I've joined a rock band again, this time as the keyboard player and sometimes guitarist.
My current rig in rehearsal consists of a Dell XPS laptop and a M-Audio 49 key MIDI keyboard hooked up via USB. I'm getting some good sounds out of the Reason Synths and have a few sequences I can run basically on autopilot.
However, I am running into a few questions and limitations on what I want to do.
First is tempo. Reason doesn't have a tap tempo and adjusting mid-song is impossible. I have a click going and my bandmates have no problem playing to it except when the rest of the music drowns out the click. If this is a problem in rehearsal I know it will be a problem live when the adrenaline is going - I've been there before and the tendency is to play 10bpm faster than usual. I've tried rewiring into Ableton and using that tap-tempo, but Reason wigs out and warps all over the place while you're tapping. Ableton also makes switching instruments a little more complicated.
Also with the click, how can I get that to come through the onstage monitors and not through the mains at the club?
Second is triggering samples and loops. I really like what Linkin Park does in playing samples and triggering loops live. With the tempo problem solved I can do the same with Dr. Rex or any of the samplers in reason. I'm thinking about getting a MPD24 or, better yet, an MPC1000 I can have on stage with me.
Last is an outboard audio interface. I'm getting a MOTU from one of my bandmates this week. Will this lighten the load on my CPU?
Any suggestions on what you've done or seen done?