I'm preparing the keyboard part for a local amateur musical and I'd like it to make use of a number of sounds.
The keyboard that's probably going to be used is one of the standard consumer MIDI keyboards with a big list of sounds and a keypad to punch them in. Often the problem with these is during a quick patch change it's too easy to hit the wrong key and get the completely wrong sound.
I have always assumed that professionally all the patch changes are pre-programmed and the player simply advances to the next sound via a pedal or button on a dedicated MIDI box.
What are the best ways for me to achieve this? Are there some cheap (ish) MIDI controllers that I can program with a list of sounds for the player to use? Should I hook the keyboard up to my laptop and invest in something like QLab?
What is the 'standard' way to run keyboards in modern pits? I'm interested to learn what kind of options are available to me.