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  • #16
    Originally posted by steve mac View Post
    Sorry, I did and for some reason it turned into gibberish (more than my usual) and the edit function only let me delete, then I ran out of time. What I was going to say was I would really like to hear any results from your research as I am very much in the market. I bought an Alexis drum machine last year whilst in Austin but have found using it live very restricting as I have a lot of audience interaction and will occasionally talk with the crowd during a song or slow down or speed up etc. so my next idea was to use the pads on the Alexis which are programmable, and if I was careful I could tap with my boot the corner pad and therefore get a kick or a snare sound, but it was all just a bit fiddly. However if I could somehow get a pedal to work it, I think there would be some milage in it. Unfortunately the pedals that it is designed to use only start a set pattern or change it to a different pattern. Currently I have gone as low tech as I can, and obtained a metal tambourine, which I have squashed to an oval shape, added a strong elastic strap to the now flattened bottom and the added a small amount of felt duck taped to the underneath. With this on my boot I can stomp, rock or shake and unmiked it is remarkably loud. I did try with just the tambourine on the ground but after half a sounds my calf was aching. So the latter looks like what I am stuck with for the moment, it's not pretty but it definitely adds to my sound and goodness knows I need all the help I can get. Cheers Steve
    Steve, the Peterman site also has this one...might be better suited to what you want/need.. http://www.peterman.com.au/music/Aco...tompystompbass
    https://soundcloud.com/miden-entertainment

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Shaster View Post

      What's the matter, you don't like the classic poolside keys, congas and drum machine sound?

      Seriously though, are you sure you want to play left hand bass, keys in the right, and drums with your feet? Seems like a lot, especially when you throw in your sustain pedal. I also noticed in the demo videos that the meter wasn't really locked in. Personally I'd rather hear a drum machine than someone attempting (but failing) to play in time.

      These devices also seem to be geared towards the rootsy sound of guitars and such. Since the keys are electric anyway, I don't think a drum machine is way off the mark - as it sometimes is with acoustic guitar. Of course, maybe you're doing rootsy stuff on keys and the kick will sound great - one never knows.



      Thanks Shaster, I have been using backing tracks (mostly drums) and arranger type apps (vArranger) for some time, but, I dunno - maybe I am getting old - but it is juts all seeming too "produced" to me these days...and there is just something about the simplicity of using this sort of system that appeals. Not to mention it makes picking ANY tune and playing it a snap, as there is zero pre-setup of tracks or anything like that involved.
      https://soundcloud.com/miden-entertainment

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      • #18
        Originally posted by miden View Post
        Thanks Shaster, I have been using backing tracks (mostly drums) and arranger type apps (vArranger) for some time, but, I dunno - maybe I am getting old - but it is juts all seeming too "produced" to me these days...and there is just something about the simplicity of using this sort of system that appeals. Not to mention it makes picking ANY tune and playing it a snap, as there is zero pre-setup of tracks or anything like that involved.
        Hey I hear you. I use tracks myself and have tried to get back to basics. Tried a looper pedal a while back but it seemed to be more trouble than it was worth (of course that's not everyone's experience with them). The other thing with the looper pedal was that I wound up sounding like all the other musicians in their twenties who were named after States or cities. Aplologies to anyone named Dakota or Phoenix! OT - I sure hope no one has recently named their kid Sochi...

        I also looked into a stomp pedal but it didn't seem like It would fit my style. I do know of one guitarist that uses bass foot pedals and a drum machine. He's been working that angle for quite some time now, with good results.

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        • #19
          Thanks - I did think drum machine but to me that was akin to juts sticking with "trax" - it's a toughy...I still have gigs where I HAVE to use backing tracks for dancing and so on, but I really prefer not to do them..I figure if I can get set with a "soul cleansing" back to basics rig, it could offset I have a lot of more "acoustic" type chilled gigs now which are the ones this newer system would be for. And strangely enough a few folks have said they actually prefer the "less is more" approach saying they are tired of all the canned music going around??
          https://soundcloud.com/miden-entertainment

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          • #20
            The kick only works because it is a natural move, physically, for a solo performer. The snare is going to sound gimmicky, tedious and unwelcome for the audience and player alike.
            Thomas Jefferson said... "The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as His father, in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter." hmmm...

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            • #21
              good call Lee - I agree. I think I will stick with the kick.
              https://soundcloud.com/miden-entertainment

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              • #22
                Best kick drum sound I ever got was tapping the mic stand base with my foot.
                Michael D. www.mdlmusic.webs.com "I'm tired of rock-and-rolling Let's get married, Honey, let's go bowling" --Martin Mull

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                • #23
                  If you could load different samples into one of these units it would be worth it. Maybe a side stick or hi-hat instead of a snare for some songs.
                  Winner of best guitarist in the house. (my house)!

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