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live performances

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:36 am
by tommygabriel
i recently went to see oOoOO, which was amazing. i was confused however as to what he was actually doing live and what he had prepared in advance. his setup included his macbook and another machine he appeared to be manipulating in real time.

any ideas as to what piece of equipment he was using besides his computer? and if anyone has any experience gigging, how do you typically perform? what should i have prepared in advance to play a show and what can i use to perform in real time?

any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Re: live performances

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:49 am
by SOVLS
he was probably using ableton and doing live edits with an apc

Re: live performances

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:56 pm
by tommygabriel
don't mean to sound dumb, but what's an apc?

Re: live performances

Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:38 am
by SOVLS
dont sweat it bro were here to learn
its an ableton controller meant for live performances
ableton is a dj/production software
http://www.akaipro.com/apc40/

Re: live performances

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:50 am
by tommygabriel
Thanks so much for your help. So what you're saying is that basically he had material prepared in advance that he basically "assembled" on stage?

Re: live performances

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:09 pm
by C/∆/T
When I saw oOoOO back in July it looked like he was actually using a NI X1 controller and some sort of small MIDI keyboard. The X1 can not only control Traktor but also Ableton or whatever you map it to control via MIDI. I didn't get a look at his laptop so I'm not sure what software he was running (and this was promoted as an oOoOO gig and not a DJ set) so it could have been Traktor using the new 'remix decks' thing for loading and triggering samples or something else. Sounded great regardless.

And as for the APC40/Ableton thing also mentioned in this thread: The APC is really good for live performance if you're going to be running Ableton since all of the knobs, faders, etc. are already mapped out for you in Ableton when you plug the APC into your laptop. I've done a live Ableton set using an APC a few times for my older projects that were more "dance music" in style and it worked great. Basically you reduce songs down to a bunch of loops or one shot samples. You can be fast and loose with that due to Abletons 'warping' functions - so I could usually make things within a +/- 10 bpm range work and sound good. And then, as you said, you're basically assembling pieces of songs and one shot samples, etc. during the live performance. I could combine 3 or 4 different songs of mine using this method and fade things in/out as needed - sort of like "live remixing" in a way. It takes a while to set a live set up since you have to create clips, samples, loops, etc. from your tracks and then warp everything to whatever BPMs you plan on running. But once you get all that worked out future live sets are really quick to set up.

Also, this guy had a really good tutorial on the Ableton / APC set up http://tarekith.com/ableton-live-apc40-live-pa-set-up/

Re: live performances

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 2:29 pm
by dµ5
I was using Ableton Live on the stage and even without a controller (just a midi keyboard), was sick. I was making all the songs just on it and mapped the keyboard from my pc, so, all the synthesizers could be modified on the fly, was amazing.
Now I'm using other "linear sequencing" software to make the sound itself, now thinking on ways to play it live. Good idea, C/∆/T.

Re: live performances

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:57 pm
by killsaly
THere are a million ways you can play live. How do you make your music now?
I am currently working on a live set mixing my NI Maschine/laptop (for samples/beats/sub bass) with a hardware synth (melodies/bass) (havent decided which one i want to use live), guitar/guitar pedals (melodies, drones, noise), and run it through a looper (new TC ditto one, I WANT/NEED).

BUT, if I can find new bandmates in my area, I would use a drummer playing as well.

Re: live performances

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:00 pm
by dµ5
I'm under a tracker-like sequencer (sunvox) on a laptop and an old trashy keyboard (Yamaha PSR 313). Isn't a nice setup but I'm working to improve it.
Last gig I played with a friend with a guitar (to make noises and melodies).
I'm using my keyboard for harmonies and melodies, and I sing sometimes.
But things get crazy when we want to play some "studio-only" track, I find "DJing" the only way.