Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Guitar stations and Moog bass, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
So let's move on to our next station. That will be Annie Clark's MIDI foot controller for her guitar. This pedal board downstage doesn't contain any audio processing gear, none of the pedals live here. But this board controls the pedals that are offstage. In order to free up the singer and let him or her entertain the audience and not worry about what's happening at their feet. I can take care of MIDI switching the patches from my riser. Using a long MIDI cable, that's all there is to it.
This batch switching can happen at the beginning of the song, or several times per song as may be required. Sometimes five or six sounds are involved in the same song, and it's great to jump from one to another. It gives you an ability to play multiple parts without worrying about being near your pedal board, or the timing of it. It's all taken care of on my riser. A similar thing happens stage left, at Tokro's stations. This is Minimoog Voyager, and there is a guitar pedaled board down here she doubles on guitar and base duties for Sentence.
Her pedal board, is a bit simpler than Annie's. And, it incorporates the pedals and the MIDI, switcher, right on the board there. This is a Mastermind by RJM, and I control it by another, MIDI cable that runs from my station. And the same MIDI cable takes care of me being able to play Toco's Mo. So when Toco is busy playing a guitar part, I can take over pick up the bass from my station, either with my feet or on my keyboard controller.
And this way, everything on the stage is connected via MiDi and the, the central of the operations on my riser allows for incredible control of all the elements. Guitar, bass, drums, all the keyboard sounds are coming from me, even some of the sound effects that are coming from Matt. Everything ends up back on this riser. And back in this system. Very simple and elegant, and quite reliable. And let's us put on a great show every night.
First, Daniel provides a tour of his setup, starting from his keyboard riser—the hub of communication on stage. With Ableton and a series of MIDI controllers, he's closely connected to all the other instrumentalists. Then he demonstrates the process of building a show file and creating sound presets for every song. Daniel also explains how to use the Drum Kit as a MIDI controller for drum sounds, and how to make program changes on the downstage Moog and guitar stations. Finally, in our interview with Daniel, he closes down the course with insights on what it's like to be a musical director, and how he balances technology and musicianship to bring ideas to life.
- Setting up the keyboard and Ableton Live
- Creating and using click tracks
- Creating song presets
- Switching sounds within songs
- Automating presets
- Working with Ableton drum racks
- Sending program changes
- Preparing audio stems for playback
- Audio routing
- Keeping things in check with line-check files and backups
- Insights on music and technology