SaxTracks is a powerful but simple to use iOS app to help you make great recordings with your saxophone.  The app works for iPhone and iPad (sorry, no Android version yet) and is available from the App Store.

To get you started with SaxTracks, check out these user tips which will show you how to make your first recordings, import backing tracks and even share your recordings with friends!

Click here to get Sax Tracks from the Apple App Store

How to make a quick recording with Saxtracks

Making your first recording with Saxtracks is super simple. Simply press the big red button to begin.  You’ll get a 3,2,1 countdown and then Saxtracks will begin recording you using the built-in microphone on your iPhone or iPad.

For a higher quality recording, try connecting your Apple headphones and position the microphone on these close to your sax.

Adding a backing track to Saxtracks

SaxTracks makes it possible to record along with backing tracks.  To do this first you need to add the backing track to the SaxTracks app.

To get started, tap the “add music” icon in the bottom left corner.

 

On the next screen, tap the big blue music icon, then select where you would like to add the backing tracks from.

SaxTracks comes bundled with some free backing tracks to get you started.  These are available to download at the bottom of this blog post. Alternatively you can click the “McGill Music” button on the Select Download Source page.  Some users have reported an issue with this option. If it doesn’t work for you, simply download the tracks from the bottom of this blog post.

The best way to add tracks to SaxTracks is directly from your iTunes library.  If you are a Sax School member, you can download backing tracks from the members area and add them to your iTunes library on your iPhone or iPad.

To add tracks to SaxTracks from iTunes, just tap “My iTunes Library” on the Select Download Source page. The app will then take you to your iTunes library where you can select the backing track.   Tap the track name to add it to SaxTracks.

To use the backing track, be sure to tap it (it will be highlighted in the list), then just click the back arrow in the bottom left corner to return to the main screen.

If you would like to delete a track you have added, just swipe left on the track name and then tap “Delete”.

 

How to record with a backing track using SaxTracks

Once you have added your backing track and selected using the steps above, you’re ready to start recording!  Just tap the big red record button to start.

You will get a 3,2,1 countdown, then the backing track will begin and SaxTracks will record your playing along with it.  For best results, use your Apple headphones so you can hear the backing track more clearly.  SaxTracks will use the microphone on the headphones to record your sax.

When recording you can use the “microphone” slider to adjust the recording level of your saxophone. The “music” slider adjusts the level of your backing track.  You can also add reverb to your saxophone sound using the “reverb” slider. Choose between off, low or high to get the sound you like best.

When you have finished recording, you can listen back by tapping the big blue play arrow.

You can manage your recordings by tapping the arrow icon on the bottom right of your screen.  From there you will see a list of all recordings you have made. You can delete a recording by swiping left on the recording name, then tapping “Delete”.

SaxTracks makes it very easy to share your recordings with the world.  First select your recording from the list by tapping it so it is highlighted.  Then tap the big blue “music out” button and select where you would like to send it.  You can choose AirDrop, Mail, or more depending on the apps you have installed on your device.

 

How to get more SaxTracks help

There are some more tips built in to the SaxTracks app.  Just tap the “i” button on the main screen to scroll through a bunch of app tips.

 

Free tracks to download for SaxTracks

Here are some free practice tracks to get you started.  Just download the MP3 backing track and add to your iTunes library, before adding to the SaxTracks app.  You can also download and print the music worksheet PDF below.

2 chord Swing Groove

Click Here to Download: 2-Chord Swing Groove SAXTRACKS

Worksheet PDF: 2 Chord Swing Groove Alto and tenor SAXTRACKS

 

Funky Smooth Groove in C Minor:

Click Here to Download:Funky Smooth Groove C minor

Worksheet PDF: Funky Smooth Groove C min Alto and tenor SAXTRACKS

Latin Groove in C Minor:

Click Here to Download:Latin Groove Cm

Worksheet PDF:Fast Latin Cminor – Tenor and Alto SAXTRACKS

Shuffle 12 Bar Blues in F:

Click Here to Download:Shuffle 12 bar blues in F

Worksheet PDF:Shuffle 12 bar blues in F Alto and tenor SAXTRACKS

Nigel McGill

After 25 years touring, performing all over the world, I setup Sax School to share what I have learned. Today thousands of players in more than 70 countries use the huge library of online saxophone lessons in Sax School. Find out how it can help you too! www.mcgillmusic.com

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