Is it really necessary to upload the audio files (from the iOS media library for example) and import them (i.e. create whole new files) into Stagetraxx 3’s own, separate audio file library?
On all other backing track apps I’ve used, I could simply load the existing files within the iOS media library into the app, ”streaming” them from the iOS library without “physically” having to copy and import them.
This, to my eye, is one of the main advantages of using iPad as a backing track player at all. It’s just so smooth. Whenever I need to renew or add something into my backing track library (which I do all the time because I keep adding new songs and tweaking details in existing ones), I simply do it in iTunes on my computer and make all the changes there. I also create playlists within iTunes - playlists which are also possible to load (without copying any files) into the backing track app I’ve been using so far (BackTrax). Working with iTunes on my Mac to update the library in this way, and overwriting “bad” backtracks with new versions under the same name, is simply very, very simple and time saving.
Starting up BackTrax, I then have immediate access to the whole refreshed library at the press of a button. And it literally takes a fraction of a second to load the entire library to be playable within the BackTrax app - again, because no copying of files takes place.
And - this also means that the backtracks take up half the space (!) on the iPad compared to copying the files entirely. This is no small thing.
StageTraxx 3 is apparently more advanced and has midi functionality which Backtrax lacks, so I would like to switch. But if there’s no way to use it in the same way as BackTrax - i.e. not copying any files but rather playing them directly from their location within iOS - this is sort of a deal breaker.