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Subject: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
Original Message Date: 12-Sep-02 @ 07:08 PM - MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
- Yamaha RS7000
- E-mu Proteus 2500
- Roland MC-80
- Akai MPC2000XL
I currently have Logic Audio (PC) running the Virus, Nord, uQ, Machinedrum, and EXS-24.
My live PA configuration would hopefully be a hardware MIDI sequencer driving the synths, and MIDI sync'd to the Machinedrum.
FYI - I've used the RM1x for a few years and while it was OK, I had a big issue with it... when switching patterns ("Styles"), it never switched to the next Style cleanly - there always seemed to be a bit of a delay.
Please comment on my evaluation of these units below.
I checked out the Proteus 2500 and RS7000 at Guitar Center yesterday. The P2500 seemed to switch patterns (i.e. when I initiated the "next pattern" manually) quite cleanly, however, none of the demo sequences were 4/4 and were of different tempos, so I couldn't tell for sure if it was a seamless transition. I believe the P2500 OS on their display model was 1.17.
On the other hand, the display XL-7 had a very noticeable delay/stutter when switching patterns, even when they were of the same tempo. I found this rather disturbing. The XL-7 OS was 1.00, which I have heard was bug-riddled.
Then I tested the RS7000. like the RM1x, it switches from Section to Section flawlessly. But when you switch from Style to Style, there was still a noticeable sonic gap between the two Styles, albeit shorter than the RM1x. Note - I had the quantize pattern setting in Global set to 1 measure.
Now the MC-80. I've never played with an MC-80 and have no clue if it switches from pattern to pattern seamlessly or if it even has the facilities to switch patterns manually. Anyone here have the MC-80? The MC-80 is quite expensive, so it better have some razzle dazzle or I'm going to pass right over it.
And the MPC-2000XL. It has the "Next Sequence" button and everything. It would seem the MPC-2000XL is ready to do switch patterns (and perhaps entire Songs?) live. But I've never been able to try it out... Anyone?
Message 31/38 18-Sep-02 @ 06:44 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
I do hard trance around 140 to 150 BPM. With arpegiations at that speed you better not be even a 64th or 128th note off in timing... it shows, and even the slightest bit out of time drags the energy down, puts a swing on the beats, you can't hear that it's out of time but you can feel it. And so can they!
Message 32/38 18-Sep-02 @ 10:30 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
Ape - How many songs you are able to save on your MMT-8's internal memory, and how long are your songs on average? Also, still wondering if you have the grey or black MMT-8's?
Craig - I'd rather not haul around two RM1x's, that's like a coffin case with a couple 1200's. I can't fit a coffin case in my car without some serious interior bruising. :-/
Message 33/38 18-Sep-02 @ 10:43 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
Message 34/38 19-Sep-02 @ 01:19 AM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
Message 35/38 19-Sep-02 @ 07:25 AM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
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That's the stuff right there. I love my Pelican case. I wish they'd do 19" rack stuff.
Message 36/38 19-Sep-02 @ 06:34 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
Thanks to Casparproject for that tip
Message 37/38 20-Sep-02 @ 08:01 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
They are pressurized as well for altitude! Popular with photographers! We have a large one that houses an RM1X, electribe, Nova and 2 little mixers, all standing on end! Brilliant...
Message 38/38 21-Sep-02 @ 11:37 PM - RE: MIDI Sequencer for Live PA
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