David Rosenthal
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  • CURRENT KEYBOARD RIG


    Current Onstage Keyboard Rig (Billy Joel Tour 2016 - Present)

    Keyboards:

    Kurzweil K2600x, Kurzweil K2661, Hammond XK3c Organ, Roland Fantom G, Roland PK-5a MIDI Pedals.

    Pedals (R to L):

    Under the K2600 to the right of the volume pedal (but not shown) is Inc and Dec pedals for program change on the K2600; Volume and Sustain pedals for the K2600; on/off footswitch for my mic to talk to the band, monitor guy or FOH; footswitch to disable the MIDI output of the K2600; 2 JR-2 Remote footswitches for the Radial SW-8 switchers; Panic footswitch; Sustain pedal for the K2661; Volume pedal for the XK3c; Roland PK-5a MIDI Pedals; fast/slow footswitch for the Leslie 147.

    Above the Keyboards:

    • 2 iPads for Program Changes, Macbook Pro for screen sharing only (this computer is not running Mainstage, it is networked to the understage computers that run Mainstage).


    Understage Rack (Billy Joel Tour 2016 - Present)

    • This rack houses 2 identical Mainstage systems (secondary system is a real-time backup). On top of the rack are 2 monitors for the A and B systems respectively, keyboard and mouse with KVM switcher to switch between computers.

    • Furman PL-Plus DMC power conditioner

    • 2 OWC Thunderbolt 2 Docks (one for each system)

    • 2 OWC ThunderBay 4 Minis (one for each system). Each one houses the 2 external SSD’s that I use for each Mainstage system.

    • 4 MOTU Ultralite AVB’s (2 units for each system).

    • 2 MOTU MIDI Express XT’s (one for each system)

    • 2 Radial SW8 Switchers.

    • 2 Rack mounted Mac Pro’s (one for each system) with 8 cores + 64gb of RAM.

    • Netgear ethernet router and ethernet switcher.

    • Trip-Lite UPS (uninterruptable power supply).


    Leslie Case (Billy Joel Tour 2016 - Present)

    • Leslie 122.

    • The mics are 57’s on the hi end and 421’s on the lo end.

    KEYBOARD RIGS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS


    Age 15 with Moog Modular

    I went to a summer music camp at Glassboro State College and this was my first experience with a modular synth. It was love at first sight!


    David Rosenthal Rig (Rainbow 1982)

    • On Left (Top to bottom): Roland P-505 String Synthesizer, Hohner D6 Clavinet.

    • In Center (Top to Bottom): 2 MiniMoogs Model D, Hammond B3.

    • On Right: Oberheim OBXa, underneath the OBXA is a rack with Lexicon PCM41 Digital Delay, Eventide H910 Harmonizer, to the left of the rack is an Oberheim DSX sequencer. • On Bottom of photo: Soundcraft mixer (on stand).

    • Not shown: Moog Taurus Pedals, 2 Leslie 147’s for Hammond B3


    David Rosenthal Rig (Rainbow 1984)

    • On Left (Top to bottom): Memory Moog, Roland P-505 String Synthesizer, Hohner D6 Clavinet

    • In Center (Top to Bottom): Emulator 1, MiniMoog D, Hammond B3, Moog Taurus Pedals

    • On Right: Oberheim OBXa, underneath the OBXA is a rack (not shown) with Lexicon PCM41 Digital Delay, Eventide H910 Harmonizer, to the left of the rack is an Oberheim DSX sequencer (not shown).

    • On Bottom of photo: Soundcraft mixer

    • Not shown: 2 Leslie 147’s for Hammond B3


    David Rosenthal Rig (Cyndi Lauper Tour 1986-87)

    This photo was taken during a show on the True Colors tour in 1986.

    • Behind me (Top to Bottom): Memory Moog, Roland Juno 106, Underneath the Juno 106 is a Yamaha TX7 (not shown) and a 21 space rack (see below for description).

    • On Right (Top to Bottom): Yamaha DX7, Emulator II+, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals (not shown). • In front of me: Yamaha KX76 MIDI Controller

    • On Left: Carvin MX1688 Mixer


    David Rosenthal Rack (Cyndi Lauper Tour 1986-87)

    This is a close up of the rack I used on this tour. Sorry about the black and white photo, its all I could find!

