I perform live as a one-man-band (OMB) utilizing a fully software based system. This system must be effective, efficient, reliable and affordable to provide outstanding musical entertainment. This system must be competitive with alternatives such as arranger keyboards or other software/hardware based solutions. forte Ensemble does just that in spades and at a very affordable price. Their web site is:
You see my goal over the last year or so has been to put together a viable software based arranger system for live performances. forte was the missing link and in my view it has just arrived!!! forte now differentiates itself from other hosts - Audio In, Powerful midi implementations, Scenes, host DX & VST instruments & effects, etc. Plus it is an elegant single software based system - turn on the computer and start playing in 30 to 60 secs. It is easy to use, i.e., patches, styles, and setups are easy to change during live performances with the powerful Midi and Scene implementation. These changes can be made from your midi controller or computer keyboard (program & control changes, hot keys, etc.). In future, I may even switch to a touch screen to further enhance my control surface. Keep in mind that in an OMB situation, your mouth, arms, fingers and feet are all busy doing something. The demands are considerable compared to studio work or playing a keyboard as one member of a band. There is absolutely no doubt that forte Ensemble is very good musical partner and is up to the task.