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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 10:04am

In the Rack:

Furman Power Conditioner

Radial Pro D8 DI

Motu 828 Audio Interface

M-Audio 2x2 Midi-USB


Pedal Board:

aBility Controller for Ableton Live

w/ ext. foot switch

Boss TU-2 Tuner

LR Baggs DI

SNES Controller used to trigger Ableton Cues.


Friday, July 22, 2011 - 4:43pm
Matt, What is the function of the nintendo controller exactly? Its funny to think of super nintendo and Ableton working together! Thanks!
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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 10:20am

i get that question a lot.


1. I use it to play super mario bros on my computer. 

2. I have it set up to trigger MIDI notes through Ableton. I use the buttons to Trigger Vocal cues for the band. Currently, they are set up to trigger a cue that says "ONE" or "FOUR"... stating which chord we are ending the song on. 

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:54pm
And you can hit those buttons with your feet???????? insane, would love to see that in action. And as a side note, thanks for all you are doing in the world of loops. You are the person who has pushed me over the edge to start using them! Waiting on my ability controller (hopefully baron is getting better) and cant wait to to get to using the loops ive made! Any words to wise when it comes to integrating this technology into worship would be great! Keep up the innovation and God Bless!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 7:25am

Thanks Paul! Be sure to keep up on our blog. That's where most of our real world experience and insight regards loops comes out!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 2:48pm

thanks man.. i'm glad you jumped into the loop world. 

I actually have the controller set up to only trigger 2 buttons. All of the small buttons on the right all trigger the same function. All of the directional buttons trigger another function. That way, I can't miss it. :) 

glad you are a part of the community!

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:23pm
In the rack:: Juice Goose power distro Motu 828Mkii for I/O and MIDI Shure PSM900 IEM's Ultra DI-Pro for routing clicks and loops Everything else:: Signal Chain:: Standard Telecaster electro harmonix Pog2 Iabnez Tube Screamer TC Electronics Hall of Fame Reverb Line 6 M13 (volume, delays, reverbs, modulation and tuner) Boss OC-2 for bass stuff Electro harmonix Hum Debugger Powered by T-rex Fuel Tank JR. Loop:: aBility controller M-audio expression pedal for loop volume
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:10pm

A PSM900 on top of a behringer DI?  oye....

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:12pm
Hahahaha I have my priorities :)
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:22pm

Here's a pic of my pedal board from last week.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:23pm

btw, the Lysol is probably the most important component. :)


Monday, November 28, 2011 - 6:22pm
So hows the soft step? Is it worth having both? Advantages over the aBility???? Your thoughts oh lord of the loops :)
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Monday, November 28, 2011 - 7:43pm

I'm enjoying the softstep... It was a little tricky at first to figure out progamming, but once it's programmed it works like a charm. We made a preset that makes the controller function just like the aBility. Currently, I'm using the softstep to control band director cues, and the aBility to launch the loops. pretty cool combo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:54pm
Hmmmm, so soft step is usb right? I only have 1 midi port on my motu and the ability takes it. I can see having a fixed set of cues either vocal or like ambient pads for different keys (like one for A, and G and C etc.) always set could be really useful. SOooooo enticing!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 9:09am

yeah, you can use it to run pads as well. It's USB and works like a charm.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 5:29pm
Ok so dumb question of the day....if you trigger something from the soft step will it not interrupt what you have already cued from the ability controller? I am not the smartest when it comes to ableton, so how will both tracks be running at the same time????
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:35pm

good question. the softstep is triggering individual clips, no scenes. I have the clips set to Toggle mode, which essentially turns them on and off. You can do that while another track is playing.

The only other complication you could have would be if you are trying to assign a MIDI note that has already be assigned. There are 127 notes available, so I have the softstep set up to use notes 90 - 127, and the aBility uses 1 - 90



Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 11:13pm
Leading at the Mars Hill Gospel Coach event, nice little over head of some of my gear :)
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Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 7:08pm

looks great paul! nice kick drum too!

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 11:34pm
Hahahaha stole the idea from you and Gungor!!!
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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2:05pm
My view on Sunday morning...
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 7:05pm
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Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 10:18pm

andrewwalker, what is the silver knob right next to your laptop?

Monday, February 20, 2012 - 7:33am

It's an apogee duet with the breakout box.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 - 3:24pm
I am a huge fan of Apogee stuff, and it is definitely the most stable interface I've ever used.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 10:00pm
I'm curios to hear how you are using the Duet. The apogee hardware seems very solid but I don't see a lot of people using it live. Just wondering how your experience has been and is it worth the money they seem to be pretty pricey. Looks sweet tho and they sound great.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 9:45am
I do a lot of music production and mixing so I mainly use it for that at home. It just made sense to use it live as well since I already had it. The breakout box works perfect for that, so I can leave the stock cables plugged into everything at home.
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Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 9:34pm
Here's my live rig: M-Audio Keystation Pro88 w/Auturia Analog Factory Keys M-Audio Firewire 410 for Tracks/Loops Stereo feed and click seperate to monitors Yamaha Motif and Korg Triton Sound Generators MacBook running Reason 6 and Ableton Intro I mix everything on the Yamaha MG12/4. I use mains for keys and Subgroup out for loops. Click runs directly to the monitor board. Everything is MIDI chained. It's bee a lot of work but it works really well. Hope you all like? thanks AKidd pianoman112
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Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:27pm
Wow that looks intense, but it is sweet to see what others are doing. What are the rack mount units you are using?
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Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 1:22pm

I see a TAMA metronome... why aren't you using the Ableton click?

