Not Live, But Live

Playback Control a music tech company based in Nashville, has introduced what it consider to be the next step forward in live reproduction of studio tracks.

The Playback Control rig enhances live music by automatically incorporating audio tracks and MIDI effects into performances.  It enables bands to add effects that have been traditionally only available in the studio into their live performances. 

Playback Control Rig
Nate Tipton
– Playback Control Rig

Songs may have been originally recorded with a 20-piece string band, or with various effects that cannot be reproduced on stage, both of which may not be possible to create during that time. These tracks/effects are programmed into rig, and played during the show along with the live music.

The rig also automates stage features like fireworks and lighting.

Kenny Chesney, KORN and Carly Rae Jepsen are currently using Playback Control systems.