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Title: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 08, 2010, 10:22:56 PM
Warning: Geeky Muso Thread Alert.

If you're not keen on the techy side of music, run for your lives now. This thread is NOT for you.  ;)

I'm starting this thread up simply because I wanted to let everybody who is musically minded out the exactly how cool the free stuff on the Native Instruments Website is. Not only do they have their Kore 2 Player softsynth available for free along with a whacking sound library of great instruments, right now you can download a 'best of' set of sound patches culled from the Kore sound library series as well.

I did just as they suggested and after trying them out, I was a very happy bunny indeed

Kore 2 Player
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/kore-player/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/kore-player/)

Holiday Selection 2009 Patches (not sure how long these will be available for)
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kore/holiday-selection-2009/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kore/holiday-selection-2009/)

(http://rekkerd.org/img/articles/ni_kore2_software_edition.jpg)

As freebies go for musicians. I found this to be very, very nice selection of kit for N.I. to pass on to us poor befuddled mortals. Naturally I understand that like any pusher wishing to get you hooked, the first sample is always free but as my cupboard is not exactly empty in the soft syth department, I found it to be a very nice addition to my sound set and my saliva glands didn't go into overdrive too much.

Over and above this (and if your nerve is strong enough) you can also download demo versions of the nifty Absyth 5 soft synth and my personal fav bit of kit currently, the madness that is the 'build your own sounds from the ground up' synth/beatmaker/FX unit that is Reaktor 5.

Admittedly these demo versions are save disabled i.e you can't save any new patches and it only works for 30 mins before quitting (and you have to load it again) but for me....ho ho ho...30 minutes with these babies is plenty of time for me to jam out some madness, print the results to Pro Tools and have some electronic backing sitting around to jam over to create new songs. Thank you N.I.

Absynth 2 (The demo version button is in the top right of the box)
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/absynth-5/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/absynth-5/)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FMBJEkaC8Lw/Sp2bQ6Ghe5I/AAAAAAAAqSs/7JC7R6SurPk/s400/NI_Absynth_5.jpg)

Reaktor 5 (The demo version button is in the top right of the box)
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/reaktor-5/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/reaktor-5/)

(http://www.myninjaplease.com/robotninja/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/reaktor-5.jpg)

I know this might sound like a free advert for N.I. but I really do think the free/demo stuff is excellent value for money if you are working on a budget and need some top quality sounds for your studio for bugger all dosh.

Naturally, if anyone out there knows of any other sites or kit that we should be made aware of (it doesn't have to be free although free is always nice), by all means post your thoughts/observations/opinions here.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2010, 02:28:54 AM
Hooray! A gear thread where I can ask questions and really show myself up as the clueless novice I am!  :D  Seriously, thank you so much for pointing this out, Simon! I had a quick gander at the list of sounds on offer and as soon as my eye fell on "Hammond organ" I was sold. It's downloading now. I then saw "drum machines from the 70s and 80s" and I now can't wait to get my hands on it. Obviously, the first thing I'm going to do is to try and recreate the intro sounds to Duchess.  ;)

Thanks again! I'm going to have so much fun with this. I can't name them off the top of my head, but I can ask a mate about free VSTs and such. I'm certain he's mentioned a fair few with some great stuff on them.

I get back to my keyboard in three days and oh yes, there will be Prog.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Ash on January 09, 2010, 09:38:22 AM
I always get disappointed that you are not talking about the other sort of gear...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 09, 2010, 10:32:02 AM
 :D :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 09, 2010, 11:36:00 PM
You all may know about this already, but Computer Music magazine has a cover-mounted DVD every month with a brilliant selection of freeware stuff, including sequencers, soft synths, drum machines, etc. They also have 'exclusive', cut-down editions of commercial packages - usually not cut down very much, in fact.

I'm an Ableton Live user - I use it for recording TEP, and also for my own noodlings on guitar and synths. It's a bit of a late starter as a 'proper' digital audio workstation package, but I find the interface far more intuitive than the others I've tried. Another DAW I used for a while is Reaper, which can be downloaded as a 'try before you buy' package, with licenses for not-for-profit use being pretty inexpensive. I also toyed with FLStudio (formerly Fruity Loops) for a while, during my demonic 'dance' phase.

Soft synth wise, I love tinkering with GForce's MTron, which is a pretty faithful re-creation of a classic Mellotron 400, down to the coffee-cup stain on top of the virtual keyboard panel :) I'm also a long-time user of Reason, which I use pretty much as a mega-rack of synths and samplers. I also have EZDrummer, though I'm considering moving up to BFD (cheers for the tip, Simon, the demo is excellent!).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 10, 2010, 12:12:45 AM
I usually tend to use open source software whenever I can.

Not only is it free but the community support you get is excellent.

I can recommend everybody into DAWs to download Ubuntu Studio, a Ubuntu linux distribution aimed at creative people.

(http://minux.conm.ph/images/ubuntu_studio.jpg)

For commercial packages I am partial to Logic Studio, just the samples/instruments is worth the price.

(http://www.tweakheadz.com/images/LogicStudio_3DBox_.jpg)

I use a Korg Kontrol 49 to enter notes into my DAW.

(http://www.purehousemusic.net/kitpics/KRONTROL49.jpg)

But I tend to not have time to do anything with my gear :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on January 10, 2010, 08:12:00 AM
I have a guitar. It has a knob that makes it go quieter and louder. It also has a volume control.  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Ash on January 10, 2010, 08:21:18 AM
 ;D humour them Jim, at least this is just a thread, there's a whole board of this in frost*ieland  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 10, 2010, 09:43:22 AM
I usually tend to use open source software whenever I can.

Not only is it free but the community support you get is excellent.

I can recommend everybody into DAWs to download Ubuntu Studio, a Ubuntu linux distribution aimed at creative people.
I'd love to use Ubuntu Studio, I like the idea - but Linux support for decent sound hardware is crappy. I've got a Novation Nio 2/4, which is a natty little device that didn't cost very much, but I can't get it to work with Linux at all. And I've been hacking on Unix-like operating systems for years, so it's not for want of trying hard  :-\

Added to which, you get used to using a certain bit of software.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 10, 2010, 09:44:14 AM
I have a guitar. It has a knob that makes it go quieter and louder. It also has a volume control.  ::)
You have more than one guitar, Jim, I'm sure of this - so don't try to hide your anorak under a bushel (or some other tortured metaphor).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 10, 2010, 11:04:30 AM
I'm almost certain I'm going to buy a Microkorg XL at the end of January. Behold!

(http://www.tvmusicshop.com/media/959.jpg)

From what I've read, it'll be a nice addition to this year's main project, a project which I've been planning for about seven years and will now hopefully be set in motion. The KOASS effects will hopefully allow me to warp sound in many interesting and insane ways and the vocoder will just be great fun.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on January 10, 2010, 01:07:15 PM
I have a guitar. It has a knob that makes it go quieter and louder. It also has a volume control.  ::)
You have more than one guitar, Jim, I'm sure of this - so don't try to hide your anorak under a bushel (or some other tortured metaphor).

OK... you asked for it...

I have:

A 1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard with Gibson Alnico humbucker pickups
A mid 90s Fender Stratocaster with standard Fender pickups and a Floyd Rose locking tremolo
A Squier Stratocaster with retro fitted EMG SA active pickups (for that genuine David Gilmour/Steve Rothery chiming clean sound).
A Variax 300. Not sure what I can tell you about this without using all the pages this forum will ever be allowed. It's amazing.

A mid 60s Marshall 100 watt solid state amplifier. This was one of the first solid state amps Marshall ever made and somehow, they managed to build into it all the warmth you would expect from a valve amp. It simply sings when put through my...

Mid 60s Marshall 4x12 angled speaker cabinet, tweed fronted with 4 Celestion vintage c30 speakers. Both the amp and cab used to belong to Tom Robinson ("2, 4, 6, 8 never too late" for those who don't know who I'm talking about). It was given to me by a friend who needed to clear some room at home. He tells me that this amp and cab combination once appeared on the front cover and in a feature "article" of specialist gentleman's one-handed rhythmic reading journal, Razzle. A friend of his is a glamour photographer and was doing a "British Rock Chicks" shoot for said publication. My chum went along and spent more time there than is strictly healthy for a) a married man and b) a Police Officer.

All this lovelyness is shaped and molded by the addition of:

A Line 6 X3 Pro, Amp modeling pre-amp and effects unit. This too would take too much space to talk about but aside from my Les Paul, this is the best and awesomest piece of equipment I have ever used.
A Line 6 XT Pro (the little brother of the X3 Pro)
An Alesis Midiverb
An Alesis Quadraverb
A Roland Guitar synth unit

All of these are controlled from a Line 6 FBV longboard pedal board and foot controller which has a built-in Wah and Volume pedal. This too is a miracle of modern technology and engineering.

Lastly, why did no one spot the deliberate attempt at self-depreciating humour in my original post about the knob and the volume control. Or was it just too oblique for a Sunday morning?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 10, 2010, 02:06:54 PM
I noticed, Jim.   :)  It's about the only comment that made any sense to me in this thread.

I don't really understand all this tech-talk - but what I will say is that whatever stuff that you (ie. the band) have, you sure know how to make it sound great.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Nellie on January 10, 2010, 03:49:40 PM
This thread really isn't going to last very long, is it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Ash on January 10, 2010, 05:24:29 PM
Are you saying that Fishtankers are not as nerdy as Frost*ies?  ;D

I am going to not hijack this thread anymore.  I mucked about with the guitar thread and that died a death.  Though when Jim posts such things as "...He tells me that this amp and cab combination once appeared on the front cover and in a feature "article" of specialist gentleman's one-handed rhythmic reading journal, Razzle."  it is hard to be serious.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 10, 2010, 06:50:50 PM
I watch Top Gear quite often.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 10, 2010, 07:31:05 PM
I watch Top Gear quite often.

Yes. You've already admitted to a J Clarkson crush I believe  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 10, 2010, 11:08:39 PM
A mid 90s Fender Stratocaster with standard Fender pickups and a Floyd Rose locking tremolo

I do very much like that guitar in your collection Jimbo. It looks good and it sounds fab!

*presses envy button with abandon*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 10, 2010, 11:46:18 PM
*presses envy button with abandon*
Hmm, which band?...and is your space bar playing up... ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 13, 2010, 08:47:55 PM
Didn't last long did it  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 14, 2010, 11:18:46 PM
And update on new gear. I found a VST developer who runs a site called Blue Noise. All of the stuff he has is free and I must recommend the drum plug in 'My Drumset'. For a free VST, it is brilliant value for money. On a par with EZ drummer in some instances I think.

http://www.bluenoise.no/ (http://www.bluenoise.no/)

(http://rekkerd.org/img/articles/bluenoise_plugins_Mydrumset.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 14, 2010, 11:57:11 PM
And update on new gear. I found a VST developer who runs s site called Blue Noise. All of the stuff he has is free and I must recommend the drum plug in 'My Drumset'. For a free VST, it is brilliant value for money. On a par with EZ drummer in some instances I think.

http://www.bluenoise.no/ (http://www.bluenoise.no/)
Coo, it looks really easy to use - and when it comes to drums, I NEED easy to use! Thanks for poting this, Simon, it may have just saved me some dosh on a posher drum 'kit'. That's another curry I owe you :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 15, 2010, 12:32:59 AM
This has to be the best VST ever. It has a button that says ROCK!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 15, 2010, 10:20:14 AM
Glad it might help out Wilf. The results I have so far sound pretty good. Excellent for demo work.

Bo - You made me spill my Mars drink.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 15, 2010, 01:29:25 PM
Bo - You made me spill my Mars drink.
Oh dear, better make her another one....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 15, 2010, 04:02:19 PM
Pedro will be here all week.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 15, 2010, 10:25:24 PM
Yes, sorry about that. :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 16, 2010, 02:26:26 PM
I think I might invest in one of these.

(http://www.connectreviews.com/images/ergotron_lxdeskmount.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 16, 2010, 02:39:22 PM
That is a nice bit of kit. I wonder what is the largest size monitor it could hold before drooping?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 16, 2010, 02:46:36 PM
heh

Simon said drooping.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 16, 2010, 03:10:00 PM
More likely to rip the back edge of your Ikea fuzzy-edged sky-hook table thingy...

Is that intended for a touchscreen tablet thing (at least at that angle)?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 16, 2010, 04:45:11 PM
That is a nice bit of kit. I wonder what is the largest size monitor it could hold before drooping?

According to my favourite Jesuit father Robert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUuNbb2Bx4A) it can support two 24" monitors.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 18, 2010, 04:45:21 PM
Oh great, another great looking free VST appears when I can't download it. Thanks, Godfrey.  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 18, 2010, 04:59:52 PM
I'm such a tease.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 20, 2010, 04:42:39 PM
My photo gear software:

(http://di1.shopping.com/images1/pi/6d/29/4e/68349087-260x260-0-0_Trust+TB+7300+Wide+Design+Tablet.jpg)

(http://www.letsgodigital.org/images/artikelen/63/adobe-photoshop-cs4.jpg)

(http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:2kICQ1zuOq-_QM:http://reflectivemoments.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Lightroom3-300x294.jpg)

(http://www.stefanoforenza.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/gimp_logo.png)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Digikam-icon.png)

(http://bibblelabs.com/products/bibble5/b5-header.png)





Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 21, 2010, 11:23:05 AM
That reads 7.8 on the sexy-o-meter Bo.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 21, 2010, 11:46:15 AM
Next thing you know he'll be wiggling his bum!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 21, 2010, 11:58:30 AM
...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 22, 2010, 01:33:31 PM
My photo gear software:

(http://di1.shopping.com/images1/pi/6d/29/4e/68349087-260x260-0-0_Trust+TB+7300+Wide+Design+Tablet.jpg)


That looks like an Etch-A-Sketch!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 22, 2010, 03:26:39 PM
Shake to reboot.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 23, 2010, 03:42:04 PM
As I get paid on Monday and I have not reached my overdraft limit, I have invested in a pair of studio monitors.

(http://www.roland.com/products/en/MA-7A/images/image_03_M.jpg)

I can now properly enjoy Paul's bass.


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3636/3480022659_c5458477af.jpg)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/3480022659/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 23, 2010, 10:35:27 PM
I've been playing with my music stuff today, so here we go with my own little contribution to the geeky stuff :)

The computer I use for making music is an HP EliteBook 8530w:

(http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/images/emea/hp-elitebook-8530w-mobile-workstation_400x400.jpg)

Intel Core Duo T9400 processor running at 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB hard disk, 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise. Laptops look boring, really - but it does the job really nicely.

The sound card built in to laptops is generally crap, so I use a USB one, a Novation Nio 2|4:

(http://www.novationmusic.com/product_image/normal/24.jpg)

This is a little gem of a box, two inputs, four outputs, two separate, independently-controllable headphone sockets, and a myriad of routing options. You get a lot of punch for your hundred and thirty quid.

I have a pair of KRK RP5 near-field monitors, which both look and sound the business:

(http://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/store/skins/Neutrino/php/getImg.php?src=/store/images/uploads/krkrp5g2.jpg)

Getting hold of these babies was a revelation, I can really hear what I'm doing now. I use them when I'm recording TEP too.

I've got two mics, a Rode NT1-A and a Shure SM-58:

(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/10229_l.jpg)(http://www.shure.com/stellent/groups/public/@gms_gmi_web_us/documents/web_resource/site_img_us_pro_sm58s_l.jpg)

The Rode is the one I use when recording podcasts.

My main recording software is Ableton Live 8:

(http://cdn1.ableton.com/resource/b593ffc7adcf1a8a3a28f48d3e2571d3/arrangement_view.png)

I can't say enough about it, in terms of useability it knocks all the others into a cocked hat as far as I'm concerned.

I also have Propellerhead Reason, which I use as an instrument rack - I hardly ever use the sequencer in it:

(http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/closeup/rack/rack_120.jpg)(http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/closeup/sequencer/sequencer_120.jpg)

The Korg PadKONTROL is designed mainly for drum programming, but I use it mainly for triggering songs when recording podcasts:

(http://www.korg.com/uploads/Images/padKONTROL_BK_top_633885190850560000.png)

Mine's white, though :)

I've also got a Korg MIDI keyboard controller which hardly gets used, so I won't show a picture of it. I've also got a couple of electric guitars - an Ibanez SA260 in cornflower blue sunburst, and my trusty Westone Thunder 1-A - two acoustic six-strings (the Washburn D-15 my parents bought me for my sixteenth birthday, and a Takamine electro-acoustic), a Fender 12-string acoustic, and a cheap but really useful bass guitar made by a company called Harrier, who sell exclusively via eBay. Somewhere in the attic there's a no-name mandolin, which I haven't touched for years...to the best of my memory it played reasonably well. Being a hopeless leftie all of my guitars are that way inclined.

My old Roland Spirit 50 amp - which I got for my eighteenth birthday - is still in perfect working order. Lovely little amp, with built-in footswitch-controlled overdrive...saw me through countless gigs, and incidentally was Rog Patterson's main amp for quite a sizeable chunk of Twice Bitten's career (I have to have some claim to fame!).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 23, 2010, 11:06:53 PM
I've always fancied a pair of KRK's myself but if I had a bit of extra dosh, I'd plump for a set of Mackie 824s.

(http://www.mypay-computers-credit.com/wp-content/uploads/mackie-hr824mk2-front-rear.jpg)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 23, 2010, 11:09:52 PM
I've always fancied a pair of KRK's myself but if I had a bit of extra dosh, I'd plump for a set of Mackie 824s.
Oh yes, they're the business. The main reason I went for the KRKs was their relatively low price, to be honest, and they got some pretty decent reviews. I haven't been disappinted :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 23, 2010, 11:11:03 PM
My gear:talent ratio is ludicrously skewed in favour of the gear - I can't really *play* any of it "properly".
So they're really just expensive toys but I love trying to use them and, extremely rarely, something comes out that doesn't sound too bad.  ;)

A pretty generic Quad core PC - 2GB + 2x 500GB HDD (picture not really necessary)

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o265/waitepb/KorgTriton.jpg)

(http://www.directproaudio.com/images/products/tascam-fw-1082.jpg)

(http://music-recording.co.uk/files/images/tannoy-reveal-5A.jpg)

(http://www.achamilton.co.uk/drums/pictures/td12ksm.JPG)

(http://images.miretail.com/products/full/Line6/633931027464489428.jpg)

(http://www.sweepyto.net/Tests/images_tests/430.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 23, 2010, 11:15:17 PM
I've always fancied a pair of KRK's myself but if I had a bit of extra dosh, I'd plump for a set of Mackie 824s.
I haven't been disappinted :)
Good gear shouldn't take away your beer...

I tried to buy KRK RP6 monitors but I couldn't get a pair without build issues. When the second replacements went phut at high volume (nearly giving me a bluey in the process) I decided to call it a day.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 29, 2010, 12:08:01 PM
Yesterday, I ordered one of these...

(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/60023_l.jpg)

I went to York on Monday (Railway Museum is still awesome after 10 years of absence!) and had a quick widdle on that Microkorg XL I was intending to buy. Didn't like the build quality one bit and my small, fat, stubby fingers didn't go well with the tiny keys.

So, I have reverted to my original plan. I should have it sometime next week!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 29, 2010, 02:21:21 PM
Yesterday, I ordered one of these...

(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/60023_l.jpg)

I went to York on Monday (Railway Museum is still awesome after 10 years of absence!) and had a quick widdle on that Microkorg XL I was intending to buy. Didn't like the build quality one bit and my small, fat, stubby fingers didn't go well with the tiny keys.

So, I have reverted to my original plan. I should have it sometime next week!  ;D

Cool... but what about your grant ? Or do you now intend to live outside until next year  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 29, 2010, 02:33:53 PM
I went to York on Monday (Railway Museum is still awesome after 10 years of absence!) and had a quick widdle on that Microkorg XL I was intending to buy...

 :o

I sincerely hope you wiped it down afterwards.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on February 01, 2010, 02:26:30 AM
Saw this gizmo advertised in SoundOnSound magazine. Don't know if finding a rehearsal space is an issue for the band (prolly harder just to get everyone together these days) but this looks like it could help if noise is a problem...provided that the drummer is using an e-kit (or Handsonic wotsit) and the singer doesn't have to get too shouty.
www.jamhub.com

No, it's nothing to do with jam and they don't make a nutellahub...sadly...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 01, 2010, 03:58:53 PM
Yeah I've seen similar bits of kit in the past (although not as specialised). They are dead handy if you struggle with good rehearsal facilities.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 01, 2010, 11:10:07 PM
Yesterday, I ordered one of these...

(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/60023_l.jpg)

I went to York on Monday (Railway Museum is still awesome after 10 years of absence!) and had a quick widdle on that Microkorg XL I was intending to buy. Didn't like the build quality one bit and my small, fat, stubby fingers didn't go well with the tiny keys.

So, I have reverted to my original plan. I should have it sometime next week!  ;D

Cool... but what about your grant ? Or do you now intend to live outside until next year  :)

This side of the year smiles particularly kindly on grants and various ammounts of money - it's not long until the next payment!  ;D  Cue inevitable grumblings about the government and kids who "don't know they're born these days"...  :P

However, I will be saving all forthcoming money (with exception to small doses I set aside for food, rent and Tinyfish at The Peel in April) to get myself one of these hopefully around September time...

(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/Future%20Music/Issue%20200/Roland-FantomG6-front-460-80.jpg)

Well, either that one or the X6. I need to do quite a bit of research on which one's "better". But anyways! A Fantom will be mine, all miiiiiiiiine! *Evil genious laughter*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 01, 2010, 11:29:46 PM
*Evil genious laughter*

Save some money for a spellchecker, student scum !!!  >:(

 ::)

 ;)

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=genious (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=genious)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 02, 2010, 09:15:31 AM
Well, you can see what Mouse has done there, he's simply taken the "in" off "ingenious".  Shame English doesn't work that way. But as your splendid link informs us, James, "only a genious can spell 'genious' correctly..."  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 02, 2010, 09:35:19 AM
Blimey...when I were a student you were lucky if you had enough money to string your guitar! David "Three Strings" Elliott, they used to call me!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 02, 2010, 09:38:05 AM
So that's what gave Seasick Steve the idea!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 02, 2010, 09:44:18 AM
So that's what gave Seasick Steve the idea!
He bases vast amounts of his style, from a visual/sartorial perspective, on me :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2010, 11:17:42 AM
I think the Fantom is Jem's weapon of choice onstage, I could be wrong. He always did have a thing for Roland gear.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on February 02, 2010, 01:23:31 PM
I think the Fantom is Jem's weapon of choice onstage, I could be wrong. He always did have a thing for Roland gear.  ;)
You're not wrong - he's dabbled with V-Synths and such like but always in addition to the Fantom.
A G6 is the current 'flavourite' I believe.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 03, 2010, 09:54:08 PM
Yeah, it's all his fault.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 18, 2010, 10:53:30 AM
More free stuff, this time VST related from: GVST.

http://www.gvst.co.uk/index.htm (http://www.gvst.co.uk/index.htm)

GBand - Band-pass filter.
GChorus - Chorus effect.
GClip - Wave-shaping signal clipper.
GComp - Compressor.
GComp2 - Compressor.
GDelay - Delay effect.
GDuckDly - Ducking delay effect.
GFader - Signal gain (-100 to 0 dB).
GGain - Signal gain (-12 to 12 dB).
GGate - Gate.
GGrain - Granular resynthesis.
GHi - High-pass filter.
GLow - Low-pass filter.
GMax - Limiter.
GMulti - Multi-band compressor and stereo enhancer.
GNormal - Noise generator for avoiding denormal problems.
GRevDly - Reverse delay effect.
GSnap - Pitch-correction.
GTune - Chromatic tuner.

Very interested in GSnap (Pitch-correction). You can control it via midi and is worth a look see.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 18, 2010, 11:12:38 AM
Some more stuff

Iblit, PolyIblit, Ersdrums and LazySnake by the talented Andreas Ersson -
http://www.bostreammail.net/ers/vstplugins.html
 (http://www.bostreammail.net/ers/vstplugins.html)
Rez, String Theory, Texture and Motion by the awesome Ugo -
http://www.ugoaudio.com/
 (http://www.ugoaudio.com/)
For fat analogue monosynth sounds, Da Hornet by Liqihsynth -
http://liqihsynth.com/catalogue.htm#Free
 (http://liqihsynth.com/catalogue.htm#Free)
For glitchy AFX/Squarepusher style sound effects try dBlue Glitch -
http://illformed.org/glitch/
 (http://illformed.org/glitch/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 18, 2010, 12:00:01 PM
More free stuff, this time VST related from: GVST.
Oooooh, thanks Simon - this looks very bad for my poor, groaning c:\Program Files\VSTPlugins folder :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on February 18, 2010, 01:22:05 PM
More free stuff, this time VST related from: GVST.
Oooooh, thanks Simon - this looks very bad for my poor, groaning c:\Program Files\VSTPlugins folder :)
You have a folder just for groaning plug-ins? I thought you'd stopped over-dubbing porn?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 18, 2010, 01:31:27 PM
You have a folder just for groaning plug-ins? I thought you'd stopped over-dubbing porn?
You go where the money is, Pedders, innit? ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 18, 2010, 03:24:07 PM
My fave freebie plugins:

The Minimogue - http://www.home.no/gunnare/ (http://www.home.no/gunnare/)
First discovered this when I used to use the superb [url-http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/Mixcraft[/url] DAW software, which is probably the most cost-effective bit of kit if you're interested in trying your hand at recording audio and/or MIDI. It comes bundled with Minimogue and a few other cute bits of freeware.

Some Cakewalk freebies - http://www.cakewalk.com/products/Gifts-for-musicians/existing_customer.asp (http://www.cakewalk.com/products/Gifts-for-musicians/existing_customer.asp)
The SFZ+ and Square instruments are fun, and the FX processors aren't bad either - look down towards the end of the page. These used to be 'pay for', but it's the usual thing, if you don't mind something that's a bit old and not quite cutting edge (and let's face it, we're all prog fans :)) these are just the ticket for no money...

Another glitch plug-in, dfx Buffer Override - http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/ (http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/)
Not as funky as the dBlue one, but again, at the price it's all worth playing with!

The TAL stuff is brilliant - http://kunz.corrupt.ch (http://kunz.corrupt.ch/)
The TAL-Elek7ro is probably the best, but they're all worth a play with. The Chorus-60 is one of the best chorus effects around, including the commercial ones.

Another great place to get stuff is Computer Music magazine. They have a cover DVD every month which often features an older version of a commercial plugin for free as well as a collection of VSTis and effects, some of which are genuinely useful - they call it the CM Collection. It's worth buying a single issue of the magazine just to get your hands on that, to be honest.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 18, 2010, 06:28:33 PM
how's about some free AU schtuff?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on February 18, 2010, 07:02:12 PM
How about free beer at Tinyfish gigs?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 18, 2010, 07:05:52 PM
Yes please, Bo - mine's a pint!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 18, 2010, 08:27:32 PM
I don't drink at gigs.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 18, 2010, 08:57:28 PM
how's about some free AU schtuff?
I believe the TAL plugins are available as AUs also, Rog.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 18, 2010, 10:04:01 PM
how's about some free AU schtuff?
I believe the TAL plugins are available as AUs also, Rog.

awesome!  thanks!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 20, 2010, 12:17:26 PM
Anyone here use Sibelius and if so, what, if any, DAW do you use as well ?

Also, any recommendation on good, but relatively inexpensive, audio interfaces that have MIDI I/O ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 20, 2010, 12:25:47 PM
well, I'm a Finale user, but I use Logic.  Tascam makes a good product, though I haven't used this particular unit: 144mkII (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/US144mk2/)

I have the Lexicon Omega (http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Omega/) which I like, and at school I have a Tascam Fireone (http://www.tascam.com/products/fireone.html) which is no longer made, but you can still find them.  it's a neat unit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 20, 2010, 02:12:02 PM
Also, any recommendation on good, but relatively inexpensive, audio interfaces that have MIDI I/O ?
I recommend the Novation NIO 2/4, Bert, which has MIDI I/O as well as two audio ins and four audio outs. USB2 connected, and dead easy to set up - powered from the USB bus (no PSU required) and has a phantom power supply for a condenser mic, should you need such a thing. The quality is good enough for 'proper' recording as well as podcasts...reviews have rated the DAC in it very highly.

I've used it for every TEP so far, and it's done me proud - about £130 if you shop around, maybe even less...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 20, 2010, 05:46:36 PM
I hate Sibelius.  >:(

(Sorry, no help.)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 21, 2010, 08:08:46 PM
 :D :D with Mouse


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 21, 2010, 08:10:22 PM
I hate Sibelius.  >:(

(Sorry, no help.)

Can I ask why ? It looks pretty fantastic to me. But then, I'm not an expert.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 21, 2010, 08:14:57 PM
I hate Sibelius.  >:(

(Sorry, no help.)

Can I ask why ? It looks pretty fantastic to me. But then, I'm not an expert.

my guess is, like me, he learned on Finale. and if you learn on one, the other one just doesn't make sense!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 21, 2010, 09:08:14 PM
I hate Sibelius.  >:(

(Sorry, no help.)

Can I ask why ? It looks pretty fantastic to me. But then, I'm not an expert.

It's just so unecessarily fiddly and complicated. All the obvious controls you'd use for every other piece of software are turned out in favour of it's own system.  Overblown, drawn out and just so incredibly annoying.  >:(

Rant over. Rog, I'm afraid I've never heard of Finale. They tried to teach us how to use Sibelius on my course, and every one of us agreed it was rubbish. It's a good thing we're not actually required to use it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 21, 2010, 09:11:06 PM
Rog, I'm afraid I've never heard of Finale.
Huw uses it for music at school - he's currently working on a prog rock epic for piano, xylophone and theramin :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 21, 2010, 09:15:10 PM
 :D :D Excellent!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 22, 2010, 03:07:58 AM
at least over here, Finale and Sibelius are the two major music notation players.  I think Sibelius grew out of a UK company and something called Acorn, though I could be remembering that totally incorrectly!

I really want to like Sibelius since he's my favorite composer.  (besides the Godfrey Bros., of course.)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 22, 2010, 09:27:01 AM
Rog, I'm afraid I've never heard of Finale.
Huw uses it for music at school - he's currently working on a prog rock epic for piano, xylophone and theramin :)

Put in a part for harmonica and I'll tour with him!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 22, 2010, 09:59:54 AM

Put in a part for harmonica and I'll tour with him!
Rob'N'Spoffo - excellent :)

Rob, are you familiar with the harmonica-playing of Mr. Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 22, 2010, 11:45:00 AM
I know that Sibelius has strong links with Digidesign (the company that makes and sells Pro Tools).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 22, 2010, 03:40:39 PM

Put in a part for harmonica and I'll tour with him!
Rob'N'Spoffo - excellent :)

Rob, are you familiar with the harmonica-playing of Mr. Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne?

Not consciously, no - I'm more of a Bob Dylan man...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 22, 2010, 04:10:10 PM
Not consciously, no - I'm more of a Bob Dylan man...
Well, that's fine too...

<does his best insane plotting face>


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 25, 2010, 10:47:01 AM
Now looking for a decent (but free or at least v. cheap) softwear vocoder.

*cue hunting music*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on February 25, 2010, 12:12:13 PM
Now looking for a decent (but free or at least v. cheap) softwear vocoder.
Fur-lined?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 25, 2010, 01:06:16 PM
Do they make the furry ones in Simon's size?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 25, 2010, 01:08:05 PM
Now looking for a decent (but free or at least v. cheap) softwear vocoder.

*cue hunting music*
I can help you there if you don't mind mucking around with ReWire, Simon.

Actually, what am I saying, it works as a VSTi as well.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 25, 2010, 01:50:13 PM
Now looking for a decent (but free or at least v. cheap) softwear vocoder.
Fur-lined?
Preferably yes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 25, 2010, 02:09:42 PM
Do you want the matching gloves ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 25, 2010, 02:14:13 PM
...and do the collar and cuffs have to match? :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 25, 2010, 04:19:42 PM
...and do the collar and cuffs have to match? :D

ahem... there are ladies present  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 25, 2010, 04:26:05 PM
Prog...ladies...nah


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 25, 2010, 04:29:35 PM
Prog...ladies...nah

Good point well made  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 25, 2010, 04:49:28 PM
Oi!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 25, 2010, 04:57:57 PM
Who said that ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 17, 2010, 02:27:31 PM
Stumbled across this on the KVR Audio site - The Open Ambience Project (http://dallashodgson.info/articles/OpenAmbienceProject/)

I understand maybe half of what's being said here - but what this bit of kit seems to do is emulate something called K-Stereo, designed by the legendary Bob Katz, which enhances the clarity of sound. The main difference between the two appears to be that K-Stereo costs US$900, and this baby is free.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on March 17, 2010, 07:33:02 PM
Who said that ?
The lady with the 'tash...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 18, 2010, 02:53:37 PM
Stumbled across this on the KVR Audio site - The Open Ambience Project (http://dallashodgson.info/articles/OpenAmbienceProject/)

I understand maybe half of what's being said here - but what this bit of kit seems to do is emulate something called K-Stereo, designed by the legendary Bob Katz, which enhances the clarity of sound. The main difference between the two appears to be that K-Stereo costs US$900, and this baby is free.
I shall investigate this tonight sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 25, 2010, 02:16:58 PM
For all you you geeks (including myself), I give you the new Commodore 64!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/25/commodore_64_redux/ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/25/commodore_64_redux/)
(http://media.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/news/3218354/New%20Commodore%2064_360.jpg)

As you can see, real men everywhere are thoroughly excited.

(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e312/Sigod/large.jpg?t=1269526828)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 25, 2010, 03:11:03 PM
(http://www.cardinalfang.net/misc/images/lego/much_rejoicing.jpg)

And there was much rejoicing


Title: Re: The Gear Threadjavascript:void(0);
Post by: hoboslobo on March 25, 2010, 08:35:51 PM
For all you you geeks (including myself), I give you the new Commodore 64!

Does it come with FastLoad?

(http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p193/dauger75/ebay/3a84_1.jpg)

BTW Why would I need a new one. I still have the old one at home in Norway. I do suspect that  none of the 650 floppy disks I have work any more.

The Sundance Kid (ACE - Actual Cracking Entertainment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXqoCmd3d7Y))

I loved the c64. I learned how to program, write music and socialize thanks to this little computer.  I remember going to a cracking-party in a little small town in the middle of nowhere in Norway. 250 kids turned up at the community hall and spent the rest of the weekend copying games, playing games, creating demos and drinking.

I do not think that town ever recovered.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on March 26, 2010, 10:19:40 PM
All this synth sound on Synth Britannia is making me want to listen to the music on the games for my old SNES. Gotta love computer game music!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 26, 2010, 10:33:23 PM
There's actually a musical genre that centres around making music out of these old soundchips called (rather unsuprisingly) Chiptune.

Check out Falco Lombardo at a well know live venue.  ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZgyQQlCUcQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZgyQQlCUcQ)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on March 29, 2010, 12:29:26 PM
So, taking a very trepiditious step into this area of the forum, and not wanting to be like that bloke in the Hi-Fi shop sketch on Not the Nine O Clock news, amongst all you pro and semi-pro musos etc, I thought I'd mention that I've decided to probably buy one of these for my new (very amateur) studio and band project. I thought it looked quite neat and has the added advantage of being a mixer too.

I want to be able to trigger some parts and stuff live, which you can do from the SD card (I hope those are the right terms, it's all so confusing)

The software line up and instrument suite looks fantastic for the price.

Anyone got one ? Whaddya think ? Or am I making a huge mistake ?

(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/Computer%20Music/Issue%20145/cakewalk-vs-100/cakewalk-vs100-main-850-100.jpg)

Also, I was at a Craig Blundell V-Drums demo the other week, and he was playing his V-drums through one of these

(http://worldwide.bose.com/axa/en_au/assets/images/en/products/l1_model1_single_pkg/l1_model1_single_pkg_bl_med.jpg)

It was simply staggering. A couple of these and, apparently, you can dispense with a backline, monitors and a PA. Although they're pricey, you aren't shelling out for the rest. Anyone know any more/use them ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on March 29, 2010, 01:14:11 PM
(http://worldwide.bose.com/axa/en_au/assets/images/en/products/l1_model1_single_pkg/l1_model1_single_pkg_bl_med.jpg)

It was simply staggering. A couple of these and, apparently, you can dispense with a backline, monitors and a PA. Although they're pricey, you aren't shelling out for the rest. Anyone know any more/use them ?

Steve Rothery owns two of them and Mr h, Pete and Rothers use them when they do their Los Trios Marillos gigs. Rothers is good mates with a guy called Andy who's the head of Sales at Bose UK. As a result, Los Trios performed at the International Motor Show at The ExCel Centre in 2008 on the Bose stand using nothing but these (plus instruments and FX, naturally!).

And yes, they are astonishing. Andy told me if I wanted he could get one for me at cost. I think I'd buy a second Les Paul first though!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 01:14:25 PM
It looks like good value, for sure, Bert. The software behind it looks like a 'special' (which usually means 'cut down') version of Cakewalk Sonar, which is supposedly very good, though I've not used it myself. There's a lot of features for the price, for sure - my favourite place for such things, Absolute Music, is showing it at four hundred notes.

I found some reviews here (http://emusician.com/daw/cakewalk_sonar_vstudio_100_review/) and here (http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/product-review-v-studio-100-from/), both of which seem reasonably balanced.

The idea I like is that you can record without your computer - well, that and the fact that you've got your control knobs and sound gubbins all in one box. Plenty of inputs too, useful if you're recording a band.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on March 29, 2010, 01:57:23 PM
Just had a quick browse through the Bose (http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/index.jsp) website, and I've fallen in love with them and simultaneously had my heart broken. So much delicious gear, but painful prices! I'm sure what you pay for is amazing quality, though. I've already been tempted by these headphones (http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/home-entertainment/headphones-and-headsets/acoustic-noise-cancelling-headphones/qc15/index.jsp).

(http://www.bose.co.uk/GB/en/Images/p_qc15_l_tcm6-26824.jpg)

Looks like I'll be looking for a job in the summer if I want to aquire these babies.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on March 29, 2010, 02:02:50 PM
or you could hold off on four pints of beer and get these:

http://www.dvhardware.net/review84_sennheiserhd201.html (http://www.dvhardware.net/review84_sennheiserhd201.html)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on March 29, 2010, 02:15:46 PM
I actually owned a pair last year! They were OK, but the cables were doing my head in. I've got some rather excellent Panasonics at the mo (can't remember the model, too lazy to find out), but I'm always on the lookout for my perfect set of headphones. A mate of mine got a £200 Denon set which are really rather super.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 02:30:01 PM
My 'perfect' headphones are these - got them last year, and they're fab - Sennheiser HD-25s

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41srx%2B6RiPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 29, 2010, 03:08:05 PM
You can't go far wrong with a pair of Sennheisers. They are my headphone of choice as well (the closed unit type I hasten to add).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on March 29, 2010, 04:00:26 PM
Don't know whether you could use them for production, but I swapped out my Shure in-ears for these a couple of months back

(http://www.klipsch.com/images/c/3723/80x80.aspx)

They are the complete canine's dangly bits.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 29, 2010, 07:47:28 PM
Don't know whether you could use them for production, but I swapped out my Shure in-ears for these a couple of months back

(http://www.klipsch.com/images/c/3723/80x80.aspx)

They are the complete canine's dangly bits.
I find using buds - even high-quality ones like those - doesn't work for me when I'm recording. But I guess it's whatever works for each person, innit? :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on April 07, 2010, 04:01:25 PM
(http://botropolis.com/wp-content/uploads/transforming-flash-drive.jpg)

I want one.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 07, 2010, 04:10:12 PM
Does it transform itself when you click on the Safely Remove Hardware button ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on April 08, 2010, 06:36:06 AM
Now THAT's cool!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 09, 2010, 10:12:28 PM
(http://botropolis.com/wp-content/uploads/transforming-flash-drive.jpg)

I want one.

OH MY GOD, I NEED ONE!  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 09, 2010, 11:23:13 PM
All the girls love a panther in your pants. Isn't that right girls?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 12, 2010, 09:37:06 AM
"60% of the time, it works every time"

and in other news, M-Audio still pants...


http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/04/10/review_audio_interface_m_audio_pro_tools_recording_studio/ (http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/04/10/review_audio_interface_m_audio_pro_tools_recording_studio/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 12, 2010, 10:04:25 AM
and in other news, M-Audio still pants...
No phantom power - that's useful, then...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 12, 2010, 10:29:16 AM
Don't get me started with M-audio and Pro Tools.  >:( The very minimum you need to record well using Pro Tools is an LE system and don't let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 12, 2010, 02:56:09 PM
For a while I used an M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, which was okay with Cubase, though the ASIO drivers were a trifle shonky, and could drop out for seemingly no reason. I took some advice from a friend who is a serious electronics buff that says an internal card isn't going to cut it for reasonable quality audio as the RF environment is incredibly hostile and causes serious EM interference.

Then I sallied with the NI Audio Kontrol, a USB device which sounds great - except again, the drivers are shocking. The NIO is brilliant - cost less than the AK, and you get huge amounts of control over monitoring, really low latency, and it looks really cool :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 12, 2010, 03:08:20 PM
'a trifle shonky'
What a great phrase.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 12, 2010, 04:13:39 PM
I thought you would appreciate the finer technicalities of that expression, Mr. Simon :) "Shonky" says all that needs to be said in such situations...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on April 12, 2010, 04:26:31 PM
ah, but what are the perhaps-not-so-subtle differences between "shonky" and "wonky"?

pigeon minds want to know.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 13, 2010, 02:26:22 PM
Shonky = dubious, underhanded
Wonky = shaky or unsteady, or not in correct alignment; askew, or liable to break down or develop a fault


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on April 13, 2010, 02:29:00 PM
Shonky = dubious, underhanded
Wonky = shaky or unsteady, or not in correct alignment; askew, or liable to break down or develop a fault

thank you.  hopefully my pigeon mind can retain such knowledge.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 13, 2010, 02:32:02 PM
'a trifle shonky'
What a great phrase.  :D

That was the only part of the post I actually understood.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on April 13, 2010, 02:32:50 PM
'a trifle shonky'
What a great phrase.  :D

That was the only part of the post I actually understood.

one must reach deeply to find their pigeon self.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on April 13, 2010, 02:34:14 PM
Shonky = dubious, underhanded
Wonky = shaky or unsteady, or not in correct alignment; askew, or liable to break down or develop a fault

Plonky =  an alocholic, who is partial to cheap drinks such as white star.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 13, 2010, 02:35:30 PM
'a trifle shonky'
What a great phrase.  :D

That was the only part of the post I actually understood.


one must reach deeply to find their pigeon self.
;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 13, 2010, 02:46:04 PM
I'm not going too deeply, though

(http://fraserburghfcsc.co.uk/links/PIGEON.JPG)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 13, 2010, 02:49:06 PM
is that Lieutenant Pigeon?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 13, 2010, 03:11:21 PM
It is indeed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 13, 2010, 03:24:35 PM
I never knew Mary Whitehouse was in Lieutenant Pigeon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 13, 2010, 03:37:05 PM
I thought it was Mrs Mills


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 13, 2010, 03:43:26 PM
so did I, but seeing as she was actually musical...

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jX9QklC3G4E/SyvKlobcl6I/AAAAAAAACF4/_ngQ8Xy5DLk/s400/Look+Mum+No+Hands.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 13, 2010, 03:52:47 PM
I thought it was Mrs Mills

(http://www.jla.co.uk/uploads/images/MillsBobD2.jpg)

"Leave my mum out of it, Godfrey, or I'll 'ave you !"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on April 14, 2010, 06:23:55 AM
Aah. Bob Mills. The most famous Leyton Orient supporter in... Leyton. Dead funny on "Fighting Talk" though.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 14, 2010, 09:07:44 AM
I used to enjoy "In Bed With Me Dinner"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 14, 2010, 09:12:23 AM
Ah, the programme with no fixed time slot that ITV used to fill the gaps...on at any time from 11pm til 4.30am


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 14, 2010, 09:24:54 PM
I got this today...

(http://www.overdrivemc.it/negozio/images/BossME-70Big.jpg)

It rawks.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 14, 2010, 09:50:55 PM
Kill the mods


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 14, 2010, 10:02:38 PM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rJBmix_SFsI/SQbygfuzSdI/AAAAAAAAADs/tRk7t3tcee0/s400/67_quadrophenia.jpg)

"We are the Mods! We are the Mods! We are, we are, we are the Mods!"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on April 14, 2010, 10:16:17 PM
I never had a scooter!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on April 15, 2010, 06:33:16 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_rJBmix_SFsI/SQbygfuzSdI/AAAAAAAAADs/tRk7t3tcee0/s400/67_quadrophenia.jpg)

"We are the Mods! We are the Mods! We are, we are, we are the Mods!"

Ah. Back when Leslie Ash was hot, Hot, HOT and Sting was already beginning to look like a self-absorbed knob-end. Those were the days, eh?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 20, 2010, 09:28:06 AM
Right, I'm sick of looking on the Internet because none of it works, and I don't know if this fits in with "gear", but does anyone know the HTML/CSS coding for changing the hyperlink border colour for websites? I've got annoying boxes around my linked images and I want them gone. Can anyone help/point me in the right direction/call me a bufoon?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 20, 2010, 09:31:19 AM
I've had a word with my web developer, Tim, and he'll be happy to have a look at your code and suggest what you need to do to sort it out - can you send me a copy, either posted here or in a pm, please?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 20, 2010, 09:33:56 AM
This is why I love the forum. It's one of the few places in this rotten world where everyone helps one another.   :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 20, 2010, 09:39:15 AM
a {
border: 0;
}

shoudl do it I think?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 20, 2010, 09:47:23 AM
Thanks everyone for such a speedy reply! I have just been given the coding by my tutor and everything is looking fine and dandy. You can now all just call me a buffoon, if you like.  :D

This is why I love the forum. It's one of the few places in this rotten world where everyone helps one another.   :)

Damn right! Thanks again, everyone.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 20, 2010, 10:06:05 AM
Buffoon...  :(

I want to find someone I can call Boffin ! and get them to rid the skies of lava clouds.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 20, 2010, 01:29:33 PM
"Skies of Lava Clouds"

I feel a solo album coming on...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 20, 2010, 01:43:28 PM
"Skies of Lava Clouds"

I feel a solo album coming on...
Want me to produce it for you? I'm cheap ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 20, 2010, 01:50:16 PM
Oi !  That's my intellectual property you are potentially infringing, and I'm mates* with The Bobster.

*not really


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 20, 2010, 02:10:18 PM
I was in the room!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 20, 2010, 03:50:10 PM
... I'm cheap ;D

Bet you say that to all the girls...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 20, 2010, 03:55:27 PM
... I'm cheap ;D

Bet you say that to all the girls...
...not for quite some number of years, no :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on April 24, 2010, 02:47:40 PM
Bobster?  I thought that was the thread about the testicle doctor...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 11, 2010, 01:25:15 PM
Just picked up a copy of EZ Drummer and one of the add on packs (Twisted Drummer - the kit built and midi files perfromed by Tom Waits sticksman Michael Blair).

(http://www.drumza.com/images/ToontrackTwistedKitEZDrummerExpansion.jpg)

The blurb says:

In October of 1985 Tom Waits released the album Rain Dogs. The album was an instant classic and marked a new sound for him. A rough, dirty neo-blues style with awkward rhythms and hard edges.
Part of the band that contributed to that sound was drummer and percussionist Michael Blair. His highly personal instrument set-up which included a mix of regular drums and odd bits and pieces like trashcans, bedroom furniture and rusty bicycle frames fit perfectly with the sound that Waits was looking for. The combination of Michaels timing, expression, and junkyard sounds created a rich and useful range of musical textures to accent Waits intricate storytelling.
Michael Blair also played and toured with Waits on Franks Wild Years, the follow up to Rain Dogs, and later became an integral part of the recordings for Elvis Costellos Spike (1989) and Lou Reeds Magic and Loss (1992). Spike became Costellos most commercially successful and sonically adventurous album to date. Michael also has added his trash-can consciousness to records by the respected producer Hal Willner, in "tribute" albums celebrating the work of composer Kurt Weill, poet Allen Ginsberg, Walt Disney, Charles Mingus and in collaboration with avant-theatre director Robert Wilson.
In a review of Lou Reeds poignant Magic And Loss album, David Fricke from Rolling Stone magazine wrote the following about Michael Blairs work:

“Drummer Michael Blair is an almost invisible presence, combining lithe percussive flourishes with the heartbeat simplicity of Maureen Tuckers timekeeping with the Velvets.”

So, two rototom frames form a tonal hi-hat, a duck call suggests an alternative cowbell, tack drums from China become rack toms and putting the hubcap of your very first car on top of your snare seems like the right thing to do. Michael Blair crosses over boundaries of industrial, blues, ethnic, orchestral, and replacement percussion to form a unique sound. The Twisted Kit EZX® brings you that sound both in the recordings and the MIDI recorded by Michael.

The Twisted Kit EZX® was developed in collaboration with Michael Blair and Sontronics Microphones.

The Twisted Kit EZX® by Michael Blair was sampled through the very best of outboard with distortion, reverb, compression and attack effects included in the internal mixer. This enables you to access a large number of mixer presets by STS 9, Richard Devine, DJ Amplive, sub-ID and Count Bass D. And you can save your own custom mixer presets (with EZdrummer® 1.1 or higher).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 11, 2010, 01:35:16 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I cannot help but think that using a sample of such a kit is defeating the point of the kit.

"What's that sound ?"
"It's the hubcap of Michael Blair's first car"
"Oh, that must be really personal to you"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 11, 2010, 01:43:46 PM
  ;D @ James.

Oh James, James, James...come over some time and I'll show just what a Godfrey can do with a sample of a hubcap.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 11, 2010, 02:30:11 PM
Or listen to Depeche Mode's Behind The Wheel


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 11, 2010, 04:44:46 PM
That wasn't the album where they were sampling the sound of a coin rolling down some guttering and other obscurities, was it?

I saw that on that there Synth Britannia programme.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 11, 2010, 04:46:54 PM
I don't have a problem with that, providing it was their coin and their guttering.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 12, 2010, 08:43:20 PM
How's the plugin nightmare developing, Simon? Is it resolving yet?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 12, 2010, 09:15:42 PM
I think I might have resolved the issue Wilf. It seems I have to use the download version rather than the DVD version I got as it is missing a crucial file. Thanks Toontrack - Doh!

After that I need to install a 64 bit update. It's convoluted but as long as at the end of it everything works, I'll be happy.

I'm downloading it now so I'll give you and update in a 'mo sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 12, 2010, 09:19:23 PM
Sounds promising, I shall cross my fingers!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 12, 2010, 09:22:05 PM
Here's a link that to a post I found on the Toontrack Forum that is identical to my installation issue.

http://www.toontrack.com/forum/tm.aspx?m=95944 (http://www.toontrack.com/forum/tm.aspx?m=95944)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 12, 2010, 09:27:18 PM
That does look very promising.

