Have you recently approached the world of music and are you looking for some nice software through which you can create and modify backing tracks on your computer? Are you an expert composer but have never used the PC to create your melodies and would you like me to show you some useful tools for this purpose? I would say then that, luckily for you, you have landed on the right guide, at the right time.
With this tutorial today, in fact, I will show you which ones, in my humble opinion, represent the best programs for backing tracks present on the square. There are both for Windows and macOS and, just think, they're all free. Furthermore, they can be used by both novice users and those who have more experience. Just practice for a few minutes and that's it.
Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Position yourself comfortably, take some time just for yourself and immediately start concentrating on reading what is written below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned, as well as, clearly, that you have made the knowledge of the resources in question. Let it bet?
Free Backing Track Programs
Looking for gods programs for backing tracks free and usable both on Windows that of MacOS? Then you should really try the ones that I have pointed out to you in the following steps. Feel free to choose the resource that you think will do the most for you and start using it right away.
The first among the backing track programs I want to suggest you use is Audacity. Nowadays there are very few who do not know him. It is not a software designed specifically for the purpose of this tutorial, it is true, but it is the best free audio editor, through which it is possible to process and edit music tracks in many different ways. It is completely in Italian and allows, through its convenient interface with zoomable graphics, to cut, divide, copy and merge audio tracks in various formats. It also allows you to mix music, apply special effects and make audio recordings using various sources. It is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
To download the program on your computer, go to the download page on the website of FossHub and click on the link Audacity Windows Installer (if you are using Windows) or on that Audacity macOS DMG (If you are using MacOS).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click the buttons Run, Yes, OK, forward (four times in a row) e Install. Then complete the setup by pressing the button again forward e poi quello end.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'program icon in the path Applications on your Mac, right-click on it and select the item apri from the menu that appears. Then click on the button apri in the window that is shown on the screen, in order to start the software by going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (operation that must be performed only at the first start).
In the window that you now see appear on the desktop, regardless of the operating system you are using, click on the button OK, to access the Audacity main screen. Now, you can decide whether to open an audio file or an existing project by clicking on the menu File> Open present at the top left, or if you want to create musical creations starting from scratch, by clicking on the menu File> New.
Afterwards, start using the various tools and menus available. More precisely, at the top are the menus for controlling the fillet, the list of effects that can be applied to audio tracks and functions to generate silences, noises etc. Immediately under the menus, however, there are buttons to control the reproduction of imported songs and to perform editing basic.
Further on you will find i graphics related to audio input and output, further down are the control bars of the volume, buttons for cut and / or paste portions of audio tracks and set the level of zoom of the graphs, while in the last line of the toolbar you will find the menus to select the source of the incoming and outgoing audio and to choose the number of channels to use.
In the lower part of the window, then, there are the menus and buttons to adjust the audio frequency in Hz and to set the start and end points of a possible selection.
When you are done editing, you can save your backing track as an audio file by clicking on the menu File> Export and choosing the output format you prefer from those available (eg. MP3), or you can save everything as a project by clicking on the menu File> Save Project, to be able to make further changes at a later time.
If you feel you need more details on using the program, you can refer to my guide focused specifically on how to use Audacity.
LMMS (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
I recommend that you also consider the use LMMS: It is a free and open source software that includes advanced editors for melody and beat tracks, numerous effects, preset sounds and rhythm bases, tools for recording and much more. Its interface, fully translated into Italian, does not appear to be very immediate, this must be said, but a little practice is enough to learn how to master it. Note that it is available for both Windows and macOS and Linux.
To download the program on your computer, go to the LMMS website, click on the button Download now and, in the new page that opens, click on blue button che trovi sotto the dicitura Stable Versions.
Download completed if you are using Windows, april il file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Yes. Then press on the buttons forward, Accept, forward, Install e end, to conclude the setup. Then start the program by selecting the relevant one collegamento which was added in Start menu.
Stai using MacOSInstead, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'LMMS icon in the path Applications of your Mac. Next, right click on it, select the item apri present in the menu that appears and click on the button apri in the window that opens, in order to start the program going to circumvent Apple's limitations towards applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start of the software).
