You are here

Readers' Rigs

For performing musicians and engineers: stagecraft, engineering and gear.

Moderator: Moderators

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:28 am

Nice Rob.

I'm waiting for Berry to make an X32 wireless surface (i.e. a Compact with 4 x 4 I/O and no brain) to control an X32 at the stage via wifi. TBH I'd be happy with a simple X-Touch type device, but optimised for live use, combined with an iPad or laptop at FOH and the Compact and/or Rack on stage.

As it is I'll be using the Compact at FOH with the Rack on stage linked by cat6 on the few gigs that require it. For the others my trusty Mackie DL1608 (running Master Fader 2.1.1/Classic) does the business. After three years and 100+ gigs, iPad mixing still makes my slightly nervous but, so far, the Mackie has been solid. I do carry a backup to most gigs as a sort of "soundie's valium substitute" but I'm pretty confident with it these days.

BTW, I've passed the Golf on to my son and inherited the family (read my wife's, she now has a ragtop Mini Cooper) Mitsi Shogun so I have a little more space (and won't get stuck when the access is muddy :blush: ).
User avatar
Sam Spoons
Jedi Poster
Posts: 15710
Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:00 am
Location: Manchester UK
Still taking this recording lark seriously (and trying to record my Gypsy Jazz CD)........

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby robare99 » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:22 pm

Nice! I bought the CS18AI mainly for using with my band. It will come in handy on certain other gigs as well. That's it for big purchases this year, and next year with any luck lol
User avatar
Posts: 205
Joined: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:00 am

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby ropeadope » Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:00 am

Guitar player here, been gigging for many years.

Like to keep it very simple since there's nothing worse than lugging a ton of shit into basement dive bars or three flights of stairs up the fire escape. That said, my Mesa Combo weighs ~115lb which is very heavy for a 1x12 amp. Since I have Popeye forearms from years of gigging with this thing, I barely notice the weight.

I play an ESP Eclipse E-II (EMG 60/ EMG 84) and Charvel So-Cal HH (Seymour Duncan TB6 and Seymour Duncan SH6N) into a pretty bare essentials pedal board and into a Morely ABC, selecting my Mesa Boogie Mark IV Combo or H&K Statesman Quad EL84. Depending on the venue I have an extension 1x12 mesa cabinet with 1 Eminence 'The Governer' speaker or a Marshall 1960A cabinet loaded with Celestion V30.

Pedal board is: Instrument -> TC Polytune -> Ibanez TS9 Mini (love this pedal) -> Dunlop Crybaby mini (love this pedal even more) -> ISP Decimator II -> TC Flashback II Delay -> TC HoF Reverb -> Morely ABC. for additional gating I use an ISP Decimator G String on both amp FX loops and keep both loops engaged.


Have other amps and axes but my current setup just works SO well.
User avatar
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:00 am
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby chaocrator » Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:16 am

one-man psytrance / electro industrial project here.

grown on a music that was played by humans on stage, i strongly dislike modern electronic «live» concept as playing back prepared tracks from a laptop with some very subtle minor additions. so my live rig is an approach of doing thing honestly.

a linux-based laptop, for MIDI tasks only.
Zoom Live Track L-12 , for mixing & multitrack recording
Miditech 8x8, MIDI interface for all hardware below
Novation ReMOTE Zero SL, MIDI controller for synths
Novation Launchpad Pro, MIDI controller for playing melodies / solos, drumming, and triggering patterns in the pattern sequencer
two Korg padKONTROLs, MIDI controllers for live drumming
Yamaha DTXPRESS III, either MIDI-controlled trigger module only (light setup) or the complete E-drumset
PreenFM2, hardware FM synth
Novation Nova Laptop, hardware subtractive/analog modeling synth
need one more synth, since only 10 channels of 12 are in use now )

Linux OS with RT kernel (custom built)
Sequencer 64 — main MIDI sequencer
B-Step Sequencer — slave MIDI sequencer
Machina — another slave MIDI sequencer for some parts
Mididings — main MIDI processor
Carla plugin host — for helper MIDI processing tasks available only via MIDI plugins

i don't use DAWs on stage, but for mixing tasks i use Harrison Mixbus with Harrison and some other plugins.

there's also another principle of gear selection — the complete rig should be transportable in a 50L backpack.
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:54 am

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby Ryhad Laurentus » Sat May 23, 2020 4:33 pm

I built 2 x 32" Touch screen DAW controllers and an InfraRed synth controller for my home build.

I wonder if it might apply.
I built it because I couldn't afford all the rack toys and modular synths.

It uses odroid and rPi micro computers, some ATMega chipsets too.
All connected via ethernet cable, receives OSC and converts to MIDI.
I also built a small budget RGB lighting network, as I couldn't afford that either ;)


Some video for context:

I've just joined the forum seeking loads of advice for how to control the sound in a live environment.
Ryhad Laurentus
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat May 23, 2020 3:28 pm

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sat May 23, 2020 5:04 pm

That looks very nice indeed :clap:

The software in the video you linked looks very cool... is it something you're working on yourself?
User avatar
Eddy Deegan
Posts: 5828
Joined: Wed Sep 01, 2004 12:00 am
Location: Brighton & Hove, UK
Some of my works | The SOS Forum Album projects

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby Martin Walker » Sun May 24, 2020 2:34 am

Hi Ryhad Laurentus, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

I agree with Eddy, that setup does look very nice, and your aNCS MK6 Stability Tests Day # 2 - Eulers Identity Youtube video is most intriguing too.

User avatar
Martin Walker
Posts: 17474
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:44 am
Location: Cornwall, UK

Re: Readers' Rigs

Postby Ryhad Laurentus » Sun May 24, 2020 10:47 am

Hello! and thank you for your welcome.

Eddy, Yes, I've been building it daily for about 3 years whilst learning to code.
Originally was simply hoping to improve workflow when making simple drum sequences.
Turns out, that nearly anything is possible when coding! Some really interesting ways of controlling sound.

Thanks Martin for your interest in the videos! They're very amateur at the moment, but I should be producing regular videos of my progress and any updates to the code.
Ryhad Laurentus
Posts: 17
Joined: Sat May 23, 2020 3:28 pm