Before long your drumming will be fit for a Tom Waits album :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 12, 2010, 09:28:17 PM
What, a pile of junk ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 12, 2010, 09:30:01 PM
James:

(http://image.listen.com/img/356x237/1/0/3/2/732301_356x237.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 12, 2010, 10:19:07 PM
PS5 is out :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 13, 2010, 10:10:59 PM
I finally got EZ drummer working Wilf. The best thing about it (apart from it sounding brilliant) is that it detected my Roland TD-3 drum kit (the one that I played all the drums on for the début album) and instantly mapped the sample layers to each drum perfectly with no manual midi note assignment required.

Huzzah!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2010, 08:47:21 AM
I finally got EZ drummer working Wilf. The best thing about it (apart from it sounding brilliant) is that it detected my Roland TD-3 drum kit (the one that I played all the drums on for the début album) and instantly mapped the sample layers to each drum perfectly with no manual midi note assignment required.

Huzzah!  ;D
Huzzah indeed, and cool beans :)

The automatic detection of your kit is even better - saves all that fiddling around creating MIDI-maps, which is tiresome beyond belief, I recall.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2010, 07:42:19 PM
I have one of the best pieces of kit in the world!

It's made by a company called Blue Microphones, who mostly make high-end studio....well, microphones. The device I have is called The Mikey.

(http://images.play.com/covers/12159522m.jpg)

You plug it into an iPod and it turns it into a - get this! - astereo recording device! Great for interviews!! Really high quality!!!

EXCEPT!

Because I'm an a***head I've been using it incorrectly. I've been angling it with one face towards one person and the other towards another thinking that the two microphone capsules were on opposite sides, whereas, in fact, they're on the SAME side, and the reverse is a little speaker. So I recorded an interview with Martin Morgan yesterday that is pretty much useless on account of not being able to hear a word he says.

Fortunately, Martin is a geezer, and he's said he'll happily do it again.

...but it's still a great piece of kit!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2010, 07:50:18 PM
So it's called the Mikey and it requires you to do everything over and over again just for the sake of it.  Is its other name Portly ?

 ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 26, 2010, 08:41:17 PM
*Alert! Alert! Gear moron detected. Please treat with care, simple words and explain preferably with colour crayons.*

Good evensong, chaps! My friend on Monday upgraded his home work PC from Windows XP to Windows 7. All was going reasonably swimmingly until it came to installing a few Spectrasonics plug-ins. Installation went fine, but Pro Tools can't see them, and so his problem is revealed.

I admit that I'm completely in the dark about these things (and was nearly asleep at the time), so I don't know exactly what was tried. I do know that he tried changing the directories that the plug-ins were installed into (if that makes sense), but to no avail. Pro Tools still turns a blind eye to them.

I don't suppose anyone has any ideas/suggestions as to a remedy for this little problem? Again, I don't know exactly what was tried or any technicalities, but I can relay instructions and that sort of information. Any help would be gratefully appreciated and rewarded with biscuits.  :)

Love and huggles,

- Mouse (gear twit)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 26, 2010, 09:13:25 PM
Do you know if they are 64 bit compatible? I've only had Win 7 a few weeks but I notice that it rather intelligently divides the program files into two folders, one if for all 64 bit apps and the other is listed as Program Files (x86) for all non 64 bit programs. It might be that your pro tools is looking in the wrong place for your plug-ins and as a result it's not showing up in your list.

Failing that, I would follow one suggestion that Rob gave me which almost always helps. Type your problem into google (maybe something like: Spectrasonics plug ins pro tools windows 7 not in list) and see what results you get, usually you'll find someone has had a similar problem and has posted the question on a forum somewhere.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on May 26, 2010, 09:24:46 PM
I was just about to reply to you on the frost* forum but I would have been repeating what Simon's just said and also what Jem suggested is sound advice too


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 26, 2010, 09:39:51 PM
Thanks, chaps. We did notice that W7 does that 32/64 bit thing (clever!) but installing the plug-ins into both of them did nothing. Looks like it could be a job for a Google search. I better nip over Frost*wards and thank Jem, too.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 26, 2010, 09:40:37 PM
These Godfreys are damn fine helpful gents are they not?
Speccies went 64-bit a little while back. An update would seem to be a wise first step.
The other aspects of the updates have been rather lush too.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 26, 2010, 09:53:37 PM
They've done something super-clever with the architecture on 64-bit Windows 7. I've tried a number of 32-bit device drivers designed for Windows XP under the new OS and they behave fantastically well. Even my NIo, which used to drop out on me constantly under XP has worked just fine under W7-64 for a good fee months now, even under the pressure of the somewhat resource- hungry Ableton Live.

At last they've got it right, I think.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 26, 2010, 10:07:30 PM
*nods in agreement*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 26, 2010, 10:31:23 PM
I can't really identify why there should've been a problem in the first place. Neither could anyone actually, which is why we had such trouble on Monday! It's something I really wish I knew more about, all this computer music technology and that, but I think it's something that comes with hands-on experience, and that's something I severely lack.

Hopefully, I will build my own flight-ready PC later in the year (with blackjack, and hookers!), and will be able to start practicing my craft and learning the ropes properly. It's a difficult mountain to climb, but damn it, I want to get into it all.

Thanks again, guys. And yes, the Godfreys really are something fab, bless 'em!  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 26, 2010, 11:07:15 PM
My only grumble with Windows 7 is that it eats up almost a gig of memory just for the OS.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 27, 2010, 07:09:21 AM
My only grumble with Windows 7 is that it eats up almost a gig of memory just for the OS.
Absolutely - there's and old-school part of me which resents having to buy extra RAM for any other reason than to make my computer run more quickly. But it's cheap as chips (see what I did there?) so I guess we can't complain too much.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 27, 2010, 08:25:36 AM
Any chance of any plain English in these parts, asks the lawyer, ironically.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 27, 2010, 08:49:25 AM
Windows 7 big weight on PC performance, make go slow. Buy stick of RAM, plug into computer, make computer go better again.

God help me if that's wrong...!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 27, 2010, 09:19:46 AM
Well, yes, sort of.

In the old days, before Windows was even a gleam in Steve Jobs' eye (yes, that's irony) you needed lots of memory for one reason, namely to make your machine work faster. By having loads of RAM you could hold more 'stuff'  in it, from where the processor would be able to access it more quickly than if it was coming from disk all the time. You need a certain amount of RAM in order to simply load the operating system, but back then software authors used to code economically to use as little as possible - RAM used to be very expensive.

Now that it's cheap developers seem to have stopped caring. As Bo says you need a gigabyte of memory just to properly run Windows 7 without it paging to disk all the time, which impedes performance massively. It doesn't really matter, but it does irk me a little.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on May 27, 2010, 11:10:30 AM
My biggest gripe is that applications are getting more complex all the time.  I can understand this if you're playing Final Fantasy 17 or something.  But Word and Excel are also getting more complex.  Word and Excel did everything I needed them to do by about 1995, but we still get updates with new features.  And these new features require programming, and that requires space.  Not to mention that new, unexpected, undocumented and underisable "features" are introduced.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 27, 2010, 11:22:44 AM
You make a good point Rob.

If truth be told, I think the bells and whistles that are added are often created with revenue generation in mind. It's a rare thing indeed when a genuine innovation comes along, especially in the area of core programmes like word processing, spreadsheets etc. Most of the releases I see are accompanied with the rather hollow sound of wheels being reinvented.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 27, 2010, 12:19:16 PM
You make a good point Rob.

If truth be told, I think the bells and whistles that are added are often created with revenue generation in mind. It's a rare thing indeed when a genuine innovation comes along, especially in the area of core programmes like word processing, spreadsheets etc. Most of the releases I see are accompanied with the rather hollow, sound of wheels being reinvented.

 That's absolutely right. If you were Microsoft and needed to sell a new version of Word etc every 3-4 years, knowing that you already have 90% of the market, and most people only use 15% of the application's capability and are happy with the version they bought 10 years ago, how would you persuade people to part with their hard earned ? By adding "features".

It’s the same product development lifecycle and marketing technique that happens with any commodity - look at washing powder, toothpaste, razors, dishwasher tabs, cars etc etc.

BTW, if you just want the basics, can I suggest Open Office freeware.

On the programming/space front, memory used to be so expensive the developers HAD to code their apps in the most efficient way they could, concentrating on the key requirements only. Now it's so cheap that n one cares and therefore you get inefficient coding and bloated applications. You should see some of the s**t that gets written these days were I'm currently working.

True innovation comes hard and infrequently; Microsoft haven’t really innovated since they created DOS and had the vision that the PC would become ubiquitous.

IMHO of course


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 27, 2010, 12:23:05 PM
Simon's spot on - it's all about marketing.

A couple of jobs ago I worked with a consultant who knew Word inside out. He ran courses for managers based largely around getting the product to do what you needed, and the first part of the instruction was about getting rid of all the default cruft that you see in the toolbars. It's generally recognized that what gets installed out of the box is, in fact, designed by the MS marketing proles so they can show all the flashy stuff in software demos. Mist people use less that 5% of it.

Given the choice I'd prefer to still be using WordPerfect 5.1.

Openoffice is cute...though I've found myself using Google Docs a lot more these days, which is based on that platform.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 27, 2010, 12:40:37 PM
Any chance of any plain English in these parts, asks the lawyer, ironically.

THE SOFTWARE, IT NO WORKY!!!

(courtesy of Dilbert)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 27, 2010, 01:02:42 PM
Any chance of any plain English in these parts, asks the lawyer, ironically.

THE SOFTWARE, IT NO WORKY!!!

(courtesy of Dilbert)
My favourite recent Dilbert went something like:

Pointy-haired Boss(in meeting with Dilbert, Alice and Wally): I saved a fortune by personally negoating the contract for our new ERP system

Dilbert (looking at a paper): You bought outdated hardware and forgot several components that are required. And I like software with my hardware, but that's just me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 27, 2010, 02:42:13 PM
When I was young computers had more ROM than RAM.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 27, 2010, 03:27:34 PM
Actually, the irony is that games (like Final Fantasy 13) are actually getting simpler and more streamlined.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 27, 2010, 10:42:36 PM
Good news! It looks like I'll be building my computer much, much sooner than expected! So, prepare for a blizzard of panicking, stress and swearing the likes of which will make Malcolm Tucker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Iz7-8W9Ro) look like a Blue Peter presenter.  :D  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on May 27, 2010, 10:47:20 PM
Good news! It looks like I'll be building my computer much, much sooner than expected! So, prepare for a blizzard of panicking, stress and swearing the likes of which will make Malcolm Tucker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Iz7-8W9Ro) look like a Blue Peter presenter.  :D  ;D

I've build my own in the past (it's my current video editing PC) so if you need any help just give me a shout


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 27, 2010, 10:52:03 PM
Cheers, Mike! I've got a trio of happy chappies nearby who know this sort of stuff inside out, so help's very close by. Again, I'm taken by just how wonderful places this and the Frost* forum are. You call for help and within minutes someone's there to the rescue. Wonderful.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 27, 2010, 11:11:13 PM
I used to use self-build PCs, and maybe will again, one day. However, I got to the stage where the sinking feeling that strikes when something goes wrong and you can't take it back to the shop was just too much, and I'm currently using a box I bought from PC World.

However, the lure of the new Intel multi-core i-series processors is strong....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 28, 2010, 07:43:31 AM
Most of my PCs have been self built but these days there are lots of companies that allow you to built them virtually, so you select all the components you want and they build it for you. And you do get the warranty.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 11:07:24 AM
An uber geek moment for Simon.

Toying with the notion of purchasing one of the two best known brands of soft synth Mellotron but I can't decide which. If you don't know what a Mellotron is then shame on you.  ;) It's possibly THE defining instrument of progressive rock and love it or hate it (I know Jem's not keen on them at all), they make an utterly unmistakable sound when played. Every major band that came up through the 70s has used one from The Moody Blues, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, etc through to modern day acts like Porcupine Tree and Radiohead.

(http://www.shannonmusic.net/site/c/i/525/mellotron-1.jpg)

The first is made by a company called G-Force and is called The M-Tron Pro. The M-Tron was the first serious soft synth emulation of the Mellotron ever developed which arrived on the market in the late 1990s and took off like wildfire. The new Pro version features over 160 tapes culled from many versions of the Mellotron and it's predecessor the Chamberlin along with many Mellotron soundalikes like the Optigan. I'm told it's ability to emulate the great machine is uncanny.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3246/2981381775_cb103605f8.jpg)

The second is made by IK Multimedia and is called the Sampletron which is a product that came to the table only a few years ago. Like the M-Tron Pro, it features loads of tapes from the original machine but whereas the M-Tron Pro is probably the better sounding emulation, the Sampletron posesses many more features that let you shape the traditional sound into something altogether new. My Pro Tools rig allows me lots of ways to mangle any sounds that I stick in there so maybe I should go for the industry standard 'clone' rather than the young upstart.  

(http://www.drumza.com/images/IKMultimediaSampletron.jpg)

I'm just not sure which way to jump. :-\


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 28, 2010, 11:25:15 AM
Both look tasty on the outside Simon, but it's a decision I'd struggle with too. I've had no experience with either, but I have heard the M-Tron name thrown around a fair bit. Whether that's a good testament to its quality, I don't know. Whichever your choice, please let us know your thoughts as a Mellotron plug-in is one I'm definitely going to get in the near future.  :)

On the Mellotron itself, I can go either way on the love/hate scale. I love it when it's used properly (anytime Tony Banks or the Crims used one), but hate it when its just used because its an "instrument of prog" and it gets thrown in everywhere where it has no purpose. Still, there's something about those strings which is just eerily gorgeous...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 28, 2010, 11:40:31 AM
The MTron Pro is fan-bloody-tastic - I won a copy in a draw with Absolute Music. It's a very faithful emulation of a real 'Tron, down to the fact that by default each sample cuts out after eight seconds. The Pro version lets you layer sounds and do quite a lot more mangling than the original, which came complete with an emulation of a coffee-cup stain on the top of the box :) It certainly does a hell of a lot more than I'd ever either want or have the skills to do. There are zillions of tape banks included, too, you can make it sound like all sorts of things.

All I need to do now is learn how to play keyboards and write songs!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 01:23:58 PM
Well at least that is one real life endorsement for the M-Tron Pro. Thanks for letting me know Wilf.  :)

As for Mouse, I totally agree with you about the lazy use of the poor old Mellotron. Far too many people use it just to sound prog. Probably the best use of it I've heard in recent times is by The Boards Of Canada, who make it sound like a distressed lamb crying out for it's mother. PT even named a song after it 'Mellotron Scratch' on the Deadwing album.

To return to Jem for a moment, I can give you one little factoid in that he does actually appear on The Big Red Spark album, playing none other than the good old Mellotron during a song called Weak Machine but thankfully, he twists it around in a very 'Jem' kind of way.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on May 28, 2010, 01:37:59 PM
To return to Jem for a moment, I can give you one little factoid in that he does actually appear on The Big Red Spark album, playing none other than the good old Mellotron during a song called Weak Machine but thankfully, he twists it around in a very 'Jem' kind of way.

oh, we will never let him forget this!!! 

/rubs hands together maniacally while cackling


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 02:10:41 PM
Admittedly he did record the keyboard parts nearly 10 years ago but he's going to slay me for letting that one slip.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 02:18:47 PM
Oh and just for the record, Mellotrons might be the bane of Jem's but for me it's feckin' MiniMoogs! I hate the bastard things. If I have to hear another tw*t widdly, widdling with one I will scream.

It was the one part of the Transatlantic gig that set my teeth on edge i.e. hearing Neal Morse widdle his way through The Whirlwind. I just can't stand them and unfortunately in Prog, they're everywhere.  >:(

(http://www.musicgadgets.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/minimoog_voyager_os.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 28, 2010, 03:31:15 PM
Years ago I had one of these:

(http://zelizi.neuf.fr/Pics/Machines/Yamaha%20CS5.jpg)

...ah, the Yamaha CS5. Stick it through a chorus box and you had monophonic heaven at a knock-down price.

A truck ran over it.

When it comes to 'hate synths' I think I reserve the most bile for this turkey...

(http://loveandelectrik.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/yamaha-dx-7.jpg)

The problem was, I think, that because it was so hideously complex to program everyone who had them used to just use the factory presets - and you heard them over, and over, and OVER again. I can remember Rik Carter from Pendragon (Clive's predecessor) getting one, and simply pointing and laughing. Fortunately he only used it for tinkly percussive sounds and didn't let it get in the way of a REAL synth:

(http://krux.org/gallery/d/13242-2/korg+polysix.jpg)

The sound of eighties prog bands, in a nutshell.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 03:46:30 PM
When it comes to 'hate synths' I think I reserve the most bile for this turkey...

(http://loveandelectrik.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/yamaha-dx-7.jpg)

The problem was, I think, that because it was so hideously complex to program everyone who had them used to just use the factory presets - and you heard them over, and over, and OVER again. I can remember Rik Carter from Pendragon (Clive's predecessor) getting one, and simply pointing and laughing. Fortunately he only used it for tinkly percussive sounds and didn't let it get in the way of a REAL synth:
You are SO right on the money about the DX7. They were incredibly hard to program and those that could, would make a lot of money selling their services to those who couldn't (just look at the credits on so many top 80s albums and you'll see the words 'DX7 programed by...' often lurking somewhere).

Speaking of the DX7 and the Poly 6, I remember that the rig we used in Freefall was a DX27 and a Poly 800. Both were cut down versions of the two you mentioned because we had bugger all cash to spend.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 28, 2010, 03:52:53 PM
Speaking of the DX7 and the Poly 6, I remember that the rig we used in Freefall was a DX27 and a Poly 800. Both were cut down versions of the two you mentioned because we had bugger all cash to spend.  ;D
That's almost the exact same rig that Chris McMahon used in Haze, and for much the same reasons ;) He used the DX27 mainly as an electric piano, rather than hefting his old Rhodes copy (can't remember the exact make) around, and of course because it made a few extra moderately useful sounds. Ironically they were easier to program, despite being cheaper, because they only had the four operators rather than the DX7's six.

The Poly 800 replaced a lovely sounding but rather fragile string synth (not a Solina, but the same sort of sound set) as well as being able to do the nice big polyphonic pads.

And then, of course, he'd spend a good half of the gig playing bass :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 28, 2010, 03:54:59 PM
[The Poly 800 replaced a lovely sounding but rather fragile string synth (not a Solina, but the same sort of sound set) as well as being able to do the nice big polyphonic pads.
Small world innit?  ;) It also had a very basic step sequencer that we used to use when we played Gabriel's On The Air.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 28, 2010, 04:01:10 PM
Small world innit?  ;) It also had a very basic step sequencer that we used to use when we played Gabriel's On The Air.
Well, that's where yer man Jem comes in with his musical genius and all - we could never get that bloody sequencer working properly :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 28, 2010, 08:50:20 PM
(http://krux.org/gallery/d/13242-2/korg+polysix.jpg)

The sound of eighties prog bands, in a nutshell.

A nutshell ?  Looks more like a suitcase...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 29, 2010, 12:04:38 PM
Small world innit?  ;) It also had a very basic step sequencer that we used to use when we played Gabriel's On The Air.
Well, that's where yer man Jem comes in with his musical genius and all - we could never get that bloody sequencer working properly :)

John Boyes told me a tale last October. Back in the Freefall days, it came to Jem's solo and, somehow, his whole rig had gone down a semitone. After a second or two of figuring out what had gone wrong, Jem transposed his solo up to the original by playing different keys, so the whole solo was in a different order but it was in tune.

Jem is, quite simply, a genius. (And my keyboard/tech idol.)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 01:41:01 PM
Thanks to my utility company I had some extra dough and decided to spend it on this.

(http://www.avid.com/static/resources/images/products/cw_m260xm260_mbox2mini.png)

And just in case the picture disappears again: Mbox 2 mini (http://www.avid.com/US/products/Mbox-2-Mini)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 13, 2010, 02:19:14 PM
...You might want to check again, Bo.  ;)  You didn't invest in the forum, did you?!  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 03:01:41 PM
...You might want to check again, Bo.  ;)  You didn't invest in the forum, did you?!  :o

Amended.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 13, 2010, 03:12:56 PM
Ah! I think I'll be getting one of those around September time. Did you get Pro Tools with it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 03:42:07 PM
Ah! I think I'll be getting one of those around September time. Did you get Pro Tools with it?

Yes, Pro Tools LE 8.03 with Melodyne Essential (Which can even make my singing sound bearable) and 7 GB of audio loops.

A note of caution Pro Tools does not play nice with Windows 7 and I spent about 1 hour to get it to install. Now I need to set it up so sound goes to my speakers and to pick up my midi controller and then I will be in business.

(Hints to anybody trying to get it working on Windows 7. Ignore where it says to connect your hardware and when it is installed run it in xp compatibly mode.)

PS I have just noticed that my new gear comes with a Health and Safety Guide!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 13, 2010, 03:55:58 PM
Your mileage may vary with Windows 7, in fact. I believe Simon got Pro Tools running pretty well, fairly quickly on Windows 7 64-bit, and I've found that the support for my music hardware has been exemplary. In fact I'm having far fewer driver dropouts when using Ableton Live - only one, in fact - and Reason hasn't dropped out at all (mind, it's the dog's when it comes to stability).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 04:08:05 PM
According to my research Pro Tools does not yet support Windows 7 (in 32 or 64 bit).

Simon, care to share how you got it running under Windows 7 64 bit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 13, 2010, 04:27:09 PM
Don't forget - there's a distinction to be made between "supports" and "will run on". That goes for both hardware and software - I've had all sorts of odd gear going just fine on operating systems for which it isn't certified or supported, often a lot better than it does on the officially-supported platform.

One thing I will say about Windows 7 is that it's remarkably tolerant of badly-written drivers. I was nothing short of amazed that it handled my AK1 DSP with the XP drivers without a murmur - they're bloody awful, those drivers, HUGE latency problems and drop outs all over the place. Under Windows 7 - very smooth.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 13, 2010, 04:49:23 PM
A note of caution Pro Tools does not play nice with Windows 7 and I spent about 1 hour to get it to install.

Remember a while back when my friend was having problems getting Pro Tools to find his Spectrasonics plug-ins? It took him about the same ammount of time to get Pro Tools up and running. Thankfully, that issue's been resolved now (though don't ask me how!).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 05:47:35 PM
All setup and working. Now I need to decide what my prog anthem should be about.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 13, 2010, 06:25:04 PM
How cold it can be when you play around an oasis at night and the bite in the air is keen.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 06:47:20 PM
This does not make sense as I am wearing my cape and would not notice.

And it has been done before. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3tHYb4_bAg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on June 13, 2010, 08:05:41 PM
All setup and working. Now I need to decide what my prog anthem should be about.

Surely a Norwiegen could draw on Norse Mythology.  That or description of the Public Lavatories in Reading.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 08:32:39 PM
All setup and working. Now I need to decide what my prog anthem should be about.

Surely a Norwiegen could draw on Norse Mythology.  That or description of the Public Lavatories in Reading.

And so I shall, the Norse Mythology not the public lavatories, that is.

I shall now move this into a separate thread.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on June 13, 2010, 08:53:44 PM
How about a struggling photographer who makes a deal with light itself that allows him to take the most amazing pictures that his more successful competitors could only dream of capturing but the cost as the pictures get better and better and earn him more and more money he slowly loses his sight.
As a multi-part prog epic it will naturally have named sections which could named after the facets of light colours; green (jealous of colleagues), red(angry, making the deal), shadow(going blind), etc.
Or you name them after parts of the camera and Simon could guest on 'Mirror'  ;) 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 13, 2010, 08:56:08 PM
Pedro, that is a brilliant idea which I will use for my 2nd album.

And as we know from Hikaru Sulu there is also the color yellow, which allows me to pay tribute to Coldplay. Result.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 13, 2010, 11:21:20 PM
According to my research Pro Tools does not yet support Windows 7 (in 32 or 64 bit).

Simon, care to share how you got it running under Windows 7 64 bit.
With spit and bogeys Bo.

Seriously though, you'll need to visit the Digidesign..er sorry, Avid website and download the 64-bit ASIO beta drivers sir. Melodyne seems to run pretty well on my system but watch out for them Native Instruments Plug ins under Win 7 as the tend to be a bit um...fickle.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 13, 2010, 11:25:37 PM
I used to work for Avid - spent 6 months in their legal department working at Pinewood Studios.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 15, 2010, 09:53:29 AM
Is anybody using FXpansion VST to RTAS Adapter?

My research has led me to believe this is the way to get VSTs into Pro Tools.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 16, 2010, 06:54:18 PM
Is anybody using FXpansion VST to RTAS Adapter?

My research has led me to believe this is the way to get VSTs into Pro Tools.

I have bought this and it detects the mydrumset vst and wraps it and puts it in the correct folder, but there is no sound when I use it as an instrument. Any ideas Simon?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 16, 2010, 07:16:27 PM
Turn it up to 11.

Or maybe you need to add the hubcap app


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 17, 2010, 02:03:22 PM
Is anybody using FXpansion VST to RTAS Adapter?

My research has led me to believe this is the way to get VSTs into Pro Tools.

I have bought this and it detects the mydrumset vst and wraps it and puts it in the correct folder, but there is no sound when I use it as an instrument. Any ideas Simon?

I think the VST to RTAS Adapter is a brilliant inexpensive way of opening up Pro Tools user to a host of free and cheap plugins that float about on the net. I had the previous version which sadly doesn't work under Windows 7. I did toy with the idea of buying it myself but in my web browsing, found that although the Adapter does work under Win 7, may of the VST plugins struggle. It's only a guess but that might be what is happening for you.

If all else fails, I would very much recommend investing in EZ Drummer as it's both cheap and (after installing the 64 bit drivers), works very well under Pro Tools 8 and Win 7.

I hope that is of help Bo. 




Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 17, 2010, 03:22:28 PM
Last night I started playing with the Reason 5 and Record 1.5 betas. They're fab :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 17, 2010, 03:52:52 PM
Huzzah!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 17, 2010, 04:13:46 PM
Huzzah!  ;D

so, how do you decide which profile to post from?  Simon or Plum?  some complicated algorithm based on the time signatures of your five favorite songs?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 17, 2010, 04:30:25 PM
Whichever one he can remember the password for  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 17, 2010, 04:31:22 PM
heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 17, 2010, 09:03:19 PM
I think the VST to RTAS Adapter is a brilliant inexpensive way of opening up Pro Tools user to a host of free and cheap plugins that float about on the net. I had the previous version which sadly doesn't work under Windows 7. I did toy with the idea of buying it myself but in my web browsing, found that although the Adapter does work under Win 7, may of the VST plugins struggle. It's only a guess but that might be what is happening for you.

If all else fails, I would very much recommend investing in EZ Drummer as it's both cheap and (after installing the 64 bit drivers), works very well under Pro Tools 8 and Win 7.

I hope that is of help Bo. 

I am looking at EZ Drummer now and it looks very nice.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 17, 2010, 09:10:12 PM
I am looking at EZ Drummer now and it looks very nice.

He's an EZ Drummer
(http://datosmusicales.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/easy-lover-cover.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 18, 2010, 01:35:12 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 18, 2010, 01:36:32 PM
Huzzah!  ;D

so, how do you decide which profile to post from?  Simon or Plum?  some complicated algorithm based on the time signatures of your five favorite songs?
I had to drop Plum because nobody would give me access to the band only bits.   ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 18, 2010, 02:14:32 PM
I am looking at EZ Drummer now and it looks very nice.
It's certainly been a find for me. It also has a significant amount of midi files which you can drag and drop into your DAW much like Spectrasonics Stylus RMX.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 18, 2010, 02:41:45 PM
I had to drop Plum because nobody would give me access to the band only bits.   ;)

(http://www.theartprint.com/gallery_images/thumbnails/squashed%20plum.jpg)

Plum is dead. Long live Plum.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 18, 2010, 03:32:22 PM
 ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 18, 2010, 06:59:34 PM
I am looking at EZ Drummer now and it looks very nice.
It's certainly been a find for me. It also has a significant amount of midi files which you can drag and drop into your DAW much like Spectrasonics Stylus RMX.

I now own a copy and I also added the Odd Meter expansion which is excellent.

I am really impressed by the sound quality of the samples and the mixing options this plugin gives you.

Thanks Simon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 19, 2010, 11:32:15 PM
Happy to help sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on June 21, 2010, 11:27:48 AM
Hi Simon,
The string sounds on "Sundried", were they real strings or samples? If the latter, do you recall whee they came from?
(EDIT: Apologies if the CD booklet says it, I don't have it to hand....stupid iPod!)
I was scratching around looking for samples for the latest in the showing off thread (http://www.tinyfish.org/forums/index.php?topic=1120.msg31649#msg31649) and the best I had to hand was a Triton patch called "Few bows here" (or something like that) which has a very bow-like sound but rather too regular vibrato and a strong thread of saxophone mixed in (like you do).

I'd like to get a really good (and insanely cheap) bunch of orchestral sounds that could work in an up-close-and-personal setting like "Sundried". Any ideas?

Thanks.  :)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2010, 11:49:50 AM
Every quasi classical string section or orchestra you hear on a Tinyfish album is a sample. The downside is that 99% of all the samples I use has been nicked from cover CD's or harvested from freebie sample websites. I did use a CD called Downtown Strings and also the Garritan Orchestral softsynth for the more melodic elements. The musicians I name checked on the last album (and indeed on the new album) are the guys that played on the CD because credit where credit is due.  ;)

http://www.garritan.com/ (http://www.garritan.com/)

I hope this is of some help sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on June 22, 2010, 08:57:08 PM
Thanks. I was pondering Garritan Personal Orchestra....need spare money!  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2010, 09:17:18 PM
I can at least confirm that it's still the best of the budget Orchestra soft synths Pedro. I think you can pick it up for less that £100 which is a darn sight cheaper than the 'grown up' ones such as Vienna Symphonic Library which can set you back over £4,000 for the extended edition.

(http://www.filmmusicmag.com/file-uploads/vi08_www_ve3mixer.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 22, 2010, 09:30:05 PM
Checks bank balance. So far my prog anthem has set me back more than I want to think about :)

But the GPO4 looks good.

Damn you Godfrey.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on June 22, 2010, 10:09:17 PM
Well having pumped money into keeping Sonar up-to-date (when my level of output wouldn't tax the free-est of free sequencers) I can upgrade to to GPO4 for £60....but even that makes me think twice right now....something to do with it being gig ticket and hotel booking season!

Further orchestral ruination of prog classics will have to wait.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 22, 2010, 10:13:03 PM
While mucking around with Project Grendel I have finally stumbled upon the first piece of music software that doesn't like my current setup. It's none other than GForce M-Tron Pro, which seems to have a gripe with the combination of 64-bit Windows 7 and Ableton Live.

However, I am not downhearted! I've gone back to the 32-bit version (I kept the hard disk which I had that on intact), so all is well.

Doesn't half need a tidy up, though...all sorts of things everywhere, mainly European Perspective playlists and assorted MP3s. I can feel a week of housekeeping coming up...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 23, 2010, 09:19:32 AM
Checks bank balance. So far my prog anthem has set me back more than I want to think about :)

But the GPO4 looks good.

Damn you Godfrey.
;D Sorry squire.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 23, 2010, 03:17:27 PM
I've got the Reason Refill version of Garritan Personal Orchestra, which rocks. It's not quite as all-singing and all-dancing as the flagship product, but it does a lot more than I'll ever be able to outgrow, that's for sure.

It will be making it's public debut on Project Grendel - there may yet be two versions of this behemoth, one with some orchestral colourings, and a second version entirely without traditional rock instrumentation. Just 'real' instruments and voices.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2010, 06:08:53 PM
I use something called Edirol Orchestral (http://www.roland.com/products/en/HQ-OR/). I got it from a friend and didn't question it. It's all I've used so far for my orchestral version of NMOF and, apart from having to setup each sound on each channel every time I load it up (I'm sure you can save a patch, but meh), I think it sounds pretty great.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 11, 2010, 03:39:35 PM
Knee deep in personal rehearsal for the live shows and suddenly my Floor Pod unit keeps dying on me mid song. I'm hoping that all it needs is a little TLC and everything will be fine again but if not, I'm going to have to start looking around for another multi FX unit. Grrr  >:(

(http://www.haworthguitars.com.au/images/catalog/product.line6floorPOD.small.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 11, 2010, 10:08:51 PM
I'm sure Line 6 will be able to help you, Simon. Have you tried the Support section of their website? http://uk.line6.com/community/community/support/

If you do end up looking for another multi-FX unit, I've got a Boss ME-70 (http://www.roland.co.uk/products/productdetails.aspx?p=1001&c=46) which is pretty funky.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 11, 2010, 10:25:17 PM
Certainly follow-up the support route.

Possibly try a different power unit? - such things tend to run hot and, I suspect, slowly sauté themselves over time.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 12, 2010, 10:18:49 AM
All good advice gents which is much appreciated. Paul and I rehearsed last night and it behaved itself perfectly so maybe it's just a case of dirty contacts.

I will keep an eye on it however.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 12, 2010, 10:25:49 AM
it's just a case of dirty contacts.

Did you get them from Expose magazine ?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 12, 2010, 01:44:54 PM
It might be an idea to have some kind of back-up, just in case it decides to throw a wobbler on stage.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 12, 2010, 02:30:48 PM
I have a few pedals which I always carry and can whip out if things go badly wrong but happy (touch wood) I've never needed them myself.

I say 'myself' as way back in the day, there was a gig where we supported Darwin's Radio up at The Robin 2 in Bilston where poor old Dec's rig died but happily, between myself and Dec's spare stomp boxes, we were able to cobble together a respectable selection of FX he could use for the show.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on August 12, 2010, 03:47:55 PM
I'm sure Line 6 will be able to help you, Simon. Have you tried the Support section of their website? http://uk.line6.com/community/community/support/

If you do end up looking for another multi-FX unit, I've got a Boss ME-70 (http://www.roland.co.uk/products/productdetails.aspx?p=1001&c=46) which is pretty funky.

It's pricey but I swear by the Pod X3 Pro. Or the XT Pro. Or the XT or X3 Live.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 12, 2010, 04:19:21 PM
I have something which I always carry and can whip out if things go badly wrong (touch wood)

Dropping your trousers will only distract the audience for so long, Simon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 12, 2010, 05:27:56 PM
I have something which I always carry and can whip out if things go badly wrong (touch wood)

Dropping your trousers will only distract the audience for so long, Simon.

"so long"

I see what you did there.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on August 12, 2010, 05:46:04 PM
I have something which I always carry and can whip out if things go badly wrong (touch wood)

Dropping your trousers will only distract the audience for so long, Simon.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3320/3474949244_663643d110.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/3474949244/)
Simon pants by fhtagn, on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/3474949244/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MissPurr on August 12, 2010, 06:17:05 PM
I'm interested in knowing who wears all the gear...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 12, 2010, 08:25:58 PM
I'm interested in knowing who wears all the gear...

Which one of them is used as the donkey to get it through airports?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on August 12, 2010, 08:54:24 PM
Is that the picture that was printed in Expose magazine?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 12, 2010, 10:24:28 PM
 :D * Robh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on August 13, 2010, 03:19:30 PM
Anyone seen this ?

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/ (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on August 13, 2010, 06:33:56 PM
Anyone seen this ?

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/ (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/)


won't it shatter when you stomp on it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on August 13, 2010, 06:34:52 PM
Anyone seen this ?

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/ (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/irig/features/)


won't it shatter when you stomp on it?

Good point, well made.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 13, 2010, 08:16:02 PM
I could use that headphone adaptor/lead thingy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 13, 2010, 08:55:25 PM
The I've used iRig and for the price you pay is it really good (better than the pocket pods simply because of the interface). The sounds really aren't any better than you'd get on say a Line 6 Pod or similar device but the sheer portability of the iRig is reall good.

Be warned, it EATS battery power like mad.

The iROG however, is a brilliant virtual render of a certain Tinyfish forum member which is much less battery intensive yet retains the original's slightly warped sense of humour.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 13, 2010, 09:21:00 PM
I'm working on a solar-powered interface.

scratch that, I'm working on an ice-cream-powered interface.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 14, 2010, 12:25:17 AM
I'm working on a solar-powered interface.

Good excuse for any potential bald patch.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 14, 2010, 02:21:19 AM
I'm working on a solar-powered interface.

Good excuse for any potential bald patch.  ;)

look at my pic, Mouse!  no bald patches there!  and no, that hat isn't covering them!  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on August 14, 2010, 01:23:29 PM
King Crimson - Starless preformed on iphones. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REA_mdA_5r8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 14, 2010, 01:29:22 PM
I never realised just how easy that song is to play


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 14, 2010, 09:22:04 PM
It can't be Prog then.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on August 15, 2010, 10:42:30 AM
It can't be Prog then.

I guess that means we're not prog either...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 10:46:14 AM
It can't be Prog then.

I guess that means we're not prog either...

 :D I actually said that to someone last night...handed him a flyer and he said he was not really into Prog (which must have been the reason I found him at a Twelfth Night gig), so I said you were much more than what he would consider Prog  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 15, 2010, 09:43:46 PM
Boys and girls. If you are a studio musician, get over to the Native Instruments website now as they are giving away loads of new trial software. Some of it is really useful and it's free for feck's sake!!

(http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 09:51:35 PM
They do take quite a vigorous approach to policing use of their software, though.
(http://cyberlog.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/natives-with-spears1.jpg?w=397&h=228)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 15, 2010, 10:03:13 PM
Boys and girls. If you are a studio musician, get over to the Native Instruments website now as they are giving away loads of new trial software. Some of it is really useful and it's free for feck's sake!!

(http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/)

let me just say that Alicia Keys is very good looking.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 15, 2010, 10:51:33 PM
Boys and girls. If you are a studio musician, get over to the Native Instruments website now as they are giving away loads of new trial software. Some of it is really useful and it's free for feck's sake!!
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/)
Simon,
Three things :-
1. I think you meant [url] and not [img]?
2. The free stuff isn't on-line until September 1st.
3. Thanks for the tip, I'll deffo be trying that lot on or after that day. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 15, 2010, 11:07:27 PM
I am a silly old Hector.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 15, 2010, 11:10:55 PM
(http://www.toonhound.com/hector-1.jpg)
or
(http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/tv/monarch/images/chat/s3_richard_photo.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 15, 2010, 11:15:07 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 15, 2010, 11:35:55 PM
Boys and girls. If you are a studio musician, get over to the Native Instruments website now as they are giving away loads of new trial software. Some of it is really useful and it's free for feck's sake!!
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/ (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/)
Simon,
Three things :-
1. I think you meant [url] and not [img]?
2. The free stuff isn't on-line until September 1st.
3. Thanks for the tip, I'll deffo be trying that lot on or after that day. :)

well spotted, Sherlock!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 16, 2010, 12:04:22 AM
I'm guessing this would be about the level of a Sherlock around these parts

(http://www.kroativ.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/brunocb-sherlock-holmes-tux-5975.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 16, 2010, 06:13:02 AM
If that were a bubble pipe, maybe....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 16, 2010, 08:40:16 AM
 :D :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on August 22, 2010, 08:19:48 PM
Ok so Jobs do not like flash. Well, to be honest I do get his point. Flash is old. html5 is the way forward (http://hakim.se/experiments/html5/trail/03/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 22, 2010, 09:21:34 PM
I don't like the colours.












 ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 23, 2010, 01:52:08 PM
Ooh, very pretty! I'd hate to encounter the coding, though. I got sick of the last/current HTML pretty quickly.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 31, 2010, 04:19:18 PM
Today I ordered my upgrade copy of Reason 5 (http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason/index.cfm?fuseaction=get_article&article=what-is-it).

I've been mucking around with the beta for a while, and it's fab - there's a new drum machine which is incredibly controllable, and they've finally got the interface with their Record DAW software pretty much spot on.

The only downside with Reason and Record is that you can't plug external stuff into them - you're limited to using the built-in synths, samplers and effects. Having said that, in practise this isn't much of a limitation - the mixing desk for Record in itself is an absolute joy to behold:

(http://www.propellerheads.se/products/record/img/slideshow/mixer_slide1.jpg)

Is is of stuff such as this that sprawling cover versions of infamous prog rock epics are made. Maybe. Well, depends, really. I need to talk to Simon about it. And eat more curry.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 31, 2010, 06:48:43 PM
that does look nice, but I find that little round knobs are a bitch to control properly with a mouse.


(yeah, go at it...) :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 01, 2010, 08:11:03 AM
that does look nice, but I find that little round knobs are a bitch to control properly with a mouse.


(yeah, go at it...) :D

 :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 04, 2010, 02:32:12 PM
I am a silly old Hector.
Hey Hector!  ;)
The NI offer of free stuff is now running. I just requested my download link for it all....that should keep me busy for a while!  :D

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/komplete-7-players/?page=1589


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 04, 2010, 03:08:46 PM
I am a silly old Hector.
Hey Hector!  ;)
The NI offer of free stuff is now running. I just requested my download link for it all....that should keep me busy for a while!  :D

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/komplete-7-players/?page=1589

Excellent. I just upgraded pro tools to 8.0.4 (which was a lot easier than the original install) and now even more toys.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 04, 2010, 08:31:48 PM
Ok, do not do as I did and download the upgrades as it get rid of most of the effects and presets etc, I assume this is due to the freeness of the things, but it would be nice to sample all of them for a while.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 04, 2010, 11:38:13 PM
Be warned Bo, NI's Kore 2 Player sometimes causes PT 8 to freeze up.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 04, 2010, 11:40:45 PM
I'm having trouble trying to download the thing. My water-wheel powered internet is struggling not to timeout. :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 04, 2010, 11:43:26 PM
Oh how well I know that feeling Pedders.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 05, 2010, 12:04:31 AM
Be warned Bo, NI's Kore 2 Player sometimes causes PT 8 to freeze up.

Yes it does, every single time :) The guitar rig is fine though, and I love the traktor 12 effects.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 05, 2010, 12:12:23 AM
Be warned Bo, NI's Kore 2 Player sometimes causes PT 8 to freeze up.

Yes it does, every single time :) The guitar rig is fine though, and I love the traktor 12 effects.
There is a trick for that which I've discovered through a bit of forum digging. It's not perfect but it does work.

1. Press the Shift key when opening a PT session file and this will make all the plugins on your session inactive. It's a pain in the arse as you'll have to manually reactivate them but it will get you back into the session.
2. After that, all you need to do is make your Kore 2 Player plug-in inactive each time you save the file.

It's a bugger and if you aren't using Kore 2 often, you might just wish to just leave it out and use other plug-ins. I have some of the other Kore 2 modules so I'm more or less stuck with this work-around.  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 05, 2010, 10:43:01 PM
This does not work for me. Basically the plugin loads up but when I hit the play button it does not play and even if I remove the plugin again it refuses to play, until I restart PT again.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 06, 2010, 10:12:28 AM
That's a shame Bo. The only other solution I can immediately suggest is that you right click and choose the 'run the app as administrator' option (although I'm not sure if that's a Win 7 only option).

The last chance saloon on this is matter that PT apps sometimes throw their toys out of the pram with the use of hyperthreading or multiple CPUs. You can reduce the number of CPUs used in the PT options I think.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 06, 2010, 07:05:38 PM
The last chance saloon on this is matter that PT apps sometimes throw their toys out of the pram with the use of hyperthreading or multiple CPUs. You can reduce the number of CPUs used in the PT options I think.

It is working! I increased the H/W Buffer Size to maximum which got it playing but it was interfering with the other instruments and played slow. I then reduced the number of CPUs to one and now it is perfect.

Thanks Simon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 07, 2010, 09:13:47 AM
Happy to help sir.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 13, 2010, 09:10:50 PM
I am now feeling ridiculously pleased with myself. I can now get my iPhione to control a clip grid in Ableton Live (believe me, folks, this is pretty cool). Basically I load a bunch of songs into Live so they look like this:

(http://livecontrol.q3f.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/cams_march.png)

...and they appear on my iPhone, as if by magic, like this...

(http://livecontrol.q3f.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/cams_march_ipad.png)

By pressing the buttons on the iPhone I can get it to play the songs, stop them, and using other interchangeable screens change volume, pan settings and so on.

It's great fun :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 13, 2010, 09:56:52 PM
By pressing the buttons on the iPhone I can get it to play the songs, stop them, and using other interchangeable screens change volume, pan settings and so on.

It's great fun :)

Why can't you just use the buttons in the program itself? Or is the mac too far from your couch? :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 13, 2010, 11:51:53 PM
I reckon it's because using the iPhone is just a cooler method.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on September 14, 2010, 06:38:28 AM
That looks very compilcated.  I managed to program a video-recorder once.  Alas such skills are no longer useful.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 07:45:44 AM
I reckon it's because using the iPhone is just a cooler method.  :)
Well, maybe a bit :)

There's a serious point to it, though. I find fiddling around with a mouse quite....well, fiddly....and the idea of being able to pre-program a show and then fire off the tracks (and jingles etc.) using just a touch of the finger is quite appealing. One day I'd like to do 'live' DJing, like at a festival or such, and that sort of technology would be much more friendly to that sort of environment.

Longer term there's applications like Griid (http://liine.net/griid/product.html), which is designed specifically for use with Ableton Live, and really comes into its own on an iPad, where you can have up to 128 clips (which in the context of what I do means tracks) displayed on the screen at any one time. I've got an iPad from work at the moment, and I'm debating the merits of spending fifteen quid on the software for a device I'll have to give back one day. I probably will bite the bullet, on the basis that if I get to the stage where I'm doing gigs where it would be useful I'd likely invest in an iPad. Fair way off, though - they're not cheap...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 14, 2010, 09:26:23 AM
See, now I will wonder if a Tinyfish live experience is just me listening to an iPhone...

 ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 14, 2010, 09:28:31 AM
Wouldn't it be nice to shut us up at the touch of a button?  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 09:32:49 AM
See, now I will wonder if a Tinyfish live experience is just me listening to an iPhone...

 ;)
Nah, Leon would break it.

A sort of related aside. One of the Directors brought his iPhone back to us yesterday with a huge crack running the length of the screen. "I've no idea how it happened", he said, "I just took it out of my bag and it was like this!".

Okay, I'm sure they're not entirely as robust as Apple make out, but that's stretching the limits of believablily just a tad...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 14, 2010, 11:47:27 AM
I can definitely see the appeal of the iPhone providing a touchscreen where the alternative is a mouse pointer.
While in Staples buying stuff for Son of Pedro's next assault on academia, I encountered a selection of touch screen PCs which I must say the direct access concept really appealed to me in terms of enabling work-flow.
But it would mean a serious re-tihink of gear layout, having the monitor mounted vertically above and behind the music gear would soon get tiring.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 12:05:29 PM
I have tried doing music with a touch-screen laptop, and it was actually a bit of a pain. In the native resolution the sliders and knobs and so on weren't really that useable - they're designed with mouse-use in mind, and they're very fiddly, specially when you've got porky fingers like me :)

The virtue of the stuff I've been playing with is that it's designed as a touch-interface (don't start, Catherine :P) so it's very tactile and easy to use. No noticeable latency either. The only painful bit was getting the wireless network going properly...initially it didn't like my router, and that took a bit of jaffing around. It's probably easier to set up a peer-to-peer network between the computer and the iPod specially for the purpose of doing the job.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 14, 2010, 12:39:36 PM
I don't know what you mean, Wilf!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 14, 2010, 12:41:36 PM
and that took a bit of jaffing around.

That would be a technical term then?  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 01:17:45 PM
That would be a technical term then?  ;D
Absolutely :)

The use of such technical language earned me a nickname in a job several decades ago - I was known as Captain Jaffa. But this was a good thing, as there was a tradition in that particular firm of getting cakes or biccies when you had a birthday, and I always got...

(http://www.beahottie.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/jaffa-cakes.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 14, 2010, 02:02:43 PM
I have a feeling that yours truly will be purchasing an iPad before we begin work on the next album. Not only does a good touchscreen improve workflow, it can change how you approach music in ways you would suspect. I've written several ditties already just using the music stuff on my iPhone. It's just so fast and easy to sketch stuff out.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 02:15:54 PM
Another nice bit of iPad software is this one - AC-7 Pro (http://saitarasoftware.com/Site/AC-7_Pro.html)...supposed to  be particularly good with Pro Tools.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 14, 2010, 02:19:03 PM
I've written several ditties already just using the music stuff on my iPhone.

It's all right, Mozart's copyright has lapsed in that 'music stuff'  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 02:26:51 PM
....and for Ableton users....this (http://www.touch-able.com/Site/touchable.html) looks awesome.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 14, 2010, 05:50:40 PM
I think I said this before but the Logitech Touch Mouse app is handy, turns your iPhone/iPodTouch into a wireless mouse and keyboard so if you want to control your DAW from somewhere where you can't reach it - while drumming for example or in the vocal "den" (ok it's a duvet hung over a chair) - it's ideal.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 14, 2010, 07:24:03 PM
All the best bands use a duvet, I understand :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 14, 2010, 09:47:07 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2010, 03:58:07 PM
I just specced out one of the new Mac Pros for my studio to see how much it would cost (just out of curiosity).

The bill came to: £10,534.00

That doesn't include Pro Tools.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 15, 2010, 04:04:07 PM
And is the resultant machine a third as powerful as your current setup or only half?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 15, 2010, 04:06:41 PM
All you need to do is get everyone at Summer's End to buy a tshirt.  3 times.

And then sell half of them a cd.

And keep it quiet from the rest of the band.

Easys  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2010, 05:59:43 PM
@ Rob - Probably yes.

@ James - slap!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 15, 2010, 06:45:56 PM
I ask this question with total neutrality - I don't have a real view on the Mac vs. PC debate, as I've not really got much knowledge of the former...

Is there something about the Mac platform that makes it better for all things musical? It strikes me that pretty much every bit of DAW software (Logic and whatever Cakewalk is called these days excepted) run on either, and most people use an external DSP anyway, so it doesn't seem to be about quality of the sound hardware. And yet most fully pro musicians I know of use a Mac. Is it down to the fact that Pro Tools was originally a Mac thing, so that's what you got to know?

The newer i5 and i7 multi-core processors seem to be used in both sorts of machine these days, anyway. It's all very confusing for a bear of little brain such as I. Also, Windows 7 seems to be a lot better than it's predecessors for sound work...Simon, you'll be able to comment better on that as you've done some proper work with it...I just jaff around with MP3s, really.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2010, 07:02:51 PM
I think it's becoming less and less of an issue these days but if true be told, for sheer unadulterated thruput and no hassle work flow when it comes to complex, high end production requirements such as music and DTP, Macs still kick PCs arse every time.

I've worked with PCs for years and they have been the source of incredible mounts of frustration for me. In part I believe this is down to the fact that no matter how much they say it is not a problem, the fact that the software is made by so many different companies means that sooner or later, one bit of software is going to throw it's toys out of the pram simply because it's running alongside another bit of software. The same goes for the hardware inside the machine.

