Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Stage tour preview, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent (Preview).
The center of the operations is the computer. The computer is a MacBook Pro. I'm running Ableton Live. To send the signal into the computer, we need to establish our MIDI chain. So I'm a keyboard player. This is a keyboard controller that I use for most of what happens during the show. This is a Edirol PCR-500. It's just a controller. Doesn't generate any audio. In Ableton, any controller can do whatever you tell it to do.
And Ableton makes that exceptional easy. So, for example, I might use these for buttons to switch between sounds in the middle of the song. I might use this one or this one to navigate to the next song. In addition to the keyboard controller, I have a couple other things happening at my feet. This is a, 12 step by Keith McMillen Instruments, KMI. It's great to play some additional parts that are suitable for your foot. Moving on very popular expression pedal by Roland, a Yamaha sustain pedal, and a very simple USB foot switch.
They extend my capabilities in terms of knobs and buttons for this, it's just something that I can do in addition at the same time with my feet. So from these MIDI controllers, we arrive at this station here where we have a USB hub. It's a powered USB hub, which is very important when you have a lot of things plugged in. And this is how the MIDI gets into our computer system. To get audio into the house, we use these two units. These are MOTU Ultralite. I like them because they're a compact and solidly built and they have ten outputs, which is really cool.
Those inside this box are fed into a DI, by Radial. And comes out the other side, goes into a snake and into the house Matt and I work together to create, essentially a custom drum set for each song. And the electronic elements here are, of two kinds, one is acoustic drum triggers which are mounted on acoustic drums. And we have electronic drum pads and other elements. So these two drum pads by Roland and these two bars by Roland.
And from these triggers we come out and connect to these two units which are Roland TMC-6 trigger to MIDI converter. And that's exactly what they do. They convert the information that these triggers send to MIDI. That is then sent to me via these MIDI cables. And in this way, Matt controls a variety of drum sounds that are in my Ableton system on the other riser. 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. A similar thing happens, stage left at Toko's station. This is a Minimoog emulator called Voyager. And there's a guitar pedal board down here. She doubles on guitar and bass duties for Saint Vincent. Her pedalboard, is a bit simpler than Annie's, and 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 Toko's Moog. So when Toko's 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 connected via MIDI. And the center of the operations on my riser allows for incredible control of all the elements.
And let's us put on a great show every night.
We'll reveal the full course at the end of August. Enjoy this sneak peek until then!