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Author:  musikman1 [ Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:25 am ]
Post subject:  Guess I'll have to get the camera out!

I do a lot of full orchestra MIDI sequencing work for theatre since the mid-90's. and the Digital MX-8 has been one of my most useful processors. I use one on Port 1, and another on Port 2, so I can plug in 13 synths and sample players, just added a Roland SPD-8, so I'm using my Roland CR80 on Port1 CH10, and the SPD-8 on Port2 CH10, as an experiment to see how well it will work out.

The project? Broadway show called Once On This Island, which is a heavily Caribbean score. The Keyboard1 book has 32 settings, and the Keys2 has 49, so it's been fun getting all of the keys to fit along with the winds, strings, guitars, steel drums, vibes, and the like!

If anyone else is into doing Broadway stuff DO drop me a note, we can compare notes, or bad habits, etc.

I've been at the MIDI stuff since the mid-90's, which was (in my opinion) the earliest that the technology was stable enough, and the hardware was "tasty" enough to allow a recognizeable sound as an orchestra, rather than a guy that punched up the trumpet, flute and string keys on an organ and started playing.

I'm not sure how this system works with mail, but you can contact me via my home email (rick@bway2.com), or here.

I hope to make some friends and get a tip or two along the way to help me with my sequencing work.

No pic yet, my current setup for Once On This Island:

Port Control: Digital Music MX-8
Port1 CH01 Two (2) Kurzweil Micro Pianos - overflow
Port1 CH02 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - bass pizz
Port1 CH03 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - bass fing
Port1 CH04 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - guitar:nylon
Port1 CH05 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - guitar:12stg
Port1 CH06 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - guitar:lead
Port1 CH07 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - organ
Port1 CH08 Two (2) Roland JD990 w/Orchestra card - misc
Port1 CH09 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - trombone
Port1 CH10 Roland CR-80 Drum machine - set drums
Port1 CH11 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - tenor sax
Port1 CH12 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - steel drums
Port1 CH13 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - misc
Port1 CH14 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - misc
Port1 CH15 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - percussion toys
Port1 CH16 Roland JV880 w/PopRock card - Timpani roll

Port Control: Digital Music MX-8
Port2 CH01 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - picc/fl/cl/ob/eh
Port2 CH02 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - picc/fl/cl/ob/eh
Port2 CH03 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - picc/fl/cl/ob/eh
Port2 CH04 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - tpt mf/fluglehorn
Port2 CH05 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - two tpt ff
Port2 CH06 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - tpt harmon mute
Port2 CH07 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - stg:arco
Port2 CH08 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - stg:pizz
Port2 CH09 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - stg:trem
Port2 CH10 Roland SPD-8 - Conga, bongos, timbale, etc
Port2 CH11 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - misc
Port2 CH12 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - misc
Port2 CH13 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - glock:orch bells
Port2 CH14 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - vibraphone
Port2 CH15 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - marimba
Port2 CH16 Two (2) EMU Prot2/Orch - timpani

INPUT1:ELKA MK88II MIDI Controller Keyboard
INPUT2:ROLAND SPD-8 Percussion Pad

CONSOLE:OMNIRAX C2 with WAY2MANYmods

PROCESSING:
MIXER:Behringer RX1202FX Eurorack Pro
MIXER:Mackie 1604VLZPRO
PSYCHO-ACOUSTICS:Peavey Kosmos Pro
COMPRESSION/ENHANCEMENT:Behringer MAXCOM+Sonic Maximizer
BEHRINGER:UltraVoicePRO
LEXICON:MPX100
BOSS:Digital Multi Echo RE-1000

SOUND:
SPEAKERS FRONT L/R:JBL 35M
SPEAKERS CENTER: AXIOM VP150V2
SPEAKERS SIDE: BOSE 301
SPEAKERS REAR: Altec Lansing
SPEAKERS Internal SW (KosmosPro) SONY SW120/12"
SPEAKERS External SW: Klipsch 350/15"
AMPLIFIER: Boston AVR-7120 (120W/ch+SW)

I know, it's a beast to visualize, I'll get a pic up ASAP, right after we build the additional 44RU tower for the video equipment.

Rick the gadget nut

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