The Backline FX-Tracker uses a set of sophisticated algorithms to provide a variety of effects that can adjust to your playing speed or your playing volume. FX-Tracker is manufactured in the USA.
FX-Tracker can be set up as a standard stompbox or as part of your rack setup. There are also many other uses for FX-Tracker that are shown below.
Using a Stereo Effects Pedal
There are several stereo effects pedals available on the market today. Many of these effects pedals have MIDI outputs that send a MIDI program change message when a new preset is selected. They also have MIDI inputs which can be used to control a variety of effect parameters. FX-Tracker can be connected to these pedals as shown in the figure below. The MIDI output from the effects pedal is sent to the MIDI input of FX-Tracker to change the presets when the MIDI pedal presets are changed. The MIDI output of FX-Tracker is sent to the MIDI input of the effects pedal to control parameters such as the amp model drive based on your playing speed or playing volume.
Using FX-Tracker at the End of the Audio Chain
You can place FX-Tracker after high gain effects as shown in the figure below. Here the direct guitar input can come from a low or high impedance source as long as the left channel audio input to FX-Tracker comes from a low impedance source such as an amp modeler or effects unit. In this setup, the right audio input is clean allowing FX-Tracker to identify the notes that you play, while the left input and mono output contain the audio path that is processed by the amp modeler or distortion unit.
Synchronizing an External Drum Machine to FX-Tracker
You can greatly enhance your practicing experience by synchronizing a drum machine to your playing using FX-Tracker as shown in the figure below. To do this, connect the MIDI output from FX-Tracker to the MIDI input on the drum machine and use effect number 70 with the threshold set to 1. The Tweak 1 parameter should equal to the number of quarter notes within each measure that you play. The Tweak 2 parameter should equal the number of notes that you plan to play per measure. After you press the footswitch to activate the unit and play the first measure, FX-Tracker starts to send MIDI clocks to the drum machine which synchronizes the drum machine to your playing. As you play, FX-Tracker monitors the note that you play during each measure and adjusts the drum machine timing accordingly. Turn off the drum machine by pressing the footswitch again to deactivate the FX-Tracker.
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