Posts tagged Synth

Mainstage 3 Synth: Optimizing CPU and RAM Utilization for Worship

Ever wonder why MainStage is running slow, or why you’re hearing weird pops or cracks, or why switching patches creates this terrible awkward pause in that awesome huge pad you were using to usher in the presence of the Holy Spirit? Yeah, me too. Here’s what’s going on:## MainStage CPU and RAM utilization Or “samplers versus synthesizers”… Your CPU is like the thinking part of your brain, and RAM is like the memory part of your brain. When you are trying to solve a math problem, your “CPU” is doing… Read More

Worship Synth MainStage Keyboard Setup

It’s been a while since I talked about the synth rig I’ve created for our team here at Harvest Christian Fellowship, so I thought I’d post a bit of an update.If you’d like, you can download our MainStage set and follow along: < p style=”text-align: center;”> Download the Set Background First off, you should know that I’m not typically the synth player. I’m actually the lead audio engineer as well as one of the two drummers we have, so I’m rarely behind a (musical) keyboard on Sunday mornings. My goal… Read More

Performance Drums/Loops Setup for June Rocks

Occasionally I get the chance to play some music. One of my favourite gigs is called June Rocks, a solid rock show put on by a small high school in Massena (Northern New York). Every year the students get to try out for the chance to sing any song they want backed a professional band in front of an audience of about 600. It’s a blast. My setup Every year my drum configuration evolves a little bit, and gets a little bit more digital. Here is what it looked like… Read More

Live Music (Part 2): Audio and MIDI Routing for Live Keys and Loops

This is part 2 in a series on setting up a system for live digital music production. Part 1 (on hardware) can be found here.## My Goal For me, the goal of my synth setup is to have an easy to use, stable and easily controllable synth and loops rig. Often times I’m not the one playing keys (I’m typically behind the skins), so I need my setup to be easily learnable. I don’t want to have to reach for my trackpad to mouse around and tweak settings in Ableton… Read More

Live Music (Part 1): Hardware Configuration for Live Keys and Loops

Over the last decade and a half I’ve had ~~a crap-ton~~ quite a bit of experience with music production, both live and in the studio. I thought I’d spend a few posts sharing a few of the interesting things I’ve learned, hoping it’ll be of some use to somebody else and that I’ll get to hear from the pro’s out there who do it way better!### Me Music production began for me when my parents let me put a drum set in their living room in around 2000 (when I… Read More