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  1. 2 points
    Here's one you don't see every day. Bought one for $50 in mint condition in the box and I'm waiting on delivery this week. I bought my first used electric guitar back in 1969 when I was 12 years old. It was an Italian made Vox Apollo V266 guitar which had built in active electronics including a Treble/Bass booster, E Tuner (E pitched note that played through the amp you tuned up to) and it had a built in distortion. I haven't come across a distortion with that same flavor since owning that guitar 50 years ago so I'm hoping this pedal at least comes close to it. Vox does make another V810 Valve tone overdrive pedal which looks identical. Several reviews say the V810 is a better pedal but I've never put allot of trust in forum reviews where there are only a few of them out there and many of those seem to have been written by amateurs. The production on these pedals were very short and given they typically sell for around $100 they cant be all that bad. The V810 has a circuit design similar to a TS 808 Tube Screamer but with different voicing and different op amps. Both pedals use Texas Instruments RC4558 op amps which are smooth sounding, high quality low cost op amps typically used in Hi Fi gear. Some mentioned modding the pedals and using the JRC4558 op amps used in Tube Screamers which makes no sense. If you want a Tube Screamer pedal there are no shortage of those available, just buy one and keep the Vox as an alternate option. I did listen to some clips of them being used. They were so poorly done you couldn't tell much from them except for the one that used an LP. The player was able to Nail a Jimi Page sound so I suspect the pedal is voice similar to a Tone bender. I'd be happy with that. I'm not a huge fan of how fuzz pedals feel playing but I do like their tone. If I can get a fuzz tone from a distortion pedal it might fill some gaps in my tone collection. I've also heard this pedal works best when run with other drive pedals thus the name Distortion "Booster" may be the key to its tone. I have a bunch of lower gain drive pedals that qualify for that. We'll see soon enough.
  2. 2 points
    I had an Alesis SR-16 back in the 1990s that was fun and was a great learning tool for learning how to sequence drums. I used it on 4 track demos. Never really loved the sounds. Today I use SI Drum Track VSTi which came with Cakewalk Sonar X2, but pretty much just as a guide. I found a drummer on Soundbetter.com that I use to replace my drum parts. There's really nothing quite like a real drummer playing in a real room.
  3. 1 point
    My wife and I went out on an adventure today and somehow found ourselves at the CF Martin factory. We arrived just in time for a tour so of course we took it They have are a lot of highly skilled people there but for the most part (except for the custom shop) the craftsmanship of men like Freeman Keller has been replaced by cnc guided lasers and robotic finishing and even buffing machines Made me kind of sad to walk through the museum and see the rusted tools of a bygone era The human touch is still a vital part of the process and overall quality and cost effectiveness are better than ever but seeing this In the museum being replaced by this automated neck fitting machine,I can’t help wonder what we’ve lost
  4. 1 point
    We had some hotel points to use and the beach was more than our points covered. . Allentown was in the price range so "Honey ,we're going to Allentown" There actually is a winery nearby but we didn't go. Woke up in the morning deciding what to do and my wife suggested that since the area has a lot of industry we might tour a manufacturing site to see how things are made. Perfect time to mention that Martin is only a thirty minute drive.
  5. 1 point
    Its the difference between having a conversational partner and having a conversation with myself, for me.
  6. 1 point
    LOL, I didn't see your post until after I posted mine.
  7. 1 point
    See my very next post on the subject
  8. 1 point
    My brother is an accomplished drummer - when he had knee surgery on his kick drum leg he was able to use the RX11 and his healthy limbs to shorten his down time. I believe the reason he was able to effectively program and use a drum machine is because he thinks like a drummer.
  9. 1 point
    I tend to avoid electronic drums, the Chris McHugh drum loops from Discrete Drums (sadly, no longer available) are beyond wonderful. Actual drummers are convinced I hired a drummer, because in a way, I did. But I also know how to work with loops to make them come alive. Just rolling out a loop does not work. That said, electronic drums are a different instrument with a different purpose. There are some genres of music that almost demand it. However, I have to say that my whole attitude about "click tracks" changed 180 degrees when I figured out how to add tempo changes to make a song "breathe" after the fact, on the two-track mix. I wrote about this in the last Sweetnotes, I can't find it online anywhere but I wrote something similar for my web site.
  10. 1 point
    The Cakewalk drum module! Never used a real drum machine. I've always just composed in Cakewalk. An upgrade many years ago came with samples (supposedly) of a drum kit used by John Bonham. I met a drummer on Tuesday to work on songs I recorded in Cakewalk with these samples, and he didn't even know they weren't real drums. What an age we live in....... Going back to a recent discussion though, perfectly click-aligned drums can't be the real thing.
