Hi folks. This question may seem a bit off topic, (but it's sound designy, I promise!) I value the opinions here, and I wonder if anyone with a background in sound reinforcement has any advice.
I want to start performing music with laptop: live processing, acoustic guitar and vocals. Think folk-tronica. (Shudder. I love genre labels.)
I've played a couple of times recently, accompanying a friend, where I took a split from her keyboard, ran it through my effects, and then gave a line straight to FOH. But it's really really tricky to play with live feedback loops when I'm sharing the monitor with the singer.
So I've decided that I should invest in an amp. I want something that I can use as a monitor, and send a stereo signal to the board, OR use it alone in places without a PA such as a café or living room party/concert. It will be for a spectrum of sound, from raw acoustic guitar and vocals, to atmospheric/noise, and electronic percussion and bass.
Do you have any suggestions? I considered a small PA (which would give me the advantage of a wide stereo field.) But I think I'm leaning more towards a keyboard amp, such as the Traynor K4.
My price range is $500 - $1000. And I do have a little Mackie 1202, if I need it.