FAQs


These are some of our most frequently asked questions ……… Click on the question.

What is BakTrak?
What is the difference between BakTrak, BakTrak Pro & BakTrak MDE?
BakTrak vs Looper Pedal, PC or Iphone
How does BakTrak work?
How does BakTrak find 48 tracks?
How do the file names work?
Can I use the song name as well as the file number?
What does the LED indicator do?
Does BakTrak Pro play the mp3 or the Wav files first?
Why would I need the BakTrak mount?
Can the Drummer get a click track at the same time the backing track goes to the PA?
Is BakTrak suitable for singers?
When playing live how do I connect to the venue PA?
When would I need to use the remote footswitch?
I want to boost the volume for the “Intro Clicks” at the start of a track
Does the MP3 or WAV file start when the pedal is pressed?
What format does the MP3 or WAV file have to be in?
Is there a size or time limit on how big an MP3 or WAV file can be?
I want to put an entire set on one MP3 track to play continuously
Can I use a Micro SD Card with a larger memory?
Is BakTrak easy enough for a beginner to use?
Can you upload music from any website?
What would I need to buy separately to use BakTrak straight away?
What is the difference between the BakTrak pedals on the website?
Does BakTrak allow the track to zero out on the volume?
Why would I need the BakTrak Stereo to Mono Output Adapter?
BakTrak is just the thing I’ve been looking for – but which one ??


What is BakTrak?
BakTrak is a foot controlled device, its simple to use interface allows individual Artists, Duos and Bands to play Mp3 & WAV backing tracks, intros, fills etc.
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What is the difference between BakTrak, BakTrak Pro & BakTrak MDE?
The BakTrak Pedals (BT1010-***), will play Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 – 320) including files with variable bit rates and come in a high impact ABS moulded housing. We would recommend BakTrak for home/practice use. Tracks are manually selected via the Track & Mode switches

The BakTrak Pro Pedals (BTP1010-****) come in a steel housing with anti slip rubber strips on the base and will play both MP3 & WAV files. We would recommend BakTrak Pro for home/practice and gigging. Tracks are manually selected via the Track & Mode switches.

The BakTrak MDE Pedals (BTM1010-****) come in a steel housing with anti slip rubber strips on the base and will play both MP3 & WAV files. We would recommend BakTrak MDE for home/practice and gigging. Tracks can be manually selected via the Track & Mode switches or can auto increment through your set using the list mode.

Again the same for the remote footswitch the standard unit comes in a high impact ABS moulded housing and the Pro & MDE versions come in a steel housing with anti slip rubber strips on the base, again we would recommend the Pro & MDE versions for home/practice and gigging.
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BakTrak vs Looper Pedal, PC or Iphone
BakTrak is a foot controlled pedal on which you can store and play Mp3 and WAV backing tracks. It has a simple retro user interface that is very easy to understand …

For most if not all looper pedals, playing backing tracks is very much a secondary function and in most cases it’s complex and limited. With BakTrak all of the settings stay exactly where you left them no fiddly menus, no crashing PCs, no phone calls in the middle of your set, but most importantly BakTrak is foot controlled allowing you to keep your hands on your instrument.
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How does BakTrak work?
BakTrak (Mp3) and BakTrak Pro (Mp3 & WAV) pedals allow you to select any one of 48 tracks that you have stored on the Micro SD card, using the “Mode Switch” and the “Track Selector Switch”.

When you copy your backing tracks to the micro SD card you name them 00001 – 00048 and the track selection can be considered as 4 banks of twelve tracks (ie) for the “Play Mode” P1 allows you to select the first bank of 12 tracks (00001 – 00012), P2 allows you to select the second bank of 12 tracks (00013 – 00024), P3 allows you to select the third bank of 12 tracks (00025 – 00036) and P4 allows you to select the final bank of 12 tracks (00037 – 00048).

