Sunday Set List 4/6/14

Our set list at FBC for April 6th.  Patches and recent changes to my rig below.

Sunday Set List 4/6/14 - NextPage for iPad

The B3 and EP patches below are from the Nord.  The synth patches are either from Omnisphere or an audio unit supplied with MainStage (MS). I have recently added Pete’s Patches to Omnisphere.  Any patch beginning with a ‘#’ comes from Pete’s awesome library.

  • All Because of Jesus:  #Zion Multi (All three parts on separate channel strips with Pete’s full chorus reverb)
  • In Christ Alone: #Winded Flutes, #Eternal Lapsteel, #Blue Solina
  • Your Presence is Heaven to Me: #Big Ole’ Oberheim
  • Christ Has Conquered All: B3 888000000
My Rig

My rig consists of a Nord Stage 2 and a 13″ Macbook Pro (early 2013 refurb) running MainStage 2.2 (without Logic) and Spectrasonics Omnisphere as an audio unit plug-in. I also use Pete’s Patches for Omnisphere. The Nord is connected to MainStage over USB2. For audio output, I don’t use an external audio interface – I run the Mac audio output directly into a Behringer 16-channel sub mixer using a 1/8″ stereo to 1/4″ cable. And lest I forget, I use an iPad 3 running NextPage and an iKlip 2.

Sunday Set List 3/2/14 – NextPage Set List

Below is our set at FBC for March 2, 2014. Patch settings below.

Sunday Set List 3/2/14 - NextPage Sheet Music Reader

The B3 and EP patches below are from the Nord.  The synth patches are either from Omnisphere or an audio unit supplied with MainStage (MS).

  • Come to The Table:  Nord EP1, model 2
  • Covenant of Grace: Nord EP1, model 2
  • Broken and Beautiful:  Basic Dark Pad Wheel, Hollywood Studio String Section, Hybrid Warm String Section
  • Jesus Messiah: B3 888000000
  • Sherlock….OK…we didn’t really do Sherlock…just checking to see if you’re paying attention!  ;)
My Rig

My rig consists of a Nord Stage 2 and a 13″ Macbook Pro (early 2013 refurb) running MainStage 2.2 (without Logic) and Spectrasonics Omnisphere as an audio unit plug-in. The Nord is connected to MainStage over USB2. For audio output, I don’t use an external audio interface – I run the Mac audio output directly into a Behringer 16-channel sub mixer using a 1/8″ stereo to 1/4″ cable. And lest I forget, I use an iPad 3 running NextPage and an iKlip 2.

Is The iPad for Musicians?

The iPad for musicians?  Is that seriously a question anymore? Though it seems like a foregone conclusion to those of us that use them in musical performance, the iPad is not the obvious choice, nor perhaps the right choice for every musician.  Why? There are many reasons, but here are just a few to consider.

NextPage - perfect for iPads for Musicians

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD)

For those of us who suffered through the Microsoft Windows era of the late ’90’s and have scarred memories from the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, any deep-seated fears of trusting a computing device with our musical performance are neither weird or unjustified. Few people had the blind faith and fortitude to trust a Windows PC on stage.  The chances for catastrophe were just too high, and it was hardly worth it based on the small screen sizes and the limited ways available to turn pages. The thought of an automatic page turner was just a dream for pianists and keyboard players.

A good sheet music app is (or should be) designed first and foremost not to crash during performance. Bugs in other areas of the app, perhaps in the markup tools, might be tolerable, but not the meat-and-potatoes function of turning pages and navigating between songs! But regardless of how good an app might be, a person suffering from PC-era FUD may be unwilling to even try it out. Making the transition from paper to an iPad sheet music app requires some adjustment, and a successful transition happens best when one has a positive attitude going into the process. Loading the music is different, the timing and visual appearance of page turning is different, and marking up music must is different (using a pencil or pen on your iPad is probably a bad idea).  In short, this means change – a lot of change. Those who dread or are fearful of change, or who just can’t bring themselves to trust an electronic device with their live performance just aren’t ready for an iPad, at least not without a lot of moral support!

Tech Savvy

Similar to FUD, tech savvy, or lack thereof can sometimes be a hindrance.  Using an iPad for sheet music usually involves getting your music into PDF format, either buying it that way or scanning it, and then loading it into the iPad using iTunes or Dropbox. For a certain segment of musicians, this is simply beyond their technical grasp or aspirations, and the thought of having to learn it leads to stress and brings a negative attitude to the transition process from paper to electrons.

