I recently started using C3 and have been loading individual plugins with each song in my set-list rather than use common racks. I chose this method because I’m my band’s Ray Manzarek (bass & keyboard player) and each song has a specific range of keyboard realestate alocated to playing the bass parts. I know I could use two keyboards but I’m up front and sing so I don’t want to be buried behind hardware. What I was curious about was whether I should be creating racks for each song instead of having separate plugins?
I don’t use sample-based VST instruments because I’m running an old MS Surface Pro 4 with a 6th generation i5 and only 8GB ram which I’m currently looking to replace.
These are the only VSTs I use in C3, purposely chosen because of their low CPU overhead:
- MODO Bass
- Korg Legacy M1
Before switching to Cantabile, I used a Nord Electro 73 which has amazing sounds but I absolutely hated the limited number of fixed split points for such an expensive keyboard. I’ve been searching the forum regarding laptop recommendations but the info on here is fairly dated and a lot of recommended models are no longer in production. I’m currently tossing up between the Lenovo & Asus 2 in 1’s but there’s not much info on whether they throttle the CPU when temperatures get high, so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a 2 in 1 style laptop (like an MS Surface) suitable for playing live keys in 2021.