Play Mode – (P1, P2, P3, P4)

Hit the Play/Stop footswitch to start the track. The LED will go from “Orange” to “Green” while the track is playing. Hit the footswitch while the track is playing and it will “Pause” with the LED “Flashing Orange” hit it again and it will start from where it was paused and the track will play to the end of the track and stop ready to play from the start of the track when you hit the foot switch again. You can stop the track at any time by holding the footswitch down for 3 seconds.

You can also cue (select) the next song at any time while a track is playing and when that track stops the pedal is set up for your next song.
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How does BakTrak find 48 tracks?
Think of the 48 tracks as being in 4 banks of 12 tracks with each bank selected by the Mode switch. Track selection is the same for play, Loop or BakTrak mode, with the following list describing “Play” mode.

With the “Mode” switch set to P1
The Track selector switch will select tracks 1 to 12
Position 1 – will select track 00001
Position 2 – will select track 00002
Position 3 – will select track 00003
Position 4 – will select track 00004
Position 5 – will select track 00005
Position 6 – will select track 00006
Position 7 – will select track 00007
Position 8 – will select track 00008
Position 9 – will select track 00009
Position 10 – will select track 00010
Position 11 – will select track 00011
Position 12 – will select track 00012

With the “Mode” switch set to P2
The Track selector switch will select tracks 13 to 24
Position 1 – will select track 00013
Position 2 – will select track 00014
Position 3 – will select track 00015
Position 4 – will select track 00016
Position 5 – will select track 00017
Position 6 – will select track 00018
Position 7 – will select track 00019
Position 8 – will select track 00020
Position 9 – will select track 00021
Position 10 – will select track 00022
Position 11 – will select track 00023
Position 12 – will select track 00024

With the “Mode” switch set to P3
The Track selector switch will select tracks 25 to 36
Position 1 – will select track 00025
Position 2 – will select track 00026
Position 3 – will select track 00027
Position 4 – will select track 00028
Position 5 – will select track 00029
Position 6 – will select track 00030
Position 7 – will select track 00031
Position 8 – will select track 00032
Position 9 – will select track 00033
Position 10 – will select track 00034
Position 11 – will select track 00035
Position 12 – will select track 00036

With the “Mode” switch set to P4
The Track selector switch will select tracks 37 to 48
Position 1 – will select track 00037
Position 2 – will select track 00038
Position 3 – will select track 00039
Position 4 – will select track 00040
Position 5 – will select track 00041
Position 6 – will select track 00042
Position 7 – will select track 00043
Position 8 – will select track 00044
Position 9 – will select track 00045
Position 10 – will select track 00046
Position 11 – will select track 00047
Position 12 – will select track 00048
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How do the file names work?
BakTrak can read MP3 files and BakTrak Pro can read both Mp3 and WAV files.
The MP3 or WAV files that you want to select with BakTrak must be located in the
ROOT directory on the Micro SD Card (not in folders) and you must name them using the correct 5 digit number for the first five characters in the file name, then ending with the normal “.mp3” or “.WAV” file extension. Print out the “BakTrakMP3 File & Song Name Chart” and this will provide you with an easy way to organize your music files. You can either download it from the “Support” page on the web site or copy it from the “Documentation” folder on the micro SD card.

Correct file names:
00001.mp3 = track 1
00002.wav = track 2
00037 wont get fooled again with spaces .mP3 = track 37
00048_all_right_now.Mp3 = track 48

Problem File names:
1.mp3 – not enough zeros
0001.mp3 – still not enough zeros
prob00001.mp3 – track number not first
Rebel Yell.mp3 – No track number
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Can I use the song name as well as the file number?
You can add in the song names to make it easier to sort out your music, but the track number must come first.
(ie) nnnnn x…x .mp3 (Where “nnnnn” is the track number from 00001 to
00048 and “x…x” is the song name, limit for the file name length is 65
characters, including the file number and the .mp3 or .wav file extension).

