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Make More Money At Your Gigs

Posted by Andrew Martin on June 23, 2014 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (5)

Here's an interesting video on how you might make more money at your live gigs - Building a fan base is one of the biggest messages - but there are other tips in their too - have a look

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Backing Track Machines

Posted by Andrew Martin on May 13, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Various machines to play your backing tracks on -

Originaly would you believe tape players with tapes were used to replay backing tracks on for gigs - nightmare for having to rewind them ready for your next gig - in the earliest of the days of tracks 8 track players were also utilised.

Singers then progressed to minidisc and CD - CD players had a slight draw back though - the slightest heavy bump or thud will make the disc jump - unlike the minidisc which would mostly stand firm - plus on minidisc it was/is a lot easier to name tracks and edit them the way you want them.

Midifiles were also a move forward - especially for guitar type outfits that just wanted to add that live sounding keyboard to their set ups - not always liked by everyone due to their slightly electronic sounding finished mix - but the quality of the file really revolved around how good the programer could be in getting the most out of the machines available. But they did/do have an advantage - key changes are sooooooooo easy.

Now a lot of artists use laptops and mp3s - great for organising your sets on stage - and perfect for added lyric sheets - just in case your mind goes blank

Artists are also using tablets and even mobile phones - mp3 players - hard drive disk play back machines - some of which are 19 inch rackable.

Andys Tracks supplies backing tracks for the latest backing track machines as mp3 downloads via e-mail, on CDs in the post and also on USB sticks

So backing track machines have come a long way - one wonders what we'll be playing them on next!

Bose pa L1 model 2 pa

Posted by Andrew Martin on November 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Recently I had the privilege of trying out this relatively new pa system - and to tell you the truth I'm totally sold on it. Easy to use, lighter and less bulky to carry, and the sound quality is absolutely amazing. You can also vary the amount of gear you use for the size of venue. 1 L1 + 2 bass bins to cover small to medium venues and 2 L1s + 4 bass bins to cover larger medium to large venues. The 500 watt amplifiers are actually built into the base of the "stands" and make for such a neat and easy system to assemble.The system tends to throw the sound all round the room/hall and there is no need for foldback with the spatial sound which seems to wrap itself virtually all the way around the speaker system. With the larger system (2 L1s + 4 bass bins) you get about nearly 1500 watts of power - enough for most venues on the circuit. For you 3,000 and 4,000 watt guys, you might feel that the system is a little under powered, certainly against what you use right now - but you can add to the system (3 L1s, 4 L1s + extra bins etc) and place them around the venue. But while using the Bose, all we had (Liza and I) were compliments after compliments - mainly about the fact the Bose doesn't blast audiences heads off, it just delivers a quality sound all around any hall or venue. The Bose L1 model 2 pa system definitely gets a big thumbs up from Andy at Andys Backing Tracks

Are your backing tracks levelled?

Posted by Andrew Martin on October 27, 2011 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Are all your backing tracks levelled properly? Do you constantly have to keep going back and for to your mixer to put your levels up and down on your backing tracks during your performance because they aren't all on the same output level? Then Andy can help. Andy can make sure all your tracks are mastered all on the same level, which will improve the quality of your performance.

Tel:- -1443 404446 or e-mail:- [email protected]  for further information on this service and a quote!


PA equipment and performance

Posted by Andrew Martin on October 27, 2011 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As with getting hold of the best quality backing tracks - having a good pa system is also a must. If there is a weakness in any part of your pa system, mic, amplifier, mixer, reverb/delay unit, leads, speakers - then that weakness will glaringly show through in your performance. Try and make sure that there are No weaknesses in any part of your pa system, as these tools of your performance are an extension of you and the performance you put across to your audience.

Andy - Andys Tracks


Quality backing tracks are a must!

Posted by Andrew Martin on October 27, 2011 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (1)

When choosing your backing tracks always remember that the music you choose makes up 50% of the sound of your show. This means that if the quality of the backing tracks you are using are not up to the mark, they will drag your own performance quality down too. So when choosing your backing tracks always strive to get the best quality you can get, this will pay dividends when it comes to performance time, as with a good quality selection of tracks you then have a good base to provide a top quality performance to your audience!

Andys Tracks has some of the best quality tracks in the business -