Who said computer performance has to be a dude sitting behind a screen tweaking arcane software setups? As we saw Friday, you can hide your computer in a rig and play guitars and keyboards. David Levy reports for Apple.com that keyboardist Vince Jones totes a PowerBook onstage for playing keyboard soft synths, courtesy the sampler in Apple Logic Pro. I don’t think Vince is using the fancy, 60-hour time-investment Environments setup in Logic to switch between sounds that we saw last week (more on that soon), but having great software sounds has some appeal.
So, who else? Obviously, there are a lot of people running pre-sequenced tracks onstage via computers or playing soft synths in the studio. But who have you seen running soft synths onstage, on the road? I want names — hit comments or contact me directly.