- Why "Standardstrax"?
There is currently a gap in the market for
jazz and swing backing tracks & classic obscure songs for singers who are looking for something different. Why be like everybody else, singing the same songs with the same arrangements?
I provide new, fresh arrangements of wonderful songs - not cover versions - which are easy to follow yet maintain a freshness and originality unheard of for the asking price!
I arrange and record every track myself - I don't buy and use tracks from anybody else and I certainly don't use Karaoke tracks. I'm a full time musician and, while I don't claim to have the best tracks in the world, I love doing what I do and I hope it comes across through my tracks.Back to top
- How do I order?
Ordering couldn't be simpler!!!!
Simply download or listen the demo of the track/s you are looking for; listen to arrangement; check the key and the quality; and if you like the track go to the "ORDER HERE" page. If you'd like the tracks on CD (including postage costs) click on the link and add to the shopping cart.
Once you've chosen your song/s ; click on "ADD TO CART" and follow the instructions. You can either continue "shopping" or go to the fully secure checkout. Once your order payment is processed and confirmed you will be able to download your chosen track/s via the online confirmation invoice or via the Standardstrax email confirmation.
All CD orders are posted first class (UK) and Airmail (Europe/US/Other) within 24 hours.
ALL THE SONG FORMATS CONTAINING FULL DETAILS OF THE SONG STRUCTURE ARE NOW ONLINE via the sections on the Order Page - i.e . how long the intro is ; whether the chorus repeats ; where the solo begins (if there is one) ; if there is a key change ; etc ; to make things as easy to follow as possible.
The Song Search box is the quickest way to find a certain song; and you then choose to search in a section of your choice - MALE, FEMALE, JAZZVILLE, etc.Back to top
- Can I make a request?
Sure!!! If your looking for a certain song and can't find it any where; email your wish list and I'll try my best to have it online asap!!! The style and arrangement will be at my own discretion.
If your looking for a particular arrangement of a song then a full CUSTOM sevice is available at very competitive prices.
Ask for a quote.Back to top
- What are the formats available?
You can either download the desired track by paying online and downloading the track via the mp3 link and you can have the track/s posted to you in professional CD format. For the small additional fee required; and including postage costs; this option is unbeatable!!! All CD Orders are dispatched within 24 hours of receiving your order.
MP3 format is currently the most user friendly way of buying tracks online. It is not the "professional" choice by any means but it still offers superb quality.
If you order on audio CD you get my original master file burned to audio and not simply a compressed mp3 file burned to audio CD.Back to top
- How are the trax recorded?
My tracks are recorded in my home studio via MIDI and also LIVE direct to audio drive - Livetraks. Please have a look at some of my Videos in my ABOUT page to checkout exactly what I do and my level of playing ability!
What you hear is a live sound; totally spontanious arrangements; fresh and sympathetic to a singers needs. The keyboards used are of superb quality using custom sounds specially adapted for this kind of music. It's true that most people do not believe that the sound I achieve is live!!!!
The REALTRAK selections have been recorded using the very best EMU ; AKAI and GIGA multisamples and VST instrument plug-ins via midi ; yet still retaining the live sound and feel.Back to top
- Why can't I listen / download the demos?
The website is optimised for all major browsers and in most cases the demos should either automatically download or play once the demo is clicked. Everything depends on how your browser and Internet media settings are configured.
Every demo is fully downloadable and should play in every browser.Back to top
- How often will the list be updated?
New songs will be added when I can!Back to top
- Are the tracks legally licensed?
All my tracks are licensed in the UK via MCPS - PRS.Back to top
- Do lyrics come with the tracks?
No sorry! It is incredibly easy to find lyrics online and your best option for finding lyrics is to do a search on Google.com like this example - "all of me" + lyricsBack to top
- Are the tracks available as midi files?
No; sorry!Back to top
- I don't know most of the songs - who sang them?
Every Standardstrax song is a standard. Standards are timeless songs that every major singer of any era has recorded at one time or another. There are so many different versions of a certain standard - a singer might do the same "ballad" ; for example ; as a mid tempo swinger. Standards are the back bone of the musical society we live in.Back to top
- What does "range - A to C " mean?
The range of the song from lowest note to highest note.Back to top
- I made a request and it's still not online?
I'm a busy guy and keeping up with requests is pretty hard!!!!
All I can say is to keep checking the site!! I do try my best to have most requests online asap.Back to top
- Do you change the key?
I can offer an editing fee but it depends on the track in question. If it's recorded via midi then yes; if it's recorded live direct to audio then no.
Email me to check....Back to top
- Do any of the tracks fade?
Every track has a professional ending - no fades at all!Back to top
- Do you do Custom production?
I do custom work all the time, and the price will depend on the work involved. Some websites charge based on the running time of the song. Seems a bit mad to me! It could be the most musically involved 2 minutes of hell or 5 mins of 3 chord blandness. If it's a copy of an arrangement then be prepared to pay a lot for it. If it's a track based on my own arrangement but to your specification - ie in your key, chosen instrumentation, feel, tempo, etc then these start at £25 (GB pounds sterling).
Email for a price....Back to top
- SUPPORT - The purchased track will only play - it won't download to my hard drive?
DOWNLOAD LINK SAVING OPTIONS:
Everything depends on how your browser is configured regarding downloading and mp3's. If you click on the link and the track opens in a media player (this is the default setting for most browsers - Mac and PC) then there are various options to save the track/s : (These options might vary ; depending on the operating system and browser used.)
option 1 - press and hold either the control or alt(options)button and click the link - a window should appear with options to save the link and where to save it.
option 2 - right click on the link and choose the "save target as" option.
option 3 - copy the full link into a different browser header or into the downloads manager.,
option 4 - click on the link and hold until an options box appears with saving options.
option 5 - if you get a message saying "purchase Quicktime Pro...." when you click on the download link then simply uninstall Quicktime (if you don't use it).
option 6 - for Windows Media Player users - chose file option "save as" and save as an mp3.To find the file go into the start menu and type in MP3 and it should be the last file you've downloaded.
option 7 - Copy and paste the link into Quicktime, then save it as a movie and convert it to wav in Itunes.
option 8 - Netbook users using the touchpad; using Window 7 - click on the song link while right clicking on the touchbar and release. You should have an options menu now, simply choose the "save target as" option.
Other options include; hold down the ALT key while you click on the song via the touchpad; release the ALT key and you get an options box in the left hand corner; choose the FILE and then choose "save as" and save to your place of choice.
option 9 - Copy the full link into the browser header; click and allow to fully load then choose the PAGE menu on the browser and choose "save as" option.
AOL CUSTOMERS - It's easier to access the downloads from the AOL homepage and then login to your email account and save from there.
Download with a Mac by hovering over the download link and then press and hold the CTRL button and then click on the link - an options box should appear with saving options.
All the options work but it does depend on your internet media and browser media settings.Back to top
- SUPPORT - When I click on the download link nothing happens!!!
Stay calm!!! - It could be a broken link. All the links were checked when adding the instant download sections but I'm only human! Email me and I'll get the new link to you asap.Back to top
- SUPPORT - The track downloaded fine but I can't find it on my hard drive?
Everything depends on how your browser is configured re downloading and mp3's. Do a search for the most recent downloads and you should find it there. No problem to email your track/s to you either as an attachment or a download link.Back to top
- SUPPORT - I can't listen to the demos now - I used to be able to??
Have you upgraded anything recently - the operating system ; the browser ; any media players? Everything depends on how your media Internet configurations are set up.Back to top
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