It is a Wacom Tablet that is connected to a Kyma System, a freely programmable, modular sound design environment. So he uses it as an XY pad, but because the tablet also registers pressure and the angle (tilt) of the pen, it can control more than two parameters at once.
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See it in action from 6:25:
You can make it work with that kit list if your mixer has a power amp.
But realistically you should plan for the following at gigs:
MacBook and Thinkpad (always prepare for a computer to die - which is very embarrassing if you don't have backup)
Soundcard (you can get away without it, but a soundcard gives better quality)
The major difference between "pro" and "consumer" equipment is generally their suitability for their purpose. A home theater setup needs to sound pleasing to the ear without much manual work, only fill up one room with sound, and play from generally a single source. It also (usually) needs to be affordable enough that people will by them. A huge live-sound ...
professional sound services
location sound corp
all these companies have consignment pages on their websites.
granted, these are all located in the US, not sure where you are.
Although craigslist encourages people to buy and sell locally, you can search all of craigslist at once. There's this Wired article on how to set it up, but why do the heavy lifting, when somebody else already has?
Let me start with the caveat that I mix entirely in Pro Tools.
Clearly my thinking is small potatoes in comparison to an MPC (as Stavrosound mentioned) or a DFC, but I also have no experience to speak about regarding theatrical dub-stage mixing.
Additionally, as I was writing, my answer kind of evolved into an answer about business purchases in general, ...
If you're looking specifically to create your own ricochets, you could try glancing coins off brick or stone using a hand held catapult. Obviously you should take the necessary precautions not to ping a coin through someone's window or head. We had some success using a stereo setup where one mic was aimed at the impact point and the second was aimed at the ...
First off, to be pedantic, you can "DJ" any way you can figure out how - even something simple like just playing track after track in iTunes. Now, most people (myself included) don't think this is nearly as interesting as cutting or blending tracks and keeping continuous music going, so I'm going to explain the common ways this is done.
The basic setup is ...
Built-in laptop speakers are largely useless. A cheap headphone already has a much better chance at reproducing lower frequencies. Its stereo representation is rather different from that of a pair of loudspeakers, so the latter certainly worthwhile getting.
Previously high-end vintage headphones and active speakers tend to be sold for prices that are ...
As detailed in the online manual
In general these days, the power-off switch on digitally controlled pro audio equipment initiates a controlled shut down procedure instead of just killing the power supply, so you need to worry less about “popping” the system.
That being said, you should probably still ensure that all amps & powered speakers are tuned ...
Well I work in post, but the only console I'd actually dream about in the middle of the night would be the original EMI Redd from Abbey Road for music.
But since you're probably asking about post, I've watched some talented folks work wonders behind a Neve DFC. Harrison MPC consoles are also really nice for post.
I wouldn't mind checking out a Harrison MPC, they seem pretty sexy especially with the vertical waveform pre-rolls. I don't know a huge amount about it personally or have spent any time around one that was actually running (although I briefly sat at one that was turned off on a Sony dub stage). But with price not being a factor, it one I'd definitely love ...
Baz's Bazaar carries alot of 2nd hand broadcast and has a massive audio section, it is a UK based list, but you might be able to get what you need shipped for a reasonable fee..
I have mixed on headsets for years. Make sure you are using as close to a flat as you can get with no compression or filters. I also reference my room monitors so you need both. Headsets are great for aliening stereo and over all balance of instruments. Be careful with effects especially verb. You may have a tendency to over effect on headsets. The bottom ...
Headphones are not really optional for recording vocals, because you don't want the backing tracks to bleed into the vocal mic (usually).
Also, you should look at some kind of acoustic treatment. The best thing to have would be a walk-in closet where you can set up the vocal mic and headphones and put up some treatment to diffuse and absorb sound to reduce ...
It depends on the digital mixer. Many digital mixers run on firmware rather than software and such firmware is much simpler than a modern operating system, so sudden loss of power is not a concern due to there not being any critical state data that could get lost. The board will start up clean from a fixed state every boot regardless of what you do. There ...
Before you focus on gear, make sure that the acoustic treatment of your VO booth (and your control room) is exactly how you want it. Racks can be filled, plugins can be downloaded, yadda yadda — but if you have acoustic anomalies or noise leakage in your recording or listening rooms then you will not be able to get the best out of your gear. Knowing that ...
Personally, I don't like M-Audio very much, so my first choice would be to buy a Lynx Aurora as audio interface instead. Can be made to work with both Nuendo and Pro Tools!
I do a lot of both voice-over and ADR, and I try to keep it simple. I have a PC with Lynx-interfaces, a simple but reliable and good sounding pre-amp (Lynx-interfaces are pretty much ...
These two threads will provide you with a lot of great ideas. All the stuff you might need but won't find in an audio shop.
What non-standard gear is an important part of your kit
What are the small bits in your field recording bag?