Guide Tracks: A Virtual Choir Essential

So, you want to learn about guide tracks. What are they, and why does my ensemble need them to create our virtual performance?

Answered by our friends at Kinnison Choral Co., here are some FAQs about guide tracks.

What is a guide track?

A guide track serves as an audio reference for a singer/player to perform with when recording their part of a virtual performance. Not only is this a help to the individual performer, but it is absolutely necessary for a synchronized ensemble. By recording along with the audio track, performers will be able to submit a take that is in tempo and in tune. The guide track should be followed with headphones on, so that it will not be heard in the individual's video performance.

Couldn't I just use a karaoke or backing track?

No. Guide tracks are more than just accompaniment. They include a sync point and are customized to help the singer/player achieve a great performance without the support of their conductor or ensemble members. Beyond the scope of a backing track, a choir director may create or purchase 6 separate tracks for the same piece.

  • Accompaniment Track

  • Full Mix Track

  • Soprano Highlight

  • Alto Highlight

  • Tenor Highlight

  • Bass Highlight

At Kinnison Choral Co., all of these tracks and more are available to purchase. As a variance to part-specific guide tracks, you also have the option for the highlighted vocal part to pan into the left headphone, while the accompaniment and other vocal parts can be heard in the right ear.

What is a sync point?

The sync point is the moment when the guide track instructs performers to clap, usually within the first few beats of the p