I'm not saying it's all sweetness and light with Macs (Jem has told me some horror stories) but I've yet to hear a SINGLE musician that has made the move across the platforms say they wish to move back.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 15, 2010, 07:06:45 PM
Fairy nuff :)

I have to say I do like the look of the Mac, but they're bloody expensive, as you're already mentioned...still, one day we'll all be very wealthy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2010, 07:48:58 PM
Maybe there are people out there who will say otherwise. I'd also like to hear from them and their reasons why.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 15, 2010, 10:12:36 PM
"incredible mounts of frustration" - that sounds very tiring....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2010, 10:15:27 PM
You don't know the half of it sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 16, 2010, 10:42:05 AM
Well, my brand new 2TB hard disk has arrived, so this evening I intend to stick it in my computer and commence the joyous task of migrating Windows and all my software and data to it. I've had reassurance from Ableton that Live won't need to be unlocked again, so why do I have a slightly hollow feeling about the idea?  :-\


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on September 16, 2010, 11:22:31 AM
2TB.  This is getting daft.

When I was a student way back in the late 1970s/ early 1980s, I studied Computer Science in London.  We had a few machines called PDP11s which were state of the art back then which came with removable disk which were about the size of a car tyre (and weighed about the same) which had a capacity of about 256K.  ANything more went onto tapes.

There is more computer power in any modern appliance (like a fridge) than there was in the whole university back then.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 16, 2010, 11:22:42 AM
I think that it's partly historical, but I wonder whether for the most part, it comes down to the confidence that Apple generates with the fact that they control the entire end to end process from design to manufacturing and all the steps in between.

So, unlike a PC, which can be thrown together from a wide range of components, that differ in price and quality, you always know with a a mac that the components come from a few suppliers who have to hurdle higher quality thresholds and that, architecturally, the components match and work together well; they may not be the most powerful components, or leading edge, but they are proven.

Secondly, not being so ubiquitous as PC's, they don't suffer from Microsoft's constant battle to plug holes. manifesting itself in endless updates, patches, fixes etc which gradually reduce the efficiency of a PC to the point where it will grind to a halt. I'm sure MAcs eventually et to this point, but they don't seem to suffer as much.

Win 7 is a new OS and has not yet been thoroughly tested in the field. The signs are good that it won't suffer from bloat ware, but history isn't on its side - no major institution that I know of is undertaking a wholesale upgrade of their desktop to Win7 from XP, and many only upgraded to XP in the last 3ish years or so, and most of  them defrocked XP of its superfluous functionality so they can guarantee a boot up time in seconds rather than minutes and get it to perform acceptably on a a bog standard PC.

Plus, Macs are sexier:-)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 16, 2010, 11:24:34 AM
2TB.  This is getting daft.

Well, Wilf has all the fanclub photos to store somewhere now...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on September 16, 2010, 11:47:47 AM
So another 2TB for fan-mail then.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 16, 2010, 01:13:19 PM
I chose the option with a 1/2gb solid state drive.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 16, 2010, 01:16:54 PM
I chose the option with a 1/2gb solid gold drive.  ;D

...and the fame has gone to his head already  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 16, 2010, 01:31:12 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 16, 2010, 04:27:14 PM
Win 7 is a new OS and has not yet been thoroughly tested in the field. The signs are good that it won't suffer from bloat ware, but history isn't on its side - no major institution that I know of is undertaking a wholesale upgrade of their desktop to Win7 from XP, and many only upgraded to XP in the last 3ish years or so, and most of  them defrocked XP of its superfluous functionality so they can guarantee a boot up time in seconds rather than minutes and get it to perform acceptably on a a bog standard PC.
Er...I know of quite a few places who've gone Windows 7, Bert - some pretty big colleges and at least three top-50 law firms. And they're not regretting it - they all sidestepped Vista completely because of well-documented pantsiness issues, and found the transition pretty straightforward.

As far as testing is concerned, we've been giving it a pretty thorough shakedown here at the college for the last six months, with some pretty demanding users and scenarios. Generally, we like it :)
Plus, Macs are sexier:-)
I'm not going to disagree with that ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 16, 2010, 06:17:03 PM
There is no denying that Win 7 should have been the thing to replace XP rather than Vista. It is without a doubt the best Windows experience I have encountered thus far


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 16, 2010, 06:19:16 PM
Fair point Wilf.

I was thinking mostly of big FTSE institutions who have massive desktop estates running into tens of thousands, if not hundreds. They tend to be very behind the curve.

Where I am at the moment (Top 15 FTSE company) runs a bastardized version of XP and IE6 (yes, really) on probably 50000 + desktops in the UK. Moving to Win7 is a major programmme of work for them, probably 2-3 years worth of work and muilti-£m cost, and they won't invest until they can be sure that the OS is stable and won't impact service. As I say, Win7 looks good, but I don't think its gained critical mass yet on the "corporate desktop", but I'm sure it will.

i run Win7 at home, and like it a lot, but having just bought my first Mac, I'm loving that even more :-)

Anyway, shall we talk about music now lol ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Nellie on September 16, 2010, 07:53:49 PM
Blahblahblah atom bomb.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 16, 2010, 08:01:43 PM
Well, I've decided that backing off the entire contents of my hard disk and then starting from scratch on the new disk is a very silly idea, and that it'll take a very long time. There's plenty of space in the PC case, so I've whacked the new disk in there and started moving data over.

I've just started the copy of my music library, and it's quoting me 18 hours to complete. Hey ho.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 23, 2010, 08:20:53 PM
Happy, happy, happy!

I finally got around to downloading the latest update for Ableton Live - version 8.2 - and joy of joys it includes a new amp simulator called - this will slay you - AMP!

It's actually pretty decent, considering it didn't cost anything extra.

http://www.ableton.com/amp


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 23, 2010, 10:37:53 PM
Blahblahblah atom bomb.

nuke the blastards...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 04, 2010, 08:54:10 PM
Ha! I've just ordered Windows 7 and a new hard drive for my laptop. The current one that's in there doesn't spin fast enough to make Pro Tools comfortable running on it, so a new one is needed. It'll also rid me completely of Vista once and for all, ha ha ha ha!

In ten minutes, I'm going to watch Genius on BBC2, and then I'm going to order an MBox 2 Mini which comes with a copy of Pro Tools 8. Hopefully, by next week sometime, I will be able to kick some serious arse*.  ;D

*As long as I can remember how to be a competent Pro Tools operator...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: todders on October 05, 2010, 08:59:18 AM
Ha! I've just ordered Windows 7 and a new hard drive for my laptop. The current one that's in there doesn't spin fast enough to make Pro Tools comfortable running on it, so a new one is needed. It'll also rid me completely of Vista once and for all, ha ha ha ha!

In ten minutes, I'm going to watch Genius on BBC2, and then I'm going to order an MBox 2 Mini which comes with a copy of Pro Tools 8. Hopefully, by next week sometime, I will be able to kick some serious arse*.  ;D

*As long as I can remember how to be a competent Pro Tools operator...

That looks like a decent piece of kit and i just wish i could justify purchasing it myself. Trouble is i just cannot make any decent type of music at all.

Windows 7 has been a revelation to me,i have been running it for 3 months without any issues,and this is someone who has used slackware linux exclusively for the past 5 years.

Vista was a disaster for me but my wife has been running without an issue on her laptop for a number of months


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 05, 2010, 09:10:27 AM
That looks like a decent piece of kit and i just wish i could justify purchasing it myself. Trouble is i just cannot make any decent type of music at all.
There are low-cost alternatives such as Mixcraft (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518tLo6DMkL._SL500_AA300_.jpg) (US$74.95 as a download), or Reaper (http://reaper.fm/) (US$40 for personal use or if you make less than $20,000 per annum out of your music, and available as a full download for evaluation) which are great if you're a tinkerer rather than a 'proper' musician (whatever one of those is).

I used Mixcraft for the first dozen or so TEPs, and it's about as straightforward as it gets. It comes with a whole bunch of freeware and 'special edition' virtual instruments and effects bundled in. It's modelled on Garage Band, so it has a really easy interface.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: todders on October 05, 2010, 09:24:33 AM
That looks like a decent piece of kit and i just wish i could justify purchasing it myself. Trouble is i just cannot make any decent type of music at all.
There are low-cost alternatives such as Mixcraft (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518tLo6DMkL._SL500_AA300_.jpg) (US$74.95 as a download), or Reaper (http://reaper.fm/) (US$40 for personal use or if you make less than $20,000 per annum out of your music, and available as a full download for evaluation) which are great if you're a tinkerer rather than a 'proper' musician (whatever one of those is).

I used Mixcraft for the first dozen or so TEPs, and it's about as straightforward as it gets. It comes with a whole bunch of freeware and 'special edition' virtual instruments and effects bundled in. It's modelled on Garage Band, so it has a really easy interface.

Wilf thanks for this much appreciated,i might give reaper a go later today for that price.

Will let you know how i get on with it.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 11:01:40 PM
I never thought I'd see the day but I actually encountered an Ibanez guitar I liked the look of.

(http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/eg/products/test/FR1620BK.gif)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on October 18, 2010, 11:04:58 PM
I never thought I'd see the day but I actually encountered an Ibanez guitar I liked the look of.

(http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/eg/products/test/FR1620BK.gif)

Not a proper Ibanez, it only has 6 strings.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 18, 2010, 11:07:10 PM
I never thought I'd see the day but I actually encountered an Ibanez guitar I liked the look of.



It's so black !  You can hardly see it.  Light just falls into it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 18, 2010, 11:13:25 PM
sort of a boobed Tele.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 18, 2010, 11:30:14 PM
I never thought I'd see the day but I actually encountered an Ibanez guitar I liked the look of.
Dropped the strat-alike too many times?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 18, 2010, 11:34:05 PM
Heh - They're just tools.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 18, 2010, 11:52:49 PM
Heh - They're just tools.
Could you drop a few of these trivial tools into the open arms of the big bloke wearing Jem's Santa hat at The Peel gig in December?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 19, 2010, 12:14:02 AM
let me get this straight: you want Simon's tool dropped into your arms?

just checking.




 ;D







Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on October 19, 2010, 06:54:41 AM
let me get this straight: you want Simon's tool dropped into your arms?

Hah!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 09:55:57 AM
I'll be honest when I say that I'm not that comfortable with either option.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on October 19, 2010, 10:19:56 AM
I never thought I'd see the day but I actually encountered an Ibanez guitar I liked the look of.

(http://resources.ibanez.com/resourceservicehost/images/Ibanez/web/eg/products/test/FR1620BK.gif)

Not a million miles from the Peavy Wolfgang or the Ernie Ball Music Man VH signature series. Nice.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 10:21:11 AM
If it came in white, I'd have it in a minute!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 19, 2010, 10:32:15 AM
(http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/images/eg2010/SAS36QM_CBS_27_03.png)

My Ibanez is a really nice-looking guitar, but the intonation on the third string simply won't play ball, and since they closed down Holiday Music in Leytonstone I'm sort of lost about where to take it to get it fixed. So instead I'm playing my old Westone Thunder 1A:

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_fXt_We1BWGg/TL1zYfTZOMI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/PHjvI8vieAQ/westone.png)

Mine are left-handed, of course, but I couldn't be arsed to muck around with the pictures.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 10:52:55 AM
It's strange that for years I hated Ibanez and branded them as the guitar you bought if you were a meatalhead nugget but looking at their range today, I have to admit that I really like the features and designs they have created. More power to you Ibanez.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 19, 2010, 11:48:07 AM
Third string intonation is off on my Variax - need to get that seen to...one day.

One of the piezo pick-ups appears to be starting to go intermittent too.  ???


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 19, 2010, 11:50:00 AM
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_fXt_We1BWGg/TL1zYfTZOMI/AAAAAAAAAHQ/PHjvI8vieAQ/westone.png)
You've got something wrong with gravity there too, unless your house is constantly spinning around very fast.  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on October 19, 2010, 05:46:03 PM
It's strange that for years I hated Ibanez and branded them as the guitar you bought if you were a meatalhead nugget

Guilty as charged sir:
(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091201210619/ibanez/images/4/4e/RG470_CB_2004.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 05:52:04 PM
Thank you Mike for your candour in the matter. I was wrong and you were right sir; Ibanez guitars are cool.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 19, 2010, 07:27:45 PM
I've always had to work the 'beggars can't be choosers' argument with guitars, the eternal curse of the left-handed. Until about two years ago there was a briliant place called Holiday Music in Leytonstone who specialized in left-handed guitars, and that was where I got the Ibanez. It was that or a Squier Telecaster, but I just couldn't get the sound I wanted from the latter. I also bought my trusty, and extremely loud, Takamine acoustic from there.

They closed down without a word - I believe that they're now an internet-only outfit, and I've never fancied the idea of buyng an instrument without having the opportunity to play it first.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2010, 08:02:17 PM
By a staggering coincidence, I bought my Red Telecaster from Holiday music too. Small world innit?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 19, 2010, 08:05:22 PM
'Tis indeed :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 20, 2010, 12:08:00 PM
It's strange that for years I hated Ibanez and branded them as the guitar you bought if you were a meatalhead nugget but looking at their range today, I have to admit that I really like the features and designs they have created.

I was exactly the same until about two years ago when a friend of mine introduced me to his Ibanez AR300 (http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/country/frame_uk.html). I think it was this guitar that was branded the "Les Paul killer" upon its release. I'm not so sure about that, but it certainly is a beauty to play. I can't look at it without having to sit down, though.

That put me onto this model, the AF75TDG, which is built for a more smooth, jazz/blues/rockabilly sound. When the time comes to buying my next electric guitar, I'm almost certain it will be this one now that I have my Fender Strat.

(http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/images/eg2010/AF75TDG_IV_12_02.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 01:30:05 PM
That is a nice guitar and no doubts.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 10:15:19 PM
In the light of my recent technical difficulties at Summers End, I've been doing some research into possible replacements for my (and I'm quoting Mr Trewavas here) 'delightfully old school' FX and amp rig.

I think its down to two bits of kit; the Pod X3 Pro (as used by none other than Mr James Sanders)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4173TH3hllL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

Or the Roland VG99

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/318EcWZLjsL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

The Pod X3 is incredibly cheap for what it does (around £480), you can run two entirely different virtual amp rigs side by side and it sounds great.

The Roland is considerably more expensive (£860) and can also run two amps side by side but has a dedicated GK3 pickup input which means I can plug my guitar synth directly into it and it will do drop tunings which means I don't have to use my Variax all the time on stage.

I will have to ponder this, not least as I have bugger all money right now but I'm pretty sure my current rig is not going to last much longer.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 20, 2010, 10:18:36 PM
Put them on your Christmas list.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 10:21:41 PM
I'm not sure my wife loves me THAT much.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 20, 2010, 10:22:44 PM
I've added Open Office to my Windows 7-powered arsenal. It feels quite professional and comfortable to use, which is great. Just in time, too - I've got some typing to do for tomorrow. Last Minute Mouse, that's me...  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 10:24:52 PM
Open office is excellent, I have that too (in conjunction with Office 2007). My only gripe about it is the nag screen asking you if you'd like to save your documents in it's own format every time you back up.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 20, 2010, 10:28:35 PM
I spotted that when I saved my document. I shouldn't need to pass it on to anyone else (it's my research, mine I tell you!), but if I do, it's nice to see the Microsoft format is an available option.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 20, 2010, 10:57:18 PM
Simon, I think the deciding factor with regard to buying bits of kit is which one still works after you've dropped it a few times...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 20, 2010, 11:12:37 PM
Yes I should really stop doing that.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 21, 2010, 12:18:23 AM
Cover your gear in Flubber.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 21, 2010, 06:59:33 AM
I've added Open Office to my Windows 7-powered arsenal.
The code base originated with something called StarOffice, a commercial product which I believe is, remarkably, still available to buy.

I love the idea of Oo, but I've got very lazy in my old age and shamlessly exploit the fact I can use MS Office under the licensing agreement we have at work. I recently ran up Office 2010, and so far it seems to be pretty good. Nothing revolutionary, but a lot off the annoyances of 2007.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 21, 2010, 09:28:50 AM
Yes 2007 was a bugger in that respect.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on October 21, 2010, 11:07:19 AM
I take it that Word2010 is not going to be discussed in the year's best releases then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 21, 2010, 11:34:17 AM
It's still got the poxy ribbon, though. I HATE that ribbon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 21, 2010, 12:56:46 PM
Yes 2007 was a bugger in that respect.
Had Anderson been booted by then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 01, 2010, 05:51:58 PM
(http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs085/1102372016637/img/161.png) (http://www.toontrack.com/products.asp?item=84)

Bangin' Metal drums for EZdrummer by Tomas Haake.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 01, 2010, 06:08:59 PM
I saw that advertised, looks like a load of fun.

Also on a gear front I bull my new PC today, and it's fab. The i5 is going to make a big difference, and 64-bit Windows 7 is just lovely. Later on I'm going to reinstall Ableton Live and give things a good old shakedown.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2010, 07:52:59 PM
Fantastic news Wilf, I can't wait to see the beast in action (that's your computer not you sir).

As for EZ Drummer, it's that nice young lad from Meshuggah again.  :)
 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 01, 2010, 08:26:52 PM
Fantastic news Wilf, I can't wait to see the beast in action (that's your computer not you sir).

As for EZ Drummer, it's that nice young lad from Meshuggah again.  :)
Hope his nosebleed got better ;)

The Medium-Sized Pink Spark is lovely. In the end I went for eight gig of RAM - couldnt resist the urge to make it even beefier that originally planned. That Asus motherboard really is the mutt's nuts...so easy to work with, laid out in a logical fashion, and I find myself getting excited in an unseemly fashion about things like the little connector block they give you for all the internal switches. And the way it just handles an existing Windows installation...well, that's probably more down to Windows 7, but it's still impressive.

I just tried running a latency checker so I can set up my audio hardware appropriately, and it's not even breaking sweat. These are definitely the droids we're looking for.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2010, 10:55:49 PM
We rock!  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 01, 2010, 11:59:25 PM
Can anyone recommend a cheap mic preamp that I can use to  get mic audio in to my m-audio soundcard? At long last I've worked out what the problem with getting sound into my PC is - I think...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 01, 2010, 11:59:54 PM
No, sorry.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 02, 2010, 12:02:43 AM
Thanks James, that's really helpful.  ::)

Anyone else?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 02, 2010, 12:04:59 AM
There's nobody here but us SpamBots  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 02, 2010, 07:09:32 AM
@Catherine: I can't really help. For PC soundcard mic I've only used a cheap headset mic plugged straight in.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 08:01:20 AM
Can anyone recommend a cheap mic preamp that I can use to  get mic audio in to my m-audio soundcard? At long last I've worked out what the problem with getting sound into my PC is - I think...
Catherine, which del sound card are you using? Ive had some experience of the M-Audio PCI devices, so I may be able to help. Is it one of the Audiophile ones?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 02, 2010, 12:33:01 PM
It's not music related, but I think this fits in here...

I have just discovered Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/ (https://www.dropbox.com/)

I know there are other things like this about, but I am very impressed at its platform agnostic integrate-ability (PC/Mac/Mobile) and it's ease of use. Nice simple user interface and operation. 

There's 2Gb storage for signing up and if you send some invites to mates and a couple of other things, like actually add some files to your dropbox, you get another 250Mb.

It's free, including the iPhone App.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 02, 2010, 12:44:29 PM
@Bert. where is the revenue for them? I guess it's from adverts?

I always worry with these free things (I use photobucket) that sooner or later they'll say; "Thanks for using us, if you want to keep on using us, subscribe." then you have to weigh-up the cost of losing all your links to files that you carefully embeddd into forum posts over the years....

No-one would be that cynical...would they?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 02, 2010, 12:49:30 PM
Can anyone recommend a cheap mic preamp that I can use to  get mic audio in to my m-audio soundcard? At long last I've worked out what the problem with getting sound into my PC is - I think...
Catherine, which del sound card are you using? Ive had some experience of the M-Audio PCI devices, so I may be able to help. Is it one of the Audiophile ones?

Audiophile 2496 - I've had it a few years; popped it into my new-ish PC which I bought last year. Not sure I've ever had any input successfully from a mic into it though - the setup of my old PC was a bit, er, odd, and I had the 2496 successfully working with MIDI but the audio seemed to go through the motherboard sound. (No, I can't work out how I did it either).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 02, 2010, 12:58:35 PM
@Bert. where is the revenue for them? I guess it's from adverts?

I have used dropbox in the past and found it to be a good service. My problem was that 2 GB is not enough and I really needed more storage which is where dropbox make their money.

In the end I went with flickr as the data I store is photos anyway and it is only 24 pounds or something a year for unlimited storage.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 02:32:50 PM
Audiophile 2496
I know the 24/96 well - I used one for quite a long time until I got my NIO. And as you know from experience it only has line-level inputs.

If you're okay with cheap and cheerful - and if you're using a dynamic microphone with an unbalanced quarter-inch jack and don't need XLR or phantom power, then Maplin (http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?moduleno=29908) do one for twenty-five quid that's pretty good for straightforward applications. You can, of course, pay silly money for a preamp, but I've never been able to justify it.

In fact, I found the best solution with the Audiophile was to use a cheap mixer - mine is a Tapco Mix 60, about sixty quids' worth - which gives you two preamped mic channels which will happily take jack or XLR, give you phantom power for condenser mics, and also a couple of extra stereo channels for line inputs. You've also got a lot more flexibility around routing and monitoring. I used that setup for the first six months of TEP and it was fine.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 02, 2010, 02:47:52 PM
Cheap and cheerful's what I need... you should see the mike I'm using (it's pretty similar to this one...)!

(http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/po/pop-idol-pro-mic.jpg)

Not really worth spending big bucks on a pre-amp...  I do have a couple of PS2 Singstar mikes I could use as an alternative... if only I could figure out how to wire them up!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 03:57:36 PM
The Maplin jobby should do you fine, then. I look forward to your first kareoke night ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 02, 2010, 06:44:36 PM
It's got a stereo 3.5mm jack though :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 06:47:06 PM
It's got a stereo 3.5mm jack though :(
Maplin will do you a little converter thingy for not very much money. Just make sure you get a mono one (assuming the mic is a mono mic, of course!)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 02, 2010, 10:29:37 PM
@Catherine:
If you are just looking for something to get vocal ideas captured, without worrying too much about signal/noise (and all that techy twaddle), you won't want to be spending all that much.
Do you have any other devices that can record sound (e.g. mobile phone, camcorder, etc.)? You might be able to then transfer the sound to the PC in some way.

For example, when I recorded the spoons for my Duelling Banjos version of Frost*'s "The Other Me" I used a disctation-style voice recorder to record the sound and then transfered the fiels via USB.

@Wilf You obviously knows more about that sound card than I do. When I added a separate soundcard to my first PC I dug into the settings (BIOS) and disabled the on-board sound. Could it be that Cath's machine is still thinking the on-board sound should be working so is ignoring the sound card?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 02, 2010, 10:37:25 PM
One of the things you can do in Windows 7 (you might be able to do this in Vista as well) is to set which sound card you would like to be default without resorting to change the bios.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 10:52:19 PM
@Wilf You obviously knows more about that sound card than I do. When I added a separate soundcard to my first PC I dug into the settings (BIOS) and disabled the on-board sound. Could it be that Cath's machine is still thinking the on-board sound should be working so is ignoring the sound card?
The Audiophile uses ASIO drivers, which more basic sound applications don't recognize. So it's going to depend on which bit of software is being used. It's worth disabling the on-board sound chip in BIOS if you're not planning to use it, simply because it can interfere with the add-on device - but having the two running side-by-side in the same application is actually quite an achievement. At times I wish you could do that, but it's not possible even with two ASIO devices. I've tried :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 10:53:11 PM
One of the things you can do in Windows 7 (you might be able to do this in Vista as well) is to set which sound card you would like to be default without resorting to change the bios.
Yes, that's very handy - you could do it with XP, too, once they'd swapped over to UAA with Service Pack 2.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 02, 2010, 10:56:01 PM
"We're on a rock band forum and this is what you tossers call 'Gear'"
(http://www.zombiesornot.com/ui/images/article_iconic_movie_characters/tonymontana1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2010, 10:58:26 PM
Yes. Your point being? ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 02, 2010, 11:01:29 PM
5 seconds later
(http://www.jyi.org/articleimages/1398/originals/img0.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 02, 2010, 11:07:19 PM
Shouldn't try to bake cakes while wearing a suit....


...and he buys cheap ingredients cos his mate gets discounts..."Say hello to my Lidl friend".


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 03, 2010, 08:45:05 AM
5 seconds later
(http://www.jyi.org/articleimages/1398/originals/img0.jpg)

Is that why he's called ska-face, because his face is two-tone?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 04, 2010, 04:48:49 PM
I'd just like to say a few words about a bit of software which is utterly wonderful, if seemingly underwhelming.

It's called jBridge (http://jstuff.wordpress.com/jbridge/), and it is, to use the words of it's author, "an application designed for bridging VST plugins (up to the 2.4 VST specification)".

Why is it so nice? Well, I'm glad you asked! I've got a 32-bit plugin, GForce's M-Tron Pro, a fabulous bit of kit that emulates a keyboard instrument well-known to progressive rock fans. I'd like to use it with my main DAW package, Ableton Live, but it won't play - and it won't play spectacularly, in that just putting the M-Tron module in the folder you keep plugins crashes Live when I load it. This only happens when I'm running Live - a 32-bit application - on 64-bit Windows.

Enter jBridge. I can now 'wrap' the 32-bit plugin in such a way that it works flawlessly.

Case solved, Des.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 04, 2010, 05:02:21 PM
And I bet when you are using your GForce M-Tron Pro you are thinking...
(http://www.razor947.com/i/f/Battle-of-the-Planets-3.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 04, 2010, 07:25:02 PM
Cakewalk have started writing my Christmas list for me this year....

(http://cms.rolandus.com/assets/images/products/gallery/sonar_x1_producer_box_gal.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 05, 2010, 12:38:54 AM
And I bet when you are using your GForce M-Tron Pro you are thinking...
(http://www.razor947.com/i/f/Battle-of-the-Planets-3.jpg)

I used to fancy Princess from that show.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 12:40:26 AM
Yeah, well, you can't have her cos she's mine  >:(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 05, 2010, 06:49:44 AM
 :D Reminds me of the Red Dwarf gag about Wilma Flintstone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 05, 2010, 10:28:59 AM
I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact you could see her knickers as she tumbled through the air during the opening credits.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 10:34:44 AM
Cor !!!
(http://media.animevice.com/uploads/0/5/242-rossgatchaman_super.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 05, 2010, 08:18:26 PM
Pro Tools 9 is out.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Paul on November 05, 2010, 08:26:10 PM
Gay software, whatever next!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 05, 2010, 11:04:50 PM
Heh, they hadn't even got past version 8.0.4 with PT 8.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 05, 2010, 11:08:27 PM
Version 9 already?! Cocking hell, I still can't get 8 to work (but getting there slowly).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 05, 2010, 11:10:06 PM
Maybe they released 9 because 8 never actually works...

(note : I know nothing of what I speak within this thread ever)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 05, 2010, 11:11:58 PM
PT8 was/is the Vista of Pro Tools it would seem.

From Wiki:

The Pro Tools LE software is essentially a limited version of the HD counterpart, with a smaller track count, no Automatic Delay Compensation (ADC), no Time Code ruler, and lower maximum sampling rate. As no additional DSP cards (with the exception of the on-board DSPs in the Eleven Rack) are required or supported, only RTAS plug-ins can be used to process audio in real time. There is a VST to RTAS adaptation software utility made by FXpansion [1] that will allow VST plug-ins to be used as RTAS plug-ins. AudioSuite plug-ins are used to apply effects, including time-domain processing, directly to the audio files.

Time code-based grid, import of OMF and AAF files and DigiBase Pro are not available in Pro Tools LE without the purchase of the DV Toolkit or Complete Toolkit software add-ons.

Also, Multi-track beat detective is not available without music production tool kit.

There are other functions that are not available in the ProTools LE series like the ability to capture or replace regions automatically.

The November 2010 release of Pro Tools 9 may mark the end of Pro Tools LE. It supports more channels than LE, has Automatic Delay Compensation and works with any available audio hardware.  :o :o :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on November 05, 2010, 11:30:26 PM
if they'll do a decent exchange price for Logic users, I will definitely look into it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 05, 2010, 11:31:48 PM
I wait two years to buy Pro Tools, then a month after I do, they release a better version.  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 05, 2010, 11:36:15 PM
I wait two years to buy Pro Tools, then a month after I do, they release a better version.  ::)

And it is only a £200 upgrade :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 06, 2010, 02:28:02 PM
That's what I paid for 8 and the M-Box.  >:(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 06, 2010, 03:03:00 PM
I know what you mean Mouse.  >:(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 07, 2010, 10:19:12 PM
Today I've been having fun with Ampkit, which is an iPhone amp simulator. I ordered the hardware interface, Ampkit-LINK, from Amazon, which you plug into the iPhone, then plug a guitar in to it, connecting the whole lot to an amplifier, your computer or headphones.

It's triffic fun - the guitar sound is great, and of course its an ideal practice setup. It also has a little four-track recorder built in which is great for getting ideas down.

There's a similar thing available from Amplitube, with a hardware interface called iRig, though apparently the two are interchangeable. I shall download the free version of Amplitube tomorrow, I think...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 07, 2010, 11:41:27 PM
Did you know you can get a freebie cut down version of guitar Rig at Native Instruments that you can use as an FX rack for your guitar or indeed any sound source you choose?

http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/?category=1339 (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/?category=1339)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 07, 2010, 11:43:56 PM
Once I get Pro Tools working properly, I am so going to run the Mini Grand plug-in through some guitar effects. Wow, they should lock me up I'm so crazy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 07, 2010, 11:55:52 PM
 ::) :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 08, 2010, 10:54:36 PM
What-ho, peeps.

For those not in the know, I've been trying to get Pro Tools to work properly for some time now. All problems stemmed from the 9093 error message - "increase your buffer size", or what-have-you. I could either have the Playback Engine's buffer size at the smallest option (which would give me little-to-no latency with my controller keyboard - useful for a keyboard player such as me) but incur the dreaded error message after about three seconds of recording audio, or (long sentence, this) I could have the buffer size at the largest option (which is apparently ideal for mixing), but have about three years worth of latency between my finger pressing down a key and a sound happening. I'm assured by friends in the know that there should be little or no problem now that I run Windows 7 on a hard drive that spins at 7,200rpm.

I've tried looking at all possible options in the Pro Tools Setup menu and nothing solves anything. I downloaded the new drivers earlier this evening, but that had the approximate effect of f*ck all. The same goes for the titbits of advice from Digidesign that I've found. I'm now downloading an update (Pro Tools LE 8.0.4) which, according to some forums I've chanced upon via a Google search, could solve the issue (or at least, upgrading / installing a different version solved it for some...one). The download was hard enough to find, as was the compatability grid that seemed to agree that PT LE 8.0.4 would work on 32-bit Windows 7 system. Nice web design, Avid.  ::)

I know that this will probably come across as a rambling mess, but I find that if I tell someone what I'm trying to do, I start to make sense of it myself.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 08, 2010, 10:59:59 PM
I spent 6 months working for Avid.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 08, 2010, 11:06:21 PM
Did you get lost in the offices much? Or did your company car only go about three inches before stopping for some unexplainable, pissy excuse?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 08, 2010, 11:06:58 PM
There are two things ye should know about the wise old woman known as Pro Tools/Win 7....

1. Pro Tools LOVES CPU power - above all else, your DAW will perform better the more powerful your CPU is.
2. Windows 7 LOVES RAM - more than anything else an operating system lives and dies on the amount of memory it uses.

Follow these two rules and life will be sweetness and light. If you can't, there maybe a few tricks that can help (such as using as the AIR plug ins to do your insert work as you can as being native to PT, they use less CPU and RAM).

The DuC forums i.e. the official Digidesign (as was) user forums are invaluable for tricks and tips but it takes a bit of time searching through them. The other good place is the Sound On Sound website as they also have a good forums, not to mention a dedicated Pro Tools page in their magazine which always gives good advice.

http://duc.avid.com/ (http://duc.avid.com/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 08, 2010, 11:10:48 PM
Did you get lost in the offices much? Or did your company car only go about three inches before stopping for some unexplainable, pissy excuse?

Their offices were at Pinewood Studios so I used to see a different famous actor each day  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 08, 2010, 11:15:07 PM
That forum should come in handy, thanks Simon.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 08, 2010, 11:28:35 PM
...Well, all that didn't work. The quest continues...  :-\


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 09, 2010, 12:23:40 PM
Sorry to hear that Mouse. I feel sure there is a solution out there for you sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 09, 2010, 12:28:04 PM
Mouse should listen to some Unitopia..."Maybe the boys from Liverpool had it right when they said 'Maxwell's silver hammer made sure the Pro Tools was dead'"

(http://www.funflashgames.com/games/thumbs/6255_250.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 13, 2010, 11:13:23 PM
I missed both the Arena and The Watch shows this weekend but I had two very good reasons. One I have a stinking cold right now (and didn't wish to spread the misery) and two, I just purchased a Roland VG99 virtual guitar and amp simulator plus an FC300 pedal board to go with it. As a result, I've spent the day sneezing and being grumpy while reading user manuals.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zUCNywzZolw/SfeUZylIYgI/AAAAAAAAAJs/TapHBA8Yfbg/IMG_6016.jpg)
(Picture courtesy of The California Guitar Trio)

The preset patches are a little harsh on the ears (very scratchy and fizzy in places) so I wasn't immediately impressed but I spent the last 8 weeks or so researching it beforehand and was forewarned of this. Once you dig in and re-EQ the settings, things start to sound much, much better. This was also in part due to a fantastic software based editor that comes with the VG99 that allows you (via USB) to tweak the settings much like any Pro Tools F/X plug-in.

(http://www.tweakheadz.com/images/vg99-ed.jpg)

Not sure if I'll have it ready for December's gig at The Peel as there is a lot to program but expect the new rig to debut at the BOTY awards/The Big Red Tour in 2011.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on November 13, 2010, 11:25:44 PM
ooh, pretty!!  grats and have fun!  but get over that cold!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 13, 2010, 11:34:45 PM
BOTY awards is acoustic isn't it?  
Not complaining, I prefer the fully-plugged-in myself.

BTW, does it have a conveniently placed, well illuminated on/off switch? ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 13, 2010, 11:45:24 PM
The BOTY awards is indeed acoustic but you can still use this baby as an F/X processor/polyphonic tuner which is what I intend to do. It also has a D-beam (a light beam that projects out above the box itself, allowing to to control certain parameters by simply waving your hand above it much like a Theremin) and ribbon controller. Both functions work in a similar way to Leon's electronic drum processor that he uses a lot for the Tinyfish shows to make those strange noises..

...well I assume that it is the gadgets and not Leon himself making them.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 13, 2010, 11:48:06 PM
So when the two of you are combined, you're likely to mess up the nearest air traffic control  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 13, 2010, 11:56:35 PM
I thought we did that already.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 13, 2010, 11:59:02 PM
So will you have it on a stand so you can trigger the beam with the guitar headstock?  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 14, 2010, 09:58:57 AM
Or possibly with sudden changes of the lighting rig?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 14, 2010, 01:11:06 PM
I can tell this is going to improve the sound.  Whatever happens  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 14, 2010, 01:19:01 PM
I am going to spend the afternoon playing with:

(http://images.pcworld.com/reviews/graphics/products/uploaded/apple_ilife_11_710262_g1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 14, 2010, 02:04:41 PM
I need to get one of those.  Well, that's what my ex just yelled at me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 14, 2010, 07:32:21 PM
I am going to spend the afternoon playing with:

(http://images.pcworld.com/reviews/graphics/products/uploaded/apple_ilife_11_710262_g1.jpg)

Ooooo, what's it like Bo ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 14, 2010, 08:14:22 PM
Pretty much like iLife 09, have not noticed big changes, except fullscreen mode which is useful.

It is only £45. But if you have iLife 09, you might want to check out some reviews.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 15, 2010, 10:05:25 AM
My Tapco Mix 50 arrived this morning - hurrah! But I need a connector to connect an (allegedly) stereo 3.5mm jack (which is what is on my high-quality (cough, cough) microphone to the XLR input socket and I've drawn a bit of a blank so far in my searches - anyone recommend a cheap source?

(Also, can I connect the Phones output of this to the input of my soundcard, or do I need to use the Main Out jacks - in which case I need more cables, sigh...)
 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 15, 2010, 11:15:36 AM
hmmm. A quick search of Maplin suggests you might need two adaptors, in which case it might be a better idea to make your own connector cable...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 15, 2010, 12:55:37 PM
(Also, can I connect the Phones output of this to the input of my soundcard, or do I need to use the Main Out jacks - in which case I need more cables, sigh...)
I think you can/should connect the line-level Tape outputs to the input of your soundcard.
Red/white phono plugs to 3.5mm stereo jack should be easy to buy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 15, 2010, 10:27:54 PM
I have bought a phone for the first time in 10 years.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_64YBd64qrE8/THHsBnZIOsI/AAAAAAAAAYA/5Dl3hRWB7vc/s1600/htc-wildfire-2.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 15, 2010, 10:53:29 PM
Ooh looks sexy Bo.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 15, 2010, 11:02:21 PM
I think it's broken - it says London, mostly sunny.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 15, 2010, 11:46:43 PM
And 24 deg C as well! It's below freezing here, about 65 miles from London... and dark as well.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 16, 2010, 12:22:33 AM
Ooh looks sexy Bo.

It is. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azHvS42sCbY)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on November 16, 2010, 07:17:09 AM
And 24 deg C as well! It's below freezing here, about 65 miles from London... and dark as well.
That's because the date is wrong.  Bo - you've been ripped off - that phone is out of date.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on November 16, 2010, 07:33:14 PM
Did you have to glue the two halves together as well?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 01:33:47 PM
I re-installed Cubase yesterday, including one or two extra plug-ins that I didn't have before. This is a notable one - V-Station.

(http://www.dancetech.com/aa_dt_new/hardware/IMAGES/novation_v_station_main.jpg)

I had a quick play with it yesterday and made a single organ tone sound like an underwater soundscape. I look forward to messing around with it properly later.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 17, 2010, 11:06:06 PM
Melodyne is playing silly buggers in Pro Tools today. The bull buggering bastard plug in that it is.  >:(



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 17, 2010, 11:22:30 PM
Ooh, snap - Hypersonic's been a twat for me today, as well. Sodding technology.  :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 18, 2010, 08:22:29 AM
Melodyne is playing silly buggers in Pro Tools today. The bull buggering bastard plug in that it is.  >:(



I received a email the other week that there was a new version available. Might be an idea to download the upgrade, I think it was a free upgrade.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 18, 2010, 11:23:50 AM
Did that sadly and still no result. As I'm home today because of the builders, I'll take advantage of the enforced free time and see if I can sort this issue out. Melodyne Forums, here I come!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on November 18, 2010, 12:42:47 PM
How come no one ever asks about the gear that Paul, Leon and I use?  :-[


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 18, 2010, 12:51:02 PM
Jim, what's that thing you have on stage with you called that looks like a big bit of wood with another bit of wood sticking out of it with some wires attached?  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on November 18, 2010, 12:54:38 PM
How come no one ever asks about the gear that Paul, Leon and I use?  :-[
I always thought that this would be on the band pages on tinyfish.org, but I see that it's not.  Perhaps Rob could add it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 18, 2010, 01:08:20 PM
It's at the bottom of the gig page, but you are right - a better place for it would be on each band member's page.

I shall see to it tomorrow.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 18, 2010, 01:22:29 PM
How come no one ever asks about the gear that Paul, Leon and I use?  :-[

Jim, what gear do you use ?

Leon, what gear do you use ?

Paul, what gear do you use ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 18, 2010, 01:38:03 PM
Jim, what gear do you use ?

Leon, what gear do you use ?

Paul, what gear do you use ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on November 18, 2010, 01:41:09 PM
Jim, what gear do you use ?

Leon, what gear do you use ?

Paul, what gear do you use ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 18, 2010, 01:43:45 PM
And how do you use that gear?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Paul on November 18, 2010, 02:31:22 PM
How come no one ever asks about the gear that Paul, Leon and I use?  :-[

Jim, what gear do you use ?

Leon, what gear do you use ?

Paul, what gear do you use ?

1st gear for pulling away, 2nd for increasing speed, 3rd for general suburban driving, the 4th and 5th for highr speeds.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 18, 2010, 02:39:43 PM
And you wonder why no-one talks to you  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 18, 2010, 02:46:07 PM
"Playing a bass, Paul, is very much like making love to a beautiful woman."

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__QLeSdiYXhw/SjigfaJVGgI/AAAAAAAAC_8/icw5cPv6g5o/s320/swiss.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 18, 2010, 06:49:29 PM
You are all very silly people.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on November 18, 2010, 07:06:09 PM
says the man with a trampolining elephant as his avatar.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on November 18, 2010, 07:12:31 PM
I was asking for that really, wasn't I?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 03, 2010, 03:27:35 PM
Some advice needed.

Anyone aware of a quick and dirty web building package where I can build a one page site but that, crucially, includes a voting form like the one on the Electric Garden thingy

http://www.electricgardenfestival.com/index.php?option=com_forme&Itemid=48

Can i do this in iWeb ? Anyone know ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 03, 2010, 04:16:45 PM
Some advice needed.

Anyone aware of a quick and dirty web building package where I can build a one page site but that, crucially, includes a voting form like the one on the Electric Garden thingy

http://www.electricgardenfestival.com/index.php?option=com_forme&Itemid=48

Can i do this in iWeb ? Anyone know ?

Stand Down ! Sussed it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 04, 2010, 11:15:21 PM
Phew. I had no useful answer for you sir.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 05, 2010, 10:20:51 PM
I was wondering, good sirs who may know, if there exists some kind of easy to use animation software. I know about Flash, but have no clue where to get it from, if I can get it, or if I can use it. I have some visual ideas for TBRS that I see as animations. Does anyone have any clue as to how all that works?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 05, 2010, 10:21:49 PM
I dunno man, I just help make the noises.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 06, 2010, 09:42:55 AM
I was wondering, good sirs who may know, if there exists some kind of easy to use animation software. I know about Flash, but have no clue where to get it from, if I can get it, or if I can use it. I have some visual ideas for TBRS that I see as animations. Does anyone have any clue as to how all that works?

I have Flash, but it's mindbendingly expensive and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are making it their job.

There must be some simple animation programs out there, but I'm afraid I know not.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 06, 2010, 09:59:33 AM
Right, flipbook and pen it is, then.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 06, 2010, 11:05:53 AM
you could have a google and try out some of the free animation programs, I guess


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 06, 2010, 03:10:36 PM
Both Photoshop and Gimp can be used for creating animation.

There is a quick tutorial for Gimp (which is free) here. (http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/Simple_Animations/)

If you want to go overboard and do 3rd modelling I can recommend Blender (http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/animation/) (also free) but the learning curve is steep.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 07, 2010, 11:44:37 AM
Thanks, Bo. I will have a looksie when I've got a free moment (which is, at this rate, not for a few weeks yet).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 07, 2010, 12:24:43 PM
Work you dog work!  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on December 07, 2010, 12:55:21 PM
If you want to go overboard and do 3rd modelling I can recommend Blender (http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/animation/) (also free) but the learning curve is steep.
...and the mouse buttons are barse ackwards! My Blender video for a Tinyfish song will prolly never be finished now because I left it for a bit and now can't remember how to do stuff.  :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 07, 2010, 01:00:47 PM
If you want to go overboard and do 3rd modelling I can recommend Blender (http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/animation/) (also free) but the learning curve is steep.
...and the mouse buttons are barse ackwards! My Blender video for a Tinyfish song will prolly never be finished now because I left it for a bit and now can't remember how to do stuff.  :(

Been there done that. Although the learning curve is steep you can achieve some excellent things with blender.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 07, 2010, 02:21:08 PM
And if you can't get on with it, it can kiss your shiny metal ass.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 07, 2010, 03:27:14 PM
And if you can't get on with it, it can kiss your shiny metal ass.

(http://starbaseatlanta.com/catalog/images/futureamabendershirt%5B1%5D.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 07, 2010, 08:46:05 PM
Grrr. I've finally got my mike, my mixer, my PC and all the connecting cables, adapters, etc, in the same place, and guess what? I still can't get any sound via a mike into my PC. This is SO FRUSTRATING!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 07, 2010, 09:07:12 PM
Try this (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935309)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 07, 2010, 10:59:23 PM
I'm going to half-hide behind a rock and say with some trepidation... Have you turned everything on? Is everything turned up? I'm being completely serious, as it's usually something that simple that people tend to overlook. I did today, in fact. I couldn't get any sound out of the speakers in college, until my friend pointed out that some git had muted the computer...

I know it's silly and risks getting thumped, but sometimes the cause of a problem is the simplest of oversights.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on December 07, 2010, 11:02:58 PM
And if you can't get on with it, it can kiss your shiny metal ass.
:D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 08, 2010, 09:37:57 AM
Yes, Catherine, have you turned on mike ?
(http://www.hecklerspray.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/austin_danger_powers_mike_myers.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 08, 2010, 09:52:43 AM
I've tried turning it all on... at the same time, too.

I can get audio into the mixer from my MP3 player, using the tape input, and audio out from it, from both the phones output on the mixer and the tape output on the mixer, so I know that at least part of the mixer is working. But  connecting the mic to the mic input (admittedly via umpteen connectors - 3.5mm jack on end of mic into female-to-female 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack to XLR plug) doesn't work, and I've tried 2 different (both cruddy) mics. So maybe it's a duff connector? Or perhaps just a duff Catherine.  :'(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 08, 2010, 09:58:24 AM
At this point I would bite the bullet and either a) buy a mike with the right connector on it or b) cut the 3.5 mm off the end and wire it up to an XLR plug. See attached internet for details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XLR_connector (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XLR_connector)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 08, 2010, 10:03:11 AM
Just don't cut the red wire !!!

Or...it might be the blue one...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 08, 2010, 10:37:05 AM
From The Equaliser:

MICKY: "Blue before yellow, kills the fellow."

(Reaches for wire cutters - McCALL restrains him)

McCALL: "Blue *after* yellow, kills the fellow."


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on December 08, 2010, 12:58:45 PM
Bob Newhart : Defusing a Bomb (Police chief on the phone to a patrolman who has found a torpedo on the beach)

Willard, according to the manual about six inches from the tail-end of it there's a plate...
It's held on by four screws...
Now it says, this is very important, it says, 'This plate should be removed with an LT5 screwdriver with a plastic handle and a de-magnetised tip'...
You don't have one?...
Use a coin then, Willard


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 08, 2010, 01:02:41 PM
Catherine's going to explode when she sees these replies  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 08, 2010, 01:28:45 PM
I thought my original reply was quite sensible. I'm sure Catherine knows one end of a soldering iron from the other.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 08, 2010, 01:31:16 PM
Yes, there's the hot end, and then there's the end that you hold, and it's not a good idea to get them muddled up. Guess what I'll be doing tonight?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 08, 2010, 01:32:08 PM
Taking a trip to the burns unit at your local A&E ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 08, 2010, 01:32:46 PM
Guess what I'll be doing tonight?



No, give up  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 10, 2010, 10:37:06 AM
What's good for podcasting? Hardware wise ? Is Garageband OK software wise ? All advice gratefully received.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 10, 2010, 11:11:22 AM
Hardware wise, Bert - you might want to go for something that's not built in to the PC, simply because it's likely to be less noisy. USB devices are available at very reasonable prices now. I use a Novation nio 2|4 (http://www.novationmusic.com/uk/products/digital_dj/nio_2_4), which works great with both PC and Mac platforms - at £129 it may be more than you're wanting to pay, but there are cheaper alternatives.

If your internal soundcard is reasonably quiet, though, there's absolutely no reason why you can't use it. The external boxes do give you the benefit of having the right inputs for a wide variety of microphones - but you may not need that, depending on what you're using.

A good microphone is important - I use a Rode condenser (http://www.rodemic.com/microphone.php?product=NT1-A), though again this may be considered a luxury for speech recording. However, it's got the benefit of being totally silent - or at least, I can't hear any hiss. With condensers you'll need either a sound device or a mixer that provides a 48V 'phantom' power supply via the balanced XLR plug.

I use a full-blown DAW (Ableton Live), though it's really not necessary. Garage Band is going to be 100% capable for podcasting. Basically, anything that has multi-track capabilities, will take an audio input, and into which you can then paste audio files (MP3s, etc.) is going to do the job. Another brilliant tool - and totally free of charge - is Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/), which is what I use when I'm compiling interviews. It would be just as good for doing whole podcasts...again, it's cross-platform, so it'll work fine on your Mac, and because it's free you can download it and try it out with no risk.

Ultimately the software is down to personal preference - whichever you're most comfortable with is the one to use. And it's all down to outlay - if you've got a microphone that works with your sound card, and you get decent results from using those with Garage Band, then there's no reason in the world why you can't continue with that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 10, 2010, 11:32:16 AM
Hardware wise, Bert - you might want to go for something that's not built in to the PC, simply because it's likely to be less noisy. USB devices are available at very reasonable prices now. I use a Novation nio 2|4 (http://www.novationmusic.com/uk/products/digital_dj/nio_2_4), which works great with both PC and Mac platforms - at £129 it may be more than you're wanting to pay, but there are cheaper alternatives.

If your internal soundcard is reasonably quiet, though, there's absolutely no reason why you can't use it. The external boxes do give you the benefit of having the right inputs for a wide variety of microphones - but you may not need that, depending on what you're using.

A good microphone is important - I use a Rode condenser (http://www.rodemic.com/microphone.php?product=NT1-A), though again this may be considered a luxury for speech recording. However, it's got the benefit of being totally silent - or at least, I can't hear any hiss. With condensers you'll need either a sound device or a mixer that provides a 48V 'phantom' power supply via the balanced XLR plug.

I use a full-blown DAW (Ableton Live), though it's really not necessary. Garage Band is going to be 100% capable for podcasting. Basically, anything that has multi-track capabilities, will take an audio input, and into which you can then paste audio files (MP3s, etc.) is going to do the job. Another brilliant tool - and totally free of charge - is Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/), which is what I use when I'm compiling interviews. It would be just as good for doing whole podcasts...again, it's cross-platform, so it'll work fine on your Mac, and because it's free you can download it and try it out with no risk.

Ultimately the software is down to personal preference - whichever you're most comfortable with is the one to use. And it's all down to outlay - if you've got a microphone that works with your sound card, and you get decent results from using those with Garage Band, then there's no reason in the world why you can't continue with that.

Cheers Wilf. What about recording interviews ? Presumably just use a hand held MP3 recorder ?  What about phone interviews ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 10, 2010, 12:13:24 PM
Cheers Wilf. What about recording interviews ? Presumably just use a hand held MP3 recorder ?  What about phone interviews ?
For live interviews I usually use my iPhone, unless I've got a 'base' (such as when I did the interviews with Guy and Unitopia at Summer's End) when i used a laptop and proper mikes. All of the SE 'voxpops' were the iPhone, which gives pretty decent results, though it's worth downloading a better app than the built-in software - I use Blue FiRe (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blue-fire/id336713577?mt=8) (again, a freebie) which is designed to work with the Mikey (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Microphones-2-0-iPhone-Recorder/dp/B003Z8WHDC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291982672&sr=8-2), an iPod/iPhone compatible plug-in stereo mike (I've got the old version, but mine's broken), though it works just fine with the built-in mono one. Apparently the Mikey isn't compatible with the iPhone 4.

