A music related question here....apologies if Im playing it in the wrong place...
I play keyboard (music!) for a local variety group. For next years show we are thinking of also using backing tracks along with the keyboard and a drummer. I have a few questions!:-
1 If Im using my laptop to play them, what settings do I need to adjust so that it wont go to sleep e.g., or the screen wont darken on me, in between songs (ie when not being used for a few minutes)
2 What is the best player to use for this purpose? Media Player?? I obviously would create a playlist for the show. But I need the font to be large so I can see it easily. Also need the track to stop when finished, not carry on to the next one. So is i one of the standard players like WMP or should I be using DJ software (free hopefully!).
3 Could this be done easier from say, an iPhone? I have a friend whos in a pretty big professional 3pc band, and he got an iPad which he swears by. Has a cheap DJ app, and all the tracks on it. Simply calls up one when coming to the end of the previous one.
4 Is a laptop totally reliable? In a live situation if anything happened show is in trouble! I did notice another group last year simply using a mini-disc player.
Finally if this isnt the best place for this post, do any of you know of a good music related forum that might help me?