my laptop, I threw down a couple of chords and started strumming them on an electric guitar. Really, Salvatore? I mean, uh, that’s not exactly what happened, but I’m still a genius (I want to clarify, for the avoidance of doubt!). I never played a note in my life, but no one suspected it, when I made the base of my recording heard by my computer speakers. Ten, I say ten, fewer ovations in two minutes. In short, almost an ovation every eight seconds.

My secret? Bring your right ear close to my lips. No, nothing outrageous, don’t worry, and I’m not even going to bite you. Sorry. I wouldn’t want anyone to hear us because then it would be my end (Silence around) . So, to create backing tracks I used some special online services. If you want I can tell you all about this with my tutorial on the subject. Are you interested? Yes? Great! So take five minutes of free time all for yourself and concentrate on reading this article. Together, I assure you, we’ll see some good ones.

Ah, I almost forgot, apart from Web services, it will also be my concern to show you which are the “classic” computer programs and apps for smartphones and tablets designed for the purpose so as to put you in a position to be able to choose the resource really best suited to your needs and preferences. In all cases, you don’t have to worry, I will provide you with all the explanations you need. Now, however, all we have to do is talk and move on to action. I wish you, as usual, a good read!

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How can I manage to write music and compose a song? Trying to understand the logical relationship between the various sounds that could be used to compose, the concepts of scale and tonality were born, which are fundamental systems for understanding how to choose notes in a composition. Or: how can I play the same piece by repeating it without having a sense of monotony? In this way, understanding that to resonate the same musical fragment without perceiving boredom, it was enough to play it in another key, the relationships between the various tonalities were studied, in order to understand how to pass from one to the other in an effective way, thus arriving at music theory. of the circle of scenes .

These are just a few examples that can show how practical music theory is . And how naturally it is essential to fully understand the principles in order to be able to write about music. It would be like writing a novel without knowing the grammar. We could only do it “by ear” but without great results.

musical harmony
2. Musical harmony: the scaffolding of each piece of music
The musical harmony is the material that allows to know in depth the world of the chords and is of fundamental importance since the chords constitute the skeleton, the skeleton of any piece of music . For this reason it is necessary to know it thoroughly. The principles that need to be understood to understand musical harmony are above all the following:

The chords are not isolated entities but are related to the scale and tonality in which we find ourselves: this is an essential concept since, especially in pop music, people tend to see chords as something isolated from each other. ‘other. These agreements instead have a well-defined role in the tonality and understanding it is essential to be able to learn to create sequences of chords that Sunonino well. Otherwise, even in this case we will only rely on the ear.

The more complex chords derive from the basic chords : the seventh chords, the ninth chords, or the excess fifth chords are nothing more than changes to the chords of three sounds. This is a fundamental aspect to understand in order to be able to use them to the fullest. In fact the role that has an agreement of three sounds within the key is maintained even after its modification: in essence the seventh or ninth chords, etc. they are just a different, more suggestive “version” of the basic agreements.

The modulation between the tones is an essential moment to build the musical harmony of a piece : this aspect is also of extraordinary importance. In fact, passing from one shade to another corresponds somewhat to the change in color: it is as if we wanted to make a picture all with the same color. Instead moving inside the various shades we have the possibility of being able to obtain a great and suggestive variety.

Prepare Your Tracks for Music Mastering

So you have spent lots of time in writing and recording your song, and you simply love how this sounds. There is one last step that stands between that recording saved in your computer folder and finally sharing this music with the rest of the world. This is none other than mastering. To guarantee the best potential sound from the final master, it is imperative to submit your tracks for mastering with the suitable levels and of course, an excellent mix. Below are some useful tips to achieve the best mix possible that can be submitted for mastering.

Get the Appropriate Mix

Before you consider mastering, see to it that your mix is in its best condition. When your mix got all off levels, distortion, excessive compression, and off key vocals, no mastering amount can make this sound better. When mixing, it is good practice to solo every track independently then listen to it completely. See to it there will be no weird hisses, unattractive breathing/vocal spit sounds, or pops you weren’t able to hear while the rest of the instruments are playing. These can possibly become amplified during the process of mastering EQ.

You have to listen to the mix on several speakers. If you record from home, it is possible that your room has not been treated, with monitors that might not really be the best in the market. There is nothing wrong with this and you can overcome it if you listen to the track in your home stereo, in the car, your friend’s car, earbuds, headphones, or even your old boom box. Play the song in numerous systems possible then listen for any overbearing frequencies.

The Master Bus

It is a must to eliminate any processing that you added to your master bus prior to submitting the audio for the process of mastering. It will include limiters, compressors, EQ, and basically anything you added during the process of mixing must be eliminated. When mixing down your track, you might be tempted to add a limiter on your master bus to add volume to the track. This is fine, but during the last mix down, you have to get rid of this since it will only result to less headroom that will not leave enough space for the mastering to take place.

How Loud Does Your Track Have to Be?

All songs have dynamic range. It is the difference between the song’s softest parts and its loudest parts. To get the volume of your track to the right mastering level, you will want to determine the loudest part of the song and ensure that the peaks are between -8db and -6b. It is possibly the most crucial step to get a master that sounds good. When your track is excessively loud, there is a risk of clipping, which, to avoid it, means that the entire track needs to be much softer during the final master. When you want a clean, nice, and loud track, don’t neglect the levels.