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quote:Originally posted by Angel On Guitar:
Since your post was back in September I'm sure you have it nailed but just for the record here is my approach
I am a professional solo act in Houston and do a lot of private and corporate events. Some are small (50 people or less) and some are large(up to 1200).
I use the Bose compact for the small gigs and my L1M1 (with the big round base) plus 2 B1s.
I used to produce all of my own backing tracks but it took too much work and I could never get the sound to be exactly what I wanted. Now I purchase custom tracks from KaraokeVersion.com. I can tailor the instruments and vocals I want and most tracks are very good.
I run a PC with Windows Media Player for the tracks and use MiniLyrics.com for the lyrics.
The tunes go from the laptop via USB to channels 4/5 on a Bose T1 and then to the L1 or Compact. My Line 6 JTV Variax guitar goes through a Line 6 POD HD500X and then to channel 2 of the T1 and my Shure wireless headset mic to channel 1.
I used a full PA for years until I upgraded to the Bose systems 4 years ago. Since then I have done latterly hundreds of shows and at every one at least one person will tell me how great the sound is.
Sometimes space is an issue at the smaller gigs and I can't get there separation I want but I always have the L1 behind and off to one side of me so I can hear myself.
Since I do almost 100% covers of virtually every genre from Sinatra to One Republic and pop to country, jazz, standards, and on my sound is critical to having a successful performance and Bose is the key to my success for the equipment piece of the puzzle.
Karaoke Version is the other key piece because without great backing tracks I can't effectively play the lead guitar parts and sing the lead vocals.
Just my take on Bose and Karaoke version.com. Hope you can use it.
quote:Hi! My first time on this forum. I can't thank you enough for all the good info you posted regarding the L1 and KV. I've been saving for the L1 and plan on getting it the end of this month. Do you have a notebook type laptop or larger? I have an IPAD mini and don't know if that would work. Approximately how far behind you is the speaker setup? I use a Shure wireless mike and don't want feedback worries. The whole setup description is very helpful. I'm getting the ToneMatch, too. Again, thank you!!!
Used to create tracks from manipulated online MIDI files run through a Kurzweil PC1 and a Roland Fantom XR. Found a great resource in Karaoke-Version and converted most of my material over to files from there.
Used backing tracks to augment a 3-piece, duo, and now a solo act. The tracks allow us to take on material that would not otherwise be possible with instruments like horns, keyboards, etc.
Video of solo performance can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZjA8oYOL3o
Between the quality of the BOSE, sequenced lighting, and the general control of volume & balance, club owners and patrons seem to really enjoy this mode of live music presentation.
Sorry moderator, this is just too precious to let sit there, but with regard to "To track or not to track?" ...if Rush did it, who am I to question the process?
This is not opinion, but most lighting for touring groups has gone the way of sequencing. Outside of jam band applications, performers are following a program.