We could do it with protools or logic and an audio board but I don't want to use my powerbook on stage.
Perhaps something like this[/color]?QuoteWe could do it with protools or logic and an audio board but I don't want to use my powerbook on stage. Right! Computers are too unreliable, and there is too much potential for things going wrong. If you're using a computer as part of a live perfomance, it should be a dedicated computer (so nothing gets changed) and you should have a backup!
Hello everyone,i'm looking for a portable multitrack player that can play WAV or MP3 or anythingelse to use during live performance with my band. Our aim is to play different audio track simultaneously, and split signal on different outputs. For example: - track no 1 with metronome goes to the drummer - track no 2 with music goes to the drummer - track no 3 with electronic effect goes to the output cabinets
You're joking, right?Computers are widely used as multimedia players for all kinds of live events. Even churches routinely use computers for worship, which often includes graphics, video, and audio in the same service.
QuoteYou're joking, right?Computers are widely used as multimedia players for all kinds of live events. Even churches routinely use computers for worship, which often includes graphics, video, and audio in the same service. No, I'm not joking!Think about how often you have a computer problem compared to how often you have a problem with a mixer, or guitar amp. Things things usually go for years without any problems... (Microphone cables fail once in a while, but I'll bet you carry spares.) Computers never go that long without some problems. Computers are less reliable than almost any piece of audio equipment... Of course, most of these problems are software related or caused by the user, but that's not the point. And, even a minor problem that takes 10 minutes to fix is a BIG problem during a live performance.
It's one thing if you have a dedicated A/V computer, and a back-up system.
But, if you bring your home PC or you drag the computer over from the church office, you are asking for trouble.
Most amateurs and part-time professionals don't have the luxury of a dedicated computer and a backup.
From what the OP said about his Powerbook, I'm assuming that he/she doesn't want to dedicate a computer.
And many small acts don't have a sound man, so the musician(s) ends-up runnning sound (and computer) along with setting-up and performing...
It also depends on if the computer is "mission critical" for the "performance". Most church services can continue if some part (or all) of the technology fails.
If the computer is used to enhance the performance, that's OK. If a computer glitch can shut down the show, that's a problem!
I LOVE COMPUTERS, and I love the things they allow me to do with audio/video... things I couldn't do otherwise. But I also know the frustration they can cause, especially when you're under time-pressure.P.S. I suppose I'm paranoid! I occasionally do DJ gigs, and I carry enough extra equipment that any piece of equipment can fail, and it won't completely shut me down. (Except I don't have a generator, so a power failure could do it.)