From working convention shows with stage entertainment where the singer/entertainer lip syncs I've only seen it done with a live mic. The singer is actually singing along with the track and the mic signal is fed back to the IEM with the recorded track so the singer can hear the live voice and sing along with the track. The FOH is sent only the pre recorded track.
__________________ [COLOR="Green"]If musicians ran the world there would be no wars...just an occasional battle of the bands.[/COLOR]
"Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don't live it you don't have it. Young people have forgotten to cry the blues. Now they talk and get lawyers and things. " - Big Bill Broonzy
Back in the mid-'80s when my punk band released its first EP we arranged a gig where, for the last song, the soundman would fire up a tape of the last song from the EP over the PA and we fake to it. About two thirds of the way through it we put our instruments down and walked off stage. Some people weren't initially fooled by it, some were.
I had a weird experience of seeing someone else mine to my guitar parts once.
I did a guitar session for a well known (in Switzerland anyway) Swiss singer in 2006.
She did a promotional tour including a TV appearance.
Normally we (the band that played on the album) would play with her live but for the TV appearance it was decided that:
a) she would mime and
b) the band weren't 'pretty enough' for Swiss national TV.
So they hired male models to fake playing the instruments whilst pouting and generally carrying on like a bunch of twonks.
It was quite a surreal experience to see some shirtless 19 year old with a washboard stomach and ABSOLUTELY ZERO idea of how to play guitar fake my parts.
I did with my church choir when I was in high school. We sang the national anthem at Kansas City Royals game. They required that we record it before hand and then fake it.
They still had mics set up so we went ahead and sang.
That reminds me - I lip synced the Welsh national anthem in school for years. English born but moved to Wales as a child - didn't know a word of it and it was in Welsh! Just had to open and shut my mouth in time!
Many years ago the band I was in was filmed for a TV show and we had to mime because they were filming with only 1 camera and were doing several takes from different angles etc. and wanted to make sure everything was exactly the same tempo for editing purposes. They had the pre-recorded track blasting through the monitors and PA at full gig volume. To be honest, the experience felt exactly the same as if we were playing live (even the singer said it didn't feel as if he was miming). It was really weird at one point where I realised I'd hit a bum note but it still sounded fine.
The words Fender®, Telecaster®, Stratocaster® and the associated headstock designs are registered trademarks of the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. The TDPRI is an independent, member supported forum and is not affiliated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.