[ddots-l] Re: Using new Technology On Stage Such As The Zoom H4n

Could see that a computer setup would work even better than minidisk if you have a second sourse for music to come out of and maybe use earphone to listen to Jaws for info on folders etc. Try to find simplest way possible since there is always something that goes wrong for me when playing live so try to eliminate any variables. ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Fioravanti" <fioresq1@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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Dave: understand that the minidisk player are liked by the sighted musicians because you can reorganize the sets on the disks with little difficulty. When I worked the Casinos in New Jersey a few years ago at a location where there was little dancing but gambling, of the six bands that alternated, I would safely say that 4 used mini disks. I used a laptop with old cakewalk 9 at that time, and in fact still do. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Hillebrandt" <dave@xxxxxxxx>
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John, Its about same as having it on cd. I have jumped to songs not in the set, but with a little difficulty. Haven't been doing it super long but find it easier than messing around with a drum machine though and can add other tracks than drums so well worth it. Dave ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Fioravanti" <fioresq1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Dave: can you get around quickly on the mini disk or do you just organize sets before hand? In otherwords, can you call up a track (not in a set) quickly if you have to?
Thanks. John
----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Hillebrandt" <dave@xxxxxxxx>
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Hi Steve, i've got an old Sony minidisk and though have used other things for backup tracks and or backround music, keep going back to minidisk cause very easy to use and no waste cause can always record over minidisk. To me the quality is very close to cd. of course, where you hear the difference is when you use really good speakers and can then hear the flaws. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Wicketts" <steve.wicketts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Hi Phil,

Just popped in from out of the Sun.
Hey, this Sun thing is quite nice, shame we don't have more of it in England.

You mentioned, the Focusright Pro 24.
Would that sound card get rid of my Latency problem I'm getting on vocal tracks.

It's really off putting when you hear your voice coming back at you through the headphones slightly delayed. I'm using the Fast Track Pro and have tried several different drivers at 0 latency, still hearing a short delay on my voice.

Regarding old technology, my 1.3 gigabyte Fostex 8 track recorder that came out of a cave man's studio never had latency problems?

Didn't know what latency was until I got my computer although, to be fare, I love my computer when it works.
Steve W


----- Original Message ----- From: "Phil Muir" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, May 22, 2010 2:30 PM
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Steve wrote: Hi Nick,

A great example of the old technology sometimes being better and faster.

I performed last Weekend at an event where the other artistes were using MP3
tracks on memory sticks.

When I arrived their computer and sound system was already set up.
I started to set up my sound system, piano and my box of tricks that
includes, mini disc player, mixer, effects units and hidden in the mixer box
a Walkman cassette player.

I'd just finished setting up when one of the guys came over and said, "Have you got any background music as we are having problems with noise coming off
our sound card.

Phil replied: that's why when using a laptop on stage, I wouldn't personally use it's sound card. If you're going to use a laptop on stage then, you
should use a professional sound card such as the Focusright Pro 24.

Steve wrote: I simply hit play on the walkman and sound filled the room.

Phil replied: I use an MP3 player for background music as the sound isn't so
critical.

Steve wrote: Finally once the Laptop was working the first performer came on to the stage, they just stood there whilst the guy working the laptop tried
to find the first track to be played.
This awkward pause whilst tracks were found became part of the proceedings,
at least until my spot.

Phil replied: using a laptop isn't a bad idea as you can set-up playlists in
applications such as Winamp.  On the other hand, I have on very rare
occasions, had slight issues locating the next track, smile though not all
the way through a performance.

Steve wrote: I hit play on my mini disc and my show was floorless.

Phil replied: I don't doubt it.

Steve wrote: I don't know enough about mini disc specifications of sample
quality against
MP3 quality but, I'm sure I had a richer sound.

Phil replied: if the good people who were using MP3 were using higher
bitrates such as 192KBPS then, it's possible to achieve pretty good sound. On the other hand, it's likely that the converters sounded better in your
Minidisk as I think your using a professional machine.

Steve wrote: I don't think I'll be using a laptop live for many years.

Phil replied: I am not using one now here either. Using the ZoomH4N with 16bit 44.1 wave files mixed straight off the PC which, sound better than Minidisk or, MP3. I may even put those up to 24bit at some point but as yet, haven't had the time. BTW, am getting a mic stand adapter for the ZoomH4n later on this week. Will let you know how that works out for me.


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