    • (Top to Bottom): 2 Korg KMX-62 submixers, 2 Yamaha MEP4 MIDI Event Processors, 2 Yamaha SPX90’s, Lexicon PCM70 Digital Reverb, Yamaha TX816, Korg EX8000, Lexicon PCM 41 Digital Delay, Eventide H910 Harmonizer, Yamaha dual 31-band graphic EQ, Power strip, Linear & Digital Systems PS-1 Line Monitor

    David Rosenthal Rig (Cyndi Lauper Rehearsal 1986)

    This photo was taken at a rehearsal just before the tour began and shows the complete rig.

    • On Left: Carvin MX1688 Mixer

    • In back (Top to Bottom): Memory Moog, Roland Juno 106, underneath the Juno 106 on the left is a 21 space rack with 2 Korg KMX-62 submixers, 2 Yamaha MEP4 MIDI Event Processors, 2 Yamaha SPX90’s, Lexicon PCM70 Digital Reverb, Yamaha TX816, Korg EX8000, Lexicon PCM 41 Digital Delay, Eventide H910 Harmonizer, Yamaha dual 31-band graphic EQ, Power strip, Linear & Digital Systems PS-1 Line Monitor. Underneath the Juno 106 on the right is a Yamaha TX7 and a MIDI A/B toggle switch (to change its routing).

    • In back on floor are 2 Moog Pedals for Patch change Inc & Dec on the Memory Moog, a bypass footswitch for the PCM-41, and a bypass footswitch to turn off MIDI on the MemoryMoog (this was a custom modification), and a monitor wedge for hearing the band. Behind the riser on the left and right are 2 Turbosound TMS-4’s which were used as my keyboard monitors.

    • On Right (Top to Bottom): Yamaha DX7, Emulator II+, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals.

    • In Front: Yamaha KX76 MIDI Controller, underneath the KX76 on floor from left to right is an Ernie Ball volume pedal to control audio volume on the Emulator II+ (because it didn’t respond to MIDI volume), a Boss FC-300 stereo volume pedal to control audio volume on the Juno 106 (because it didn’t respond to MIDI volume), a Moog proprietary volume pedal to control audio volume on the MemoryMoog (because it didn’t respond to MIDI volume), a MIDI volume pedal for the KX76, an Ibanez MIU8 to send out MIDI program changes., and mounted on top of the Ibanez are 2 bypass switches for each of the 2 SPX90’s.


    David Rosenthal Rig (Robert Palmer Rig 1988-89)

    This photo was taken in 1989 during a show on the Heavy Nova tour.

    • On Left (Top to Bottom): Yamaha DX7 IIFD, Casio FZ-1, Moog Taurus Bass Pedals

    • On Right: Yamaha KX76, Yamaha MIDI volume pedal


    David Rosenthal Off-Stage Rack (Robert Palmer Rig 1988-89)

    This is a close up of the rack I used on this tour.

    • (Top to Bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, 3 MEP4 MIDI Event Processors, Roland MKS-70, Roland D-550, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Yamaha TX81z, Yamaha TX816, 2 JL Cooper MSB+, MIDI thru box, Peterson Strobe Tuner, 2 space blank panel, Power strip, Linear & Digital Systems PS-1 Line Monitor


    David Rosenthal Rig (Billy Joel River of Dreams Tour 1993-95)

    This was the on stage rig I used for the River of Dreams tour. The photo was taken in 1994.

    On Stage Keyboards:

    • Yamaha KX76, Kurzweil K2000, Roland JD800, Korg CX3 Organ (which feeds an offstage Leslie 147), Not shown in this photo are MIDIstep Bass Pedals, 2 Lake Butler Mitigators, assorted foot pedals and switches.


    David Rosenthal Understage Racks (Billy Joel River of Dreams Tour 1993-95)

    This was the understage rig I used for the River of Dreams tour. The photo was taken in 1994.

    Understage Rack:

    • Computer – Macintosh IIci.

    • On Top of the Racks – Yamaha DX7 IIfd (used as a module).

