Backing Track Show Control Options

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ShowOne is a pro app for musicians who use backing tracks live. You supply the music - we give you the features, flexibility, and stability to play your tracks in any live or rehearsal situation, right from your iPhone or iPad. Never again worry about printing click tracks, lugging cumbersome and expensive audio equipment to shows, or being stuck with songs in the wrong key or tempo.

▸ Featured in: Modern Drummer ("6 More Mobile Apps Every Drummer Should Know"), Keyboard Magazine, DRUM! Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine, Bass Musician Mag, App Advice, Discchord, Music App Blog, and more


• Automatic click that syncs with your music

• Control each track's tempo, pitch, volume, start/end and more

• Voice count-offs for any track

• Create unlimited sets; add/remove/reorder tracks easily; have tracks automatically play into next

• Choose from several custom and familiar click sounds

• Audio is split out the headphone jack so the musicians and audience only hear what they need to

• Rock solid and stable - no skips or glitches

• Clear and intuitive user interface - easy to read in high pressure live situations and on dark stages

• Import your music fast and privately via cloud (Dropbox, iCloud, etc) or iTunes File Sharing

• Use tracks that you've pre-recorded with clicks and cues to one side for more versatility ("User Cue" feature)

• Works with 3rd party interfaces from Apogee, PreSonus, iConnectivity, and many more

• NEW! Backup and restore all of your tracks and sets across multiple devices

▸ Features 4-channel operation! Send full stereo mix to audience with further cue routing options (available as in-app purchase, compatible interface required)

▸ MIDI-compatible! Control ShowOne's transport with an external keyboard, drum pad or footswitch via MIDI interface. Control and sync with external gear with MIDI Clock output and per-track Program/Bank changes. Available as in-app purchases.

▸ ShowOne was created by an internationally known recording and touring artist and professional stage manager from the ground up with an eye toward what real musicians need.


• High quality time/pitch algorithm

• Click Mute/Delay/Accent are all adjustable for control over your time-keeping

• Exclusive ShowOne Crosstalk Control to help reduce crosstalk or bleed when splitting out headphone jack

• Works with most audio files (WAV/AIFF/MP3/AAC), 24 bit and up to 96k

• Big, striking Transport for ease of control

• Bar Counter, Tempo and Pitch displays so you always know where you are

• Free version is full-featured, limited to 2 user tracks at a time (unlimited track imports with paid version)


• iPhone® | iPad® | iPod touch®

• Simple enough for beginners, powerful enough for the pros.

• Great for drummers, keyboard players, guitar or bass players, musical directors - whoever deals with backing tracks!

• National touring acts, local/regional bands, cover bands, church bands, solo artists, street performers, theater troupes - anything!

• AND - it works as a solid backup solution for more advanced setups

• AND - it's an excellent practice tool as well! Speed up and slow down tracks with metronome for learning parts, change the pitch, etc.


▸ " will probably pay for itself in convenience before you finish your first gig." - Music App Blog

▸ "ShowOne is the perfect tool for running tracks on stage or in rehearsal - no need to invest in a bunch of new gear!" - Nick Wheeler, All-American Rejects

▸ "Blown away by ShowOne...this software is the bomb!" - Bruce Murphy, Men Without Hats

▸ "Thanks for developing such a great app!" - Phil Bennett, Starship




Why You Need The Cymatic Audio UTrack24:
The UTrack24 24-Channel Recorder-Player-USB Interface for Mac and PC from Cymatic Audio is a standalone, USB hard drive-based, 24-track recorder. It is used to capture, playback and edit audio in applications such as live rehearsals, recording studios, sound checks and more. It features 24 channels of balanced input/output through 25-pin D-Sub connectors.

The UTrack24 records 24-bit resolution, 96 kHz sample rate directly to off-the-shelf USB hard drives. It is built with a large, detailed LCD screen, dedicated menu buttons, and rotary push controls. The large illuminated front panel transport controls allow for fast and intuitive adjustment of various settings. The BNC Word Clock Input/Output allows integration into larger digital systems.