Correct file names:
00001.mp3 = track 1
00002.wav = track 2
00037 won’t get fooled again with spaces .mP3 = track 37
00048_all_right_now.Mp3 = track 48

Problem File names:
1.mp3 – not enough zeros
0001.mp3 – still not enough zeros
prob00001.mp3 – track number not first
Rebel Yell.mp3 – No track number
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What does the LED indicator do?
By using the LED indicator BakTrak is able to indicate a lot about the Micro SD card and the files that are stored on it. It can indicate which “Mode” you are playing the tracks in (ie Play, Loop or BakTrak) and if the selected track is ready to “start” or if it is “paused”. It will also give you an indication of any errors in finding a correctly formatted Micro SD card and correctly numbered music files.

LED Indicator
Red – Power on (but valid card and track not found yet)
Flashing Red/Orange – No card found after 10 tries
Flashing Red/Green – Card found but it’s not FAT32
Orange – Ready (valid card and track found)
Orange (Flashing) – Paused (track paused in “Play” or “Loop” mode)
Green – Playing in “Play” mode (P1, P2, P3, P4)
Green (Flashing) – Playing in “Loop” mode (L1, L2, L3, L4)
Red (Flashing) – Playing in “BakTrak” mode (B1, B2, B3, B4)
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Does BakTrak Pro play the mp3 or the Wav files first?
BakTrak Pro does not play the file types in any particular order, the software looks for the track number first (this must always be at the beginning of the file name) and then decides whether it is in MP3 or WAV format.
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Why would I need the BakTrak mount?
The BakTrak Mount allows you to locate the BakTrak pedal high up on your mic or music stand for easy selection of the tracks and you can the plug in a remote footswitch so that you still have foot control at floor level.

You can also cue (select) the next song at any time while a track is playing and when that track stops the pedal is set up for your next song.
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Can the Drummer get a click track at the same time the backing track goes to the PA?

We have a “Stereo to Split Mono” adapter, that separates the stereo output into left and right mono channels. This is normally used for situations where the drummer wants a click track synced to the backing track (ie) Record a stereo track with the music panned hard right and the click track panned hard left you can then send the click track to the drummers in-ears and the music to the PA.

We also have a BakTrak “Sync Kit” which allows you to sync two BakTrak pedals together, this option allows you to start two stereo tracks together, but you will need two BakTrak’s.
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Is BakTrak suitable for singers?
The BakTrak concept works equally well for both singers and musicians. The foot switch has a light enough action to be operated by hand or directly as a foot operated device.

You may also want to look at the “BakTrak Mount” this allows you to mount the BakTrak pedal high up on your mic or music stand for easy selection of the tracks. You can also cue (select) the next song at any time while a track is playing and when that track stops BakTrak is set up for your next song. You also still have the option of a remote footswitch on the floor allowing you the foot control if needed.
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When playing live how do I connect to the venue PA?
When gigging with BakTrak and needing to be compatible with just about any set up you encounter on the night, use mono files, this allows you to take the output directly to a desk in its simplest form or into a mono DI box, as at larger events the desk could be a long way from the stage.

When you have a very long run to the desk, say 20 – 30 meters, with an unbalanced output it is possible to pick up noise at high gains …….. a mono stage DI box eliminates this as its input is unbalanced but its output is balanced and connects to the desk via a mic input.

If you carry a simple passive DI box and an XLR to XLR cable, if no DI Box is provided you can always get to the desk via your own DI box the house stage box and snake.
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When would I need to use the remote footswitch?
You can do everything with just the BakTrak Pedal. The remote footswitch allows you to mount the BakTrak pedal high up on your mic or music stand, using the BakTrak Mount giving you selection of the tracks at standing height, with the remote footswitch on the floor to give you the foot control to trigger the tracks.
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I want to boost the volume for the “Intro Clicks” at the start of a track?
A clean boost pedal would seem to be a good option. You should connect the boost pedal between BakTrak and your amplifier using Mono Jack to Jack leads, make sure that your music files are Mono tracks ……….. We have tested BakTrak with a TC Electronic “Spark” boost pedal, which has “True Bypass” with the pedal running on its internal battery, it works well.
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Does the MP3 or WAV file start when the pedal is pressed?
The selected track will start instantly, providing the track has been trimmed at the start with no pause.
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What format does the MP3 or WAV file have to be in?
BakTrak pedals will play Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 – 320) including files with variable bit rates.

