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…

Forum members' shows and tour dates

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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  • Native Instruments Keyboard Controllers:
    • Komplete Kontrol A25
    • Komplete Kontrol A49
    • Komplete Kontrol A61
  • Korg NanoKontrol2
  • Korg NanoPad2
  • On-stage Three-tier Keyboard stand
  • 2 On-stage A-frame guitar stands
  • Jackson 7 String Electric guitar
  • Fender Squire Telecaster 6 string electric guitar
  • Fender Acoustic/Electric 6 string guitar
  • Marshall CODE50 Guitar Amp
  • 2 M-Audio Sustain pedal, 1 On-stage Sustain
  • Behringer FCB1010 Foot Controller
  • Gator Guitar cases for all three guitars
  • Gator Frameworks X-stand/Table
  • Gator 4 Space Rack Bag
    • Furman power conditioner
    • 2 7-Port Elektron Overhub USB 3 hubs
    • M-Audio 192/4 Audio Interface
    • Western Digital SSD Drives (#1: VSTi’s, #2: NI Komplete 12)
    • MeFee Laptop Adjustable Laptop Stand (Keeps laptop at eye level and cooled)
    • ASUS PC Windows 10 Laptop
    • Behringer XENYX 302USB Mixer (for In-ear monitors & Tascam TS-80 mic)
  • Gemini PA SYS15 PA System
  • Cantabile 3 Performer (wouldn’t perform without it!)

I utilize primarily Native Instruments Komplete VSTs, but I also have hundreds of others that include: UVI, Sylenth1, OB-X PRO II, Dexed, Surge, and various others.


Here’s what I’m using… Windows 7 64-bit laptop, iPad Air, Yamaha WX7 controller, and a DW8000 (synth and keyboard controller).

Here’s a little demo I did showing how I’m using Cantabile (and Reaper) with various synth and effects plugins


Sweet! I haven’t played a DW-8000 in years but I remember them having nice keybeds.


I remember the keyboard player in Karnataka having a DW8000 amongst other things, when I saw them around 1998, and he revered it for a source of Moogy sounds.

I managed to score a WX5 very cheaply on eBay a few years back, and one day I intend to do something with it! … It depends on me not being busy of course! (Hah!)…


It was a sweet synth. I had an EX-8000 rack unit for years. I only used it for 3 sounds, but they were all great sounds :smiley: (basically, a string pad, a brass pad and a bitey lead sound).


Just got a Voicelive Rack and had an excuse to rebuild my rack.

From the top down:

Shure receivers for my wireless headset mic and guitars
RME Fireface UFX II (Audio interface to PC)
TC-Helicon VoiceLive Rack (vocal harmonizer/processor)

  • Intel I9 9900K
  • 64GB Ram
  • 1TB Samsung EVO 970 Pro M.2 HD


Top down:

Shure transmitter for wireless IEMs
Furman power conditioner
Antenna bar (mic/guitar)

The transmitter antenna for the IEMs is fed up to the front to get it away from the receiving antennas.

Coming out the back:

Power cable for Furman
Snake to band PA mixer (mic out, instrument out, monitor mix in)
Snake to keyboard rack (power/HDMI to monitor, USB and power to USB hub)

Here is the whole setup:

Fender American Professional Series Strat
Seagull Acoustic
MPK261 (top)
StudioLogic SL88 (bottom)

Hanging from the rack handle is my TEC breath controller for those sexy sax solos and the occasional brass line that needs a little more realistic expression.

I switch between the SM58 on the stand and a wireless Shure headset mic depending on the song. The SM58 sounds much better, but it is nice to walk out in the crowd with my acoustic sometimes.

The Fireface sends both mic inputs directly to the TC-Helicon and I can mix in the effect only as a rack, allowing Cantabile full control over the harmonies or whatever as another input. Makes for a pretty flexible setup.


Nice and clean Jeremy … great setup!