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Thread started 09/22/14 10:54am

Stimpy

how much MIDI does he use at shows?

Saw both nights at DNA with 3EG and it seemed like there was a fair bit of backing tracks being used.

Just curious, not critical.

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Reply #1 posted 09/22/14 11:20am

novabrkr

No real idea how much he is using it currently. There might not be MIDI at all, of course, just prerecorded audio tracks. Okay, in pure technical terms, the click track for the drummer is often synced with MIDI and it's used for some other minor applications, but I don't think any MIDI sequencing is necessary live.

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Reply #2 posted 09/22/14 12:02pm

Stimpy

i meant recordings of any kind

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Reply #3 posted 09/22/14 12:58pm

stillwaiting

The 3rd Eye Girl shows don't use backing tapes, until "Prince Karaoke Hour" starts, and he plays tapes of past hits, and sings over them. "Real Music by Real Tapes." The NPG shows use more backing tapes, but not really in a disruptive way. Songs like If I Was Your Girlfriend and Forever In My Life have been performed with backing tapes, for obvious reasons.

"If U ever lose some1 dear 2 U, Never say the words they're gone....They'll come back."
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Reply #4 posted 09/22/14 1:01pm

novabrkr

Stimpy said:

i meant recordings of any kind


Yeah, I got it.

Some electronic artists just use MIDI live for the sequenced synth and drum machine stuff. They can alter the sequences on the fly that way, which is not something that Prince seems interested in. So there's a difference.

[Edited 9/22/14 13:02pm]

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Reply #5 posted 09/22/14 3:33pm

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stillwaiting said:

The 3rd Eye Girl shows don't use backing tapes, until "Prince Karaoke Hour" starts, and he plays tapes of past hits, and sings over them. "Real Music by Real Tapes." The NPG shows use more backing tapes, but not really in a disruptive way. Songs like If I Was Your Girlfriend and Forever In My Life have been performed with backing tapes, for obvious reasons.

I like the "Prince Karaoke Hour". I don't mind variety. It's a cool change up. Now I wish he would do a whole show around a theme.

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Reply #6 posted 09/23/14 8:28am

Stimpy

thx guys

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Reply #7 posted 09/23/14 9:29am

Dave1992

He uses audio samples that are sometimes triggered by midi (drumpads or keys on a midi controller). But everything is triggered/played LIVE, no prerecorded tracks synced to a click track.
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Reply #8 posted 09/24/14 8:13am

DFUNK

I might be wrong, but I sensed a fair bit of MIDI being used during the "Welcome 2" tour.

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Reply #9 posted 09/24/14 11:39am

Dave1992

DFUNK said:

I might be wrong, but I sensed a fair bit of MIDI being used during the "Welcome 2" tour.



The relevant question is "how was it used?", though. When a keyboarder uses MIDI to control external soft-synths, it doesn't mean he's not playing live.
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