Out of interest, have you tried having the laptop simply playing back pre-recorded audio files?
I'm guessing you're using mainstage to run soft synths live, which is a lot more demanding. That's on a very modest uni macbook.
I'd suggest it is possible you have an issue with either your HD, background tasks or ram issues. First step to try to sort it would be a fresh user profile with no background tasks to test.
It plays anything in your iTunes library and always stops between tracks, and has other nice features like a big track timer and also a set timer. If we're using drums I have backing tracks with the backing on the LH channel and click in the RH so I can feed the drummer a click we don't hear. It all seems very stable and the audio out on the iPad is more than adequate.
I'm assuming the former, but some clarity would help. We split out Bass, Drums, Percussion as audio files and mix them through a Korg Nano midi controller and it works well.
It's currently 4Gb and I ordered 16Gb today. There's a keyboard part on the left channel, which would go to the PA, and a click track on the right channel, fed to our drummer's headphones.
I don't want to use a CD player, as they skip, but I'm wondering what other options are there? Editor In Chief Paul White : I too use backing tracks with my band, and I've just recently stopped using a CD player in favour of a Mac laptop, although standing the CD player on a foam cushion fixed the skipping. If CD is the most convenient format for you, and your only concern is the danger of skipping, you might consider making a foam mount for a portable CD player good quality ones will feature extra buffering to prevent skipping or, even better, buying a professional, rackmounted CD player.
There are numerous models to choose from, and most of them will provide separate left and right outputs as well as a headphone out, often with its own level and balance controls, which could be handy for your drummer, and can be triggered by a remote control.
You could also consider a portable or rackmounted Minidisc player. While MDs are compact, durable, less susceptable to skipping and more tolerant of knocks and vibrations, you'll lose a little sound quality to MD data compression. Most popular piano sheet music View all.
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