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Little Shop of Horrors - Skyler Fortgang

Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Read Skyler's write-up about the show, below the photos.

Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

"This setup for the percussion book is fairly non-traditional. With the limited space I had I basically put all of the 'big' instruments I didn’t own into a MainStage file. This included: timpani, vibraphone (played on a small two octave MIDI controller), xylophone, chimes, bell tree, castanets, sampled hand claps, and Vibraslap.

I built a custom MainStage layout that would accommodate the Alesis SamplePad Pro (had to make a special read/receive layout for this device) for my more percussive samples, the MIDI controller, and a foot switch for changing patches simultaneously."

Acoustic Equipment:

  • Pearl Primero Congas
  • LP Matador Bongos
  • Vic Firth Bell Kit
  • Pearl Mountable/Detachable Rock Tambourine
  • TreeWorks TRE35 Wind Chimes
  • Abel 6” Triangle - Powered by the Miller Machine
  • LP Double Sambago Bells
  • Zildjian K 20” Crash Ride
  • LP Chick-Ita Shaker
  • LP Soft Shake

Electronic Equipment:

  • Apple 13” MacBook Pro running MainStage 3
  • D-Link USB Hub (to house MIDI devices and Interface)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface (outputting to house and to monitor)
  • Radial D2 Pro DI Box (out to house)
  • M-Audio BX5 (personal monitor)
  • Oxygen v8 MIDI USB Keyboard
  • Alesis SamplePad Pro
  • ProLine Sustain Pedal (rigged to work as foot switch)

Sticks:

  • Vic Firth SD6 Swizzle Drumsticks
  • Innovative Percussion OS-5 Bell Mallets

Little Shop of Horrors - Regional - Skyler Fortgang
November 2016

Skyler Fortgang’s percussion setup for Little Shop of Horrors at The Livingston Theater Company at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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