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I wasn't sure which stack exchange to post this one, so I had posted it in music.stackexchange.com. However, this has a lot to do with music production, so I thought it might be a good idea to post it here. Here's the question:

I would like to begin performing live. I want to create beats, harmonies and melodies on some kind of looping device. I would like it to be reliable as I don't want to push my limits in a live environment, so I would like to option to quantize.

I was thinking of the following:

1) Some kind of hardware sequencer, like an MPC for the sequencing and playing loops from a database or possibly a laptop (the latter option is not preferred).

2) Synthesizer with keyboard or midi keyboard + rack-mount synthesizer.

3) Two compressors, one for vocals and one for the total mix, although the latter might not be necessary.

4) Hardware EQ, two hardware reverbs, or one with at least two channels of independent processing.

5) Two exciters, one for the vocals and one for the final mix.

6) PA system.

7) Mixer to mix anything that needs to be mixed together.

8) Drum machine

9) A few effects, such as pitch shift, phaser, flanger, and delay.

All the tools should allow recording of patterns and easy live pattern creation and storage, or if it's not included in the tool, the sequencer should be able to handle it.

I would like to avoid using a laptop because they're fairly unreliable and I don't want to depend on one (I've had multiple laptops develop overheating issues despite taking the utmost care of them).

As I probably implied, this should all be controllable by one person, should be fairly portable, and it should definitely be very reliable. I want to minimize cost without endangering my performance.

Thanks in advance!

Currently the only tools I think might be useful that I own right now are a small Yamaha MG10/2 mixer and a pretty good Sehnheiser (e855) microphone. I have a bass effects pedal too, which might be useful. Also, I own a Peavey TNT115 bass amp, which also may be of some use. Everything else I have is oriented towards digital production.

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Do you have a predefined budget? How portable is portable for you? –  elburzs Dec 31 '13 at 7:12

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