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jzinmass

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Backing Track Revision
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:10:45 PM »
I realized that the backing track list was (recently?) significantly revised. I seem to recall that in prior jams, it would lengthen as bt songs would be added and then flushed clean at the end of the 6 month jam.
I ask because I had merrily gone along and recorded a song with now gone BT. When I found that Main Stage would not accept it (since it was not on present BT list), I thought perhaps the Open Mic Stage might allow it. Nope.

I don't know about others, but I like to dwell for a week or so on a song: listen to it, hum to it, record, listen, re-record. Is there a warning (flashing little light) or something to tell us that the boat (ie., bt) is leaving port ? No biggie, just curious; and certainly tell me if I missed something on the system.
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jeff

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012, 05:52:56 PM »
Hi jzinmass,

Sometimes the poster will pull a backing track for one reason or another - after all, it's there backing track. Most often the backing tracks stay in place through a jam.

I've done the same thing - played around with one, and then found it no longer on the list. In that situation try posting in the forum, with the subject line of the post asking for a re-post. Usually there will be a reply that it's been uploaded again, or an explanation as to why it was pulled.

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2012, 09:07:14 PM »
Eric,
Thanks for the clarification. I figured it was something like that.  I think it was a slew of Beelzebob songs that were posted.

Some examples: 'Bantam Weight Blues' (had a 'Little Red Rooster' feel to it) or  ' Bad Spot to Be' (modal with some vocal potential) or 'One False Move' (was covered  by dmb- to me, it has a Ray Charles feel to it) or  'Watch me go off' ( the song I recorded a track to). I wasn't planning to record off of all of them, but I thought they were pretty good.

 BeelzeBob, I admire  of your hard work and contribution to the site, not to mention your talent. Of course, these songs are yours to manage as you please. But I'm a big fan and I like the stuff. Just one harp player's opinion, of course.
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jeff

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2012, 12:57:37 AM »
Hey Jeff,

There is an explanation on The Music Charts page.  It sez:

"If Backing Tracks are not used enough, they will fall out of the jam. Backing Tracks are removed when they are over 60 days old and have less than 7 STracks played against them. Gold Backing Tracks have 7 or more STracks played against them and will never be removed. Blue Backing Tracks have less than 7 STracks but have not crossed the 60 day time limit yet. Green ones are brand new and no one has played to them yet. Red Backing Tracks were not used enough, and so are falling out of the jam."  (BZB: just a note, the red is brown on my monitor, maybe others as well).

The color system is also used as the background of the title bars on the backing track page.  But many of us, I think, work with the BTs as you are doing, so it sometimes happens that a BT is removed before we're ready to post with it.  It's no problem, though, just let the uploader know and I or they will repost it.

Thanks for the encouragement on the backing tracks.  In full disclosure, most of the talent belongs to Band-in-a-Box.  It has a feature called Real Tracks that is quite powerful: it is not MIDI as many think, it's real musicians the same way loops are (usually) real musicians.  Some BTs only take me 30 minutes to make.  Most take an hour or two.  Occasionally, I spend several hours on a BT, but I always learn a lot in the process so it's worth it.  This was the first jam where I used a lot of MIDI material.  It was more work than usual and didn't get a lot of plays, so I doubt I'll use a lot of MIDI again.

Anyway, thanks again, and just tell me which BTs to repost and I'll have them up asap.


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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012, 07:57:51 AM »
I hadn't noticed when the auto-removal functionality was added. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 08:54:55 AM »
The auto-removal has always been there.  It was put there when there was more traffic.  But I think i will adjust it so that the songs stay for the full 6 months.    I don't see any reason to remove the backing tracks until the end of the jam.

Does that sound like a good idea?   ;D 8)

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2012, 09:29:31 AM »
Good idea! Leave them in.
Think of the Backing Track list as a big family  where some of the 'kids' do not get a lot of attention-- at first. But give them a chance; someone may find the brilliance in one of them...or something like that.

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Re: Backing Track Revision
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2012, 12:17:31 PM »
Sounds good, Rick, thanks for all you do!!