10 Of The Best Live Show Set-Ups Deconstructed

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10 Of The Best Live Show Set-Ups Deconstructed

Ever wondered what’s going on up on stage when some of your favourite producers perform?

It can often look like a bit confusing to a punter in the crowd as to what the hell these producers are getting up too with all the equipment they have on deck, so we teamed up with the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) to dissect some of your favourite artists’ live show set-ups and give you the low down.

If any of the equipment looks a bit foreign to you, be sure to check out our last piece on the 7 pieces of equipment you need in your home studio!


-Pioneer DJM-900 Mixer
-Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus
-Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
-Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
-Fender precision Bass Guitar
-Fender Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar
-Akai Professional MPD26 Performance Pad Controller
-Roland Aira-TR8
-Akai Professional MPK49 USB Midi Keyboard


– Laptop
– Ableton Live
– Novation Launch Pad
-Akai Pro LPK25 25-Key USB MIDI Laptop Performance Keyboard
-Akai Professional APC40 Ableton Performance Controller
– Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad  


– Laptop
– Roland AIRA TR-8
– Modular Synth
– Pioneer DJ CDJs
– Rene Sequencer
– Teenage Engineer ‘OP-1’ Synthesizer
– Midi keyboard
-Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntables
-Novation Launchpad Mini MIDI Controller  


– MicroKORG XL Synth
– Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth
– Akai Professional APC40
– Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Stage 73

David August

– Laptop
– Allen & Heath mixer
– Novation Launchpad
– Livid Controller R
– Nord Lead 2X


– Laptop
– FL Studio
– Guitar
– Custom Modular Synth
– Assorted Pedals
– Customised gear


-Roland Jupiter
-Akai Professional APC40
-Korg Nanokontrol
-Roland SP-404
-Electric Guitars
-Electronic Drum kit (such as Roland TD-11k or Yamaha DTX522K)

Nina Kravis

– Allen & Heath Xone:92 Mixer
– Pinoeer CDJ900 NXS
– Technics 1210 M5G
– Roland Aira TR-8
– Roland AIRA SYSTEM-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer

Hudson Mohawke

– Laptop
– Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1
– Akai MPC 2000XL
– Korg PadKontrol USB Drum Pad
– AiAiAi TMA 2 Modular Headphones

Richie Hawtin

– Pioneer DJM-900 Mixer
– Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus
– Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1
– Allen & Heath Xone:1D
– Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal
– Roland TB-303
– Ableton Push
– Native Instruments Maschine

AIM’s music composition and production course offers students the opportunity to rent out a wide range of equipment over the two years to help the students discover what is best suited to their set up. To find out more on their course, check out the composition and production course outline.


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