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:49pm
Hi there :-) Who makes that nice looking rack with the pop up laptop riser? It's very cool. :-) - Daniel Synthmandan 07-05-12
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:50pm
Hi there :-) Who makes that nice looking rack with the pop up laptop riser? It's very cool. :-) - Daniel Synthmandan 07-05-12
Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:55pm
Hi there :-) Who makes that nice looking rack with the pop up laptop riser? It's very cool. :-) - Daniel Synthmandan 07-05-12
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:17am
Here is my modest rig.
Friday, July 20, 2012 - 11:18am
Right on!!!!!!
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Friday, July 20, 2012 - 11:40am
I love that combo Keyboard stand/Music stand! Do you use Reason For The Midi Controller, or running loops?
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Friday, July 20, 2012 - 1:08pm
Thanks! I bought that second tier for my Z-stand for a second keyboard, but I tried it and I really can do everything I need to with just the Axiom, so I built that little wooden shelf to go on it. Until I scrape together the funds for Live, I am using Reason as my keyboard rig, and also to playback some loops that I've made.
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Friday, July 20, 2012 - 9:00pm
IN THE RACK: Technical Pro Power Conditioner Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 Behringer Rack Mixer Drawer Hardware: Macbook Pro 13 In KMI Softstep
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 4:31am
i dont undertsnad why your not cntrolling evering with the 12 step man. seems it could do it all and you would have one foot switch. but i know your setup works fr you and thats what matters
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 10:42pm
Redesigned loop rig. Custom parted out board from other DIY boards. Power strip mounted underneath. M-Audio Profire 610 Interface KMI Soft Step BBE Acoustimax Boss TU-2
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Friday, August 3, 2012 - 3:26pm
Harvest Students Orlando Loop Rig: My Macbook Air (Running Logic Pro) (We Now use Ableton Live) MOTU 828 MKII Power Conditioner (With LED Pop out lights) Rack Drawer Akai LPD8 (To jump to different sections of a track) SKB Enclosure 3U Rack (With Laptop Holder) Really Long Snake Cable My most favorite thing about this setup is we don't need a DI, Since the MOTU's outputs are balanced! Makes life a whole lot easier! Looking to get a KMI Softstep some day, but as a keyboardist, The LPD8 works just fine!
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Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 12:51am

LOVE seeing these rigs.

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 1:39pm
Hey there Matt. What is the rackmount case you are using here in the first photo? Where you happy with how it stood up on the road? Thanks a lot man
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Friday, January 4, 2013 - 12:24pm

It was an SKB rack... i think 4 space ?

I used it for 5 years and LOVED it.... Highly Recommend. I brought that thing everywhere and flew it all around the world.


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Friday, January 4, 2013 - 8:11pm
+1 for the SKB rack.
Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 10:29pm
Matt, Thanks for posting pics of your rig. I've seen your youtube videos about your rig and I'm wondering how you travel to different place and set up you in-ear mix a each new venue? Can you walk me through this or send me a link where you have explained this?
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:23am
Not sure how to embed this... but here it is anyways!
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 2:22pm
Loop Rig - POD HD500 - Labels are on magnetic tape so they can move around MacBook Pro M-Audio Profire 610 Fishman Aura Spectrum DI (imaging off) Boss TU-2 Boss DD-5 Boss FS-5U Boss FV-50 UE Triple-Fi's Altoids box (for picks etc.) Ableton Live Logic Studio Reason 5 On-Stage Laptop stand (going to get a new one because this is a pain to setup every week)
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:38pm
Are people not big fans of running loops straight through from beginning to end? The way the loop community loops are made? I feel like I dont understand what all these loop controllers and ridiculous gagillion dollar rigs are for. I'm not the most tech savvy person in the world! Thanks
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Friday, February 1, 2013 - 4:19pm
Some people like freedom to launch specific parts of a song in-time so as to have a more impromptu performance. If you have a multi-button foot controller, you can assign each button to a different part of the song so you could jump back to verse 1 at the end of the song or jump to the ending bridge all on the fly. I personally don't think it's worth it. I might repeat a section of a song on the fly, but I'm definitely not jumping around the song randomly live. Plus, it's just another thing you have to think about - you have to press a button before every section of every song.... I use Mainstage to kick a song off from the top. It runs its course, and I can repeat a section if I need or jump to the next section live.
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 4:43pm
I'm not really one to make huge changes to my loops. I may start off with a chorus or two to start the song, but that's about it. I don't want to be tap dancing all over the place for each verse/chorus. I just really needed something that I would be able to launch loops easily, as well as make going back and forth easy for rehearsal. Mostly, I needed an electric guitar rig, and did not want to spend "ridiculous gagillion dollars" on an amp, pedals, etc. :) The POD is a good mix of the two; I get my guitar rig that sounds good enough for what I do (even Lincoln Brewster uses it exclusively), and I can launch loops from it. All in all, I think it comes down to personal preference. You can get by just using an iPod and going song to song. Or, you can get super technical like Matt McCoy's rig. Do what feels comfortable. You may have peace of mind knowing you just go from start to finish easily. But not being able to change the song on the fly might make one uncomfortable as well. [stepping down off soapbox]
Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 12:03pm
HAHA no soapbox at all man I appreciate it. I just am really trying to find my own style of doing things. And when you're on a church plant budget its not always the easiest so anything helps!! Thanks!
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Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 7:02pm
Im with Kyle. In my experiences, the spontaneous parts of songs usually happen at the end. Usually no need for tracks at that point. Also... developing a really good team of musicians starts eliminating the need for tracks. I, personally as a keyboard player, try to eliminate the need for tracks by coving all the needed parts. Most of my tracks I post are what I personally play live on stage.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 10:23pm
Loop Rig: Gator Case 4U Rolling Rack (with rear rails installed but not used yet) Furman M8-LX Power Conditioner Presonus 1818 VSL Audio Interface Radial ProD8 8 Channel DI Belkin 4-Port Powered USB Hub (allows for only 2 wires to go to MacBook - power plus a single USB) HOSA TRS Color Coded Patch Cables (x8) TPLink TL-WR700N Wireless Router (for creating networks to use iPad / wireless MIDI control) Computer: 13" MacBook Air 8 GB Ram / 512 GB SSD / Intel Core i7 2.0 GHz Processor Ableton Suite 8 Reason 6.5 East West Goliath Sample Library Control: KMI SoftStep M-Audio EXP Pedal (for Loop Volume fader control) Monoprice 50 FT Powered USB Cable
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 10:35pm

