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The current stage rig


EscapeRocks

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I Know I like seeing others stage rigs as it give me ideas.

So, here's some pics of my current stage setup.

 

 

Korg M50-61 and Yamaha MOX8. My self done custom paint job on the M50 has held up well to all the outdoor gigs this past summer.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/rig1_zps2c50edc7.jpg

 

 

iPad2 wifi only 16gb. Using Alesis ioDock as interface. This shot shows Korg iPolySix.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/rig2_zps1d7bb269.jpg

 

 

Another shot showing Galileo organ app.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/rig3_zps98278f2e.jpg

 

 

Front of rack with Power supply, Samson SM-10 line mixer, Shure wireless in-ear transmitter, and guitar wireless receiver.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/rig4_zps6aa7ef83.jpg

 

 

Back of rack with patch panel. I also got a blank panel and some BNC panel connectors, drilled some holes, and mounted the guitar wireless antennas on the outside. Much better reception.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/rig5_zpsaa263a1e.jpg

 

 

 

Not shown are my Alesis Vortex or Roland Ax "keytars."

Also not shown is my Digitech RP500 effects pedal for my guitar.

 

Here's how my system is wired up:

 

I use a 20 foot snake from Redco. That way I can move the rack further away, depending on stage configuration.

 

I run MOX8 MIDI out to M50 MIDI in. The iPad is controlled by the M50 via standard MIDI.

 

I use the MOX8 in Master Mode to ease patch changing. One button press and both the MOX8 and M50 change.

 

I use two FC7 foot pedals, one each for MOX and M50.

I have one FC3 sustain pedal into MOX. I also have a simple footswitch into the M50 that is set to latch sounds.

 

Audio out from the iPad dock runs through the audio in on my MOX8.

 

I use the iPad as the sound module for my Vortex when I bring it out. When I do, I use a Midi Solutions 2 In 1 Out Merge box so both the M50 and Vortex are hooked up to the iPad.

 

When I use my Roland Ax, I only use internal sounds. That's what the "keytar" jack is for on the back of my rack ;)

 

I send to FOH from my rack. I also take the Monitor out of the mixer into my in ear wireless. FOH then gives me another line for the rest of the band hooked into the wireless transmitter.

This way I can control my keys volume in my ears separately from the rest. This works great for me.

 

Well, that's pretty much it. It's actually a very simple setup, and load in and load out is a breeze.

 

After all that, it lets me do this at places like House of Blues :)

 

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/312311_10151523474816689_1884990800_n_zps9c7491b4.jpg

 

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/_MG_2647-XL_zpsfcb5592c.jpg

 

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh58/escaperocks1/vortcactus_zpsc654c343.jpg

 

 

 

 

David

Gig Rig:Roland Fantom-08| Yamaha MODX+ 6 | MacBook Pro 14" M1| Mainstage

 

 

 

 

 

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Extremely fine set up!

 

Thanks!

 

Very cool pics and write up, sir! I need to do the same.

 

How do you like the Alesis interface? I've never used an iPad at gigs, but looks like an easy way to expand the potential of my rig without buying rack gear and such.

 

Eric, I love the ioDock. I have used both the Apple CCK and the iRig connectors. While they worked, I just did not like the non-solid connection, nor the non-stable way of putting the iPad anywhere.

The dock is solid and the all of the connections are solid. I especially like the standard MIDI i/o as well as the 1/4" L and R jacks so I can hookup directly to my mixer.

 

You just need to make sure you have the latest (last) firmware version in the dock. After that, it's just a matter of tweaking the apps for maximum performance. For example, playing with the gain and master volume setting on Galileo organ app.

 

Once dialed in, it's all good.

 

The best thing is both apps I use live allow background running, and Galileo lets me specify MIDI channel. By using my M50 in combi mode, as usual, I can go back and forth with both apps without ever touching the iPad. I've yet to induce any latency in live situations.

 

Also, you can play both apps at the same time. I've experimented with playing a Polysix pad behind an organ lead.

it works :)

 

I don't use any setlist apps anymore since I use the MOX in Master mode. It is my de facto setlist app.

 

Anyhow, that's my take on the dock.

 

One last thing, not sure if anyone or even Alesis has a new lightning connector adapter for new iPads. I guess you could get an adapter dongle and an extension cable of you're so inclined.

 

 

Okay, two last things: Eric, I really dig your funky key stands that you have for tilting and all. Very cool!

I always wanted the Styx/Gowan style rotating stand, but more often than not, there's not enough stage room. I'd end up taking out the bass player or hitting myself in the nuts as it came back around :D

David

Gig Rig:Roland Fantom-08| Yamaha MODX+ 6 | MacBook Pro 14" M1| Mainstage

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi David - a very digable rig.

 

I use a 20 foot snake from Redco. That way I can move the rack further away, depending on stage configuration.

 

I run MOX8 MIDI out to M50 MIDI in.

 

May I ask: does the MOX8->M50 Midi connection run down your snake, and terminate on your patch panel? I can see connectors on the patch panel in your rack labelled MIDI IN and MIDI OUT, but they look like BNC connectors, and there is no "jumper" cable linking them?

 

Perhaps I can't quite make out the detail on the pictures, but I'm interested in how you've tackled this kind of board-to-board connection.

 

Cheers, Mike.

 

 

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May I ask: does the MOX8->M50 Midi connection run down your snake, and terminate on your patch panel? I can see connectors on the patch panel in your rack labelled MIDI IN and MIDI OUT, but they look like BNC connectors, and there is no "jumper" cable linking them?

 

Perhaps I can't quite make out the detail on the pictures, but I'm interested in how you've tackled this kind of board-to-board connection.

 

Cheers, Mike.

 

 

Yes, the snake has two MIDI lines in it. Those are two MIDI connectors on the patch panel. Right now they are connected inside the rig with a 1 foot midi cable. It just keeps things nice and clean. It also makes for a very fast setup, since all keyboard cabling is in the snake. I just have to plug in the pedals, plug in the 4 connectors of the snake, and I'm ready.

 

 

I did it this way thinking of possible future setups where I would have more MIDI gear in the rack.

 

The snake is 4 channels. 2 audio, 2 MIDI.

 

 

David

Gig Rig:Roland Fantom-08| Yamaha MODX+ 6 | MacBook Pro 14" M1| Mainstage

 

 

 

 

 

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