If you've been following this blog for any amount of time you'll probably know that taking any step into the future (even a very small one) is very hard for me to do. But after years of touring with a Roland ProMars, RS-09 and synthesizers.com modular system (for bass -- eventually switched to a Moog Minitaur), I've made the switch to current equipment! Still all analog: 2 Moog Slimphattys and a Moog Subphatty. My main reason for this is that the old Roland gear was constantly breaking down, I had it in the shop between almost every tour, what a pain! The other season is that all of these pieces have patch memory and midi - two things I avoid like the plague while working in the studio - but in a live setting they can be quite useful. So, rather than me having to constantly twiddle knobs on the Moog Minitaur every time the Decay of a bass sound needs to change (which is quite often!), I can program those changes and they can happen automatically. But, because the front panel of all these machines stay active (a step up from the ProMars!) I can still reach over and adjust any sound at any point.
And speaking of programing, I'm doing all the sequencing from an MPC-1000 and it is a nightmare. If anyone knows any tips or shortcuts for that thing, please let me know in the comments of this post. But I suspect it's just as awful and difficult as it seems.
Anyway, I suppose I'm somewhat excited about this new set up but also a little scared. Onward and upward!