Tips for a Perfect Backing Track Mix

  • Prepare a ‘bare bones’ backing track mix in either mono or stereo, with a clear rhythmic groove, so the vocal group will sing in time.
  • Also include strong pitch detail (like a keyboard or piano part) so they will hopefully sing in tune
  • But leave out all other non-essentials. If the track has acoustic guitars playing, consider leaving these out as well; they will just mess up your mix later.
  • On the day, point the speakers away from the microphones (maybe slightly off to the side) and consider setting them out of phase, so that phase cancellation will work in your favour.
  • Run the track, then use a touch of EQ to roll off a bit of the bass end and high treble end, so nothing is likely to cut through the vocal group sound.
  • Turn up the volume at first. The singers need it to get their energy levels going while they are rehearsing!  But then turn it down as low as you dare while actually recording.

Zoom Intros H5 Handy Recorder

Zoom has presented the H5 Handy Recorder, their most recent versatile sound recorder and sound interface.

Like the H6 lead that was declared the previous summer, the H5 utilizes an arrangement of tradable info cases, permitting the right receiver to be utilized for the right circumstance.

Notwithstanding being completely perfect with all Zoom data containers, the H5 accompanies another X/Y stereo case, emphasizing augmented sign limit up to 140 db SPL—and shockmounted amplifiers for decreased taking care of commotion.

Extra gimmicks incorporate a stereo Line Out for association with camcorders; an earphone jack and inherent speaker; installed impacts, metronome and chromatic tuner; movable playback speed and pitch remedy; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record capacities. A USB port empowers information exchange to and from altering programming and permits the H5 to serve as a multichannel sound interface for machines and ipad.


  • System of interchangeable input capsules — Compatible with all Zoom input capsules
  • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted mics for reduced handling noise
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • Large backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
  • Analog-style gain controls for each input