How to play an Ableton Push or other midi controller in an outdoor setting and still be able to see your screen and pad lights.
Have you ever tried to perform at a live gig, using midi-controllers or devices that have backlit pads or screens, only to find out the sun makes it so you can barely tell what’s going on? Me too. I learned the hard way, but luckily a quick teardown and setup in a more shaded area, I was able to get back up and running. But, it was a frustrating scenario and I like to prevent these types of issues happening. So when WMSE asked my noise-rap project, Guerrilla Ghost, to play their “Backyard BBQ” at Humboldt Park last year, I did some research and didn’t find much by the way of good solutions. I did find ONE reddit post where, in the comments, someone noted that folks at outdoor EDM festivals are known to use checker boards to shield their gear from the sun while they play. I searched again, prior to posting this, and didn’t find that original post that sent me down this path, but another one outlining the problem. I figured I’d share my approach in hopes that it might help others prepare for gigging outdoors with electronics.
Gigging outdoors in the sunshine (yay!) the device screens and backlit buttons are washed out, making it impossible to see what you’re doing (boo!).
Build your own sun hood out of game boards and bring it to the gig.