Love the rig . Those Radial PROD8 are insanely durable. I've had mine now for 5 years, travel non-stop with it and have never had a problem.

Good conversations here above about Loop parts or full length tracks. I trigger my loops in sections, but that's also because I don't tend to use loops that are created for songs specifically. I tend to use loop beats and elements that I layer on top of each other for different sections of songs. But there are also cases (especially more recently), where I will run a full length track for the song. I think most worship leaders would agree that you end up doing the song the same way every time you play it anyways... and if you do add a spontaneous chorus, it's usually at the end of the song anyways when the track is over. Full length tracks (like we offer on LC) are really helpful - especially to keep the band on the same page with the vocal cues. Everyone knows where they are going - no excuses. 

If you were to see my master Ableton set though, you would see a mixture of everything. Some full length tracks, some broken up into parts, and some with electronic loops elements that are stacked on top of each other for layering. 

Don't let all of these pedal boards and gear scare you away from Loops. These guys are just music nerds who like to geek out :) I'm one of them. I think it's fun using controllers and using technology in worship. I was getting bored just playing acoustic guitar.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:11pm
x2 on being a music/gear nerd Matt!
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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:38pm
, I want to pick your brain - Why not consolidate all songs into roadmaps and not have to worry about pressing a scene launch button every time? I can definitely see where you are coming from if a lot of your songs are just in chunks, but I would be tempted to do all song roadmaps going forward so I could get rid of the on-stage tap dance. Plus, then you could have automatic vocal cues for every song (with room to flex on the fly). With your rig, don't you have to press a button for different cues, since your loops don't necessarily cover ever section of the song? Adding follow actions is a pain, but IMHO adding a few minutes to each song setup time > having to press buttons on-the-fly and losing total vocal cue automation.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:17pm
Just condensed my board. Heres the new layout :)
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:11pm

Paul... you are nuts man. 

Kyle... For the songs that I launch different scenes / sections, I dont use vocal cues. However, I've done it before where I import vocal cues and turn the clip quantize settings to NONE. That way, when I launch the scene the loops wait 1 BAR but the cue fires right away.

I haven't roadmapped them just because I enjoy jumping around... I see it more as another instrument that I can play with my feet :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 11:56pm
Nuts?......Ya a little! And I agree with the playing a seperate instrument thing. I enjoy clicking each section of the song, and for the parts where it might be too much for me I will just write the loop accordingly to make it easier on myself.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 8:27am
Makes sense, Matt. The one-shot vocal cue sample is definitely a good idea too
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:37am
I am the worship coordinator at rock city church in columbus, oh and drummer and i play bass, and program ableton....i think my ableton set up is probably the easiest...i have a macbook pro 2.4 8 gb 500hd with ableton 8.3.4 i mount my laptop on top of the my headphone amp...which is a 4 channel behringer ...that is awesome! its takes xlr and 1/4" in...i only use 2 from the laptop i use a 1/8" to 2 mono 1/4's...right side goes into the headphone amp and left side into one side of a 2 channel DI i then get the left side from the back of the headphone amp with a patch cable into the other side of the DI..and i use an alesis control pad to trigger everything this way i have control of my own ear mix...and i can send click and loop to FOH and he can send it around so total with the 2 channels of ableton i use 10
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:49pm
Hey Matt or anyone with a 4U SKB case Did could take your 4U SKB case as a carry on or did you have to check it?
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 1:29am
My standard travel rig is a backpack with laptop, clothes and hardware. SKB case with rack gear. Never had any trouble refusing to check it.
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:51pm
Great stuff from everyone, no doubt. For a worship leader that's literally just getting into loops (just started looking at loop community last week), what THE ABSOLUTE ESSENTIALS to get my live rig going? I already have my MacBookPro on order, and I have a Korg MicroKorg synth that I can use for some MIDI controlling, but otherwise I have no idea what I need and what I need FIRST to start getting the ball rolling on loops live. Thanks.
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 3:06pm

Hey Caleb. 