BakTrak Pro pedals will play both Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 – 320) including files with variable bit rates and WAV files.

Recommended WAV Format/Codec:
PCM uncompressed – 44100Hz – 16 Bit

Note
If your WAV files are in are not in the recommended format, there are two options.

1. Set the output format of your audio file creation program to the recommended format:  PCM (uncompressed) – 44100 Hz – 16 Bit

2. Run you existing tracks through a file converter such as “Switch Sound File Converter” the basic package is free and produced by NCH Software

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html

Set the output of the “Switch Sound File Converter” to:
Output format:
WAV
Encoder Options:
Custom …..
PCM uncompressed
44100 Hz – 16 Bits – Stereo or Mono
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Is there a size or time limit on how big an MP3 or WAV file can be?
Providing you have room on your Micro SD Card the file size is not limited. BakTrak and BakTrak Pro come shipped with a 4GB Card but if you want more memory space replace the 4GB Micro SD Card with a larger one, up to 32GB

Make sure that the replacement card complies with the following format:

Micro SD Card (FAT32)
The Micro SDHC card supplied with BakTrak is a Standard SDHC 4GB (Class 4) Micro SD Card. For the best performance the memory card should be a fully compliant SPI mode SDHC Micro SD card, formatted to a FAT32 file system. Standard Cards from 4GB upwards are normally formatted for a FAT32 file system but not all guarantee SPI mode compliance, so it’s best to check. The speed rating for standard cards is marked within a “C” symbol.

Note
BakTrak is not designed for use with Ultra High Speed Micro SD Cards these will show a Roman numeral ‘I’ or ‘II’ next to the SD card logo and the speed range is marked within a “U” symbol.

You can find out more about Micro SD cards and their markings from the SD Association web site:

https://www.sdcard.org/developers/overview/speed_class/

UHS Micro SDHC cards were originally designed for high speed Video recording and require UHS compatible devices for playback. BakTrak is “not” a UHS playback device and use of these cards can result in poor or no audio output.
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I want to put an entire set on one MP3 track to play continuously?
You can create a single MP3 file that could be your full set with a merge program, one option is “Merge MP3” a freeware program.
Along with many other programs “Merge MP3” allows you to merge lots of individual MP3 tracks into one large single MP3 File. This is great for putting out incidental music during a break, but if you use this method for your live set list of backing tracks you could run into difficulty if you stop a track for any reason during your set and want to start again, BakTrak will start from the beginning of your merged file and not where you have got to in your set.
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Can I use a Micro SD Card with a larger memory?
Make sure that the replacement card complies with the following format:

Micro SD Card (FAT32)
The Micro SDHC card supplied with BakTrak is a Standard SDHC 4GB (Class 4) Micro SD Card. For the best performance the memory card should be a fully compliant SPI mode SDHC Micro SD card, formatted to a FAT32 file system. Standard Cards from 4GB upwards are normally formatted for a FAT32 file system but not all guarantee SPI mode compliance, so it’s best to check. The speed rating for standard cards is marked within a “C” symbol.

Note
BakTrak is not designed for use with Ultra High Speed Micro SD Cards these will show a Roman numeral ‘I’ or ‘II’ next to the SD card logo and the speed rating is marked within a “U” symbol.

