How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

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How often if at all do you use your synthesizers live?

I regularly use hardware live on stage
39
56%
I regularly use computers live on stage
0
No votes
I regularly use a combination of hardware and computers on stage
8
11%
I very occasionally use hardware live on stage
4
6%
I very occasionally use computers live on stage
0
No votes
I very occasionally use a combination of hardware and computers on stage
2
3%
I never play live however record live takes at home/in the studio
11
16%
I never play live and sequence most/all of the time when recording at home/in the studio
5
7%
I never play or record live or at home. My gear is part of a nostalgic collection
1
1%
 
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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by n3wt15 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:06 pm

every time I play a gig it is 100% hardware, and i try to play out as frequently as possible

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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by forcedopinion » Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:47 pm

I only ever use hardware.

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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:28 pm

n3wt15 wrote:every time I play a gig it is 100% hardware, and i try to play out as frequently as possible

Why not give the girl something to play ? She's just kind of awkwardly out there alone dancing around like an audience member... Or is she just a chick from the audience ? I dig the bass playing btw.
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Post by n3wt15 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:46 pm

at the time she was just a friend off to the side dancing, but shes practicing theremin and vocals for some stuff of ours coming up ;-)

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Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:22 pm

n3wt15 wrote:at the time she was just a friend off to the side dancing, but shes practicing theremin and vocals for some stuff of ours coming up ;-)
Awesome. Didn't mean any offense either !
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Post by n3wt15 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:30 pm

none taken, hard to judge mannerisms on the internet, ya know?

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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by paturn » Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:30 am

I play 3-4 shows a month as well and have within the last year or so switched to all hardware live .

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Post by StepLogik » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:25 pm

n3wt15 wrote:every time I play a gig it is 100% hardware, and i try to play out as frequently as possible

Great performance! Nice live rig, you guys look you are having fun!

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Post by n3wt15 » Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:33 pm

Thanks, it was slightly awkward there haha, was an art show, the other acts were kind of droney experimental stuff, thern we came on with some banging techno...had a good amount of people dancing through it and people enjoyed it, so was a good time.....too bright though haha

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Post by zmd » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:34 am

I got to play with a heavy band wednesday...they wanted wild and wacky, and I was only too happy to oblige!

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Post by shaft9000 » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:48 pm

it's not a this or that situation
if it's digital hardware then it's also software, since without the software it's a useless lump.

this is more about playing instruments vs using automation
unless your stuck in poverty...there's just no contest between playing a real instrument vs the glorified typewriter that is a laptop.
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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by forcedopinion » Wed May 20, 2015 7:32 pm

I played my first gig 100% live a couple of days ago in Seattle. For the drone/ambient crowd. Used a Roland MC-50 to do the sequencing.

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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by minime123 » Thu May 21, 2015 3:31 pm

its just not exciting watching someone hunched over their laptop.
though, from a performers perspective, its a good way to get paid to catch up on email. :D
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Post by Bitexion » Thu May 21, 2015 3:46 pm

Which is usually why they go all-out on mega LCD screens with lots of graphics, lights, laser shows, fireworks and such. Instead of just being a couple of guys hunched behind a stack of keyboards. JM Jarre realized that already in 1979 when he did his first giant outdoors show.

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Re: How often do you use hardware live, if at all?

Post by calaverasgrande » Thu May 21, 2015 4:36 pm

minime123 wrote:its just not exciting watching someone hunched over their laptop.
though, from a performers perspective, its a good way to get paid to catch up on email. :D
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It's also not exciting watching someone lurk behind a modular or a wall of keys.
I'm pretty agnostic when it comes to this stuff. I own a lot of non-midied analog gear. But I also just spent a month living out of my car and making music entirely in my laptop.
They are all just noise boxes that you poke with a stick. Whether it is a virtual or IRL stick doesnt really matter once it hits the speaker.

Also there are a lot of controllers that people can use to get the laptop off of the stage.
Or at least to change the interface from mouse and click to physical buttons, knobs, sliders and keys.
I prefer to work with hardware, but it is unwieldy, sometimes difficult to set up, and frankly kind of a luxury item compared to the unlimited iterations of VA in my laptop.
Where it really shines is patch creation. I cursewording HATE trying to make a patch on a virtual synth. It takes forever!
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