Take a look at some stuff in our training center under loop basics. Most of the videos are very short and they will fill in a lot of your questions.  Click the 'training' link at the top of the page and spend some time there!

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 3:17pm
Great, thanks!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:17am
Mike, I'm still not really clear on what gear I need to get going as far as playing and controlling loops live. I wasn't able to find many videos on that. On the other hand, I love the videos on Ableton with McCoy. Just after two hours i feel pretty solid on doing the basics of Ableton, and I think I'm sold Ableton over Mainstage + Logic or another DAW. Thanks a lot.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 9:18am
Mike, I'm still not really clear on what gear I need to get going as far as playing and controlling loops live. I wasn't able to find many videos on that. On the other hand, I love the videos on Ableton with McCoy. Just after two hours i feel pretty solid on doing the basics of Ableton, and I think I'm sold Ableton over Mainstage + Logic or another DAW. Thanks a lot.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 3:24pm
Hey Everyone! I keep a blog on my gear and stuff. Loops, Keyboards, Guitars, Personal. Check it out! I show how i create loops and trigger them, also give Loopcommunity Lots of Shout outs!!! Enjoy! My rig though is. KMI Softstep with LC Preset>Macbook Running Ableton>To Profire 610
Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:57pm

Hey Caleb.  The basics is as simple as this:

  • A stereo 1/8th to two mono quarter (TS or TRS) cable. This hooks up the headphone out from your laptop.
  • A pair of direct boxes. One for the click, one for the loop. Plug the stereo 1/8th cable into this.
  • Then, hookup these two lines to your sound desk. One gets routed to the band's ears, the other to the ears and the house.

That's it. You can use keyboard shortcuts to trigger the loops in Ableton. If you don't have Ableton, you can make a playlist in iTunes as a starting point.

Hope that helps!


Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 1:57pm
Finally getting around to post pictures of my set up. I use the HD500 to run my electric Guitar through. I use the softstep controller with Ableton Live to run the loops (0=stop, 5 I made a fader to control volume of pads under every song, 4 turns on and off the click, those are universal on all my banks). I use Presonus audio box 22vsl then into Radial JPC. I use a Radial J48 for my acoustic. Very happy with the set up.
Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 5:01pm

Looks good....except for that Dell..... :D

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 7:32pm
Nice Jab . . . It is what the church gave me. :) Love the versatility this set up gives me. I have only been leading with loops 2 months now, but I am amazed how quickly our teams adapted, and how much it has helped us even in that short time.
Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 8:03am

Yes - and a great reminder for me, and everyone that it's not the gear that matter but the deliverable instead!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:50pm
ANy idea's on how to mount my Focusrite Scarlett AI and my Presonus HP4 in the rack with my Furman Power Conditioner? They're not wide enough to be mounted regularly.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:52pm

Large, industrial velcro. Get the 2 inch strips and do one at the front and back edges of the bottom panels (dont' cover any airflow) and they won't move.

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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 8:32pm
I will post a picture of my Rig on sunday. Here is my recording rig at home were i make all of my loops.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 8:52am
Here's mine
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 4:14pm
I just started using extra buttons on an HD500 to control loops. Previously, every week I had to drag out the macbook, power supply, presonus firebox, and direct boxes... hook it all up, and then pack it all back up after the fact. I was using a FCB1010, and figured the whole rig would be fairly large and bulky without packing it up seperately. I simply left the FCB1010 at church each week and packed everything up into a laptop bag. Now that I am using a POD as the controller, I wanted a better way to house the whole rig. I'm keeping it all seperate from my HD500, so that I can easily tote along the HD500 without the loop rig when I dont need the laptop. This is what I came up with: I've had the case laying around for years. I used to have tools in it. I had to repace the hinge system so it would lift off easily. Mounted in the back is a 4 channel DI box (I had to cut the rack mount ears off), but it fits perfectly. Underneath is the Presonus firebox, power supply for the mac, and a recepticle which is wired to the power jack mounted on the outside with a power switch. There are moveable divider/supports under the macbook which keep the firebox, power supply, cables, etc seperated and give the macbook a nice level surface to sit on top of. The lid has just enough padding to press firmly against the mac and keep it from shifting around. I just need to get some right angle 1/4" patch cables to go from the firebox to the direct box, so I can put the lid on it without unplugging the cables. I also want to get midi in and out jacks to mount in the side like I did with the power jack. These will go to my POD/Controller. For now, I just have midi cables in one of the compartments under the laptop, which I can pull out and plug into my POD.
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 12:58am
Nice ! Hope you are enjoying the POD setup. I know I do!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:04am
Hi all, Loving the pics of the rigs and getting plenty of ideas for the next upgrade! Here's my newly arranged rig in my new pedalboard. Loving having everything on one board now.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:02am
- Love the MS/ Softstep combo!
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Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:45am

Here is my latest loop rig for live solo shows!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 9:18am
I never get over seeing that guitar Matt! Its awesome.
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Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:09am

Ripped apart a piano from 1889 and installed some wires. :)

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Monday, July 22, 2013 - 2:25pm

Geez whats the story behind your acoustic matt?

