Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video In-ear monitors, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
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…When click is used heavily in a show like this, the last thing we want is for…the audience to hear it, because we want to keep the spell.…So we need to make sure that the click is only heard by the people who…need to hear it, which is the band, and maybe some of the crew.…For that purpose, we use in-ear monitors and wireless backs that come with them.…These are provided to me by our monitor engineer.…Clip them onto my belt here.…Pretty amazing.…It creates sort of a whole other show in our in-ear mixes…that doesn't necessarily have much to do with what it sounds like to the audience.…
Because we need to hear certain things in order to be able to…perform the song properly.…And that might not be the mix that is ideal for the song for front of the house.…So, that's why a monitor engineer's job is so important.…Especially with in-ears, because they give you so much control.…Another useful thing about using in-ear monitors, or…sometimes headphones work just as well, is that…it eliminates some unwanted sound from the house on the stage.…
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