find answers to our
most Frequently Asked Questions.
the difference between individual Trax and Medleys?
2. What is Editing Service / Custom Trax ?
3. Who are mp3backingtrax.com?
4. Are your Trax are for professionals only?
5. Why do some backing tracks I've heard have fade-outs
at the end?
6. How are your Trax recorded?
there samples of Trax I can listen to?
8. How can I use my Trax on-stage?
9. I just sing for fun
.how can I use my Trax
10. Do the Trax contain lyrics to the song?
11. Are there any backing harmonies (group vocals)
on the Trax?
12. Are all Trax in the original keys?
13. Are your Trax exactly like the original recordings?
14. What is "Pay and Download"?
15. Do Medleys and Mini-Medleys contain full
16. Do Trax contain real instruments like guitar,
17. Can Trax be "edited" to remove
instruments like guitar, sax etc?
18. The song I'm looking for isn't in your catalogue
- can you produce it for me?
19. Do you offer discounts for large/bulk orders?
1 What's the difference
between individual Trax and Medleys...?
Individual Trax are single songs on their own, while Medleys
are a selection of 2 songs or more running one after the other
with no pauses in between.
2 What is the Editing Service ... ?
Our Editing Service (please see Custom
Tracks) allows a song to be produced to your exact specifications
or an existing track to be "tailored" to suit your exact
needs. Changes you may consider could be things such as omitting
instrument parts that you want to play "live" yourself
(eg a guitarist might request that we omit the guitar part on
the track so that he can play along), having certain instrument
parts "panned" to one side (eg you may want to have
the bass part coming through a separate channel), adding a click-track
(so that a drummer can play along with the track), changing the
3 Who are mp3backingtrax.com... ?
MP3 Backing Trax.com are a team of musicians situated in Glasgow
- Scotland who have been producing high quality instrumental backing
tracks since the 1970's. In the past, we always supplied Trax
to professional and semi-professional singers/musicians in CD
and minidisc formats, but the upsurge of TV talent shows, karaoke
and the popular mp3 file format has caused many amateur singers
to try and break in to the professional scene so they are now
purchasing proper professional Trax from us. All our Trax are
optimised to sound bright and "punchy" and are just
as ideal for home use as they are for live stage work.
4 Are your Trax for professionals only... ?
No, definitely not! It is true that our backing tracks are
produced in a way that is aimed at the professional "Live"
performer, but they will also suit those of you who just love
to sing for fun...even hobby singers like to sound like the real
5 Why do some backing tracks I've heard have fade-outs
at the end... ?
Most backing tracks that you find try to copy the exact arrangement
of the original recording. Unfortunately, many records have fade-outs
at the end, so the backing track has a fade-out too. When Artistes
perform 'live' though, they never fade-out a song - it is always
given a proper ending (if you've been to a concert recently you'll
have noticed this). All our Trax have been professionally arranged
to have properly structured endings - there are NO fade-outs.
Many of the cheaper karaoke/midifile tracks are notorious for
having these annoying fade-outs!
6 How are your Trax recorded... ?
All our Trax are multi-track sequenced and recorded digitally
by our team of top session musicians and all the sounds are 'sampled'
to faithfully reproduce the sounds of original instruments (unlike
some poor sounding GM midifile derived backing tracks that you'll
find elsewhere on the internet). They are then very carefully
encoded to mp3 to ensure that sound quality is maximized while
file size is minimized.
7 Are the samples of Trax I can listen to... ?
We used to list small 30 second samples/snippets of every
backing track in our catalogue but unfortunately due to bandwidth
restrictions and abuse (e.g. people downloading the samples to
use as ringtones etc) our sample facility has recently ceased.
8 How can I use my Trax on-stage... ?
Ah, the world is your oyster - there are so many ways to play
mp3's through a PA system and you probably have everything you
need already! MP3's can be played from a Laptop or Tablets such
as the Apple iPad or Android tablets. There are many mp3 players
on the market which can play mp3's from a CD (albeit that's quite
an old fashioned way to do it now). Newer mp3 players feature
built-in hard-drives which can hold around tens of thousands of
songs, all instantly playable and listable. The days of changing
minidiscs or floppys halfway through your performance are long
9 I just sing for fun - how can I use my Trax
at home... ?
Play them on your computer (and sing in to the microphone)
or transfer them to your portable mp3 player for 'music on the
move.' Why not hook up to your Hi-Fi - just imagine, singing along
in the living room or 'jamming' along with your guitar in the
10 Do you supply lyrics to the songs.. ?
We do not supply lyrics as they are protected by copyright.
However lyrics to most popular songs can be found for free by
using a search engine such as www.google.com
and typing in the words lyrics + song name.
11 Are there backing harmonies (group vocals)
on the Trax?
All Trax are recorded WITHOUT backing harmonies. On selected
Trax there will be vocal hits or vocoder samples (eg DJ Otzi "Hey
baby" has the "uh" and the "ah" sampled
and S Club 7's "don't stop moving" uses the distinctive
synthesized vocoder sample. The reason why all backing harmonies
are left out is because our professional customers have indicated
to us that they do not want backing harmonies for the following
1 All of our professional customers agree that when an audience
hears other voices such as backing vocals emitting from the stage,
they think that the artiste is miming! It becomes very difficult
to persuade the audience that the backing harmonies are recorded
but that they themselves are singing live - they often just don't
believe it! More seriously, we know of professional acts who have
lost work because the audience (and the employer) thought they
were "miming to tapes"
2 Many of our customers use our Trax as the musical backing for
their albums in recording studios and for radio and television
work. Even the very best backing vocalists voices won't always
blend well with your voice. They prefer to add the backing harmonies
themselves or choose particular backing singers who will blend
well with their particular tonal range.
