I have been asked a bunch of times how I process my vocals for live performance. This week I am giving away the exact rack I use in my rig. It contains many different devices: reverbs, delays, filters, choruses, beat repeats… If we were talking about guitars, it would be as if I let you have my pedal board. I’ve spent the better part of a year tweaking this set up to get it to the point it is now, and I’m sure it will continue to evolve. The entire rack is made up of Ableton Plug ins, except for one, Izotope Nectar, which I occasionally use for an auto-tune effect (is that a sin?). (Note: if you don’t own Nectar, the rest of the rack will function normally). I’ve mapped most of the parameters of this effect rack to knobs on my APC 40 and LaunchPad. I left the midi mapping intact, in case you happen to own those two wonderful controllers (the video details the mappings). Otherwise, just map them to the controller of your choice.
Also, I’ve included another useful effect rack, “Dub Delay the AfroDJMac Way.” This is a rack I place on a Send Channel and use it to further manipulate various tracks in my set up. It has delay, reverb, chorus, high pass filter and allows you to send the output of the track back to the track itself, creating the Dub Delay effect. ( Dub Delay is simply when the output of a delay is fed back into the delay, essentially creating a feedback loop). In order to enable the sends on a send channel, you need to right click the send knob and select “enable send.” Be careful with this particular technique, because the track can get very loud very quickly.
Check out the video below as I demonstrate how I use these racks. I am constantly tweaking, experimenting, and improving them, and I hope that you find some use for them, perhaps in your own Live Sets or maybe even just as a source of inspiration to your own workflow. Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions. Maybe some of my techniques are being done in an overly complicated or redundant fashion, or maybe there’s a much more effective way to do it, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the download!
**Update: Here is my practice before tonights (6/15/11) show. You can hear these racks in use throughout. Enjoy!**
**Update: check out this interview at TheyMakeMusic.com**