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Sound f/x Cue Playback Software

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by mbenonis, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. 65535

    65535 Active Member

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    Myself and the Community College Theatre I work in us QLab.

    The student/staff (myself and friends) as well as the staff (if/when they use QLab) all use MacBooks/MacBook Pros. The college has a PreSonus FireStudio which is used as a DAC to input into our sound board. (Use of the built in DAC and line amps in the laptops produces a terrible sound.)

    I personally own and use a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 interface.

    QLab (Mac OSX)
    Figure53.com
    Price ~ $1-500 (dependent on license type: Daily-Full non expiring license.)

    PreSonus FireStudio
    Presonus.com
    Price ~ $500

    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24
    focusrite.com
    Price ~ $299

    This setup has been 100% reliable, can run multimedia as well.

    The audio interface doubles as a unit to capture and record live sound and playback audio.
     
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    Hi all,

    Cant believe noone has mentioned SOUNDPLANT.

    Ive been using it for years. The latest release is PC and Mac compatible.

    Basically you allocate files to keys, and press to play.
    I use it regularly for sfx on a wide range of productions and its never let me down.
    The new release has a trial period in which you can use pretty much any file format, after that it drops to .wav only but you can reinstate all types by purchasing a registration code.

    Seriously, give it a look. I love it.

    http://www.soundplant.org/
     
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    Just curious, would you be a vendor or someone with a vested interest in Soundplant?
     
  4. DuckJordan

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    I don't think so since this guy is in Europe while the software co is in new York but you never know.

    Sent from my ADR6300 using Tapatalk
     
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    :) the only vested interest I have my friend is passing on what I consider to be a usefull piece of SW to the CB community.
     
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    I wasn't trying to be offensive, but the tone of the writing combined with a few other things led me to wonder aloud.
     
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    No offense taken... Im a sound guy, Im used to people not liking my tone. :)
     
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    This if I may, will be used when and as often as I can. It made me laugh out loud (actually not figuratively, scared my cat horribly)
     
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    I'd just like to second these remarks, I use this same system with the addition of an AKAI APC hardware interface. I'm an old timer and love the feel of real buttons and faders. My whole system packs into a large laptop case (including the laptop) and all my production on it as well. An additional toy I find useful when creating SFX from scatch is a Roland R-05 recorder. Peace - DrBell
     
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    Another Decent program that I am using is DMXControl and it is free.

    It is mostly a DMX Lighting programing, but it also allows sound cues so you can control all your lighting and sound cues together with one program. Works great if you have sound effects tied to lighting such as a cannon firing.
     
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    I have recently been using QLab on a Mac mini, firewired to a Presonus Studiolive and it is working great. You need to follow a boot order to make sure QLab recognizes the mixer as an available out, but once you get that down, things work fine. Keep in mind that the cheap (formerly free) version only allows 2 channels for output, but you can snag a third using your computer's 3.5mm out, if you need it.
     
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    Hi all,

    I have just released a new Cue Playback application for the iPad called FX Live FX Live | Driftwood Software

    This is aimed at small and medium sized productions and is designed to be simple to use but powerfull in its capabilities. It is free to download the evaluation version so any feedback and suggestions for the next release would be much appreciated.

    Ian
     
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    i do always use qlab, but it has failed me a couple times, idk what happens exactly but it has randomly started the cues over from the top of the list. Instead of a phone ring i got a doorknock. If anyone knows any cueing program for mac thats better, shoot it at me, but thats what i normally use.
     
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    Not to doubt, but are you sure you didn't hit any extraneous keys? I've never seen the playhead move by itself, but I'm sure the QLab developers would like a call if it has...
     
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    I have been using Sound Cue / Show Cue for about 5 years. For the cost, I think it's a great program. Knock on wood, my biggest fear has never been met of the program crashing during a show. The only major issue I have had with the program were trying to run simultaneous video and audio cues (the audio played but the video did not) or issues with audio files not auto-starting properly. Both of these came down to once a show was built, I went back into the show and made changes to the audio files and/or video files and for some reason it wonked up the entire show and I had to rebuild it - which in most cases was done in a matter of 10 minutes or so.

    I have contacted their support team for numerous things and they have been more than great. Even down to allowing me to update my software because of an old bug that was fixed even when I didn't have a valid support contract.

    With every show I am finding more and more useful features with the program. For community theatre I definitely recommend checking it out!
     
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    Not to my knowledge, you can select the track and see your wave file at the bottom under the settings tab.
     
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    I use Logic Pro with a cheap 49 key midi keyboard. It works great for all sounds. It gives me limitless (and I do mean limitless) options for editing sounds. Logic Pro is about $200 and for MAC only. I use it for making music as well so it is worth every penny. But you could probably use GarageBand and that comes free with Mac I believe. And if it doesn't then it is very affordable.

    As far as I know, using Logic Pro in theatre is pretty unconventional but it has made everything about my sound effects much better.

    If anyone wants some more details just send me a message and I'd be glad to help.
     
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    The first show control software I ever used was AV Stumpfl and it was pretty cool.

    I currently use QLab 3 on a Mac and love it.
     
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    I use Qlab a lot, it's powerful and easy-worked when I need to run video and light together with sound, Qlab 3 adds lots of useful features. But my favorite for sound only is Ableton Live (in session view), it lets me work and experiment with my sounds during rehearsals. And allows advanced live control (and improvisation) of all parameters in both sound clips and effects during show. The new Push controller for Ableton is also very nice to use for running the show.
     
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    we have been using an Ipad app, called Cue sound... loads any itunes file... can store a background music playlist (we use it for pre/post/intermission music) it comes in real handy, as our music director will record base tracks then play live with them backstage... we give her a submix and jack her into the PA... with the right speakers and placement, it sounds like an entire orchestra from the wings...
     

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