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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 5:16pm

Hey guys wanted to post a picture of my rig!
I run ableton on the laptop in the middle. I have the APC40 that controls different portions of ableton. This way I can adjust my piano sounds and pad sounds on the fly.
The Akai EIE runs my sound out and the m-audio to play the sounds :D. Enjoy the picture!

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 4:58pm

Hey Everyone!
We're launching a #PICSOFYOURLOOPRIG on instagram! We want to show off your loop rig... post your pics here to be featured!
-Matt +

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:13pm

this is where everything happens before it hits my rig. its like, my rig before my rig.

Axiom 49 Gen 1.
Akai MPK25
M-Audio BX5 D2's
M-Audio Profire 610
Ableton Live 9
Giraffe Plush Pet Screen Cleaner
Western Digital 1TB Harddrive

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Friday, August 2, 2013 - 6:35am

Just been learning how to set up my pod as a controller like others have done, so pumped! Must get a pic up soon!

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Monday, August 5, 2013 - 5:45pm

Thanks !
If you guys want to post them on instagram rage them with a #loopsofyourrig we will repost too!!

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 12:19pm

My setup on weeks I'm playing keys/programming (we're a church plant meeting in an elementary school cafeteria so sometimes I have to go to drums or guitar, depending on need and availability) is this.

APC-20 for levels/triggers/effect chains
KMI 12-Step for pads/loops
MicroKorg for synths/bells/organ
Casio WX-P1 for piano/strings/B3 emulation
MacBook w/ Ableton Live and Komplete 9
Komplete Audio 6 for inputs/outputs

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Monday, August 12, 2013 - 4:43pm

Mainstage 3 on the computer.

M-audio Axiom 61 (gen2)

-running Piano/Pads/Strings/Fx
-pads for extra FX and Loops

Korg Microkorg XL
-running Lead pieces/FX
-Running Audio into KP3 into Mainstage
- Individual Volumes for each part of patch
-Knobs for volumes and cutoff

Korg Kaoss Pad KP3

-used to bank more pads and FX. Sweeping Riser for builds on the touch

Akai LPD8

Used for volume controls for individual sounds. Used for extra FX and Loops

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Friday, August 16, 2013 - 9:40am

Here's my fortress of solitude from last night's Night of Worship.

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Friday, August 16, 2013 - 9:41am

And the current home studio setup.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 7:43pm

Scottie! I love the Juno-60, my father in law has one and I love how it sounds! What modular synth do you have? I've always wanted one but they are so expensive.

Here is a picture of my humble setup from this weekend.

Our setup for tracking was SM57 and AKG414 on the guitar cab into A Designs Pacifica, into Apogee Duet, monitored with NS-10s. It's simple but it sounds great!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:19pm

Yes. The Juno is becoming my go to. It's so simple but yet so perfect for so many things.

I built my own with
They are mostly Moog clones and not a bad price at all when considering hand made in the USA.

I modded the Juno so it has MIDI 5pin I/0. I often use it as a controller for the modular which gives me 6 oscillators. I can get pretty close to that Oberheim sound. ;)

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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 11:23am

Scottie is a rockstar.....

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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 3:21am

My Rig:
Yamaha MO8 - Keys, Rhodes and E. Piano's, Strings, Clav
M AUDIO Oxygen 61 key Midi controller - Hammond B3 Emmulation through MainStage, Bass (for when the bassist switches to another instrument)
Yamaha Motif ES6 - Synth Leads, Horns including Brass section and Saxaphone, Flutes
13 Inch mid 2010 Macbook pro running MainStage

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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:27pm

Here's my rig after some updating

M-Audio ProKeys88 and Analog Faxtory Exlerpeince keyboards
Yamaha Motif and Korg triton rack modules
Presonus 1602 mixer for keys, loops and click
Psm700 in ears and DBX Iem in ears processor
MacBook Pro for Ableton/reason/analog factory use live
Softstep for firing loops and clicks.

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Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:28pm

Wide shot.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 9:17pm

Wide shot.

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 12:42pm

My acoustic rig....lovin Loop Community!

Rowland Smith
The Ascent Church
Colorado Springs, CO

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 6:19pm

Anthony, Love the StudioLive!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:18pm

Its still a work in progress!
Man I Love Loop Community and all that Matt and the guys do for us!

Just finished my custom keyboard stand w/ 24" monitor!!
-StudioLive 16.4.2 controlling all audio and In-ears , then sending 1 master feed to the old yamaha board in the back.
-2-QSC K12 Tops, 2-QSC 181 Subs
-Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 Interface.
mounted in a FatMax tool box! ( works great and can store all my chords extra mics, ipad mic stand mount, ect! and it rolls!
-Mac Mini running Ableton, Mainstage ( for keys) , Universal Control ( for studiolive) , as well as Presonus Capture! All at the same time!
- M-audio keystation 61 just for occasional keys ( I lead with Guitar most the time)
-PRS P22 Guitar ( Dual Output, Humbuckers and a Piezo ) totally amazing !
(I run the magnetic pups straight to my Pod HD500, I run the piezo through a TC Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX and then into the HD500. Dual tones are the bomb with a small band! Sometimes its just me and my guitar and a couple backup singers . Unbelievable acoustic tone! along with some pretty amazing electric tones as well! Oh yea forgot to mention I can kick in the VoiceLive GTX for some pretty amazing additional Vocal Harmonies to thicken the sound!
- For now Im using the POD HD500 for firing loops cant wait for LOOPTIMUS!!!

