13-piece! Maybe Slipknot began life as a funk band
That's one thing I don't like about having the full-blown rig. Even a simple looper throws off my concentation and the (already poor) stage presence suffers
Interesting point about the micro effects, I think I get carried away with the details when making patches at home but live it's like nobody (not even me) gives a ratsass. It most likely can't be heard behind the pounding rhythm section
I think a computer be a great tool in centralzing all the control in the rig, provided that interaction is pretty much restricted to changing between presets with minimum intervention, particularly anything that requires using hands. The moment I take my hands off the guitar it's a recipe for disaster. Finding my feet is difficult enough I must confess
An SSD is TOTALLY the way to go though! Hands down the best value for money performance booster you can possibly do for your computer. That was the biggest bottleneck for years. I popped one in my mid-2010 MBP and it breathed new life into it. Now I use it as my main audio computer (got to admit, Core Audio and MIDI implemntation on the Mac beats the PC side hands down
PS: Thanks for the tip on the top/bottom layout. I made a nice hosted-mode patch for my Axe FX that does something I've been trying to sort out for months now (8 scene changes on the top 5 buttons, looper and utility control on the bottom 5). My feet are slowly finding my way around, but it looks like I'll finally be able to throw in some simple loops live so the rhythm guitar doesn't vanish when I take a solo.
Also thanks for the props on the tracks. Sadly the instrumentals were not meant to be instrumentals, but we have had absolutely no luck finding a lyricist/singer
Let me know if you are ever out in Malaysia (or Singapore) again man, I have relatives out that way and maybe I'll stop by