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There is no solution that does audio and video and light. It's very, very expensive and time-consuming to pre-produce an entire show. Aside from preparation cost, you also have to factor in that all the needed equipment should be brought on tour as well. Most touring DJs cannot afford this and also cannot permit to lock down their playlist. There are a few ...


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I'm going to say "yes, but not yet". While the technology to do this is beginning to emerge, it is currently a costly thing to arrange. The problem is simply delay time vs reliability. First of all, transmission errors do happen over any network you and I would commonly use, even over an office LAN. These errors normally have to be accounted for. When you ...


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As a percussionist in a percussion ensemble, I tend to breathe in at the start of a phrase or on the prep beat before a musical transition. I would breathe out after the tension resolves or after I've completed my part of it. Above all, breathing should feel natural. Don't always think that you have to breathe in a certain way for a certain piece, though I ...


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Excluding wind and vocal instruments, I would say precise breathing technique is probably not important for it's own sake. However... Breathing problems often indicate a more systemic problem with muscular tension, and this can definitely be an issue with any instrumental performance. Especially since, in your case, you seem to be switching technique during ...


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Where do you draw the line between synthesised and recorded? Acoustic Guitar -> Electric Guitar -> Digital Piano -> Synthesiser Keyboard -> Sampled Loops -> Midi Keyboard -> Midi Sequencer -> Simulated Guitar Amps (pedal or software) -> Musical Software Arrangement Would a top of the range digital piano be considered synthesised? What about an arp on a ...


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No doubt both are used, depending on circumstances. Having done some recording in both styles (sequenced/synthesized and live-performance) even with my mediocre performance skills and low-quality hardware, I've still often found performing to be less-labor-intensive than sequencing (to my surprise). If you can find any random half-decent instrumentalist it ...


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The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz. Everyman's Library Edition is excellent. This is an amazing book, not a history book, but a book that describes in vivid detail the emotions that inspired Berlioz's music, and gives a detailed account of what his life was like as a major composer in 19th century Europe. Most importantly, it is a very entertaining read.


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What is the minimum setup to use VST on a live gig, hardware- and software-wise (please supply a complete list, including MIDI and audio stuff etc.)? Hardware: Any system capable of running a plug-in host (PC, laptop, tablet, mobile). Audio and MIDI interface that is compatible with that system. Software: A plug-in host (the program that will host ...


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I don't have much experience in this area, but I can recommend Apple Mainstage, a $30 app for Macs that works with any number of MIDI controllers attached to a single Mac computer. Mainstage does everything you ask for in your answer except work with VSTs. If that's a dealbreaker for you, you will need to look for different software, unfortunately. Instead ...


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If you really want to understand how alcohol and caffiene affect the body then you need to take into account a great many things, and need to consider them rather as a stimulant and a depressant. There's an interesting point about coffee that it makes you perform better than without it... but only if you're a regular coffee drinker. The reason for this ...


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I play guitar and main vocals for a 3-piece rock band. Needless to say a lot of songs involve a solo and I needed to find a way of not having to song go "empty" when it gets to the solo. Essentially there's a gap in the sound where the rhythm guitar would be, as I move from rhythm playing to solo. I have settled on this : Use a compressor to up the ...


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Great advice above, My preference is to start playing in whatever is a natural mode for you. You should try using your mind powers to get into the mood you want on the amped/mellow scale. Then after an hour or so of adrenaline and sounds pumping through you is a great time to have a puff or a drink. Extensive exercise can get you stuck in a mode and a ...



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