This recorder features an internal DSP mixer and allows internal monitoring of the stereo mix, and all 24 inputs, through a front-panel headphone output. Adjust level, panning, mute, and solo for all 24-inputs with detailed 24-segment hardware input metering. A RJ-45 connection is offered for future implementation of remote control features from external software. The UTrack24 when used as an interface is OS X, Windows, and iOS compatible.

Plays Back Up to 24 Tracks Play back up to 24 tracks of audio, perfect for "virtual sound check" duties or augmenting live players with pre-recorded tracks Play Back Standard MIDI Files Plays back standard MIDI files so you can import this format across many platforms. Free Downloadable Playlist Editor A free downloadable playlist editor allows you to easily create custom audio playlists, with customization capabilities such as:
Assigning an audio file's output channel
Assigning continuous play between songs
Edit song order, on the fly, from the front panel
Playback Start and Stop via front-panel footswitch input
Loop playback and mark-in/mark-out points allows for easy looping 24-Input, 24-Output Computer Audio Interface The uTrack24 also works as a powerful and affordable 24x24 computer audio interface
Dedicated control room and headphone outputs with individual hardware level controls
24-bit/96kHz support
Compatible with OSX, Windows, and iOS

It allows you to playback backing track wav files form USB drive to 16 or 24 audio tracks and SMF MIDI file via MIDI Out which may contain MIDI Program Change messages and MIDI CC# commands for changing your Guitar MFX ( Kemper/ Helix/SY-1000 /Ampero)   from rhythm to solo to rhythm at specific points in each song

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Another secret trick - the old 1985 MusicSoft MIDIMAN  - allows an Audio backing track to hold special FSK signal and embedded MIDI Program Change commands on the audio track - hit playback and the MIDIMAN unit will remote control your guitar rig via MIDI  using any wav audio player

by Chris Jenkins writing as John Renwick

John Renwick gets synchronised with this nifty little device from Radius

John Renwick investigates the possibilities of the MIDIMAN

What do you do if you want to use a sequencer "live", but you're reluctant to take your computer, monitor and disk drives onstage? Hi-tech solutions to music technology problems are all very well, but they often end up costing more than many of us can afford. Fortunately, low-tech alternatives usually appear if the demand is great enough, the Musicsoft MIDIMAN is a case in point.

Storing MIDI data on cassette tape seems like a backward step when there are MIDI data recorders such as the Elka CR- 99 and Yamaha MDF-1, operating on fast, reliable 3.5in floppy disks. Of course, they do cost twice as much as the MIDIMAN, which explains the whole idea.

MIDIMAN isn't primarily designed to store MIDI patch data, it has a small data buffer of 2000 bytes, and this isn't enough for most system exclusive dumps. It could be enough to store a set of patch changes, though, so you could use it to set your synths to the correct sound before each performance.

The MIDIMAN's main function is to allow you to put the MIDI data representing actual performances on cassette, then replay it into your synths. In that way, a combination of MIDIMAN and any reasonable cassette recorder could replace a bulky, fragile computer-sequencer set-upon stage, or allow you to store and replay live performances when you don't have a sequencer available.


If you know the way in which MIDI data is transmitted, you'll realise that the technical difficulties are formidable, MIDI data is digital, not analogue, and the bandwidth necessary to record it is greater than that which cassette tape supports. So the MIDIMAN actually performs two functions, digital-to-analogue-to-digital conversion, and Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), the process which is used in tape-to-MIDI synchronisation systems.

MIDIMAN is an unassuming off-white box with an external power supply and a minimum of controls, quarter-inch jack Tape IN and OUT sockets, and MIDI IN and OUT sockets on top and on the front a row of miniature DIP switches, activity indicator LEDs for Tape and MIDI, and a button marked Write. As you'd expect from this, the basic principle is very simple. You just connect the MIDI OUT of your sequencer or keyboard to the MIDIMAN's MIDI IN, connect the Tape OUT to your cassette deck, hit the Write button, start the tape in Record Mode and activate your sequencer, or play the keyboard. When you see the MIDI activity LED lights, you know that MIDIdata is streaming onto the cassette, in fact, if you turn up your hi-fi, you can hear it squawking away. To replay the data, and recreate your performance, you plug the tape recorder into the MIDIMAN's Tape IN, the MIDI OUT into your synths, rewind your cassette and play. The Tape activity LED lights (if it starts flickering, there's a problem with the recording) and if you're lucky, you'll hear a perfect reproduction of your performance, all run from the cassette. You can fast forward and rewind to any point you like, though of course there's no way to edit or alter the data once it's committed to tape.


