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and automate your stage lights, harmonizer,
vocal processor etc from a mp3 backing track!
...It sounds unbelievable, but now it's possible!
CEO of MP3 Backing Trax writes:
"I've got to tell you, when Ken Revak showed me his OnStage
Performer program, I was shocked! Never before have I ever seen
anything like this and, as a performer myself, I want to share
it with you"
OnStage Performer is a software
program which runs on your computer/laptop and is used for the
production and performance of stage shows for vocalists, solo
acts, duos and small bands. It's breakthrough features integrates
mp3 (or wav) backing track playback, lyrics, lighting and effect
processor control to provide an unparalleled ease of stageshow
production and performance never seen before. All you need is
a laptop or a computer and a usb to midi cable/interface and you're
set. We at MP3 backing Trax were truly knocked out when we discovered
this amazing program! We think you will be too...
How it works:
Load your mp3 backing tracks in to the OnStage Performer program,
mark the song parts and then add whatever MIDI effects you require
to control your vocal processors (reverbs, echo etc), guitar effects
pedals, vocal harmonizers, lighting controllers etc - in fact
any midi capable device can be used! OnStage Performer will remember
and faithfully reproduce your full stage show from start to finish.
lighting control is integrated with mp3 backing track playback.
Quicker setup/tear-down time by not having to hook up and
debug your sound modules and miles of cables.
Lighten the load on your van (not to mention your poor
back)! Now there's no need to haul your expensive and sensitive
hi-tech equipment to each gig and risk it being stolen or damaged.
Leave those temperamental sound modules in your studio
and enjoy the same totally consistent sound in every venue.
Large bright keyboard operated interface with no tiny icons
which can be easily accessed mid-song or mid-show in dimly lit
Import the words of your songs in to OnStage Performer.
You needn't ever forget the words to a song again (and...save
on rehearsal time - you can try out new songs at a gig without
having to spend days learn all the words first)!
Easily create and control your stage show.
Special Introductory Price: $!99.95 $149.95 (approx.
OnStage Performer was been designed by a musician who has made
his living on the road for over 10 years, OnStage Performer is
equipped to make both your job easier and your performance better.
Casting aside studio requirements, the designer concentrated on
making you, the entertainer look good and sound great. Although
sequencer programs and MIDI sound modules have revolutionized
music production by raising production standards, they have done
little to make performance any easier and to this day, still really
belong at home in your recording studio, not out on the road.
Anyone who has tried to use them on stage will know the frustration
that they cause. Sadly, the features that make them great production
tools cause them to be difficult and awkward to use in a live
environment. Now, however, OnStage Performer enables your stage
show to exhibit the same professionalism in performance that you
demand in production.
Great for vocalists:
Play your mp3 backing tracks with integrated harmonizer control
to provide a fuller richer stage sound and presence. Alter the
chord and structure throughout the song for a more dynamic performance.
You no longer need to be stuck with a single harmony setting during
a song or your entire set. The automatic transition between songs
lets you spend more time working the crowd instead of your playback
equipment. Imagine being able to take requests from your audience
without having to look for floppys or minidiscs. On the fly set
ordering and song selection allows you even more freedom to cater
to the audience.
Easy to operate: There are no exotic studio features to get in the way. OnStage
Performer has large bright keyboard operated interface with no
tiny icons. It has been designed with live stage use in mind.
The special "Performer mode" dispenses with production
and maintenance capabilities and concentrates on what you need
to make your performance great. The color coded conductor helps
you keep your place in the song. Tuxedo color scheme provides
for maximum visibility without lighting up the stage in monitor
glare. Functions are accessible from the keyboard so there is
no need to fumble for the mouse when on stage. You can start with
predefined sets or mix and match as your requirements dictate.
You can quickly look up songs by artist, style or title
and easily respond to popular songs and requests to keep the place
rocking. Launch songs or make automatic transitions at a key press.
Lyrics can be shown (or hidden). Large bright text provides for
a natural stage presence without being tethered to the monitor.
