Anyone seen or been a part of any nifty one-man musical shows involving good use of portable technology? It's always something on my mind as I get busier and forming/practicing with groups becomes more difficult. The solid state drives have really improved the ability to play sampled instruments, which is very handy, and they have made live music much easier in general.
I remember the 80s and the roland drum machine one man shows. Now, we can have better sounding loops and stuff, but also better abilities to improvise the loops on the fly. Some useful software for this I've been meaning to toy with:
Ableton live (apparently, this is good for looped stuff or live playback)Cantabile
(I really have my eye on this one, since I use a lot of VSTs and samples. You can create set lists and the interface is built for what I'm describing). I've personally never seen it used myself, or anything like it, but there are many people using this out there.
oh! you know what would probably work? Using a wireless playstation controller (DS4) and being able to control a live situation with it. I've already used it for emulators, and it works very well. I once was looking for a midi controller to do this sort of thing, but what i really need is a bunch of buttons and mouse stuff that can be assigned keyboard shortcuts, I don't need midi things. Using midi and configuring it to do non-musical things on the computer is a huge pain.