Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Nick McLernon, guitarist for Make Them Suffer.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
iPad Cubasis 2.1 This is the brain of Make Them Suffer’s live performance. This is our solution to multi-output playback using limited resources. It is comprised of the latest generation iPad, a Presonus Audiobox 1818vsl audio interface (not pictured), and a bunch of cables loomed together to send signals to the front of house system. The iPad runs the Cubasis interface, which is used to control and route our audio channels. Our FX samples, click tracks, MIDI controls are all routed through separate channels. The iPad communicates with the audio interface, and then sends a signal for each channel to the front of house system, except the click track which is routed exclusively to the band members In Ear Monitors on stage.
How did you come across this particular item?
Hours were spent on the internet looking for budget solutions to multi-output playback with next to no result, so we had to go outside the box to make things work. We're probably not the first people to be doing this (using an iPad as a brain instead of a laptop PC). I'm sure a lot of people out there have been thinking the same thing.
What is it that you like about it so much?
The gig rig is compact. You can set it up and pack it down in 60 seconds. It weighs less than 10 kilograms. You can wheel it around with you at the airport, all with the convenience of editing tracks on the fly and whenever you want using the iPad interface.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
We use it for everything from tracking guitars and programming MIDI in the studio, to live playback during performances.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
Make Them Suffer are touring North America, Europe and Australia over the course of the next six months. The iPad gig rig is being brought to all continents
Make Them Suffer’s new album Worlds Apart is out now through Roadrunner Records. Make Them Suffer will be performing as a part of Download Festival on Saturday March 24.