After struggling for years to explain how to mix our vocals live to local sound engineers that we've never met before (imagine saying, "OK, we are very heavy and loud as much so sometimes as a death metal, grindcore, or hardcore band, but we have delicate three part vocal harmonies that appear periodically. Oh yeah, and Skeet and I scream bloody murder very frequently at a loud volume, and Chris is soft on the mic. So... just figure that out."), we decided to take matters into our own hands. I use this Behringer 1204FX mixer to mix down all three of our vocals live on the fly, and I run the effects through it on a loop, allowing me to apply them to each or all of the vocal channels.
This particular mixer comes with more channels than I need and 4 XLR inputs. It has on-board effects which I sometimes use, the most frequent one being a very light application of the chorus effect listed as #63. The outputs are balanced which makes using it live far more practical. I have had very few problems using this mixer in nearly any venue. I picked it up for under $200 on Ebay and scored a USB interface attachment with the deal.
For additional effects and samples, I use:
The KORG KP3 KAOSS Pad is primarily marketed to DJs, but I find it quite useful for live vocals. I have yet to take advantage of the sampling features, but intend to in the future. If anyone would like to collaborate with me by providing me with some sample tracks via email to load onto an SD card to use live, I would be open to discussing such matters in the comments. I'd love to have fun experimental or electronic samples to play with live during technical difficulties or interesting speech samples and other such content to play during and between songs.
A Future Addition?
I'm considering adding a microKORG to my live rig, pictured below.
If any of you have experience with it, I'd appreciate your input in the comments. Should I get one and incorporate it into my existing live rig? Your thoughts may well influence my decision as I am on the fence.
This is a crucial component of my live rig for when "alertness is required." Look What I Did is in no way responsible for any of the jittery feelings you might experience if you choose to incorporate this element of my live rig into your setup.
In Other News
Look What I Did will soon go open-source. We can't yet explain what this means, but it will be innovative, and you will hear more about it very soon. Also, I wrote a new article for Gazzmic called A Seasoned Road Warrior's Grab Bag of Tour Tips, and the Gazzmic blog got a visual upgrade!