Of course it's not quite that simple in practice, since there are lots of adjustments to be made if you hope to get a perfect performance. As you probably realise, there's no such thing as a chord in MIDI, events are transmitted serially, so there's bound to be a delay between one note and the next, even if it's so short as to be undetectable to the human ear. But when the MIDI data is coming off tape, although you won't actually lose any notes, the delays tend to be magnified, and the more MIDI data you have to deal with, the more obvious the delays become.

MIDIMAN has a small data buffer which can smooth out this MIDI "arpeggiation", but it's very easy to overload it if you try to use big chords, lots of performance effects such as pitchbend and aftertouch, or several simultaneous MIDI channels. To improve the timing accuracy of performances, MIDIMAN has two priority MIDI channels, 10, which has become the standard channel for drums, and 1, which can be used for whatever other track needs the most precision, normally the bassline. Data on all the other channels is processed afterwards, each track receiving equal priority.

Of course, MIDIMAN is happier if you give it fewer channels to deal with, and to that end you can set the DIP switches so that all data is routed to channel 1, you can work as a sync-to-tape box, use it to transfer MIDI clock signals to one track of a multitrack tape machine and so long as you don't mind starting from the beginning of the piece for every subsequent track, your sequencer can be locked to the original to synchronise further "takes". Setting the DIP switch which filters out Aftertouch is another big help, especially if your controller keyboard generates polyphonic aftertouch data, which takes up a huge amount of space on the tape.

Using MIDIMan


You can use MIDIMAN with almost any tape recorder, even a Walkman-type, but if you have a better quality deck, preferably with chrome or metal tape setting, you can try High Band Width mode. This puts data onto tape at a higher rate, reducing arpeggiation on playback, but you must remember not to use any noise reduction system. Of course, data must be replayed at the band width at which it was recorded.

So how could MIDIMAN actually be used? One option is to place your MIDI data on one track of a multitrack recorder, and record acoustic sounds such as guitar and vocals on the other tracks. Then, when you playback the multi-track tape, your synths will play along with the acoustic tracks. If you have your master keyboard plugged into MIDIMAN's MIDI IN, and the MERGE DIP switch set to ON, you can also play your synths at the same time. Another possible application is as a simple data recorder, just plug in and play, and if you come up with any brilliant improvisations, you can always dump them into your sequencer at a later date, or duplicate the cassettes and send them to other MIDIMAN users. There's a COPY function on the MIDIMAN which allows you to run off digital copies using a second tape deck, without the loss of quality inherent in audio copying. So long as you don't try to push MIDIMAN beyond its limitations, it performs well, obviously it's not a complete substitute for a disk data recorder, but at the price it's an attractive alternative.



Customize Songs
Songs can be customized by changing speed and pitch, trimming start and end points and using a 3-band equalizer.

Add lyrics and chords to a song. Lyrics will automatically scroll during playback. Use timecode for best scrolling accuracy.

Remote Control
Use Airturn compatible pedals or Bluetooth MIDI devices to trigger a wide range of actions in Stage Traxx remotely.

Embed MIDI commands in your lyrics to automatically control your instruments. MIDI events can be sent at specific points during playback.

Network Sessions
Broadcast your screen contents to other band member via WiFi. Band members will also see the next scheduled song.

Flexible Queue
The playback queue can be easily modified during your performance to read the crowd or make last minute changes.

Audiobus 3
Integrate Stage Traxx into Audiobus 3.

Universal App
Runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Cloud Support
Import files from any cloud provider with iOS support.

Dark/Light UI
Choose between dark or light user interface.

Select colors for UI, chords and lyrics highlighting.

Playback supports fade-in, -out and crossfades.

Master Equalizer
Adapt playback to room with 8-band master equalizer.

Adapt to your needs with extended configuration options.