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Re: Thanks - for SOS, the various publications

SOS = life-changing.
by The ElfMon May 27, 2024 12:10 pm
Forum: Feedback Topic: Thanks - for SOS, the various publications Replies: 8 Views: 236

Re: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set

It sounds to me that you're using Cubase for live performance? VST Live is Steinberg's live performance host and control software. Released in 2022, and now in V2.0. As a Cubase user I'd have thought you knew that, but perhaps you don't read the newsletters? :lol: I know you love your Cantabile, to...
by The ElfSun May 26, 2024 9:15 am
Forum: Live Sound & Performance Topic: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set Replies: 14 Views: 359

Re: Hydrasynth as a midi controller

:thumbup:

Glad to hear that. Typically with Hydrasynth the answer is 'yes' - it's just about knowing what question to ask.
by The ElfSat May 25, 2024 8:56 am
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: Hydrasynth as a midi controller Replies: 6 Views: 182

Re: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set

It would be worth considering in-ear monitors - even a humble pair of domestic ear-buds. Just a smidgeon of your own signal into them might be enough to help you hear your parts above the melee. For this purpose you don't need anything fancy, or perfectly fitting - just a little signal to help you p...
by The ElfSat May 25, 2024 8:44 am
Forum: Live Sound & Performance Topic: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set Replies: 14 Views: 359

Re: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3

I thought that odd too. Maybe this is a photo that wasn't originally meant for public consumption. It does look a bit hurried.

I can imagine the boss taking this shot and then deciding to get it out to the world.
by The ElfFri May 24, 2024 2:04 pm
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3 Replies: 507 Views: 18K

Re: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3

(In case Behringer take to reading this thread...)

PLEASE, for sanity's sake, consider releasing a new version of the VC-340 with one of those 4-octave keyboards on it. I'm so sick of twiddling that octave up/down switch.
by The ElfFri May 24, 2024 11:25 am
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3 Replies: 507 Views: 18K

Re: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3

New teaser pic. VCS3, Jupiter 16, Korg polys of some persuasion, PPG and (yawn) Junos.
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by The ElfFri May 24, 2024 7:54 am
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: The Behringer Keyboards 'n' Stuff Thread #3 Replies: 507 Views: 18K

Re: Hydrasynth as a midi controller

By default Hydrasynth sends NPRNs from the Macro controls, but you can go into Macro Assign and allocate each knob to any MIDI CC you like. AFAICT HS still sends NPRN as well as its assigned CC, though there may be an option to turn that behaviour off - time to dig into that manual. Or you could fil...
by The ElfThu May 23, 2024 9:39 pm
Forum: Keyboards & Synthesis Topic: Hydrasynth as a midi controller Replies: 6 Views: 182

Re: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set

I suspect you're overthinking this. I've never for one moment considered 'normalising' my sounds across a live set. I set up my levels in rehearsal and I go with it - and I use Cantabile under Windows - which makes it simple to set levels for each instrument (in reality I created my own mixer rack i...
by The ElfThu May 23, 2024 9:23 pm
Forum: Live Sound & Performance Topic: Normalizing VSTs Across a Set Replies: 14 Views: 359

Re: Slim 88-key (weighted) MIDI Keyboard?

The Novation Launchkey 88 is pretty good, but if you truly want 'weighted' keys you're likely to find the 'semi-weighted' action lightweight at best.
by The ElfWed May 22, 2024 6:46 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Slim 88-key (weighted) MIDI Keyboard? Replies: 9 Views: 310

Re: Recording a band in a garage

What's the purpose of this recording? If it's just 'a bit of fun' then I'd be tempted to simply put a couple of mic's (or a hand-held) in front of the whole band - maybe tap the vocal mic. If it's about more than just a 'bit of fun' then it's to what degree you want to go. I'd start with getting the...
by The ElfWed May 22, 2024 10:49 am
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Recording a band in a garage Replies: 11 Views: 606

Re: USB-B v UCB-C for durability

In reality I've not found USB to be a huge problem for stage. The worst thing is the computer deciding it's never seen a piece of gear before and allocating it yet another suffix number. As you say, this is typically because you've plugged it into a different USB port. I just expect this now, and it...
by The ElfWed May 22, 2024 10:22 am
Forum: DIY Electronics & Studio Design Topic: USB-B v UCB-C for durability Replies: 45 Views: 793

Re: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric.

tea for two wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 5:07 pmhttps://www.soundonsound.com/news/ssl-r ... strip-plug
SSL Guitarstrip. Currently 19.99 Pluginboutique. (165 when released).
I dig the amount of stuff it's got going on in 1 plugin. I dig what it can do for Guitar sounds : Acoustic, Bass, Electric.

:thumbup:
by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 5:37 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric. Replies: 33 Views: 3029

Re: Mainstage 3 - volume/expression pedal

I can't help directly, as I don't use any of that stuff, but typically instrument patches have some sort of modulation system, and you will need to assign expression pedal to a volume control somewhere - I doubt this is anything to do with Mainstage itself.
by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 2:12 pm
Forum: Mac Music Topic: Mainstage 3 - volume/expression pedal Replies: 2 Views: 136

Re: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric.

SSL channel strip - I just use the compressor normally. My only other compressor is Reacomp and I don't like it. I can't seem to dial it in and its too apparent. The SSL compressor seems to be more transparent while getting the job done One of the few third-party plug-ins I would truly miss. The EQ...
by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 1:40 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric. Replies: 33 Views: 3029

Re: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric.

Aaron Straley wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 11:32 am Soothe 2 by Oeksound - Dynamic EQ, I like this on acoustic or anything harsh. Surprised no one is using this?

Plenty of bundled and free options around to not have to pay for that, but for something a bit more drastic the free Spectral Compressor is worth a shot.
by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 1:37 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear & Techniques Topic: Plugins of choice : Mastering, Channel strip, Voice, Instrument, Analyzers and Esoteric. Replies: 33 Views: 3029

Re: USB-B v UCB-C for durability

USB is a success despite its ridiculous array of physical connectors - not because of it. USB is about transmitting data such that receiver and sender both know what's going on - that's the success part - much as MIDI has done. When everything was USB-A/USB-B we had one cable to find and everything ...
by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 10:36 am
Forum: DIY Electronics & Studio Design Topic: USB-B v UCB-C for durability Replies: 45 Views: 793

Re: USB-B v UCB-C for durability

Now this is the kind of connector that inspires confidence.
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by The ElfTue May 21, 2024 9:05 am
Forum: DIY Electronics & Studio Design Topic: USB-B v UCB-C for durability Replies: 45 Views: 793

Re: USB-B v UCB-C for durability

i haven't met a USB connector I trust farther than I could comfortably spit it out. If pushed I'd take USB-B, with USB-C an uncomfortable second. As soon as I see 'Micro' involved with any connection technology I groan inwardly - it never bodes well. The USB micro connectors are ghastly. Then, of co...
by The ElfMon May 20, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: DIY Electronics & Studio Design Topic: USB-B v UCB-C for durability Replies: 45 Views: 793

Re: Learning easy strings for pop without signing up to get a PhD in music?

OK, ok I'm being a bit deliberate about this. I learned a lot of the 'rules' - I still sweat when I create parallel fifths! :lol:

But the one thing I've learned from the best is that a good ear beats a set of 'rules' every time. If it sounds right... :thumbup:
by The ElfMon May 20, 2024 5:51 pm
Forum: Music Theory, Songwriting & Composition Topic: Learning easy strings for pop without signing up to get a PhD in music? Replies: 23 Views: 569