Well, I did it. I’m no longer a frightened schoolboy. I bit the bullet and lost my hardware dependency this evening! Oh, I had a rack with me but left it in the van.
Just a MIDI accordion, interface, laptop, and powered speaker. And a microphone. All vocal processing was done in a Cantabile rack. I’ve spent the last two days building racks [with states] and testing. Tonight I live tested it on an audience. It went OK. They didn’t notice anything different
I have a bunch of tweaking to do to my racks. And I have a lot of prayers and wishes for the vocal processing so I may go back to hardware for that until I get happy with adjustments to the vocal rack in Cantabile.
The thing that was the most problematic for me was not having a MIDI controller to adjust individual rack/ instrument volumes on the fly. Other things need easier control, too.
Someone please recommend a MIDI controller with knobs, faders, buttons, etc that will work well for me. Doesn’t need a keyboard. That would have made it much easier for me. As it was, making adjustments took too much away from the performance. I’ll get it right though.
I at least found the goodness of performing with just a laptop, as well as the caveats that need fixing.
I’m on my way … Thanks for the help guys!