In this section I will share my information about performing live with VST instruments. Why VST instruments? It's a light-weight setup, ready within minutes with well organized and fast recallable settings! There are tons of free instruments and samples! Do I need to go on? It's almost all fun... if you know what hardware works best and how to tune OS and software to become a stable platform for real-time glitchfree audio processing. So without further due, my setup:

Hardware

  • Upper keyboard; Roland A-800 pro
  • Lower keyboard; Yamaha P-105b
  • Footpedals; Roland DP-10
  • Laptop; Lenovo Intel P7 3612QM, 16Gb, 3x USB
  • Passive 4-port USB hub
  • Audio/MIDI interface; Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio/midi interface
  • 2x EV ZXA1 8 inch, 800 watts 2-way monitors
  • Stands: Staggs
  • Cases: Staggs

Software

  • OS; Windows 10 64bit, tuned for realtime audio processing
  • VST host; Cantabile Performer 3 32bit and 64bit
  • VST2 instruments and plugins, 32bit and 64bit audio
  • jBridge; wrapper for 32bit VST2 instruments and plugins in a 64bit VST host
  • Virtual CloneDrive; mount image files as a virtual DVD drive
  • Winrar, sfPack, sfArk; (audio) archive file extraction
  • MidiOX; Swiss army knife for MIDI

Configuration

After the windows 10 basic installation, I uninstalled Windows apps. Then I tuned windows for realtime audio processing. Next I installed Cantabile, configuring to use my offline license, using separate folders for 32/64 bit Cantabile and separate subfolders for setlists, songs, racks and resources. Then I installed jBridge.

To enable Windows to easily mount image files as a virtual DVD drive, I installed Virtual CloneDrive.

Cantabile

The structure of Cantabile 3 can be used in many different ways. See this video to get started.