<font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Well, to me that seems like a monumental leap backwards.How about this as an addition to the wishlist for version 3 of Gigastudio: A keyboard? Only dreaming, but it would be nice to be able to just load a few instruments up and retain them in a keyboard that could be turned on without booting up the computer. Something about the size of the Yamaha S-90, with simple on-board contols (knobs?) for filters and ADSR. Am I the only one who want this, or does it seem like a giant step backwards?[/QB]
All you need for a great performance rig with Giga is a rackmount computer and a decent controller. I\'ve been performing live with this rig since GigaSAMPLER, and it works great every time--absolutely ZERO problems.
For the record, here\'s the basic live rig:
4-space Rackmount system:
Athlon XP 2200+, 1.5 GB PC2700 RAM, WD 120 GB HD (8 mb cache) x 3, Echo Layla20, SCSI, Firewire, USB, Ethernet...you name it, the box will talk to it.
In the rack:
Furman Power Conditioner
Echo Layla20 Breakout Box
DigiTech Studio 400 multi-FX
Alesis Studio 12R mixer
Audio Technica wireless receiver
FATAR StudioLogic SL-880
Yamaha WX-5 Wind Controller
Yamaha KX-5 Strap-on Controller x 2 (when I\'m feeling all eighties inside).
Roland PAD-5 (dirt cheap pad controller for percussive grooving)
Wired and wireless Audio Technica headset mics (depending upon my mood)
Various EV vintage stage mics (cause I love \'em), including RE-11s, 15s, and 20s; and BK-1s. Once again depending upon my mood and what kind of acoustic stuff I show up with--I\'m a trumpet/flugel player and percussionist as well.
So, when I show up for the gig, I put the computer on the ground, and set the rack face down (covers on) on top. Then, I pop the back of the rack, hook up my mic cables, run the mains out to house and MIDI ins (coiled in the rack and ready to go), run power to the computer (already plugged into the Furman and ready to go), hook up the Layla (cable coiled and waiting in the rack), then I flip the rack on its bottom.
After that, I just pop the front, run keyboard and mouse cabling (they\'re velcroed to the controller), run the monitor cable (cheap 15\" LCD), hook up the MIDI controllers and any pedals, and I\'m ready to boot up, unpack whatever acoustic toys I brought, and rock.
I\'m utilizing all the outs and a good number of inputs to the Layla, because when I\'m using Reaktor, I have several FX lines programmed into my live ensemble. So those are all pre-wired in the rack. I also have volume pedals feeding the four channels of FX in the Studio 400, so that I have good basic control of pre-fader FX lines (I have some vocal harmonizing stuff, and the basic delays, etc. here). The SRV-330 is in there post-faders to put a general glaze on anything that needs it.
I\'d like to do this with a notebook, of course, but actually when it comes down to the nitty gritty, that would only save me the rackmount and monitor from the overall rig. I have flight cases for both, so it\'s really no big deal to pack them. When and if I can cram 360 GB of disk drives into a laptop conveniently, I might get one, haha. But even with external drives, the whole PITA factor of a laptop plus externals (with spindly wiring) hanging off of every available hole makes me think the rackmount is still the way to go.
Certainly for a performance/price comparison there is no competition. The greater expense of the rig is really in the proper cases for everything--so that cartage is easy and straightforward, and the cabling is hardcore and ready to go. You can\'t show up on a gig looking like a chump. Everything needs to go up quickly once the gear hits the stage. I can go from loading dock to first note in about thirty minutes with this rig, which is not really any more time than any other keyboard rig has required. Less in some cases.
When I come back to the studio, I just slide the rackmount back into the IsoRaxx, where all my studio cabling is still hooked up. I also have an extra Layla20 in the rack for studio use, so I don\'t have to bother hooking up anything in the live rack at all when I return. I just put it up until the next live gig.
For me, this works. There is nothing like showing up to the gig with a full Giga arsenal and a bunch of well programmed soft-synths. It\'s a total blast. The ironic thing is that I spec\'ed this rig almost exactly three years ago, and other than processor and hard drive upgrades, I have not wanted to change a thing about it. It\'s the best live rig I\'ve ever had, and I know that it covers me no matter what kind of gig I have.