Now that you see the LMMS window on the screen, consent to the use of creating the working directory, press the button OK in response to the warnings that appear and start using the various commands and tools available to create your composition or to modify an existing one.
More precisely, to create a new project click on the menu File> New present at the top left, while to open an audio file or an existing project click on the menu File> Open.
At the top of the window, then, you will find the toolbar with all the commands to show and hide the effects mixer, the automation editor, the project notes, to keep track of the tempo etc., on the left yes find the bar for quick access to instrumental plugins, sounds and projects, while in the center is the editor to place the songs and melodic backing tracks, the section to insert the beats and all the other instruments called up.
When you see fit, you can save your creation as a project by clicking on the menu File> Save, while to save everything as an audio file (eg MP3) you have to select the menu File> Export.
If you are using MacOS, another program to create backing tracks you can use is Grageband: it is an Apple-branded software that allows you to create and edit musical compositions, even by connecting any instruments to your computer. It is free and can be found pre-installed on all the most recent Macs, but otherwise or if removed it can be downloaded for free from the relevant section of the Mac App Store.
To be able to use it, select the relevant one icon that you find in Launchpad. In the window that opens, click on one of the buttons located on the right of the window to select the desired project type (ex. Empty project, Keyboards collection, Amplifiers collection etc.), then press the button Choose located in the lower right corner.
If, for example, you have chosen to start an empty project, in the window that opens, you will be asked to set one of the types of tracks proposed: Software tool, to play and record a wide range of instruments such as the piano, organ and synthesizers; Audio, to record sounds via a microphone or to connect a guitar to the Mac and record via virtual amplifiers and pedal effects; or Drummer, to add a drummer to automatically accompany your song. Then click on the button Crea.
Depending on the choice made previously, you will find yourself in front of the GarageBand editor, divided into several sections: on the left there is the library of sounds and instruments, in the upper part of the window there are the instruments through which to mix the songs and other buttons to carry out various types of operations, such as activating and deactivating the quick controls, even further on you will find the menus to act on the tracks present in the project, to make cuts on the tracks etc., while in the lower part there is the real editor with controls and equalizer.
Once you've finished editing, you can choose to save your music project by clicking on the menu File> Save with nome that you find at the top left, while to save everything as an audio track (eg in MP3) click on the menu Share and select one of the available export options.
If you feel you need more information on how GarageBand works, you can refer to my guide specifically focused on how to use GarageBand.
Programs to Create Online Backing Tracks
You don't want or can't download new software on your computer and would you like to know if there are programs to create backing tracks that work directly online, from the browser? Well, of course yes! You can find them indicated below. Put them to the test now, I'm sure they will satisfy you.
Audio tool is an online music mixer that faithfully replicates the real ones. It's free and works from any browser and operating system, but you need to Flash Player installed on your computer to work (for more information, you can consult my guides on how to install and activate the plugin). It should also be noted that in order to be used, it requires a registration.
To use the service, connect to its home page and click on the button Sign Up – Its’ free which is on the right. Then fill out the form that is proposed to you, typing the required data (username, email and password), accept the terms and conditions of the service, checking the appropriate box, and press the button Sign up.
Then indicate the type of music you prefer, click on the button Submit and complete your account registration. clicking on the link contained in the email that was sent to you by AudioTool. Now, press the button Enter Studio located at the top, select the option New Project and you will find yourself in the presence of the editor of the service.
Then add the audio tracks of your interest by clicking on the button Add Track which is at the bottom left and making your choice from the menu that appears. As for time management and timeline viewing, you can find everything at the bottom of the browser window.
Select, therefore, the tools and effects you want to use from the sidebar and drag them to the center of the screen, then click on the button with thewave, select the audio tracks you want to use and always drag them to the mixer area.
To start playback, click on the button Play, which is at the bottom, and used the tools added to the central part of the screen, in order to make any further changes.
When you see fit, you can save your musical creation by clicking on the menu Project> Save present at the top left: by doing so, the created musical compositions will be saved online and you can continue to make changes later by selecting the option Open project when accessing the editor. If, on the other hand, you want to publish everything on the Audiotool network, go to the menu Project > Publish.
