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For questions about performing music in front of an audience, being it a concert, a recital, a show, or a gig.

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In live performance, what is a “monitor”

In discussions about live amplified performance, I have heard the term "monitor" or "monitor speaker" - what does this mean?
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Is redundancy used when live recording important performances?

From the wikipedia page about redundancy: [...] redundancy is the duplication of critical components or functions of a system with the intention of increasing reliability of the system, usually in ...
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How do you organize your set list for a gig?

To performers out there: What principles/guidelines/methods do you use when you make the set-list for a gig? How do you decide what order to play the songs, when to talk, how to deal with transitions ...
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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

I am a seasoned keyboardist playing mainly live gigs (Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop). I am very impressed by the capabilities of VST instruments, so I am wondering if it would be possible to use them in a ...
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How to stop performing and just experience the music and play naturally, when playing live?

I'm sure it happens to most people. You find that when you're alone you can play naturally and just be in the moment, but when you know someone else is listening/watching, you feel like you have to ...
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How can I automate the arming and disarming of tracks in ableton?

I am going to perform a song live where I have multiple patches stored across multiple tracks in Ableton. I have been looking for a way to automate the arming and disarming of tracks at specific ...
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How should I wire multiple speakers for a live performance?

I hope this is not off topic, and comes under the category: "usage of specific music software or hardware". I am new to this community but have used other communities before. I am playing live at the ...
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How do musicians synchronize with the playback keyboards/ambience when live?

Lots of times musicians especially in rock and metal bands, when performing live, they play over pre-recorded tracks that include keyboards/orchestras ambience or other effects. They always seem to be ...
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Stage presence for a keyboard player

There's a similar topic for guitar players here that has a lot of good general suggestions for everyone. However, being a keyboard player, I'm pretty limited on movement vs. guitar players or singers ...
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Are there any software to build and 3D simulate an entire audio visual live show?

I know you can mix visuals with: resolume I know you can create and perform electronic music with: Ableton And I know you can design and perform light shows with: Sunlite Suite. I also know ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for around 12 years or so, but never played in front of others while learning (minus family members or friends on occasion). Recently, I convinced myself to finally start ...
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When and why are IEMs used together with monitor speakers?

Following up on the question about what monitors are: When and why are in-ear monitors (IEMs) used together with monitor speakers? Are there situations where using only one and not the other would be ...
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What is the technical term for this type of (“rough”) vocals?

I know that this is not live, I believe this is a scene from a film, so of-course it would have been recorded and mixed in a studio and then edited in to the film. It sounds so nice and powerful! Can ...
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Live Loop Setup with Keyboard, Guitar and Mic with Boss RC-300

I'm in the process of setting up a live looping setup, I want to use my vocals, guitar, midi/controller keyboard (controller sounds triggered with a DAW such as FL Studio or Logic). I was hoping ...
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Does anyone else dislike when people clap after you finish playing? [closed]

Maybe it's my fear/dislike of being in the spotlight and general low self esteem lol but I would find it really uncomfortable if people clapped every time after I'd finish playing a piece (as in ...
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Recording drum machine and electric guitar on the looper during live performance

I want to record drum loops, and guitar loops, during the live performance. For example, I want to begin with guitar riff, loop it, and then overdub with sequence played on the drum machine. I wonder ...
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Connecting analogue mixer console to FL studio

I am to help edit audio in a live performance in which 10 microphones will be used but my audio interface only supports 2 microphones. I have an analogue mixer console that supports more than 10 ...
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How to prep vocals for a gig?

Okay I finally have the opportunity I have been looking for for a while, I'm going to be doing my first big vocal performance at a big gig (big in my bands opinion not in expert opinion) with my band. ...
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Vocal manipulation during live performance

I'm looking for a way to transform vocals of my performers during a live performance. The performers will be using 5 microphones in total and will sing together as a choir most of the time. I want the ...
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What's the best way to play variable-tempo samples live?

When I play with my band, I'd love to integrate background samples into our music. However, our group isn't fond of playing to a click track. Ideally, when a sample is to be played, we could dial in ...
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How to record a live show through a mixer with a scarlett 2i2

I want to record live shows which usually mainly includes 1 or 2 guitars and vocals. I have a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and the mixer is a Hybrid SM802MS. What would be the best way of doing this? ...
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Mic Placement for Live Percussive Guitar

Like the title says: Does anyone have tips for mic placement that will help pick up and project percussion (generally through a PA system). I'm beginning to get more into the "live performance" scene ...
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Safe to use XLR outputs on non-powered mixer into phantom power inputs on powered mixer?

I play in a band and for our p.a. Setup we have a powered mixer running into passive speakers. The powered mixer only has 4 channels and we want more. I've been given non-powered mixer with 12 ...
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15/8 blues playing live?

I am writing a bluesy piece. I tried a 15/8 and it works great. It sounds interesting but i don't think the band will be able to play it in that time signature. I was wondering if there is a good ...
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Rock Vocal Production - The Strokes (Live)

I am curious about the production on the singer's voice in this live performance and this live performance (the effect is similar). I'm sure you are all familiar with the vocal sounds of Is This It ...
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Ableton Live - Monitor automation or Midi Mapping

I'm trying to automate the monitor for a track in Ableton Live 10. I couldn't find automation for monitoring so I tried to use Midi mappings (with software Midi driver). The problem comes when I can't ...
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Focusrite Scarlett and mic preamp

I am going to purchase an 8i8 Scarlette Focusrite Audio Interface. I will be running the outputs from the interface to my computer via USB. My question is I'm not sure my Behringer dynamic mic will ...
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Task of the guy who reads the score and sits next sound technician at movie

Yesterday I was at a Lord of the Rings Live concert and I was wondering, what these two guys were doing. They were sitting next to the sound technician and reading the score and they were wearing ...
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Split point - Ableton live

I am a Grade I performer on the Keyboard and right now I am using Apple Mainstage as my performance tool. Lately I am feeling that i can get better performance on Ableton live, Since for my reaktor ...
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Cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds recorded into Ableton Live 9

I cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds and patches recorded into Ableton Live 9. Ableton Live 9 only records clean sounds from my guitar.
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control arranger track cubase with MIDI

When I learn my instrument or for jam I want to command Cubase in a "live" mode like Ableton. The only solution that I find is that create a arranger track. With this I can "switch" to different ...
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Splitting guitar signal and mic signal for recording in a live setting

I've read already some things about splitting signals here but im still unsure about how to make mine. So what i have is one acoustic guitar with an undersaddle pickup and a mic (K&K). Both ...
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Live set-up for electric guitar without any amp

I am pretty new to gigging using an electric guitar, and wanted to know if its possible to get a live sound without using an amp (I simply don't want to lug around my amp while going for open mics/...
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Daisy chaining a Harbinger 8 channel compact mixer

Can I daisy chain a Harbinger 8 Channel compact mixer to a Behringer XENYX -1202FX so I can get More channels?
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Removing 'popping' sounds & reverb in a live setting

I occasionally work with a college to put on concerts, they don't have very high budget equipment; 12 channel mixing board, 4 mics, 2 clip-on mics and some other equipment. I have an issue where I get ...
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Use saved midi presets without using a computer

I've got a novation impulse 49 MIDI keyboard, and I'd like to use it live with presets that I have created on logic, but it would be such a pain and also kinda dangerous to bring my macbook with me ...