For phone interviews I use Skype together with a plugin called MP3 Skype Recorder (http://voipcallrecording.com/) (again, free - are you starting to see a theme developing? :)). This allows you to record in joint stereo, with you on one side of the stereo and your interviewee on the other. I then use Audacity to split the tracks, do whatever processing is necessary, and then 'glue' them back together to sound less 'hard panned'. This combination works fine for both Skype-to-Skype, and also if the person I'm speaking to is using a telephone or a mobile.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 10, 2010, 01:07:27 PM
Cheers Wilf. What about recording interviews ? Presumably just use a hand held MP3 recorder ?  What about phone interviews ?
For live interviews I usually use my iPhone, unless I've got a 'base' (such as when I did the interviews with Guy and Unitopia at Summer's End) when i used a laptop and proper mikes. All of the SE 'voxpops' were the iPhone, which gives pretty decent results, though it's worth downloading a better app than the built-in software - I use Blue FiRe (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blue-fire/id336713577?mt=8) (again, a freebie) which is designed to work with the Mikey (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Microphones-2-0-iPhone-Recorder/dp/B003Z8WHDC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291982672&sr=8-2), an iPod/iPhone compatible plug-in stereo mike (I've got the old version, but mine's broken), though it works just fine with the built-in mono one. Apparently the Mikey isn't compatible with the iPhone 4.

For phone interviews I use Skype together with a plugin called MP3 Skype Recorder (http://voipcallrecording.com/) (again, free - are you starting to see a theme developing? :)). This allows you to record in joint stereo, with you on one side of the stereo and your interviewee on the other. I then use Audacity to split the tracks, do whatever processing is necessary, and then 'glue' them back together to sound less 'hard panned'. This combination works fine for both Skype-to-Skype, and also if the person I'm speaking to is using a telephone or a mobile.

That's fantastic Wilf, than you. I owe you much kudos and a beverages of your choice when I next see you  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 10, 2010, 01:09:57 PM
You're very welcome, Sir :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 10, 2010, 03:15:39 PM
I am looking forward to the first podcast of The European Bertspective.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 11, 2010, 10:24:12 AM
I completed a revamp of my laptop yesterday.

I now have 5.1 sound on my laptop and Japanese input.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5251205698_5e6b01c520.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhtagn/5251205698/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on December 11, 2010, 05:41:57 PM
that's cool!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 12, 2010, 09:28:19 PM
5.1 on a laptop? How does that work, Bo? Seriously, if you could point me towards any info, it would help me with my research for uni/college.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 12, 2010, 09:44:01 PM
5.1 on a laptop? How does that work, Bo? Seriously, if you could point me towards any info, it would help me with my research for uni/college.  :)

It is simple. It has 4 Speakers + 1 Subwoofer. Nothing magical about it. So technically it is a 4.1 system. But the graphic card in it has a 7.1 system, so I could hook it up to so proper speakers and have 7.1

This is the laptop I have. (http://eu.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=135&cat2_no=271&prod_no=1999)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 12, 2010, 09:49:35 PM
Cheers, sir. That little bit of info will go a long way, I assure you.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2010, 12:11:48 AM
Native Instruments have made a nifty little plug-in available for free: Mikro Prism (http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-reaktor/mikro-prism/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MikroPrism&utm_source=newsletter). It's good some nice sounds in there.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 21, 2010, 11:04:04 AM
Ooh now this is good news for I am a total slut for N.I. stuff it has to be said. Cheers Mouse.  :)

In return, I shoud mention that IK Multimedia also has a great freebie instrument in the form of Sampletank FREE. It posesses a respectable range of instruments including a few Moog and Mellotron patches in the mix (I used this particular free plug in a lot for the retro sounds in the Tinyfish Christmas song).

http://www.ikmultimedia.com/sampletankfree/features/ (http://www.ikmultimedia.com/sampletankfree/features/)  

(http://www.keyboardmag.com/uploadedImages/keyboardmag/articles/STfree_IK.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 21, 2010, 11:13:20 AM
I can feel a day of downloading coming on!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2010, 12:54:20 PM
Downloading now. Thanks, Simon! I think I will have fun with this.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 29, 2010, 11:19:12 PM
This evening I have mostly been installing something called VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/). As the name suggests this is a virtualization product, which lets you run instances of operating systems 'inside' your existing one. I find this sort of thing very handy for trying stuff out, making sure it works before committing it to my main Windows install. The pre-eminent virtualization solution is something called VMWare, which has a free version, but it's become so horribly bloated and complex that I've dumped it in favour of this natty little fellow, which is open source but has been backed by Sun.

There, glad I got that off my chest...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 29, 2010, 11:30:51 PM
This evening I have mostly been installing something called VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/).

Virtualbox is great. And even Windows have started playing nice when it comes to virtualisation. You are now able to run 4 virtual machines with Windows using one license.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 29, 2010, 11:41:29 PM
Virtualbox is great. And even Windows have started playing nice when it comes to virtualisation. You are now able to run 4 virtual machines with Windows using one license.
Well, yes - though it gets a little more complicated with server licensing ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 30, 2010, 12:34:02 AM
Well, yes - though it gets a little more complicated with server licensing ;)

Why on earth would you use Windows on a server? ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 30, 2010, 12:10:45 PM
Hey, it's a living. Or at least it was until about a month ago....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 30, 2010, 01:45:59 PM
Hey, it's a living. Or at least it was until about a month ago....

Hey as a person who currently is in charge of applications running on roughly 100 Windows servers I am not knocking it. I am just saying that if I called the shots I would not be using windows based servers.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 30, 2010, 02:37:10 PM
*Imagines 100 window based servers flying in formation*

Lead server: Now we'll only get one shot at this. The MacStar defenses were based around a large scale attack. A small group of servers should be able to penetrate their defenses and fly down this recessed backplate trench. Your target is a peripheral port right below the main port...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Paul on December 30, 2010, 03:56:06 PM
*Imagines 100 window based servers flying in formation*

Lead server: Now we'll only get one shot at this. The MacStar defenses were based around a large scale attack. A small group of servers should be able to penetrate their defenses and fly down this recessed backplate trench. Your target is a peripheral port right below the main port...

Something just popped in the back of my brain.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 31, 2010, 01:09:48 AM
It's not impossible. I used to bullseye ROM rats in my T-16 back home, they're not bigger than two metres.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 07, 2011, 11:59:39 AM
Please forgive me, but a totally novice query.

I bought one of these

(http://uk.rodemic.com/images/mics/thumbnails/nt1-a_001.jpg)

Going into one of these here audio interface doohickeys

(http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/pmtonline/st/53088.jpg)

And then to Garageband via USB.

My question is this - when I record a track using the mic, I'm only getting a response from the left channell. I expected that the input would arrive in both l & R chanells.

Am I wrong or have I got a mic/mixer issue somewhere ?




Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2011, 01:31:01 PM
The exact setup that I use :)

The Rode is a mono mike - but that's nothing to worry about, most microphones used for recording are, Bert. You should be able to specify your input into Garage Band as mono, then if you're so inclined you can position it in the stereo field using the pan control after recording. Most DAWs allow you to specify either a mono or a stereo input per channel, though for the most part it's mono that's used to record sound sources with one per channel.

It's different when you're pasting an mp3 into a channel, as that's a stereo source - but you're not using the inputs at all for that, and you'll paste into a different track than the mike.

Drop me a note or feel free to give me a ring, Bert, if I can proffer further assistance :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 07, 2011, 01:38:29 PM
yeah, there's a dropdown in the Track INfo window, to specify Mono or Stereo mic input.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 07, 2011, 02:04:41 PM
Ahhh, excellent. I did wonder whether that's the case. I did change the input parameters to allow for a mono input, and it then worked perfectly  I just wasn't sure if I was just working round a fault.

Cheers chaps  ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 07, 2011, 02:31:21 PM
Wilf knows more about this than I do. I've got a Foundation Degree in it.  :D

Anyways, I'm thinking of buying a bass guitar. I want one and it would be useful when I have a go at recording on my course in a bit. I was looking at one of these - an Ibanez SR300 (http://www.gak.co.uk/en/ibanez-sr300-ipt-iron-pewter-flat/18711), but I still need to do a bit of research and stuff. I'm told that they're rather comfortable to play.

Any bass players out there have any advice or recommendations? I'd like to stick to that Ibanez's price area.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 07, 2011, 02:35:33 PM
I want this

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/mahalo-ukulele-flying-v-(including-case-black/34290


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 07, 2011, 02:36:13 PM
especially in pink.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 07, 2011, 02:41:17 PM
Actually I want this

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/sponge-bob-flying-v-ukulele/20466


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2011, 02:42:13 PM
(http://scarboroughmusic.co.uk/catalog/images/spongebob%20V%20uke.jpg)

Now that's how great minds should work  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2011, 02:52:31 PM
My knowledge of sound equipment is very much focussed around what I've got - so is extremely limited!

Bass guitars...well, I'm no bass players, and there's at least one that hangs around these 'ere pages, of course, but I have bought two insturments in the last couple of years.

My own bass is a Harrier, which is essentially a cheap Precision copy. They sell through an eBay shop here (http://stores.ebay.co.uk/harrierguitars). I was motivated by two factors - first was the availability of left-handed instruments, and the second was the very low price. I don't play bass as my main instrument, so I was prett much focussed on a playable instrument that would sound reasonable for recording. I wasn't disappointed - it sounds brilliant, and as far as my limited experience can tell it also plays very nicely. No buzzes, stays in tune all the way up the neck, and feels very comfy.

We got Huw a bass from a mail-order company called Gear4Music (http://www.gear4music.com/Bass_Guitars/G4M_Bass_Guitars.html). We got him their G-4 model - again, a Precision copy - as part of a bundle with a 25W amp, a stand, gig bag, spare set of strings etc. His teacher says that it's a brilliant instrument for the price, and Huw loves it. The amp is actually really neat...he's been using it when we've played together recently and it'll do him for everything up to a small gig. It's even got a send and return for an effects loop. The bass itself looks really nice too - a very fetching blue. No buzzes, neck is as straight as a die, and as with the Harrier delivery was prompt.

So there you go - my adventures at the cheaper end of the bass market - in both cases very pleased with the result. Once I'm salaried again I'm considering getting one of Harrier's Strat copies - there are reviews all over the place saying how good they are for the price, and I've always wanted a Strat...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2011, 03:02:32 PM
Bass guitars...well, I'm no bass players, and there's at least one that hangs around these 'ere pages, of course,

Huw does not post that often, though.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 07, 2011, 03:03:35 PM
You know you want a Rickenbacker!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 07, 2011, 03:35:10 PM
I know Paul has always fancied having a leftie Rikky.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 07, 2011, 03:59:10 PM
hey, Rikky, you're so fine!

and don't lose that number!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 08, 2011, 11:41:14 PM
Silly man.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2011, 11:49:06 PM
NO! I do not want to sound like an average and very common Chris Squire wannabe, so I will not fork out over £1,800 for a guitar that has one tone!  >:(

I was playing a friend's Fender Precision bass today and I think I'm going to go for the Ibanez. It's got a thinner than average neck, which is dead useful for me, someone who's fingers are like a pack of Walls sausages.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 09, 2011, 12:08:59 AM
....which is dead useful for me, someone who's fingers are like a pack of Walls sausages.

(http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/bgr/lowres/bgrn1778l.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 10, 2011, 03:49:57 PM
More novice advice needed.

What's the best/simplest way for me to remove spoken word/vox from a track, such that I can replace it with something of my own ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 10, 2011, 04:03:43 PM
find a karaoke version...

:P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 10, 2011, 05:43:30 PM
More novice advice needed.

What's the best/simplest way for me to remove spoken word/vox from a track, such that I can replace it with something of my own ?
There isnt a surefire way of doing this, even with really high-end kit. How 'clean' you can get it depends to a great extent on the song...if it's a fairly sparse arrangement you're more likely to be successful than with a 'busy' song, where the process of extracting the vocal frequencies will probably take quite a bit of other stuff out too.

I've played around with Yogen's tool (http://www.yogen.com/) and with plugins for Winamp and Audacity. Quite few DAWs have plugins for this too - I've got one with Ableton Live, but I've never really played with it.

The more experienced studio-heads may have better ways of doing it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 10, 2011, 08:12:16 PM
I've played around with Yogen's tool.

The more experienced studio-heads may have better ways of doing it.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oYWWBxuA2MU/TG2XrlJI-YI/AAAAAAAAhcg/kZgXXzhBQqE/s1600/Viz%27s+innuendo-loving+Finbarr+Saunders.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 10, 2011, 10:08:51 PM
The sad truth is that there is no sure-fire way of removing a vocal totally from a mix yet (the technology is still not sophisticated to attain that particular level of complete sonic eradication). They are getting close however. The best you can currently get over the counter so to speak, in instances where you wish to erase the vocal from a track (or isolate it depending upon your aim) is to use a parametric EQ, preferably one with a graphical interface as it's easier to visualise what you are doing in conjunction with what you are listening to. You have to find the frequency range the vocal inhabits and then notch it out.

It's a tricky business at the best of times as it does require a good ear and a working knowledge of how to use a PEQ. As has been mentioned before, there are plenty of bits of software that will automatically locate the vocal for you and then notch it out of the sound but in my experience, they are far from perfect.

Sorry I couldn't be of any further help Bert.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 11, 2011, 07:07:49 AM
Interestingly I an wanting to do exactly the same thing!
Quick and dirty will prolly do, I'd forgotten about the Audacity plug-in route, I'll have to try that.
If the vox is centred and not too 'treated' then such methods work better.

I suspect Celemony could crack it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 13, 2011, 01:58:06 PM
Excellent tips chaps. I'll give that a bash. I have a lot to do over this weekend on the podcast.

It's actually not a vocal part I want to strip out, but some spoken word over a music backdrop.

And, before you ask, no, I am not trying to delete Mr Ramsay of this Parish. Heaven forfend  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 13, 2011, 02:31:27 PM
It's all right, Bert, I'm used to it. One review recently said "If I'd wanted talking, I'd have gone to a movie!"

Well **** off to a movie then and stop playing our album. You are soiling it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 13, 2011, 04:32:23 PM
I hate it when people talk when I am at the movies.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on January 13, 2011, 05:59:00 PM
Excellent tips chaps. I'll give that a bash. I have a lot to do over this weekend on the podcast.

It's actually not a vocal part I want to strip out, but some spoken word over a music backdrop.

And, before you ask, no, I am not trying to delete Mr Ramsay of this Parish. Heaven forfend  ;D

Are you trying to delete Neil Peart out of 'The Necromancer'? I've been reading a thread on another forum this afternoon about exactly that!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 13, 2011, 06:38:28 PM
Was it from Ashleaze ?  I would imagine she would be trying to add in more Neil, though, so she can take more breaks  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Twang on January 13, 2011, 06:56:48 PM
You realise that only on a Prog bands forum can you get away with a topic called 'Gear Thread'. On any other music styled site it would be thought of as a drug reference. ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 13, 2011, 07:36:50 PM
Who says this one's any different?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 16, 2011, 10:22:32 PM
Hi,

The Sonar forum tipped me off about this offer to get a 30 day pass to some tutorial videos about music stuff.
There seems to be a lot there and the ones I watched on Sonar taught me a few things I didn't know.
There's tons of DAW's stuff covered including Reaper (I know JB's been getting to grips with that).

Don't shoot me if this doesn't work, I signed up a couple of days ago and it worked then.

Go to http://www.groove3.com/str/mt30.html (http://www.groove3.com/str/mt30.html) where you'll find the following instructions :-

Access Code: mtfree

How to get your Music Tech 30-Day Web Pass
1.Click the "Register and Enter Access Code" button above
2.Fill in ALL information correctly including the Access Code "mtfree"
3.Click "Submit" and you'll be taken to the "My Videos" page
4.Click the gPlayer tab above to browse and play ALL videos from one window!

I don't know how long the offer will last but I hope this is of use.

 :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 16, 2011, 10:41:35 PM
Cool! Cheers Pedders.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 16, 2011, 10:43:56 PM
If it's not what he says, then shoot him, Simon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 21, 2011, 04:44:12 PM
It's a game changer so says The Register.

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/21/review_camera_leica_s2_apo_macro_summarit_s_120mm/ (http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/21/review_camera_leica_s2_apo_macro_summarit_s_120mm/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 21, 2011, 05:02:25 PM
It's a game changer so says The Register.

Leica S2 professional medium format DSLR
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/21/review_camera_leica_s2_apo_macro_summarit_s_120mm/ (http://www.reghardware.com/2011/01/21/review_camera_leica_s2_apo_macro_summarit_s_120mm/)
Quote
Medium format camera in a pro DSLR body with a new portrait lens designed to be flawless.

designed to be flawless?  what does that really mean?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on January 21, 2011, 05:10:22 PM
It means it's perfect until picked up by real humans.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 21, 2011, 05:12:11 PM
ah, that makes sense.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 22, 2011, 01:32:04 AM
It means that if you drop it, it will just keep on falling...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 22, 2011, 01:41:26 AM
that doesn't make any sense, but it's a cool image!

:D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 22, 2011, 02:14:00 AM
Designed to be floor-less... Never mind.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 22, 2011, 02:21:44 AM
heh  that's good!  my brain is on slow tonight....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 23, 2011, 10:20:11 PM
Did anyone see how much it cost?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 23, 2011, 11:54:06 PM
I have now. Silly money.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 24, 2011, 12:54:43 AM
yeah, for that price it better be flawless.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 24, 2011, 11:55:28 AM
yeah, for that price it better be flawless.

This is better. (http://www.dalephotographic.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/DalePhotographicOnline/_H4D%2060) And more expensive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 24, 2011, 12:00:38 PM
37 megapixels!

I'm going to be getting a DSLR soon - hurrah! - but that one is rather beyond my budget. I was thinking more entry-level.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on January 24, 2011, 12:05:13 PM
yeah, for that price it better be flawless.

This is better. (http://www.dalephotographic.co.uk/mall/productpage.cfm/DalePhotographicOnline/_H4D%2060) And more expensive.

Or why not get one with a Ferrari badge on it: H4D-40 Ferrari edition (http://www.hasselblad.co.uk/promotions/h4d-40-ferrari-edition.aspx)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 24, 2011, 02:31:53 PM
Nice.

Hey ladies have you seen my bright red Hasselblad?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 24, 2011, 05:55:22 PM
bright red?  have you been playing with it again?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 24, 2011, 07:59:33 PM
 :o  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 27, 2011, 10:50:24 PM
Interesting article by Lee Abraham on his Facebook page - not sure if the link will work, so I'll reproduce it here....(hope that's okay, Lee, if you're reading)

The Art Of Mixing - Don't Ignore It

“But I’ve purchased all the right gear…. why doesn’t it sound good?”

 It goes like this…

“I got myself a great computer and an audio recording set-up with a great interface and DAW, but the production of my songs still sounds rubbish…. what’s going on?”

The cost of setting up the computer based studio of your choice (whether it be Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Nuendo etc) has come down enormously over the past 10 years to a point now where you can record, capture and process audio at a quality rate far higher than any MP3 or CD can reproduce, but its what you do with that audio afterwards that makes all the difference.

I first got into song-writing and recording about 12 years ago having slogged around the pubs and clubs in cover bands the previous 10 years. I decided to learn a new skill within the music industry and set out on the very addictive (and therefore expensive) road to studio ownership. In those early days I would bash out my tunes on a Korg D8; a small hard disk recorder with built in effects, a real “one stop shop” for producing songs on. But try as I might my songs, with their drums, bass guitars, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars and vocals just didn’t sound like the albums in my CD collection and this puzzled me. Mine sounded typically “bedroom” to use the much used saying. I read magazines and website to try and find that magic answer, that special fairy dust, that elusive single method that I’m not doing, after all, I’d bought the equipment that alleged to record at CD quality, I could play guitar, bass and sing (after a fashion!) so why didn’t my first recordings sound like “Welcome to the Pleasuredome” or “It’s a Kind of Magic”? But after years of slaving over a hot 8 track, (then 16 track and now finally, a Pro Tools rig) I’ve come to learn that recording is just one part of a multi-stage process and equal diligence and weight must be applied to every stage to achieve a great result.

The first stage many would argue is the song-writing and arranging and I would agree, but there are many experts on that and I’m not one of them so I’ll leave that to some-one else.

Next up is the recording stage. As the engineer you need to make sure that as much of the frequency range of the instrument is captured. I don’t care how sophisticated virtual instrument plug-ins are getting, nothing beats a real musician playing drums, guitar or whatever. Always make sure you capture the audio at a sensible level. When recording at 44.1hz and 24bit (why would you record any better than that when that beats CD and CD beats MP3 etc) you need to be peaking your levels at around 2 thirds, leave some room for stage 3.

Stage 3 is editing and mixing and is the stage a lot of musicians spend the least time on for many reasons mainly based around the premise that they don’t know what they’re doing so they just “fiddle with the faders until it sounds about right”. BUT mixing is the most important stage to any music audio recording, ignore it at your peril! This is the stage where the music comes to life, stirs emotion, makes you cry, brings a smile to your face, its all done here.

Every instrument from a death metal band to an orchestra has a frequency range and good recordings give those instruments their own space in the frequency range. Make sure the bassy stuff is at the bottom, the middley stuff is in the middle and the top end stuff is on top. Modern DAWs like Logic and Pro Tools make this process easy; filters (or 1 Band EQ’s) are your friend and will give a helping hand to make sure the bass guitar stays down the low end and those vocals remain on top. Using filters, together with reverb and compressors will bring your music to life by keeping wayward sounds under control, adding size to impact hits and making sure all the sounds have a home in the frequency range. I once chatted to an engineer who said that you should be almost able to keep the faders all at the same level and use filters to put each sound in its place…. OK, that’s an extreme idea but the principle is there!

It would be easy for me to get very techie and nerdy at this point about where to use compressors, on what settings, how much reverb to use and how much bass end to cut off that piano but every song is different which is where the expertise and the ears of a mixing engineer come into their own. No matter how much money you spend on the best “industry standard” gear, you need human creativity and skill to make it sound the best it possibly can.

Never underestimate what proper mixing can do for your recording, yet sadly, many musicians do…

Lee Abraham


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 27, 2011, 10:52:50 PM
He speaks a lot of sense that man.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 27, 2011, 11:27:05 PM
Do you think they used fairy dust on Your Own Special Way ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 02, 2011, 01:38:08 AM
...Pro Tools works!  ;D

...Pro Tools doesn't work. Rats.  :-\

My original problem of the buffer size was solved by saving the session on my external hard drive. But now, when I start to record, the whole thing goes into that Not Responding state and takes a few minutes to work out what the hell to do. When it eventually decides to start working, I get no problems at all. I recorded over four minutes of piano noise and it didn't miss a beat. Playback was fine, too.

So, when I press record, it freezes for a good few minutes before doing something. I can't remember if the same thing happened when I stopped recording, but playback and recording into the session using a keyboard works fine when it gets going.

Hmm. I'm not sure I was meant to understand and/or use Pro Tools...  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2011, 10:28:53 AM
Pro tools is a CPU and Memory hog but depending on the power and capacity of either, it'll throw up different problems. If you don't have a powerful CPU but lots of memory, try streaming your audio direct from your drive (there's a tick box in the hardware playback menu option to do this).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 02, 2011, 12:27:33 PM
Thanks, Simon. I will try that out later. I will get this f*cker working...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2011, 12:51:07 PM
I was in the same boat as you for years Mouse. I kept thinking about dumping PT for something else but I just couldn't face learning a new system. From my personal experience you've either got to have a f*ck off powerful computer or upgrade to PT9 which (I'm told) runs a lot better on non-native systems.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 02, 2011, 12:55:56 PM
Yeah, which they announced a few weeks after I bought my Mbox and PT8.  ::)

I shouldn't be annoyed as I've never been good with technology, but I've got a f*cking Foundation Degree in this. Now it's getting embarrassing.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2011, 02:37:23 PM
Well to be fair sir you are training in using PT, not trying to coax the sulky bastard into working. You are right however, it seems any studio technician has to become their own technical support service nowadays. All I can say is thank god for the DUC forum. So far they've managed to help me out on more than one occasion, even if it's only to say; 'Sorry mate, you need a hardware upgrade'.

Small comfort I know Mouse considering your predicament but there it is.

Just out of interest, do your sessions stack more in favour of audio recording or soft synths? If it is the latter, you could try reducing the processing power by (as I sometimes do) by recording the synth's perfomance as an audio file and then making the midi track with the soft synth plug inactive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 02, 2011, 02:41:09 PM
I know what some of those words mean, but not in that order - Gosh you musos are clever.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2011, 02:42:03 PM
I'm reading from a script...

...do you have five minutes to complete a survey?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 06, 2011, 01:05:03 PM
To assist in my first foray with constructing tracks etc in Garageband, which I thought was pretty good actually (Garageband I mean) I came across the following, an iPad based control surface app for £2.99.

http://www.delora.com/delora_products/gbtouch/gbtouch.html (http://www.delora.com/delora_products/gbtouch/gbtouch.html).

It worked really well, just giving basic transport and track controls and saved a lot of mousing all about the place.

There's a little free client that you need to install on your Mac to integrate the app with Garageband, and it communicates over your wireless network. No discernible latency in using the command on the iPad and Garageband responding. It's not fully featured as GB doesn't have full Mackie type interfacing protocols, so there's some commands that'll never get triggered using the app, but as a low cost add on to make life a bit easier, i found it really jolly useful.

Mind you, you do need the iPad as well, but if you have one and use GB to fool around then I recommend this app.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 06, 2011, 03:48:16 PM
Nifty!

There are more of these apps coming out all the time. One which Iike is the snappily-titled AC-7 from Saitara Software (http://www.saitarasoftware.com/Site/Home.html), which has a cut-down version for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I used the iPad version while I had one from work, and it was quite nifty, even if a little painful to set up the wireless networking. It works with pretty much all the major DAWs, including the two I use, Ableton Live and Reason.

Specifically for Ableton, there's a brilliant iPad control surface app called Touchable (http://www.touch-able.com/Site/touchable.html), which has modes for Live's Session Mode, making it very promising as a DJ tool (one of the reasons I'll be saving all my pennies to get an iPad once I'm earning again). There's another one called Livecontrol (http://liine.net/livecontrol/) which looks very nice, and another one from the same people called Griid (http://liine.net/griid/en/products/), which looks like it's more for remixers and dance DJs.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 07, 2011, 05:54:23 PM
Cheers Wilf. I have a version of live that I got with the Nio so am going to start playing with it. The iPad things look a good deal .


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 07, 2011, 06:45:35 PM
Live takes a while to get used to. It has a quite different sort of workflow to the other mainstream DAWs, but once you get used to it, it's terrific. As the name suggests it's designed to be used live, by DJs, but it's also got the features you need to make proper multitrack audio and MIDI recordings.

Also, it just looks so damned funky...

(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:yoHGJcKNMGH_SM::www.cokemachineglow.com/images/8138.png&t=1&usg=AFrqEzdHStxcrT1eB2qqcHhWkMRLsCykmA)(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:Yx1rGJUS4hl-DM::www.allindiebands.com/image-files/ableton-live.jpg&t=1&usg=AFrqEzdJn8Zos1zNeSK8fr3imD26KUkK7Q)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 14, 2011, 10:48:19 PM
The Misa digital guitar is now available for pre-order. I so want one!!!

http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en (http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en)

(http://www.misadigital.com/userfiles/gallery/image/gallery__0000_Group%203%20copy%207.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 15, 2011, 12:10:46 AM
that is schmecksy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 15, 2011, 07:57:16 AM
Presumably, because it's actually a MIDI controller rather than a guitar, it would work as well left-handed as right - but note how the shape is slightly asymmetrical, making it look a bit silly the wrong way up.

Bastards, eh? ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2011, 11:37:08 AM
The Misa has a synth built in but it does have a midi and usb out enabling you to control other sound sources. It's only $850 so I am very tempted indeed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 15, 2011, 12:54:22 PM
Not strictly "gear" but I've been wrestling with a Toast for Mac add on called CD Spin Doctor that is supposed to record anything that goes through the soundcard ie streamed stuff, DVD's etc.

It doesn't bloody work and I've got frustrated at Roxio's so called "help" which I probably shouldn't do as Toast costs £70+ but life's too short.

Any clues for a good Mac based sound recorder ? I'd like to be able to save in a variety of formats etc ?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2011, 02:54:52 PM
One for you Jimbo sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 15, 2011, 07:27:27 PM
though I haven't used it that way, Bert, I believe that SoundFlower (http://cycling74.com/products/soundflower/) will do what you're looking for.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 16, 2011, 11:31:32 PM
Am I right in thinking that you want to record audio from things like (but not limited to) YouTube videos and DVDs, Bert, to have the sound available as independent audio files such as WAVs, etc.? Audacity can do that and it's free. I saw a friend of mine use it to record an audio stream from the BBC's website and turn it into a WAV file.

For anyone interested, the audio stream was a recording of a woman ringing up the police to report that her snowman had been stolen.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on February 17, 2011, 12:16:35 AM
Audacity was great for that on my old audio card set-up but now I have this 'ere Tascam Firewire McThingy Audacity will no longer record "what you hear". The "interna" connection does not appear to be there.
I could faff about trying to loop headphone outputs to inputs but I am un-arse-able on the matter. 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on February 17, 2011, 07:57:12 AM
The Misa digital guitar is now available for pre-order. I so want one!!!

http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en (http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en)

(http://www.misadigital.com/userfiles/gallery/image/gallery__0000_Group%203%20copy%207.jpg)

Blimey! I can see why you would want one of those mate. How much do they retail for?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 17, 2011, 09:53:05 AM
It's like the HAL 9000 of guitars.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 17, 2011, 10:00:15 AM
It's like the HAL 9000 of guitars.

"Simon ? Simon ? What are you doing, Simon ?"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on February 17, 2011, 01:02:45 PM
It's like the HAL 9000 of guitars.

"Simon ? Simon ? What are you doing, Simon ?"

More like:

Simon ? Simon ? What are you doing, Simon ? Put you pants back on, Simon!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 17, 2011, 03:26:49 PM
The Misa digital guitar is now available for pre-order. I so want one!!!

http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en (http://www.misadigital.com/index.php?target=home&lang=en)

(http://www.misadigital.com/userfiles/gallery/image/gallery__0000_Group%203%20copy%207.jpg)

Blimey! I can see why you would want one of those mate. How much do they retail for?
In the USA for about $850


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 18, 2011, 06:26:52 PM
Pro Tools works. Victory is mine. That is all.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 18, 2011, 06:38:33 PM
Pro Tools works. Victory is mine. That is all.  ;D
...I watch his countdown timer tick...;)

Nah....that's terrific news, Tim.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 19, 2011, 12:18:54 AM
I don't know how to use this (yet), but it sure is cool! (http://www.mixxx.org/)  8-)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 19, 2011, 01:36:43 AM
I'll have a closer look tomorrow. Maybe it'll help with my BRS remix (whatever happened to that). It certainly looks cracking, though! Cheers, Rog.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 19, 2011, 10:04:16 AM
Pro Tools works. Victory is mine. That is all.  ;D
Excellent news sir. What was the final piece in the puzzle that got things running for you mate?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 19, 2011, 11:48:53 AM
No clue.  :D  I'd been playing with playback engine settings and session file destinations, but the configuration it's in now is only slightly different from the one that caused all the trouble in the first place. Typical.  ::)  I was talking to a more knowledgable mate about it yesterday and we came to the conclusion that it just decided to settle down and work. Even on his superfast whizz bang system, PT still has the occasional tantrum for no reason. Curious. But hey, it's working and that's what matters.  :)

Oh, and thanks again for all the help and advice, Simon. Hopefully, you won't hear another peep out of me on the matter.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 19, 2011, 09:06:38 PM
You are a Pro Tools user, of COURSE I'll be hearing more from you!  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 20, 2011, 07:14:29 PM
Pro Tools works. Victory is mine. That is all.  ;D

Did you buy a Mac?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 20, 2011, 07:27:50 PM
heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 20, 2011, 11:09:44 PM
Up yours, Bert.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 20, 2011, 11:37:05 PM
It is true that when Pro Tools is behaving itself, it truly is a thing of beauty.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 25, 2011, 11:18:31 AM
So, I bought one of these for Xmas
 (http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/public/YXhkCAE1woN3akZhRgsY_hCiUu9-1XAJtY879g2V7qhA9bGVRE8bwlh0E8XGQAWhot5sxYsv3V3m7V1b3ij_P8Yj8YhD8PdK-ysSGAera6KU_2SouoBeB043u9JA)

and set it up yesterday. It's absolutely brill ! Sucks music off your network or PC's, plays internet radio, Spotify, Last FM etc etc, and even scrobbles to Last FM etc. Sound quality is really good and you can control it form your iphone/ipad. Top notch gadget and very very easy to configure.

It uses it's own network tech, so it doesn't interfere with a wireless network and doesn't hog bandwidth. All in all a top buy. Now I'm thinking I ought to expand it, but that starts getting into serious dosh. On the other hand...  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 25, 2011, 11:27:53 AM
What's it actually called, Bert?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 25, 2011, 11:52:12 AM
That looks excellent Bert. I like that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 25, 2011, 12:05:15 PM
What's it actually called, Bert?

Oh sorry, it's a SONOS. http://www.sonos.com/Default.aspx?rdr=true&LangType=2057 (http://www.sonos.com/Default.aspx?rdr=true&LangType=2057)

They make networked music systems - one of the first to make it successful really ie taking networking out of 'geek' territory and making it consumer friendly. Always getting good reviews in Hi Fi and gadget mags.

You need the player and a little network bridge that's CAT5'd into the router. I bought mine from here http://www.johnlewis.com/231041142/Product.aspx (http://www.johnlewis.com/231041142/Product.aspx) as a bundle but I think it was £50 less at Xmas as a promotion. Once you have the bridge, you don't need to buy another one, just the noise making components.

It's little pricey but it's very good quality.

Logitech do something similar I think - Squeezebox ? - but i think this uses your netwrok as is, rather than the Sonos which effectively creates a separate one.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 25, 2011, 08:06:36 PM
iTunes has pissed me off for the last time. Can anyone recommend an alternative media player that essentially does everything iTunes does, maybe even allow me to edit my iPod's content? Thanks much.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 25, 2011, 08:39:35 PM
PoddoX (http://www.poddox.com/) may be your baby, at least as far as management of the iPod is concerned. I've not used it myself, but I know someone who swears by it. The big plus (according to the developers) is that it doesn't use an XML-based library, but reads actual file and folder structures.

I'm not sure whether it's a media player, mind - but there are loads of them around, including Winamp, which I've been using since forever. That'll actually read your iPod and let you play tunes from it through your PC - for all I know it has an iPod transfer plugin, but I really have no idea :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 25, 2011, 09:26:15 PM
Thanks, Wilf. Ideally, I'll have a look at WinAmp and that PoddoX thing. I'm not really bothered about playing the music on the computer, just about importing MP3s and archiving them nicely and smartly, then adding the files to the 'Pod when necessary. Thanks again.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 15, 2011, 03:44:54 PM
Maybe this should have gone into the "what made you blue" thread...

I've currently got far too much time on my hands, so I've been making a real effort to learn how to use my recording software much more effectively, get to know the plugins, and generally start creating something original.

I've currently got a very nice little plugin 'on loan' from Chris called Albino. It's a fairly traditional softsynth, but you get some terrific presets, which are an excellent start for making sounds of your own. In addition I've got my M-Tron, which is great for a wide range of things (not only King Crimson and Genesis impressions), and all the instruments bundled with Ableton Live. So I thought "why not have a go at creating some ambient stuff"...

Well, the first couple of pieces I tried came relatively easily. But now I'm stuck. I tried unsticking by fishing out the electric guitar from the attic and having a go at incorporating some interesting sounds using an instrument I actually know my way around, and it started off promisingly enough, but listening to the stuff I recorded over the weekend is proving positively painful.

So I've been listening to loads of electronic music by the likes of Tangerine Dream, Biosphere and Stargarden, and we'll see how far we get.

Anyway - the main point of this post is to say that Albino 3 is really cool :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on March 15, 2011, 03:50:24 PM
Stick at it wilf - record shedloads and find the diamonds in the rough.

If it's good enough for Marillion....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on March 15, 2011, 03:51:57 PM
Remember that description in Wikipedia about how "Spirit of Eden" was made?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 15, 2011, 04:23:12 PM
Albino 3 is a class bit of kit Wilf.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on March 22, 2011, 04:34:16 PM
Apologies to all the real and talented musicians amongst this enlightened company, but anyone who's got an iPad simply HAS to download the GarageBand app. It's absolutely fantastic if, like me, you are a talentless arse with too much time on his hands.

You get a set of instruments and a "smart" guitar, keyboard and bass. The sounds sound quite good direct to me via headphones - not sure what they'd be like in a proper DAW though. But for sketching musical ideas I can see how useful it would be. Usability is second to none, of course. 

Here's a review etc. Frankly, I don't know how they can do this for £2.99 ! Obviously you also need an iPad, pref a ipad2.

http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2011/03/22/app-review-garageband-for-ipad/ (http://www.sonicstate.com/news/2011/03/22/app-review-garageband-for-ipad/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 22, 2011, 04:34:54 PM
Today's quality musical toy of choice has been the Reason Orkester sound bank. This comes with Reason, and is basically a bunch of sampled orchestral instruments. I'd not played with it very much before, but it's actually very, very good indeed. When you consider that it's simply thrown in to the package and that they barely refer to it in the manual...quality bit of kit, and sending my current ambient noodlings down some very interesting avenues...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on March 22, 2011, 04:35:32 PM
Apologies to all the real and talented musicians amongst this enlightened company, but anyone who's got an iPad simply HAS to download the GarageBand app.
When I get an iPad....;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 22, 2011, 04:35:35 PM
The iPad is next on my list of gadgets to get for gigs as well and having a copy of Garageband would be a cool.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 22, 2011, 07:57:31 PM
Want one...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on March 22, 2011, 11:05:54 PM
How about a crazy contraption beautifully put together by Spectrasonics' Eric Persing as a contest prize raising money for the Bob Moog Foundation....2 iPads and 2 iPods built-in plus Moog synth plus second keyboard plus Mac Mini?

http://www.spectrasonics.net/contest/index.php

(http://www.spectrasonics.net/contest/graphics/omg-contest-main.jpg)

 :shock:


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on March 22, 2011, 11:14:34 PM
Blimey!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on March 23, 2011, 09:43:48 AM
How about a crazy contraption beautifully put together by Spectrasonics' Eric Persing as a contest prize raising money for the Bob Moog Foundation....2 iPads and 2 iPods built-in plus Moog synth plus second keyboard plus Mac Mini?

http://www.spectrasonics.net/contest/index.php

(http://www.spectrasonics.net/contest/graphics/omg-contest-main.jpg)

 :shock:

As Will Smith said in Independence Day, "I have got to get me one of THESE!!"  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on March 23, 2011, 10:23:26 AM
Rather splended that.

Looks like you could also tip it over with the end as the base, and then use it to dry your socks in front of the fire.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 23, 2011, 10:49:06 AM
Agreed. That looks like a lovely bit of kit doesn't it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on March 23, 2011, 01:46:31 PM
Sweet biblical proverbial, that's... that's...

User="Mouse" has stopped working.

Wait for response (http://www.tothepc.com/pic/fake-window-message-1110.gif)

Cancel and close (http://www.tothepc.com/pic/fake-funny-message-boxes-windows.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on March 23, 2011, 03:25:59 PM
Apologies to all the real and talented musicians amongst this enlightened company, but anyone who's got an iPad simply HAS to download the GarageBand app.

Downloading now.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on March 23, 2011, 08:13:55 PM
 :D @ Mouse


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on March 23, 2011, 11:10:44 PM
:D @ Mouse
Seconded  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on March 24, 2011, 03:29:23 PM
Sweet biblical proverbial, that's... that's...

User="Mouse" has stopped working.

Wait for response (http://www.tothepc.com/pic/fake-window-message-1110.gif)

Cancel and close (http://www.tothepc.com/pic/fake-funny-message-boxes-windows.png)

You just don't get those kind of messages with Mac, you know. ;)

Wrong thread, but here's a stormer from the Daily Mash...

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/apple-to-copyright-individual-letters-201103233655/ (http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/apple-to-copyright-individual-letters-201103233655/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on April 01, 2011, 02:04:30 PM
(http://www.mobilegazette.com/handsets/htc/htc-wildfire/htc-wildfire-1.jpg)

My little one is a marvel, not only can I text in Japanese with it (not that I know anybody else who speaks Japanese), I can also use it as a WIFI hub, which means I can post pictures while I am on the road without having to buy the hotel's expensive internet. All this means I should be able to post some photos from the fused festival this weekend. Yay.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 01, 2011, 03:39:53 PM
The one massively annoying thing about the iPhone is that you can't use it as a wireless or Bluetooth hub without either paying extra for a tethering account or jacking the OS.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 01, 2011, 04:05:13 PM
I know what most of those words mean.  ;D

I'd rather (http://www.tvcables.co.uk/images/items/6.35mm-stereo-jack-plug-hq-gold.jpg) than (http://www.fleetwoodtownfc.com/cms/cmsimages/images/teams/juniors/Fleetwood%20Town%20U12%5C%27s%20450px%202009.jpg)(http://lowendmac.com/compact/art/mac128k320.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 01, 2011, 04:07:26 PM
I know what most words mean, but none of those words.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 01, 2011, 07:45:37 PM
(http://www.mobilegazette.com/handsets/htc/htc-wildfire/htc-wildfire-1.jpg)

My little one is a marvel, not only can I text in Japanese with it (not that I know anybody else who speaks Japanese), I can also use it as a WIFI hub, which means I can post pictures while I am on the road without having to buy the hotel's expensive internet. All this means I should be able to post some photos from the fused festival this weekend. Yay.

I've got the Desire HD and it's a nice little toy. One day I'll get to grips with it properly!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 01, 2011, 08:12:53 PM
One day I'll get meself one of those HTC phone gadget thingies. I'll worry about how to use it after that day.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 01, 2011, 08:15:31 PM
I've got a phone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 01, 2011, 08:19:18 PM
So have I - I haven't made a call on it in over three weeks.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on April 01, 2011, 08:38:19 PM
One day I'll get meself one of those HTC phone gadget thingies. I'll worry about how to use it after that day.

Get an iPhone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 01, 2011, 09:22:03 PM
I'd rather get one that actually gets a signal.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 01, 2011, 09:23:57 PM
You should rush to get one.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Hippeau de la Course on April 01, 2011, 09:24:09 PM
(http://myfantasycomic.com/images/csection/00034%20-%20iPhone%20vs%20Android%20vs%20Blackberry%20-%20Lo.jpg) (http://www.csectioncomics.com/2010/11/iphone-vs-android-vs-blackberry.html)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 01, 2011, 09:28:37 PM
I've got a BlackBerry  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Nellie on April 01, 2011, 09:33:19 PM
I've got a BlackBerry  ;D
Me too but I wish I had an iPhone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 01, 2011, 09:36:58 PM
Nice skirt.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Hippeau de la Course on April 02, 2011, 12:05:25 PM
I have a BlackBerry (for work because I have to develop apps for the bloody things) and an ancient (by smartphone standards - it's more than 2 years old!!!!!11!) Android G1, soon to be replaced by a Motorola Milestone 2 (which I appear to have ordered at 1230 this morning... I didn't think I'd drunk that much!).

The 2-year-old Android is still streets ahead of the 6-month-old BlackBerry.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 02, 2011, 02:48:19 PM
Blackberry is a living bloody nightmare to support in a corporate environment (which is what most of them inhabit). Blackberry Enterprise Server was clearly developed by short-sighted trolls with only a small amount of coaching in some very basic programming - probably that version of BASIC which shipped with MS-DOS. Okay, there may have been a time when it was necessary to have your own network protocols to punt messages around 2G networks, but not any more.

I used to have a re-badged HTC running Windows Mobile, which was okay, if a bit slow. However, iPhone won me over by it's ease of configuration, and just the fact that it's so simple to use. I've reached the stage where I can't be bothered jaffing around any more, and want something that just works.

It will be interesting to see what my new employer has in terms of mobile mail facilities, if anything. I think that's one of the policy areas they're looking at me to investigate.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on April 02, 2011, 02:56:50 PM
Having berated my company for making me switch from iPhone to Bkackberry for work, I don't really mind it as a portable email / text / IM device, however it's a fairly rubbish phone, it's about one tenth as easy to set up and use as the iPhone, and it's just basically no fun at all.

And the keys are far too small for my fingers!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Hippeau de la Course on April 02, 2011, 09:53:59 PM
With you all the way there, Wilf.
They're odd to develop for, too, and the support from RIM is pants.
We have a multiplier table for mobile app development times - BB is at the top, Android is at the bottom.

Having berated my company for making me switch from iPhone to Bkackberry for work, I don't really mind it as a portable email / text / IM device, however it's a fairly rubbish phone,
Nono - it's OK as a phone - it makes fairly clear calls etc. But it's pants as a SMARTphone.
But they are extremely secure. Hence their popularity with corps for email (unless the tech dept has any say in the matter).

And the keys are far too small for my fingers!
For anyone over 10 years old, in fact.
I use my Android a lot for emails/SMS, so always get one with a slide-out keyboard. On more than one occasion, I've needed to send a fairly lengthy work email whilst away, and rather than torturing myself with the BB's tiddlykeys, written it on the Android and sent it to myself to forward.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Hippeau de la Course on April 02, 2011, 09:54:17 PM
Hmm. That cartoon would suggest that iPhone users think of me as a geeky dinosaur. Reading this post back to myself, I'm beginning to think they may have a point...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 04, 2011, 05:50:22 AM
I have a Sony Ericsson c510, and it's brilliant :-)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 04, 2011, 09:37:52 AM
I have a Sony Ericsson c510, and it's brilliant :-)
They'd sack you if you said any different ;)

Nah, I like the Sony Ericcson handsets - before I got the iPhone (a decision made almost entirely on the basis of finding a traditional handset tricky for email) I had a K810i for ages. Nice little phone, served me very well, and rather than sending it of for recycling I've actually kept it on the basis that it's only a matter of time before one of the three of us suffers a lost or broken handset.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on April 04, 2011, 09:47:27 AM
I have a Sony Erricson something and it phones and texts perfectly. It's a pay as you go phone and I don't envisage getting another handset until it dies, which it shows no sign of doing.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 04, 2011, 10:14:29 AM
I also have a Sony Gorran Erricson something and it's on the way out. The battery's dying, it's expensive to keep going and it's reaction time for typing out a text is slow. It has been with me for many years, but I just don't have the expense to replace it yet, especially if I want one of these whiz-bang gadget smartphones.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 05, 2011, 06:20:36 PM
This page (http://www.homestudiocorner.com/2011/04/01/23-guaranteed-ways-to-make-horrible-recordings/?awt_l=4.MSk&awt_m=1g7hP5cGxqazuu) made me smile.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 05, 2011, 11:44:51 PM
Heh. Unfortunately, I know one or two people in my year at college who would see this as good advice...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 06, 2011, 10:32:28 AM
This page (http://www.homestudiocorner.com/2011/04/01/23-guaranteed-ways-to-make-horrible-recordings/?awt_l=4.MSk&awt_m=1g7hP5cGxqazuu) made me smile.

23. If you’re ever unhappy with your mixes, buy more gear.

I have been guilty of that in the past.  :-[


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on April 11, 2011, 11:42:37 AM
Had some fun this weekend routing one channel of a Kaossilator --> Kaosspad mini setup clean and the other channel through a synth-wah pedal. Got some nice bass/percussion loops going with oodles of live tweakability.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 12, 2011, 06:40:26 PM
Now that sounds like the kind of fun I'd like to have.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 15, 2011, 02:35:39 PM
A warning to those currently building PCs (I'm thinking of you UB) courtesy of Sound On Sound magazine of a design fault in Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors.
 
'In January, Intel copped to a design issue in revision B2 of their Cougar Point chip sets. They are on Sandy Bridge motherboards, and might eventually result in data problems with the 4 SATA 2 ports after a couple of years of use. Since the 2 SATA 3 ports remain unaffected, many SB laptops and notebooks and simpler SB systems with only two drives remain totally unaffected, and are still being sold.'

'PC audio specialists have said that anyone who has already purchased one of their SB computers will be able to post it back for motherboard swap out and have it returned in around a week (for a small shipping charge).
If you’ve recently purchased a Sandy Bridge system, you can check to see if it’s affected by downloading the Gigabyte 6 Series SATA Check utility (www.gigabyte.com/support‑downloads/utility.aspx?cg=2 (http://www.gigabyte.com/support‑downloads/utility.aspx?cg=2)). Despite its ‘Gigabyte‑only’ display, this is said to work with other manufacturers’ motherboards.'


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 15, 2011, 02:56:44 PM
If I knew anything of a technical nature I could make a joke about building a bridge on sandy...something technical that sounds a bit like ground.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 15, 2011, 07:07:09 PM
It looks like I'm going to have to buy a printer. It'll need to be able to print onto CDs with printable surfaces, print at least good quality images onto good quality paper with whatever quality ink (I'm only working with black and white images at the mo) which will be used for CD covers, leaflets, maybe even stickers, all that promotional bollocks, etc.

Any suggestions, folks?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on April 15, 2011, 07:11:23 PM
(http://www.balloontwisting.co.uk/shop/images/BlackSharpie.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 15, 2011, 11:13:40 PM
It looks like I'm going to have to buy a printer.

Any suggestions, folks?
We got one of these (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003OG3PPE/ref=oss_product) a month or so back to replace our ageing old multi-function device (also an HP).

It's tremendous. It does wireless as well as USB printing, and will scan and photocopy into the bargain. It's colour, but for forty-five quid you can't go wrong, really. Also, it has individual colour ink cartridges rather than the three-in-one version, so you only need to replace the ink you're running out of.

The photo printing is particularly impressive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 15, 2011, 11:44:18 PM
Ta, Wilf.  :)  But can it print onto CDs? That's kinda the most important factor I'm looking for...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on April 15, 2011, 11:49:29 PM
We've got a Canon Pixma IP4500 which is now far from the current range I think. It doesn't scan, it's just a printer but it does print onto ink-jet-friendly CDs and it does double-sided priinting which you might think is a gimmick cos you can easily put the paper back in your self...but it is a nifty thing to have when we use it, which is admittedly only once or twice a year. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 16, 2011, 12:00:56 AM
Thanks, Pedders. I'll look into that.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on April 16, 2011, 10:33:22 AM
Ta, Wilf.  :)  But can it print onto CDs? That's kinda the most important factor I'm looking for...
Ah, dunno. I always do that using those labels.

I should read posts first, eh? ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 16, 2011, 12:41:07 PM
I'm very happy with my Epson Stylus Photo P50. Prints very well on paper (all sorts) and CDs.

Apparently The Gadget Show reckon it's a really good printer as well, so my boys are happy (and astonished that their ageing and hopelessly out-of-touch mother has got something that is approved of by the Gadget Show.)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on April 16, 2011, 12:47:25 PM
Hey, now that looks like it might fit the bill! Thanks, Catherine.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 06, 2011, 01:48:43 PM
For those of you who use mobile devices to read and post to the forum Tapatalk (http://www.tapatalk.com/) seems rather useful - in fact, I'm using it right now. It's available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, webOS and Windows phones.