Conversion From Paper

Most sheet music apps work with PDF files, and many online music retailers will deliver sheet music, or even whole music books in PDF format. That works well for new music, but it’s doesn’t address that pile of 4” 3-ring binders holding all of your existing music. The only answer for that is to scan it, which can either be a breeze or a chore, depending on what kind of scanner and software you use, and either way it requires time. For musicians unwilling or unable to tackle this task or invest the time, a sheet music app is going to seem like a hassle. Tip: Find a teenager who needs to earn some extra money and have them scan all it to a Dropbox folder.

Cost

iPads are not inexpensive, and so cost is often the first hurdle a musician has to jump over. Why? Because you usually don’t buy just the iPad – you also buy a case, and maybe an extra charging cable, and possibly AppleCare to extend the warranty, and on it goes. If you plan to use the iPad on stage, you may soon find yourself shopping for a special iPad holder for your music stand and maybe an automatic page turner like the AirTurn BT-105. In short, while you need to spend at least $500 to get started, you can easily spend $700-$800 in no time at all. Tip: Find an iPad 2. It is still one of the fastest iPads around for sheet music apps and they can be found for very reasonable prices on the second-hand market. (Yes, the iPad 3 is slower! But that’s a topic for another post…)

Not Right for Everyone?

There are certainly more reasons why an iPad may not be right for every musician, but perhaps the few reasons listed above will help you begin to relate to some of your iPad-reticent brethren at your next rehearsal.  As much as you may benefit and enjoy using one in performance, and as much as you think they’ve just got to see the light, they simply not be ready or willing to take the plunge. Hopefully you’ve now got a bit of  insight as to why.

Sunday Set List 7/14/2013 – NextPage 1.9.2

Below is our set at FBC for last Sunday shown in the NextPage music desk.  This week featured a near-catastrophic hardware failure on my 2008 vintage 17″ MacBook Pro, affectionately known as “the aircraft carrier”, during the service.  Time for an upgrade…

Patch settings below.

Sunday Set List 7/14/13 in NextPage

The B3 and EP patches below are from the Nord.  The synth patches are either from Omnisphere or an audio unit supplied with MainStage (MS).

  • God is With Us Now: Basic Pad and Synth Strings, Smooth String, Dark Pad 02 from EXS24
  • Our God:  Another Pad, Vocal Super Pad from ESX 24, add Strings PWM on chorus
  • In Christ Alone-Solid Rock: Warm Blue Carpet from ESX24
  • Revelation Song: Purity, Format  Choir, Thunder from ESX24, DarkPad 02 from ES2  (MainStage)
  • Cornerstone: Nord EP1, model 2, with Basic Dark Velo Wheel pad underneath
My Rig

My rig consists of a Nord Stage 2 and a 13″ Macbook Pro (early 2013 refurb) running MainStage 2.2 (without Logic) and Spectrasonics Omnisphere as an audio unit plug-in.  The Nord talks to the MainStage over USB2. For audio output, I don’t use an external audio interface – I run the Mac audio output directly into a Behringer 16-channel sub mixer using a 1/8″ stereo to 1/4″ cable.  And lest I forget, I use an iPad 3 running NextPage and an iKlip 2.

Sunday Set List 5/19/13 – NextPage 1.9.2

This week’s set was run on  NextPage version 1.9.2, which has a couple of important fixes.   If  you don’t have this version, you may want to grab the update now.

Below is the set at FBC for this week.  Patch settings below.

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Sunday Set List 5/19/13 - NextPage 1.9.2

My rig consists of a Nord Stage 2 and a Macbook Pro (2008 edition) running MainStage and Spectrasonics Omnisphere as an audio unit plug-in.  I use an iPad 3 running NextPage and an iKlip 2 The B3 and EP patches below are from the Nord.  The synth patches are either from Omnisphere or an audio unit supplied with MainStage (MS).

  • Counting On God: Basic Pad and Synth Strings from EXS24
  • Salt and Light:  B3 888000002, Chorus C3
  • Jesus Lover of My Soul: Basic Dark Wheel Pad (Omnisphere)
  • Power of Your Name:Airy Pad (Omnisphere) for a G6 chord on the intro, then  EP 1, model 2 from the Nord for the balance of the song
  • Calling Out to You: B3 86600031

Sunday Set List 5/20/12 in Pictures