It’s been awhile since I posted. I’m ready to dive back in the Cantabile program.
I have two keyboards set up on a two tier keyboard stand (Proline)… I’ve been search for a way to set up my laptop near my keyboards where I can easily access it. I tried a small table to the side but it doesn’t work for me. I looked at device that attaches to the keyboard stand but because I have a two tier stand it wouldn’t work. Can you guys suggest a setup for me?
This one is pretty nice - you have an additional small tray for your audio interface.
Or there is the one without the added tray:
Both work nicely and are sufficiently stable for my use. When stage space is tight (when isn’t it), I put my laptop on the stand and push it underneath my main keyboard (I play standing up) - I have a mini monitor velcro’d to my main keyboard attached to it…
Ok. I get it. I’ve been progressively reducing my load the past 2 years. Always looking for ways to improve my rig. So many years I used X-frames and Column-frames, too wobbly, but easy to carry. I went to Z-frame last year, and love it. but I am using a second tier, which makes it clumsy and heavy to transport. It folds up, but breaking it down to parts is tedious. Nursing a soon-to-be replaced hip, I strive to reduce gear weight, and trips from truck to stage. My friend Steve K helped with his great suggestions. I toyed with going to 1 keyboard controller and maximizing C3, but it will take quite a while to route and adjust from many years of multiple controllers. Plus, 2 keybeds for Hammond clones would be eliminated. A split might work, but I would have to go back to an 88 key controller.
A little late to the party here but I’ve used one of these for the past 7-8 years or so? Possibly the best piece of touring kit (other than Cantabile of course) I have as it travels in my hand luggage on flights with my Babyface and pedals and all i need from the venue is a mic stand… I don’t like having the laptop visible on stage so having something so robust gives me confidence that regardless of anything the laptop is locked in place and isn’t budging;
I admit it’s not cheap but totally robust and lasted me for years!
I also carry a simple mic stand tray like this;
There are plenty cheaper options but this has always been sturdy, and space for the Babyface with room to take the slack of the breakout cable without it tipping over.
I did a lot research on stands but somehow never came across the HyperMount QR. That looks really well designed. I ended up connecting a Gator Framework quick release mic stand adapter to an On-Stage MSA5000 laptop plate that has a female mic thread underneath it. I zip tied my interface underneath it along with a 4 port powered USB hub, laptop power adapter and a small power strip.
BTW, I noticed elsewhere you mentioned having a monolithic setup. I did the same when I started playing out with Cantabile. I had all the instruments loaded up in a single song and I just switched between them. Then I went to using song states and finally racks.