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  1. I use a Line 6 Floor Pod Plus for recording and live gigs. I also own an iPad, and I'm wondering if anyone has a take on whether I can get better guitar sounds out of an iPad running whatever the best software is vs the hardware Line 6. I'm also wondering how bad the latency is on the iPad. I'm not new to computers or the iPad but I have always used Line 6 hardware and I'm wondering if now is the time to make the leap to software...
  2. My Updated Rig I am a solo performer - keys, guitar, vocals, some songs have canned backing tracks. I play small gigs, usually anywhere from 10 to 70 people. When I built my PA, I wanted something that was small and could fit in my trunk, didn't weight much because my back sucks, and sounded good. I ended up with my current system: Mixer/Amp: Yamaha EMX312sc Main Speakers: EV ZX1-90 (2) Subs: EV SB122 (2) Mic: EV ND767a This system is 600 watts total (300 wpc in stereo) and easily fits into my trunk. It sounds pretty darned good - way more low end than the usual solo performer PA's I hear, including the Bose-based systems. The system can project fairly well outside, but has its limits. I also own a Mackie rackable power amp (can't remember the model) that does 200 wpc into 8 ohms or 300 wpc into 4, and I have a pair of Peavey PR12's - in a pinch I can use that setup for monitoring, or the Mackie can drive the subs and the Yamaha can drive the mains. If I get to the point where I need to do more larger outdoor/indoor shows, I'm considering a pair of powered EV mains like the SXA100+, and a powered 15 or 18 sub (not sure what I'd buy.) My current PA system could be used as the monitor system. I also have a Yamaha 12 ch board.
  3. LOL - There aren't a whole lot of new modern songs worth covering, if'n ya ask me. Actually I cover a couple of John Mayer songs, mostly because they have bluesy guitar solos in them and I like to play bluesy every now and again.
  4. Everyone has an opinion, which is fine. The reality is that people like DJ's and people still like cover bands, though it definitely seems like people like cover bands less than, say, 30 years ago. Perhaps their popularity is slowly fading? But I do see more solo performers out there than ever before, playing covers. People like seeing live music. Maybe it's not the event it was 30 years ago, but they still like it. And because they like it, it puts money in the pockets of our fellow musicians (and in some cases, us.) It's easy to say that there shouldn't be any cover bands if you're not doing it to put food on the table. Fortunately for guys in cover bands, they are hired based on how much booze a venue can sell when they play, as opposed to the opinions of musicians in forums.
  5. Not seeing that trend here in Tampa. At all. We are big on tourism (the whole state is) and the northern people with pale white skin want to hear Jimmy Buffet while they drink their Coors Light and gawk at the waitresses in skimpy outfits. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I do play from time to time at a coffee shop that only allows original music. When I play there, I don't play any covers. Simple enough. Would this be a good or a bad trend? Can't answer that because it would be good for some people and bad for others. I wouldn't like to see it because my friends who play covers to put food on the table would suffer. And I do agree that a club that goes from covers to originals will go from some customers to none, in many cases. The overwhelming vast majority of people want to hear covers.
  6. No, it's is a scam now. I have ALWAYS learned more about any subject on my own than at School Richard, Sorry. I have many many years of it under my belt just like you..It's a scam flat out. Also, there are NO JOBS for college graduates on the whole now and that old axiom about earning more with a degree held for the past but it's not relevant today. Today, you can do much better as a plumber, an auto mechanic, or with a tech degree of some kind. Sad. Yes there are some degree fields with jobs like Engineering as you mentioned but on the whole it's pretty dismal out there for most degree's. Seriously and with education costs, even at Public schools it's just a huge scam...I feel really bad for the kids out there! My nephew is going to an 18 month program for automotive mechanic and will have a job with the Auto manufacture he's getting ASC certified in. That's a good deal right now I would say. Or as my grandfather told me, go out and make your own way. That's an option. That said, I agree with everything else you said... I'd like you to go to usajobs.gov, specifically THIS LINK which lists the current Top Occupations In Demand, and see how many of those positions require a college degree. Just glancing at the list briefly, I'd say the majority of them. You can't say stuff like you're saying... the Internet makes it too easy to basically disprove it. That aside, I agree that vocational training programs are an excellent alternative to college. I've never ever been one to say that college is for everyone, but I do feel that after high school you need to get some type of additional training. Because a "high school diploma" does not qualify you to do anything nowadays. Vocational may give you more bang for your buck, especially if they have any type of job placement program.
