Safest way to use MIDI keyboards on stage

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  1. Thames

    Thames Member

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    Hi guys

    Im relatively new to the whole MIDI/keyboard thing and I have a question :

    - What is the safest way to use MIDI/keyboard on-stage ? I mean, in a case where a keyboardist has a laptop (running Reason), with an EDIROL USB midi interface, and a Roland EP-7 keyboard (standard old-school midi port). The question is mostly related to the WINDOWS-based laptop... you never know when Windows will crash or something...

    Is there any "dedicated box" in which I can push the sound banks or whatever, and get rid of the laptop ?
     
  2. torgeot

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    yeah, there a lot of hardware sequencers you can use, many keyboard workstations have a sequencer built-in so you can upload a midi file and play right from the keyboard.
     
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    It sounds like he's not talking about sequencing onstage, he's talking about the sounds on the laptop - soft synths...
     
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    Not sure what's available, but at the very least you'll want a voltage regulator for all your digital stuff. One brown out or spike and you might be kissing your equipment goodbye.
     
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    There used to be a ton of hardware tone generators out there, you can find them used if you look around. Maybe not the same sound quality as the software-based programs of today, but they were getting the job done on stages and in studios for many years.
     
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    I would not trust a Windows machine for dependable performance in that type of situation. I speak from experience. If you're playing your local bar it might not be such a big deal, but if you're on a national tour it's a different story.

    Minimum, you want to run them on a Mac laptop.

    If you really want to "go pro" with it, this is what you need: http://www.museresearch.com/products/index.php
     

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