Rob has kindly enabled the Fishtank to work with it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 06, 2011, 01:51:02 PM
Will it work with SpamBot's tomato-berry?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 06, 2011, 01:52:20 PM
Inevitably :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 06, 2011, 01:53:06 PM
What will it do to my tomato-berry ?  It works quite well enough already...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 06, 2011, 01:57:48 PM
It's just a slightly different way of doing it - I find it's a bit faster than using the web browser.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 06, 2011, 01:58:50 PM
Faster sounds good  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 06, 2011, 01:59:56 PM
Yeah, on reflection it's the last thing you bloody need ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on May 06, 2011, 07:14:48 PM
But you have to PAY for it!

Is it worth £1.79 of my British pounds?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 06, 2011, 07:36:17 PM
I don't want it any more.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 06, 2011, 08:15:39 PM
But you have to PAY for it!

Is it worth £1.79 of my British pounds?
I thought so. It's rather good.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 08, 2011, 03:39:08 PM
As an early celebration of finishing my course, I've ordered myself one of these...

(http://www.americanmusical.com/ProductImages/Large/48762.jpg)

It's an Ibanez AF75TDG. It's touted as being a good Jazz and Rockabilly guitar, but really does everything well. Those clean, warm Jazz tones are just what I'm looking for, sometimes. And just look at it! Gorgeous! The floating bridge will be an interesting challenge when changing the strings, but I reckon it will be worth it.  8)

It should be arriving on Tuesday (even though I selected 'next day delivery' and today is Sunday. I know there's no post and all that grog, but 'next day' from today is still Monday...), so I should have finished all of the important work that's left over by the time it arrives. Yay!  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 08, 2011, 05:25:44 PM
Next chunk of loan came through then... ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 08, 2011, 05:45:47 PM
Yes, with less than three weeks of the course left to go.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 08, 2011, 06:48:18 PM
"Don't waste it" we said  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 08, 2011, 07:01:10 PM
Floating bridge like pontoon? Twist the stick too far and you bust?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 09, 2011, 09:26:56 AM
I love the Ibanez Artcores. The Bigsby trem of them gives it such a shimmery Chris Issacs sound.

A very good choice Mouse.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 09, 2011, 11:28:16 AM
"Chris Issacs Sound"...is that where the bridge is?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 09, 2011, 06:11:36 PM
"Where's that confounded bridge?"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 09, 2011, 06:18:54 PM
Two magazines are available on the WH Smith shelves which might interest a few people here.

The first is a Sound On Sound special called Music Technology Basics And Beyond. It's written by SOS master Paul White and contains much information for people looking to start in music tech or those who know the basics and just want to expand their horizons. It seems to cover a wide variety of stuff and seems quite comprehensible and easy to understand. The price is £5.99.

The second is a Computer Music special on Effects, which as well as featuring tutorials on how to get the best out of various effects, it also features a free (I say "free") disc which contains some interesting plug-ins, from analogue tape delay thing to a pitch shifter wotsit and quite a few other interesting digital gizmos to play with. That one's £6.

Just thought someone might be interested.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 09, 2011, 08:52:17 PM
I used to get Computer Music magazine every month, but I stopped when Regent's laid me off, and I've not bought a copy since getting back to work. You can only read so many gear reviews without getting word-blind :)

The Effects special might be interesting, though.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 09, 2011, 09:21:36 PM
Sound on Sound a lot. Full of shiny things and lots of info, some of which I understand!
Jem is writing some more articles for them too. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 09, 2011, 11:02:16 PM
I'm really looking forward to his big article on sound design. Should be a fascinating read.

Pedders, if some of normal SOS goes over your head (as it does mine, and you're taller than me), then this special issue might help on a number of levels.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 09, 2011, 11:13:41 PM
Cheers, matey, I'll have a look-see the next time I'm in WHSmiths. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 10, 2011, 09:20:15 AM
I have an SoS subscription but the edition of CM magazine sounds very interesting indeed. Cheers for the heads up Mouse sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 10, 2011, 11:32:56 AM
Does a subscription get you the "specials" from SoS as well?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 10, 2011, 12:55:49 PM
Sadly no but you can order then direct to your door. The great thing about SoS is that you can buy the individual articles as PDF's so if your browse the e-copy (like I do) and you find something that you could use as a guide or help on a regular basis, I usually download it and keep it stored for future reference.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 10, 2011, 03:20:48 PM
I used to buy CM every month, bit I realised that I didn't understand a word of it and I needed to have at least an iota of musical skill to even begin.

Funnily enough, if someone had of just shoved a copy of GarageBand in front of me, esp the iPad app, I'd have been away.

Didn't that Jem Godfrey bloke used to write for SoS ? Whatever happened to him, eh ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 10, 2011, 03:28:11 PM
I think he appeared on one Tinyfish album and then sunk into obscurity.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 10, 2011, 03:38:12 PM
Jem did indeed write a few bits and bobs for SoS. It was like a regular Jem blog with all the swearing taken out.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on May 10, 2011, 08:35:33 PM
Jem IS indeed writing for them. He is apparently doing one or two product reviews and has already written an article on sound design. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 11, 2011, 12:17:54 AM
I'm really looking forward to that article.  :)

Meanwhile, my guitar has arrived. Hoooo my! It's big, it's chunky and it's got a sound to match. Very different from my Strat, which is good as I can use it for different styles blah blah blah. Oh, and within minutes of hearing it 'properly' through my Boss ME-70 pedal with headphones, I had the tone Alex Lifeson used on the song Fly By Night.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 11, 2011, 12:57:48 PM
oh well, my new toy arrives today (although I will probably have to go to the post office to pick it up)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41fNhq6HVBL._AA300_.jpg)

Not as glamorous as a guitar, but I can store several gB of loops on a single disc and get busy on ACID finally.

Except I'm out for the forseeable future restocking my culture bank.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 14, 2011, 01:03:07 PM
I was at the MPS music tech show in Leeds yesterday with the college. I got to play with loads of lovely toys, featuring loads of Roland gear, including the only Jupiter 80 in the country.  8)  I was surprised by the quality of some of the sounds on the Nord and Kurtzweil 'boards I had a go on. The piano and keys sounds were impressive, but other stuff like the strings just didn't fly for me. The Korg stuff ranged from quite nice (the new Stage Piano) to terrible (the Microkorg XL). I also had a twiddle on the mahoosive Minimoog XL, which was great. I saw a demonstration of the Arturia Origin, which was quite cool (it had some awesome Pink Floyd keyboard sounds on it), but missed the full debut of Roland's Jupiter 80, demoed by Richard Barbieri, because we were sitting in the wrong seminar room. Damn and blast!  :(

Oh well. It was a fun day out.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 03, 2011, 03:18:39 PM
I'm considering getting one of these - an Akai APC 40

(http://www.akaipro.com/stuff/contentmgr/files/20/75c9422d40ff924f3598027a37fe7fa5/medium/apc40_web_angle_med.png)

It's a controller specifically designed for use with Ableton Live. It may kick-start my creativity in producing some interesting music. Then again, it's more likely to reinforce the fact that I'm better off sticking with playing other people's records in a podcast.

So maybe I won't get one...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 03, 2011, 03:19:13 PM
nifty bit of kit, that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 03, 2011, 03:27:19 PM
I need a sound card to get Vegas to work properly.

I can't decide between a simple Sound Blaster or a more expensive gaming sound card.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 03, 2011, 03:27:51 PM
Generally you can't go wrong with the Creative ones.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2011, 03:09:48 PM
Lakland basses. Even though I am not a bass player, I want one.  :-\

http://www.lakland.com/basses.htm (http://www.lakland.com/basses.htm)

(http://www.lakland.com/images/basses/44-55-AJ.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 15, 2011, 03:13:23 PM
I like the way the bridge plate is shaped,


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2011, 03:14:50 PM
Fab innit? This one really caught my eye.

(http://www.lakland.com/images/basses/55-94_1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 15, 2011, 03:21:40 PM
Yes, that's really nifty...and it's got many, many knobs on it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 15, 2011, 03:31:03 PM
Chris Squire uses a Lakland, I believe. As seen on the more 'recent' Yes DVDs.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 15, 2011, 04:37:43 PM
I could use a five-string.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 15, 2011, 06:25:20 PM
I've seen Geezer Butler play a Lakland  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2011, 07:05:40 PM
I'm not surprised at all Andy. I looked the list of people who use them and it was like a who's who of rock and pop.  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 15, 2011, 07:20:51 PM
i think Jo would throw a fit if I bought one. In fact she'd probably throw a fit if I bought any bass at the moment  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Paul on June 15, 2011, 08:18:09 PM
The only dealer in the UK is The Gallery in Camden, run by one Martin Petersen, the chap wot built my Bass.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2011, 08:50:44 PM
 ;D Small world.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 15, 2011, 09:32:25 PM
Do you think you could negotiate a 95% discount with him Paul? I might be in with a chance of owning one then  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 16, 2011, 02:07:13 AM
Do you think you could negotiate a 95% discount with him Paul? I might be in with a chance of owning one then  :D

heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 16, 2011, 11:58:07 AM
My laptop's disc drive keeps opening of its own accord. That is all.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on June 16, 2011, 01:25:37 PM
My laptop's disc drive keeps opening of its own accord. That is all.

Maybe it wants to go for a holiday in the West Indies?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 16, 2011, 02:03:24 PM
Or Inonesia  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on June 16, 2011, 02:43:12 PM
Jathinkso?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 17, 2011, 02:26:45 PM
Love em or hate 'em. The new iMac i27 s now available here in the UK.

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/06/17/review_apple_imac_27in/

It looks amazing and probably works very, very well but I have to agree with the reviewer that the price for this i5 machine is just silly (the i7 version will set you back even more apparently). My Toshiba i5 laptop has a better spec and I purchased it for half the money.  

(http://www.davaomacuser.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/27-inch-iMac.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 17, 2011, 02:41:13 PM
Yikes - I'm still happier with my bespoke box that I (mostly) built myself.

If one bit goes wrong, and if I find out which bit it is, I can fix it.

Oh and the new Soundcard seems to have solved my Vegas memory problem.  ;D

So now my mad month of going out draws to a close I can finally start work on editing together some of the footage of Tinyfish, and some of the stuff I shot at Matt's support slot at Credo.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 17, 2011, 03:15:40 PM
Looking forward to it sir (don't you just love it when technology and talent collide?).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 17, 2011, 04:02:34 PM
(http://regmedia.co.uk/2011/06/17/apple_imac_27in_5.png)

"Shiny thing make it all better!"

The review makes an excellent point about the ridiculous pricing - for the purpose of the machine to the general target market, the specs are wasted. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who are going to use it to power their whole entertainment systems in their luxury home (which they must have if they can afford one of these) and probably the lighting, kitchen and garage doors, too. That's good. If you can afford it, it certainly looks like an awesome bit of kit. But are you paying for all that power, or for the Apple logo on the casing?

I've spent many a time thinking about just why I don't like Apple products apart from saying "I just don't like Apple", which is a really rubbish excuse. I think I've got it and it's mentioned in that there review. If you want to change a component in a piece of Apple hardware, you can't. Apple won't allow it. I worked with Macs in Hull College for nearly three years and all the time it felt like it was allowing me to do things rather than me calling the shots about where to put stuff and how to do things. To me, that all feels like you fork out over a grand to have something which is 'on loan' from Apple. my iPod battery's running out now, but can I just replace it with a new one and extend the life of my product? Not unless Apple say so. And they say no. Unless I take it to them, I suppose, so they can do it for me and make sure I don't put anything 'substandard' in it compared to what they deem acceptable...

*cough* Whoops, sorry. Got a bit preachy there. Nah, I don't like Apple keyboards. I don't like the white/silver designs. I like a nice, simple traditional-style mouse which I know works very well for me. Still, to have a monitor screen that big, crisp and clear would be very, very nice. But not for nearly two thousand quid, oh no.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 17, 2011, 04:18:27 PM
You make several good and undeniable points there Mouse. Speaking personally, I have loved Apple's products over the years and the iMac27 certainly pushes all the buttons for me from both a design and Operating System point of view. The only thing that I believe is beginning to draw the merest whisperings of a cloud over the Apple world is that the real world is beginning to catch on and catch up with that design genius but is doing so at half the price.

This iMac is wonderful but it doesn't excite me or give me that 'wow' in the way the release of an Apple product used to. Maybe they are holding back all the big guns for the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3.

 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 17, 2011, 04:34:52 PM
I just want to change the battery in my sodding iPod.  :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 17, 2011, 05:00:21 PM
As far as the desktop computer market goes I can't help but feel that Apple have shot their bolt - at least until the next radical overhaul of systems architecture. These days PCs and Macs use essentially the same hardware, so on that basis the cost differential is becoming less and less justifiable. You can get a quad-core i5 with 4GB RAM and a 1TB disk - inclusive of a 27" monitor - for less than a grand, and with Windows 7 having narrowed the usability gap significantly, Macs are becoming more and more a luxury rather than a genuinely 'better' product.

Actually, I had to laugh at work the other day. One of the schools teaches music technology, and the lab consists of nine ageing PCs equipped with Cubase, Sibelius and a bunch of outboard gear. The head of department clearly fancies himself as a bit of a producer (though he'd never heard of Pro Tools, which was interesting), and wanted to upgrade to a room full of iMacs, but using the same outboard gear (which is newer than the PCs). So I priced it all up and it came in a three times the amount it would cost to put a bunch of i5 or i7-driven machines, each with shedloads of RAM. On pointing this out he said "oh yes, but Cubase runs much more smoothly on a Mac". Of course, being a git I chose this moment to reveal my true colours as Opinionated Amateur Recording Man, and produced a shedload of reviews of Cubase 6 which stated quite clearly that there's bugger-all difference. Those days are gone.

I'd have a lot more respect if he was honest, and said that he wanted Macs because they're sexier, and make the lab look good (no small consideration in a private school, where meeting parental expectations are important).

Where Apple have the edge, in my view, is with the iPhone, iPad and iPod, with which they've cornered the market very nicely. But even there all is not rosy in the garden. No Flash player? What's all that about? It makes them totally useless for the educational software that we use in the early years schools - if they had Flash they would be ideal.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on June 17, 2011, 05:45:52 PM
pah - you and your i5s

I have an i7 (http://www.absolutely.biz/images/stoneybridge.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 22, 2011, 04:21:46 PM
My current musical noodly obsession - meet Rob Papen's rather spiffy virtual synthesiser, Blue:

(http://tapatalk.com/mu/d99e862e-1615-d390.jpg)

Now that I'm starting to get a little feeling back in my left arm and hand I've started messing around with some ideas for ambient/electronic stuff, and this synth is the perfect vehicle for it.

Deep joy, basically.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2011, 06:50:32 PM
Rob Papen has come up with some brilliant soft synths in his time. Wasn't he also involved with the development of the Virus synth too?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 22, 2011, 06:59:01 PM
I believe so...and that's a monster bit of kit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on June 23, 2011, 06:31:55 AM
MatrixSynth posted this via Twitter.
While not really "unsafe" for work, you will probably want headphones on and no-one looking when you watch because I don't think anyone can see this and not think "why???"! :-\

Anyway, "Synthkini"...gently with the 'nipples' then...
http://bit.ly/miw7Fi


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 23, 2011, 08:52:59 AM
I've just seen it and all I can think is; "why???"! :-\


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 23, 2011, 01:26:09 PM
oh my eyes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2011, 01:34:13 PM
I didn't dare watch it after seeing the still image they've used from the video.

"There are some corners of the Universe that have bred the most terrible things..."

(http://wifflelevertofull.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/patricktroughton.jpg?w=270&h=201)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 23, 2011, 01:50:13 PM
One of my favorurite Patrick Troughton lines. Oh and Mr Troughton remains the template that all the subsequent doctors have been based upon IN MY HUMBLE OPINION.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2011, 02:00:31 PM
Troughton's my favourite.  :)  I definitely see aspects of his character in Matt Smith's Doctor.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on June 23, 2011, 02:02:38 PM
Pertwee is still my favourite.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 23, 2011, 10:37:13 PM
So... I think I'm going to be selling my Ibanez AF75 TDG guitar. It is a very nice semi-acoustic, the neck is fab, it sounds great and I think it looks great... but I just can't get into it. I don't think it will do any of my projects any real good and it's just not practical enough to stick around. A shame, because it's a good guitar. Maybe I'll replace it with something a bit more useful to me, like an electro-acoustic. Or maybe a new effects pedal, or something. I suppose we'll have to wait and see on that.

(http://www.dawsons.co.uk/acatalog/00067166.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 24, 2011, 09:38:33 AM
I love the look of that guitar (it's white, which is my fave colour for an axe) and I know the Ibanez's are good quality. I've hungered after an Artcore model for ages.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on August 24, 2011, 11:55:32 AM
I'm tempted to say "buy it then".
Mouse can then afford Summer's End.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2011, 12:22:07 PM
Yes, Godfrey, come buy my axe.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 24, 2011, 01:29:52 PM
Yes, Godfrey, come buy my axe.  :D

god, I hope that's not a euphemism.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 24, 2011, 01:38:39 PM
 :o

That had not even crossed my mind!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on August 24, 2011, 01:42:54 PM
I hope you're feeling better soon, catherine!

;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2011, 01:48:51 PM
God help us all when she does feel better.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 24, 2011, 03:09:17 PM
Yes, Godfrey, come buy my axe.  :D
It does look a lot like the guitar Kavus Torabi uses which makes it a very tempting offer Mouse but I have to save some cash right now and besides, I think my Red Telecaster will be making a return soon.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on August 24, 2011, 03:13:28 PM
What kind of price are you hoping for Mouse?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2011, 03:42:27 PM
Ooh, I dunno. I bought it for just over £400. It's never been gigged or anything like that (I think it's only been outside my room once or twice). I'd have to consult people, of course, but I'm thinking no more than £350 at most.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2011, 03:47:55 PM
Yes, Godfrey, come buy my axe.  :D
It does look a lot like the guitar Kavus Torabi uses which makes it a very tempting offer Mouse but I have to save some cash right now and besides, I think my Red Telecaster will be making a return soon.  :)

It wasn't a serious offer, Simon, so no worries!  :D  I've been tempted by Telecasters over the years, but if I was to get another guitar (which is definitely on the cards for some time!), I would probably get another Strat. A black one with a dark ebony-like fretplate, mmmmmmmm...  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on August 24, 2011, 04:11:05 PM
Not sure if you're aware but h has the same guitar in red. I displayed it at my Marillion Museum in 2009


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 24, 2011, 04:20:17 PM
Cooooooool!  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 31, 2011, 07:36:15 PM
Spencer Park Music (Matt Stevens' record label) on Twitter linked to this rather good article about compression and mastering and how everything seems to feel the need to be loud nowadays - too loud. There are some good visual examples of the music he talks about and I found it to be a very good article indeed.

http://thequietus.com/articles/06872-loudness-wars-dynamic-range-compression-mastering


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 02, 2011, 11:29:03 AM
So, I've done DN4, but it had a very troubled gestation all caused by my upgrading to the new Mac OS system, Lion.

Here's a list of issues:-

NAS storage, where I keep all my content, inaccessible due to dropping of support of security protocols.
New NAS required + migration of all content.
Revert to Windows machines to migrate content via Wi-Fi network - fails
Purchase USB hard drive to wire into laptop to migrate all content to that and then to new NAS
iTunes Library needs completely rebuilding
Finally, all content migrated to new drives and iTunes library rebuilt.

Then...

Audio Interface (Novation NIO2|4) unsupported by Lion.
Renders Rode Mic useless
Shure in-ears I use for monitoring pack up
Streamng Audio software - unsupported by Lion, packs up
Ableton free version supplied with Novation, unsupported by Lion packs up
ROXIO Toast Titanium software, <6 mnths old - unsupported by Lion, packs up and crashes Mac

Purchase Blue Micophones ICICCLE to convert the RODE to USB input directly into Garageband
Purchase new head phones for monitoring
Get a workaround for the streaming audio
Ditch Toast and do all editing in Garageband

Start building podcast 2 days before I go to Belgium.
Finish podcast by adding talky bits and effects, but without any effective monitoring - result - Bert sounds like he's shouting
Run out of time. Decide to go with it.

Fire up Podcast Making software (to build the XML and FTP it to the servers etc)...

Podcast Maker unsupported by Lion. >:( >:(

F*********K !!!

Turn Mac off, go to Belgium watch F1, come back

next day...

Re-do Podcast and make me sound less shouty
Source different podcast maker - latest version fails BUT get hold of an old demo version. WORKS!!
Spend rest of the day arguing with errant FTP servers and routers
Throw much of my gear out of the window in fury and go to bed

next day...

All works lovely  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 02, 2011, 11:59:18 AM
ain't that the way!!  glad you got it all together Bert!  it's a great show, except for The Doors....

;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 02, 2011, 12:43:59 PM
Can we hear the shouty version too sometime?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 02, 2011, 12:52:44 PM
NO


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on September 02, 2011, 01:14:13 PM
Pity - it's often interesting to hear someone losing it 'on air'.
Perhaps you should have recorded some of the race in Belgium to cover up the shouty bits.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 02, 2011, 01:17:41 PM
sorry - that was me being shouty for (clearly failed) comic effect - I cannot speak with any authority for young Bertram.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 02, 2011, 01:23:24 PM
Ah, Macs are much easier to use, upgrade and support than PCs ;)

Seriously, though, the lack of backwards compatibility for hardware devices like the nio is a bit of a shocker. It could be that Apple didn't release the code for Lion to Novation to develop a driver in advance, or it could be Novation being slackers - either way, it's not impressive.

The SAN support problem is, I understand, something that has arisen with OSX updates before.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 02, 2011, 02:49:06 PM
word is that Mac released the Lion code a year ago to developers.  but who really knows.  things change so fast these days.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 02, 2011, 04:00:44 PM
Here's a cool thing:

http://productionadvice.co.uk/how-to-avoid-over-compressing-your-mix/


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 02, 2011, 04:19:26 PM
Here's a cool thing:

http://productionadvice.co.uk/how-to-avoid-over-compressing-your-mix/

sounds neat, but I'm having trouble finding the Mac version.  I have created a log-in, but I'm only finding Windows...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 02, 2011, 07:26:40 PM
How to avoid over-compressing your mix: use less compression.

Simples!

:)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 02, 2011, 09:56:19 PM
Pity - it's often interesting to hear someone losing it 'on air'.
Perhaps you should have recorded some of the race in Belgium to cover up the shouty bits.


I got some choice audio of 20 F1 cars going past. I'll try to work it in for next time  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 02, 2011, 10:35:52 PM
Neeeeooooow!
Neeeooww!
Neeeeeeow!
Neeeooooooooww!
Neeeooow!

That sort of thing?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 02, 2011, 10:57:11 PM
I expect there were 46 of them.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 03, 2011, 09:05:16 AM
Neeeeooooow!
Neeeooww!
Neeeeeeow!
Neeeooooooooww!
Neeeooow!

That sort of thing?

Yep! It's the most incredible thing I've ever heard, notwithstanding La Villa Strangiato of course  :D

Sadly, I have a dB meter on my iPhone and measured them at 100dB from about 20 metres or so. Ear plugs were de rigeur. I've never had to wear ear plugs anywhere, even at Motörhead, 1980 West Runton Pavilion, Tank supporting.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on September 03, 2011, 09:13:11 AM
Grand Prix Cars vs. Tank.

Although I have a soft spot for Tank, the GP cars may have been more tuneful.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 04, 2011, 03:38:51 PM
Grand Prix Cars vs. Tank.

Although I have a soft spot for Tank, the GP cars may have been more tuneful.


From what I remember, that is accurate  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 04, 2011, 11:13:33 PM
Tomorrow (Monday) will see my search for a new set of studio monitors i.e. speakers, begin in earnest.

After a fair amount of research over the past week or two, the internet has kindly coughed up two makes that are up for serious consideration:

1. Focal CMS 65
Made by a very reputable French audio company, these babies have garnered rave reviews all over the net.
(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/Future%20Music/Issue%20215/focal/focal-cms65-460-80.jpg)
 
2. Adam AX7
Probably the monitor that has become the industry standard nearfield for most project studios nowadays. An excellent bit of kit.
(http://www.adam-audio.com/files/images/speakers/gallery/A7X_coverBild.jpg)

Tomorrow sees me up at Digital Village to give both of these (and a couple of others) a test drive. It will be an interesting listen.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 04, 2011, 11:17:41 PM
Oh, to be near enough to Digital Village to actually be able to visit it. I, sir, am envious. Good hunting!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 04, 2011, 11:22:49 PM
Is there not a stockist in or near Hull ?

(travel expenses may be met*)

*subject to discretion and prior approval, and, no, you can't come down to Digital Village - nothing south of Watford.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 04, 2011, 11:24:23 PM
Is there not a stockist in or near Hull ?

Something of actual interest to actual people in actual Hull? Don't make me laugh...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 04, 2011, 11:25:46 PM
Maybe in York then...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 05, 2011, 09:38:01 AM
I have chosen the following tracks to test drive the monitors:

For bass exension: Everywhen (Massive Attack - 100th Window)
For mid range and acoustic instruments: Glitterball (Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back)
For top end and clarity: Fly (Cornelius - Point)
For vocal clarity: British Racing Green (Big Big Train - Far Skies, Deep Time)

All the tracks are brilliant recordings and I know them very well which let's face it is the prime requisite when judging the differences between monitors.  :)

That and a fanatical devotion to the Pope.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 05, 2011, 09:54:26 AM
....and a night out with a naval....AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 05, 2011, 10:04:08 AM
Thank goodness there's nothing from that awful Tinyfish band.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on September 05, 2011, 11:54:30 AM
What you really need is some good grunty death metal followed by some 1920s blues to really check speakers of any type.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 05, 2011, 02:02:04 PM
Okay, a quick update. I've just returned from my trip up to Digital Village in Clapham and the verdict is largely as you would assume. The Focals were utterly unflattering i.e. very honest with a flat response. The Adams were excellent too but they sounded noticeably more hi-fi than their French counterparts.

For those of you out there who have little or no technical knowledge in this area, join the club.  ;) Seriously, the little I have learned has taught me there are two schools of thought when it comes to audio monitors. First; if you prefer a more neutral 'honest' frequency response i.e. no bass or top boost, choose a speaker with a flat sound (like the Focals or KRKs). Second; if you prefer listening to a more musical speaker 'cos it causes less fatigue on your ears and makes you more up for mixing, go for a more hi-fi monitor (such as Mackie 824s or The Adam A7x).

Both schools have pros and cons and it's down to the individual to choose which suits them best. I tend to fall into the former catagory as I won't work as hard to make the mix work if the speaker isn't neutral. It can be a brutal listening experience at the beginning but if you get it right there, the chances are it's going to sound good on many a home stereo or iPod.

I used the Cornelius and Peter Gabriel CDs and went no further as happily the story became very clear as to characteristics of each set of monitors. It’s also obvious that once you break the £1k barrier, the quality and tonal neutrality of the kit on offer improves noticeably.

The Adams A7Xs are great speakers and I'd be happy to mix on them but the Focals are looking to be odds on favourites right now. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 05, 2011, 02:26:34 PM
I'd agree with you that a monitor speaker with a flat response is the best for mixing, as you won't over or under-compensate high or low frequencies. But it is good to have an array of systems/speakers to check the mix on so that you get an equal and even sound across all sorts of varieties that people may be listening through, anything from crappy £15 PC speakers, to several hundred quid towering hi-fi systems, to the godawful free earphones that come with an iPod.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 05, 2011, 02:32:33 PM
Seconded Mouse. The more speakers you can hear a mix through, the better you will understand what is going on. You see mate? All that work you put in did rub off on you in the end.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 05, 2011, 02:33:39 PM
Ah, so that's what that rash is...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 05, 2011, 02:34:40 PM
A rash of speakers...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 05, 2011, 02:37:27 PM
Bacon rashes. Mmm.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 05, 2011, 05:22:08 PM
I cooked bacon this morning!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 05, 2011, 07:43:00 PM
I have a friend who wants to know how does one post an image on the Fishtank that isn't on the internet ? Like, on m.., er, his hard drive ?



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 05, 2011, 08:17:43 PM
Robert will know for sure but I suspect it will involve witchcraft and a ferret.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 05, 2011, 08:38:42 PM
I have a friend who wants to know how does one post an image on the Fishtank that isn't on the internet ? Like, on m.., er, his hard drive ?
Publish it to a picture sharing site like Flickr and link it from there.

Tapatalk has a hosting service which the mobile client has direct hooks into.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 11:02:04 AM
Wilf is correct. I'm sure you can understand why I don't really want people to upload pictures to here :-)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 06, 2011, 11:14:26 AM
Is the answer...Catherine ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 06, 2011, 11:27:01 AM
Seconded  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 11:33:13 AM
Well, not actually, but represents a useful fallback position.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 06, 2011, 12:41:38 PM
(http://www.cat-lovers-gifts-guide.com/images/CuteKitten05.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 06, 2011, 01:04:54 PM
<insert far too obvious reply using the word 'pussy'>


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 06, 2011, 01:15:02 PM
I am as innocent as that dear little kitten.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 01:18:36 PM
we have over 4000 posts that suggest otherwise.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 06, 2011, 01:27:26 PM
It wasn't even me saying that  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 06, 2011, 01:29:02 PM
we have over 4000 posts that suggest otherwise.

They are all libellous ones from SpamBot, who should know better.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 01:29:21 PM
Yeah, well, I don't *often* have to remove offensive pictures from this forum...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 06, 2011, 01:58:27 PM
(http://tapatalk.com/mu/d99e862e-26f8-bd1a.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 02:03:24 PM
terrifying is not the same as offensive. Mr. Badger, sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 06, 2011, 02:04:50 PM
His table manners are offensive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on September 06, 2011, 02:51:32 PM
Then don't post any pictures of him at table.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 21, 2011, 04:45:38 PM
Who says software companies are venal, sharklike bastards?

Propellerheads, the manufacturer of my favourite music production software, Reason, are offering an upgrade of their main bundle (Reason together with Record, which adds audio recording to MIDI) on a 'pay what you want' basis...well, with a minimum of €1.00.

This is predicated on the fact that they're not adding much to the new bundle - three new rather spiffy effects, 64-bit support and a new, enhanced sound bank.

Hurrah!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 21, 2011, 06:00:16 PM
Now that is good news. Kudos to Propellerheads.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 21, 2011, 07:05:09 PM
I stopped at Reason 4. I was keeping it upgraded but not using it. With Sonar and a healthy wodge of VST instruments I couldn't justify keeping up with it.
But it is jolly shiny and screams to my inner geek... ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 21, 2011, 08:13:02 PM
When combined with Record it's a fabulous bit of kit - with Reason 6 they've done the right thing and combined them into a single product.

It's all down to whether you get on with Reason's built-in instruments and effects, because you can't use VSTi plugins. Fortunately there are lots of great Reason add-ins, such as a ridiculously hypersampled drum package, and a decent Mellotron.

And, of course, you can ReWire it into most other DAWs and use it as a 'supersynth'.

I like it because it's really easy to use...and yes, it looks fabulous.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 27, 2011, 10:35:36 PM
I'm after some advice on a guitar amp for my boy.

He's currently using a cruddy little amp that came with his first electric guitar, and would like something that sounds a bit better. He's after something for practicing at home with - has no plans for gigging or anything at present.

So - anyone got any recommendations for something around 10-20W, not too cripplingly expensive, and which sounds good? He has an Epiphone SG and a Boss multi-effect thingy so a Roland Cube (with built-in effects) would be a bit wasted... probably.

Anyone know anything about the Fender Mustang I?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 27, 2011, 10:58:51 PM
It was the first Fender Mustang.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 27, 2011, 11:00:39 PM
Thanks SpamBot, very helpful.

Or the Roland Cube 15XL?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 27, 2011, 11:01:20 PM
Is it 15 times bigger than an XL.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 27, 2011, 11:08:39 PM
Roland Cubes have a very good reputation for remarkable quality given their size. And one can never have too many guitar effects options!  ;)  Plus, if he ever does decide to start gigging, the Cube can throw out a big sound on very little power. When I can afford an amp, I'll probably get one of those.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 28, 2011, 09:21:09 AM
If it's your No2 son, he will have heard Steve Rothery waxing lyrical about his Roland amp, and he can always chain effects to get a tone or play it clean. I love them little Roland Cubes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 28, 2011, 09:37:00 AM
Even better than Oxo cubes?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 09:40:31 AM
That's not a very helpful answer  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on September 28, 2011, 11:53:08 AM
I hear good things about the Line6 Spider IV 15 amp....available for about £70 or £80 but I have no direct experience of them...so the usual dislcaimer applies! :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 12:04:10 PM
Does Don Airey use them ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on September 28, 2011, 12:06:40 PM
Does Don Airey use them ?

Look, I said I made a mistake with that one  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 28, 2011, 12:08:02 PM
Huw has the bass variant of this;

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/15W-Electric-Guitar-Amp-by-Gear4music/2K4

It sounds great, it's very robust, plenty loud for the house, and cheap as chips.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 12:15:55 PM
Silicon chips ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 28, 2011, 12:28:09 PM
Even those!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 28, 2011, 03:31:17 PM
What about chips in a windscreen?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 03:32:49 PM
Careful...they develop into cracks, which then develop into mountains.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 28, 2011, 03:36:43 PM
What about chips off the ol' block?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 03:46:55 PM
T-Lo ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 28, 2011, 03:47:25 PM
Is that one of J-Lo's siblings?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on September 28, 2011, 03:48:40 PM
Depends if you are Timmy from da blok.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 28, 2011, 03:59:20 PM
No.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on September 28, 2011, 08:28:55 PM
What about chips off the ol' block?

Well, my chip off the ol' block has decided that he quite fancies the Roland Cube 15XL, so we have ordered one of those.
It'll match my Roland Cube 30 bass amp.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 01, 2011, 04:18:33 PM
Amp arrived yesterday, and today the boy and I went into Cambridge, tried LOTS of guitars, and ended up with one of these

(http://www.imuso.co.uk/images/Legacy/Product//~display360x200/EG03879.jpg)

as I'd had a call from the people I'd left his Epiphone SG with for repair saying that the repair was going to cost more than the guitar did.

So I'm now looking for someone to repair - economically - the dead SG... anyone know anyone who can do a scarf joint repair?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 03, 2011, 11:25:55 AM
An excellent choice m'lady.  :) The Yamaha Pacificas are fantastic value for money and they are one of the most popular production guitars ever, so no problems picking up spare parts either.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 03, 2011, 11:36:59 AM
I got one of these recently.

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/07/zoom-h2n-handy-recorder.jpg)

Used it in anger for the first time yesterday and v impressed wit the sound quality of the files and the ease of operation.

I got the accessory pack too, which has a windsheild, tripod, mic stand adaptor and a remote. It also has some other tricks like lo-cutoff filter, auto record, EQ and 4 different mic arrangements, IT comes with a copy of Cubase LE too.

Not as pricey as the H4n.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 03, 2011, 11:40:32 AM
That's handy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 03, 2011, 11:41:39 AM
That's handy.

Indeed. IDEWISOTT


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on October 03, 2011, 12:39:43 PM
I got one of these recently.

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/07/zoom-h2n-handy-recorder.jpg)

Used it in anger for the first time yesterday and v impressed wit the sound quality of the files and the ease of operation.

I got the accessory pack too, which has a windsheild, tripod, mic stand adaptor and a remote. It also has some other tricks like lo-cutoff filter, auto record, EQ and 4 different mic arrangements, IT comes with a copy of Cubase LE too.

Not as pricey as the H4n.


We have a H4n in work very handy bit of kit, I have to say that as it was bought at my suggestion :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 03, 2011, 01:28:21 PM
Me likee lots.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 03, 2011, 02:00:41 PM
Mmm, lovely gear! How much did it set you back, Bert, if you don't mind me asking?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on October 03, 2011, 06:50:05 PM
as I'd had a call from the people I'd left his Epiphone SG with for repair saying that the repair was going to cost more than the guitar did.

So I'm now looking for someone to repair - economically - the dead SG... anyone know anyone who can do a scarf joint repair?

Do you have photos of the damage?

How far are you from Aylesbury?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 03, 2011, 07:49:02 PM
Mmm, lovely gear! How much did it set you back, Bert, if you don't mind me asking?

Ummmm, it was £160 + £30 for the accessories. I'm not sure you can do w/out the accessories tbh. Which isn't cheap, I realise, but they seem to be pretty well regarded and you do get a lot for the money.

The H4n is much more, but I'm told it's superb, but I didn't really need all that it offers. This one is well good, although I think I got the mic setting wrong - bit of tinkering required I think.

At the Tin Spirits gig last week, the video guys were using H4n's to capture the sound.

Oh and it isn't Cubase as free, it's Steinberg Wavelab LE-7


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on October 03, 2011, 09:18:26 PM
Mmm, lovely gear! How much did it set you back, Bert, if you don't mind me asking?

Ummmm, it was £160 + £30 for the accessories. I'm not sure you can do w/out the accessories tbh. Which isn't cheap, I realise, but they seem to be pretty well regarded and you do get a lot for the money.

The H4n is much more, but I'm told it's superb, but I didn't really need all that it offers. This one is well good, although I think I got the mic setting wrong - bit of tinkering required I think.

At the Tin Spirits gig last week, the video guys were using H4n's to capture the sound.

Oh and it isn't Cubase as free, it's Steinberg Wavelab LE-7

You get Cubase with the H4n


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 03, 2011, 10:10:48 PM
Do you have photos of the damage?

How far are you from Aylesbury?

Turns out there's a local-ish repairer in Witchford (near Ely) who we're taking the poorly guitar to on Wednesday. Don't have photos at present but could rectify that.

We're about 2h drive away from Aylesbury.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on October 03, 2011, 10:15:32 PM
Do you have photos of the damage?

How far are you from Aylesbury?

Turns out there's a local-ish repairer in Witchford (near Ely) who we're taking the poorly guitar to on Wednesday. Don't have photos at present but could rectify that.

We're about 2h drive away from Aylesbury.

Let me know what he quotes you. I may be able to repair it. I would need to see photos though


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 03, 2011, 10:36:22 PM
Of the guitar, Catherine.  Of the guitar...  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on October 04, 2011, 08:42:50 AM
Of the guitar, Catherine.  Of the guitar...  ::)


 ;D ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 04, 2011, 12:37:28 PM
Ummmm, it was £160 + £30 for the accessories. I'm not sure you can do w/out the accessories tbh. Which isn't cheap, I realise, but they seem to be pretty well regarded and you do get a lot for the money.

That's quite a good deal. I shall have to remember it when I have some cash coming in.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 04, 2011, 12:38:59 PM
Ummmm, it was £160 + £30 for the accessories. I'm not sure you can do w/out the accessories tbh. Which isn't cheap, I realise, but they seem to be pretty well regarded and you do get a lot for the money.

That's quite a good deal. I shall have to remember it when I have some cash coming in.

Ah, talking of which...  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 04, 2011, 04:09:49 PM
Make him sweep leaves !


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 04, 2011, 07:13:58 PM
Of the guitar, Catherine.  Of the guitar...  ::)

Really, SpamBot, what sort of random pictures do you think I would send him?  ::)

(http://www.tvscoop.tv/0528teletubbies.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 04, 2011, 07:18:55 PM
The ones you post in here...

 :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 07, 2011, 01:56:17 PM
My new studio monitors have arrived. 120 watts of pure (and very sonically neutral) class. These babies are the things I'll be mixing both the new Shineback album and the next Tinyfish EP on.

They look so sexy to my eyes although I fully understand that to a non musician, they are just speakers.  :)

(http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/Future%20Music/Issue%20215/focal/focal-cms65-460-80.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2011, 02:37:57 PM
They are very nice speakers, mind.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 07, 2011, 03:13:51 PM
Agreed.  ;D I'm setting up and plugging them in tonight. There's quite a bit of fiddling needed to be done including giving them 20 hours of run in time AS THE MANUAL AND THE WARNING LABEL STIPULATES.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2011, 03:14:47 PM
Nah, not with that particular model...;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 07, 2011, 03:20:13 PM
I bet it says something about oil and water as well - nothing really needs it...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2011, 03:23:29 PM
As I'm now on an enforced loafing session I've been playing with something called TouchAble. Put this in as a search term in Google and you get a lingerie site - that occupied a couple of hours before I returned to the task in hand, which is to do with an iPad app for controlling Ableton Live:

(http://tapatalk.com/mu/4e92e2db-1923-dd52.jpg)(http://tapatalk.com/mu/4e92e2db-1930-fcfd.jpg)(http://tapatalk.com/mu/4e92e2db-194d-2abf.jpg)(http://tapatalk.com/mu/4e92e2db-1960-8b7f.jpg)

It's insanely cool.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 07, 2011, 03:49:26 PM
"The task in hand"

You are so lucky Catherine is elsewhere


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 07, 2011, 07:32:24 PM
Look Around You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OWMGAiaNeQ) alert!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 10, 2011, 03:20:52 PM
Okay, okay, I'm getting excited about software again....this time, Izotope Alloy.

(http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/alloy/images/equalizer.jpg)

These guys are probably best known for Ozone, which is a software mastering suite, but this fellow - which I've 'borrowed' from my friend and collaborator Colin - is built along the same lines, but with shaping individual tracks in mind. Although Ableton Live has all the tools included in Alloy they're not bundled as conveniently, and the interface is triffic. There's also a really nifty PDF with extremely clear guidance on how to use it.

I've been applying it to one of the collaborations Colin and I have been working on, and it's starting to sound like I want it to, so I'm dead pleased.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 10, 2011, 08:56:52 PM
Cool.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 10, 2011, 09:59:43 PM
"The task in hand"

You are so lucky Catherine is elsewhere

*ignores SpamBot*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 10, 2011, 10:00:38 PM
If


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 10, 2011, 10:00:55 PM
only


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 12, 2011, 09:23:36 PM
Look!! It's that other Godfrey chap with the Korg Kronos....
http://youtu.be/_eovsM_r3wI (http://youtu.be/_eovsM_r3wI)

...blathering on about "uncle simon"??

(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o265/waitepb/JemKronos.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 12, 2011, 10:13:04 PM
Oh, it's great when you get an instrument to achieve its Uncle Simon. You know you've really done a job well when that happens.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 12, 2011, 10:14:25 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 12, 2011, 10:18:17 PM
It is when it achieves its uncle robert that you need to be worried.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 12, 2011, 10:19:29 PM
You don't need to be worried - you have nothing to fear from the "brown faced people"...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on October 13, 2011, 09:51:20 AM
Jem has the most malevolent expression in that picture.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 13, 2011, 10:09:42 AM
That's because the Korg ad is between him and his next cup of tea.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 13, 2011, 01:38:54 PM
I was a bit worried about the medical theme...

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss244/technobotts/penicillin.jpg)

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss244/technobotts/solid.jpg)

and the Defence of The Realm seems to be going further afield than we thought...

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss244/technobotts/iraq-1.jpg)

But what most concerned me was :

(http://i580.photobucket.com/albums/ss244/technobotts/coldplay.jpg)

Doesn't he know that Coldplay has only 4 members?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 13, 2011, 01:56:53 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on October 13, 2011, 03:28:47 PM
Justice for the Coldplay Six!

Freedom for the ITV Seven!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 13, 2011, 03:54:51 PM
The Renault 5 are innocent.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 13, 2011, 04:09:04 PM
The Sham 69 are a...sham.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 13, 2011, 04:15:06 PM
How about the After Eights?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 13, 2011, 04:27:10 PM
They're over-eighted.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 13, 2011, 07:06:01 PM
The Sham 69 are a...sham.

a friend in college had a Sham-69 album!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 13, 2011, 08:03:44 PM
The Sham 69 are a...sham.

a friend in college had a Sham-69 album!

Someone had to...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 13, 2011, 08:54:51 PM
heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2011, 02:28:32 PM
This just out for the iPad - The Animoog!

http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14325 (http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14325)

(http://rekkerd.org/img/201110/moog_animoog_thumb.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 19, 2011, 02:31:26 PM
This just out for the iPad - The Animoog!

http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14325 (http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14325)

(http://rekkerd.org/img/201110/moog_animoog_thumb.jpg)

Oooooo. Wossit do ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 19, 2011, 02:32:56 PM
Lots of fun and sexy things if the SoS article is to be believed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 19, 2011, 05:07:38 PM
Oooooo. Wossit do ?

It's got 'Moog' in the name. Whaddaya think it does?!  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 19, 2011, 09:16:18 PM
Moo ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 19, 2011, 11:12:31 PM
No, he plays bass.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 20, 2011, 12:10:22 AM
ba doom fish


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 20, 2011, 05:49:55 AM
He also plays Moog now.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on October 24, 2011, 07:28:13 PM
As the European maps for my TomTom to take me to the Netherlands would cost £80+, I decided to look for alternatives for my Android phone.

I came across a SatNav app which did not require network access and had free open sourced maps called Navdroyd (http://www.navdroyd.com/onboard-turn-by-turn-navigation-software-2).

Apart from taken us off the main road to direct us back to the same main road 50 m later in Belgium it was excellent. Through 4 countries to the local streets of Delft and Zoetermeer without steering us wrong once, was worth £5.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on October 24, 2011, 08:17:01 PM
As the European maps for my TomTom to take me to the Netherlands would cost £80+, I decided to look for alternatives for my Android phone.

I came across a SatNav app which did not require network access and had free open sourced maps called Navdroyd (http://www.navdroyd.com/onboard-turn-by-turn-navigation-software-2).

Apart from taken us off the main road to direct us back to the same main road 50 m later in Belgium it was excellent. Through 4 countries to the local streets of Delft and Zoetermeer without steering us wrong once, was worth £5.
And you could have borrowed my satnav which is pre-programmed for Zoetermeer for nothing.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 30, 2011, 11:09:51 PM
I've just downloaded an app based on the Oblique Strategies developed by Brian Eno and the other bloke, where you consult a series of random cards each featuring different ideas about what to do when you hit a brick wall with a project. They've come in handy for a mate of mine on occasion with his own music work, so I hope they'll do the same for me next time I'm at a loss as for what to do.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 31, 2011, 09:55:14 AM
I've just downloaded an app based on the Oblique Strategies developed by Brian Eno and the other bloke, where you consult a series of random cards each featuring different ideas about what to do when you hit a brick wall with a project. They've come in handy for a mate of mine on occasion with his own music work, so I hope they'll do the same for me next time I'm at a loss as for what to do.

I've got that app. You can use it for all kinds of brainstorming scenarios.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2011, 11:42:04 AM
I checked it this morning while finding the strength to get out of bed. I got "Courage!" and "Water". Both sound advice, I reckon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 31, 2011, 11:48:54 AM
Upgraded my copy of Melodyne from assistant to the new Editor version and the added functionality is spectacular. Previously I'd been using it as a simple auto-tune device to correct a few stray notes here and there for vocals or guitar solos but this fully functioning version has so much more to offer, such as (in order of usefulness to yours truly):

1. Turn any bit of audio into a functioning midi file
2. Split any recorded chords back into their component notes (allowing you to change the structure or performance)
3. Full and free formant and pitch editing (which allows much more creative options than just pitch correction)
4. Quantisation of recorded audio.

Melodyne is not the most intuitive bit of software and is still kind of clunky when used as an insert but if the ARA (Audio Random Access) system already in use for Presonus' Studio One comes to Pro Tools, it could very well change the way music is produced all over the world.

(http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/product/39927-celemony-melodyne-editor-large.jpg)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2011, 11:53:53 AM
You are meddling with powers you cannot possibly comprehend... Seriously, while I find what it can do absolutely fascinating and amazing, I still think it's witchcraft. Burn him!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 31, 2011, 12:01:40 PM
It does feel a little bit like magic. No doubts about that.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 31, 2011, 12:30:40 PM
Upgraded my copy of Melodyne from assistant to the new Editor version and the added functionality is spectacular. Previously I'd been using it as a simple auto-tune device to correct a few stray notes here and there for vocals or guitar solos but this fully functioning version has so much more to offer, such as (in order of usefulness to yours truly):

1. Turn any bit of audio into a functioning midi file
2. Split any recorded chords back into their component notes (allowing you to change the structure or performance)
3. Full and free formant and pitch editing (which allows much more creative options than just pitch correction)
4. Quantisation of recorded audio.

Melodyne is not the most intuitive bit of software and is still kind of clunky when used as an insert but if the ARA (Audio Random Access) system already in use for Presonus' Studio One comes to Pro Tools, it could very well change the way music is produced all over the world.

(http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/product/39927-celemony-melodyne-editor-large.jpg)



will it interface directly with my brain?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 31, 2011, 12:49:30 PM
We could all have polyphonic voices!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on October 31, 2011, 01:00:07 PM
I think it would need far more than a simple piece of software to make my voice tuneful.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 31, 2011, 01:00:49 PM
will it interface directly with my brain?
It might only be a matter of time I think.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on October 31, 2011, 01:29:16 PM


will it interface directly with my brain?

You need the Mac version for that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on October 31, 2011, 01:38:19 PM
I already have The Machine!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 31, 2011, 01:53:52 PM
Is it Weak?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 31, 2011, 02:36:17 PM


will it interface directly with my brain?

You need the Mac version for that.
:D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 31, 2011, 06:19:48 PM
heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2011, 12:06:29 AM
Have played a couple open mic nights on the quiet over the summer months (although I had to stop because recent illness buggered up my voice completely). That said, as a result of my experiences, I'm hovering dangerously close to buying a new acoustic.

This is not because I need one (my trusty ovation still does the job even if the jack socket is a bit loose now), I just like the idea of getting a new playing surface under my fingers. Hmmm...tempting.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 01, 2011, 09:23:40 AM
Don't do it! We don't pay you enough!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 01, 2011, 09:41:29 AM
Have played a couple open mic nights on the quiet over the summer months (although I had to stop because recent illness buggered up my voice completely). That said, as a result of my experiences, I'm hovering dangerously close to buying a new acoustic.

This is not because I need one (my trusty ovation still does the job even if the jack socket is a bit loose now), I just like the idea of getting a new playing surface under my fingers. Hmmm...tempting.

Where were these open mic nights of which you speak?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 01, 2011, 09:58:32 AM
Have played a couple open mic nights on the quiet over the summer months (although I had to stop because recent illness buggered up my voice completely). That said, as a result of my experiences, I'm hovering dangerously close to buying a new acoustic.

This is not because I need one (my trusty ovation still does the job even if the jack socket is a bit loose now), I just like the idea of getting a new playing surface under my fingers. Hmmm...tempting.

Where were these open mic nights of which you speak?

Yes ! You didn't say !


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2011, 10:59:15 AM
I did one of the last Bedford shows before host Tony Moore hung up his boots for a while (not sure why) and the Half Moon in Herene Hill which was a lot of fun. I tried rocking up at The Kalamzo Club in Crouch End but they no longer do floor spots so that was a bit of a wasted journey.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 01, 2011, 11:36:26 AM
Just dug this baby out of storage

(http://www.planet-groove.com/roland/images/mc-303.jpg)
Roland MC-303

don't know how to use it, but there must be loads of instructions on the web that make more sense than Roland's instruction book which is written in gobbleaduke.