Loving it! everyday there is something new to learn. Thanks to everyone in the Loop Community
for sharing, I cant get enough!

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:20pm

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Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:23pm

more pics

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 8:24pm

POD HD500 &
TC Helicon Voicelive Play GTX

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:35am


Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 2:24pm

I've been here for awhile and finally got around to taking a pic of the whole rig!
This is my rig for both loops and guitars.

Eric Johnson Stratocaster
Sonic Research Turbo Tuner
Avid Eleven Rack
Rocktron Midi Mate
Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal
Pedaltrain 2

Focusrite 8i6
KMI Softstep Midi Controller
Furman Power Conditioner (hidden by pedalboard)
Macbook Air

SKB Laptop/4U Rack

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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:16pm

Nice rig, Sam. Love the consolidation of both those together (pedalboard / loop control).

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 4:31pm

Thanks Mike! It makes it super easy for setup.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 3:44pm

Hey all!!! Any more #looprig s out there? Let's see what you have created!!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 4:33pm

I may have a new pic and even a video here in two weeks. See if I can get a good video of running loops live.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 6:14pm

I just added a UA Apollo to my studio setup, been reamping softsynths through my preamp and some UAD plugins all day to fatten them up!

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Monday, November 4, 2013 - 4:30pm

Sorry I didn't get a video as I said I would above. It snowed a bunch and I didnt end up travelling to play so.... Maybe another time.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 9:07am

Keeping it simple....Softstep and MacBook spilt left and right to the system.

Guitar Rig:

- line 6 g50 wireless (one for acoustic and one for electric)
- HD500X
- JDV DI box

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 1:48pm

Can someone answer a question for me?

A lot of the interfaces I see guys using in these pictures have balanced outputs. For instance, Matt, you use 1818VSL. Since the outputs are balanced, why the direct boxes (Radial D8)? I'm not very informed on all this gear, but isn't the point of a direct box to take an unbalanced signal and make it balanced? If so, couldn't you use an 8 channel 1/4" to XLR snake and go straight from the interface's outputs to the board?

Basically, what benefit does the direct box bring since the signal (I think) is already balanced?

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 1:53pm

Direct boxes do more than convert from unbalanced to balanced. They also convert impedance from a line level signal to a mic-level signal. In short, it's best practice. There are scenarios when you don't need it, and there are scenarios where nothing will get hurt - but you need to know those things.

Things to consider:
- Are the mic-level inputs at your board equipped for line-level inputs. This is more than just the pad button...
- Is your snake a well constructed/shielded and in good condition? (breaks in the shielding or poor shielding may let the louder line level signals bleed into other lines)
- Does your rig need to travel with you and use other devices, which also must meet the previous two items...

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 2:15pm

Thanks so much Mike. I appreciate your help.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 7:09pm

Okay, here-goes. I set this up to take a couple pictures, so I didn't bother wiring it up.

In the pic:

Laptop runs Reason 7 (Full) and Ableton Live Intro
Nektar Panorama P4
Roland GI-20 (My Steve Vai Jem has a Roland GK2A pickup installed in it)
Propellerhead Balance (2in - 2out)
1Pad Retina (Runs Music Stand from planning center, or Sound Prism for Pads, or SampleWiz)

on the floor:
Ernie Ball Volume pedal
Digitech Whammy4
CryBaby 525Q

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 7:12pm

Oh, and in the rack is:
Mesa Studio Pre (Runs in POD HD500 Effects loop)
BBE362 Sonic Maximizer
Fender RT1000 Tuner.

I'm thinking of adding a Looptimus pedal.

I can't get all my gear in my pedal board. Not the prettiest setup I know, but I move this every week.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 7:13pm

Here's another view.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 7:41pm

Nice Ed! I have a P6 myself, no floor controllers though.

I've swapped out the MPD32 for a Livid Base (another awesome controller)

Up to now I've always played live with minimal rhythm tracks in Reason or from iPad, but I'm currently working to pre-prepare everything in Ableton.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 7:47pm

Oh also in my rack i have:

RME UFX, MiPro Wireless Mic and Wireless IEM.

and the most amazing IEM's I've found to date are these crazy $7 enhanced bass buds at Monoprice! They don't compare to my can's at all, but for stage use, in my opinion they are better than Sure E5's, Monster Turbine Pro Copper's, and anything else I've tried.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 10:29am

Nice Alan! They announced the P6 about two months after I bought my P4. I've been looking to upgrade, but it's a bit cost prohibitive for me right now.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 7:32pm

Basic set up;
Old Gateway laptop running Vista
Behringer 6 channel mixer
Ableton 8
Duesenberg StarPlayer+
Vox AC 30
Fulldrive 2
Boss C-3 Compressor

I'm 37 been playing music for 30 years, leading worship for 8. Felt led to get into electronic music and looping about 6 months ago and the church LOVES the sound. Should have some of my own arrangement loops available as soon as time permit!

