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#1June 2nd, 2007 · 06:54 AM
117 threads / 88 songs
256 posts
United Kingdom
I've just been asked to do a gig... but...
I said no.
How the hell are you sposed to 'perform' live when its all done on FruityLoops?
I was well chuffed about being asked though, it means I must be doing something right...
It was to open for a electro band called Dragonette, http://www.myspace.com/dragonetteband in a club in Manchester at the end of June.
I'd like to perform eventually, but how the hell do I go about it? 
#2June 2nd, 2007 · 09:24 AM
128 threads / 44 songs
2,814 posts
Puerto Rico
When I lived in NYC one of my bands was industrial metal so we used samples written on cubase.The only way we had to include this on the performance was to take the PC and run it through the PA as we performed.Not sure if that might work for you.I'm glad to hear that you're finally starting to expand.Your very talented.
#3June 2nd, 2007 · 10:02 AM
340 threads / 59 songs
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United Kingdom
I have no experience of playing live with a PC but the scenario has been in my head a few times, because I'm also in the same boat, got voice but all instruments are on the PC!
You could get a Laptop and plug it in to the PA as Marino said, you could even plug in your MP3 player if you needed to perform!! A good PA system will boost and blend your sounds excellently.
#4June 2nd, 2007 · 10:16 AM
64 threads / 13 songs
669 posts
United States of America
First off, congrats!  It's a fantastic feeling.

You should work out a sort of routine to meld together for the crowd, play it and sing over it.

Make sure the laptop/PC you are going to use will hook up to the venue's system--ask them about this.

I hope you take it, and let us know how it goes.
#5June 2nd, 2007 · 10:42 AM
37 threads / 19 songs
618 posts
United States of America
Or you can
you can burn a cd and take a portable
cd player and run it through the p.a...
We bought our kids mp3 players a few
months back.. they now each have two
one gig cards for their players.. the
players are just little $20 units off
ebay...  but a couple of months
back, I had a d.j. gig that I would
have never  been able to do if it
hadn't been for those two mp3
players and  some of my lighter and more
portable equipment.. LD roadied it
all by herself, and together we put
on a pretty good show... each SD card
held close to three hundred songs..
and I had cataloged what I put on
each card... to between two players
I was able to keep music going
non stop through each set...
 what I'm getting at is burn your
music to cd... mp3 format will
allow you to put more songs per disk..
but you can get about eighteen songs
on a cd in standard wav format of
four and five minute songs... and
portable cd players are down to about
$7 - $10 and the cd/mp3 players are
around $20... depending on which one
 you get..  but with the cd players that
also read mp3 disks, you can keep a
four hour gig going with songs left over
on one disk.. 

hey, just a few ideas for you!!! think about
it though. these mp3 players we got for
the kids are maybe half as thick and just
a little smaller in size then the old style
pagers... the smart disks are no bigger
then your thumb.. get with one of the
guys - dj's at the club and find out what
specific audio cables you will need to
hook up to his system and you're off
to the races hun...  on the cd players
and mp3 players the headphone jack
are usually a standard 1/8th inch or
3.5mm and there are tons of all the
different adapters and such..  which
would get you setup and capable of
taking your gig almost anywhere..
portable is the way to go too..


Dan - Blueyes
#6June 2nd, 2007 · 12:44 PM
128 threads / 44 songs
2,814 posts
Puerto Rico
The only problem with the CD player is that it can skip due to stage volume or its been scratched(It happened to me before we switched to the PC, and it was bad). Maybe an mp3 player or Ipod could do better.You could  record the show as a full sequence(full length song with its different song parts)ad empty spaces through out in order to speak (thank you for been here etc,etc..).Time it ,practice it for performance flow and see if it works.I would also consider maybe witting a part for a midi controller even it is single notes here and there and work a sort of stage show type thing. You can also post on the pit about show concepts using PC or music player. In my opinion you can look at your lyrics and I would try to tie them up together as a story and then create a sort of performance art act to the whole story,almost like an acting musical monologue.
#7June 2nd, 2007 · 03:58 PM
64 threads / 13 songs
669 posts
United States of America
Marino wrote…
In my opinion you can look at your lyrics and I would try to tie them up together as a story and then create a sort of performance art act to the whole story,almost like an acting musical monologue.

Exactly.  I like the idea of the music monologue, it's what I was trying to get to but put it badly.

Second the problems with the CD player--it's happened to me as well.
#8June 3rd, 2007 · 01:20 PM
160 threads / 33 songs
1,964 posts
United States of America
MP3 program material
Load your music into a  player .... like a Ipod send it into the PA try to find one that  you can control...So if you need to or want to talk to the audience you can control the start of each song.    Program material is being done quite a bit by  name acts. ........Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson. ect.   Alot of the pop acts have the actual music and sets pre programmed so they sound exactly the same everytime. plus less people to deal with .
 I have seen several Christian  singers who have come into town and have had just there music done up on a cd that was fed into the PA ....all they had to do was sing along with it....went over pretty good too.
#9June 3rd, 2007 · 04:45 PM
50 threads
259 posts
United States of America
yes I agree Ipods would be perfect
for this and if you had the ipod right
by you you could just click next wen
you need the next song that way
you can flirt with all the chix in the crowd
ooo wait... thats me... you can flirt
with the guys i guess or the girls
whatever floats your boat!!
#10June 3rd, 2007 · 05:08 PM
340 threads / 59 songs
4,344 posts
United Kingdom
#11June 3rd, 2007 · 07:16 PM
117 threads / 88 songs
256 posts
United Kingdom
All great suggestions, but all seem to buying something or other with money I don't have, haha.

My dad seems to be showing a kind of interest in it all now though...and its my birthday next week, so we'll see! 
#12June 9th, 2007 · 10:44 AM
15 threads / 12 songs
171 posts
United Kingdom
Wow. What an oppurtunity to open for a signed act.
It's alot easier to get attention when there's alot around you at the point .

I presume you sing?

Well there's two extremes.
1 would be get an ipod and just stream to the PA.
2 would be to have your own rig. Full with in/outs and mixer on stage etc.
#13June 9th, 2007 · 12:04 PM
54 threads / 29 songs
1,552 posts
United Kingdom
The lack of money not withstanding, MP3 or mini-disc player is the way to go PD.
Everyone here seems to say it, and a few ppl have tried it successfully.  I use a mini-disc player with my own backing tracks (drums, harmony vox, and bass etc) - this works fine.  One bit of advice is that, if you're going down that route, give a 10 second silent intro to all the tracks so they don't skip any intro bits, and a 1 minute silence at the end in case you forget to move onto the next song and keep the thing running during any rapturous applause!!!  Also, don't overwork the stereo spread for a backing track.... it's fine for home stereo, but sounds get lost in a wide stage setting.

And finally, although you're not able to do this one...... CONGATs kiddo!  It's great to be asked, and you deserve it.
#14June 9th, 2007 · 12:19 PM
65 threads / 2 songs
1,062 posts
United States of America
Or talk the live band, you are opening for, into playing the music for you!!
#15August 20th, 2007 · 08:44 AM
131 threads / 114 songs
295 posts
United Kingdom
Most people that play live use the program ableton live, supposed to be very very flexible for live shows, and every artist ive ever heard of seems to use it, should look into that, would be a step in the right direction
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