Hello again Ott, This isn't a question but a statement. Thank you so much for your answer regarding your band's live setup. You squeezed a lot of valuable detail into 1000 characters and you've helped me a lot. As way of saying thank you allow me to point you in the direction of two fun pieces of gear that I never see mentioned anywhere but sound fantastic on lots of things including mono synths and mono cat wails (I don't hurt animals in the name of art, I just like recording the late-night tiffs between my cat and the local root-rat cats (an Aussie term)) - "Way Huge Electronics Swollen Pickle" and "Behringer Vintage Tube Monster VT999". Distort the universe. Love, Andrew.

Ott responded on 12/26/2014

Thanks for the tip, although I don't generally need to add distortion as the shitty old gear I use tends to impart fuzz on its own without me trying. My battle is usually trying to keep stuff clean.

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Hello Ott, thank you so much for your beautiful music which I listen to for peaceful enjoyment as well as serious sonic study.
I would love to know how you perform live with your band, from a technical point of view. I have a band - live drums and bass and laptop (some live keys). How do you guys monitor? In-ears? Stage monitors? What do you send to the monitor engineer? What do you send to FOH? What stems from your laptop do you send to FOH? (Do you mix them yourself into a stereo pair before going to FOH? Do you take your Presonus desk out live and if so is that purely for mixing your laptop stems?) Do you have any control over the bass/guitar/drums or do you leave that completely to the FOH engineer? So many questions, I know. I've done a million gigs with totally live bands but never incorporating a laptop and mixing/performing electronic music. Any guidance would be invaluable as there is no rule book for performing electronic music. I LOVE that there's no rule book!

Ott responded on 12/25/2014
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Glastonbury Tor, what a lovely fairy tale like place! I agree with you on the digital reverb, so I need a tip, cause you can't really avoid reverb if you want a lively and atmospheric sonic experience. When I mix recorded instruments, I tend to bring out the natural reverb with compression, but do you have any technique for the stuff that is not recorded, synths etc? I don't own or have the money now for some spring reverb, but I need some life and space in those synths, but not with that ugly 'mushy' digi feel. Any tips? Thanks in advance!
All the best to you and your family, and I wish your every effort is worthwhile, and all your wishes become true, except those that keep you growing and going forward, in a neverending mission to fulfill them.

Ott responded on 12/26/2014
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