I've done a lot reading lately and I'm pretty much resigned to replace my Boss RC-50 with a Live 8 and MacBook Pro setup. Here's what I plan on using, any thoughts or suggestions regarding this hardware is welcome:
-MacBook Pro 15" i7
-Ableton Live or Suite 8 (um, obviously)
-Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP
-Roland FC-300 MIDI foot controller
-Akai APC 40
-and a compact keyboard (so I don't have to lug my Axiom 49
Sooooo, here are my primary concerns:
1. Obviously I do loop based music, so I plan on using several instances of the looper effect. The only non-live elements I use are drum beats/occasional samples. So, can I get looper to sync with the set's tempo while running a click, i.e. so i can set up a few loops before I drop the first drumbeat?
2. Assuming most songs I play will have their own sets, if I map the MIDI differently per song (not extremely, but say 3 instances of looper in one set versus 5 in another) are these maps saved in the Live set itself? Or do you have to remap each time you open the set?
I think that's all for now. Sorry I've been trying to find the answers to no avail. Here's a link to a video of what I do (this is a cover of Ghostland Observatory's "Sad Sad City", for reference:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnVI4XKVP1s
I really just wanna be able to perform complex looped songs a la Gavin Castleton except predominantly guitar based rather than keys.
Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated! Sorry for the long first post!!!