I have a mid-late Covid-19 run of gigs next week during the now-cancelled Calgary Stampede. It must be instrumental, no singing and only a trio because of stage size. They have asked for good ol’ country swing … I’m a trad jazz guy who likes old country so this is right up my alley.
I want to be able to loop a whole song form (16, 32, 48 bars etc etc) and have each player switch instruments on each new pass.
ME: Upright bass, piano, clarinet, guitar chunking, banjo, baritone ukulele and brushed snare. One or two mics scattered here and there. Mostly flat and acoustic as possible.
Player #2: Violin (or fiddle depending on your preferred country nomenclature), Mando and multiple string layers. One mic likely.
Player #3: Steel guitar and electric guitar. Likely a mic on each amp.
Gear: Cubase 10.5, Mackie DL32R (32 ins X 12 outs) USB to Cubase. Several USB keyboards if needed to trigger things (if that’s even possible in Cubase). AirTurn BT-200 (4 wireless midi buttons).
In my own studio this is all figured out. Here’s a video of me playing multiple instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4DNLDMXddw
Need a count in and obviously a metronome that the audience can’t hear. I was thinking about using my iPad with Softdrummer on a Network Midi and physical audio into a stereo channel. This is what I normally use for a metronome that doesn’t sound like a robot.
Need to record arm a track easily
Using the loop function between each locator
Each tune would either need it’s own project file, or tempo change in the same file.
If loop function is being used, and only one project file, need to quickly loop the next song in the project. (Key command P on some kind of block represented in the arranger track?)
Any suggestions on the best way to this?
Is there a way that each player has the ability to trigger when they want to record or not?
Would this utilize cycle record? And if so, how should this be set up?
Can you assign midi messages from devices to certain buttons in Cubase like the record arm button?
Thank you for your help.