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I am a touring drummer with a label artist and I currently use the Yamaha Click station for generating a click. The click is not feed to the band. Only I have it, we don't use in-ears with this artist. So i simple hear a "ping-ping-ping-ping" sound for the click. The whole show and every song, that's all I hear. I am wanting to expand this click track. I am wanting something simple but with more diversity. I have seen the Alesis SR-16 type of thing. I want to be able to have different sounds for different songs. Some songs will sound better with something other and a "ping" sound, such as a shaker, and loop sounds. What would you guys recommend. I don't want to go all the way with a computer and all that stuff yet. This gig does not call for live loops and there for I don't need that. Any advice is welcomed. thanks

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The only way to get away from the same sound over and over is to program a drum machine. Maybe some shakers, Tamborine something in the higher frequencies so you can hear it. I tried it once and loved it. I named each program the name of the actual song.. Only problem is the band started changing the order of the songs and I did not have time to scroll through to find the right programed loop. Back to the ping-ping-ping i went.. 
thanks, what type of drum machine do you use. I see a lot of guys using the Alesis SR-16?

Another angle to think about if you have a friend with the ability to make loops for you.   You could have him make them out for all your play list and email them to you as a MP3 file and put it on your phone or ipod..  cheap earbuds and you're up and running without a lot invested.

 

Also if your using an iphone,there is a great app called Tempo Advanced by Frozen Ape apps. This advanced version is really useful,I use it on the Opry all the time. You can log in the name of the song/tempo and select two sounds to hear at the same time. It also will will show up in a window as the song title , then when your set list changes, you simply touch and drag the song in the order of the setlist. Touch the play button and your off and when the song ends touch the screen again and it scrolls to the next song in line with or without ever stopping,you decide. It has a count off and multiple time sigs. I just bought the advanced version. I have been using the original Tempo version. It's not bad but harder to see but still works fine for short gigs. I had a friend that turned me onto the Tempo Advanced version and that's the way to go. Good thing is ,it only cost  $1.99 on your itunes account.

 I use a set of earbuds with one ear out when I am doing the live monitor stage. The iphone is more than loud enough to hear over live sound to the point if your not careful you can damage your hearing with the earbuds.

Hope this helps you!!!

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