With the unplugged backing tracks there is a different way of utilizing a vocal harmonizer.
A harmonizer records your voice live and harmonizes you as you are singing. It picks up incoming audio and generates various harmonies at different pitches. The harmonizer allows you to hear the original melody and produces one or more harmonies at the same time.
A guitarist usually connects his guitar to the harmonizer, which recognizes the chords and produces a copy of the singer’s voice in one or more different keys. Example, singing in C, the harmonizer reproduces in real time your voice in F, or G, according to your settings.
Control the vocal harmonies with the backing tracks.
With these unplugged backing tracks you can use a vocal harmonizer using the guitar already registered in the backink track.
Just connect your audio player to the harmonizer, no longer your guitar to the harmonizer. The harmonizer recognizes the chords of the guitar played by the backing track, freeing you from the problem of a perfect guitar performance!
With these backing tracks you can exploit the harmonizer without worrying about hitting perfect chords.
Harmonizer setup with backing tracks player
Here is an example of connections for a guitarist who plays alone
RAR is basically a folder filled with documents/files. Folders that have a large number of files, such as backing tracks, require a compressed file to be able to transfer them between computers.
RAR is a compressed file format – similar to ZIP – that can hold many files in one place, and is especially useful for sending or downloading a large number of files. Than we use a compressed RAR file that contains them.
The easiest method to open a RAR file is to install a program like WinZip or WinRAR.
Both of these software applications will allow you to open a RAR file.
To open the RAR file you download one of these applications:
You can right-click on any .RAR file and easily choose to extract the files from the menu.
When you open a RAR file on your Mac, it will turn into a folder where you can access all of the decompressed files.
The Unarchiver is the app you need to open RAR on Mac. It’s times more powerful than the native macOS utility and supports infinitely more archive formats. The Mac App “The UnArchiver” is free, works instantly, easily, and without issue:
If you have unzipped the folder, the files inside can be show in this way (if you have downloaded the complete program you will also see the mp3 and LRC (lyrics) files:
Remember that to open a sgu file you need the Band in a Box program.
LRC file does not open directly. The content is shown automatically when you play an mp3 file, after you have installed a lyrics reader program such as MiniLyrics or similar.
Please, check out this video:
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New Edition. RealTracks Only. No Midi. Free Download.
Quick Start. Learn how:
Create your new backing track
Tips and tricks to for those in a hurry
Export the song
Add the lyrics
Premium: full sgu collection
and useful information difficult to find:
Starting with a fill/transition
Break in the Song
Slowing Down Time
Pushing the Chord
Copy chords form Midi
Different RealTrack on the same song
This pdf is dedicated to the musician that does not possess the time and effort to read or study complex instruction manuals but merely wishes to quickly acquire what they need directly from the software.
PDF Content / 63 Pages
Real Tracks and Midi
First Things First
Part 1. Essentials 9
Add the RealTracks. Method 1
Add the RealTracks. Method 2
Insert Chords Method 1
Type the chords
No Choruses, but Copy and Paste
Insert all the chords
Insert Chords. Method 2
Part 2. Improving the Backing Track
Starting with a Fill
Breaks in the song
Slowing Down the Time
Pushing the Chord
Different RealTrack on the same song
Part 3. Save and Export the Track
Save the song as audio file
Export with BiaB
Export with audio recorder
Export the Audacity song
Part 4. Insert Lyrics
The Audio Player
BiaB SGU Files
Here is my advice on tuning the guitar strings (tuner or manual)
To my surprise, even the experienced seem to have gotten this wrong.
We haven’t approached the obvious like how to utilize an automatic tuner, or how to tune manually based on audio reference (you find applications in common cellphones). Let’s talk here instead of the most important and practical, the string to be tuned first.
In my experience as a guitarist, rules on tuning the guitar do not take into account the size of the strings. A common mistake is to begin with the thinnest string first, such as the low E, then moving on to the thicker strings. This is a mistake.
Tuning a thin string does not greatly affect the tension of the thicker ones, but adjusting the tension of a thick string affects the tension of the thin strings. By tuning a thin string first, the pitch is degraded when you move on to the larger strings, forcing you to repeat the process.
So let’s refer to the most common case of a not completely out of tune guitar, such as when you take it out of the case and get ready to play.
Turn on your automatic tuner and tune the low E at the first. Then move on to the other strings, from largest to smallest. The last will be the high “e”. A quick second check and you’re ready to play.
If the strings are not new it will not be necessary to stretching them, vice versa you will have to proceed to stretching all the strings, double-checking the tuning of the individual strings several times.
A different pitch is often essential for a singer that needs lower tones, such as a woman’s voice.
Maybe you have noticed that many of these backing tracks are played in different keys. Some of you have expressed disappointment in such cases. But what is the reason for this choice?
It’s easy to find backing tracks of the most famous songs on the net, but it is almost impossible to find the same in a different key, and you will notice that changing the pitch affects the sound quality.
Key Transposer: a practical example?
Take the “I Will” by the Beatles. It’s in the F key. This tone is not suitable for everyone.
For many it is more comfortable to sing it in the C key.
The group Monnalisa Twins executes the song transposed in a different tone, C:
This is the original song by The Beatles (I Will, White Album 1968) in the original key, F:
The tracks ready made with Band-In-A-Box on TheGuitarBand.com are for those who require these needs, and being available for free download, represent for many a precious catalog of songs.
Key Transposer to pleasure with Band-In-A-Box.
BAND IN A BOX allows the key change in one click (as in the midi).
An mp3 song is notoriously unable to be transposed, though Band in a box has several options.:
Realize the track on whichever key, and export it to mp3 in the desired tone. Obtain a song file (SGU) ready to open with BIAB, and change the key in one click.