I have in my mind the perfect setup for my live gigs (hoping to start again soon…).
I recently switched to Mac and GigP, I need some hints to see if there is a good way to build my gig.
Requirements: midi keyboard controllers, audio board with a couple of stereo outputs.
Reason for that: I need a local monitor couple just close to me: on little stages guitar players use their amps and I never have a way to listen from PA in a good way.
Also with a guy on the mixer, during concert guitarist raise their volume and I am without my keyboard output monitoring. So a way to check volume on my monitor is mandatory.
Until now I used my NI Kontrol audio 6, driving a couple of little monitors from headphone output, a good way because there is separated potentiometer, so I have good control.
It s not perfect because this output is not balanced: with some lights on some stages, I got a lot of noise.
Best way should be a balanced output. A lot of audio boards have it, but very few with a separated potentiometer.
With two potentiometers I could play only on monitor while playing, leaving PA choices to mixer guy.
Another good way could be driving second output could with a MIDI CC driven on my controllers using GigP.
But I have some issues with GigP: this can be done easily on a rack view, but it implies making a control on every rack, I have a lot of them.
A good way seems to use two instances of GigP: one for my setlist racks, and one for general audio outputs and monitoring, but it adds some complexity I don’t like.
Is it true that a future version will have a “concert rack” common for full setlist? It would be my perfect thing…
Another option is to buy good audio board with double stereo output and software to drive it, new Audient id14 mkII or Evo8 seem to allow easy management of second output. This can be done in hardware or with some device software.
Any hint from you guys here?