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    While I continue to wait on the Lord to bring the drummer I would like to start introducing some drum tracks into the worship service. I have a DAW on my home desktop with the Virtual Instruments and midi keyboard to create the specific drum tracks for a song. My question is now what. How do I, in a live setting, select, start, stop these tracks?

    My first thought is to put the completed tracks on a MP3 player and have it sitting on a stand/stool by me. I assume I can run an 1/8" - 1/4" cable from the headphone jack into a DI or powered DI and then feed it into the mixer. Is there a better way? Any help would be appreciated.
    Glenn

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    Originally posted by Hillsman View Post
    While I continue to wait on the Lord to bring the drummer I would like to start introducing some drum tracks into the worship service. I have a DAW on my home desktop with the Virtual Instruments and midi keyboard to create the specific drum tracks for a song. My question is now what. How do I, in a live setting, select, start, stop these tracks?

    My first thought is to put the completed tracks on a MP3 player and have it sitting on a stand/stool by me. I assume I can run an 1/8" - 1/4" cable from the headphone jack into a DI or powered DI and then feed it into the mixer. Is there a better way? Any help would be appreciated.
    When we use loops, we play them from a laptop. We run a stereo cable out to two di's. In the DAW, the drum track is panned hard Left, and the right channel has a click track. We have used garageband or itunes, but we usually only do it for one song in a set. If we were using them more, I'd want to get Ableton live, and then you can extend parts on the fly.
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      We're pretty much doing the same thing as Ben with our tracks (we use click tracks for a lot of our songs that have supplemental keyboard/guitar parts on them, as well as synthy drum loops). I have a program on my netbook that's designed as a podcasting/radio soundboard, but actually works really well for this. It lets me assign key commands and individual volumes to each track and then put them in order. I load up my set list and trigger each track as we start the song. Stereo split to two DIs. Works well for us.
      Eric Frisch
      www.ericfrisch.com

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      • #4
        Thanks for the posts. I just want to be clear that I am not using one loop for the entire song but a series of loops tied together to make a drum track. I don't have a laptop so I'm looking to make due with what I have. Do you think the MP3 player would work or will the quality be too low?

        My other concern has to do with how am I going to smoothly transistion from song to song as I sing/lead with my guitar? Certainly I would start off by introducing this for a single song and practice, practice , practice with multiple songs but I am looking for wisdom from fellow leaders. If this is a single song option then fine I will wait upon God to provide the resources for the equipment needed. Thanks for your input, it really helps to have such a large group to pull ideas from.
        Glenn

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hillsman View Post
          Thanks for the posts. I just want to be clear that I am not using one loop for the entire song but a series of loops tied together to make a drum track. I don't have a laptop so I'm looking to make due with what I have. Do you think the MP3 player would work or will the quality be too low?
          The quality would probably be ok, as long as you had your loops saved in a high quality format. I've used an MP3 player before without a problem. My concern in this case would be flowing smoothly from one loop to the next. With most MP3 players, there really isn't a way to switch from one track to a different one instantly, so you'd end up with a little hiccup (or a big one!) in your drum part when you switched loops.
          Eric Frisch
          www.ericfrisch.com

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            Thanks for the input, I'll approach the sound guys this weekend and come up with a plan for a single song.
            Glenn

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            • #7
              Originally posted by efrisch View Post
              The quality would probably be ok, as long as you had your loops saved in a high quality format. I've used an MP3 player before without a problem. My concern in this case would be flowing smoothly from one loop to the next. With most MP3 players, there really isn't a way to switch from one track to a different one instantly, so you'd end up with a little hiccup (or a big one!) in your drum part when you switched loops.
              Folks,

              I too use the laptop concept.

              I would encourage you and others who are wondering about mp3 players to check out APARAE drum software (APARAE: Performance Software for Drummers). It can specifically advance the tracks cleanly, hold volume settings for each track, and provide charts, etc, for your drummer.

              Forflex.

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