I'm almost completely virtual now also, I'm only using my Nord Electro 3 for the Hammond sounds, I haven't found a suitable replacement for the sounds and playability (esp. the "drawbars" and waterfall keys)Mainstage 3 on MACs
Cantabile on PCs
not using expensive keyboards from almost 3 years... All virtual here!
Hello Sean,I'm almost completely virtual now also, I'm only using my Nord Electro 3 for the Hammond sounds, I haven't found a suitable replacement for the sounds and playability (esp. the "drawbars" and waterfall keys)
Definitely nice to trim down the gear, sounds like you have an easy haul and setup/breakdown. I have to look into a replacement for my heavy old Roland FP-8 that I'm using as a controller.Hello Sean,
for "waterfall" feeling, i opted for a Nektar LX61: light and easy on the keys so for the glissandos i think it's adequate (not comparable on a real waterfall keybed though: at least doesn't hurt on fingers).
Right now i am just using a single Studiologic SL88|Studio keyboard. Bag with keyboard on my back, a bag on my front with MAC/PC, audio interface and cables, stand on left hand and chair on my right hand. A single trip and i carry all i need (Santa's looking included, LOL!) .
I sometimes use backing tracks with Cantabile, I can start/stop the tracks with a midi pedal so it's pretty useful in that way. I agree the UI is not the most intuitive but it is pretty powerful and the developer Brad is very engaged and helpfulNow if they would only make a nice keyboard controller with a laptop cradle built in. I have and use Cantabile. I think there are too many restrictions to the lower versions. I haven't committed to the most expensive version of it yet. I think it hosts backing tracks too. Mainstage is fine for a basic keyboard rack and not a lot of change ups.....and you need a mac. Lots of complex changes though I would pick Cantabile. The GUI isn't totally intuitive to me. I like that the owner designer of the program can be contacted and stays in touch with the users.
I am using Ableton on stage right now because I'm playing a real 88 key piano that sounds amazing. I mainly needed backing tracks.
I’m using Bidule, SonicCore DSP Rack, 1U PC and a Physis K4 atm.Going all software makes sense more and more. Great VST instruments out there, hardware (laptop, hybrid tablet) getting cheaper except for RAM. I use the Studiologic Numa Stage with some built-in sounds just in case I have to reboot the laptop in the middle of performance.