3 Some of our customers are semi-professional and use our Trax
in talent/singing competitions. The judges in most competitions
do not allow backing harmonies to be present - the singer must
be judged on their own voice alone.
4 Most backing
tracks which have backing vocals are usually Karaoke tracks. Karaoke
is intended for amateur singers (the backing vocals are usually
quite loud in these tracks in order to help the amateur singer
keep in key and help "boost" what is usually a less
than average voice (some karaoke tracks we've heard have backing
vocals so loud that they drown out the singer - perhaps this is
what was intended)! Professionals who use karaoke tracks run the
risk of sounding less than professional. We know of one female
entertainer who was told by a club "You're a good singer,
that's a nice sparkly dress you're wearing, but your act is just
karaoke without the telly." They didn't book her again!
12 Are all Trax in the original keys?
Some are, some are not. If the track is in the original key
(orig key) will appear alongside the track. If it is in any other
key, (male key) or (female key) will appear alongside the track
to give a guide to whom the key will be most appropriate for.
If we don't have the song in the particular key you're looking
for, you can have it edited (Custom
Tracks ) and we'll put it into any key you wish.
13 Are your Trax exactly like the original recordings?
No, we do not produce note for note copies of original songs
(nor would we want to)! Our company produce backing tracks for
professional singers and arrange the songs to sound and "work"
best when used in a "live/on-stage" environment"
(we prefer to leave the job of trying to make note for note copies
of the original music to the cheaper karaoke companies who cater
to the amateur singers market). We produce arrangements "based
on..." and "in the style of..." the original songs
which, in other words, means our arrangements are specially produced
to be used to best effect by professional entertainers in "live/on-stage"
situations. Here's why:
When you buy a record/CD/cassette of a well known artiste, that
recording has been specially arranged and mixed to sound best
on a home HiFi system - our Trax, on the other hand, are specially
mixed and arranged to sound best through a large PA system, so
will always differ in some ways to the original. This is perfectly
standard practice for all professional backing tracks, as even
the original artistes themselves will perform different arrangements
of their songs when they are performing "live" in concert.
This makes sense, because the exact equipment or musicians who
played on the original recordings (often years before) are rarely
available for the concerts, and anyway, the original recordings
were not arranged for performing live or interacting with a live
audience. Don't worry though, because even with these differences
in arrangements, when an artiste (Madonna or Michael Jackson for
example) performs live on-stage, their songs are still instantly
recognisable, and so too are our Trax.
If for any reason you need an exact carbon copy of the original
arrangement (although we can't think why you would want this -
very few professional performers want karaoke style tracks!),
you can order the song as a Custom Track
and our arrangers will give you a quote for producing it in this
What is "Pay and Download"?
"Pay and Download" was a system we introduced back
in 2002 which let you add Trax to your shopping cart, pay for
them at the checkout, and then download them immediately in mp3
format. This system was discontinued in favour of a newer business
model for backing track supply and delivery.
Do Medleys contain full songs?
No. We take the most important sections of each song - usually
the verse and chorus - and arrange them together into a Medley.
This helps cut out much of the unnecessary "incidental"
parts which most songs contain, and let's you and your audience
concentrate on the popular and catchy "hook" lines instead.
The finished Medley is punchier, catchier and flows much better
than just individual songs simply "glued" together.
Most Medleys contain around 2 minutes of each song but every arrangement
differs depending on what our arrangers decide works best. You
can rest assured that any Medleys we supply are guaranteed crowd-pleasers
Do Trax contain real instruments like guitar, sax etc?
No, all the instruments used on our backing tracks are 'samples'
of real instruments. This process helps ensure that key changes
etc can be quickly and efficiently produced and costs to the customer
kept to a minimum, yet still maintains the sound and feel of real
Can Trax be "edited" to remove instruments like guitar,
We can edit Trax for you in a variety of ways to suit individual
requirements. For example, if you see a track in our catalogue
but it's not in the right key for you, we can record it in to
the key of your choice. Similarly, if you are a guitarist, you
may need the guitar parts to be removed so that you can play "live"
along with the track (this is also useful if you are learning
to play an instrument). Other changes we can make are the inclusion
of "click tracks" (for drummers), instrument panning
(to allow you to put selected instruments through different channels
of your PA), tempo increases/decreases and intro count-ins (for
musicians who intend to play "live" on top of their
Trax). Our Custom Tracks section
gives more info.
The song I'm looking for isn't in your catalogue - can you produce
it for me?
YES! If we don't have a particular track or medley in stock,
we can produce it specially for you. More information on this
service can be found in the Custom Tracks
Do you offer discounts for large/bulk orders?
We do not give bulk discounts - we find that backing track
companies who appear to offer bulk discounts have actually
inflated the prices of their individual backing tracks purposely
to make the customer think they are getting a "discount"
if they buy in bulk. we find that unfair to regular customers
who already have many of the tracks in our catalogue and only
need one or two songs. We'd rather just be honest about the whole
thing rather than trying to "lure" cutomers in with
some dubious discount scheme.