Playing time and elapsed time indicators ensure that you meet
your gig commitments. The automatic transitions between songs
are specially useful for letting you work your audience instead
of the computer. "Problem tracking" requires just a
few keystrokes to allow you to quickly note any problems to be
fixed later so there's no more writing things on paper notes or
forgetting to correct things before the next gig.
Integrated Effect, Processor
and Harmonizer Control: Create named midi sequences to control effects, processors,
harmonizers and lighting controllers. Bind these into your song
for playback during performance. Any midi capable device can be
used. You have complete control over the placement and patches
used and rather than entering the same note numbers, patch and
program change numbers over and over again, OnStage Performer
lets you define your processors and create the patches you need.
Each processor patch consists of a sequence of midi commands (note
on, off, patch, control change etc) that make a specific setting
in your device. From then on you can refer to the sequence using
descriptive names. Make sense of your production by using names
like "Rhythm Chorus" and "Dim Blue with Vocal Spot"
rather than obscure midi note/controller/patch numbers. This is
even more useful with harmonizers or lighting units where, as
you probably know, it takes up to a dozen midi commands to lock
onto the setting you want!
Blue not dim enough?
Turn it down in one place and have all songs respond to
the new values. Reconfigure your cabling scheme without fear.
Change the port or channel number in one place and OnStage Performer
adjusts to your new wiring. If you introduce new, or upgrade your
old equipment, all you need to do is change the processor patch
entries and you're done! The program ships with a set of the most
popular processors to get you up and running quickly. Use them
as is, or refine them, modify them and add to them as you desire.
Changed your mind about the amount of flange/fuzz/reverb/etc you
Turn it down in one place and your entire repertoire will use
the new setting. No more going through each and every song to
find and correct your settings.
Predefined or a la carte sets: Create playlists to showcase your talents and still respond
to crowd dynamics. You have complete control over song order and
transitions while the performer allows you to mix and match as
you need. Automatic transitions allows you to keep the flow by
playing songs back to back.
Pauses allow you to chat up the audience. Automatic transitions
allow you stage freedom. You are no longer tethered to your monitor.
Plays MP3 and wav
Based on DirectX, OnStage Performer plays files
supported by your installed codecs. You are no longer dependant
on your sound modules during your performance so you have less
equipment...which means less problems. Reduced dependence on sound
modules allows you to develop songs using samples and synth sounds
that you have in your computer that wouldn't be available when
you gig. Save thousands of pounds or dollars buying new equipment
- you could rent or borrow high quality modules just to produce
your audio rather than having to buy them outright. Now there's
no need to buy or haul around modules just for the sake of the
one or two good sounds they make. Never again will MIDI drop outs
wreck your finely crafted sound. get a consistent sound by eliminating
MIDI dependencies on stage so you can leave your studio gear where
it belongs, in your studio, and spend time crafting your music
rather than routing miles of cables. Develop your stage show better
by hearing at home exactly what the audience at the venue
will hear. Less equipment means there's more room in your car
or van. Pack along your sweetheart instead of a cabinet full of
Grow your performance: Want to upgrade your equipment but are frozen in place because
of your dependence on midi events imbedded in your sequences?
OnStage Performer aids your migration by allowing you to change
the midi commands in one place and have all your songs use the
new settings. Swap equipment and keep your performance with little
effort. Refine your lighting in one place and have all your songs
Don't just take our word for it...download the trial version and
see for yourself. The trial version is a complete functional copy
of OnStage Performer (with the limitation that it will only load
5 songs). This allows you to try all the features and capabilities
of OnStage Performer.
You'll be truly amazed just as
we at MP3 Backing Trax were!
You can visit the manufacturers website to take a tour of the
software - view screen shots, demonstration videos, how to Videos,
song creation and editing and performance activities.
To run the OnStage Performer program, you will need:
Windows 98, 2000 or XP (XP recommended, WinMe is not recommended)
DirectX 9 (which you can download free from Microsoft if
you don't have it)
A PC or laptop with 200Mhz or higher processor
Sound card (OnStage Performer works with virtually any
sound card supported by Windows)
A MIDI port on your computer/laptop or a USB to MIDI cable/interface
(we recommend the M-Audio
midisport) to control your processors and lighting equipment.