||The Racks of
||Standardized analog synth multi effects
|I built the I/O panels which are
arranged in each rack so that they are
in close proximity when the racks are stacked. That permits
interconnect cables between racks as short as possible which reduces
the tangle of longer cords.
|I added these four rubber glides to the top of the MIDIBoard...|
|...for placing the Hammond XK3 on top...|
|The racks are designed to double
as a keyboard stand. Since no one makes a tabletop keyboard
support system with tiers, I had to build one. The base frame is
fabricated out of 2x4 pine, and I used bare tiers from K&M.
|This contains the core
components of the stage rig - mixers, MIDI matrix control, sequence
playback, SYSEX backup, and modules essential for rhythm. My
preference for line level mixers have been Rane SM82 as they are
& transparent, and they can be chained as your system grows.
For sequence playback and SYSEX backup I chose the Alesis Datadisk - it
uses floppy disks but no one has made a MIDI accessory like this with
newer memory like USB sticks! Proving again that old stuff fits
the bill, I use a JL Cooper MSB+ for a programmable MIDI matrix.
Most of these are duplicates of my studio system, and I prefer to
minimize the learning curve of new devices. Since most of these
devices use eternal power supplies, I placed the Juice Goose 12Paq in
this rack. None of the other racks have any need for external
|Components: standardized analog synthesizer multi-effect system (see below)|
|This diagram of the full system
shows the maximum I could conceivably need for any genre. There
are certainly situations where I don't need all of this, I only take
what I need. Everything I could potentially need for the stage
and for any genre. IE Southern rock would not need the analog
Despite the appearance, it is not that complex and it sets up easy. I started using TRS I/O for stereo signals between keyboards and racks which reduces cabling and setup time by half. My interconnect cables are between 10 and 18 inches long, and for each stereo signal instead of dual cables I chose a single two conductor cable with TRS connectors. This convention speeds up setup and teardown time.
Since my keyboard duties tend to be dynamic, snakes are not a solution. I generalized audio and MIDI cables into bundled sets, with separate sets for each external keyboard but not instrument specific. I designed the cable bundles to be 25ft long, for those events with multiple bands which require fast band change in/out. With the long cable bundles I just leave the racks offstage and only switch the keyboard in and out. This has worked for events like those.
Of all the stage MIDI systems I have built, these racks are actually the LIGHTEST I have put together.
|This has turned out to be an EXTREMELY powerful system. A lot of planning went into this system and it works great - why didn't I think of this years ago?!?|