Not quite there yet with any requirements or anything, but this is my current thinking.
Who is this fellow you may ask? He’s my long time friend and colleague working on the Wiring Framework! Don’t know what I’m talking about? If you know what Arduino is then please read The Untold History of Arduino, you’ll find it interesting!
That’s enough information from me, he can introduce himself later on here if he feels like it. I’m just happy I have someone to really get into the detail with.
A real person is much better than a Rubber Duck and this guy infinitely more so!
This is Assimilate:
We in Assimilate play live with a backing track that has a few musical additions we do not have the manpower to reproduce live. This is common practice and I’d say most bands, at least in our genre, does this.
Enter: The Problem
There’s a slight inconvenience though. We have to bring:
- A laptop
- A laptop charger
- An audio interface with 4 outs
- Power and USB for the audio interface
- Hopes and prayers that the engineer remembered to get us a stereo DI box
I work part time as an audio engineer and I know first hand how fast DI lines gets exhausted. All that’s needed to fix this last issue for everyone, is to call ahead and make sure there’s enough DI lines for your lineup.
As for the first four items on that list though. They’re all a pain in the neck, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had USB driver initialization faults, ASIO buffer size reset and errors. Of course, the worst time for these inconveniences to occur is live.
Thank you Murphy!
Welcome: The Solution
There should be two items on the previous list:
- The liveARMADA
- A power supply
Though, if you’re prepared and know your liveARMADA is charged. Then just step onto stage with one single unit!
Let’s just take a minute to appreciate this.
You only need one device on stage, for backing track and clicks!
liveARMADA has stereo XLR to the audio engineer. This is where the backing track will be playing. No pesky DI needed. Awesome huh?
It also provides stereo XLR or a headphone jack for the click track. This can either be monitored by the drummer in his egotistical headphones, or by the entire needy band if it’s sent back to the console first.
So that’s it. The idea is born.