I think I have the technical glitches down to just being a bit too ambitious with the streamed video format. It’s a lesson learned.
Thanks for all the kind words. Other than seeing all the messages of panic coming in(!) I actually quite enjoyed myself! It was a shame that the world didn’t get to see all the fancy light-mapping projector effects!
The organ was the Yamaha reface YC. I was playing this from the Hydrasynth keyboard, so was able to hold down a chord and use poly aftertouch to introduce Hydrasynth sounds under the organ chords. Once I’d completed the lead parts I switched off the organ percussion.
The whole rig is based on Cantabile, using a mixture of software and hardware instruments. In particular I have an 8-input mixer Rack built in Cantabile, controlled by MCU commands from an iPad running MIDI Designer Pro. This mixer is the heart of my rig. The fades/cross-fades were created from MIDI files played by Cantabile’s Media Player and curve-mapped to suit.
As far as instruments, I was using a combination of:
Kontakt (played from Kurzweil PC3K7) - Mellotrons (custom creations) and drums.
Stylus - percussion.
Enso looper - loops of Mellotron parts.
Equator 2 (played from the Roli Seaboard 25) - lead synth and fuzz guitar.
Best Service Engine 2 (played from an Elka MK76) - flute and voice.
Synapse Legend - repeating sequenced parts, bass drone.
Roland System-8 - pads.
HY-SEQ16x3 - sequences (transposed by NDLR) and automated chord changes.
Kurzweil PC3K7 - playing Mellotron sounds and manual chord changes.
Conductive Labs NDLR - drones and quantised chord changes.
Teisco S100P (lead vocal sound).
Moog Little Phatty played from iRig Keys Pro 37 (standing in for my MiniMoog, which is with the doctor).
Roland System-8 - pad and leads.
ASM Hydrasynth - leads.
Yamaha reface YC - Hammond organ.
Elektron Analog Keys - Korg Sigma lead emulations.
Synthstrom Deluge - sequenced parts.
Line 6 Helix (software and hardware) - delay, distortion, glitch delay, phaser.
Zoom MS-50G/MS-70CDR - delays.
Alesis MIDIVerb 4 - reverb.
Elgato Stream Deck XL - Cantabile control.
iPad running MIDI Designer Pro - Cantabile control and feedback (e.g. level meters from my mixer Rack)
Morningstar MC8 - looper control.
To pull this all together…
What I was doing was using the left side of the PC3K7 keyboard to send chord changes to the NDLR. The NDLR was aligning these changes to bar-start points and sending the results to its connected sounds, and to the various HY Sequencers, some of which were set to transpose. Some of the time I was in control of the chord changes, and in other sections an HY sequencer was in control of the chord changes to allow me to play freely over them. An HY Sequencer was triggering the drums.
State changes stepped me from section to section and bindings triggered any changes required, including fades.
The Enso looper was mostly under my control (also set by state changes), so I could record and latch Mellotron sounds in a loop as I played. The huge advantage of Enso is the way it can gradually fade looped material, like a long delay - something I’ve used my Helix pedal for in the past. I love layering loops of Mellotron parts.
I hope this all makes sense! It sounds much more complicated than it really is.