Newby live keys rig question


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Hi,

In my band we have a really great keyboard play but he's not got much live experience and we're having some trouble getting his patch levels set consistently.

He uses a Korg Kronos and a Behringer Deepmind, both stereo out into a Roland amp and we take the stereo out of the amp to the PA.

I play keys a little but mainly in the studio for writing purposes - i'm an experienced producer so I'm trying to help hm out.

My thinking is that he needs to set the master volumes of both boards to around 75% and run each board into a mixer with a VU meter (I have a small A&H he can use) - I would then suggest setting the patch levels (not the master) to hit around -6dB on the VU ensuring they don't go above 0dB when payed together - from that point I would adjust each patch for the desired balance and save the patches.

Does that sound like a good approach? ...like I said, I'm not a live keyboard player - any advice would be great!
 
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Yes.

I've spent many hours getting the patches 'leveled' on each keyboard I use so that when I switch from patch to patch the volumes are consistent. Then I ensure that the each keyboard's overall levels are the same using the VU on my mixer that feeds my powered monitor. This way no matter which patch I use on any keyboard the volume levels when switching to them are consistent. -6dB is a good level.
 
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Ultimately there's several ways you can manage this situation but your general approach seems fine to me.

What's important in the first instance is that your keys player makes some effort to ensure there's consistency of level leaving the keyboards. As Dave has said above, part of our job as keys players is to balance our patches so we're not giving the sound engineer too much to do, which in turn will help him/her ensure we're heard by the audience. Part of the art here is also understanding you will want some keys parts to be more prominent than others too, depending on their function in the song.
 

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