I never had the internet or ACID before so I had put it away in the loft years ago,

much bleepy noised fun on its way.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 01, 2011, 01:18:49 PM
I did one of the last Bedford shows before host Tony Moore hung up his boots for a while (not sure why) and the Half Moon in Herene Hill which was a lot of fun. I tried rocking up at The Kalamzo Club in Crouch End but they no longer do floor spots so that was a bit of a wasted journey.

Maybe all of us with guitars should congregate for an open mic night somewhere at some point. That might be a laugh.

Just out of interest, what did you play, Si?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 01, 2011, 01:25:43 PM
Have played a couple open mic nights on the quiet over the summer months (although I had to stop because recent illness buggered up my voice completely). That said, as a result of my experiences, I'm hovering dangerously close to buying a new acoustic.

This is not because I need one (my trusty ovation still does the job even if the jack socket is a bit loose now), I just like the idea of getting a new playing surface under my fingers. Hmmm...tempting.

Although I can't find the specific model I'm after, I've got a huge interest in Yamaha acoustics. The two I've tried (both owned by two friends) have lovely lovely necks and sound great. That's just me, though. You have your Ovation, which I understand can be quite punishing on the ol' digits, so I don't know what sort of acoustic you'd be looking for. Some people like models that they have to fight to be able to play, but I'm a lover, not a fighter, and I like to be able to actually play with ease and/or laziness.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 01, 2011, 01:36:08 PM
For years and years I played (and, indeed, still have) a Washburn, which I got for my sixteenth birthday. The only problem with it was that it didn't have a built-in pickup, so I used a soundhole job - they weren't as good in the eighties as they are now - and played with loads of chorus to make it sound less lifeless. After I got made redundant from Charles Russell I treated myself to a Takamine electro-acoustic, which has only gigged once (when I played at the Twice Bitten reunion show). It's a lovely guitar to pick up and strum...it lives in my bedroom so I can do just that, should the mood take me.

I've also got a Fender 12-string, the less said about which the better...action like cheese-wire, and it's never tuned properly, despite having a decent tone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 01, 2011, 01:38:47 PM
soundhole job

Fnarr fnarr  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2011, 02:27:18 PM
Maybe all of us with guitars should congregate for an open mic night somewhere at some point. That might be a laugh.

Just out of interest, what did you play, Si?
That could indeed be a lot of fun. Rob and I used to own a PA and I did run an open mic spot night with my mate Tim Eyles for a short while in Earls Court which was a giggle.

As for what I played, open mic spots really only let you play two songs usually (four at the most which was what I had at the Half Moon night). I just played a mixture of some Men Are Dead and Tinyfish stuff. The Big Red Spark seems to go down well with the punters which is nice as does Let's Get Invisible but you have to have the right sort of crowd to play that one i.e. quiet.

Strangely enough, that track was written about a terrible floor spot Mr Ramsay and I did many, many moons ago.  Do you remember the Oblivion Rooms Robert?   :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2011, 02:44:07 PM
Although I can't find the specific model I'm after, I've got a huge interest in Yamaha acoustics. The two I've tried (both owned by two friends) have lovely lovely necks and sound great. That's just me, though. You have your Ovation, which I understand can be quite punishing on the ol' digits, so I don't know what sort of acoustic you'd be looking for. Some people like models that they have to fight to be able to play, but I'm a lover, not a fighter, and I like to be able to actually play with ease and/or laziness.  ;)
The Yammys are excellent instruments for the price (especially the APX700s). I'll admit that when I bought my Ovi, I did so because back in the early 1990s the sonic quality the average electro acoustic guitar was pretty woeful and although as you quite rightly pointed out that they are a bitch to play (especially when I was using .13 to .56 gauge strings), their electrics were streets ahead of the competition. Today however, technology has caught up and even the budget end of the electro/acoustic market provides a much more natural sound.

That said, if you like the 'zingy' top end attack which really is the Ovation trademark noise (listen to ELOs Turn To Stone or Fire On High if you need an example of what I mean), then there is nothing quite like them out there.

Happily that sound has kinda become my sound now but occasionally, I do get the green eyed monster look for a Martin or some such.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 01, 2011, 11:48:52 PM
Must...not....buy...acoustic...guitar.....

(http://royshaff.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/temptation.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 02, 2011, 12:11:36 AM
I suggested to Simon that he buy one to reward himself when the money from Shineback comes rolling in. He punched me for some reason.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2011, 07:30:08 AM
I can understand that ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on November 02, 2011, 08:42:00 AM
Yes - it's the same old story:- the musicians make the music; the profits go to the record company executives.  Deep sigh.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 02, 2011, 09:41:39 AM
Maybe all of us with guitars should congregate for an open mic night somewhere at some point. That might be a laugh.

Just out of interest, what did you play, Si?
As for what I played, open mic spots really only let you play two songs usually (four at the most which was what I had at the Half Moon night). I just played a mixture of some Men Are Dead and Tinyfish stuff. The Big Red Spark seems to go down well with the punters which is nice as does Let's Get Invisible but you have to have the right sort of crowd to play that one i.e. quiet.

Strangely enough, that track was written about a terrible floor spot Mr Ramsay and I did many, many moons ago.  Do you remember the Oblivion Rooms Robert?   :D

Of course I do. I had no idea whether you were going to throw yourself off a bridge or not.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2011, 09:57:06 AM
Yes - it's the same old story:- the musicians make the music; the profits go to the record company executives.  Deep sigh.
That only happens when there are actually some profits - here at BEM our ineptitude ensures that the situation never arises ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 02, 2011, 11:02:15 AM
I suggested to Simon that he buy one to reward himself when the money from Shineback comes rolling in. He punched me for some reason.

Presumably punching is part of BEM's exclusive "Artist Incentivisation Scheme" ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 02, 2011, 11:27:25 AM
A meeting at BEM ususually begins with is all gathering around in a circle.

Simon: Hello, my name is Simon and I'm a musician
Collected BEM staff: Hello Simon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 02, 2011, 12:20:40 PM
Presumably punching is part of BEM's exclusive "Artist Incentivisation Scheme" ?
Well, "fisting" has unfortunate connotations...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 02, 2011, 12:33:09 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 02, 2011, 12:46:34 PM
Presumably punching is part of BEM's exclusive "Artist Incentivisation Scheme" ?
Well, "fisting" has unfortunate connotations...

 :o Not only unfortunate connotations... so I'm told.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 02, 2011, 02:55:45 PM
As for what I played, open mic spots really only let you play two songs usually (four at the most which was what I had at the Half Moon night). I just played a mixture of some Men Are Dead and Tinyfish stuff. The Big Red Spark seems to go down well with the punters which is nice as does Let's Get Invisible but you have to have the right sort of crowd to play that one i.e. quiet.

And yet, despite my constant requests, you've never played LGI at a Tinyfish gig...  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 02, 2011, 03:08:27 PM
We did play it at the Peel (admittedly only once). It was during the afternoon gig just after the Frost show and just before It Bites that evening. It was a moment of brilliant inspiration on Twang's part and was really fun and relaxed show.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 02, 2011, 03:09:25 PM
Oh yeah, it would be at one of the gigs before I begun to appear at them all.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 02, 2011, 03:23:28 PM
Oh yeah, it would be at one of the gigs before I begun to appear at them all.  :D

They were the best ones  ;)


Title: Re: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 04, 2011, 09:30:45 PM
Before they sold out.


Title: Re: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 04, 2011, 10:07:04 PM
Yes, they got a bit ordinary after Mouse started stalking them


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 04, 2011, 10:22:24 PM
Shall I buy a guitar synth? Or am I too shit a player to justify the expense?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on November 04, 2011, 10:23:57 PM
We did play it at the Peel (admittedly only once). It was during the afternoon gig just after the Frost show and just before It Bites that evening. It was a moment of brilliant inspiration on Twang's part and was really fun and relaxed show.

Aww, that was the gig where there were about 15 of us, I saw Tinyfish for the first ever time, and Karin and I spent it sneaking glances at each other across the Peel having sort of met the night before... Happy times!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on November 05, 2011, 12:52:37 PM
We did play it at the Peel (admittedly only once). It was during the afternoon gig just after the Frost show and just before It Bites that evening. It was a moment of brilliant inspiration on Twang's part and was really fun and relaxed show.

Aww, that was the gig where there were about 15 of us, I saw Tinyfish for the first ever time, and Karin and I spent it sneaking glances at each other across the Peel having sort of met the night before... Happy times!

 ::) ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 05, 2011, 01:38:37 PM
Vomitisation.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on November 15, 2011, 05:30:08 PM
http://guitarsquid.com/Latest/if-gear-came-with-warning-labels.html


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: mattstevens on November 15, 2011, 09:01:08 PM
Shall I buy a guitar synth? Or am I too shit a player to justify the expense?

This is cheaper :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biGHEN0DWFk&feature=player_embedded


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 15, 2011, 09:45:23 PM
There's no way I could get away with that cardigan.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 21, 2011, 09:23:41 PM
This isn't exactly proper gear talk, but I was wondering if someone knew anything about RAR files? I've found some Floyd bootlegs that are wrapped up in one, but it looks like I need a WinRAR thing to open it up and scrape out the nutritious sounds. Can someone point me in a direction I need to go in?

I = Thick.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 21, 2011, 09:58:24 PM
Winzip is the best - you have to pay for it after the 90 evail period, but actually it's money well spent for ease of use. It can handle pretty much any archive file you throw at it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 21, 2011, 10:19:35 PM
Winzip is the best - you have to pay for it after the 90 evail period, but actually it's money well spent for ease of use. It can handle pretty much any archive file you throw at it.

7zip is a decent free alternative. It does all of the above and is free. (http://www.7-zip.org/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 21, 2011, 10:33:09 PM
Aha, thanks Bo! Duly downloaded and ready to try out.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on November 21, 2011, 11:44:49 PM
Vomitisation.

Tsk. Fine!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 22, 2011, 02:52:55 AM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 22, 2011, 03:33:38 PM
RAR files are the spawn of the devil.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on November 22, 2011, 03:39:18 PM
I download RAR files a lot and use winrar to extract without any problems


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on November 22, 2011, 04:34:52 PM
I prefer TAR and WAR to RAR.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 22, 2011, 05:41:05 PM
RAR files are the preferred format for music pirates, it seems.

TAR files are lovely as long as you GZIP or BZIP 'em afterwards.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on November 22, 2011, 05:43:38 PM
RAR files are the preferred format for music pirates, it seems.

TAR files are lovely as long as you GZIP or BZIP 'em afterwards.

It's NFL games that aren't shown on TV over here that I download mostly  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 22, 2011, 06:33:38 PM
Apart from NFL games, I now have no idea what you're all talking about.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 22, 2011, 06:50:45 PM
Have you never played World Of Winziprarcraft ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 23, 2011, 09:53:27 AM
You are so getting a turn in the slapping machine for that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 29, 2011, 10:43:48 AM
Budget active monitors - can anyone advise please?
I need to buy some small active monitors to use with Ableton, Reason etc. I am very restricted by budget (who isn't?) and have identified three possibilities: Akai RPM3 (£84), Alesis M1 active 320 usb (£85) or Samsom studiodock 3i (£90). Does anyone know any of these? The Samsom only has RCA not TRS connects so I was a bit dubious about those. I am leaning towards the Akai as they are producing some good kit for the homestudio market. I appreciate that at this price there may not be much in it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 29, 2011, 10:56:17 AM
My first visit is always to the Sound On Sound website as their reviews and opinions are ususally pretty spot on. I searched their site and came up with this response from the magazine's editor Paul White. I hope it helps you sir.  :)

Published in SOS September 2010

Q Are there any studio monitors available to fit my budget? I want to get a pair of active monitors to do a bit of home recording and try my hand at producing. I’m not after professional quality, just entry-level monitors, as my maximum budget is around £180. Do you have any recommendations or advice?

SOS Editor In Chief Paul White replies:
The answer depends on your room size and, to be honest, your budget is a tight one, but there are a few viable options. If your room is small, aim for a speaker with a bass driver no larger than five or six inches, but no smaller than four. Unless you already have a suitable amp, you’re better off going for active speakers where the amplifiers are built in. As a very general rule, larger home-studio rooms can take monitors with up to eight-inch drivers, but these tend to be more expensive. The current Behringer B2030A Truth active speakers offer a good performance/value ratio (though they are slightly over your budget, at around £200 per pair in the UK), as do the Fostex PM04s and the lower-cost M-Audio models, such as the Studiophile AV40s and Studiophile BX5A Deluxes (these can all be found in the UK for well below your budget, at as little as £100 for a pair of the Studiophile AV40s).

The M-Audio AV40 Studiophiles offer decent value if you’re on a tight budget, going for as little as £100 a pair in the UK. They’re also convenient for a bedroom studio, as they are only six inches wide and have a front-panel volume control.These are all fairly small speakers, so don’t expect very deep bass. However, they should all be loud enough for close-up monitoring. You also need to be aware that the room acoustics and the way you mount your speakers will affect the sound, so you might like to take a look at some of our ‘Studio SOS’ articles at www.soundonsound.com to help fill the gaps in your knowledge. Bear in mind also that speakers with volume controls on the front may be more convenient if you don’t have a monitor level controller.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 29, 2011, 11:15:53 AM
Thanks Simon. I had seen this. I had also looked at the AV40s but seem to read everywhere that these monitors suffer from a constant hum which I know would drive me nuts. One problem is that shops like Digital Village never have these small monitors for demo - they come straight from the warehouse so you can't get an idea what they are really like. I may just have to take a chance.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 29, 2011, 11:26:33 AM
Understood guvnor. Getting real life demos of kit can be a bit a hassel these days. I can recommend the Tannoy Reveals from personal experience although I did have a pair of the active versions and they cost a bit more than the budget you had in mind.

The only other budget ones that I have heard nice things about are the Alessis M1s but that was in a pub conversation with another musician and the thumbs up only came in the form of the guy in question saying they were 'good for the price'.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EovhsRuCjM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EovhsRuCjM)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 29, 2011, 11:37:25 AM
It would be only too easy to buy something I know is good (ESI Near 05 or Rokit 5) if I had the loot but for now something cheap will have to do and in reality my musical efforts will probably suit the budget! This exercise is what I go through every time I buy kit. I spend hours scouring the net for reviews, end up totally confused and then buy the thing I was originally going to buy but a huge feeling of "if only I'd bought......"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 29, 2011, 11:44:42 AM
I think that is the smart move. Research will at least give you something to go on even if the internet is populated with people who are trying very hard to be right rather than helpful.  ::) :)

Playing devil's advocate here for a moment, when it comes to the M1s, the hum could be coming from a number of sources from a badly planned gain structure or poorly grounded equpment in the signal chain right through to silly stuff like noise coming from other cables.

The Gearslutz forum is another good source of info as it's usually populated with people who are speaking from experience but as ever it still is only opinion.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 29, 2011, 11:55:37 AM
Thanks again - the search continues! (shouldn't I be doing my Quarter-end billing and budget re-forecast?) Nah.... this is much more interesting.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 29, 2011, 12:02:10 PM
I've got a pair of Edirols you could have, Chris - but they sound horrible.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 29, 2011, 12:11:27 PM
Thanks a million Wilf! I have some horrible 80s music I could give you in return!! (That's just about everything from the 80s). I'm sure I remember that you use the Edirols as stands for some decent monitors now.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 29, 2011, 12:40:54 PM
I'm sure I remember that you use the Edirols as stands for some decent monitors now.
Indeed so - my KRKs are sitting on them at this very minute :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 30, 2011, 02:47:51 PM
Freebie update alert. For all of you engineers out there, I've located a number of excellent plugins (both in RTAS and VST format) which any mix master would be keen to get hold of.

1. Flux:
The first is Bittersweet, a transient designer which I've found to be most useful indeed for adding snap to stuff like snares and acoustic guitars.
http://www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/bittersweet2 (http://www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/bittersweet2)

The second is a stereo analyzer tool. Perfect for monitoring your stereo spread and overcoming phase problems.
http://www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/stereotool (http://www.fluxhome.com/products/freewares/stereotool)

2. Bluecat Audio
An amazing and utterly free suite of F/X and audio analysis plugins. Splendid stuff if cash is an issue.
http://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Bundle_FreewarePack/


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 30, 2011, 02:50:02 PM
The Flux stuff looks fun, I'll have to check that out...cheers for that, Simon :)

The Blue Cat stuff is brilliant - considering it's free it does an amazing job.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 30, 2011, 03:17:27 PM
I'll certainly be having a look at that, thanks, Simon. Thimon.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 30, 2011, 05:42:51 PM
My colleague, Mike, has a MacBook on his desk - one of the schools over-ordered earlier this year and it was going to be a while before we were ordering more PC notebooks so he started using it with the Mac versions of Office software. Except now he's running Windows 7 on it, which strikes me as a bit daft, if I'm honest.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 01, 2011, 10:44:07 AM
Well I guess as it's intel inside now, why not. I wonder if you can do the same the other way around and use Mac OS on a PC?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 01, 2011, 10:49:12 AM
Apple won't let you, but yes, you can.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 01, 2011, 10:49:36 AM
Gits.

Thank you Robert.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 01, 2011, 10:53:48 AM
I run Windows XP as a virtual machine on my Mac. I have all the MS Office suite and didn't want to lose those and have to buy replacements for the Mac.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 01, 2011, 11:15:45 AM
Apple won't let you, but yes, you can.
It's a black art, is that. There's an open source initiative called Pear PC (ah, these tecchies and their fruit-based humour) which makes it all a little more straightforward, but it's still not easy. And it doesn't work very well, either.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 01, 2011, 11:50:52 AM
My older son has built himself a Mac clone that can run MacOS or Windows.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 01, 2011, 01:05:29 PM
That's impressive but then knowing his mum as we do, the lad was never going to be a thicko was he.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 01, 2011, 01:15:03 PM
You're such a smoothie, Simon ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 01, 2011, 01:33:00 PM
That's impressive but then knowing his mum as we do, the lad was never going to be a thicko was he.  ;D

Ah but don't forget, this is one of the awkward teenagers who said he was "too old" for Lego


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 01, 2011, 09:16:16 PM
NOBODY is too old for Lego.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 01, 2011, 11:09:15 PM
Seconded.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on December 03, 2011, 07:26:49 PM
Another question for the techies please - I've found another pair of "monitors" (Samson Studio GT) which get a good review from soundonsound & others. They only have RCA inputs (no TRS). Does this matter?  The Audio Kontrol 1 I'm using has TRS sockets but I presume you can use a converter. Otherwise these look a god bet as they have a 4.25 woofer and will sound better a low volume (I think).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 03, 2011, 07:51:44 PM
Yes, you can get a converter - in fact, Maplin do a stereo quarter inch jack (from the AK1) to RCA (the monitors) cable as a stock item.

The only possible fly in the ointment is that it's likely to be more prone to line noise, but I've used just that configuration myself and it's been pretty quiet.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 15, 2011, 03:44:53 PM
Upon returning from Sunny Durham (and it was very sunny). I've decided to upgrade my drum plug-in from EZdrummer to Addictive Drums.

(http://rekkerd.org/img/200906/xln_audio_jazz_adpak.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 15, 2011, 03:55:28 PM
Xtra looks just like a tambourine.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 15, 2011, 04:13:34 PM
Very nice! How much is one of them then, Si?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 15, 2011, 04:57:53 PM
£159 right now for three fully interchanable drum kits and the plus point for the moment is that up to Jan 31st, you get two additional kits over and above that for free (which is part of what tipped it for me).

The main plugin has a lot of f/x presets which extend its flexibility. That said it is much more biased towards rock music than everything else it seems. They have Jazz kits (see the pic above), funk, indie, electronic, vintage and metal addons so there is lots of sonic variety.

It also is very compact i.e. it is loaded into RAM rather than streaming from the disk which means the latancy is practically zero. Andy Ditch swears by it and I also liked what I heard. It posesses a very meaty kick sound coupled with a crisp snare snap which always appeals to me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 15, 2011, 05:29:48 PM
I must hope to find some sort of employment so I can afford it, then.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 15, 2011, 05:38:46 PM
I've come across this thing called Jammit.

http://jammit.com/artist/rush

They've just added some Rush tracks to their catalogue which is how I found them. It's some kind of app that lets you isolate individual instrument tracks in a song to allow you to learn them more precisely. It comes with different sorts of sheet music and a function to slow down and loop a section of the audio. It certainly looks handy from a learning point of view, but it would be interesting to use to hear any part of the track without the rest of the mix getting in the way.

Well, I thought it was interesting, anyway.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 15, 2011, 11:19:02 PM
I saw that too. Sadly I don't think the software can't do any track, you have to buy them 'pre prepared' so to speak. That said, a bloody excellent idea.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 15, 2011, 11:24:28 PM
Aye, you can only buy certain tracks (all individually, I think), but they come right from the original masters, not some product of Melodyne witchcraft.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 15, 2011, 11:40:00 PM
It sounds fun, but not cheap.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 16, 2011, 12:31:36 AM
They were a Friend of mine on MySpace.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on December 18, 2011, 12:17:57 PM
Addictive Drums used to have a free kit you could download.  good sounds.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 18, 2011, 04:46:12 PM
They still do and although it is not time limited, they have disabled some of the kit e.g. toms & cymbals.

On another front. I've been using a fantastic app on the iPad today called AC-7 Core which is a remote mixing surface for DAWs (in my case Pro Tools). Really handy in allowing me to record vocals from the mic booth I have set up for the Shineback sessions. Over and above transport controls, it also has 8 faders, a jog wheel and a myriad of other remote functions. It saves me having to shell out a grand on a hardware control surface that's for sure. It even works on an bloody iPhone!

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ac-7-core/id403915394?mt=8 (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ac-7-core/id403915394?mt=8)

(http://www.homemusicproduction.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/ac-7pro1.jpg?w=300)

(http://media.soundonsound.com/sos/jul10/images/DPworkshop_01a.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 18, 2011, 05:49:01 PM
AC-7 is fab, though most of its functions for me have been replaced with the APC40.

There are some spiffing Ableton-specific iPad apps. Touchable is a general-purpose control surface, which has mappings for mixing:

(http://touch-able.com/Site/touchable_files/ipad%20screenshot15%20copy.png)

...triggering clips:

(http://touch-able.com/Site/touchable_files/ipad%20screenshot10%20copy.png)

...and even playing the keyboards or drum pads:

(http://touch-able.com/Site/touchable_files/ipad%20screenshot12%20copy.png)(http://touch-able.com/Site/touchable_files/ipad%20screenshot3%20copy.png)

Griid is a clip launcher, and extremely tactile:

(http://liine.net/assets/ipad-griid_2.png)

But my most favourite app, and the one I used to virtually spin the decks at Electric Garden is djay:

(http://www.algoriddim.com/images/djay-ipad/screen-fx.jpg?1323366756)

Brilliant piece of kit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on December 18, 2011, 08:13:18 PM
cool!


now all I need is an iPad.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 18, 2011, 09:17:37 PM
I have the iPhone version of djay and that's pretty good too.

(http://www.idownloadblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/djay.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 18, 2011, 09:20:13 PM
Yep, it's the same app - my backup, in fact!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 18, 2011, 09:29:35 PM
It's for stuff like this that I would buy an iPad for, as long as it wasn't stupidly priced more than the other competing tablets on the market.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 18, 2011, 11:11:29 PM
Well you'll be able to judge for yourself in a few weeks time Mouse my old mukka!  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 19, 2011, 12:28:36 AM
Squee!  ;D  I'll bring a guitar. We shall jam.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 19, 2011, 07:40:20 AM
There won't be time for that. Work, minion!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 19, 2011, 02:33:04 PM
I've got that DJay app but I must be missing something as I can't get it to do anything neat at all, just play toons. You'll have to give me a tutorial one day Wilf.

I have a control surface app called gb-touch for Garageband, which is quite good.

I love my iPad  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 19, 2011, 02:37:40 PM
Our host at the party last night had some sort of drumkit app on his iPad, which he had just hooked up to his stereo system.  He tapped out a few things and nothing happened, so he gave up.  About 30 seconds later it all came through  :D

Nice delay  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 19, 2011, 04:06:42 PM
I've got that DJay app but I must be missing something as I can't get it to do anything neat at all, just play toons. You'll have to give me a tutorial one day Wilf.
Sure - quite a lot of the features aren't that intuitive, but once you've found them there's much fun to be had.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on December 19, 2011, 07:59:07 PM
I've got that DJay app but I must be missing something as I can't get it to do anything neat at all, just play toons. You'll have to give me a tutorial one day Wilf.
Sure - quite a lot of the features aren't that intuitive, but once you've found them there's much fun to be had.

Cool !!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 19, 2011, 10:24:28 PM
Finally got Addictive Drums full installed (with the two free Add Packs - Indie Drums and Reel Machines) and holy fekkin' crap. This is just a monster, monster bit of software. It sounds so powerful and meaty.

A genuine game changer I think. I have finally found my drum sound(s).  ;D

(http://rekkerd.org/img/201111/xlnaudio_indie.jpg)
(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/80744_l.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 19, 2011, 10:27:36 PM
Splendid :)

How are the sessions from the other weekend sounding?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 20, 2011, 09:45:04 AM
Terrible.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on December 20, 2011, 09:45:36 AM
Ah, well, that's good ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on December 20, 2011, 10:06:00 AM
Terrible.  ;)

is that good terrible or bad terrible?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 20, 2011, 11:16:49 AM
Or wicked terrible, innit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on December 20, 2011, 01:54:38 PM
True, dat. Fo sho.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on December 20, 2011, 03:41:58 PM
sup


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on December 20, 2011, 07:31:50 PM
Just been playing a bass that Pete Trewavas has been loaned by Warwick to try out. He told me to have a go on it so I did. Only later did I find out it's $5.5k worth!  :o

Anyhow, here is me playing the thing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3mGzzIzECM


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on December 20, 2011, 08:16:14 PM
That's a awful lot of $s.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 20, 2011, 08:52:46 PM
I met a violinist on Saturday who currently plays one loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music which is worth £200k

He has to pay for the insurance.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on December 21, 2011, 12:18:09 AM
I teach the son of a woman who knows the woman who plays "The Red Violin".  it's worth millions.

heh

that's a great bass, Andy, and well played!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 21, 2011, 11:14:30 AM
I teach the son of a woman who knows the woman who plays "The Red Violin".  it's worth millions.

Holy crap, that's amazing! The closest I ever got to a famous violin was seeing a soloist playing 'The Hammer' on TV back in the 1990s.

Sadly nobody yelled 'Hammer Time!' I would have.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on December 21, 2011, 11:23:48 AM
I was amazed to find out how much instruments cost for classical musicians - one of the tricks of the trade is to build up a network of wealthy patrons who then club together to buy the instrument for the musician.  A very good bassoon can cost £35k.  A very good bassoonist will not earn that in a year.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 21, 2011, 02:41:45 PM
Is that how it works? Coo...classical music appears to be an incredibly complex and politically charged genre.

Did anyone see that BBC4 documentary on the Scrapheap Orchestra? Great instrument makers were tasked with making instruments for an orchestra using nothing but scrap materials. Really excelent stuff.

(http://node2.bbcimg.co.uk/iplayer/images/episode/b017zn47_640_360.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on December 21, 2011, 04:25:57 PM
Another one I'd have loved to have watched, but missed.  :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on December 21, 2011, 05:42:29 PM
Another one I'd have loved to have watched, but missed.  :(

Click here. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017zn47/Scrapheap_Orchestra/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on December 21, 2011, 10:30:38 PM
Bo is so helpful.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 05, 2012, 11:07:05 PM
Nor strictly gear, but here's some stuff I found on the Brain Damage website about the 5.1 mixes of WYWH and re-masterign in general.

http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/albums/pink-floyds-wish-you-were-here-sacd-review-and-interviews-including-james-gu.html


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on January 08, 2012, 06:23:32 PM
Again, not strictly gear, but does anybody have any idea how to rip a CD in one continuouos file (like we use for the listening club) without using itunes?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 08, 2012, 06:30:42 PM
Yes :)

Get a piece of software called Easy CD-DA Extractor from http://www.poikosoft.com/ - it's free to use for (I believe) 15 days, and after that you have to pay $25.00 for it, which is quite honestly twenty-five of the best dollars you'll ever spend.

When ripping a CD you get the option to rip to a single file, rather than individual MP3s (there's a little dropdown which usually says 'Normal' - you change it there). You can also choose from a massive variety of different file types to rip to, from WAVs to very low bitrate MP3s, OGGs or M4As - even FLACs.

I use it as my main ripping software. It's never failed me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on January 08, 2012, 08:15:19 PM
Thanks, that does look quite good - I'll give it a go later this week.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2012, 09:05:06 PM
Nor strictly gear, but here's some stuff I found on the Brain Damage website about the 5.1 mixes of WYWH and re-masterign in general.

http://www.brain-damage.co.uk/albums/pink-floyds-wish-you-were-here-sacd-review-and-interviews-including-james-gu.html

That does look like a fascinating read. Thanks for the link, Bert.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2012, 09:09:34 PM
Look what I got! A late Christmas pressie from a friend...

(http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/uploads/Image/muff1.jpg)

He gave me his not new rarely used Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi distortion pedal. This is one of the sources for your vintage guitar distortion sounds. Gilmour used something like this all throughout... well, his career, pretty much. I must say, my Fender Strat sounds awesome through it. I'm very happy with it.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 09, 2012, 09:32:51 PM
We'd all love some big muff.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 09, 2012, 10:03:03 PM
It's been providing jokes since the '70s, that pedal.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 09, 2012, 11:25:15 PM
We'd all love some big muff.

Especially for SpamBot, here is a lady with a big muff.


















(http://laupre.wordpress.com/files/2008/11/mufflady1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 09, 2012, 11:27:02 PM
Is there really a lady under all that ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 10, 2012, 08:32:52 AM
She's no lady.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 10, 2012, 10:32:29 AM
A MANnequin?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 10, 2012, 11:22:01 AM
We'd all love some big muff.

Hasn't that gone out of fashion these days ?

That sound.

That the pedal makes  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 10, 2012, 12:44:42 PM
I see what you did there.

Because you EMPHASISED it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 11, 2012, 01:08:22 AM
Look what I got! A late Christmas pressie from a friend...

(http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop_image/uploads/Image/muff1.jpg)

He gave me his not new rarely used Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi distortion pedal. This is one of the sources for your vintage guitar distortion sounds. Gilmour used something like this all throughout... well, his career, pretty much. I must say, my Fender Strat sounds awesome through it. I'm very happy with it.  :)

I have one of those in a box somewhere. all original-like, except with a broken wire.  should find it and some solder, I suppose.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 11, 2012, 08:04:15 AM
I've been thinking about investing in a multi-effects unit for a while, and this could be the very fellow - the Digitech iPB-10.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/528488d7-41a8-b689.jpg)

It's a digital amp modelling/effects unit (all the electronics are in the unit, standard audio outs on the back etc) but the twist is that you program it by putting an iPad inside and using a free app to tweak the settings. Once you've done that you can remove the iPad, which would be useful if you were doing a gig or whatever.

Very natty.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 11, 2012, 09:27:01 AM
I've been thinking about investing in a multi-effects unit for a while, and this could be the very fellow - the Digitech iPB-10.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/528488d7-41a8-b689.jpg)

It's a digital amp modelling/effects unit (all the electronics are in the unit, standard audio outs on the back etc) but the twist is that you program it by putting an iPad inside and using a free app to tweak the settings. Once you've done that you can remove the iPad, which would be useful if you were doing a gig or whatever.

Very natty.

What does one put in input wise ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 11, 2012, 09:28:11 AM
An iPad.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 11, 2012, 09:29:14 AM
It's designed for guitarists, but it'll work with any audio source.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 11, 2012, 09:29:41 AM
An iPad.

James, you're not allowed in this thread... go and count some posts or something  ;) :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 11, 2012, 09:41:04 AM
Wot Bert sed


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 11, 2012, 09:48:58 AM
Wot Bert sed
Wilf has since provided a reply.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 11, 2012, 09:57:32 AM
So did you, James, with equal accuracy,


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 11, 2012, 10:02:13 AM
Oh, I know nothing of these magical things.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 11, 2012, 10:07:02 AM
Yes, but you read the bit about the iPad and used that information to answer the question Bert asked accurately, if redundantly.

It goes to show that knowledge is largely futile.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 11, 2012, 10:13:33 AM
And that I should be able to pass exams.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 11, 2012, 11:28:28 AM
One out of two's not bad.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 11, 2012, 11:44:11 AM
Did you say that with the sound of an owl ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 13, 2012, 03:35:06 PM
Some former Ableton developers have come up with this. (http://bitwig.com/bitwig_studio.php)

Should be available for Windows, Mac and Linux.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 13, 2012, 04:01:59 PM
It wears its Ableton legacy on its sleeve...looks interesting, though...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 01:18:46 AM
(http://www.siglermusic.com/images/apx-500_ovs.jpg)

The Yamaha APX 500 acoustic guitar. I still need to look up the measurements, but it looks thin, which is excellent for me. Yamaha acoustics all seem to have really comfortable necks, too. It's got a jack lead input, a built-in pre-amp, comes in various colours including that lovely dark burst style there...

SERIOUSLY WANT.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 02:32:36 PM
Guitar dreams and gig funds are doomed. My TV has decided to break. Instead of the screen being a solid blue when I turn it on, I'm greeted by a rainbow. Everything now looks like a drugged-up late 1960s art film. So, I need a new one.

Can anyone recommend either a model to consider or specifications to look for with these new fangled flat screen jobbies? They seem to be tricky things to judge as I've seen several in shops before that all have the same specifications and measurements, but the picture quality is notably different. Argh, it's all annoying!

I've been offered temporary replacements and old sets, but I think it's about time I joined the modern world and got something which is at least respectable. I can go as far as £200, which I know isn't much by TV standards, but it's all I can afford right now.  :-\

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 14, 2012, 02:34:54 PM
Before you go spending any money, have you tried turning it off and on again ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 02:36:05 PM
Yes. And I've tried jiggling wires and unplugging things. It's definitely the TV. People have blue skin right now. Last night, they were green.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 14, 2012, 02:36:13 PM
And if that doesn;t work, try hitting it with the branch of a tree.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 14, 2012, 02:37:23 PM
Are you watching Avatar ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 02:47:21 PM
No. If anyone remembers, I didn't exactly get along very well with that film.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on January 14, 2012, 02:49:30 PM
If you connect to the TV with a scart cable, the problem is probably the cable itself. Try replacing that. But if you just want an excuse to buy a new television, I would recommend a LG one. My is a LG one, I bought it 2nd hand in 2001.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 14, 2012, 02:53:40 PM
Easy. Find a TV that costs around £200, and buy it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 03:08:56 PM
If you connect to the TV with a scart cable, the problem is probably the cable itself. Try replacing that.

Thanks Bo, I'll give that a try. I really could do with an up-to-date one, though. If the scart trick works, I can at least postpone it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Purrdey on January 14, 2012, 03:18:21 PM
That's a pretty guitar Mouse! My Yamaha FG435 is 25 years old this month and still looks and plays beautifully (when someone else plays it that is...  ::) ) This is it http://www.harmonycentral.com/products/97091

Cost me £225 of the money my granny left me in 1997  ;D



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 03:27:01 PM
I think I've found my replacement TV. £200 it is at the moment. It would take everything I've got, but it would be worth it in the long run. I hope.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 14, 2012, 03:45:30 PM
(http://www.radiomuseum.org/images/radio/paillard_ag_st_croix/aldepa_a_200_1034741.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 14, 2012, 10:44:18 PM
It wasn't the scart leads. I'm now using my Brother's old TV which is about the size of a sugarcube. At least I can watch DVDs again, although the screen is so small and far away that I can't even see the joke headlines at the beginning of American Dad! or read subtitles.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 15, 2012, 09:09:21 AM
Instead of a TV might I suggest that you use the various catchup tv services and streaming and maybe buy a digital tv dongle to turn your computer into a TV. It would be cheaper and the quality would probably be better. I'm not suggesting you can't buy a decent tv for £200 but it's a crowded marketplace and you could well end up with a lemon.

And more importantly, you'd save money to use on gigs  :D

Check the best buy tables and av press before you buy. Be aware that most displays have a dealer setting the intention of which is to make the tv stand out in a brightly lit shop. They will look different when you get it home, so choose carefully.

720p is the minimum that you should expect in fact there probably aren't any sets that aren't HD. As for connections, HDMI is a must and probably a default anyway. Don't worry about scart it's not very good as a connection but I don't know what connectins your DVD player has so you might be stuck.

Another option would be to consider eBay and an old CRT set as in this price range, the picture quality will be as good if not better although not hd but with small screen sizes ie below 32in there's very limited value in HD anyway.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on January 15, 2012, 11:03:30 AM
I think you got all my advice on Facebook... :p

But don't judge anything by the picture quality in the shop, is lesson number one (unfortunately).

The TVs in shops are firstly often set up with the brightness and contrast jacked right up to the max to fool you into thinking they're better than the rest.

And then you have the laughable sources they are often feeding the TVs- scart cables, sometimes even old RF aerial cables. I'd only trust what I was seeing if I could see a Bluray player underneath the TV directly connected- and even then some moron could set the player to output 576p instead of 1080p.

The only place I'd trust the demo TVs would be somewhere like Richer Sounds or Sevenoaks Sound and Vision (and even then, with a pinch of salt. )


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 15, 2012, 01:57:16 PM
Thanks, chaps. I think when the time comes to order one, I'll be ordering one from the Internet (after checking and cross checking reviews and such, of course). I really don't want to be using my laptop to watch stuff as I just don't like it. If I had an all-powerful 'puter with a super-bitchin' screen, graphics and all that jazz then maybe, but I've only got a Dell. 'Nuff said there. (I don't even think it has an output to connect it to a TV...)

It looks like I'll be getting some help from Mum money-wise, so the gig fund will not be compromised, but I will be penniless for the next two or so months as I slowly pay her back. Again, thanks for all the help, everyone.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 15, 2012, 05:47:20 PM
Right, enough about televisions. Here's one for guitarists and any budding musicians. A friend of mine is looking to sell on some of his effects pedals and I though I'd put the list here just in case anyone was interested or might know anyone who would be. The list is as follows:

MXR Dyna Comp Compressor £30,

Boss CS-3 Compressor £30,

Boss GE-7 Graphic EQ £30,

Boss BD-2 Blues Driver £25,

Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive £25,

Digitech SC-2 Valve Distortion £30,

Behringer DSP 2024 Rack Mountable FX Processor £35,

Boss GT-Pro Rack Mountable Guitar FX Processor £400 ish OVNO,

Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot Controller (inc 2x3m MIDI Cables) £175 ish OVNO.

The pedals are so cheap because I believe they are unboxed, but they are all in excellent condition and have never been gigged (some of them will barely have been used). So, if there's any interest anywhere, let me know and I'll pass the world on. Cheers.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 17, 2012, 04:46:33 PM
A second Roland FC-300 would be nice but my spare cash is commited elsewhere.

Goats and waterskis arent cheap you know.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 17, 2012, 05:56:52 PM
Goats ON water skis even more expensive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on January 17, 2012, 07:15:48 PM
The cost of that CGI is terrible.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 18, 2012, 04:26:52 PM
I couldn't find a water skiing goat...

(http://www.charlotteneumann.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/twiggy-the-water-skiing-squirrel1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 18, 2012, 04:30:33 PM
So you found a water skiing fur coat, instead


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 18, 2012, 04:30:39 PM
I couldn't find a water skiing goat...
I don't think there is another forum in the world where such a post would mean anything to those who read it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 18, 2012, 10:47:27 PM
I couldn't find a water skiing goat...
I don't think there is another forum in the world where such a post would mean anything to those who read it.
Where's the one where it does?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 19, 2012, 01:01:17 PM
Slap that Pedro!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 19, 2012, 01:25:49 PM
Make him free


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 19, 2012, 01:37:16 PM
:)
Rather excited for Craig "Blunders" Blundell right now.
He's in LA for the NAMM show where he's demonstrating some shiny new stuff including the new Roland TD30 kit.
There should be some great video footage to watch in the next few days.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 19, 2012, 02:52:42 PM
More power to him.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 19, 2012, 02:55:49 PM
He is in a very short list of "Prog musicians who have impressed Debbie"  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 19, 2012, 04:16:48 PM
He is in a very short list of "Prog musicians who have impressed Debbie"  ::)

How did he do that ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 19, 2012, 04:21:50 PM
Playing drums with the David Cross band.

She was less than impressed with David Cross  ::) :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 19, 2012, 05:17:50 PM
I was shown demonstrations of Sonar X1 and Ableton Live at a friend's house yesterday, among other things. I now have both operating on my laptop. Really looking forward to trying them out and hopefully making some nice music ideas.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 20, 2012, 12:19:38 PM
Ableton Live just gets better and better - I'm forever finding new things I can do with it. Sadly, writing decent songs isn't one of them.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 20, 2012, 12:24:01 PM
So...something I reckon a lot of my schools will get terribly animated about - iPad Textbooks (http://techland.time.com/2012/01/19/apple-rolls-out-ipad-textbooks-publishing-software-for-teachers/).

All Apple need to do now is work out a sensible way of managing apps for groups of devices and they're laughing.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 20, 2012, 12:34:47 PM
Does anyone have any idea how much it would cost to get a 5.1 mix of a whole album done.

The mixer/engineer would need to have some sort of track record (examples of work already done) in this area.

The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 20, 2012, 12:52:45 PM
I reckon I've already paid Stevie Wilson to do one...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 20, 2012, 01:11:47 PM
Does anyone have any idea how much it would cost to get a 5.1 mix of a whole album done.

The mixer/engineer would need to have some sort of track record (examples of work already done) in this area.

The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.
"track record"....I see what you did there.  :D
Rob Reed has done 5.1 mixes of a few albums now, Jem's Frost* track "The Dividing Line" and (lastly and leastly) my Glitterball remix.
I don't know if he offers this as a service...but he defnitely could do it.
Why are you asking Unc? I could ask him if it's appropriate.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 20, 2012, 01:17:35 PM
(lastly and leastly) my Glitterball remix.
Oi !  >:(

Might have been the last thing he did - I'll accept that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 20, 2012, 01:43:31 PM
Why are you asking Unc? I could ask him if it's appropriate.

I'm doing a bit of digging for someone I know - it's a bit early in the process so they want to be a bit cagey about it, and I've promised to respect that - but if you could get a ball-park figure (or an off the top of his head figure) that wouold be great.

I might also suggest Rob as he has done work in this area as someone they might want to contact.

Thanks


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2012, 01:21:59 AM
The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.

The thing I've learned about 5.1 mixes is that they should be more of an expansion of the stereo mix. After all, you'd want to same song to be instantly recognisable as the same recording by the listener on a different format, so things like EQ and compression on individual tracks would be carried across, so to speak. I'm not too sure how the reverb would work in that situation, but that's why you're looking for someone with a track record, innit?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 21, 2012, 10:37:13 AM
Chris Jones said that Rob would definitely be up for this if it's Yes.  Out of interest, is it Yes?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on January 21, 2012, 11:25:12 AM
The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.

The thing I've learned about 5.1 mixes is that they should be more of an expansion of the stereo mix. After all, you'd want to same song to be instantly recognisable as the same recording by the listener on a different format, so things like EQ and compression on individual tracks would be carried across, so to speak. I'm not too sure how the reverb would work in that situation, but that's why you're looking for someone with a track record, innit?  ;)

This is a good point, Tim.

Since getting my proper 5.1, I've been revisiting all the albums I have in surround and I'm finding the ones I like the best are the ones which sound like the same album, but just expanded and more immersive. 

A couple of things I found really jarring- like, I'm afraid to say, that mix of "the Dividing Line", which has some important melody lines mixed so quietly that you can barely hear them, and as a result significantly changes the song.

Also the rear speakers in that mix are so loud that they're louder than the front ones, which is quite odd.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 21, 2012, 11:26:57 AM
Chris Jones said that Rob would definitely be up for this if it's Yes.  Out of interest, is it Yes?

Oh like I know anyone in Yes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2012, 11:31:14 AM
Hasn't everyone been in Yes by now?  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2012, 11:51:49 AM
Since getting my proper 5.1, I've been revisiting all the albums I have in surround and I'm finding the ones I like the best are the ones which sound like the same album, but just expanded and more immersive. 

A couple of things I found really jarring- like, I'm afraid to say, that mix of "the Dividing Line", which has some important melody lines mixed so quietly that you can barely hear them, and as a result significantly changes the song.

Also the rear speakers in that mix are so loud that they're louder than the front ones, which is quite odd.

When I did the Tinyfish surround mix, my approach was to 'horseshoe' the stereo field around to cover the rear speakers. I based it on my stereo remix by importing the stereo session data into a 5.1 session on Pro Tools, and since the college computers all had the same plug-ins, everything was the same. All I did then was change the position of things, adjusting levels here and there to keep it sounding like the stereo version. The drums and lead vocals both stayed at the front, other sounds got a little more adventurous. The Mellotron, for example, was panned to the left originally, so I stretched that down the whole left side so it was present in both front and rear speakers. The same for the multiple guitars.

I had fun with things like the vocal harmonies (making those final "yeah"s appear in different speakers around the listener one by one) and having Jim's lead guitar spin from the rear left round anti-clockwise to front centre when he slides into the solo. I did get a bit carried away and added one or two extra effects that weren't in the original, my favourite being a delay on the harmony of the line "when snow fell all around" and the "around" panned behind the listener. Had I the time, I would've gone back and added that to the stereo mix to maintain the continuity, but it was literally a last minute idea.

I'm sure if I listened to it again now, I'd say it was all sh*t.  :D  I've learned a bit more since then just by listening to 5.1 mixes and I've started to make a mental list of what to change and what else to try out.

My thoughts with the reverb are along the lines of do you keep the original reverb settings on the audio tracks and adjust them to fit the surround mix (as I did), or do you recreate the effect with 5.1 reverb plug-ins? I had a surround reverb on very quietly to give the whole mix a presence in every speaker so it didn't sound fragmented, but I'm sure I'd do it differently now. I'd love to know how they tackled the reverb on the new Dark Side Of The Moon surround mix as it all sounds very universal and immersive, but it's no more or less than the sound on the original stereo recording. Did they take the reverb track and just place one in every speaker? There are so many variables involved, I could discuss it all day.

So I won't.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on January 21, 2012, 12:19:19 PM
It just goes to show that everyone has different opinions of what is right and what is wrong.
One man's "too loud" is another man's "much clearer".
I haven't encountered a surround mix that I didn't like, but then I really only consider them as "remixes", so they are just variations of the original....so there will be hundreds of different ways they could be done.
I guess if the artist and the surround mixer are happy with it then it is as it is meant to be.

@UB: You have a PM (hopefully, I forgot to tick the keep a copy box so I can't be sure!)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 21, 2012, 12:22:43 PM
Oh yes, of course. As soon as the artist/producer is happy, then that's the job done. But people can have different views to that of the artist/producer. It is the way of all things.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 21, 2012, 12:40:31 PM
The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.

The thing I've learned about 5.1 mixes is that they should be more of an expansion of the stereo mix. After all, you'd want to same song to be instantly recognisable as the same recording by the listener on a different format, so things like EQ and compression on individual tracks would be carried across, so to speak. I'm not too sure how the reverb would work in that situation, but that's why you're looking for someone with a track record, innit?  ;)

This is a good point, Tim.

Since getting my proper 5.1, I've been revisiting all the albums I have in surround and I'm finding the ones I like the best are the ones which sound like the same album, but just expanded and more immersive. 

A couple of things I found really jarring- like, I'm afraid to say, that mix of "the Dividing Line", which has some important melody lines mixed so quietly that you can barely hear them, and as a result significantly changes the song.

Also the rear speakers in that mix are so loud that they're louder than the front ones, which is quite odd.

James, I assume you've balanced your channels using a db meter from your listening position ?

I agree with the point though - just because you have an extra 4 channels, it doesn't mean you need to use them !

In terms of getting someone to do a 5.1 mix, I would have thought it'd be cheaper to get a copy of Logic, or whatever, and do it yourself.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 21, 2012, 01:55:41 PM
Oh yes, of course. As soon as the artist/producer is happy, then that's the job done. But people can have different views to that of the artist/producer. It is the way of all things.  :)

Generally speaking, I think the artist and the producer ought to be that last people you should ask.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on January 22, 2012, 09:47:15 AM
The mixer/engineer would not be producing the stereo mix, but would presumably have to work reasonablt closely with the mixer/engineer of that mix.

The thing I've learned about 5.1 mixes is that they should be more of an expansion of the stereo mix. After all, you'd want to same song to be instantly recognisable as the same recording by the listener on a different format, so things like EQ and compression on individual tracks would be carried across, so to speak. I'm not too sure how the reverb would work in that situation, but that's why you're looking for someone with a track record, innit?  ;)

This is a good point, Tim.

Since getting my proper 5.1, I've been revisiting all the albums I have in surround and I'm finding the ones I like the best are the ones which sound like the same album, but just expanded and more immersive. 

A couple of things I found really jarring- like, I'm afraid to say, that mix of "the Dividing Line", which has some important melody lines mixed so quietly that you can barely hear them, and as a result significantly changes the song.

Also the rear speakers in that mix are so loud that they're louder than the front ones, which is quite odd.

James, I assume you've balanced your channels using a db meter from your listening position ?


But of course, Mr. Bert.

And also using my ears when listening to all my other surround albums / movies / TV.

I think it's just the mix, it uses the rear speakers nearly as much as the fronts- which isn't wrong or bad, it just sounds very different!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 25, 2012, 03:48:26 PM
Tootrack EZMix2 released 7th of Feb

This from Sound On Sound:

Following the success of Toontrack’s EZmix, the new and completely overhauled EZmix 2 continues to build on the same fundamental idea: having pro-designed effect chains for instruments and channels found in every recording session combined in one powerful mixing tool. With the vast collection of ready-made presets, mixing music is not only easy and incredibly fast – you end up results second to none.

http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14716 (http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=14716)

If you already have a version of EZMix, then the upgrade will only cost you £28 which will be fantastic vaule for money

I know that some people are a bit sniffy about using what is effectively a box of presets but I've been using EZMix for a few years now and not only is it much kinder on the CPU than pulling up a whole load of individual inserts, it's fantastic for testing different feels and textures quickly. With one click you can go from a distorted, compressed sound with an EQ boost to the mid range to a rich, clean reverse reverb with just a hint of delay. Much faster for finding that sound you are after than all that tedious mucking about in hyperspace.

(http://www.toontrack.com/images/products/ezmix_upgrade/screenshot1_big.jpg)
 


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 02, 2012, 03:52:16 PM
This is real 'sad plop' territory, but it's made me unfeasibly cheerful.

Our router packed up last week - no, that's not what made me cheerful. Anyway, it's totally borked, so off I go to Amazon to order another (before anyone asks, I've got a 3G dongle :P), and just go for the latest Netgear one that replaces the one I had because they've always been pretty good before.

Well, it's a good little router, and no mistake. It has 802.11n, which makes our liaptops just a tad nippier, but the best bit - which I hadn't spotted on the blurb - is that it has a USB port which lets you connect a drive to it, which the router then shares across your home network. BIG plus, hurrah! Easier backups! Shared storage without having to fire up my computer!

You can even publish the share using HTTPS or SFTP, but that goes against the grain of my paranoid network manager brain, and I can't think why we'd need that, anyway.

