New Keyboard – Live – Setup

It took me at least 2 weeks to recreate all the sounds of my previous equipment (Korg Kronos, Roland Fantom X8). But now everything is fine and ready to rock (to be exact: it already rocked last weekend :-)

Due to some herniated discs in recent years I decided to switch from 2 heavy synthesizers to only one laptop and a MIDI master controller:

  • HP Elitebook 2570p, 16GB RAM, 265GB SSD running Windows 7 64bitkeys
  • Focusrite 2i2 Audio Interface (connected via USB)
  • USB2MIDI Interface
  • Custom built Flightcase (Thanks to Jan Litterak)
  • Studiologic Numa Nano Midikeybaord controller (connected via Midi)
  • Brainspawn Forte 3.2 Performer Edition, jBridge
  • IPAD mini + TouchOSC (for Scene change) + TouchOSC Bridge
  • various VSTi Plugins

NI Kontakt with Brainspawn Forte

While programming a couple of different sounds in Brainspawn Forte i found out that, when adding instruments (from database, libraries or files) to a Kontakt instance, it´s sometimes very, very slow – about 2-3 minutes – enough time to take a cigarette ;-) I found out that this was because of the mute switch in Forte. It seems Kontakt tries to „MIDI-handshake“ somewhere with itself during this operations . Logical actually, but it takes about 2-3 hours of my lifetime ;-) Nonetheless: Forte is, beside some crashes during programming, incredible and does it´s job perfect! I´m looking forward to the next gig using this cool piece of software!