Gonna upgrade to a MacBook Pro and Live 9 in 2 months

Be blessed,

Jonathan Moore

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 1:23pm

Now since Christmas is over I'm finally able to find time to convert my board (box) over to a loop rig. Couldn't find what I thought I needed so I built it. Has built in handles and recessed wheels.

Setup is:
Taylor 414
Artist Elite 6100
Voice Live 2
2 - Radial DI Boxes
Motu Ultrlite MK3
Mac Book Pro
Page Flip (Not Pictured) - soon to be done away with as soon as i find time to get Ableton to flip the pages.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 1:43pm

earlier stage

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:15pm

Hey gang,

So I know I'm a little late to the party, and I'm not the youngest guy here (my equipment kinda reflects it). But I wanted to share it anyway. This rig has been proven in the orchestra pits of musical theatre over the past 9 years. Rock solid and incredibly versatile. Where its still in beta is in praise and worship. Still evolving, I'm afraid. Here's the lowdown...

Macbook Pro running a combo of Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live and (experimenting with) Apple Mainstage, plus multiple VI's. Controller is an M-Audio Axiom 61, plus a Roland RD700sx (not shown). Rack includes: Yamaha Motif-Rack, Roland Fantom-XR, MOTU microlite MIDI interface and MOTU Ultralite mk3 audio interface.

What I love about this rig is its versatility. The interfaces and Axiom controller are bus-powered, so I could still run a set even if I completely lose AC power. The Motif gives me those incredible Yamaha pianos, and the Roland gives me 35 years of great synth sounds. I can run tracks of any kind, generate sounds from anywhere, -- Kontakt, Garritan, BFD, all the Garageband and Logic sound sets -- and I can run outputs in any config from mono to individual stereo outs on everything. The whole thing fits in the trunk and load-in is one trip. Overall, very happy with it. Just on the fence about my playback and main computer interface. Mainstage feels VERY promising.


Steve Hudgins
New Hope Adventist Church
Fulton, MD

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:20pm

Rack close-up

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 9:23pm

My software rig!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 11:33am

Here's my live worship leading rig.


Guitars: '52 Reissue Tele, 1959 Gibson LG-1, 1997 Les Paul Classic Gold Top

Guitar Signal Chain: Sennheiser EW100 wireless -> Ernie Ball VP Jr -> Dean Markley Tuner -> Biyang Analog Reverb -> Joyo Dyna Compressor -> Visual Sound Tremolo -> Line 6 MM4 -> Timmy -> Fulltone FD2 (vintage orange one) -> Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay -> Joyo AC Tone AC-30 Preamp -> TC Ditto Looper -> DI box -> PA

Ableton Setup: 17" MB Pro -> Stereo DI for click side -> Splitter box/other VP Jr on my board for click volume control -> other side of Stereo DI

Ableton Control: SimpleStep (homemade USB controller (qwerty KB chip, 8 momentary switches & a metal enclosure)

For most of our songs I'm building basic clicks and then using Shalon Parker's Pad Loops. It works great for us and since I have a volume pedal for the pad it really becomes another instrument on stage.

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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:43am

Packed pedalboard......

- Looptimus (new best friend!)
- Voicelive play
- ART mic splitter
- usb mini Behringer Mixer
- Radial Pro AV1 DI ( definitely one of my favourite items - can bypass everything and plug the iPad with Prime straight in and through to the desk when needed)
- 8 port powered usb hub
- NI Komplete 6 audio interface
- Seagate 1Tb portable hard drive in the blue case with all my soft synths and patches

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Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:47am

Top view of the above rig -

Macbook pro with MainStage 3
EWI 4000s wind controller
Behringer expression pedal
Small stage monitor on stand - hopefully soon to be replaced by IEMs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:23pm

Finally got around to posting my loop rig.

-Mac Pro (with Ableton 9)
-Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2 interface ($99 and has 4 outputs)
-Looptimus (amazing midi pedal to fire off loops and pads!)
-Ernie Ball 6181 VP JR 25K Volume Pedal (I use this as my expression pedal for the Looptimus)
-Peterson VSS-C Strobe Tuner
-Boss RV-5 Reverb Pedal
-Boss DD-20 Delay Pedal
-Boss FS-5U Non-latching Footswitch (I use this as tap temp for my delay pedal)

We also use the Behringer Powerplay P16 system as our monitors. These are just like avioms except thousands cheaper and in my opinion... better.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:28pm

Here is a close up on my USB interface. It's a Native Instruments Traktor Audio 2.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 2:31pm

This is a close up of my pedal board. Normally you wouldn't use an Ernie Ball volume pedal as an expression pedal but I love the quality and sturdiness of this volume pedal. As long as you have a Y cable with a TRS and two TS's it works great! I also love this Peterson tuner because it doubles as my DI box for my guitar.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 9:44am

here's the latest

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:36pm

Paging Matt McCoy. If you're still using the stanton stand for your laptop, do you use the zip ties or have you figured out a better way to secure the stand and your MB? Just got one and was disappointed to see I had to use a zip tie to keep the thing upright. Otherwise an awesome stand. Looks like you weight yours with your pedal board?