  7. OK, the voice of reason... College as a whole is not a scam... go read some actual data on income comparisons between people with Masters, Bachelors, Associates, and no college degree. The data doesn't lie - people with Bachelor's degrees overall earn more money than people with just high school diplomas. The higher the degree, the more money on average people earn. What IS a scam is the idea that a college degree is a guarantee of a good job. It isn't. You need more. You need: 1. A degree in a field where people are actually wanted and needed 2. The ability to rattle doorknobs and ring phones and sell yourself 3. The ability to interview well You can't, no disrespect intended, get a degree in Communications and expect anyone to hand you a job. A BS in Communications might unlock a few doors, but you have to know what those doors are, where they are located, and who you have to talk to. Some majors have internships that can turn into job opportunities. Education is popular because nationwide there is a demand for teachers. Engineering (electronics, mechanical, software, and so on) is a very popular/in demand field right now (according to usajobs.gov.) There are majors where you CAN walk out of college into a good job but they're in areas where there is actual demand. But people want to major in Communications, Video Game Design, and Music Business. Which is fine, as long as you don't need a job. The real world does not care about our hopes and dreams and what we'd sorta kinda like to do. I did the same thing. I got a BS degree in Music Business and surprise! No one gave a damn. No one cares. No job offers. I got entry level positions in music retail. And started to work my way up to management, and hated it. However, had I stuck around, my degree might have opened doors for me that people without a degree might not have had. I ended up going back for a teaching degree and got a job 6 months after graduation. Because there was a demand.
  8. I started playing at 14 and my parents supported me 150%. By the time I was ready to graduate from high school, my Dad advised me to go on to school. He said "After you get your degree, you'll have something to fall back on if your music doesn't pan out." A wise man indeed. I'm 58, still playing Rock, have a day job that I love, a home and a family. Quit playing music? No reason to. I'll be buried with my fingers wrapped around my PRS and my SG at my side! LOL! My dad said about the same thing. My mom used to say "You'll need money to support your HABIT." She was right - I'm definitely addicted. Which PRS do you own? I came close to buying one once but they charge a premium for them and I couldn't afford the one I wanted. They are fantastic guitars, though.
  9. It's because women are smarter than men. They bail on the idea of "music career" much earlier than we do.
  10. Yup, it is taking a chance..But you aren't going to get {censored} if you don't take the chance, ya dig? Nothing Great comes easy 99.9% of the time in life. We take a chance every time we write a song and play it in front of strangers. Here's the truth in what you said - no matter WHAT level you are on, you will need to take chances.
  11. Yes, indeed, how much money DO musicians who know mixed martial arts get paid? He's making so much money he forgot to bother finishing his sentence.
