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So what is the difference between midi and audio?   Basically a midi file consists of data that is read by a sequencer and audio is live sound played by a CD or Minidisk player.

Midi files can be edited - you can remove and change instruments, slow songs down or speed them up, change the song key and water the plants with them!  Okay, so the last bit isn't true but musically speaking there is nothing you can't do to a midi file.  You will need to learn to use a sequencer (computer or hardware version) but the effort is definitely worth it.   

Audio backing tracks feature genuine instrumentation and harmonies.  Knowledge of sequencers or midi is not needed!

We should stress at this point that the audio backings at GFP are NOT midi files recorded as audio, instead they are recordings that utilize genuine instrumentation and top session musicians to recreate a live band sound. 

So, which one is right for you?  Both alternatives provided at GFP are of an excellent musical standard and we can also remove any instrumentation or harmonies from the audio backings you require.  If you are going to be using midi files you will need some sort of sequencer to play the midi files on.  For audio you will need a CD or Minidisk player.

Disadvantages 
Audio: The song cannot be edited.           
Midi: The instrumentation is synthesized versions of real instruments.  Quality of sounds depends on the sequencer/keyboard used.

Advantages
Audio: Genuine instrumentation and harmonies.
Midi: Files can be edited to user's specification.

If you have any queries on this issue or would like some more advice then please email GFP at info@gfpbackingtracks.co.uk