Author Topic: Building A Live Rig  (Read 1579 times)

Offline S L e e P y

Building A Live Rig
« on: September 03, 2018, 04:23:06 PM »
So I've been slacking in the music department the past couple of weeks, and upon checking my emails I was kind of surprised to see one from a fellow that invited me to play a local show he was setting up. This would be a perfect chance to show off some of the techniques I was talking about in a previous post regarding improvising tracks live, but actually setting it up on stage would require a bit of tweaking to make everything flow smoothly and I thought it was worth collecting some feedback on the most efficient way to do so!

The actual performance aspect of the music comes from an Organelle, which is basically a small synth that you can program to do pretty much whatever you want. In this instance I use it as a looper that change both the pitch and speed of a 30 second excerpt from a song, as well as change the start and end time within that sample. This works well for the ambient ecco-jams kind of thing I'm going for, but in a live setting I need a way to create fluid transitions and in order to load each sample I need 30 seconds of downtime to actually load the samples. That being said, my plan is to have a second device that can play pad / drone sounds to fill in the empty space as well as small synth to play some simple chords to break up the monotony a bit.

So essentially this idea could be summarized as having two alternating parts, one loading samples and manipulating the speed / pitch to perform the actual tracks while the other would act as a transitional tool to move between the songs. The gear that I'm looking at is as follows;

- Organelle (main instrument)
- Tablet / Laptop (for pad / drone sounds)
- Volca FM (synth for transitional pieces)
- Volca Mix (3-Channel mixer for the units listed above)
- Midi Controller for the FM
- Various Effect Pedals

That's sort of what I'm looking at right now, but I'm interested to hear suggestions on other methods of setting this up. Any ideas?  :)

Ambient vapor meets ecco-jams;

Offline reQverb

Re: Building A Live Rig
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 04:07:53 AM »
I heavily use a sp404 when working in live situations regarding vaporwave, the on the spot sample manipulation and decent bank size make it irreplaceable in my rig.

Offline Eis-T

Re: Building A Live Rig
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2018, 05:43:37 AM »
I agree with the above. Or broader: you need a way to trigger and manipulate samples on the fly. as you  are bringing a laptop a USB controller (mashine, ableton push) would work well. Though an old school MPC sampler that looks like a cash register (and has a floppy drive) is wayyy more aesthetic ofc
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Re: Building A Live Rig
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 02:02:40 AM »
yeah, the Sp404 is a really great addition, even for recording sessions and stuff like that