Sunday Synths
on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 2:41pm
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 2:41pm

I want to have our keys players start using more software synths on Sunday mornings (or maybe one hardware, one software). I'm thinking of using Mainstage with like Addictive Keys and ideally omnisphere. How are other people running key sounds on Sundays?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:35pm

I don't think the mainstage trainer wants to hear how I run my soft synths on stage... ;)

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Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 10:38pm

When I use softsynths I do one of 2 things:

I have a nice pad that I've built in Ableton and when I'm running tracks I keep a MIDI track with that pad in monitor mode so I can play it via midi from my Nord Electro HP.

When I'm not running tracks, I use a pad or synth in Mainstage (stock sounds)

Often I simply wire up my Alesis Micron for pads. I bet that Omnisphere would inspire me to try some new sounds but 9 times out of 10 I don't use much beyond a thick analog pad.

Anything that does unpredictable stuff (long attacks, weird progressing filters, etc) often feels like it's too much for me to pay attention to while I'm trying to lead the church vocally.

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:38am

, you gotta make me a believer! I see the main benefit of running in Live as being able to add automation throughout the song for sounds to change. Apparently that isn't enough to get Hillsong United to use Live over MS though ;) I do use Live though, so don't think I'm hating -

, is your team consistently using two keyboards then? One for pads and one for piano?

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:39am

Rofl apparently putting an at sign links directly to Twitter, so I'm definitely showing some random love to people on Twitter with that last post hahah

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:08am

Hey Kyle, if I use two keyboards in my set up, that's what it is usually -- pad and piano. Or I'll do a keys / synth lead combo. I just like the space to be filled a little more than what a basic piano does. Of course it's always nice to have a guitarist take that ambient role if they are good at it, too.

I'd say I have a 2-keyboard set up about 30% of the time. I run tracks/loops about 60% of the time. The other 10% I'm just playing keys or we have a second keys player.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:51am

I'm pretty new to this stuff and recently got started using Live intro. Is there any way someone could post how to setup a keyboard to run a program like Omnisphere and how you exactly use it. My wife uses a Nord stage 2 but we have no idea how to incorporate the laptop that I see done so much. Or even what the automation does in Live as mentioned. Or post a good link or resource that shows how to get started doing this? Thanks

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:10pm

I run 2 keyboards both midi controllers. I run my usb to the computer off stage. I use touch osc to make sure everything is working fine from the comp and map any controls I need to the buttons on my keyboards. Using an axiom 61 and a axiom pro 49. I also have a Kaos pad that I use for builds in songs with a white noise sweep effect. I run that into a interface offstage running into mainstage. I also have loops control (volumes) setup to a korg nanokontrol. Keeps the setup looking simple and not too much on stage but having everything available. I'm using only internal mainstage sounds plus a few massive sounds. I would LOVE to run omnisphere, saving up a little now to buy it. Cool oart is if you have multiple people playing or multiple sites you can keep it the sam everywhere, just have a huge base of songs and add them for each week.