Hello everyone. I play in a band where we need to use pre recorded backing tracks as we are only 3 but our music involves more instruments and sometimes arpeggiators etc.
The main matter was that we all need also a click track in our in ear, so the challenge was to manage my keyboards, the backing tracks and the click tracks with cantabile.
I’m writing this here to share my solution and ask if you think it’s a reliable and good choice.
I added 2 media players in every song, one of which is the backing track file and the other the click track file. I use a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 as audio driver so I have 2 stereo outs and an s/pdif out (using an digital to analog converter allows me to use that out port). I assigned the output of the VSTs I play on the first stereo port, the backing track on the 2nd stereo port and the click track on the s/pdif port.
Obviously with the 2 media files I bind one button on my keyboard to both their play buttons so the 2 tracks can start concurrently.
I also used a 4 channel stereo headphones amplifier to split the audio signal of the click track and reach every in ear of the musicians
I hope I explained it well and tell me if you think there are better choices (I know I could use the Cantabile metronome but if I have a song where the times changes I don’t think I could manage with it) my main doubt is if this is reliable in therms of synchronization between the 2 media files. I still haven’t used this solution live yet but I made some tests and it seems the 2 files are perfectly synchronized. Thank you for reading.