Originally Posted by mikethedrummer
ipod? cd player? anything that you can send to a P.A, hit play, and play along with?
You may get bitched out by the 'elitists' who notice there is one of you playing one part yet many other parts are coming through the speakers
it's not only elitists who may feel cheated watching a show that is mostly pre-recorded
and the complaints may be based more on musical considerations than on 'ethical objections'
In this respect, there is no practical difference to the audience if the band is playing over a recording or a sequence programmed on a laptop. There is also no difference to them if you made the track yourself or bought it somewhere. In the end, it's just karaoke.
the true disadvantage of this type of stuff is its rigidity. For example, the inability of the artist to fine-tune tempos and dynamics on the fly to adjust to the mood of the crowd and the vibe of the venue. There is usually a stiffness to the whole proceedings.
I do enjoy watching people who use loopers. They too are "playing to a track", but you get to see them make the track in real time, and that is half the show.