Show me your Cantabile Rig!


My portable guitarabile setup once again :wink: This time with a new “family member”: Fender Jaguar Blacktop (the SG in background is not mine, it belongs to the guitarist of Lea Porcelain, as the pic was taken before the gig we played with this cool German band in Warsaw last week; to be honest, I don’t like SGs at all :wink: ). As controlling Cantabile via Guitar Wing is impossible when playing Jaguar (due to the pickup switch location), I had to add the simple pedal to my setup (however it’s not visible on this pic), the Line6 FBV 2 Express, selected basing on some recommendations from Cantabile Forum users and it was a good idea, thanks!


That looks like an SG special with the plastic P90’s - one of my favorite guitars :smile:

EDIT: downloaded the photo and zoomed in - it’s a Epi with the chome humbuckers - still very nice!
EDIT2: Drums look like they might have belonged to John Bonham.


Before the curtains opened…played Psychedelic and Classic Rock. Great crowd. Had a blast.


Ok guys,
here is my “minimal” setup for real last minute and dangerous places gig (an ad here says something like “the most dangerous rhum bars in Caracas”)

ASUS notebook running C3, NativeInstruments Komplete Audio6 board, Arturia KeyLabII 61 controller.
A simple X stand from QuickLok, one expression pedal (Yamaha FC7), one sustain switch, two Behringer B208 active monitors.
Main out pair from audio board go to mixer for PA management, headphone out goes to monitors.
I made myself the cable (from one jack stereo to jack mono pair).
On Audio6 I have a big potentiometer for main out level, and a small one for headphone output, so I have control on both outputs. I never found a real board with a couple of stereo XLR outputs with separated level, so this is the choice I had to make.
This way I have control over noisy guitar players who start soundcheck with volume at 4 and at the first song solo increase up to 9 for the full gig.

I am looking for a better controller (new post here since 15 minutes).
With serious dates I prefer a Yamaha Montage7, no issue about stuck notes, and better keybed.

Here below my playing…


Interesting spot for the Cantabile laptop this time…


That is interesting. I have thought many times of mounting my laptop under my main keyboard.


On stage…


Looks a nice rig. I can see a Montage on the lower tier to the right. What’s on the top?


Montage on the right down, Arturia Keylab 61 mkII on the top.
Viscount Legend on the left. Pedal board Behringer FCB 1010.
Only Montage as synthesizer, other keys with VST driven by C3 (Asus notebook in between).
All VST using Montage audio board. Really nice one.
Viscount tonewheel sounds are wonderful but Leslie simulation isn’t.
IK B3X is for me better.
I decided this way for pure porn satisfaction.
Swirling on a good waterfall keyboard for rock organ is perfect.
So Arturia controller was used only for brass and mono synths, no risk of stuck notes.
Pedal board had only CC buttons driving setlist, sequencer start and audio engine restart.
Since there was no stuck note (concert closed one hour ago) there was no need at all.
C3 drove my heaven specification setup.
Mono synths from Pigments and Synthmaster, some Mellotron (Arturia), Session strings 2 (Native Instruments). Wurly from Lounge Lizard. Rhodes from Montage
C3 was pure perfection, not a glitch, not a trouble.
Only remark: I need long vu meter led bars.
Tuning level with different sources needs extreme care


Glad the gig went well for you.


My pals say that after I use Cantabile it seems I have more arms.
See this pic…


Well here it is: officially my least sexy rig EVER! :smiley:

It’s like a super low rent version of Neil isn’t it :wink: Basically I designed this to be the worst case scenario; no equipment encountered on a gig should be worse than this. Once I get past my programming phase I may juggle the laptop to be more behind the rig so I can monitor it. This is the most minimal I have ever gone- one 88 to play on and one mini keyboard for keyswitches. I’ll probably take a 25 key controller with me in the suitcase, not this thing.


My last updated setup:

  • Main PC: Macbook Air 2013 i5 dual-core 4Gb RAM SSD Bootcamp
  • Backup PC: HP Elitebook 8470p i7 dual-core 16Gb RAM SSD
  • Soundcard: MOTU Microbook II
  • Midi interface: iConnectMIDI2+
  • Behringer DI4000 Ultra-DI Pro
  • Main keyboard: Studiologic VMK 88plus
  • Upper keyboard: Oberheim MC1000
  • Keyboard stand: K&M Spider Pro
  • VST: Sampletank 2.5, Synth1, Kontakt The Gentleman, VB3, MinimogueVA
  • LivePrompter with VGA splitter sending texts on 3 monitors


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