Happy, happy, happy.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 02, 2012, 04:01:02 PM
That is so cool. Thank god we have wives already because this kind of talk is not going to get us any flange.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 02, 2012, 04:12:14 PM
True, true...such matters are not likely to render one into vaginal lodestone territory.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 02, 2012, 04:28:46 PM
Or you could do what I did, and marry someone to whom you can to about these things.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 02, 2012, 05:00:35 PM
You lucky, lucky, bastard...

(http://img.tapatalk.com/4e92e5cf-c12f-a2fe.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 02, 2012, 07:43:59 PM
Or you could do what I did, and marry someone to whom you can to about these things.

Know you of such women, Robert ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 02, 2012, 08:43:49 PM
Sorry. Took a wrong turn. I'm back off to The Count.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 03, 2012, 10:48:55 AM
PC support in my house is carried out by myself and 2 sons. The husband is pretty useless in these matters.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 03, 2012, 10:50:25 AM
You are a 21st century woman.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 03, 2012, 11:00:46 AM
Perhaps in these more enlightened times, Jeff Lynne could write a song about you.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 03, 2012, 04:57:03 PM
Or you could do what I did, and marry someone to whom you can to about these things.

Know you of such women, Robert ?

Well, just like decent music nowadays, you have to go looking, you can't expect 'em to fall into your lap.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 03, 2012, 05:08:08 PM
Unless you're very very nice to them.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on February 03, 2012, 05:52:33 PM
just uploaded a clip of me playing my latest customised bass. I've called it the 'Rothers Punk Bass'

http://youtu.be/Y1wdMI2G3Rk


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 03, 2012, 08:41:20 PM
Now that is a nice bass.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on February 03, 2012, 11:16:38 PM
Cheers Simon. I feel I'm really starting to get the hang of customising and setting up guitars and basses. ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 26, 2012, 06:01:11 PM
Because my company does a lot of business with Novatech they let us try out new laptop modelsl before they go on sale. Last week we took delivery of a couple of their new nFinity ultra-slim notebooks:

http://www.novatech.co.uk/promo/nfinity.html

I'm not usually impressed by laptops - I use one at work, and have done for years - but these are excellent. Very, very light (not really much heavier than the iPad), plenty of poke (the trial models we've got are i5s with 4GB RAM), and the advertised seven-hour battery life is actually pretty accurate. Solid state drive too - lightning fast.

But perhaps the most impressive feature is the price...seven hundred quid for an i7. An equivalent spec from HP - their Ultrabook model - would set you back well over a grand.

I don't work for Novatech, honest ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 26, 2012, 09:32:01 PM
Ooh, a gear thread. As a geeky musician suffering from GAS I think I just found a place to hang out. :)

I'm more of a synth guy myself, but no bloody Minimoog or any of that. I like new gear, much more flexible and reliable, not to mention affordable. I guess it's the prog keyboardist nightmare to hear someone say 'Minimoogs are boring', but I'm happy to do so. I'm sure missiles have been launched at my house already, so what difference does it make?  :D

Recreating the 70's isnt my thing, so many others do that, and much better than I would.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 26, 2012, 09:34:51 PM
Simon hates Minimoogs too ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 26, 2012, 09:36:54 PM
Ahh, good lad. :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 26, 2012, 11:37:26 PM
I'm more of a synth guy myself, but no bloody Minimoog or any of that. I like new gear, much more flexible and reliable, not to mention affordable. I guess it's the prog keyboardist nightmare to hear someone say 'Minimoogs are boring', but I'm happy to do so. I'm sure missiles have been launched at my house already, so what difference does it make?  :D

Recreating the 70's isnt my thing, so many others do that, and much better than I would.

You are safe to say such things here, Espen. My spite towards the '70s prog tribute bands' should be quite well known here by now, I think.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 26, 2012, 11:47:31 PM
I don't think many of us like the current Yes tribute band.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on February 29, 2012, 08:58:09 AM
Because the conversation here revolves almost entirely around gear that falls into the computer category, I thought it high time to change the general tack of the thread, if only for this single post.

I have bought myself a (soon to be modified) Marshall JCM 800, 100 watt amplifier head.

It's standard in every way imaginable, containing 4 Marshall EL34 valves, 2 in the pre amp stage and 2 in the power amp stage. However, here's the bit where it gets fun.

I've been on the look-out for a Groove Tubes D75 valve power amp for over a year and a half and they're as rare as hen's teeth. So I thought I'd try something similar but different. Now a JCM 800 is pretty far removed from a D75 power amp. So I've foudn a friendly chap in Putney who does amplifier modifications. For the princely sum of £50, this fabulous gentleman is going to be bypassing the pre-amp stage of the JCM but then re-wiring the EQ stage back in pre-power amp and converting the whole thing to line level input.

With a little valve experimentation I should end up with a beautifully warm and smooth valve driven power amp that will perfectly complement my rack system and the overall effect ought to be... YUMMY.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 09:42:26 AM
(http://www.fruitezy.com.au/images/rhubarb.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on February 29, 2012, 09:53:58 AM
Because the conversation here revolves almost entirely around gear that falls into the computer category, I thought it high time to change the general tack of the thread, if only for this single post.

I have bought myself a (soon to be modified) Marshall JCM 800, 100 watt amplifier head.

It's standard in every way imaginable, containing 4 Marshall EL34 valves, 2 in the pre amp stage and 2 in the power amp stage. However, here's the bit where it gets fun.

I've been on the look-out for a Groove Tubes D75 valve power amp for over a year and a half and they're as rare as hen's teeth. So I thought I'd try something similar but different. Now a JCM 800 is pretty far removed from a D75 power amp. So I've foudn a friendly chap in Putney who does amplifier modifications. For the princely sum of £50, this fabulous gentleman is going to be bypassing the pre-amp stage of the JCM but then re-wiring the EQ stage back in pre-power amp and converting the whole thing to line level input.

With a little valve experimentation I should end up with a beautifully warm and smooth valve driven power amp that will perfectly complement my rack system and the overall effect ought to be... YUMMY.

Can the chap make it lighter - those things are tiring to lug around.
The guitarist I work with occasionally has a double head set-up (one acting as back-up), on top of the speaker box, all balanced (vaguely) on a beer crate to get it to the correct height. Great for pub gigs but dangerous on flimsy fabricated stages.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 11:30:55 AM
Can the chap make it lighter - those things are tiring to lug around.
Bah, you're missing the whole point :)

...and if you think Marshall kit is bad, you should try having to shift Mesa kit...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: DrBlowThingsUp on February 29, 2012, 11:37:29 AM
I end up shifting Vox AC-30's around work most days, and they are brutally unwieldy amplifiers...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 29, 2012, 12:08:14 PM
I'm planning on dumping my backline and just DI'ing for all shows but the big ones. The first gig I'll be doing without my JC-120 will be the Peel in April with DeeExpus. Eeek!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 12:22:19 PM
You'll need one of these if you're going to be Godfrey DI

(http://ny-image2.etsy.com/il_430xN.46450146.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 12:44:13 PM
Ooh, that's nice!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on February 29, 2012, 12:57:20 PM
Can the chap make it lighter - those things are tiring to lug around.
Bah, you're missing the whole point :)

...and if you think Marshall kit is bad, you should try having to shift Mesa kit...

I know, it's just that I look at some guitarists who turn up with a small Fender combo which sounds great through the PA, until you realise that they use effects pedals. My friend just has a selection of Gibsons plugging straight into the amps, he obtains all the effects by serious use of guitar controls and face pulling.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 01:27:12 PM
I'm planning on dumping my backline and just DI'ing for all shows but the big ones. The first gig I'll be doing without my JC-120 will be the Peel in April with DeeExpus. Eeek!

Awww, don't do that Simon. Seeing a back-line is one of my enduring thrills when going to a gig. Mind you, with Jim's new Marshall cab and Paul's Trace Elliot rig, we should be ok.

(PS - I don't know what any of those words mean)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 29, 2012, 01:29:16 PM
As a keboardist I've carried my share of Marshall and Mesa cabs and amps, especially when the gig is one floor up and no elevator... when the guitarist is on the phone for some mysterious reason. ;)

I am a sound geek, but live is live, you don't see me lugging 10 synths on stage and a big ass computer with two 24" monitors. Especially as we don't play big arenas most of the time, and we usually have to stand on top of each other. Small combos usually sound great when miked and played through a decent PA. Besides, as long as the ladies dance, does it really matter to anyone else but us? :)

Proper gigs with proper bands however, there's nothing like the big rig, as long as I'm on the bass player side where I can hear myself. :D


And I do love a bit of JCM800, it's worth dragging around.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 01:31:34 PM
The club band I worked for saw it as a matter of pride to have incredibly chunky backline, but the bassist had a Trace Elliot rig that knocked the rest of them into a cocked hat. And he only used it for his own monitoring - I split his signal before it went into the amp and DIed it.

I never had the heart to tell him.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 29, 2012, 01:36:58 PM
Heh. I'll be honest, it has as much to do with space to transport it as it has anthing else. The only reason I got a JC-120 (other than the fact that Andy Summers and Adrian Belew used to use 'em) is that our drummer likes to hit his drums rather hard.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on February 29, 2012, 01:46:52 PM
I don't think many of us like the current Yes tribute band.

Well I'm one of those that does. I will continue to go and see any tour by a quorum of Yes members. I missed out on so many years of seeing various incarnations of the band - 2009 was the first time I had seen a band called Yes play live (although I think the ABWH gig I saw was probably about as good as it could have got)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 01:46:55 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 29, 2012, 01:55:46 PM
That's a good question. I guess it depends if you have a good enough ear or not to spot the difference. For example, can anyone (who isn't a band member) tell which tracks from The Big Red Spark were recorded using Direct Inject i.e. no amp, at my studio and which were recorded during the live sessions at JM's OutHouse studios in Reading?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 02:00:35 PM
Mike Holmes (IQ) DIs his on stage, I believe, and he sounds pretty good to me. Fluffy, even. And sparkly.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 02:06:58 PM
That's a good question. I guess it depends if you have a good enough ear or not to spot the difference. For example, can anyone (who isn't a band member) tell which tracks from The Big Red Spark were recorded using Direct Inject i.e. no amp, at my studio and which were recorded during the live sessions at JM's OutHouse studios in Reading?

I'll have a go. A proper go, not just a series of 50/50 guesses.

I'm assuming that we're just taking about Jim's parts, or yours as well Simon ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 02:12:19 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.



I agree.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 02:16:56 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.
If you've got decent kit and a decent sound man then DI can sound every bit as good as a miked-up amp. Also - and this is particularly the case in a small room - having the guitar sound entirely under the control of the front-of-house engineer (assuming he or she is a good one) makes for a better, more controlled sound.

By "decent kit" I mean amp modelling, really, which has become very, very good. I wish we'd had it in the eighties.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 02:17:27 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.



I agree.

To what ? Precisely ?  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 29, 2012, 02:19:32 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.



I agree.

heh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 29, 2012, 02:20:12 PM
That's a good question. I guess it depends if you have a good enough ear or not to spot the difference. For example, can anyone (who isn't a band member) tell which tracks from The Big Red Spark were recorded using Direct Inject i.e. no amp, at my studio and which were recorded during the live sessions at JM's OutHouse studios in Reading?

I'll have a go. A proper go, not just a series of 50/50 guesses.

I'm assuming that we're just taking about Jim's parts, or yours as well Simon ?

this really IS a gear thread!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 02:22:05 PM
Mike Holmes (IQ) DIs his on stage, I believe, and he sounds pretty good to me. Fluffy, even. And sparkly.
Holmesy's sound is a superb example of how the technology has improved. On the early IQ albums and at early gigs his overdriven guitar sound was truly hideous - real bee in a jam jar stuff. From Dark Matter onwards it's become much, much better, and I'm sure that it's no coincidence that decent technology is now readily available at modest cost.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 29, 2012, 02:23:08 PM
I guess it depends on the setting. In the overloaded tunes I'm usually working with it's no big difference, so many things going on at all times. I've heard amazing things from Amplitube and things like that. A guy I play with uses the Axe FX which I love. Another uses a JCM800 and 2 cabs. I can't play, but I demo stuff with Amplitube, and would be happy to use that sound on an album.

Also, I think the difference seems to be more noticeable with clean or slightly overdriven sounds. The wall of metal always works.

But I'm just a keyboard geek, I'm easy to please :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 02:23:33 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.
If you've got decent kit and a decent sound man then DI can sound every bit as good as a miked-up amp. Also - and this is particularly the case in a small room - having the guitar sound entirely under the control of the front-of-house engineer (assuming he or she is a good one) makes for a better, more controlled sound.

By "decent kit" I mean amp modelling, really, which has become very, very good. I wish we'd had it in the eighties.

I can see that it would be the better option in a live environment and especially in a small room. Even in mega gigs (eg Rush at the O2 last years) there is no backline, all the guitars are DI'd. Geddy's been doing that on stage for years.

I think I'm right in saying that DI'ing bass is easier to achieve a good sound as it has relatively fewer tone options etc ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 29, 2012, 02:24:12 PM
That's a good question. I guess it depends if you have a good enough ear or not to spot the difference. For example, can anyone (who isn't a band member) tell which tracks from The Big Red Spark were recorded using Direct Inject i.e. no amp, at my studio and which were recorded during the live sessions at JM's OutHouse studios in Reading?

I'll have a go. A proper go, not just a series of 50/50 guesses.

I'm assuming that we're just taking about Jim's parts, or yours as well Simon ?
Yes, let us just look at Jim's parts.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 02:31:34 PM
I think I'm right in saying that DI'ing bass is easier to achieve a good sound as it has relatively fewer tone options etc ?
Pretty much, yes.

The 'difficult' tones to get right on a DI are overdriven, distorted ones, and many bass players don't use those.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 02:32:53 PM
Yes, let us just look at Jim's parts.
Fnarr and, indeed, fnarr.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 29, 2012, 02:34:11 PM
 ;D Just doing my job sir.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 02:48:30 PM
Wilf!  :o


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 03:26:42 PM
Yes?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 03:35:05 PM
Too much fnarr-ing.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 29, 2012, 03:38:20 PM
It simply isn't possible to over-fnarr.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 03:46:50 PM
So, DI'd guitars don't sound anywhere NEAR as good as an amp and a mic, live or in the studio.

Discuss.



I agree.

To what ? Precisely ?  ;)

Precisely.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 04:39:13 PM
It simply isn't possible to over-fnarr.

Well, fnarr from me to disagree, but I think you're wrong.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 29, 2012, 04:52:57 PM
Uber fnarr.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 29, 2012, 04:53:03 PM
Meta fnarr.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 29, 2012, 05:01:40 PM
Fnarr from the madding crowd, or, as Mike Harding referred to it "Mad from the Farting Crowd"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 29, 2012, 06:26:33 PM
Stepping dangerously back on topic, about the DI or amp thing... It's just down to preference and convenience at the end of the day. With miking an amp, you get to record the tone of the amp itself and the air between speaker cone and microphone (a very important factor in recording, I think). DI-ing is easier, but you lack all those 'live' qualities and the feel of the mic, even though amp modelling has come on a long way as Wilf has said.

Like with most things in the whole recording music lark, it comes down to personal preference and what sort of sound you're going for. From the video I've seen, Muse DI'd almost all of the guitars for the last album. As Bert correctly stated, Geddy Lee has been sending his bass straight into the PA for years now. On the last Rush tour, there was no backline at all, apart from amp heads and modellers that went straight into the PA. Alex Lifeson has also apparently been DI'ing all of his guitars in the studio since the '90s.

But the game has also been changing on the amplifier side to better suit smaller recording outfits and lower budgets. A Shure SM57 microphone, the standard for recording guitar amps and used all over the place for almost everything else (Kings Of Leon used it for a vocal mic on Only By The Night) will set you back about £97 or less. A Roland Cube amp, designed to throw out sound at high volume while still maintaining quality, is pretty small and can cost somewhere between £150 and £250 give or take. Jeff Beck uses a 70 watt Fender Superchamp amplifier in the studio to record his guitars, I think. You don't even need a decent room to record in anymore - just sling a duvet over a clothes horse and use it as a rudimentary recording booth.

...Or something like that, anyway. Do whatever the hell you want, basically, as long as it sounds good.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 06:32:52 PM
I don't agree.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on February 29, 2012, 06:33:57 PM

...Or something like that, anyway. Do whatever the hell you want, basically, as long as it sounds good.

There's the rub. It is my debating point that an amp, cabinet and mic sound (qualitatively) better than DI.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 29, 2012, 06:44:21 PM

...Or something like that, anyway. Do whatever the hell you want, basically, as long as it sounds good.

There's the rub. It is my debating point that an amp, cabinet and mic sound (qualitatively) better than DI.

No definitive answer here I'm afraid, mate.  :)  I would prefer to mic a guitar through an amp, though. I don't like digitally recreated characteristics of microphones and amps and things like that. I still want to have a go at recording proper real time reverb at some point and see if it's noticeably better than reverb plug-ins. Luckily, I have access to a few churches for when I am ready to do it.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 06:49:29 PM
Precisely.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 29, 2012, 06:50:29 PM
Inevitably?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 06:54:29 PM
I am not sure I would go that far.

Would I ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 29, 2012, 09:20:11 PM

...Or something like that, anyway. Do whatever the hell you want, basically, as long as it sounds good.

There's the rub. It is my debating point that an amp, cabinet and mic sound (qualitatively) better than DI.

No definitive answer here I'm afraid, mate.  :)  I would prefer to mic a guitar through an amp, though. I don't like digitally recreated characteristics of microphones and amps and things like that. I still want to have a go at recording proper real time reverb at some point and see if it's noticeably better than reverb plug-ins. Luckily, I have access to a few churches for when I am ready to do it.  ;D
Make impulse responses so you can use those reverbs later, it's brilliant. I recently "sampled" my living room, it's great fun.

Although the neighbours might wonder why there's a slowly rising LOUD sine wave shaking the building. ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 11:05:47 PM
I am not sure I would go that far.

Would I ?

I expect you probably would. And if you didn't, your notebook definitely would.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 29, 2012, 11:09:10 PM
Oh, I object.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 29, 2012, 11:16:19 PM
Irrelevant.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on April 06, 2012, 07:43:04 PM
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun10/articles/porcupinetree.htm

Old SoS interview with Steven Wilson, but it's just been published foc. I find this stuff really interesting, and what I think it seems he does really well is to keep things really simple (at least, that's what it sounds like).

A good read.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on April 09, 2012, 07:59:37 AM
Just bought myself a Laney bass rig  ;D

It's a R4H 300w head driving a R410 (4 x 10) cab.

I've been playing through one of Pete Trewavas's laney combos since I started playing seriously. It will be good to return it to him and use my own gear now we are out gigging  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on April 09, 2012, 09:15:12 AM
Are you going to step in and help Dec Burke out of his bass-less state?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on April 09, 2012, 02:21:27 PM
Forgot to mention the 4 grand pianos I bought a while ago...

https://p.twimg.com/AnVIHj-CQAEvHYI.jpg


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on April 12, 2012, 07:08:32 PM
Andy Tillison demos his keyboard rig, 2 midi controller keyboards and Cubase running on a laptop PC :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIBvS4YaNOo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIBvS4YaNOo)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 12, 2012, 10:52:39 PM
would this be the same laptop that decided to upgrade Adobe Reader in the middle of a gig in the middle of a field in Sweden?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on April 12, 2012, 10:58:18 PM
I suspect so. I seem to remember something being said at SE about that. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 23, 2012, 11:26:56 AM
Jim has a new Marshal JCM800 amp. I'm all jealous.  >:(  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on April 23, 2012, 11:55:24 AM
I'm sure he'll let you carry it for him. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on April 23, 2012, 11:57:10 AM
Saw this in a mail-out from The Engineer (I'll copy the first bit then add a link):

Music-mixing technology developed at Queen Mary University could help bands produce their own music without a sound engineer.
 
The new software-based system — currently referred to as an ‘Automatic Music Production System’ — can run on a standard computer and could replace a sound engineer, who typically has to physically adjust the characteristics of each individual instrument to generate a coherent piece of music.


http://www.theengineer.co.uk/1012400.article?cmpid=TE01 (http://www.theengineer.co.uk/1012400.article?cmpid=TE01)


Personally, I think it's all black magic.




Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on April 23, 2012, 01:48:23 PM
Very interesting. I'm pretty sure we're not far off the moment where software will fully automate all of the recording/mixing process. One line caught my eye though.

'Reiss acknowledges that his software cannot compete with a talented sound engineer ‘spending months to create the next Coldplay album’.'

Insert your comments here.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 23, 2012, 02:30:14 PM
Because software is currently incapable of feeling shame.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 23, 2012, 02:32:09 PM
A bit like Simon with his trousers, then.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on April 23, 2012, 02:54:44 PM
I'm fairly sure that Simon's trousers have never engineered a Coldplay record.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on April 23, 2012, 03:08:17 PM
I would put nothing past Simon and his trousers.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:10:41 PM
So, the new uber-PC upon which Shineback will be brought to life...

Asus P8P67 motherboard.

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/7k/7K5T_3DCC51B8-FE08-4ADA-A00A-9E5EDB79656E_large.jpg)

This will be the fifth build I've done on this particular Asus line, though this is the first one with the newer LGA1155 socket. Everything you could want in a system board - USB3, three video card slots (overkill, unless you're a barking mad gamer), and pretty damn nippy for the price point.

Intel i7 Core 2700K processor. Runs at 3.5GHz, 8MB cache, four cores, so eight threads. Very fast.

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/7s/7S7Y_E04221CA-D8C7-418F-BD7D-BA3C60817752_large.jpg)

32GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM.

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/7l/7LLX_C5F33F8F-230B-47C4-9CAB-3EB24F371BA9_large.jpg)

In four sticks, with built in heat spreaders. Each one of them looks like a little radiator.

Seagate 2TB hard drive.

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/7x/7xd7_xlarge.jpg)

Additional storage - if Windows 7 is worth its salt the existing install will work without any significant reconfiguration (excepting a possible reactivation).

Noctua Quiet PC cooler

(http://www.quietpc.com/images/products/nhu12pe.jpg)

The fan that comes with the processor is usually underpowered, and a bit noisy.

Extra case fan.

(http://www.quietpc.com/images/products/acoustifan120dp.jpg)

Can't have enough of these buggers - this one will go on the back of the chassis to provide a little extra cooling to the board.

Scythe Kaze server fan controller

(http://www.quietpc.com/images/products/kaze-server-front.jpg)

This allows you to both monitor and control the speed of the fans in the case. It'll allow Simon to turn the fans down a little when he's tracking vocals, for example.

And there you have it - the machine should have blinding performance, even with applications like Pro Tools.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on May 14, 2012, 04:16:15 PM
I see Tinyfish is now buying it's fans.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 14, 2012, 04:18:19 PM
*polite applause coupled with a Mexican wave*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:20:59 PM
Hey, it'll be three more than it has now.

Well, one more, because there's two in the old PC. Er, actually, we'll still have the old cooler from the old processor, so yeah, two more. Even though the old processor cooler won't be used.

Or something.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 14, 2012, 04:23:04 PM
Hey, it'll be three more than it has now.

Well, one more, because there's two in the old PC. Er, actually, we'll still have the old cooler from the old processor, so yeah, two more. Even though the old processor cooler won't be used.

Or something.

You haven't really thought this through, have you?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 04:25:06 PM
How are you going to fit that really big fan into the little box ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:25:27 PM
You haven't really thought this through, have you?
Microwave.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:25:43 PM
How are you going to fit that really big fan into the little box ?
Don't be silly, James.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 04:27:21 PM
So it's going to come on its own wheels - you're thinking outside of the box...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:28:29 PM
So it's going to come on its own wheels - you're thinking outside of the box...
No, that would be this PC...

(http://www.quietpc.com/images/products/nubrit-sarg-with-logo.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 04:32:48 PM
Is it noiseless because it's been parked outside ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 04:33:44 PM
Yes, James, that's right.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 04:36:25 PM
Excellent.  I'm getting the hang of this IT stuff.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 14, 2012, 04:45:40 PM
Asus P8P67 motherboard.

(http://www.dabs.com/images/product/uni2/DigitalContent/7k/7K5T_3DCC51B8-FE08-4ADA-A00A-9E5EDB79656E_large.jpg)

This will be the fifth build I've done on this particular Asus line, though this is the first one with the newer LGA1155 socket. Everything you could want in a system board - USB3, three video card slots (overkill, unless you're a barking mad gamer), and pretty damn nippy for the price point.

I, er, like the blue bits.

How much would one be looking at to build a fine machine such as this, then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 05:18:28 PM
From scratch, without any existing hardware (such as the power supply and case, which are both already there in this instance) about a grand. That's just the box - you'd need to add a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Oh, and a Windows license....officially, at least.

You could do a pretty spanking machine for about two hundred less by going for a slightly less capable i7 and less memory, say, 16 gig rather than 32.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 05:28:50 PM
What colours do you do them in ?

And do they come with Minesweeper ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 05:30:56 PM
Any colour you like, and sorry, no Minesweeper.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on May 14, 2012, 06:57:51 PM
Looks like a very good spec, I have a Noctua fan in my self build PC it's really quiet their great


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 07:34:17 PM
You had me until it didn't come with Minesweeper  :(


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 14, 2012, 07:35:14 PM
You had me until it didn't come with Minesweeper  :(
I could probably get you a bootleg copy...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on May 14, 2012, 07:45:03 PM
I've got to agree with James.  Minesweeper is the only reason why I take my laptop to meetings.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 14, 2012, 08:05:32 PM
Yes ! I rule the Gear Thread !

 ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 14, 2012, 09:44:10 PM
Looks like a very good spec, I have a Noctua fan in my self build PC it's really quiet their great

You're lucky Catherine's in Cyprus right now.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 14, 2012, 09:45:31 PM
From scratch, without any existing hardware (such as the power supply and case, which are both already there in this instance) about a grand. That's just the box - you'd need to add a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Oh, and a Windows license....officially, at least.

Well, I already have a mouse and Windows 7... Half way there!  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 14, 2012, 09:48:20 PM
I didn't see this anywhere...  ;)

(http://edibleapple.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/silver-apple-logo.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 15, 2012, 05:12:16 AM
No apples were eaten in the making of this piece of kit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 15, 2012, 06:22:14 AM
I didn't see this anywhere...  ;)

(http://edibleapple.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/silver-apple-logo.png)
That'll be because Macs are shite.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 15, 2012, 08:36:05 AM
Take cover everybody; PC vs Mac debate!!!

*legs it to the fallout shelter*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 15, 2012, 08:47:47 AM
I think you'll find Mac users are above such petty squabbles, serene in the 30 sec boot times, superior useability and general loveliness of their machines.

Actually, looking at the spec you guys put together, I doubt you'd be able to spec anythig from Apple half way approaching that. It looks monster  ;D

I think you should definitely have the Steampunk case though. ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 15, 2012, 09:06:16 AM
Actually, looking at the spec you guys put together, I doubt you'd be able to spec anythig from Apple half way approaching that. It looks monster  ;D
...and, in fact, that hits the nail on the head. It is possible to get a Mac configured with that sort of spec, but it would cost a King's Ransom.

These days the hardware in PCs and Macs is virtually the same anyway, it's the peripherals and the OS that makes the difference. If I have a genuine gripe with Apple it's that they're essentially charging a lot of money for a bit of style. Can't blame them, I guess, as folk are willing to pay it...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 15, 2012, 09:13:49 AM
I'm not above the notion of buying a Mac OS at somepoint and making the new machine a dual boot affair.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 15, 2012, 09:31:38 AM
I'll kill you if you do.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 15, 2012, 10:04:52 AM
You know I'm born to lose, Mac's OS is for fools,
But that's the way I like it baby,
I don't wanna live forever,


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 15, 2012, 10:45:02 AM
 ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 15, 2012, 12:44:17 PM
I'll kill you if you do.

And I'll shoot him in the face.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 15, 2012, 12:56:06 PM
I worked with Macs for three years in college, remember. They were very good, especially the one hooked up to the 24-48 track digital surround sound mixing desk with full Pro Tools HD capabilities and Genelec surround sound monitors (I really should've stolen those when I had the chance).

But when they decided to go wrong or even not work properly ever so slightly, then you were borked. And then you had to wait for an hour until the technician man with the special licence from Apple to turn up and sacrifice a small goat to please it and make it work again. Of course, that's just how it looked from my point of view.

It is simply a case of how you like your computer to work. I like to turn mine on and use it. I feel that a Mac is like a bureaucrat - you have to fill out constant forms before you're allowed to use anything that you've actually paid for. But then, maybe that was just Pro Tools... But, I've made my mind up, and that's how I see things.

And I don't like brushed aluminium cases, anyway...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 15, 2012, 01:43:01 PM
Most of my annoyance with Macs is down to having had to support them in a network environment. Even more than PCs they're designed as personal devices, and the focus with networking is around getting them on to the internet, or supporting their own server technology. You can get them to talk to Windows server shares, but it's pretty flaky stuff.

If either Microsoft or Apple would develop a full Active Directory-aware client for MacOS it would be a wonderful thing. We wouldn't need a teacher to go around the Mac labs with a portable USB drive, copying student data files for backup purposes because they can't reliably save them to the network.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 15, 2012, 01:52:04 PM
I'm Idaho!

(http://media.skateboard.com.au/forum/images/idaho.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 15, 2012, 02:19:58 PM
 :D :D

Yes, of course you are. And you clearly had no help from your parents.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 15, 2012, 03:42:08 PM
I worked with Macs for three years in college, remember. They were very good, especially the one hooked up to the 24-48 track digital surround sound mixing desk with full Pro Tools HD capabilities and Genelec surround sound monitors (I really should've stolen those when I had the chance).

But when they decided to go wrong or even not work properly ever so slightly, then you were borked. And then you had to wait for an hour until the technician man with the special licence from Apple to turn up and sacrifice a small goat to please it and make it work again. Of course, that's just how it looked from my point of view.

It is simply a case of how you like your computer to work. I like to turn mine on and use it. I feel that a Mac is like a bureaucrat - you have to fill out constant forms before you're allowed to use anything that you've actually paid for. But then, maybe that was just Pro Tools... But, I've made my mind up, and that's how I see things.

And I don't like brushed aluminium cases, anyway...

They couldn't have been Macs, as they always work.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 15, 2012, 08:05:09 PM
Hahahahahahahahahaha... ha.  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 15, 2012, 10:41:32 PM
Big Macs.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 16, 2012, 11:41:36 AM
They only work when you're drunk.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 17, 2012, 09:54:09 PM
So, Windows Media Player refuses to open. I click on it and it does nothing. I need to import a WAV. I can't use iTunes because it hates the disc and takes forever to import the final track, but when it finally manages it, it's all distorted and borked. I would use Media Monkey, but the last time I opened it, it crashed my laptop, so I uninstalled it. Any (relevant) ideas?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 18, 2012, 01:46:09 AM
Have you tried turning it off and on again ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 18, 2012, 06:07:13 AM
VLC Media Player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html - very small memory footprint, plays pretty much any audio or video format you could name, and it's free.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on May 18, 2012, 06:32:39 AM
If it's free, it should be in another thread.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 18, 2012, 09:06:53 AM
If it's free, it should be in another thread.

Hahahhaha  ;D ;D

VLC is good and I endorse M'learned colleagues endorsement.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 18, 2012, 09:12:26 AM
Wot David and Bert said.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 18, 2012, 09:30:45 AM
The only thing wrong with VLC is that it has the stupidest and most inappropriate icon ever.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 18, 2012, 09:31:42 AM
Unless you are playing the first Kraftwerk album.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on May 18, 2012, 09:39:12 AM
Does VLC rip / import audio or does it just play it? I thought it was just a player.

That's maybe because that's all I use it for!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 18, 2012, 10:32:23 AM
The only thing wrong with VLC is that it has the stupidest and most inappropriate icon ever.

Yeah, I've often wondered about that. Well, I say often. What I actually mean is once.

And the again when you mentioned it.

Oh and again just then when I wrote about it.

And again...

I seem to now be stuck in a loop. This could go on some time. Bear with while I reboot...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on May 18, 2012, 10:48:11 AM
If you were using a Mac you wouldn't need to reboot...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 18, 2012, 10:53:45 AM
If you were using a Mac you wouldn't need to reboot...

I have one implanted in my brain...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 18, 2012, 11:13:24 AM
A boot?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 18, 2012, 11:15:21 AM
A Big Mac ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on May 18, 2012, 11:16:03 AM
I love Big Macs.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 18, 2012, 11:22:34 AM
How many mega bites does it take you to eat one ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on May 18, 2012, 11:39:38 AM
I love Big Macs.

I'm a Whopper man myself.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 18, 2012, 11:48:45 AM
The only thing wrong with VLC is that it has the stupidest and most inappropriate icon ever.
You can always change it....;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 18, 2012, 11:49:12 AM
Does VLC rip / import audio or does it just play it? I thought it was just a player.

That's maybe because that's all I use it for!
I don't think it can be used for ripping CDs, no.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on May 18, 2012, 11:58:11 AM
It's my player of choice for "acquired" 5.1 wavs.

It really does seem to play anything you throw at it apart from magic lantern and wax cylinder.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 18, 2012, 12:08:23 PM
It really does seem to play anything you throw at it apart from magic lantern and wax cylinder.
You clearly don't have the appropriate plug-ins ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 18, 2012, 12:45:06 PM
Does VLC rip / import audio or does it just play it? I thought it was just a player.

That's maybe because that's all I use it for!
I don't think it can be used for ripping CDs, no.

Ah. Then it's not of much use to me.  :-\  Thanks though, everyone.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 18, 2012, 12:48:57 PM
Ah. Then it's not of much use to me.  :-\  Thanks though, everyone.
What you need for that is a piece of software called Easy CD-DA Extractor, which is superb for such tasks. Why, as a member of the BEM team you can even take advantage of our 'group' license for it! Speak to me about this, if interested....

;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on May 18, 2012, 01:02:49 PM
Hmmmm... I might just do that...  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 10, 2012, 04:01:29 PM
In readiness for life after electricity, I have purchased a new guitar.

This is part of the Martin OM range.
(http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e312/Sigod/MartinOMCPA4.jpg)

Sit down while I tell you a tale:

As a result of my beloved Ovation being crushed to death after the last acoustic Tinyfish gig at the Peel, I had been casting an eye about for a new acoustic guitar. I'd hunted all over the internet and indeed in quite a few shops around the UK for a possible replacement but by sheer dint of luck, the one that most caught my attention happened to reside in a music shop at the end of my road.

What are the chances?

I'd originally gone in to the shop for some strings. At that time, my hearing problems had really gotten me down and I was seriously considering quitting music altogether (this was just after I posted the blog about the issue on the forum). As a result I was taking what I thought might be a last look around the commercial music world when I happened upon a little room at the back of the premises. The room had a display case full of Martin guitars and as I had never played a Martin, I asked if I could play one so I could at least say to myself that I had done so once in my life.

I spent about 10 minutes playing the most expensive models and they were lovely to noodle about on but I wasn't bowled over to be honest. I then spotted the OM pictured above, hanging just out of sight behind a cardboard box. I asked if I could try that one and they guy said sure but it was going back as the scratch plate had been mounted incorrectly. I said fine but could I play it anyway. He shrugged, nodded and handed the reject over.

The next thing I knew I was being tapped on the shoulder by the same guy saying they were shutting the shop. I had been there over an hour playing the blasted thing and it felt as if no time had passed at all.

Over the next two weeks I kept revisiting the shop to play it. On one occasion, it had disappeared from its place in the cabinet and I'd assumed it had been sent back but happily all that had happened was that it had been left behind a stack of other guitars ready for return to the shop's supplier.

Every time I picked up the instrument, something wonderful leapt from my fingers and I began to think about it during every spare moment. This was mad; I hadn't felt this way about a guitar since I'd found my Ovation in Mannys in New York back in '97. It was wonky, it wasn't worth the price but I had to have it.

Some haggling and a little bit of bluster later, I walked out of the shop with my very first Martin acoustic. In the two weeks since I have owned it, I've written 7 songs and learned the basics of finger picking too. It's a bonkers guitar and for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I'm not thinking constantly about my Tinnitus.  :)

It is my hope that sometime in the future I might try my hand at some solo acoustic shows as this appears to be the perfect tool to serve that purpose.

I simply cannot believe my luck.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on June 10, 2012, 06:06:05 PM
Hurrah for Simon.
Life does indeed continue.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Neville1308 on June 10, 2012, 06:56:14 PM
Congratulations sir!!   ;D

A friend of mine had one of the small Martins (like Ian Anderson uses) which was gorgeous.  The only guitar I have played which I thought sounded nicer than my Levin (http://www.tinyfish.org/forums/index.php?topic=58.msg145303#msg145303).  I've always hankered after a Martin ever since.

I hope you get many years of fun and inspiration with your new friend  :) :) :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on June 10, 2012, 07:01:44 PM
So glad to hear that Simon, what a wonderful story :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 10, 2012, 07:09:51 PM
So glad to hear that Simon, what a wonderful story :)

Seconded  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on June 10, 2012, 07:43:48 PM
Agreed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 10, 2012, 08:11:07 PM
So glad to hear that Simon, what a wonderful story :)
It's lies, he stole it from Maplin.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on June 10, 2012, 09:28:33 PM
This is fabulous news. I'm glad that it has lived up to its promise!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 10, 2012, 10:47:48 PM
Thanks gents and I remember the post about that Levin Neville. Guitars really can live long in the memory, especially if they are no longer there.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: DrBlowThingsUp on June 11, 2012, 01:03:17 AM
Haha!

It's so rare that I look at something and just think: 'There LITERALLY could not have been a better response to that situation'. This is one of those times. Your acoustic victory makes me happy, Simon :)

Also, I played Ian McCulloch's Martin when I was working with him at Elevator and it was just unreasonably, unfairly, gorgeous. I then walked away knowing I'd not be likely to have a spare 8 grand to buy one any time soon. Sadface.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on June 11, 2012, 05:58:39 AM
In readiness for life after electricity, I have purchased a new guitar.

Brilliant!

Audio samples or it didn't happen.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 11, 2012, 11:33:58 AM
I'm planning on a new Memory House video blog pretty soon which will feature the wonky Martin as in addition, the new Studio PC is finaly up and running with all the original software reloaded onto it.

Life is getting better by the moment.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 11, 2012, 11:54:49 AM
If you want me to sort out the stated 'wonkyness' let me know


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 11, 2012, 01:40:51 PM
Thank you sir. I'm not sure if I should get the pickguard sorted as that's the only thing that's wonky and it kind of makes it unique. That said, I might just remove the pickguard entirely. Do you think it would look better?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 14, 2012, 01:35:20 PM
So glad to hear that Simon, what a wonderful story :)

Seconded  ;D

thirded!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on June 14, 2012, 01:35:53 PM
and I wouldn't touch the pickguard; it's probably what makes it sound and feel so sweet.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2012, 09:59:33 AM
Decision made then.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 15, 2012, 10:50:26 AM
I got a new pair of Sennheiser HD 205s on Tuesday. It's a small acquisition, but I can fully enjoy listening to music again now.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on June 15, 2012, 11:39:49 AM
Unless we cut your ears off.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 15, 2012, 02:34:57 PM
His ears are his eyes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on June 15, 2012, 02:53:05 PM
His ears are his eyes.

Mouse mutation image - aaaarrgghhh.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on June 15, 2012, 02:56:15 PM
His ears are his eyes.

(http://www.borisbrenman.com/files/gimgs/13_1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 15, 2012, 03:34:33 PM
Just bought myself an essential piece of kit for gigs  ;D

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160820407068?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on June 15, 2012, 04:32:08 PM
I can't display the link.  Now I'm wondering what it might be.  Extra strong gaffer tape?  A Gaffer tape dispenser?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on June 15, 2012, 04:45:24 PM
I can't display the link.  Now I'm wondering what it might be.  Extra strong gaffer tape?  A Gaffer tape dispenser?

I've repaired the link  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 15, 2012, 05:02:02 PM
His ears are his eyes.

(http://www.borisbrenman.com/files/gimgs/13_1.jpg)

I don't tan well, so I'll never look that bronzed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on June 15, 2012, 06:40:21 PM
I can't display the link.  Now I'm wondering what it might be.  Extra strong gaffer tape?  A Gaffer tape dispenser?

I've repaired the link  ;)
Looks a great idea.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 16, 2012, 09:56:03 AM
and I wouldn't touch the pickguard; it's probably what makes it sound and feel so sweet.

What's a "pickguard" ?

Is it to stop you ferreting about for bogeys ?

James ! James !! Get out of my head..


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 16, 2012, 10:50:18 AM
Otherwise known as the scratchplate - the piece of plastic under the soundhole that's there primarily to stop you from marking the wood if you've got a heavy strumming or picking style.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Purrdey on June 16, 2012, 10:57:24 AM
Otherwise known as the scratchplate - the piece of plastic under the soundhole that's there primarily to stop you from marking the wood if you've got a heavy strumming or picking style.

I think he was joking  ::) ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 16, 2012, 11:13:32 AM
I don't understand irony, me. It's like, woody or papery, but made of iron....;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 16, 2012, 11:21:25 AM
Whatever it is, Apple probably make much better ones.  ::)  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 16, 2012, 01:11:17 PM
Whatever it is, Apple probably make much better ones.  ::)  :P

Well, Apple don't make guitars, but they do make the technology that makes this marvel possible

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/incident/gtar-the-first-guitar-that-anybody-can-play

It's on my Xmas list already  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 16, 2012, 02:06:52 PM
What a load of rubbish.  :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 16, 2012, 05:16:23 PM
What a load of rubbish.  :D

For why ? It's a brilliant idea.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 16, 2012, 05:34:05 PM
So is learning the guitar properly. Probably cheaper, too.

In all seriousness, I can see how it would be useful for absolute beginners who've never even touched a guitar before, but buttons won't make a good substitute for strings. You can't harden those fingers up pressing buttons. And how do you bend strings, get a feel for expression, etc.?

It's a keytar, is what it is.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on June 16, 2012, 09:20:34 PM
It's not going to train you to adopt a good playing position either if you're forever craning over the neck trying to see which buttons are lighting up. It looks about as effective as a guitar hero guitar for teaching you how to play a real one.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 17, 2012, 08:26:26 AM
Learning guitar is difficult. Anything that helps is good.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 17, 2012, 08:27:05 AM
So is learning the guitar properly. Probably cheaper, too.

In all seriousness, I can see how it would be useful for absolute beginners who've never even touched a guitar before, but buttons won't make a good substitute for strings. You can't harden those fingers up pressing buttons. And how do you bend strings, get a feel for expression, etc.?

It's a keytar, is what it is.  ;D

It's got strings


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 17, 2012, 11:36:52 AM
Bert, if you want to learn the guitar, I'll give you one to learn on.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on June 17, 2012, 05:51:09 PM
Bert, if you want to learn the guitar, I'll give you one to learn on.

i have two guitars and can play neither. I have, off and on, tried to learn to play a guitar for 35 years. I have no aptitude for it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 18, 2012, 10:41:29 AM
Just bought myself an essential piece of kit for gigs  ;D

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160820407068?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
Fantastic!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 21, 2012, 10:26:54 AM
If you're on Facebook and you'd like a free soft synth, then go here:

http://www.facebook.com/arturia2

It's the Arturia Minimoog plugin, which is the one that Moog themselves have approved - you can get it by 'liking' the page, and for free, but for today only...

Thanks to Mr. Progcat for the tip!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 21, 2012, 10:45:43 AM
That's on my list then. Thank you sir(s).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 21, 2012, 11:04:26 AM
Woot! Done. Thanks, chaps.  :)

(Although this should have gone in the FREE Gear Thread I set up a while back...  ::) )


Title: Re: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 21, 2012, 03:32:04 PM
(I can put it there too if you like :))


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2012, 11:05:11 AM
Seriously looking at this bit of kit.

The Fishman Aura Spectrum (for acoustic guitars or electrics with piezo pickups in them)
(http://www.fishman.com/img/gallery_images/328_medium.jpg)

This is box that once again shows that technology and witchcraft sometimes go hand in hand. It's not a modelling unit in the strictest sense of the word. At it's most basic level, if you are using an under saddle pickup in your acoustic, the Aura makes it sound as if it's been played through a microphone instead. This box almost entirely eliminates the familiar piezo top end 'quack' you often hear when you just DI into an amp or PA.

The results on propper acoustic guitars are...astonishing.

You can now effectively get realistic acoustic sounds for both live and recording through the jack socket in your electro acoustic guitar. It's not utterly perfect but certainly if you are using an acoustic on stage or as part of a full mix recording, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 22, 2012, 11:58:25 AM
Ooooo, that looks VERY nice...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2012, 12:35:24 PM
Isn't it though. The problem it creates for me is should I buy one in prefence to Spitfire Audio's Albion?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on June 22, 2012, 12:47:57 PM
Oh yes. (I'm on commission).


Title: Re: Re: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 22, 2012, 01:04:12 PM
Isn't it though. The problem it creates for me is should I buy one in prefence to Spitfire Audio's Albion?
Audio Albion is cute, and would be useful for doing what you want to do with Rise Up....so as your label boss I should be nudging you in that direction.

However.....

(I'm not.helping, am I?)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2012, 01:50:10 PM
I think you're right sir as I can mic up an acoustic but I don't have access to a 40 piece orchestra when the mood takes me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 22, 2012, 02:38:52 PM
I know someone who can pull together a 40 piece orchestra for you...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on June 22, 2012, 03:15:21 PM
8 kazoos, 12 paper-and comb, 6 swanee whistles and the rest on improvised percussion made from kitchen implements?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on June 22, 2012, 03:21:31 PM
and now, the world's most intimidating pedal board...

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrv60ufEXL1qag57co1_1280.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 22, 2012, 03:31:28 PM
Now that's a big Twinky.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on June 22, 2012, 03:39:11 PM
I'd like to see some guitarists deal with a pedal board like this...

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UkVmBTeLSJU/T36_Am0_WbI/AAAAAAAAFXk/XQyFJocGISg/s1600/redbutton.gif)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2012, 12:22:11 AM
and now, the world's most intimidating pedal board...

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lrv60ufEXL1qag57co1_1280.jpg)

It's really not. I've seen worse... somewhere...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2012, 12:22:50 AM
...improvised percussion made from kitchen implements...

That's what we did with Leon on the Manning album.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on June 23, 2012, 12:24:54 AM
Seriously looking at this bit of kit.

The Fishman Aura Spectrum (for acoustic guitars or electrics with piezo pickups in them)
(http://www.fishman.com/img/gallery_images/328_medium.jpg)

This is box that once again shows that technology and witchcraft sometimes go hand in hand. It's not a modelling unit in the strictest sense of the word. At it's most basic level, if you are using an under saddle pickup in your acoustic, the Aura makes it sound as if it's been played through a microphone instead. This box almost entirely eliminates the familiar piezo top end 'quack' you often hear when you just DI into an amp or PA.

The results on propper acoustic guitars are...astonishing.

You can now effectively get realistic acoustic sounds for both live and recording through the jack socket in your electro acoustic guitar. It's not utterly perfect but certainly if you are using an acoustic on stage or as part of a full mix recording, you probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

Ooooh... Yeah... Mmm...

(http://im.glogster.com/media/2/5/27/77/5277783.gif)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on June 23, 2012, 06:05:09 PM
I like that it has a setting called "dreadnought".


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 25, 2012, 09:30:45 AM
Just in case anyone wishes to recreate the Battle of Jutland at a moment's notice.


Title: Re: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on June 25, 2012, 09:31:30 AM
Lou Reed did that. Twice.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 25, 2012, 09:35:30 AM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Neville1308 on June 27, 2012, 06:05:22 PM
Today is our 14th wedding anniversary.  When I arrived home from work, I was presented with this:

(http://i1247.photobucket.com/albums/gg634/Nev1308/IMAG0007.jpg)

Obviously, being our anniversary, I can't really play with it today.  But it is something to look forward to messing about with.

I am currently cooking dinner (hopefully it will turn out OK).  Then we'll be watching the Spain match.  I can't believe it.  My dad has turned Mrs Nev into a footie fan   :o  :o ::)  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on June 28, 2012, 10:03:31 AM
Congrats both on your wedding anniversary and your new toy sir.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on August 09, 2012, 11:50:48 AM
Article from The Telegraph about "The quest for higher quality digital music"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9462448/The-quest-for-higher-quality-digital-music.html



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 09, 2012, 12:20:52 PM
I like that this kind of debate is still able to ignite some level of interest amongst the wider public. It's an interesting article but this subject matter is the stuff of nightmares once you try and mix science, art and opinion. For example, I believe that Mastered for iTunes as a format is simply another marketing tool designed to make us rebuy (again) what we already have owned for years.

Just in the same way that everybody believes they have excellent taste in music, huge swathes of audiofiles have made up their mind long before they come to debate the matter with others. As a result (and because I know I could care more about this), I try to remain on the sidelines for the sake of my blood pressure.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 09, 2012, 12:31:38 PM
I will happily watch TV drama on a small screen, but some films (such as Batman or Prometheus) require that extra resolution, whatever their artistic quality, the visual and acoustic quality demands IMAX. So it is with music, some music requires the acoustic depth that listening on decent speakers to an uncompressed source, while some stuff is just iPod music.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on August 09, 2012, 01:05:25 PM
I agree the most with the people in the comments who said the first thing you should do if you care about audio quality is throw away those crappy Apple headphones.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 09, 2012, 01:27:32 PM
Having those white headphiones should be a capital offence - well at least I was offended by them when I lived in London.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 09, 2012, 01:45:23 PM
I must thank Bert however for bringing the article to attention. It was well worth a read so cheers mate.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 10, 2012, 07:11:14 PM
I agree the most with the people in the comments who said the first thing you should do if you care about audio quality is throw away those crappy Apple headphones.

Here here!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on August 15, 2012, 11:38:55 AM
A friend of mine who I know from the world of MotoGP is looking for help to record his Chapman stick to his mac.  Here are is tweets from earlier:

Anyone record guitar or bass to Mac? What's your favourite preamp or audio interface hardware?

Need something to get the best out of this :-) There was a photo of his chapman stick

Currently looking at the likes of Avid Mbox, ART Tube MP etc…. all suggestions welcome.

The Stick outputs in stereo; 5 bass strings on 1 channel, 5 melody strings on the other & it's passive setup - look forward to tips!

So if anyone has any advice for Gareth you tweet him @garethbouch or post it here and I'll send him a link to the thread, thanks :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2012, 12:10:25 PM
I think the only advice I feel confident enough to give is stay away from Avid's Mboxes. They're temperamental, awkward little f*ckers and that goes for Avid's software and Avid in general.

I'm sure Simon, Wilf and Bert would be able to advise on what to go for instead.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 15, 2012, 12:46:56 PM
Ableton Live is a great starting DAW. That or Reason 6. As for breakout I/O boxes, Mouse is right. Stay away from the Avid and M-Audio products. They are much too Pro Tools-centric.


http://www.ableton.com (http://www.ableton.com)

http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason (http://www.propellerheads.se/products/reason)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on August 15, 2012, 12:51:23 PM
I think the only advice I feel confident enough to give is stay away from Avid's Mboxes. They're temperamental, awkward little f*ckers and that goes for Avid's software and Avid in general.

