Imagine not having to listen to a click track ever again. Imagine, no matter how the tempo varies, being able to anticipate the next beat before it happens. Imagine overdubbing prerecorded tracks as easily as following a bouncing ball. Imagine leaving your headphones at home the next time you perform live with a sequence…
IMAGINE A REVOLUTION
IN HOW MUSIC IS
Thousands of performers from all across today’s musical scene — rock bands, film score composers, classical musicians, teachers, church organists, recording engineers, night club singers, home MIDI enthusiasts, musical theater conductors — have already discovered the visual way of keeping a musical performance together. Without headphones. Without annoying clicks and metronomes. Without hearing loss. Without missing a beat.
New owners ask –
“How did I ever get along without it?”
Satisfied users include:
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Steve Winwood - Mariah Carey - Wendy Carlos - Ringling Brothers Circus - Leon Russell - Suzanne Ciani - U.S. Air Force - Tabernacle Church - The Julliard School of Music – Tin Roof Studio – Herbie Hancock
The Visual Conductor ® is a
Frequently Asked Questions about the Visual Conductor ®
I’m not used to following live conductors. Will I be able to follow the Visual Conductor?
Yes. Most people follow the Visual Conductor intuitively. No Special Training is required.
How is the Visual Conductor controlled?
How long will it take me to learn to use the Visual Conductor?
If you can operate a
Can I program different light patterns for different time signatures
within one piece of music?
Absolutely. If you want to conduct in 4/4, for example, insert a program change of “44” in your sequence. If the time signature changes to 3/4 later on, insert a program change of “34”.
Does the unit need its own
Ideally, yes – but it can also be set to share a channel with another device, if need be.
Will it conduct compound, ‘in one’, and ‘cut time’ meters? How about odd meters such as 10/8, 7/2 an 11/16?
All of the above.
Can I sync the Visual Conductor to tape?
Not directly – but it can be synced to a sequencer that is synced to tape using SMPTE, Song Position Pointer, etc.
Can I follow the Visual Conductor even though my eyes are on the printed music?
Yes, so long as the unit is within your field of view. Your peripheral vision picks up the moving light.
I’ve always used click tracks and I don’t really mind them. Why should I use a Visual Conductor?
1 - Click tracks can get very loud in headphones. Repeated use can permanently damage your hearing;
2 - Click tracks add an extraneous sound element to the music. The VC is a musical, not mechanical experience;
3 – Click tracks only indicate that a beat has happened. And if the tempo varies, there is no way you can anticipate the beat. The Visual Conductor traces time in between the beats, never letting you go. Therefore, you can follow every ritard or accelerando, confidently staying with the music.
Here is a brief flash demonstration of some of the Visual Conductor's capabilities. The demo piece is My Gal Sal. The intro is played in a very rubato fashion. It begins in 3/4, with a couple of bars of 5/4 thrown in (watch for them). The main theme is in 4/4 stride style. Enjoy!
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