SkyTracks Mixer, the newest vocal jazz ensemble teaching tool added to KerryMarsh.com, gives students and teachers access to a MULTI-TRACK audio interface containing all of the parts for an arrangement demo recording. This new tool essentially replaces the need for Vocal Part Tracks, Minus-One Tracks and Rhythm Tracks for that title. However, every SkyTracks Mixer order also includes links to download all of those tracks, for cases in which those tracks are valuable to your chosen educational workflow.
New for 2021: SkyTracks Mixers are now compatible with iPhone and iPad by installing the free SkyTracks app from the iOS App Store! Android device support is also expected in the early months of 2021.
Similar to the functions found in Garage Band, Pro-Tools, Logic or Digital Performer, SkyTracks allows anyone to selectively mute and solo (isolate) the all the various voice-parts in an arrangement. It gives more subtle control over the mixing levels as well, and allows the flexibility to create mixes that you haven't had access to in the past.
Note that in additional to all of the above, every SkyTracks Mixer order includes a link to download the recording "stems" from the demo, allowing you to import these tracks into your own Digital Audio Workstation, if you choose.
Below, you can try out SkyTracks Mixer for Kerry's arrangement of "Baby Won't You Please Come Come". Simple instructions for how you can use this interface are found if you scroll further below.
Quick Guide to Mixing Your Own Learning Tracks using SkyTracks
Each voice-part has its own TWO tracks that contain all the notes of that part.
To create a personalizedVocal Part Trackfor this arrangement, you should click the S button (for "Solo") on your TWO tracks listed below.
To create aMinus-One Track(which removes everything in your part, allowing you to practice filling in the missing notes like you will in your ensemble), you should click the M button (for "Mute") on your TWO tracks listed below.
To create an Accompaniment Track (which I usually call a"Rhythm Track"), you should click the S button (again, for "Solo") on the Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass and Drums tracks.
A special feature for this demo, you can hear a scat solo recorded by Aimee Nolte (by default) or mute that track and unmute the track with a scat solo by Kerry Marsh.
For Part Tracks, you may wish to also SOLO the Metronome Track to help you keep time Or, you may wish you SOLO any combination of the Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass and/or Drums tracks, for reference as you listen to and learn your isolated vocal part.
Practice singing the lyric vocal solo part by MUTING the top, red track called "Lyric Solo" and filling that in yourself, or practice singing the scat solo by making sure both the "Aimee Nolte Scat" and "Kerry Marsh Scat" tracks are muted.
To hear a mix of only the vocal parts, MUTE the guitar, piano, electric bass and drums tracks.
Play around with more subtle variations in the mix to help you practice your parts by controlling the VOLUME SLIDER (often called a "fader"), which is just below each track's name (in color).
Work toward singing without your part being supported at all (to gain part-singing independence) by starting with all the parts at full volume (which is, rather weirdly, called "0dB" in the world of live sound and recording technology), and then, on each successive practice, moving your TWO tracks to the left a bit until you've turned them off entirely.
OK, SO WHICH TRACKS ARE MINE?
Soprano 1 (meaning youalwayssing thetopnotes in the treble clef staff) Your TWO tracks are named "Soprano" and "Soprano Split"
Soprano / Sop 2 (meaning you sing thetopnotes when there aretwonotes in the treble clef, but you switch to themiddlenote when there arethreenotes written) Your TWO tracks are named "Soprano" and "Soprano 2 Split"
Alto / Sop 2 (meaning you sing the bottom notes when there are two notes in the treble clef, but you switch to the middle note when there are three notes written) Your TWO tracks are named "Alto" and "Soprano 2 Split"
Alto (meaning you always sing the bottom notes in the treble clef) Your TWO tracks are named "Alto" and "Alto Split"
Tenor (meaning you always sing the top notes in the bass clef) Your TWO tracks are named "Tenor" and "Tenor Split"
Tenor/Baritone (meaning you sing the top notes when there are two notes in the bass clef, but you switch to the middle note when there are three notes written) Your TWO tracks are named "Tenor" and "Baritone Split"
Bass/Baritone (meaning you sing the top notes when there are two notes in the treble clef, but you switch to the middle note when there are three notes written) Your TWO tracks are named "Bass" and "Baritone Split"
Bass (meaning you always sing the bottomnotes in the bass clef) Your TWO tracks are named "Bass" and "Bass Split"
Policy Regarding SkyTracks Mixers as an ongoing "Live Service"
Due to the "live service" nature of the SkyTracks Mixer, hosted by SkyTracks.io (not affiliated with KerryMarsh.com), customers considering purchasing a SkyTracks Mixer Package should be aware that there is a very small chance in any given academic year that the SkyTracks.io servers may cease to operate, and access to SkyTracks Mixers may end. Any purchased access to a SkyTracks Mixer is guaranteed for 12 months following the purchase, and in case of any permanent closure of the service, KerryMarsh.com will issue refunds in the amount of $5 for each SkyTracks Mixer access purchased. The itemized value, with discounts, of all products included in SkyTracks Mixer Packages is listed below:
Chart (if included) - Regular price of the Digital Sheet Music Pack (either $75 or $60, depending on the title)
Demo recording - Free
Access to SkyTracks Mixer guaranteed for 12 months - $5