Using Logic For Live Performances…

Think about it – everytime you sling Logic into record mode and make your fingers dance elefgantly across your midi keyboard, you are using logic not just to play back but also to record your live performances.

As we rely on editing, comping, quantization and editing so much, its easy to forget that this is live performance but effectively that’s exactly what it boils down too.

So, why not translate this capability to the stage?
The power in the current fleet of laptop Mac is such that you don’t even need to restrict yourself to just a single plugin either – Logic should comfortably play back even demanding single instruments without latency problems rearing their unwanted heads.

Of course, the vast array of third party AU plugins available today means that you can customize Logic to provide you with the soundest which befits your musical bent – just be aware that any third party plugin is likely to be slightly less stable than a Logic one for obvious reason so do some serious road-testing before jumping on stage.

One thing you might have not noticed is its ability to harm multiple channels at the same time. If you setup 3 software instruments, for instance and click the red “R” lights in their track name panes they will all respond to incoming midi data.

So, just like in main stage, you can setup master patches which playback several instruments at once. As you able to restrict the range across this instruments will play in the instrument edit panel on the extra left, you can easily setup keyboard splits too.

Of course, another major advantage of using Logic live is its ability to play audio back while a software instrument is been used for performance.

There are plenty of bands and DJs out there who want to be able to supplement a live set with sequence elements, perhaps takings from well known studio recordings and, without a fleet of keyboard players to painstakingly recreate each and every part, at least some of these elements would have to be run from the modern equivalent of a backing track.

As always, Logic has the answer.

Running a modern backing track is easy these days – simply setup audio track one at the top of your arrangement and load each backing track internet into the arrangement.

Last but no least, it’s a good idea to leave a few bar space between each one and to set a tempo change between a tempo change of each so that each tempo song is matched within Logic.

Surely using Logic on live performances might not seem as easy and straight forward as using other software such Ableton Live, but it is a very exciting alternative and for people who produce records in Logic and also people who love Logic huge collection of effects and instruments this is one mre option to consider when hitting the road.

Have fun, we love love using Logic when we DJ or perform live and I hope these tips helped…

Carlo is one half of electronic DJs/Producers/Live Performers duo Audio Impulsion. You can check Audio Impulsion videos on YouTube and Audio Impulsion music on MySpace.


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