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spas



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Ways to use a laptop with a singer/songwriter set?
      #653041 - 03/09/08 07:43 PM
Hi
I would like to use a macbook to provide some backing for when playing solo acoustic sets as a singer/songwriter. Does anyone have any advice or general ideas on how this might be done? I was thinking some beats with drones or simple synth/key parts that could be programmed in advance, then I only need to press play on the relevant song, but are there any other more interesting or creative approaches that could be used? I'd rather avoid having to use headphones with a metronome beat in it, so my only worry is that I might not come in at exactly the right time with certain parts.
Any advice or ideas appreciated, thanks


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RTD



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Re: Ways to use a laptop with a singer/songwriter set? new [Re: spas]
      #655247 - 10/09/08 12:44 PM
Hmm. I think that a click track is definatly the best way to tackle this. It's the easiest/cheapest/simpliest way to do it i think.

Maybe buy some cheap in ear monitors? (do they do cheep ones? I think they do....)

Anyway,

Hope you've figured it out.

Luke

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Jim Taylor



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Re: Ways to use a laptop with a singer/songwriter set? new [Re: spas]
      #657174 - 16/09/08 02:06 PM
Hi,

Ableton Live - Loops, fx, etc

Beringer FCB1010/ trigger finger - something to trigger it with.

The 1010 is a foot unit (bear in mind a Behringer foot unit )

The trigger finger is as it says, based on old 16 pad drum machines designed to be triggered by your finger. It also has 8 rotaries and 4 faders.

decide what you want to do first then find the gear. You might decide that something like a loop pedal (Jamman or RC20 etc) suits you better.

Jim

ps, a multiple output soundcard will solve the click intro problem. Send one feed to your monitor with cues in it. The recent performing musician article mentioned using low clarinet notes that would be virtually unheard by the audience for pitch and timing cues.

peas

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Edited by Mister Jim (16/09/08 02:08 PM)


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kenwyn



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Re: Ways to use a laptop with a singer/songwriter set? new [Re: spas]
      #662229 - 30/09/08 12:37 PM
Check out my post in this post.

What's Best for Backing Tracks?

hope this helps.

Cheers

Kenwyn

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