It is not uncommon when you go to a live show to see musicians working with laptops on stage. Technology is here and It is here to stay with us. There is actually an art in integrating a laptop into your live performance. There is software out there that allows you to turn your laptop into true instruments.
Before you jump right into using your laptop at your next performance, if it even up to par with what you are going to need it to do? Your device needs to be fast and stable. You don’t want anything freezing up or cutting out while you’re performing. It’s a good idea to have a laptop specifically just for your music.
Now that you have the laptop that is ready to go with you to your live shows, think about what software you will be using. What is the main point of you using it? Give yourself plenty of time to learn every in and out with the software that way you don’t have to worry about anything on stage. If you are concerned with a certain part of your software while you are live, it is going to affect your performance. The laptop is there to enhance your sound, not make you look worse. Take the time to play around with it at home or at practice with your band. Learn what it can do.
So now that you have your killer laptop and you understand how your software program works, learn how all of this will affect your sound. Is it the sound that you were looking for? Can you tweak it with the software? These are all the things you need to ask yourself before you take this in front of a crowd. It may seem like a cool idea, but if you don’t know what you are doing or if it is actually making you sound worse, you might want to reconsider the idea. Feel free to explore different plug-ins for your laptop.