Backing Tracks for live show via laptop?

  hawthorn59 10:59 AM 03 Nov 11

Hi Folks

A music related question here....apologies if Im playing it in the wrong place...

I play keyboard (music!) for a local variety group. For next years show we are thinking of also using backing tracks along with the keyboard and a drummer. I have a few questions!:-

1 If Im using my laptop to play them, what settings do I need to adjust so that it wont go to sleep e.g., or the screen wont darken on me, in between songs (ie when not being used for a few minutes)

2 What is the best player to use for this purpose? Media Player?? I obviously would create a playlist for the show. But I need the font to be large so I can see it easily. Also need the track to stop when finished, not carry on to the next one. So is i one of the standard players like WMP or should I be using DJ software (free hopefully!).

3 Could this be done easier from say, an iPhone? I have a friend whos in a pretty big professional 3pc band, and he got an iPad which he swears by. Has a cheap DJ app, and all the tracks on it. Simply calls up one when coming to the end of the previous one.

4 Is a laptop totally reliable? In a live situation if anything happened show is in trouble! I did notice another group last year simply using a mini-disc player.

Finally if this isnt the best place for this post, do any of you know of a good music related forum that might help me?

many thanks


  eedcam 18:21 PM 03 Nov 11

Presume you have googled your query if not there is quite a bit there about it .This one about halfway down covers the laptop requirements Faq for live show laptop use

  Woolwell 18:54 PM 03 Nov 11

Not an answer to the hardware questions but beware of the license requirements for playing recorded music.

  hawthorn59 22:42 PM 03 Nov 11

Thanks. These would of course be professionally produced backing tracks, so presumably licensed by the vendor.


  Woolwell 23:01 PM 03 Nov 11

Does your variety group have a PRS licence? PRS and see also Backing tracks

  hawthorn59 16:38 PM 06 Nov 11

In Ireland the venue pays IMRO for all music performed. Im not too concerned about that as the IMRO fee covers any due royalties.


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