    • Left Rack (Top to Bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, Opcode Studio 5, Roland MKS70, Kurzweil K2000r, Shelf for Voce Drawbars Unit and Roland PG800 programmer (for MKS70), Kurzweil AX+ Orchestral Module, Kurzweil HX Horn Module, Kurzweil SX Strings Module, Yamaha TX816, Voce V3, Linear & Digital Systems PS-1 Line Monitor.

    • Right Rack (Top to bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, spare Opcode Studio 5, Roland M480 48 channel line mixer, Oberheim Matrix 1000, 2 Yamaha SPX 90’s, Lexicon PCM70, 2 Lexicon LXP-1’s, Peterson Strobe Tuner, Roland D-550, Furman Power Conditioner, Furman Power Sequencer.


    David Rosenthal Rig (Billy Joel Tour 1999)

    This photo was taken at a sound check in 1999 and appeared in Keyboard Magazine.

    On Stage Keyboards:

    • Keyboards (Left to Right): Roland JD800, Kurzweil K2VX atop of a Korg CX3 Organ (which feeds an offstage Leslie 147), Yamaha KX76.

    • On Floor (under JD800): Lake Butler MIDI Mitigator (backup)

    • On Floor (under Korg CX3 Organ): Leslie Combo Preamp with fast/slow footswitch, MIDIstep MIDI Bass Pedals (not shown).

    • On Floor (under Yamaha KX76): Lake Butler Mitigator (main), Yamaha MIDI Volume pedal, Yamaha sustain pedal


    David Rosenthal Understage Custom Double Rack (Billy Joel Tour 1999)

    Understage Custom Double Rack:

    • Left Side Top (Top to Bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, Opcode Studio 5. Power Computing Power Center 150, Supermac XP60 Hard Drive (on left), accessories drawer, slide out shelf for Keyboard and Mouse.

    • Left Side Bottom (Top to Bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, 2 Oberheim Matrix 1000’s, Kurzweil AX+ Orchestral Module, Yamaha TX816, 2 4-channel Behringer Multigates (to silence the line noise from the TX816), 2 space blank panel.

    • Right Side Top (Top to bottom): Furman Power Conditioner, spare Opcode Studio 5, Speck XtraMix line mixer, Roland JV1080, Roland MKS70, Roland D-550, Kurzweil K2500r, Lexicon PCM80 (with Lexicon’s David Rosenthal Music FX ROM card), Slide out shelf for Roland PG800 Programmer (for MKS70), Voce V3, Yamaha TX802, Kurzweil AX+ Orchestral Module, Peterson Strobe Tuner, Glyph Hard Drive (for K2500r), 3 space rack drawer, Furman Power Conditioner, Furman Power Sequencer.


    David Rosenthal Live (Billy Joel Tour 2007)

    This live shot was taken in 2007.

    On Stage Keyboard Rig:

    • Behind me: Roland JD800.

    • To my left: Kurzweil 2661 atop of a Hammond XK3 Organ (which feeds an offstage Leslie 147).

    • In front of me: Yamaha Motif 7, Music Pad Pro (on top left of Motif 7).

    • On Floor (under JD800): Subwoofer (to add bottom end for in-ear monitors), Panic footswitch (not shown), Lake Butler MIDI Mitigator (backup), keyboard and trackball and monitor (not shown) for remote control of understage computers.

    • On Floor (under Hammond XK3 Organ): Leslie fast/slow footswitch (not shown), MIDIstep MIDI Bass Pedals, audio volume pedal for Hammond XK3, sustain pedal for Kurzweil 2661

    • On Floor (under Yamaha Motif 7): Lake Butler Mitigator (main), on top of Mitigator is a footswitch to turn pages on the Music Pad Pro, Yamaha sustain pedal (not shown), Yamaha MIDI Volume pedal (not shown).


    David Rosenthal Onstage Rig (Billy Joel Tour 2007)

    On Stage Keyboard Rig:

    • Keyboards (left to right) Roland JD800, Kurzweil 2661 atop of a Hammond XK3 Organ (which feeds an offstage Leslie 147), Yamaha Motif 7.

    • Under JD800: Subwoofer (to add bottom end for in-ear monitors).

