99devils wrote:ScottDigweed wrote:Using rack modules that are intended for studio use in a live context (when you're the only musician performing) is not an efficient nor a safe way to operate.This is why I'm such a huge RM1X fan. The new material I'm working on will have me running an Akai S6000 sampler, a Nord Lead, an Access Virus, a Waldorf Rack Attack, and a CS1X all from the RM1X. Aside from actually playing parts on the keyboard (which I can do from the Nord or another band member can do from the CS1X), I can control all my sequencing from the RM1X - no hopping from piece to piece. I can also assign the knobs to control any parameter I need on any of the boxes I have - again, no grabbing for a knob on another box. I used a similar setup in 3lb. Mindtrip, but without the CS1X or Attack. I used one keyboard and the RM to run our entire show.
Sounds good. But really, you don't have MIDI latency issues with all that going on?.. I remember using all 16 channels on my old RM1x to drive a JV-1080 and Nordlead and I had some seriously sloppy timing, and I wasn't even using CC's... one (serial) MIDI cable has its limitations especially when you're trying to stuff an entire composition through it...A lot of people prefer to have self-sequenced boxes like the elecrtibes but I prefer the advantages of using only one kind of sequencer to sequence everything. I don't have to learn the quirks of three different boxes' sequencers this way. There's nothing wrong with using self-sequenced boxes, it just doesn't fit the way I work.
Totally agree. But what if you had a few RM1x's, or more along the lines of what I'm thinking, an EMX and ESX, or as Speedy J uses two SU700's? Then it's no more difficult, but with double the power and flexibility, especially for a live continuous uber-DJ mix... remember, that's a huge consideration for me and people like me that want to do it live...Obviously I'm a big fan of the RM1X, but I've also been pretty impressed by the Emu Command Stations' sequencing abilities, and they've got much better synth engines too (I don't use the RM1X's synth engine except to rough out parts quickly).
A couple of guys I know at another forum really love their command stations, too. I would be all over that box if I could import .wav's into it... even then, the PX-7 is compelling to me at only $500, it's a monster...As far as samplers go (you mentioned aliasing and whatnot with the 909)... You have to respect the overwhelming amount of professional musicians and studios who use Akai and Emu samplers over the other hardware boxes out there. The Kurzweils are really nice too, but pricier. I've used or had brief plays with a large number of budget samplers and for the most part I found they either didn't sound as good, didn't work as easily, or had a lot more limitations than an Akai or Emu. Even their lower priced and older offerings sport pro features like SCSI, multiple outputs, high voice count... They're pretty easy to use (I was able to set up a program on an Emu E5000 at guitar center without the manual), they're reliable, and they sound good. As far as I'm concerned, there's a reason why these two companies have pretty much unbroken histories of making good samplers back to the beginning or sampler history Roland has left huge gaps, and the mega-underpowered for the price SP-808 was just the first in a line of lame alternatives to the MPC-2000. They haven't made a good sampler in a long time. Korg has never made a good pure sampler.
Word. I do respect the fact that Akai and Emu are the frontrunners in hardware rackmount samplers. But not for my current needs and tastes. I need a box that I can load my own sounds onto and bang and tweak to my heart's content.