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Ensuring a good show with a backup solution

From: Reason and Record for Live Performance

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Whether you have a Mac or a PC, whether you run Windows or OS X, your machine could go down before, or during a show. Remember, top of the line doesn't guarantee that it won't have a kernel error, pinwheel of death, or blue screen of death during your show. Here are a few ideas for backups in case your Dell, MacBook Pro or Toughbook leaves you high and dry. First, you can keep around a backup laptop. Owning a second laptop that is imaged with everything you need for your live show is one way to go. If one laptop goes down, throw another one up, and get the first one looked at later. Just make sure that you test the backup laptop before the show.

Ensuring a good show with a backup solution

Whether you have a Mac or a PC, whether you run Windows or OS X, your machine could go down before, or during a show. Remember, top of the line doesn't guarantee that it won't have a kernel error, pinwheel of death, or blue screen of death during your show. Here are a few ideas for backups in case your Dell, MacBook Pro or Toughbook leaves you high and dry. First, you can keep around a backup laptop. Owning a second laptop that is imaged with everything you need for your live show is one way to go. If one laptop goes down, throw another one up, and get the first one looked at later. Just make sure that you test the backup laptop before the show.

You may even try rotating both laptops during band practices to catch any potential problems. Second, keep either a CD or an iPod with all of your backing tracks available in case worse comes to worse. Remember, we're creating one of these to level balance though. Level balancing is where you play all of the tracks back to back and raise the volumes or lower the volumes of each track until they're all about the same level. You don't want one song sounding louder than the other, unless there's a good reason for it. Also, try running a practice with the CD or iPod prior to the show.

Don't take any chances. It's your career, after all. Option three, you can also keep some backing tracks in your phone, because you know you'll have that with you. However, if you have to use your phone, remember to put it in airplane mode, prior to going onstage or during practice. You don't want your mom calling you during your guitar solo and destroying your groove. Option four, hardware synthesizers, keep in mind, if your computer goes down or is non-functional before the show, your software instruments go away as well. I always make a practice of keeping at least one regular synthesizer that generates its own sounds, incorporated into my library.

That way if I have to use a backup CD or an iPod, I'm not standing up there pretending to play. It's not fun. Also, if you're worried about the computer completely dying during the performance, have your CD, iPod or iPhone queued and ready to go with either a dedicated sound guy that you know to queue it and to hit Play, or just have a portable CD or MP3 player onstage with you connected where you can queue it yourself if the worst happens. Above all, remember, hardware is always dying, so don't let it stress you out and don't take it personal.

However, if you don't prepare for the worst, you've really only got yourself to blame.

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Reason and Record for Live Performance

36 video lessons · 4713 viewers

G. W. Childs
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  1. 1m 51s
    1. Introduction
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 22m 53s
    1. Choosing the right laptop for stage performances
      4m 47s
    2. Ensuring a good show with a backup solution
      2m 22s
    3. Picking the right audio interface
      3m 28s
    4. Understanding the importance of latency and hardware buffer size
      2m 18s
    5. Conserving CPU usage during live performance
      59s
    6. Getting the right stand and setting up the space
      2m 24s
    7. Choosing the right monitoring option for each band member
      4m 14s
    8. Reviewing practical tips for live performance
      2m 21s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding backing tracks in Record
      6m 19s
    2. Building a click track for drummers
      3m 5s
    3. Setting up separate mixes like click tracks in Record
      5m 22s
    4. Working with direct monitoring and automation
      4m 32s
    5. The Reason browser as a performance tool
      6m 15s
    6. Working with the Vocoder
      2m 25s
  4. 18m 20s
    1. Understanding the principles of Reason's ReWire using Cubase
      5m 28s
    2. Setting up Reason to run with Ableton
      3m 52s
    3. Reviewing the setup of a live rig with Ableton
      3m 29s
    4. Using ReWire with Pro Tools
      2m 27s
    5. Using ReWire with Logic Pro
      3m 4s
  5. 12m 4s
    1. Learning how to use Remote with your controller
      3m 16s
    2. Creating Remote overrides
      1m 18s
    3. Working with additional Remote controls for live performance
      2m 23s
    4. Using surface locking to assign multiple controllers
      1m 48s
    5. Setting up multiple instruments with Reason or Record
      3m 19s
  6. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding the Combinator
      2m 33s
    2. Creating a basic split-key patch in the Combinator
      3m 1s
    3. Creating a layered patch in the Combinator
      4m 1s
    4. Creating a song starter in the Combinator and performing an entire song from the Combinator
      7m 40s
  7. 17m 58s
    1. Understanding the NN-XT sampler and its role in live performance
      2m 49s
    2. Importing audio to the sampler
      4m 16s
    3. Creating loops for the NN-XT
      3m 7s
    4. Creating and editing an NN-XT split-key patch
      2m 50s
    5. Why and how to use the NN-XT's multiple outs
      4m 56s
  8. 1m 31s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 31s

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