Who Are We?
We are professional musicians, producers, sound engineers, pro audio experts, and technology nerds. Some of us have been in, and or around the music business for nearly fifty years, while others are in their twenties. A common thread is that while we believe that live music is special and a true art form, technology has changed the way live music is presented. Musical audiences of today expect a high level of musicianship, sound and general presentation.
We want to share our varied expertise with live performers at all levels in a way that is not disruptive to your creative process and at a price the working performance musician or band of today can afford.
What Do We Do?
Colson Studios is your musical partner as a multi-track producer and editor. We can take your original music or access available libraries of thousands of quality instrumentals and cover versions from all genres available in several multimedia formats.
Instrumental versions only
Instrumental versions with backing vocals
Full tracks with or without lead vocals
Custom backing tracks, allowing you to remove any track from a song
Our audio files are recorded and mastered in professional studios, with live artists, ensuring you with the highest quality material. Completed projects are available for download from our password protected servers within 24 business hours, without DRM and are certified virus-free.
All music from Colson Studios is for private or public performance and done in full respect of their original copyright.
When Do I Get My Backing Tracks?
Our order process is surprisingly simple. You can expect your downloadable finished backing track(s) within 48-72 business hours.
Your online backing track(s) will be posted on our Demos page HERE within 24-48 business hours.
If you are satisfied with the demo track(s) call us at (321) 234-7120, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST M-F) to discuss any specifics about your backing track(s).
We will then send you an online invoice via the email you provided us. Once payment is made, we will send you a link to download all the source files contained in your backing track(s) project.
Where Are You Located?
Our Studio is located on Florida's Space-Coast In Brevard County, but with today's technology advances, many of our contributors work virtually.
Why Do You Make Multi-Tracks?
Primarily out of necessity. Many of us performed in bars, nightclubs, and other venues of all sizes dating back to the late 1960s and early 70s. At the same time, we watched our favorite national (and international) music acts lip-sync to their professional studio-recorded songs on TV! Back home we were struggling with re-creating live what we heard on studio recordings. Not many people were aware that even bands like "The Who" were using backing tracks in the 70's live!
At that time the know-how and tech wasn't available to us, and even if it was we would have rejected it as fake, illegitimate and way too expensive. But things have changed.
Since then the tech has become affordable and practical. Used properly and tastefully, multi-tracking can augment your solo, duet or trio live performance without hiring more musicians (not to mention backup singers) to cover the songs you always wanted to.
Finally, just consider for a moment how much changes there were before any of us were born.
The Microphone - Invented in 1877, but it took until 1920 before it was perfected and used in entertainment.
Multi-track Recording - First used in 1955, multi-tracking became possible in the mid-50s when the idea of simultaneously recording different audio channels to separate discrete "tracks" on the same reel-to-reel tape was developed. (Thanks to Les Paul)
MIDI - Developed in the early 1980s MIDI was, and still is a musical/performance game-changer. Although digital multi-tracking has taken audio to another level, MIDI is still used for controlling lights, audio, video effects and instrument patch changes. All of this fully synchronized with your Colson Studios multi-tracks!
DAW - DAW is an acronym for Digital Audio Workstation. A DAW is an electronic device or application software used for recording, editing and producing audio files. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop, to an integrated stand-alone unit, all the way to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer.
BackUpBandInABox - Is Colson Studio's solution for taking all the above technologies and placing them in an easy to use form factor. Easy to set up, yet full-featured and very affordable. You can also learn about our hardware partner HERE.
How Do You Do It?
Colson Studios' multi-tracks can use a simple media player on your smartphone or tablet for stereo two-track sound ,or most any modern laptop with a multiple I/O audio interface to play back multiple tracks. But if you want to save a whole lot of money we recommend DIVOS' B.BEAT.
For the price of a mid-range tablet, it reads and plays music/video/image files in WAV, MP3, OGG, MIDI, MP4, MOV, PNG and JPG formats. You can use backing tracks starting with WAV or MP3 files to create multi-track audio projects from any DAW (digital audio workstation), up to 16 mono or 8 stereo tracks.
B.BEAT can store hundreds of backing tracks. These backing tracks can be synchronized to your video or images which can be played to any video device that accepts HDMI output. B.BEAT's internal mixer can be used to adjust your audio tracks, with 6/12 separate stereo or mono outputs, and the stereo channels that go to your headphones or in-ear monitors.
Audio formats: WAV, MP3, OGG, AAC, MTA (M-Live Multi-track Audio) with up to 16 mono or 8 stereo tracks
Video and picture formats: MP4, MOV, AVI, JPG, PNG
Transmitting lyrics & chords to wireless devices via Wi-Fi
Internal 2.4" OLED Display
Management and creation of multi-track files via Divo's free B.Beat Manager App (Win/Mac)
6 Outputs: 6.3 mm mono jack, balanced
2 Line inputs mono L/R, left only: 6.3 mm stereo jack
1 Headphone output (incl. metronome): 6.3 mm stereo jack
Pedal connection (for start/stop)
HDMI output (max. resolution 1920x1080)
USB-A (2.0) for external storage media
Power supply: USB-C 5.1V DC, 3A or powerbank 10,000 mAh/2.4A
Storage capacity: 128 GB
Dimensions (W x D x H): 125 x 220 x 55 mm
Weight: 0.55 kg
Includes power supply unit, RJ45 network cable and operating instructions