FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are BackTrack™ and BackTrack™ + Mic glorified flash recorders?

Comparing BackTrack to a flash recorder is like comparing your HD DVR box to a dusty old VCR. They are way more different than they are the same. BackTrack is built for guitarists by guitarists, it provides the fastest and easiest ways to capture and organize high-quality audio files, and it will totally redefine your rehearsal, soundcheck and studio-recording experiences. And a flash recorder is just a flash recorder.

  • At home, BackTrack provides total inspiration control. Always on, and always listening, it offers the best ways to capture and organize all your musical ideas.
  • In the studio, BackTrack gives you a head-start turning your inspirations into complete songs. Drag the high-quality audio files right into your recording software.
  • At soundcheck, adjust your rig hands-free while BackTrack loops a song or riff.
  • At rehearsal, record new songs, new ideas or your whole band with stunning quality.
See SEE IT WORK to find out how BackTrack can work for you in each of these environments.

Where does BackTrack go in my signal chain?

BackTrack is useful on its own or anywhere in your signal chain. For example, put BackTrack in-line between your guitar and your amp to capture a dry, direct signal perfect for importing into your DAW. Or put BackTrack in-line after your amp or effects to capture your guitar tone.

See the setup diagrams for examples of where to place BackTrack in your signal chain.

What are some of the differences between BackTrack™ and BackTrack™ + Mic?

The biggest differences: BackTrack + Mic features a microphone and a 1/8-inch headphone output, BackTrack does not. Both feature variable sample rates and bit depth, which are shown here:

BackTrack + Mic
BackTrack Sample Rate 

Bit Depth
24 hours of
audio capture

12 hours of
audio capture
11 kHz 16 bit *
12 hours

6 hours 22 kHz 16 bit *
8 hours

4 hours 32 kHz 16 bit
6 hours

3 hours 44.1 kHz 16 bit (Standard
CD audio)
5 hours

2.5 hours 48 kHz 16 bit
4 hours

2 hours 44.1 kHz 24 bit
4 hours
2 hours 48 kHz 24 bit


*These settings are not recommended for mic’ed full-range audio but may be sufficient for direct guitar.


How much audio can I record?

At their capacities, BackTrack + Mic can capture up to 24 hours of audio and BackTrack can capture up to 12 hours but it depends on the sample rate and bit depth you’ve chosen. At 16-bit/44.1 kHz (standard CD audio), BackTrack can capture three hours and BackTrack + Mic can capture six.

What's the big button on top?

That’s the “Mark” button and it’s a great feature. After playing something really special, press “Mark”. Your marked ideas are stored in a separate folder on the flash drive so when you go to drag your ideas off your BackTrack to import them into your recording software, your best ideas will be there waiting for you.

What's with the USB connection?

BackTrack and BackTrack + Mic each have a USB connection for three main reasons:

  • To transfer audio files to your recording software.
  • To give you access to the recording and playback settings that customize BackTrack to the way you play.
  • To recharge the battery.

How can BackTrack help keep my music organized?

BackTrack conveniently divides everything you play into separate audio files, and every file gets “stamped” with the date and time. “Marked” audio files are placed into their own folder on the flash drive for added convenience when reviewing the audio.

What kind of file is the recorded audio?

Everything you record is saved as .WAV files. These high-quality audio files will sound great when imported into your recording software.

What's automatic gain control in BackTrack + Mic?

Automatic gain control guards against clipping and overloading, and helps maintain an even level when you’re recording using the microphone.

How do I import files from my BackTrack into my recording software?

It can vary so we recommend that you read your software’s manual but, with most applications, it’s as easy as dragging an audio file right into an audio track.

Can I ditch school and record lectures with BackTrack + Mic?

Of course! BackTrack + Mic features an 8-hour battery and a flash drive that can capture up to 24 hours of audio—plenty of power to record lectures that seem to go on forever. But we can’t guarantee that you’ll pass your class.

Does this thing have models?

We decided to keep BackTrack free of models in order to give you absolute flexibility. BackTrack and BackTrack + Mic both feature pure analog signal paths and better-than-CD-quality audio capture, up to 24-bit/48 kHz. This stunning, high-quality audio is more than qualified to be dragged to your DAW and turned into a smash hit.

If you want to record your guitar tone, plug in BackTrack further down your signal chain, like after your amp, POD®, or effects. See the setup diagrams for examples of where to place BackTrack in your signal chain.


1. Are BackTrack™ and BackTrack™ + Mic glorified flash recorders?

2. Where does BackTrack go in my signal chain?

3. What are some of the differences between BackTrack and BackTrack + Mic?

4. How much audio can I record?

5. What's the big button on top?

6. What's with the USB connection?

7. How can BackTrack help keep my music organized?

8. What kind of file is the recorded audio?

9. What's automatic gain control in BackTrack + Mic?

10. How do I import files from my BackTrack into my recording software?

11. Can I ditch school and record lectures with BackTrack + Mic?

12. Does this thing have models?