Another online service you can rely on, for the creation and modification of your backing tracks, is Soundation. It is an editor with over 700 free loops, virtual musical instruments and an intuitive user interface. Basically it's free, but it also offers paid plans (starting from 1,99 euros / month) to take advantage of extra features, such as the ability to export audio in high quality. Furthermore, to use it, you need to create a specific account.
Next, tap on the item Studio placed at the top left of the service's website, in order to access the editor. At this point, if you want to create a project from scratch, click on the button bright located in the box that appears, otherwise select one of the ready-to-use templates.
Now, select the sounds to use from the library on the right and drag the ones you like to the central part of the screen. By right-clicking on it, you can access a menu with various options to make any changes and customizations.
On the left, however, there are the tools and effects to customize the musical composition: you can change the volume and all the various settings using the appropriate options that you find in each box. If you want, you can also add other instruments and effects by clicking on the dedicated buttons located at the bottom left.
At the bottom of the screen, however, you will find the buttons to control playback, to record, to manage the times and to enable the use of the metronome.
Once the creation of the backing track is complete, save your project on your account by pressing the button Save placed on top. If you then want to export everything to your computer, as an MP3 file, click on the menu File > Export audio that you find at the top left.
App to Create Backing Tracks
To conclude, I would like to point out a few app which you can use on your smartphone or tablet to create backing tracks directly on the move, on Android e iOS, without necessarily having to use the computer. You will find them listed in the following steps.
Walk Band – Studio Musicale (Android)
A device is possible Android, you can use the app Walk Band to create your own backing tracks: it is a solution that allows you to virtually play various musical instruments, including keyboard, guitar and drum, directly from the screen of your smartphone or tablet. It's free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at $ 0,75) to unlock extra tools and other features.
To download the application on your device, visit the relevant section of the Play Store and press the button Install. Then, start the app by tapping on the button apri appeared on the display or by touching the relative icon that has just been added to the drawer.
Now that you see the main Walk Band screen, scroll through the list of available instruments, locate the one you want to use to create your backing track, tap on it and follow the instructions on the display to understand how to use it.
To start a recording, instead, tap on the button REC located at the top left and select one of the available recording modes among MIDI (to record both audio and video) or MIC (to record audio only).
Once the registration is complete, to save your composition press the button with the burgundy square located at the top left and tap on the item OK. You will then find the file in the folder Recordings list accessible from the app home screen.
Stai using a device iOS, you can rely on the use of Grageband. The program to create and edit musical compositions for macOS that I told you about in the chapter at the beginning of the guide is in fact also available in a variant for iPhone and iPad, which practically incorporates all those that are the main features of the computer version. Again, this is a free resource.
To download the application on your device, visit the relevant section of the App Store, press the button Get, quindi quello Install and authorize the download via Face ID, touch ID o password dell'ID Apple. Then click on the button apri appeared on the display or start the app by selecting the relevant one icon which has been added to the home screen.
Once the main screen of the app is displayed, press the button (+) che si trova in alto, select the scheda traces and choose the musical instrument you want to play. If you want to use loops instead, select the tab Live loops e fai tap sul pulsating New to start a new project or on one of the ready-made loops.
At this point, if you've chosen to use a musical instrument, start playing it using the touch controls. If, on the other hand, you have decided to use the Live Loops feature, after viewing the editor, tap the button depicting the pen with the squares located at the bottom left, press on one of the displayed cells to select it and tap on the item loop to use ready-to-use tracks made available in GarageBand. In the box that will open, tap on the available tracks to start playback and, after finding the one that's right for you, drag it to the selected cell
In all cases, you can adjust any settings related to the use of instruments and loops using the buttons at the top. You can enable the metronome, access the settings to change the rhythm, armature etc. To start recording the musical composition, instead, press the button REC.
When registration is complete, to save everything, tap the button with the down arrow located at the top left, touches the wording My songs, press and continue to hold for a few moments on the preview of the project, then tap on the item Share (in the menu that appears) and select the option you prefer among Track or Project. In the first case, you can save the song as a stereo audio file, while in the second, you can save it as a file to edit again with GarageBand in the future.
If you feel you need more information on how GarageBand for iOS works, you can refer to my guide on the app in question.