NAMM 2009: Introducing the new Solo Performer Show Controller 4
Alien Apparatus Company, Inc. releases Solo Performer Show Controller 4, the latest update to its popular show control system for onstage performers. Solo Performer Show Controller, billed as the most elegant way to play live with backing tracks, controls background audio, lighting, effects processor changes, and lyrics displays.
The new release adds a new display view called Button View, where all of the songs on the selected playlist show up as buttons that can be selected for playback. Using Button View, hundreds of buttons can be displayed onscreen at the same time, so that performers who do not work from pre-defined set lists can display all of their r’epertoire onscreen for easy access. Buttons can be organized by color and the view can be configured for various button sizes and layouts.
The event editor windows of Solo Performer Show Controller now show the audio waveform with an event track underneath. Events, such as lyric displays, light scenes, effects changes, and hotkeys, may be dragged and dropped onto the event track where they will show up as colored markers. The markers can then be easily repositioned to the audio by dragging them and sliding them into a new position.
The Solo Performer Show Controller System is currently the only system available for controlling a show that seamlessly integrates audio, MIDI, lyric displays, and lighting capabilities. With its six-button foot controller, a guitar player could, for example, play a show and have all of the backing rhythm tracks play from the system while the system controls the lights and changes the singer’s vocal reverb during the choruses.
Along with the version 4 release, Alien Apparatus has also introduced a new member to the show control system family: Solo Performer Show Controller SE. The SE version is a “software editon” that comes without the foot controller at a reduced cost. Users of the new Solo Perfomer Show Controller SE may purchase an upgrade at any time to receive the full foot controller hardware package in order to add hand-free control and DMX512 lighting capablitiesfor a reduced cost.
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