Logic Pro 8 Using logic for live guitar

#1
Not sure if this is the right place for this but Ive grown tired of lugging around my AC30 and 32x16" pedalboard so I've wondered about using my laptop in a live situation. Now I really like the tones I can get from Logic, running my guitars through my RMC Wizard and Digitech Whammy II into my M-Audio Profire 610 then to my Macbook Pro. It sounds great for recording purposes but I was wondering how this would sound live.

Also would it be possible to use a MIDI Footswitch to change between different Channel Strip Settings? If so, how exactly would I set a footswitch to change channel strips or bypass plugins.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers,
Troy
 
#2
anytime I've ever seen someone use any amp simulator live it never sounded right, there is something about a guitar speaker and air, that live I think you'd miss. FWIW I carry around a 100 lb Egnater tourmaster to gigs
 

Peter Ostry

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#3
With Logic 9 you get the program Mainstage 2 and this is made for live playing and has almost the same channelstrips as Logic. And the same plugins. You can use a foot controller to switch between several sounds, they are called "patches". Each patch is a row of channelstrips. This is more than you ask for and the performance is really good.

However, if you play through an audio interface and software, you will always get a bit of latency. You may think about good monitoring (the AC30? ;)) because with the PA alone you might feel a bit "lonesome".

The sound of the Logic 9 "Pedalboard" and "Amp Designer" is good and you can tweak it to make it better. I recommend reading Orren Merton's Amp Designer review here at the LUG forum.

Mainstage is also included in Logic 8 but Mainstage 2 is better and the Pedalboard and Amp Designer were introduced with Logic 9.
 
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