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Would you be interested in a multitrack playback app?

Yes, I would use this to teach parts to my bandmates.
1 (20%)
Yes, I would use this to play backing tracks on stage.
2 (40%)
Yes, I would use this to sell recordings to my fans in a new way.
0 (0%)
Yes, I would use this to give away recordings to my fans as a form of promo.
0 (0%)
No, I'm not interested.
2 (40%)

Total Members Voted: 4

Author Topic: Remixer app idea  (Read 4446 times)

arlo

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Remixer app idea
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:08:50 AM »
I'm working on a research project involving some 1920's-30's recordings whose arrangements are hard to hear due to the primitive recording technology. I'm re-recording all the parts and want to publish them in a way that people can easily study them -- basically, a simple mixer interface where they can adjust the levels or mute/unmute each track.

I wonder if this could become new functionality within BandHelper, or a separate product. Bands could use it internally to teach original arrangements to their bandmates, or to play dynamic backing tracks on stage. Or they could use it externally to release music to their fans in a more interactive way, either as a free perk for their fans or a source of sales income.

Would you be interested in a way to share multitrack audio files with an interface that lets the listener play with the mix? Select one or more options above.

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Re: Remixer app idea
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2020, 07:25:43 AM »
A potential use case for this:  Currently we (a duo that uses backing tracks) create 3 versions of most backing tracks:
1. The version used in live play (when we used to do that ;-)
2. A version used for member A practice (adding member B's parts)
3. A version used for member B practice (adding member A's parts)

2 and 3 are Smart Copies.

If it had an easy UI (and no latency or mix complications), a simple multitrack capability could eliminate the need for the Smart Copies and separate practice playlists.

It could also be used in live play for situations where some instrument or voice needs to sit out, substituting a pre-recorded version (or vice versa for a guest performer).

To make it easier to manage for these kinds of use cases, I'd prefer some method of marking sub-tracks as 'core', instrument-A, instrument-B, vox-A, etc., and then globally selecting which get played for the practice session or gig.  If selections could only be set on an individual song basis, then I think my current Smart Copy approach is just as convenient for my use cases so I probably wouldn't use the multitrack approach.

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Re: Remixer app idea
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2020, 11:34:02 AM »
For my own project, I ended up building a simple, web-based mixer:

http://jugtracks.arlotone.com/song/taking_your_place

It would be harder to build this into a mobile app, but would also give more reliable performance (which basically summarizes web versus app development).

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Re: Remixer app idea
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 08:04:58 AM »
The 'Jug Tracks' is a very nice project you've got going!

(For my band I'd probably just keep using my Smart Copies as before rather than using a mixer)

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Re: Remixer app idea
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 10:20:34 PM »
I would absolutely use a mixer function...its a great Pro idea. I also have some other friends who use Bandhelper who asked for this specific functionality...Imagine having a bunch of people dancing and being able to punch up the drum track....
it would be amazing.
Thanks for taking input from the field Arlo.
Moon Dog