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QuinnsTunes
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: Mac Mini Live Music Rig Reply with quote

Hey folks,

Been trying to put together a live music rig for our keyboard player in a tribute act. I'd like to use Logic 8 but the cost of a MaBook Pro is prohibitive. What I want to do is set up songs with click track and audio files in the song, along with synth profiles so the keyboard player can have all his patches loaded for each song, and the click/background vocals stuff can be sent to the mixer via a MOTU Ultralite.

After investigating the Mac Mini though, it seems like rack mounting a mac mini along with a small Lilliput touchscreen monitor would be the perfect solution. This way all the songs could be put in some kind of playlist, or opened for the keyboard player to select the correct song, and it would be mobile, installed (in the rack), and not as likely to be damaged as a laptop.

Does this sound like a feasible solution?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI: I saw a rig like this on Create Digital Music a long time ago. The article about it might give you some more ideas.

http://www.heavyliftmusic.com/2005/05/29/18/

I'm not sure about current touchscreen pricing, but it sounds like a great idea to me. I also think it would be very durable.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why not just a macbook, doesn't have to be a pro ?

Thing is, with a mini, all you need is a 1 second power failure and you are looking at a 1-2 minute turnaround
time before you are playing music again. Unless you are planning for a battery backup(?)

(And yes small power failures are not unheard of on venues, cables getting yanked, kids/drunks playing with switches they shouldn't etc...)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hamder wrote:
Why not just a macbook, doesn't have to be a pro ?

Thing is, with a mini, all you need is a 1 second power failure and you are looking at a 1-2 minute turnaround
time before you are playing music again. Unless you are planning for a battery backup(?)

(And yes small power failures are not unheard of on venues, cables getting yanked, kids/drunks playing with switches they shouldn't etc...)


I just took a break from playing live (for the past 15 years) and I cannot tell you how many times we blew breakers. Funny and scary all at the same time. Ha Ha! Doh!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm doing just that, got a my Mini running Mainstage , a 7" touchscreen and a presonus firebox, all in a custom box about the size of a 2u rack. Works a treat![/list]
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UpNorth wrote:
I cannot tell you how many times we blew breakers. Funny and scary all at the same time.

Turning it to 11 can do that. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
UpNorth wrote:
I cannot tell you how many times we blew breakers. Funny and scary all at the same time.

Turning it to 11 can do that. Wink


Ha? What's that? Speak up. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or you could find a used xserve and mount that in the rack. lol

Really though, i think it would be easier to just use a laptop. That way the setup is easier, and the screen is there too. Not to mention the cooling problems you might have mounting the mini in a rack.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: Mac Mini Live Music Rig Reply with quote

QuinnsTunes wrote:
Hey folks,

Been trying to put together a live music rig for our keyboard player in a tribute act. I'd like to use Logic 8 but the cost of a MaBook Pro is prohibitive. What I want to do is set up songs with click track and audio files in the song, along with synth profiles so the keyboard player can have all his patches loaded for each song, and the click/background vocals stuff can be sent to the mixer via a MOTU Ultralite.

After investigating the Mac Mini though, it seems like rack mounting a mac mini along with a small Lilliput touchscreen monitor would be the perfect solution. This way all the songs could be put in some kind of playlist, or opened for the keyboard player to select the correct song, and it would be mobile, installed (in the rack), and not as likely to be damaged as a laptop.

Does this sound like a feasible solution?

Thanks!

You have done a great job. I have found it another forum but I could not understand that. Do I have a small touchscreen monitor where is it work on that? I have used my apple Itunes was given by itunes customer service
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