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#2491739 - 05/08/13 10:49 PM rig for solo player?
bluzeyone Offline
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Hey 6 shooters!! :-) I have a friend that has been putting together a show for his act. He plays guitar and recently upgraded to macbook pro with logic and mainstage..He says that he's navigating through logic fairly well..however mainstage is giving him issues..I was wondering how you guys run your rigs and any other advice you could impart..im a keyboard player so im limited go how to help since I program my hardware for my act..Any help or advice you could give would be greatly appreciated..Thank you for your time..
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#2491813 - 05/09/13 06:55 AM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: bluzeyone]
Bartholomew Offline
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Interesting question but you'll probably find that most here play with real bands rather than digital as it has no feel, no soul as we used to say way back.

Personally all I need is an electric cord with a jack at each end and don't use foot pedals. Plus a drummer and bass player with good rhythm and time.

Good-luck, will be interesting to see where the thread goes...
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#2491823 - 05/09/13 07:41 AM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: Bartholomew]
bluzeyone Offline
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Hey Bartholomew! Thnx for you input and can appreciate your view point as I slip into the ether myself when im playing bare bones piano or a synth solo..that is where the spirit lives..On a side note I checked your link and really dig your sound....While I can pick up a Chicago-esque kind of vibe, it certainly isn't enough to categorize or lable your music. An original sound is truly what you have. I can tell just by listening(yes keyboard players have this power lol!) that you cats are wicked dangerous live
. Great chops as a player as well..If you ever would like to do a recording side project let me know..I think we could influence each other in a positive way...
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#2491861 - 05/09/13 09:03 AM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: bluzeyone]
Larryz Offline
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I like real live music when playing solo or in a band. I do not like to play with drum machines or backing tracks when playing live. At open mic's, I just show up with an acoustic (don't even have to bring the cord) and rely on the soundman to give me the best sound he can both vocal and on the guitar. At home, I have backing tracks, a looper and a band in the box and find them very useful for my practice sessions.

The type of equipment (ie. electric, acoustic, nylon, guitars, keyboard...amps, sans amps, PA's small medium and large) that I use depends on the size of the venue. +1 on Bartholomew's answer and his chops! Good luck to your Friend and I hope he puts on a great show as I have a feeling he knows what works for him too.

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#2491875 - 05/09/13 09:32 AM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: Larryz]
desertbluesman Offline
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I have all of my backing tracks which I created myself in Sonar. I play and sing against them. Although one of the above comments is correct there is "less" soul doing it that way, I am completely under control of the whole show. As long as my machines work the backing tracks are always in tune, they never play a wrong note, there are no drug and alcohol problems (unless I bring them to the show myself) The band is always on time and it does exactly what I want it to do, exactly when I want it done.

So here is what I do, I have a small amp a Fender Super Champ X2, and a laptop computer with my backing tracks on it and a set of powered monitors which I hook the laptop up to. I push go and everything happens. As a backup I have the BT's on CD and on my MP3 player. Your friend could also get a small PA like a StagePas, and a Pod HD or other guitar amp/effects modeler and perform that way.

As a disclaimer, I would rather play with a real band but I can't seem to find anyone around my area who has the same musical tastes.
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#2491889 - 05/09/13 10:11 AM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: desertbluesman]
Winston Psmith Offline
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I'm trying to figure out if the player in question is trying to do a solo guitar performance, or more of a one-man-band routine. That would certainly matter in terms of what they need, and how it would be applied. I can't see worrying about software issues if you're doing a solo acoustic set, for the most part, so I expect this is somewhere in the realm of Electronic Music, as broad as that field may be, or some form of music involving processed or MIDI'ed guitar.

One issue with using sequencing/recording software, like Logic, for backing tracks, or with using pre-recorded loops, is that your sets can become predictable, even uninteresting, very quickly. Someone once used the phrase "guitar karaoke", which describes the problem very well.
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#2492028 - 05/09/13 08:06 PM Re: rig for solo player? [Re: bluzeyone]
Bartholomew Offline
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Loc: Montreal
Originally Posted By: bluzeyone
Hey Bartholomew! Thnx for you input and can appreciate your view point as I slip into the ether myself when im playing bare bones piano or a synth solo..that is where the spirit lives..On a side note I checked your link and really dig your sound....While I can pick up a Chicago-esque kind of vibe, it certainly isn't enough to categorize or lable your music. An original sound is truly what you have. I can tell just by listening(yes keyboard players have this power lol!) that you cats are wicked dangerous live
. Great chops as a player as well..If you ever would like to do a recording side project let me know..I think we could influence each other in a positive way...


Thank-you for the compliment. The tunes on that link were done in 1968 and 1969 when I was on the road during summers to pay my way through school. Had a few better lead-lines in places on the first tune which I co-produced with a friend in Montreal but lost them on the 4 track. The main keyboard player on the other two tracks produced two "Cream" albums and wrote Clapton's first hit single in North America. We got to high places at a young age due to connections plus we had good time and feel plus enough talent to get signed by a couple of major labels.

Have to say some of the guys above have some really good points about reliability, consistent players, using practice tracks, etc.

I personally use Band in a Box and Mixcraft or Acid 6.0 Pro and input through a Line 6 XT POD but won't do live gigs with sequenced music. Just personal preference. Also think the XT POD sux through an amp on live gigs but works well for PC recording...had to get that in.

If you need input, I still do a few gigs and have time to bang off a few Leads if the tunes stick in my head.
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