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If you're a performer who works with backing tracks for sound effects or musical accompaniment you'll be glad to know that there are better options than remembering to push the "play" button on your CD player at just the right moment.  Here is a list of 7 iOS and Android backing track/audio player apps that you can control remotely either hands-free or with a small handheld controller.

Picture this: the party is in full swing and you have your iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad hooked up to your favorite speaker system on the other side of the room. The volume is too loud, or you want to change tracks to a different song, but you really don't want to leave that fascinating conversation on the adolescent psychoanalysis of superhero origins. What's a gracious host to do?

If you're a worship leader struggling with overhead slides, messy worship songbook binders, coordinating music with your worship team, and worship song licensing issues, then you'll be amazed at the low-cost solutions that going paperless provides.

A simple way to add visual effects to a live musical performance is to use a presentation program like PowerPoint. With PowerPoint, you can not only embed images into slides, but you can also trigger video clips and animate embedded images in a variety of ways. And with wireless pedal controllers like the AirTurn BT-105, you can synchronize the desired visual effects perfectly with your feet while keeping your hands free to play your instrument.

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