You can find out more about Micro SD cards and their markings from the SD Association web site:

https://www.sdcard.org/developers/overview/speed_class/

UHS Micro SDHC cards were originally designed for high speed Video recording and require UHS compatible devices for playback. BakTrak is “not” a UHS playback device and use of these cards can result in poor or no audio output.
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Is BakTrak easy enough for a beginner to use?
BakTrak has been designed with a unique feature especially for practice, when you play the tracks in BakTrak mode you don’t have to take you hands away from your playing position to operate it. When you get to the part of the song that is giving you trouble, hit the footswitch while the track is playing and the track will jump back 10 seconds, hit it again and it will jump back another 10 seconds, hit it again and go back a further 10 seconds (30 seconds maximum) or the start of the track. This allows you play the same phrase over and over until you get it and then move on through the song.
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Can you upload music from any website?
BakTrak will play Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 – 320) including files with variable bit rates and BakTrak Pro will play Mp3 files and also PCM uncompressed – 44100Hz – 16 Bit WAV files. Download the Backing tracks that you want to a computer and transfer them to the Micro SD card that fits in the side of the BakTrak pedal, numbering them 00001 – 00048 and adding names after the number if you want to.
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What would I need to buy separately to use BakTrak straight away?
Apart from Standard Guitar leads (6.3mm Jack to Jack) and headphones if you want a silent practice, you have all you need to get up and running straight away including 12 Demo tracks complete with cord sheets.
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What is the difference between the BakTrak pedals on the website?
There are three basic models to choose from BakTrak, BakTrak-Pro and BakTrak-MDE the variations for each version are knob styles and in the case of BakTrak the moulding colour.
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Does BakTrak allow the track to zero out on the volume?
The functionality for both the Standard BakTrak and BakTrak Pro is the same with regard to the output level and it does not go to zero (ie – no signal).
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Why would I need the BakTrak Stereo to Mono Output Adapter?
Standard “Y” connector cables that have a stereo Jack on one end and a mono socket on the other end should “never” be used to try and convert the BakTrak stereo output to mono.
A “Y” connector cable is designed to split a mono signal into two lines and should never be used to mix two stereo signals (left and right channels) into one mono signal as this may cause damage to the BakTrak stereo output.

Technical: Outputs are low impedance and should only be connected to high impedance inputs, never tie two outputs directly together because when you do each output will try to drive into the low impedance of the other, forcing both outputs into current limit and possible damage.

The BakTrak Stereo to Mono Output Adaptor (BT1030) has been especially designed with a built in passive mixing circuit that will safely combine the stereo outputs into a single Mono output.
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BakTrak is just the thing I’ve been looking for – but which one ??
There are two basic models to choose from BakTrak & BakTrak Pro the variations are knob styles and moulding colour.

The BakTrak Pedals (BT1010-***), will play Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 –
320) including files with variable bit rates and come in a high impact ABS moulded housing.

The BakTrak Pro Pedals (BTP1010-****) come in a steel housing with anti slip rubber strips on the base and will play both MP3 & WAV files, we would recommend the Pro version for gigging.

Again the same for the remote footswitch the standard unit comes in a high impact ABS moulded housing and the Pro version comes in a steel housing with anti slip rubber strips on the base again we would recommend the Pro version for gigging.

BakTrak will play Mp3 files at all bit rates (90 – 320) including files with variable bit rates and BakTrak Pro will play Mp3 files and also PCM uncompressed – 44100Hz – 16 Bit WAV files. Download the Backing tracks that you want to a computer and transfer them to the Micro SD card that fits in the side of the BakTrak pedal, numbering them 00001 – 00048 and adding names after the number if you want to.

A standard SD card to Micro SD card adaptor comes with the pedal which should work directly with your Mac or PC if it has a SD card reader or we can supply a USB to Micro SD card reader/writer (BT1070).

The BakTrak Mount allows you to locate the BakTrak pedal high up on your mic or music stand for easy selection of the tracks and you can the plug in a remote footswitch so that you still have foot control at floor level.

You can also cue (select) the next song at any time while a track is playing and when that track stops the pedal is set up for your next song.
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