Sunday, February 15, 2009

Daft Punk Live - Backstage, Technical Equipment

Fantastic post I found looking for gear lists! Jackpot!

Daft Punk's Magical Pyramid/Spaceship: Infiltrated!
Rutger (297)
15 Aug 2007, 19:56

Yep, there it is. The view from within the technicolor dream pyramid inhabited by those rascally robots Daft Punk. The innards of the very vessel Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo use to make tens of thousands of people all jump in unison and gyrate their hips in some grand, cosmic harmony. Pretty sweet, although it doesn't hold a candle to the view from the outside.

The image comes courtesy of mixmag (via The Daily Swarm), to whom Bangalter also revealed some secrets regarding Daft Punk's live sets and equipment of choice. Namely:

"The show revolves around Ableton Live software on custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers."

"Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They're a 30-year old design."

"We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some surprises on the side too!"

"There's a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control layers during the show."

"Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in rack-mounted towers off stage."

"Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including both of us."

So wait, how do you launch the photon torpedoes?

And if your head's already spinning from thoughts of that forthcoming Daft Punk live CD (it's no live DVD, but we'll take it), here's something to keep the momentum churning: The Alive 2007 tour document is apparently set for release in November.

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