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7 years ago
After some months I'm still in trouble with this issue. We need to play live electronic background tracks and send metronome click (which can be also an audio track itself) linked to the tracks to our drummer. I don't need to play soft synths, I have an Access Virus TI Polar and some other analogue stuff to play live. Playing background tracks is something different. Actually we use a laptop PC (optimized for music use) with Ableton Live but seriously I'm not really sure about the reliability of this system, we have already experienced problems with this solution and without background tracks we cannot play, we have also used a Power Book laptop but the final reliability is very similar. I know that big professional artists use multitrackers for the backtracks (Alesis HD24) and some other devices for backup (minidisc or DAT for high resolution audio) to avoid problems if the main device fails during live acts, but I'm still not sure that this can be the final solution, the laptop is still more flexible and "easy to set". I would like to have more suggestions.
Yes, your suggestions are interesting. I need this unit only to play the backtracks live, all the editing operations on the track files can be done safely on my PC workstation in my homestudio and then transferred on the playback machine. I have no need of great editing capabilities I don't use the unit as a "recording machine" but as an advanced multitrack playing machine (we need at least 3 separated tracks per time: rithm, melody and metronome on separate output and sometimes we need to load more than one song on the same bank to be mixed up). Yes, in the past we have used the PC also as a MIDI controller for external effects but we can do this job in different ways: i.e., we can sync the playback unit with the laptop and use it as MIDI controller only, in case of laptop crash, without "realtime effect changes" we can play anyway without problems... As you can see I start thinking seriously about the recording/playing device, do you know KORG D3200 or TASCAM 2488NEO??? Do you think these machines can do my job??? Another critical issue is the audio quality, some multitrack recorders can manage 16bit/44,100kHz audio files only, now we are using 24bit/48kHz files for higher sound resolution, do you think this can do the difference on live performances??? Thank you very much for your support.
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