No question Ableton Live is great, but it’s a bit pricey. I made this video to show that EnergyXT can be used as a live performance tool quite easily. Its modular interface, low cpu usage, easy midi programming, and marker jumping features make it a very usable program to perform with.
I got energyXT after switching back to Windows from Linux (I know its sacrilege) but I had a good reason, I wanted to start using Vocaloid, and well… if I was going to spend that kind of money, I wanted it to run and be stable. Anyway, after I switched back I wanted a full fledged DAW to take the place of Ardour. I remembered EnergyXT because it had a Linux version, though I never used it there, but I thought I’d give it a shot. The price tag was right, only about $44! That’s much cheaper than the full version of Cubase or Pro Tools so I thought I’d check it out.
There was a bit of a learning curve, but I started to get the hang of it pretty quickly. I used it to produce several songs and was really happy with the results. Right away I started to notice it seemed to handle loops better than Cubase or Protools did the last time I used those programs. There were a bunch of great loops from Loopmasters that came with it, and you could automatically beatslice, edit loop sections, process and save loops as parts and all kinds of cools stuff. All of that got me thinking about how possible it would be to use it for live performance. I googled it and found a few people doing it already, but not tons of info. One thing I will say though about E-XT is the documentation kinda… well… sucks. More like just non-existent more than sucks. I actually found an unofficial wiki that helped me more than anything that came from E-XT http://energyxt2.wikidot.com/ I think this is one of the main reasons many people don’t really realize its power. But I kept playing with it, and again… much cheaper than Ableton Live!
After a few days, I worked out a good mapping to my Korg nanoKONTROL and worked a few loops together to make a dancey set. This was the first thing I made like this, but overall I had fun and think it came out pretty good! Check it out and feel free to ask me some questions if you have any about using EnergyXT as a live tool. I’ll do my best to answer! Get EnergyXT here and you can get a nanoKONTROL below if you’re interested.