Programs to create backing tracks

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Audacity (Windows / Mac / Linux)

Let's start this guide dedicated to what are the best programs to create backing tracks from Audacity, one of the most "popular" software at no cost for audio processing. It is an open source and cross-platform software (it is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux) that allows you to edit, mix, merge and split existing audio tracks or create new productions using various recording sources.

The program is completely in your language and supports all major audio file formats. To export the songs made in MP3 format, however, you need an additional plugin, also free, called MP3 blades.



To immediately connect to the Internet site through which you can download Audacity and download the software to your computer click here.

MIXXX (Windows / Mac / Linux)

MIXXX is one of the best programs to create free backing tracks thanks to which it is possible to process original music and mix any type of music through an interchangeable interface via skin. Drag-and-drop of music files into the program, BPM synchronization, dual deck, digitization of vinyl records and a wide range of input devices are supported.

It is not as intuitive as other applications in the sector, at least at first glance, but it only takes a few minutes to become familiar with its many functions dedicated to expert DJs and simple music lovers. It is available for Windows, for Mac and also for Linux.

To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download MIXXX and download the software on your computer click here.

VirtualDJ (Windows / Mac)

VirtualDJ is one of the most famous programs in the field of computer music processing. There is a free version without time limitations that does not offer all the advanced functions of the paid version but still allows fans and professionals of the sector to mix two songs together, creating original music that can be used to move parties, create backing tracks and much more.



It allows the creation of mixes in real time and their recording on WAV audio files or audio CDs. It is available for both Windows and Mac operating systems.

To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download VirtualDJ Home and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.

Traktor (Windows / Mac)

Tractor is a professional digital audio processing program that allows you to mix tracks in various formats using up to four virtual decks. It is available for both Windows and Mac and is characterized by its very intuitive user interface for professionals and quite understandable for new users who are entering the world of audio editing for the first time.

The software is paid but is available in a free trial version that allows you to test all its functions for a period of 30 days. To download it you need to register with your e-mail address and enter a free serial.

To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download Traktor and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.

MixMeister Express (Windows / Mac)

MixMeister Express it is a professional software for creating backing tracks and audio compositions in general as well as for mixing music. The program, in fact, allows you to combine various songs by changing the tempo (but not the pitch), lengthen short songs, add special effects to the tracks and create long mixes to be copied to portable devices or burned to audio CDs.


The software is paid but a free trial version is available that inserts an advertisement into the mixes and has a burn function that expires after 10 uses. It is only available for Windows and Mac.


To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download MixMeister and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.

LMMS (Windows / Linux)

LMMS is one of the most popular no-cost alternatives to paid music programs currently available on the market. It allows you to produce melodies, beats and mixes with your computer through an extremely convenient and practical to use interface.

It supports both Windows and Linux and is fully compatible with SoundFont2, VST (i), LADSPA, GUS Patches and MIDI standards. It also includes editors for various types of music productions.

To immediately connect to the Internet site through which you can download LMMS and download the software on your computer click here.

Musicshake (Windows)

As suggerisce il suo nome, Musicshake is a free program that allows you to "shake" music, audio effects and music of various kinds in order to create original backing tracks. It has a very intuitive and easy to use user interface that allows you to combine thousands of music blocks into original and fun creations.

It also allows you to record your voice through your computer's microphone and all songs can be easily shared in public, via the Internet, thanks to the various export functions offered.

To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download Musicshake and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.


Hammerhead Rhythm Station (Windows)

HammerHead Rhythm Station is a very compact and lightweight program that allows you to edit music tracks of various genres and formats on six separate audio channels. It includes a library of 29 drum sounds and allows you to import six custom audio samples in order to unleash the imagination of all music lovers who want to try their hand at making backing tracks and mixes.


It is only for Windows and has a very intuitive and easy to use user interface even for those who are still new to this kind of software.

To immediately connect to the Internet site through which you can download HammerHead Rhythm Station and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.

Kristal Audio Engine (Windows)

Also Kristal Audio Engine is a resource that deserves to be included in an article dedicated to what are the best programs to create backing tracks. It is in fact a free software specific for Windows thanks to which it is possible to work with 16 tracks simultaneously and perform downmix. It supports without problems all the main audio file formats: WAVE, AIFF, FLAC and OGG.

The program, this must be emphasized, has an interface that is not very easy to use, at least not at first glance. However, it is enough to study it a little and do a minimum of practice to be able to immediately understand where to put your hands to create your own audio compositions.

To connect immediately to the Internet site through which you can download Kristal Audio Engine and download (and possibly also purchase) the software on your computer click here.

GarageBand (Mac)

Do you use a Mac and the programs to create backing tracks above have not been able to attract your attention in a particular way? So why don't you try GarageBand? This is the hugely popular audio production software made by Apple for its computers. The program has a user-friendly and highly accurate user interface through which everyone can create backing tracks and other audio compositions with various instruments, effects and tracks.

It should be borne in mind that GarageBand is intended for professional use but, taking into account its characteristics, it can also be exploited without particular difficulties by those who for the first time ever find themselves dealing with a resource of this type. guy. It comes pre-installed on many Macs, but is also available for free download from the Mac App Store.

To start using GarageBand right away, double-click the program icon in the folder Applications of your Mac. If not available, download it by connecting to the dedicated Mac App Store web page by clicking here.

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