I'm sure Simon, Wilf and Bert would be able to advise on what to go for instead.  :)

Hey ! Don't bring me into it !  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 15, 2012, 12:52:19 PM
My current weapon of choice has two inputs, which can be used as a stereo pair (the hardware is identical), so would be suitable from a hardware perspective - Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6:

(http://www.audiopronews.com/media/2011/04/native-instruments-komplete-audio-6.jpg)

The way to do the job would probably be to get two XLR to quarter-inch jack leads (assuming the Stick uses quarter inch sockets), one into each of the two inputs.

The drivers are cross-platform, and a brief glance through the NI web site suggests that the hardware is compatible with all versions of OSX. I couldn't tell you from experience, though, as I've only used it with a PC.

I agree with Simon about DAWs - Live and Reason (particularly with version 6) are both superb, though if he's using a Mac, he may want to see if Garage Band is enough for what he wants to do - it's a lot cheaper!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2012, 12:59:30 PM
How much is one of those, Wilf? A long term plan of mine is to replace my Pro Tools occupancy with something easier, simpler and cheaper for me to use to record with.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 15, 2012, 01:36:09 PM
I paid about £190 for it, from memory - not the cheapest on the market, but very easy to set up and use, and the sound quality is superb.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 15, 2012, 04:27:04 PM
Cheers, sir. Useful info is useful.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 16, 2012, 08:45:07 AM
I might have something you can use Mouse and it'll be for free.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 16, 2012, 08:52:47 AM
(http://img4-2.realsimple.timeinc.net/images/New_Uses/2012/musical-parchment-paper_300.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 16, 2012, 08:53:53 AM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 16, 2012, 09:37:31 AM
Aw, I was hoping for...

(http://welldonefillet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/grapefruit-spoons.gif)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on August 16, 2012, 10:19:53 AM
I probably should have warned Gareth when I gave him the link to this thread that it wasn't likely to remain on topic for long :D

So if your reading this Gareth now you know ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 16, 2012, 10:59:53 AM
Actually, Mouse, what you need is one of these...

http://www.kazoos.com/store/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=KK&Product_Code=HBEK&Category_Code=ELECTRIC

 ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 16, 2012, 12:11:07 PM
Want one.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on August 16, 2012, 12:27:38 PM
Aw, I was hoping for...

(http://welldonefillet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/grapefruit-spoons.gif)
Caravan had a electronic version.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on August 16, 2012, 03:05:44 PM
Aw, I was hoping for...

(http://welldonefillet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/grapefruit-spoons.gif)
Caravan had a electronic version.
...and Thieves Kitchen have a prog version...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on August 16, 2012, 03:40:26 PM
Aw, I was hoping for...

(http://welldonefillet.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/grapefruit-spoons.gif)
Caravan had a electronic version.
...and Thieves Kitchen have a prog version...

Did they use ladles?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on August 16, 2012, 06:16:14 PM
I read that as "ladies"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 16, 2012, 06:17:20 PM
And the answer would be 'No. They are in a Prog band.'


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on August 16, 2012, 07:29:28 PM
Or - they are too old to remember what to do.  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 17, 2012, 02:31:57 AM
I'm a lady...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 17, 2012, 06:02:28 AM
I'm a lady...
You've got time...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on August 17, 2012, 09:39:52 AM
Oooh nicely done Pedders.  8)

But Catherine is right, she is lady.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on August 17, 2012, 10:23:39 AM
That's once, twice... I'm waiting....


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on August 17, 2012, 10:43:13 AM
Am I three times a lady, then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on August 17, 2012, 06:35:45 PM
Third time lucky, eh.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on August 18, 2012, 08:36:11 AM
Am I three times a lady, then?
No, you look like you are a healthy weight for your height. :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 10, 2012, 09:49:21 PM
I recently got Lightroom installed to manage my many photos, and in addition to the management stuff it has some nice extras. I made a collage.

(http://i.imgur.com/R9AoSl.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on September 11, 2012, 01:32:37 AM
noice!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on September 11, 2012, 06:16:54 AM
Yes - I like that.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 11, 2012, 08:54:23 AM
Crikey, haven't we done a lot of stuff.

Lightroom looks excellent Bo. Was it expensive?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 11, 2012, 03:30:35 PM
Crikey, haven't we done a lot of stuff.

Lightroom looks excellent Bo. Was it expensive?

I upgraded so less than £50. I think new it is around £100.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 11, 2012, 03:32:26 PM
I'm guessing it's a standalone bit of software then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 11, 2012, 06:44:54 PM
Yes, but it integrates with external editors etc. It does have some good editing tools inbuilt. It is from Adobe makers of Photoshop.

You can watch a video about importing and organising your photos here. (http://tv.adobe.com/watch/getting-started-with-adobe-photoshop-lightroom-4/lightroom-4-importing-and-organizing-your-images/)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on September 11, 2012, 06:57:18 PM
the majority of my photos are edited in Lightroom and it's what I use to keep my catalogue somewhat organised


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on September 11, 2012, 09:12:40 PM
It is quite good. I even managed to trick it so I can have my catalogue on my NAS and use several machines to manage it. My main catalogue is over 100 000 photos and it is still pretty responsive.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 12, 2012, 08:27:17 AM
So it'll handle the nine photos I have on my iPhone then?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on September 12, 2012, 12:29:50 PM
Shouldn't be a problem, particularly as they're all of the same pair of girl's pants hanging on the washing line next door.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 12, 2012, 01:23:19 PM
All but one are yes.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on September 12, 2012, 02:17:11 PM
Is the other one a photo of your own pants for comparison purposes?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on September 12, 2012, 02:20:35 PM
no - it's the same pants, now in Simon's house,


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on September 13, 2012, 08:49:01 AM
Dang! People here know me so well.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 05, 2012, 10:02:22 AM
I want this. The 2012 American Standard Natural Ash Telecaster.

(http://www.kosmic.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/m/amstdtashmn_1.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on October 05, 2012, 10:34:35 AM
I'm selling my Canon 5D it's served me well but it's my 7D I use mostly and I will replace the 5D with another camera most likely another full frame camera but one with video capability as well so at least then I have two small form factor camera's capable of shooting video so that I won't have to borrow video camera's from work when I need multiple camera's.

I've had one enquiry so far after putting it up for sale on twitter and facebook


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 05, 2012, 10:56:31 AM
I want this. The 2012 American Standard Natural Ash Telecaster.

(http://www.kosmic.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/m/amstdtashmn_1.jpg)

It's too early for guitar porn. But still... ding dong...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 05, 2012, 03:33:15 PM
 ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on October 09, 2012, 02:20:13 PM
Here's a top tip - shouting at Pro Tools actually makes it work.  ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 09, 2012, 02:34:26 PM
Duly noted sir. Every little bit of advice helps.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 10, 2012, 01:14:21 PM
Here's a top tip - shouting at Pro Tools actually makes it work.  ::)
:D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 11, 2012, 05:18:28 PM
Does anyone on here (looks pointedly at Matt) have a Vox VDL-1? Or have experience of it? My younger boy is rather fancying one.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 13, 2012, 08:41:07 AM
Silence...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 13, 2012, 10:21:28 AM
It's got some rather good reviews.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Pedro on October 14, 2012, 10:35:36 AM
I really want to get a looper...but whenever I look at them my gear-lust kicks-in and I end-up at the top off the Boss range looking at the RC300...then the price-tag kills the deal.
Maybe Santa will help...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 16, 2012, 10:01:03 AM
Does anyone on here (looks pointedly at Matt) have a Vox VDL-1? Or have experience of it? My younger boy is rather fancying one.
I've never used it (I have an Akia looper) and I know for a fact that Matt Stevens' looper pedal of choice is made by Line 6.


That said, the looper pedals are pretty similar nowadays in terms of functionality. May I ask what your sone wants to use it fo? I ask as I could give it a look online and see if there are any better or cheaper alternatives out there based upon what he wants to do with it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 16, 2012, 10:27:18 AM
And I will deal with Simon's consultancy fee for this service  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 16, 2012, 10:46:00 AM
Er, he wants to use it for looping. Duh!

I believe the functionality he is most interested in is the straight "record a bit of something, then play it back (same speed) and play something else over it" but the effects are interesting as well. He's got a Boss multi-effect-y thingy which is, apparently, getting a bit tired now, and fancies the effects on the Vox pedal. I can't remember the model of the Boss one, but it was about £100 about 4/5 years ago.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 16, 2012, 11:43:47 AM
Sorry Catherine, I should have been more specific. Is your son going to use the looper for live work, studio work or a bit of both?

There are loads of looping pedals out there and most are configured for use live. The Vox certainly seems to be one that allows you a lot of flexibility building up loops but as it lacks a USB connection, there is no direct digital transfer of the looped audio. That means the only way you can record sounds is via the audio out. Although not a disaster, it does mean it's limited to the simple 'hit record and play' methodology.

If that is all your son is interested in then it's a great pedal but if he's out live and wants to capture something he's played, then he'll be out of luck (unless he's got a recording device hooked up all the time naturally).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on October 16, 2012, 01:20:45 PM
He's largely wanting it for music practice and composition purposes. He's not really got into studio stuff yet (which is a relief because that could get REALLY expensive) and is wanting it to help with his GCSE composition exercise in which he has to produce some music for 2 instruments - most likely 2 guitars. That, and for a bit of fun!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on October 16, 2012, 02:02:57 PM
most likely 2 guitars.

two slightly distorted guitars?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 16, 2012, 02:11:41 PM
Is one of them so distorted that it is a grand piano ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on October 16, 2012, 02:57:53 PM
He's largely wanting it for music practice and composition purposes. He's not really got into studio stuff yet (which is a relief because that could get REALLY expensive) and is wanting it to help with his GCSE composition exercise in which he has to produce some music for 2 instruments - most likely 2 guitars. That, and for a bit of fun!

I summon Matt Stevens! *does Matt Stevens summoning dance*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on October 16, 2012, 03:30:42 PM
He's largely wanting it for music practice and composition purposes. He's not really got into studio stuff yet (which is a relief because that could get REALLY expensive) and is wanting it to help with his GCSE composition exercise in which he has to produce some music for 2 instruments - most likely 2 guitars. That, and for a bit of fun!

I summon Matt Stevens! *does Matt Stevens summoning dance*

ooh, what does that look like?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2012, 03:32:48 PM
(http://www.urban75.org/blog/images/st-george-morris-dancers-london-07.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 16, 2012, 03:52:03 PM
Nice hats.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on October 16, 2012, 04:19:56 PM
It's the bells that give the warning.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on October 16, 2012, 04:27:14 PM
Morris dancers wearing bells dates back to olden times, when they were forced to don them by an Act of Parliament - for much the same reasons as plague houses had markings daubed on their doors.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 17, 2012, 09:07:06 AM
He's largely wanting it for music practice and composition purposes. He's not really got into studio stuff yet (which is a relief because that could get REALLY expensive) and is wanting it to help with his GCSE composition exercise in which he has to produce some music for 2 instruments - most likely 2 guitars. That, and for a bit of fun!
In that case, the Vox looks pretty good if he's willing to use the analog line out rather than a USB connection to record.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: benb on October 17, 2012, 09:10:21 AM
Looking to get a flanger pedal for bass & wondering if anyone can help with recommendations?
Possibly looking at other effects for later on as up to now i've never used anything.
Sound i'm thinking of is similar to the start of Waiying For An Alibi by Thin Lizzy


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 17, 2012, 09:18:32 AM
If we had any bassists round here they could probably help.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 17, 2012, 09:22:33 AM
Looking to get a flanger pedal for bass & wondering if anyone can help with recommendations?
Possibly looking at other effects for later on as up to now i've never used anything.
Sound i'm thinking of is similar to the start of Waiying For An Alibi by Thin Lizzy
I'm sure Paul might chime in on this but for what it's woth, I worked with a bass player a while back who used an MXR flanger and it sounded great. There was a real growl to the pedal which appealed to me. This is the cheaper micro version which probably works just as well.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Io8QGFMDL.Image._AA300_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003AYNFRS/ref=asc_df_B003AYNFRS10157380?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B003AYNFRS (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003AYNFRS/ref=asc_df_B003AYNFRS10157380?smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&tag=googlecouk06-21&linkCode=asn&creative=22206&creativeASIN=B003AYNFRS)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: benb on October 17, 2012, 09:28:24 AM
Cheers Simon,that looks like it could do the job nicely. 8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on October 17, 2012, 10:46:15 AM
No probs sir.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Paul on October 18, 2012, 07:11:40 AM
Chiming in! Except as I don't use and have rarely used pedals for affecting my bass on stage, I have no idea what is best, though the one Simon suggests looks as good  as any. I've used effects in the past, but they have been multi effect units, not single pedals.
Not very helpful, sorry.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on October 18, 2012, 07:39:08 AM
If we had any bassists round here they could probably help.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: benb on October 18, 2012, 08:35:44 AM
Cheers Paul.Have never used anything at all before myself


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 02:43:25 AM
Sonic Reality are putting out a Nick Mason drum plug-in. They recorded Nick on his kit with all the old gear they would've used at Abbey Road on Dark Side, so it would sound all vintage, like. Oh, and Alan Parsons engineered it. Me wantee very much.

Sonic Reality are the same chaps who did the Neil Peart drums last year, which is one I also want. Couple these two sets with something like Addictive Drums and I reckon you wouldn't feel the need to pay out to record live drums anytime soon.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2012, 08:14:48 AM
You haven't needed live drums for ages, surely? It strikes me that what you need is a decent set of samples (plenty of them around) and a drummer who can either (a) do the electronic drums/MIDI thing or (b) program into a sequencer and you're in business.

It's hard for a prole like me to tell the difference these days, to be honest.  I can remember reading the credits on Guy's Number Ten album, where he and Andy T. are listed on "drums" - my first thought was "so those two clever buggers are decent drummers too, then".


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on November 11, 2012, 01:15:40 PM
this is the Flanger I use for my bass;

http://www.tcelectronic.com/vortex.asp


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 11, 2012, 04:23:41 PM
OK, how many of have the latest versions of numerous DAWs (Live, Reason etc), multiple soft-synths, plug-ins etc and have yet to produce more than sketches or doodles of musical composition? Oh.... just me then. Early New Year's resolution is to create an actual full track. I've been eyeing up Live 9 but what's the point?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 11, 2012, 04:28:50 PM
OK, how many of have the latest versions of numerous DAWs (Live, Reason etc), multiple soft-synths, plug-ins etc and have yet to produce more than sketches or doodles of musical composition? Oh.... just me then.
Nope - no-one on this forum has ;)
Quote
I've been eyeing up Live 9 but what's the point?
Particularly as the thieving bastards are asking for a lot for an upgrade from 8 - €129 for Live 9 Standard, €199 for Suite 9.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Prog Cat on November 11, 2012, 04:33:48 PM
OK, how many of have the latest versions of numerous DAWs (Live, Reason etc), multiple soft-synths, plug-ins etc and have yet to produce more than sketches or doodles of musical composition? Oh.... just me then.
Nope - no-one on this forum has ;)
Quote
I've been eyeing up Live 9 but what's the point?
Particularly as the thieving bastards are asking for a lot for an upgrade from 8 - €129 for Live 9 Standard, €199 for Suite 9.
Yeah sweet! (suite).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 11, 2012, 05:24:13 PM
My main weapon in my quest to play and create music recently has simply been my acoustic guitar. After being constantly infuriated by the awkwardness of Pro Tools and the lack of resources with Cubase (and a drought of my own patience), I've made good progress with my own ideas by just strumming them out on the Taylor (and then thrashing them out on the Strat when it's late at night and everyone's in bed). Once I get happy enough with the ideas as a whole, I'll make sure to deploy the field recorder to make a few shaky demos and then see how to develop them from there.

I've been trying out a few covers as well in preparation for an open mic night, should the opportunity arise.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on November 12, 2012, 05:20:39 PM
Good on you Mouse. That's exactly how Godfrey Major got started...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 13, 2012, 09:30:57 AM
There are only two bits of advice I'd ever give to improve any musician's chops and songwriting skills; 1 - Learn to play the drums and 2 - Play as many open mic nights as you possibly can. Both will improve your music by an order of magnitude.

There is a third element which could guarantee a high profile professional career in music but very few people are able to meet the exacting physical and debauched mental standards required to sleep with prog impresario Stephen Lambe.

Lord knows we've tried  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on November 13, 2012, 04:31:57 PM
Poor Lambsie, I thought he had rather a drawn, hunted look these days...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on November 15, 2012, 01:00:55 PM
I have tried the route of songwriting through the most advanced synth setups, automation hell and all you could ever imagine, but that always fails.
A cup of tea and a piano wins every time. You don't get stuck tweaking and losing sight of the big picture after working for 11 hours on bar 5 in the project window with 100 tracks and still no actual song.
I like to write the old fashioned way of just playing chords and humming melodies. Sometimes even writing on paper, now that I've learned the basics of that.

Also, a lot of good ideas appear in the shower. Such a great place to sing. :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 15, 2012, 11:53:38 PM
Some acoustic songs I practiced today were Faith (an instrumental version of the Marillion song), Weak Machine (with apologies to the band) and Wot's... Uh, The Deal (Pink Floyd).

Anyway, here's something I'm posting just to annoy Simon 'cos I know he likes Telecasters:

(http://yfrog.com/scaled/landing/615/gu9gxm.jpg)

T'is an FRS Fender Tele Thinline Super Deluxe. I like the look of it lots.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on November 16, 2012, 10:29:35 AM
That's a beauty!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 16, 2012, 10:51:59 AM
Yes that is beautiful Mouse. Will you be purchasing it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 16, 2012, 12:39:41 PM
What do you think? I'm the (bi)polar opposite of the Monopoly man.  :P


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on November 16, 2012, 03:01:46 PM
I've always really desired the Thinline Tele that Simple Mind's Charlie Burchill sported at the Mandella concert back in the 80s. The chime sound he got from that guitar is second only to that of Andy Summers during Walking On The Moon. Note the active EMG pickups which were ubiquitous at the time.

You can keep your million mile an hour solos. The most perfect sound a guitar can ever produce is that of a well articulated chord.

(http://media.soundonsound.com/images/forum/www_simpleminds_org_uk_guitarist1991_1.jpg.png)

(http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/3189/cburchillteleba5.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 26, 2012, 10:06:25 PM
The Korg Polysix - the sound upon which much 80s prog was based - now available as an iPad app (http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/26/korg-ipolysix-synth-app-for-ipad/).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 10:16:46 PM
Oh, great.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 26, 2012, 10:22:40 PM
Yes, because what the world really needs right now are more neo-f*cking-prog bands.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 26, 2012, 10:23:50 PM
Word.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on November 27, 2012, 07:33:37 AM
You're both just jealous. Or something.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 27, 2012, 08:49:59 AM
I'm really not jealous of bands who only have two set speeds and rhythms - 'menacing' 4/4 stompy rhythm and 'galloping' 4/4 Market Square Heroes rhythm.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on November 27, 2012, 09:40:11 AM
What about the "forget the rhythm..listen to that keyboard widdle".


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on November 27, 2012, 09:42:00 AM
Squirrel !!!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on November 27, 2012, 09:43:22 AM
They don't play keyboards (or ipads).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on November 27, 2012, 10:30:51 AM
(http://www.vutrax.co.uk/imgofday/20110527_d35_20110424_1716_044_fb4%20squirrel%20pianist%20at%20his%20woodland%20keyboard%20(crop)(r+mb%20id@576).jpg)

This one thinks it's Jan Hammer.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 05:17:20 PM
From Sound On Sound on Facebook...

Quote
Focusrite have announced the launch of their Scarlett Studio bundle, which they say is a full home-studio kit, including mic, headphones, audio interface, cables and software. Available later this month, they'll be priced at £199.99 including VAT in the UK, and MSRP $299.99 in the US (circa $249.99 at dealers). Full details are below, as copied/pasted from the Focusrite press release.

Leading professional audio interface manufacturer Focusrite has announced Scarlett Studio: a complete home studio kit with all the gear required to record pro-quality tracks, including a fully-featured music software suite. All you need is a Mac or PC!

KEY FEATURES:

• Studio-quality recording package for your Mac or PC: Scarlett Studio contains everything you need to make professional recordings with your computer
• Focusrite recording technology: The Scarlett 2i2 audio interface employs two of Focusrite’s award winning microphone preamps to record at the best quality in its class
• Microphone, headphones and cable included: High-quality CM25 condenser microphone and HP60 referencing headphones are included for studio-grade record and playback sound
• All the software you need to record and produce music: Includes Cubase LE 6 for recording and mixing, the Focusrite Scarlett plug-ins to add extra effects and processing, Bass Station soft-synth and Loopmasters sample pack
• Truly portable – no power supply: If you are using a laptop you can transport your studio in a backpack to your rehearsal space or venue with no need for a mains power supply
• Professional audio quality: Scarlett 2i2 offers 24-bit performance at up to 96kHz sampling, with better than 105dB dynamic range on record; better than 102dB on playback.

Built around the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB 2.0 audio interface, Scarlett Studio also includes the studio-grade CM25 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, an XLR cable, and a pair of HP60 monitoring headphones, all finished in stunning red regalia. The suite of recording, editing and processing software allows you to start making music straight out of the box.

The Scarlett 2i2's dual inputs are perfect for singer/songwriters and electronic music makers alike. The Scarlett Studio CM25 condenser microphone can be used to get a great vocal or acoustic guitar take, while electric guitars, electro-acoustic guitars, keyboards or other line-level instruments can be simultaneously recorded with the exceptional sound quality afforded by the award-winning Focusrite mic preamps. Scarlett 2i2 has TRS monitor outputs and a front-panel headphones outlet, each with dedicated level controls, and the zero-latency Direct Monitor mode makes tracking a breeze.

INDIVIDUAL BUNDLE COMPONENTS
Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface A two-in, two-out USB 2.0 audio interface that features a pair of award-winning Focusrite preamps, which enable you to capture superb quality recordings from both microphones and instruments. It features an attractive anodised aluminium case that both looks good in the studio and enables it to withstand the rigours of the road. Scarlett 2i2 offers professional 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion, plus class-leading analogue and digital circuit design from input to output to ensure pristine audio quality throughout.

Scarlett Studio CM25 Microphone This tailored large-diaphragm electret condenser microphone gives you an excellent sound on all sources, from vocals to violins to guitar amps, thanks to its cardioid pickup pattern and frequency response of 30Hz to 20kHz. A quality 3m XLR-XLR microphone cable is also included.

Scarlett Studio HP60 Headphones Reference-quality 60Ω headphones with large drivers and a closed-back design allow you to monitor mixes accurately and overdub vocals and instruments with minimum spill. An extended frequency response of 10Hz to 30kHz ensures you hear all elements in your mix.

Scarlett Studio Software Suite Focusrite has teamed up with Steinberg to include Cubase LE 6 music production software. Record up to 16 tracks of audio and 24 tracks of MIDI, and run VST audio instruments and effects, such as the compressor, reverb, gate and EQ processors included in the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle. Novation's Bass Station soft synth is also included, as well as over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/553113_578649942149498_485737872_n.jpg)

What do we think, gear-minded peeps?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 03, 2013, 05:36:08 PM
also want this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66AEYRXiVnA)

this would probably get me to buy an iPad.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 03, 2013, 05:37:50 PM
What do we think, gear-minded peeps?
That's an amazingly good deal for the money. Focusrite kit has a good reputation. As long as the box has ASIO drivers for those of us addicted to Windows, it should work very well - specially as you get Cubase LE bundled, which is a capable bit of kit (they teach with it in most of our schools).


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 03, 2013, 05:40:14 PM
also want this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66AEYRXiVnA)

this would probably get me to buy an iPad.
That does look very nifty. I don't really understand it, as a I don't read music ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 03, 2013, 05:52:44 PM
...and while we're on a gear kick, my dear old APC 40 is whole again. A big thank you to my good friend Bhavin, who can do things with soldering irons, and to eBay, where I was able to get a replacement fader.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/04/ave9ede6.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 09:24:43 PM
What do we think, gear-minded peeps?
That's an amazingly good deal for the money. Focusrite kit has a good reputation. As long as the box has ASIO drivers for those of us addicted to Windows, it should work very well - specially as you get Cubase LE bundled, which is a capable bit of kit (they teach with it in most of our schools).

If I get a job, this would be something I'd look to get for the laptop before looking at building a larger, full purpose desktop machine.

The Scarlett would make me feel... indestructible.  8)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 03, 2013, 09:31:14 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/01/04/3e4epura.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 03, 2013, 09:50:26 PM
O O


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 04, 2013, 08:36:27 AM
Gosh, that's tempting...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Jim on January 04, 2013, 10:52:33 AM
... and 'galloping' 4/4 Market Square Heroes rhythm.

Is now a good or bad time to point out that MSH is in 6/8, not 4/4?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: James_H on January 04, 2013, 10:57:57 AM
... and 'galloping' 4/4 Market Square Heroes rhythm.

Is now a good or bad time to point out that MSH is in 6/8, not 4/4?

Oh, there's never a good time to tell Mouse he's wrong.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 04, 2013, 10:58:23 AM
He's probably thinking of them as triplets.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 04, 2013, 11:39:32 AM
He's probably thinking of them as triplets.

Yep. It was something I'd thought upon when I was first getting into this stuff and hadn't felt the need to review it since.

... and 'galloping' 4/4 Market Square Heroes rhythm.

Is now a good or bad time to point out that MSH is in 6/8, not 4/4?

Oh, there's never a good time to tell Mouse he's wrong.

I'm used to it. I am clearly wrong all the time.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 04, 2013, 12:08:33 PM
Not true - and that last statement proves it.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 06, 2013, 02:46:50 PM
... and 'galloping' 4/4 Market Square Heroes rhythm.

Is now a good or bad time to point out that MSH is in 6/8, not 4/4?

Oh, there's never a good time to tell Mouse he's wrong

Au contraire  ;)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 07, 2013, 10:08:07 AM
What do we think, gear-minded peeps?
That's an amazingly good deal for the money. Focusrite kit has a good reputation. As long as the box has ASIO drivers for those of us addicted to Windows, it should work very well - specially as you get Cubase LE bundled, which is a capable bit of kit (they teach with it in most of our schools).
Seconded. This looks like an excellent package. Just check how easily it can export audio to other DAWs.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2013, 10:10:42 AM
That's all pretty straightforward in Cubase - you can create individual audio stems on the fly and save them as WAV files (and, I think, FLAC, though if you can do WAVs I've no idea why you'd want to!)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 10:50:21 AM
Yeah, Page 101.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 07, 2013, 10:55:30 AM
That's all pretty straightforward in Cubase - you can create individual audio stems on the fly and save them as WAV files (and, I think, FLAC, though if you can do WAVs I've no idea why you'd want to!)
I hope that's offline export as opposed to that dumb realtime crap that Pro Tools offers. The vast majority of my file format conversion takes place using ACID Pro 7.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2013, 11:17:37 AM
lol...yes indeed. Cubase is remarkably flexible considering it's not that pricey. Though I've been hearing Bad Things about Cubase 7, mostly around stability.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 07, 2013, 12:43:46 PM
I swear to god that if I wan't so heavily invested in both time and money concerning Pro Tools, I'd dump the bloody thing for something more modern.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2013, 01:07:26 PM
That's the problem with software, isn't it? Ableton Live is probably not the first choice of most podcasters, but I've paid for it, and I know my way around it.

It's not just music software, either - Word is a prime example of how familiarity can dictate popularity.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 01:53:06 PM
Word.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 07, 2013, 02:32:22 PM
you guys excel.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 07, 2013, 02:38:19 PM
Access-all-areas?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 07, 2013, 03:44:05 PM
The slapping machine hasn't been used in 2013 yet has it?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 07, 2013, 03:45:45 PM
I feel it may soon be powered up and pointed...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 03:48:02 PM
I've been hearing bad things about Slapping Machine 7.

 ::)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 07, 2013, 04:04:23 PM
no no Slapping machine 7 is the good one. It's Slapping Machine 8 no-one likes...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Trace on January 07, 2013, 05:22:55 PM
Is that the steam-powered version?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 07, 2013, 07:48:46 PM
It's the one with drawing pins super-glued to the slapper.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 09:37:52 PM
And which one of you girls is the slapper ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 07, 2013, 10:54:49 PM
"Surgeons worked throughout the night to remove a slapping machine from Spambot's throat"


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 07, 2013, 11:24:22 PM
And which one of you girls is the slapper ?

You are, sweetie.  :-*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 07, 2013, 11:25:35 PM
"Surgeons worked throughout the night to remove a slapping machine from Spambot's throat"

I'd have shoved it somewhere where the sun don't shine. Drawing pins and all.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 07, 2013, 11:29:51 PM
And which one of you girls is the slapper ?

You are sweet.  :-*

Thank you.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 12:18:17 AM
That's all pretty straightforward in Cubase - you can create individual audio stems on the fly and save them as WAV files (and, I think, FLAC, though if you can do WAVs I've no idea why you'd want to!)
I hope that's offline export as opposed to that dumb realtime crap that Pro Tools offers. The vast majority of my file format conversion takes place using ACID Pro 7.

Yeah, my dodgy copy of Cubase SSX 3 manages it. Export as WAV, a few seconds later, done. Quick, easy.

I do like the simplicity and 'obvious' layout of Cubase. It doesn't feel as professional as PT, so to speak, but at least you don't have to earn your right to use it from the AVID (more like LIVID) deities.

If I could figure out / remember how to get my MBox to work with Cubase (it worked once, never again since - definitely an AVID product, innit), it would make life so much easier.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 08, 2013, 09:15:38 AM
"Surgeons worked throughout the night to remove a slapping machine from Spambot's throat"

I'd have shoved it somewhere where the sun don't shine. Drawing pins and all.  ;D

Well it probably didn't start in his throat...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 08, 2013, 10:18:01 AM

Yeah, my dodgy copy of Cubase SSX 3 manages it. Export as WAV, a few seconds later, done. Quick, easy.

I do like the simplicity and 'obvious' layout of Cubase. It doesn't feel as professional as PT, so to speak, but at least you don't have to earn your right to use it from the AVID (more like LIVID) deities.

If I could figure out / remember how to get my MBox to work with Cubase (it worked once, never again since - definitely an AVID product, innit), it would make life so much easier.
Using AVID products is the audio equivalent of feudal government. If you have the cash to spend, life is easy, fun and interesting. If you haven't, your existence is a day to day struggle for survival under almost impossible conditions.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 08, 2013, 10:20:15 AM

Yeah, my dodgy copy of Cubase SSX 3 manages it. Export as WAV, a few seconds later, done. Quick, easy.

I do like the simplicity and 'obvious' layout of Cubase. It doesn't feel as professional as PT, so to speak, but at least you don't have to earn your right to use it from the AVID (more like LIVID) deities.

If I could figure out / remember how to get my MBox to work with Cubase (it worked once, never again since - definitely an AVID product, innit), it would make life so much easier.
Using AVID products is the audio equivalent of feudal government. If you have the cash to spend, life is easy, fun and interesting. If you haven't, your existence is a day to day struggle for survival under almost impossible conditions.

That is an excellent description.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 08, 2013, 10:33:43 AM
Thank you. It is this very reason why I have never full abandoned ACID Pro (I've upgraded to the latest version 7 very recently) and also why I'll be jumping to a Mac to try Logic Pro in the future.

Choosing to use Pro Tools AND a PC is possibly the worst combined choice I've ever made as a studio musician and it has been a consistantly miserable and desperate experience these 8-10 years past. I recognise however that it was one made simply because I didn't have the cash to do anything else.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 11:21:22 AM
I think choosing PT back when I was in college was, in hindsight, a mistake. Maybe I should've invested in a proper, up to date copy of Cubase which I know would've worked on a laptop as crappy as mine.

That's why I took such an interest in that Focusrite bundle. And if it wasn't for some of the neat little plug-ins like the Mini Grand and the DB-33, I would've probably uninstalled PT a while ago.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on January 08, 2013, 12:21:59 PM
Just popped on to say I got a Kaossilator 2 from santa. Still exploring it's facilities, but with improved drum patches, two simultaneous loops, the ability to crossfade between them and an on board micro SD to record everything it's looking like a fun acessory.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 08, 2013, 12:23:00 PM
I need google translate for this thread.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 12:24:58 PM
Just popped on to say I got a Kaossilator 2 from santa. Still exploring it's facilities, but with improved drum patches, two simultaneous loops, the ability to crossfade between them and an on board micro SD to record everything it's looking like a fun acessory.

Those Kaoss pads are really great tools for manipulating sound live. Sounds like you're having fun, Brom.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on January 08, 2013, 12:33:34 PM
Just popped on to say I got a Kaossilator 2 from santa. Still exploring it's facilities, but with improved drum patches, two simultaneous loops, the ability to crossfade between them and an on board micro SD to record everything it's looking like a fun acessory.

Those Kaoss pads are really great tools for manipulating sound live. Sounds like you're having fun, Brom.  :)

As a dedicated improvisor/jammer they are so much fun - teamed up with a kaosspad the possibilities are endless. - but this comes with a penalty - after two hours of fiddling you have created a miriad of sounds and saved nowt.
Two notes to self : Press "record" every time and tell yerself off for the incorrect use of apostrophe in the last post!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 08, 2013, 12:34:12 PM
Choosing to use Pro Tools AND a PC is possibly the worst combined choice I've ever made as a studio musician and it has been a consistantly miserable and desperate experience these 8-10 years past. I recognise however that it was one made simply because I didn't have the cash to do anything else.
I see where you're coming from...though I still think the PC is a robust platform for music production - though perhaps not with Pro Tools!

Been tinkering with Logic Pro for a little while now, and although it's simple to use and has a lot of power I don't know if it's really got anything to commend it over Ableton Live. I'm very much looking forward to the release of Live 9, which has a whole bunch of useful stuff like a 'glue' compressor, better visuals for the EQ, compressors and gates (that's one area where Live is a bit rubbish at the moment) and a rather natty-looking suite of audio-to-MIDI tools.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img651/1008/33237772.png)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 08, 2013, 12:35:45 PM
Just popped on to say I got a Kaossilator 2 from santa.
The iKaossilator for iPad is quite fun, too.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2013, 12:39:59 PM
Adobe are giving away their old CS2 suite for free if anyone's interested: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/index.html


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 01:41:47 PM
Oh, Vienna.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Uncle Bulgaria on January 08, 2013, 02:11:44 PM
Excellent - if I ever have to ditch my copy of Master Suite CS5 I will make sure I've got those installers and serials stored somewhere.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 08, 2013, 02:44:23 PM
I see where you're coming from...though I still think the PC is a robust platform for music production - though perhaps not with Pro Tools!
I agree with you but sadly I have to admit that Pro Tools is what I know and the only place it appears to work well is on the Mac platform. Due to the financial investment in the DAW over the years, it is simply not economically viable for me to jump to a new boat this late in the day. As a result (and after having exhausted all other avenues), an iMac or Mac Pro laptop with an external screen is where I will be going next.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 08, 2013, 10:25:34 PM
You'll have to start selling your body to afford one of them.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 08, 2013, 10:26:48 PM
Selling it a lot.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Brom on January 09, 2013, 08:02:36 AM
Just popped on to say I got a Kaossilator 2 from santa.
The iKaossilator for iPad is quite fun, too.

Thanks for the reminder, I meant to look into the iversion a while ago. Apparently it works "Seamlessly" with the KO2 so we'll have to see... if my pocket money this week can stretch to £13.00 for the app download.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 16, 2013, 02:21:13 PM
Here's a nice little article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/17/the-hobbit-soundtrack-london-philharmonic) about the making of the soundtrack to The Hobbit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 16, 2013, 02:51:54 PM
cool.  I love all the special features on the LOTR extended versions, especially the sound and music features.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 16, 2013, 02:57:26 PM
Here's a nice little article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/17/the-hobbit-soundtrack-london-philharmonic) about the making of the soundtrack to The Hobbit.

"Basically, we copied Vaughan Williams."


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on January 16, 2013, 02:57:51 PM
Was he a hobbit?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on January 16, 2013, 02:58:10 PM
Here's a nice little article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/17/the-hobbit-soundtrack-london-philharmonic) about the making of the soundtrack to The Hobbit.

'This article was amended on 17 December 2012. The original said that The Hobbit was shot at 48 frames per minute, instead of 48 per second. This has been corrected.'

 :D - Can you tell it's the Guardian?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 16, 2013, 03:06:13 PM
Was he a hobbit?
Or the musical equivalent of Tolkien (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Vaughan_Williams)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Bert on January 29, 2013, 02:55:55 PM
MIDI Not 30... yet...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/28/midi_merry_unbirthday/

Also, this has been causing a little stir in the podcast community (well, me, Wilf and Cliff anyway)

(http://www.dv247.com/assets/products/88776_p.jpg)

http://www.dv247.com/computer-hardware/akai-eie-pro-audio-interface--88776


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 29, 2013, 03:14:07 PM
that looks pretty sweet.  The Pro version just adds higher recording resolution.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 29, 2013, 03:14:10 PM
There was indeed some rigidity.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 29, 2013, 03:15:11 PM
It looks like it comes from a submarine, which is always good.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 29, 2013, 03:18:16 PM
that looks pretty sweet.  The Pro version just adds higher recording resolution.
It also gives you a bit more routing flexibility, Rog.

The entry-level version is driverless, which I can't get my head round at the moment. The Pro comes with drivers, which I'd always want, to be honest - that's probably part of the reason you've got better quality, together with an enhanced DAC.

At the price, it's an impressive bit of kit.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 29, 2013, 03:27:47 PM
Ah, I'm not seeing any hardware differences between the two.  and yes, it looks quite good!  i've got three different interfaces(all 2/2), two USB and one Firewire, and I thought I might experiment with using them all simultaneously.  not sure if it will work or not!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on January 29, 2013, 10:07:57 PM
Good luck - never managed to get that working, albeit I've not tried with a Mac.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 02:17:45 PM
Just downloaded this, seems pretty cool.  Will take awhile to figure out, but it's free!

Ignite - free music thingy (http://www.airmusictech.com/product/ignite)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 03:09:19 PM
I'm just getting a page of PHP errors at the moment...  ???


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 03:15:34 PM
hmm, weird.  maybe just try airmusictech.com


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 03:16:30 PM
Working now!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 03:16:49 PM
cool.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 31, 2013, 03:22:37 PM
It does look pretty neat and a nice way to get the bones of the idea down and kickstart the project. I like the idea of getting chord patters down. I believe Simon used a similar tool to this when he was making Little Keys, one of the Shineback bonus tracks. If I had an M-Audio MIDI keyboard, I'd be all over this. Thanks, Rog!  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 03:39:18 PM
cool!  glad you like it.  I have a bunch of the Oxygen 8 keyboards at school, so I'm all set, but I'm wondering if any midi keyboard will work?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 03:42:52 PM
It does.  I just hooked up a Casio PX-310 via a midi interface and it works fine.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 31, 2013, 05:06:50 PM
I have downloaded this thing and will now have to get a crappy midi keyboard.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 05:21:18 PM
Yeah, me too.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on January 31, 2013, 05:21:37 PM
yay!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on January 31, 2013, 07:08:47 PM
Yeah, me too.

I'm sure that we all look forward with interest to your solo album...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 07:33:52 PM
Played some minor 6ths with some flange on the Kawai on Monday.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: RobH on January 31, 2013, 07:42:57 PM
Don't you mean lower sixth?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on January 31, 2013, 07:46:14 PM
That's the standard of the lyrics.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on February 09, 2013, 11:11:21 AM
Bought myself another couple of basses  8) Custom Sandberg should arrive within the month and a 1978 Rick 4001 in Jet Glow, which I pick up within the next couple of weeks.

I figured as I'm now gigging regularly I should have pro-level instruments  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 09, 2013, 12:48:57 PM
Bloody Ricken- oh, wait, you don't do prog, do you? Excellent, carry on.  ;D

Seriously, they sound like great acquisitions, Andy. I bet you'll get one hell of a sound with them.  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Andy R on February 09, 2013, 03:22:08 PM
When I first started learning all the songs we do I was shocked how many are played on Rick basses.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 14, 2013, 01:54:17 PM
My HTC Wildfire is operating on Android v.2.2.1. Or something. I've read that the latest version is 4.1 or thereabouts. Is there any way I can get my phone to upgrade to this? Connecting it to the web to check for updates doesn't seem to offer the option.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 14, 2013, 02:08:48 PM
Free ethnic sounds plug-in until midnight tonight: http://www.timespace.com/product/CE21-110/3/9999934/zerog_ce_vol21__ethnic_flavours_%28download%29.html

Make sure to use the code.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 14, 2013, 02:10:40 PM
My HTC Wildfire is operating on Android v.2.2.1. Or something. I've read that the latest version is 4.1 or thereabouts. Is there any way I can get my phone to upgrade to this? Connecting it to the web to check for updates doesn't seem to offer the option.
Have you tried turning it off and on again ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on February 14, 2013, 02:49:25 PM
My HTC Wildfire is operating on Android v.2.2.1. Or something. I've read that the latest version is 4.1 or thereabouts. Is there any way I can get my phone to upgrade to this? Connecting it to the web to check for updates doesn't seem to offer the option.

Unlikely, don't think the Wildfire has enough RAM or a fast enough processor or both, this site which which isn't official but they were right about which phones did get updated has the wildfire listed as a phone that won't get the upgrade:

http://htcsource.com/2012/08/will-your-htc-handset-be-updated-to-android-4-1-heres-what-we-think/


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on February 14, 2013, 02:57:11 PM
Looks like you won't get it as an official update from HTC but there are videos out there of people who have it on their Wildfire.

This video goes about showing you how to do it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfHb82Y-Qog

I think that's part 1 of 2 I didn't get very far into watching the video as quite frankly I found the guys voice irritating


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 14, 2013, 03:10:35 PM
I would suggest you find part 2 before implementing part 1  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 14, 2013, 03:55:14 PM
Spectrasonics - Omnisphere. It's excellent but while installing it, the software has effectively wiped the library of it's sister program Trillian which has left me with practically no bass parts whatsoever on the Shineback album.

I am going to re-install it tonight in the hope that Pro Tools will remember which patches were used on which tracks. but if not, then I'll be forced to spend some sigificant amount of time rebuilding them from scratch.  :-\


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 14, 2013, 03:56:07 PM
I'll send you that cassette recorder over.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 14, 2013, 03:58:49 PM
My HTC Wildfire is operating on Android v.2.2.1. Or something. I've read that the latest version is 4.1 or thereabouts. Is there any way I can get my phone to upgrade to this? Connecting it to the web to check for updates doesn't seem to offer the option.

Unlikely, don't think the Wildfire has enough RAM or a fast enough processor or both, this site which which isn't official but they were right about which phones did get updated has the wildfire listed as a phone that won't get the upgrade:

http://htcsource.com/2012/08/will-your-htc-handset-be-updated-to-android-4-1-heres-what-we-think/

Oh, bollocks.

Spectrasonics - Omnisphere. It's excellent but while installing it, the software has effectively wiped the library of it's sister program Trillian which has left me with practically no bass parts whatsoever on the Shineback album.

I am going to re-install it tonight in the hope that Pro Tools will remember which patches were used on which tracks. but if not, then I'll be forced to spend some sigificant amount of time rebuilding them from scratch.  :-\


Oh, bollocks.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 14, 2013, 04:02:36 PM
Trillian ?

Don't Panic.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 14, 2013, 04:29:54 PM
Spectrasonics - Omnisphere. It's excellent but while installing it, the software has effectively wiped the library of it's sister program Trillian which has left me with practically no bass parts whatsoever on the Shineback album.

I am going to re-install it tonight in the hope that Pro Tools will remember which patches were used on which tracks. but if not, then I'll be forced to spend some sigificant amount of time rebuilding them from scratch.  :-\


Christ in a bucket. What a bunch of amateurs these music software people are.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 14, 2013, 04:41:29 PM
yikes, Simon.  That simply sucks.  good luck, mate!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 14, 2013, 05:01:16 PM
Thank you all. Fingers crossed.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 14, 2013, 05:08:08 PM
Spectrasonics - Omnisphere. It's excellent but while installing it, the software has effectively wiped the library of it's sister program Trillian which has left me with practically no bass parts whatsoever on the Shineback album.

I am going to re-install it tonight in the hope that Pro Tools will remember which patches were used on which tracks. but if not, then I'll be forced to spend some sigificant amount of time rebuilding them from scratch.  :-\


Christ in a bucket. What a bunch of amateurs these music software people are.
Spectrasonics have built their system to share a common sound engine (called STEAM) so that all of their products can integrate seemlessly with one another. The downside is that if you don't watch what you are doing, you can move that folder to a new location, effectively rendering the previous program's sound library unusable.

This is what happened in my case. I've checked and all the midi and patch info is still there so my hope is that all I need to do is create a duplicate track underneath the original, invoke a new instance of Trillian and then copy the midi across.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 14, 2013, 05:15:23 PM
First you need to wrangle the blobsqueezle firmly yet gently, then don't forget to operate a click-synch anticlockwise in the undergrowth before fettling the murgatronic ontomancer.
Draw a pentagram on the floor - blue chalk, remember, NEVER green - and stand in it while you sacrifice three chickens and an elderly goat. Light a sage brush and go into each room in the house in turn, paying special attention to stairs and doorways.

And keep your pants on throughout.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 14, 2013, 05:32:49 PM
You're not helping.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: benb on February 14, 2013, 05:48:00 PM
If there's no bass can you just call it And Justice For All 2?


Seriously,hope you get sorted soon


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 14, 2013, 06:37:07 PM
Has anyone tried turning it off and on again ?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 14, 2013, 07:44:20 PM
I love all my friends here.  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on February 14, 2013, 07:51:17 PM
> elderly goat

These days, I think that's a bit imprecise.  Of course, back in my day, you knew what elderly was, biut nowadays, I'm not so sure.  Can we get a clarification from the judges, please?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 14, 2013, 08:29:22 PM
An elderly goat is a goat that is no longer in the first flush of youth, but isn't quite dead yet.

Goats that are 11 or more years old are generally considered elderly.



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 14, 2013, 08:30:43 PM
You're not helping.

Yes I am!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 14, 2013, 09:00:10 PM
Just not as much as me.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on February 14, 2013, 09:17:35 PM
And keep your pants on throughout.
Please, be realistic!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 14, 2013, 09:24:48 PM
Look, I can hope!  ;D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2013, 11:33:39 AM
An elderly goat is a goat that is no longer in the first flush of youth, but isn't quite dead yet.
That description is certainly applicable to me.

The good news is that I reinstalled both Omnisphere and Trillian (this time paying a lot more attention to where the installation folders were placed), booted up Pro Tools and hey presto! Everything was back to normal.

That was a bullet well dodged.  :)



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: MikeEvs on February 15, 2013, 12:35:54 PM
That is great news Simon  :)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 15, 2013, 12:40:11 PM
*gives Simon a tired look*


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2013, 01:07:59 PM
The combined installation of both soft synths and libraries took up 70gb of space and required 5 hours to complete.

Only Stylus RMX to go then.  ;D

(http://musicmelodyshop.com/home/wp-content/themes/Ebuy/timthumb.php?src=http://musicmelodyshop.com/home/wp-content/uploads/Omnisphere_VST_4be872a355425.jpg&w=200&zc=1)

(https://www.musicstudiodirect.com/new/uploads/products/trilian200.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Zi0YazEEcjs/SayL0JwqRRI/AAAAAAAAADw/4CRqRb7nqAc/s200/stylus.jpg)


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Robert on February 15, 2013, 01:17:24 PM
"Blue before yellow, kills the fellow."


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Briefly Icky Giantess on February 15, 2013, 01:52:56 PM
This time, keep your pants ON...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 15, 2013, 02:04:26 PM
And if you have already taken them off then put them on again.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2013, 02:48:53 PM
I'm not understating this at all when I say you could write an entire full production album using the above three items of software alone. The sheer power and sonic flexibility these soft synths bring to bear is simply staggering.

Omnisphere on its todd can do the work of 10 other instrument plug-ins combined.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on February 15, 2013, 02:51:59 PM
Bloody Omnisphere, coming over here, taking all our soft synth jobs...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 15, 2013, 03:03:28 PM
 :D


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Espen on February 15, 2013, 09:03:07 PM
Omni is lovely. You just have to go in and adjust the release on the envelopes, because most of the sounds last for 50 years, and that makes changing chords a bit of a problem.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Mouse on February 16, 2013, 12:50:44 AM
I'm not understating this at all when I say you could write an entire full production album using the above three items of software alone. The sheer power and sonic flexibility these soft synths bring to bear is simply staggering.

Omnisphere on its todd can do the work of 10 other instrument plug-ins combined.

Have you discovered the Orb yet? We won't see you for weeks...


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: Simon on February 18, 2013, 10:53:32 AM
Omni is lovely. You just have to go in and adjust the release on the envelopes, because most of the sounds last for 50 years, and that makes changing chords a bit of a problem.
;D I also thought the patches were a bit forward EQ wise but maybe that's because they were trying to make them sound pretty when auditioning them. Perhaps I should reserve judgement until I use it properly in a full mix however.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 31, 2013, 04:04:11 PM
Following in Simon's footsteps I decided to dedicate a partition on my desktop to Hackingtosh thinking hey if Simon can do it surely it is not complicated.

I now find myself in the position of having a new Hackingtosh where almost everything works ... except sound.

Simon ... I can't believe I am saying this ... can you help?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: A James on May 31, 2013, 04:16:22 PM
You'll have to speak up - he can't hear you.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: roger on May 31, 2013, 04:16:57 PM
did you turn it off and on again?


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 31, 2013, 04:25:13 PM
Bo, have you downloaded Multibeast from the tonymac86 website? That may well do the trick.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 31, 2013, 04:50:58 PM
Bo, have you downloaded Multibeast from the tonymac86 website? That may well do the trick.

Will try ... just need to find out what mobo I have.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 31, 2013, 06:33:52 PM
Will try ... just need to find out what mobo I have.
Don't worry too much about custom DSDTs - if you've got it running then using one of the custom layouts can royally muck things up. Probably best if you simply run Multibeast and select the right driver for your sound card and nothing else - except maybe USB3 support, which is rather handy (though I've not got that done on my Hackintosh as yet).

Also, don't be tempted to try installing updated video card drivers from manufacturers - apparently they're generally no better than the ones in Mountain Lion. Always a good plan in Windows, rarely in OSX, I'm told.


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 31, 2013, 09:35:25 PM
My single wish is that I had read this earlier ...



Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 31, 2013, 09:57:21 PM
aaaarggggh


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on May 31, 2013, 10:29:04 PM
I have sound!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: AmazingWilf on May 31, 2013, 10:49:09 PM
Excellent!


Title: Re: The Gear Thread
Post by: hoboslobo on June 11, 2013, 11:39:21 PM
Hans Zimmer's studio. (http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2010/01/29/the-secret-lair-of-hans-zimmer-from-where-he-inspires-the-world/)

(http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Portfolio-The-Best/your-favorites/i-mhH9FzP/0/M/The%20Secret%20Lair%20of%20Hans%20Zimmer%2C%20where%20he%20inspires%20the%20world-M.jpg)

It almost rivals the Crows Nest