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Completely new to this - need basic information

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Jan 18, 2011 8:04 AM
Hi everyone

I've been asked to programme my own keyboards for a new show. I have complete control over what keyboards are provided. The show requires lots of rhodes and hammond sounds, plus some strings and synth. I was thinking of asking for a Nord Stage 88 (for the rhodes and hammond) and using logic sounds for the other stuff and putting everything through mainstage.

I'm completely new to all of this, all the shows I've done before have been programmed by a professional so I need some basic advice...

Where do I take the output from a Macbook Pro?

I did a show a couple of years ago where I was using mainstage and a plain Macbook. There was no output taken from the headphone output but both USB and the firewire port were being used. What had he done and what do I need to ask for to replicate this?

Any advice or explanation would be greatly appreciated. I just need to know what to ask the producers for. I imagine I'll need an audio interface, but at the moment I just want to know what a firewire drive is and how I get audio out of it?! I'm confused but a quick learner, please excuse my ignorance.
Macbook Pro, 2.66 GHz, i7, 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:31 AM (in response to Jazz Jasper)
    The Mac's internal $2 audio chip is not used.

    Depending on the setup you may not need an external drive as you aren't going to be streaming multi-track audio.

    So, a Macbook pro with a good sized internal drive and a Firewire audio interface should cover everything.

    I've played several of the touring Broadway shows the come through this part of the country, the Firewire audio interface that's used is the MOTU Traveler.(Mark of the Unicorn). It's a multi-input low latency interface that's extremely solid, you could use a USB 2.0 external hard drive for backup with a clone of the Mac's internal drive on it. The MOTU audio interface also has standard MIDI ports.

    It's possible the other setups you've used have a Firewire audio interface and a sepatate USB MIDI interface.

    I wouldn't recommend flipping the USB/Firewire duties, Firewire is more reliable as an audio interface, especially with the MOTU hardware as they use their own (not Apple's) drivers.

    Power PC G5 Dual 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, (Logic 8.02), Intel/Windows-7 Quad Core PC
  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:12 PM (in response to Pancenter)
    I should add... the MOTU Ultralight is also a good choice for this kind of work.
    Power PC G5 Dual 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, (Logic 8.02), Intel/Windows-7 Quad Core PC
  • littleeden Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Jan 20, 2011 4:35 AM (in response to Jazz Jasper)
    Yes, that will get the audio out from the Logic/Mainstage patches you are using - note, you don't need to actually run Logic, you just access the same sounds through mainstage, using software instrument channel strips in exactly the same way you would with Logic.
    Macbook 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4Gb RAM, Apogee GIO, Motu Ultralite Mk3


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