  11. 1 point
    Faunt school of Music. Played bass with some noteables Chick Corea. https://www.discogs.com/artist/401733-Jamie-Faunt
  12. 1 point
    This is actually something I disagree rather vehemently with. Any beat or pattern from a drum machine is going to lock your practice into a rhythmic feel "straightjacket" - whereas a metronome (on 2 and 4 ONLY) allows you to keep tempo discipline while also allowing you to "breathe" rhythmically. One of the goals of metronome practice is to "make the click disappear", and you really can't do that with a DM pattern.
  13. 1 point
    I know Shachar through a mutual friend, that's how I ended up on the site in the 1st place. I can't really blame them - those guys are PAID now.
  14. 1 point
    I had a Casio RZ-1, and I loved it. I would make a lot of noise with it and my DX-100. Great fun for the time.
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    Yeah I saw that Spotify news; not sure how I feel about it. TapeOp did a nice interview with the founders of Soundbetter a few months ago. I've been using Soundbetter for a few years now; I got lucky because the first drummer I tried is just great; he's now played on 7 of my songs. I also got lucky when I hired a Trumpet/Trombone player to do a horn section for me and he was just fantastic.
  16. 1 point
    I use drum machines to sound like drum machines. I'm no good at programming real drum parts anyway so I don't try to make it be something it's not. My only hardware drum machine at the moment is a Roland R8 that I like because it has 8 analog outputs. Mostly I use VIs or sample packs in Ableton Live's Drum Rack now, or my own one hit samples I have collected or made over the years. This thing is pretty cool: http://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/27-electronica/g58-electro-acoustic/
  17. 1 point
    Own one? Not in a long time - but I've used pretty much EVERY drum machine ever manufactured between the mid-80s and the late 90s, and all that use was for production. Started out on the LynnDrum and Roland 808/909, then the Yamaha RX series, the venerable Alesis SR-16, Emu SP-12 and SP-1200, all the Akai MPCs, etc... though the SP-1200 and the MPCs were really used more as samplers/sequencers than "drum machines" per se. Haven't used a drum machine in ages. If I need drums these days I put them together in my DAW, with Addictive Drums being my favored VSTi.
  18. 1 point
    Even gave us this souvenir sound hole after the tour
  19. 1 point
    Lol. I agree. The only way I’ve “found myself” near Nazareth was through careful planning and even then I still had to go it alone. The only way I could get my wife to go along would be if it were suddenly freezing anywhere there was a beach and/or there was a winery somewhere along the way; my wife is a “guitar widow.”
  20. 1 point
    Wow, we are living in an age of great inexpensive guitars , amps, accessories and gear !!!! Today for under $500.00, you can buy or assemble a guitar that 30 years ago would have cost $ 2000.00 We're sure are lucky today !!!!
  21. 1 point
    "... somehow found ourselves at the CF Martin factory." Gave me a chuckle... "somehow"... was there a star shining in the sky above Nazareth? Similar to going out with wife and "somehow" ending up at shoestore. Nice pics. I reckon CNC good for basic neck joints, etc... but best to have a human playing with tops, bracing, etc I don't think folks like Freeman have anything to worry about
  22. 1 point
    Amen to that. Of course, some would say that the more precise you can make it, the better its longevity and sound. But I don’t really know. I’ve a ‘37 Martin that is more comfortable than any newer ones I’ve played. But then there’s bias, which, admittedly, plays a part.
  23. 1 point
    Ritchie Blackmore's intro to "Still I'm Sad" from the first Rainbow album...
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  25. 1 point
    Your guitar will be fine, water or saliva won't do much. A solvent like nail polish remover could conceivably melt the lacquer insulation on the pickup wire and short it out. Spilling beer, soda large amount of any fluid into/around a guitar amplifier is very bad and should be avoided.
  26. 1 point
    At a minimum, you want a solid wood top. At the top of your price range, you might be able to find both solid top and solid back, like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Washburn-WD150SWCE-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Electric/dp/B0058GZQQ4 Yamahas are usually a safe bet. In terms of craftsmanship, everything in that range will be made in China. Most of them probably in the same factory. And they're all pretty good these days. I'd forget about uniqueness and focus more on a brand with good resale value.
  27. 1 point
    Wilson Pickett did a cover of Sugar Sugar, demonstrating you can turn crap into something golden. 69 did have some great music. Besides all the biggies mentioned, 69 was year I got Boz Scaggs solo album with some guitar player named Allman (the bros didn't have album out yet). Oh yeah...
  28. 1 point
    69 I was finishing college, no special interest in music beyond songs as punctuation markers to place lovers and parties. And suddenly they happened: In the Court of the Crimson King Abbey Road, Let it Bleed, Tulls Stand Up If 1969 pulled me into the bedroom 1970s Trespass from Genesis was the seduction. 1969 was absolutely pivotal The jiving stopped, the world turned and Buddy Holly didn't matter any more
  29. 1 point
    Ted Nugent's solo in "Journey to the Center of the Mind "captured my imagination in 68 and I was definitely into the Beatles Good Times
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