  12. You know, that might be one of the reasons why I love football so much. Aside from the fact that people are taking illegal substances left and right (is that the equivalent of autotune?), your measurables are there for all to see. If you are 6 ft 2 and you can run a 4.4 40 and catch the ball, that's great. If you have great stats on the field against good competition AND you have good measurables, you're going to get signed to a team. Once you're signed, if you can't produce, they're going to get rid of you after a certain amount of time. In music, we get stuck with these talentless hacks for freaking years, it seems... whatever the labels decide to shove down our throats. It'd be like the Bucs starting a big fat slow middle aged guy at wide receiving and telling us he's great, while we see him drop the ball time and time again. Except the labels are no longer telling us what we like, because we don't listen to them any more. But other than that, the analogy breaks down and doesn't make any sense. Closest thing we have is American Idol, where a singer who can't stay on pitch will likely be discarded from the show sooner rather than later, and I'd rather have the dry heaves than watch American Idol. My wife watches it and she tells me the singers on it are getting younger and younger, which certainly reflects what's selling nowadays. Despite their drug abuse, that's one thing that makes sports so much more pure. There are probably at least 30 women who live within 20 miles of my house who are better looking than Lady Gaga and can sing better. There are probably ZERO guys who live within 20 miles of my house who can catch the ball and run routes better than Mike Williams (Bucs.) And anyone who thinks she writes those hit songs all by herself needs to talk to me about buying a bridge in NYC. On the other hand, I'd be willing to bet there are zero guys within 20 miles of my house that can write as well as Lyle Lovett. Or Steve Earle. Or any number of other great writers. Music is a weird, weird business. The hacks can make more money than the true talents, and half the business is made up of lies and bullshit. But there is nothing like a great song - a great song is something you can enjoy over the course of your entire life and not get sick of.
  13. The kids into sports do fall back, though. We had a quarterback at USF who went on to play very briefly for the Jets. He was good but he wasn't great, and you need to be great in the NFL. So what is this kid doing nowadays? He's a high school football coach. Another kid was the center on the Bucs Super Bowl team - he went to the high school my kids will end up going to. He had a few years in the NFL, but then the NFL was done with him. What does he do? He has his own air conditioning business. The real world doesn't give a sh*t about anyone's dreams, but it does respect hard work and hustle. The NFL is a better deal in a way than the music biz because once your time has passed, it's definitely over. There aren't any 45 year old guys still trying to make a roster for the first time in the NFL. If you don't make a team in your 20's, you aren't going to make one. For every one story about someone who went all in and succeeded, there are probably 1,000 people who tried the same thing and failed. If it was easy, everyone would do it. I don't have a problem with someone taking a gamble and putting all their eggs in one basket - because it's their eggs. They can do what they want. It's like the lottery. Someone WILL win. If you go all in, do you increase your chances? Hell yes. Are your chances good? Hell no. To each his own. But anyone going into it had better know the odds they're up against, and of course I think everyone here does. But it ain't impossible. That's for damn sure.
  14. There's a lot of very intelligent discussion going on in this thread. I, too, am one of those part-time musicians who has a 6-figure income day job. So, to me, music is more of a hobby that pays for itself, rather than being an income generator. That doesn't mean I didn't think about making it a full-time career when I was a young man. But, for whatever reasons, it never happened. Luckily, I found a job that I really enjoy and that pays me a decent amount with lots of perqs. I'm planning on retiring in two years and then I can devote even more time to the music side of my life. I'll be 60, but healthwise I'm doing OK and I have no problems playing in cover bands at the local Moose lodge. Heck, it's what I'm doing now and I really enjoy it. I know a lot of local musicians who devoted themselves full-time to music exclusively and, except for a very select few, most of them are miserable most of the time. The only time they perk up is when they're performing onstage as part of a pick-up band or at a jam session. Other than that they lead very sad lives, subsisting from day-to-day, relying on the charity of others. LOL! My wife and I make six figures combined! I'm not making six figures - I work in public education. There are 8,000 employees in my school district and less than 20 of them make six figures. So you got it good! I'm with you, though. When I retire, I could totally see myself playing down at the local watering hole with a bunch of other older guys playing classic rock or whatever. Our retirement will not allow us to vacation in France, but it will be enough to pay the bills. Not much else. My music money will probably end up paying for beer.
  15. 3shiftgtr gave you the answer. And that's probably a big percentage of people who do it and don't have a good solid plan. Fail to plan = plan to fail and all that. By the way, 3shiftgtr, you are right about me... I do have a flippant attitude about all of this. And I should keep my mouth shut, because it's not my place to judge other people. It's just hard to keep my mouth shut because I've seen both sides of it, AND because I'm a parent. I would not let my kids pursue something so risky with such bad odds. I'd want to protect them. I want them to have a plan.
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