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Our backing track format

Cooltracks backing tracks are not midi files, but are professional quality stereo mp3 audio backing tracks, that can be played on any mp3 player, computer or mp3 compatible CD and DVD player.

Our backing tracks are digitaly recorded and mastered using the latest recording technology and real instruments where necessary.
All Cooltracks backing tracks are mastered as 320kbs stereo mp3 files to ensure the highest quality reproduction demanded by professional singers, guitarists, bassists, pianists and drummers.
Each music backing track is between 6 to 10 meg in size, so the faster your internet connection, the quicker your mp3 backing track download will be.
Why not MIDI.
An MP3 audio file doesn´t require any MIDI hardware to playback. You can easily use any mp3 player like an ipod, or a CD or DVD player that plays MP3 Audio files. And with our fully produced MP3 backing tracks, you can get the sounds of real instruments and real voices. MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and is the industry standard electronic communications protocol published in 1983. MIDI can´t play audio, it simply enables electronic musical instruments, such as synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines, samplers, sound modules, MIDI controllers and of course computers, to control one another and to exchange information.

What´s "MIDI sound"?
The term "MIDI sound" has often been used as a synonym for "bad sounding computer music", This is only because the quality of General MIDI instrument sounds and samples found in cheap MIDI sound modules and cheap sound cards used on personal computers. If you have the cash to spend on Pro MIDI gear and the knowlege to use the gear creatively, you can make some awsome tracks, but for most performers this is not possible, or practical.

What was before MIDI?
In the good´ol, and very expensive days before MIDI, keyboard players had layers upon layers of keyboards, stacked on top of each other, surrounding and almost hiding the keyboardist. Their synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines were connected to each other using a system of patch leads, which were voltage and polarity connections, known as CV/Gate (Control Voltage/Gate). This way of connecting gear was far from being ´a standard´ as each manufacturer had their own set of specifications for the voltage and polarity used in their equipment. You were very limited in what you could control, mainly note pitch (CV) and how long the note was held for (GATE), and it took forever to set up and needed lots of maintenance, but that old gear really sounds awesome! Oh yeah I nearly forgot.... before MIDI, bands had lots of musicians playing their parts live!

 

The Arp 2500 released in 1970.
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