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 1:52am

Here is the latest stage in the evolution of my rig. Thank you #mattmccoy for the aBility controller. So much better than the SoftStep! Next step: I'm going to add a Pedaltrain Volto and Keith McMillen 12 Step. I'm sure I will find something else to add soon enough.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:47am

Since I really just lead with an acoustic, my setup is fairly basic:

aBility controller
Boss FS-6
direct box

I run everything through an old Presonus FireStudio into Ableton Live on my MacBook Pro.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:05am

Hey Chad - interesting... I've never had an issue with mine standing upright.
Sometimes I have my pedal board on top of the feet, and sometimes I don't. The weight of the Laptop seems to hold the stand straight.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:56am

matt- I haven't had any issues yet. I've been putting my interface on the shelf and then putting the radial d2 on the feet it seems to add the weight necessary. Just worried about someone running past and knocking it over.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 10:07am

Hey Chad - Yeah... that is definitely possible! It's not rock solid.
I haven't had an issue with it yet - except for when I played at a youth conference and someone through a football on stage and it hit the computer. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:18pm

Built me a new pedal board in my dads wood shop to hold my
Looptimus and new dd-20!!!

Loving this Looptimus Pedal! Thanks Matt McCoy

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 5:20pm

Hardware get-up - which I intend to connect with a new Macbook Pro 13 Retina soon, along with the Focusrite Forte, Ultranova, and Looptimus. Very new to all this - so, will be engaging with the community a bit more once the Macbook is here and I've had a chance to put it all together. Christmas (services!) to get through first!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 2:08am

This is my latest setup but the MOTU might go. I've been having some problems.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 2:10am

Dual Looptimus!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 9:12am

Very cool!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 9:36am

I was hoping to wait until the Gator rack showed up...but..... decided to post a pre-lim pic of the new rig. I am having issues with the Presonus headphone that may get swapped out for a Rolls rack mounted amp.

In a nutshell... I'm using a presonus RM16AI rack mounted mixer... feeding a Presonus (or soon to be Rolls) headphone amp with 4 stereo in ear mixes. Once AVB function becomes available I'll have an additional 8 Aux outs.

Musicians can adjust their in ears via IOS.... FOH can be controlled VIA wifi on a Windows or Apple computer.

It has 16 Physical inputs with re-callable Pre's....with an additional 16 digital inpts via Firewire 800. Once the next firmware update will have the ability to use the SMAART technology for RTA and shooting the room Virtual sound check. I can run a sound check before the group shows up via recorded tracks.

We are a small portable church... I felt this was the best set up for us...we are now practicing with the same board we use at my house for practice..... Setup/teardown time will be dramatically decreased.

I sure love technology.. :)

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 8:13pm

My Easter rig (minus iPad running Prime):

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 12:38pm

Sorry for the dark picture. They were messing around with lighting while I was trying to snap pictures.

My touring set up.

Ableton for backtracks and click. Also controlling Pro Presenter
Korg Nano Pad 2 for controlling Ableton
Tama Rhythm Watch for a back up click, or if we do an unplanned song on the fly.
Behringer MA400 for In-Ear Monitor

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:39am

This is an old thread but a good one. Here is my contribution of what I am working with right now. Guitar changes week to week but the rest is pretty set right now.
Voicelive 3
iPad Air running OnSong
iPhone 6 running PRIME
Small 2 button foot switch to advance to next song and "Emergency Track Stop" - this is done by using Voicelive 3 CCs and Onsong to translate the Stop into a Midi Note.

This setup has been very good. I would like to have a little better electric tones from the VL3 and am hopeful that the VL4 will bring some freshness there, even if it's just IR loader and some real dirt boxes. Being a mobile church, this setup is so compact and easy to use I am sticking with it and it sounds great.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:40am

This is an old thread but a good one. Here is my contribution of what I am working with right now. Guitar changes week to week but the rest is pretty set right now.
Voicelive 3
iPad Air running OnSong
iPhone 6 running PRIME
Small 2 button foot switch to advance to next song and "Emergency Track Stop" - this is done by using Voicelive 3 CCs and Onsong to translate the Stop into a Midi Note.

This setup has been very good. I would like to have a little better electric tones from the VL3 and am hopeful that the VL4 will bring some freshness there, even if it's just IR loader and some real dirt boxes. Being a mobile church, this setup is so compact and easy to use I am sticking with it and it sounds great.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:41am

This is an old thread but a good one. Here is my contribution of what I am working with right now. Guitar changes week to week but the rest is pretty set right now.
Voicelive 3
iPad Air running OnSong
iPhone 6 running PRIME
Small 2 button foot switch to advance to next song and "Emergency Track Stop" - this is done by using Voicelive 3 CCs and Onsong to translate the Stop into a Midi Note.

This setup has been very good. I would like to have a little better electric tones from the VL3 and am hopeful that the VL4 will bring some freshness there, even if it's just IR loader and some real dirt boxes. Being a mobile church, this setup is so compact and easy to use I am sticking with it and it sounds great.