    • On Floor (left to right): Panic footswitch, Lake Butler MIDI Mitigator (backup), keyboard and trackball and monitor for remote control of understage computers.

    • On Floor (under Hammond XK3 Organ): Leslie fast/slow footswitch, MIDIstep MIDI Bass Pedals, Audio volume pedal for Hammond XK3, sustain pedal for Kurzweil 2661.

    • On Floor (under Yamaha Motif 7): Lake Butler Mitigator (main), Sustain pedal for Yamaha Motif 7, MIDI Volume pedal for Yamaha Motif 7.


    David Rosenthal Understage Racks (Billy Joel Tour 2007)

    Understage Racks:

    • Left Rack (Top to Bottom): Yamaha 01v96 digital mixer, Macintosh Powerbook G4 (running Mainstage 1.0 as a module), Muse Receptor, 2 Matrix 1000’s, Kurzweil AX+ Orchestral Module, Apogee AD16x, Apogee Rosetta 800, Lexicon PCM81 (with Lexicon’s David Rosenthal Music FX ROM card), Power strip, accessories drawer.

    • Right Rack (Top to Bottom): Macintosh Powerbook G3 (on top of rack) (running the Studio 5 software), 2 space blank panel, LaCie 2GB hard drive, Iomega SCSI Zip 250, Power Strip, Opcode Studio 5, Kurzweil K2600r, Roland JV5080, Roland MKS70, Roland VariOs (with D-50 card), Glyph SCSI hard drive backup, Minute Man Enterprise 1500 UPS.


    David Rosenthal Live at Madison Square Garden (Billy Joel Tour 2014)

    This live shot was taken at Madison Square Garden on 8-7-14.

    On Stage Rig:

    • Keyboards (left to right): Roland Fantom-G6, Kurzweil 2661 above Hammond XK-3C, MacBook Pro used for screen-sharing to remotely control the 2 MainStage computers under the stage, 2 iPads running Unreal Book for set list-driven program changes (backup iPad not shown), and Kurzweil K2600x.

    • On Floor (not shown): Fast/slow footswitch for the Leslie 147, Roland PK-5 MIDI bass pedals, Volume pedal for Hammond XK-3C, Sustain pedal for Kurzweil K2661, Panic footswitch, 2 JR-2 Remote footswitches for the Radial SW-8 switchers, Footswitch to disable the MIDI output of the K2600, Footswitch to turn mic on and off for talking to the band, monitor guy or FOH, Sustain pedal and volume pedal for Kurzweil K2600x, Inc & Dec for K2600x intra-song program changes.


    David Rosenthal Onstage Rig (Billy Joel Tour 2014)

    Onstage Keyboard Rig:

    • Keyboards (left to right): Roland Fantom-G6, Kurzweil 2661 above Hammond XK-3C, MacBook Pro used for screen-sharing to remotely control the 2 MainStage computers under the stage, 2 iPads running Unreal Book for set list-driven program changes (backup iPad not shown), and Kurzweil K2600x.

    • On Floor (Left to Right): Fast/slow footswitch for the Leslie 147, Roland PK-5 MIDI bass pedals, Volume pedal for Hammond XK-3C, Sustain pedal for Kurzweil K2661, Panic footswitch, 2 JR-2 Remote footswitches for the Radial SW-8 switchers, Footswitch to disable the MIDI output of the K2600, Footswitch to turn mic on and off for talking to the band, monitor guy or FOH, Sustain pedal and volume pedal for Kurzweil K2600x, Inc & Dec for K2600x intra-song program changes.


    David Rosenthal Understage Rig (Billy Joel Tour 2014)

    Understage Rack from 2014 comprising 2 identical and fully redundant Mainstage systems:

    • (Top to Bottom) 2 MacBook Pros running Mainstage (on top of rack) , Monster Pro2500 power conditioner, 2 Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt enclosures with 2 external SSD’s in each, 2 MOTU UltraLite Mk3, 2 MOTU MIDI Express XT Interfaces, 2 Muse Research Receptor 2 Pro+ host machines each with an 8 channel RME A/D converter, 2 Radial SW8 audio switchers, Netgear Ethernet switcher and router, 2 space vented grill, TripLite UPS.

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