BY STEWART JEAN
This lesson continues our series on running backing tracks onstage with the ShowOne app from your smartphone. Here we will discuss how to run the tracks to your sound engineer with a direct box, and give yourself separate controls for a metronome and the backing tracks in your own headphones.
As we discussed in part 1 of this series on running backing tracks, there is no need to go out and spend a ton of cash on laptops and interfaces, or spend hours learning complicated recording software, in order to simply run a few tracks containing extra keyboard or percussion parts from your throne onstage.
You may find yourself in a situation where there is only one channel available for tracks in the PA. In this video we will go over a bare-bones setup that will allow you to run tracks on a budget while also keeping the extra gear to a minimum.
The gear you will need is as follows:
- Smartphone or tablet with the ShowOne app
- Small, two-channel mixer
- Direct box
- Stereo 1/8” to 1⁄4” mono Y cable (male)
- 1⁄4” (male) TRS cable
- XLR cable (optional but you will score points with the sound engineer)
- Headphones (preferably high quality)
Stewart Jean is Program Chair for Drums at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.