Originally Posted by shaft9000
I have to wonder... if you think you need 32 tracks then what are you prepared to do when some of those tracks (inevitably will) fail while playing live? Even a hardware setup has failures, too. Contingency and the ability to improvise successfully in the face of disaster is a much more important skill for future success than making gear-buying money-saving decisions, imho.
I agree with a lot of what you are saying! An artist is more responsible for a given sound then the sound itself, I think anyway.
My point is that most otb sequencers kinda suck, to be honest. The majority are one midi out / 16 tracks. Sysex / nrpn support is spotty at best. I used an mc808 to sequence exclusively for 2-3 yrs before moving to logic. Logic is leagues better for me, it really is hard for me to imagine going back otb. There is the genoqs stuff, and thats about it.
I agree hw fails. In the studio, my stuff regularly goes down for the count. Nice thing about analogs w/no patch memory though. off/on, and WHAM, back in business, no o/s boot up time (on some).
I at some point would like to do open mic at the local coffee shop. this was my plan: have 2 ableton laptops tucked under desk, invisible to audience. laptops are joined via usb switcher, which connects to motu midi. Control exclusively via midi controllers on desk. use a usb switcher between laptops for laptop->midi out->synth control, and a midi router for midi controller->midi in->laptop.
laptop 1 -> usb1 -> usb switcher 1
laptop 2 -> usb1 -> usb switcher 1
usb switcher 1 -> motu midi interfaces
motu midi interfaces - > synths
laptop 1 -> usb2 -> 2x2 midi interface
laptop 2 -> usb2 -> 2x2 midi interface
ableton live controller 1 -> midi router 1 input 1
ableton live controller 2 -> midi router 1 input 2
midi router 1 output 1 -> laptop 1 2x2 interface input 1
midi router 1 output 2 -> laptop 1 2x2 interface input 2
midi router 1 output 3 -> laptop 2 2x2 interface input 1
midi router 1 output 4 -> laptop 2 2x2 interface input 2
midi router setup to send inputs on input 1 to outputs 1 and 3
midi router setup to send inputs on input 2 to outputs 2 and 4
on the live setup part, have an ipod shuffle with explosions and laser sounds queued up on repeat/random playlist. Put that on track 1 of the live board, muted
then if laptop 1 goes down for the count, unmute track 1, hit the usb switch, wait for the midi interface to reconnect, remute track 1 and back in business. since all controller activity is duplicated across both laptops, both should be in the same playback state.