So me and our singer have been talking about figuring out a way to trigger sound effects/samples for songs. Think Bruno Mars Locked Out of Heaven (the vocal sounding whop whop whop sounds) or similar.
As many of you may know from all the posts here I recently added a keyboard to my rig, which gets used for some piano, synth, and horns sounds. In these songs, our singer can handle the light guitar duties that go along with the keys just fine while singing and/or I can switch back and forth to help cover everything.
The issue is that when there are more significant guitar lines that need to be played throughout a song and just a minimum amount of effects/triggers (again think Bruno), it doesn't make sense for me to swap off guitar for this. So, we were talking yesterday about him getting some kind of small effects unit (don't know exactly what I'm even looking for...) and getting it up front by him like Gotye does. The thought is that he could trigger some light sounds while singing and it'll add another dynamic to what we can do on stage, and also it'll help the authenticity of what we're doing because the sounds won't just all be adapted to guitar (or left out).
Anyone do anything like this, and/or know what type of unit we should be looking at??
Since it'll be used only sparingly (especially at first) we'd like to keep the cost down and would be open to looking at something used. Also simplicity and small footprint are huge.