06-22-2013 01:32 PM
06-22-2013 03:25 PM
06-23-2013 07:29 AM
I should clarify that I have a range of reasons to practise. First and most important is simply to become a better musician. Second is learn songs. Third, and the one I skimp on, is to become a better performer on stage. The last is where I would play on my stage piano -- its action is heavier and a little slower than my upright and takes adjusting-to -- and use a mic. But I virtually never do that; should, but don't.
06-23-2013 10:25 AM
06-23-2013 11:55 AM
Other than when Im practicing with a drummer/band, I never practice through PA. Seems unnecessary because i play so often I dont really need to get used to playing through one. I dont use a harmonizer or looper though so i dont know
06-24-2013 07:12 AM
The Thumps rarely come out of their bags at home. Practicing and song-learning I do thru the AW16G, as a mixer, to a pair of M-Audio BX5 near-fields. Does the job nicely.
06-24-2013 12:11 PM
Only if I'm getting familiar with a new piece of gear - solo rehearsels tend to be on my front porch, in the shade.
I have a small pair of speakers attached to the wall, just beneath the ceiling in the rehearsel studio and just hook up my mixer and mics - but only for trio rehearsels.
Basically, I make it as easy on myself as possible, thus am looking for another powered mixer strictly for rehearsels.
06-24-2013 06:34 PM - edited 06-24-2013 06:37 PM
If i had a garage i'd probably set up the full rig occasionally, but I barely have room in the house to keep a couple keyboards set up with a pair of BX5a monitors, with the stage gear piled up against the wall. Heck, more often than not i'll just practice with headphones (unless i'm practicing vocally too, 'cause nothing sounds worse than hearing someone wearing headphones trying to sing when you can't hear the rest of the music).
06-24-2013 08:09 PM
I set up the Fishstick every few weeks to run through all the new material, the vocals, harmonies, and now the looper...mixed in-board though headphones does not reveal the same outcomes as running it all open-air.
06-25-2013 08:51 AM - edited 06-25-2013 08:53 AM
I have a studio in the basement that is plug and play, and I have a grand piano in the living room with an O1V and an eon 15 under the piano. I usually practice at the grand with a mic. sometimes i mic the piano too just to give it the same ambience as the mic.
I go out with a separate set up, so i never have to unload and load back up
06-25-2013 01:10 PM
I don't ever practice with a PA for my solo stuff. When I learn a new song I usually don't even practice it, just memorize the lyrics. And if I'm taking the Skytrain (subway system) I often memorize the lyrics on the way to the gig! In fact I took the Skytrain to a duo gig a couple of weeks ago and wrote out a couple of charts for the piano player while on the train - they were pretty messy though with all the bumping and twisting... but they worked.
Even when I have band rehearsals at my place, the PA rarely gets pulled out. Usually we rehearse so quietly, and often without a drummer, that we don't need a mic.
06-25-2013 08:44 PM
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