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  1. Expanding on what Phil said you can use a inexpensive drum machine like a volca drum. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/VolcaDrum--korg-volca-drum-physical-modeling-drum-synthesizer Sync it to with the keyboard and either send a kick drum or some other sound to the drummer. Or just set a kick and put it in the mix with the drummer and use it to both help keep time in sync and enhance the sound by blending with drummers bass drum. One of the issues when your using an arpeggiator as you have found, is they are rigid in their timing. Human aren't naturally clocks, but we can follow one easily if the beat is obvious. Sometimes we need a simple beat to help make the complex more obvious. The volca drum can be used to create a pretty substantial kick. Its not really obvious from the videos for it. I find the marketing demo videos don't do it any favors.
  2. Some are good others not so much. There are vast differences in the quality of Karaoke tracks depending on the source. Lots of singers and horn players use them. When I went on cruise ship there was I guy playing steel drums to karaoke tracks. Didn't sound bad. He wasn't hiding the fact either. You could see the lyrics scrolled in a sub window right in the software. Didn't bother me they had plenty of other performers not using tracks.
  3. What are you controlling? A midi controller has no internal sounds.
  4. Yes I use a small zoom video recorder. I then take the best videos and put them on the facebook page. That way I can point the person booking for a venue to the page. A lot of them ask for videos. Those videos have helped get more bookings.
  5. I had a late 70's FG loved it. No I didn't consider it in the same league as a Martin but it was very nice sounding. I made the stupid mistake of selling it and buying an ovation .I wanted to be able to plug in to the PA. The Ovations were in vogue at that time. But god, I learned to hate that guitar! Couldn't play it on your lap without it falling off and the piezo sounded like ass.
  6. I'm sure they are quite nice. At least they aren't taking a standard strat, run a belt sander over it call it 'worn' and adding $500 to the price! I have my share of $2k guitars that I am scared to gig with. How about a $500 one with the same specs? Seriously, I'm all for the market deciding prices but I think the prices of electric guitars produced on a CNC machine is getting ridiculous.
  7. You might stay with a semi-weighted action? The CASIO Privia's have a much improved sound over the one your using. But they have have a weighted action with adjustable response curve. The curve allows you to play louder with less effort but the key weight is still the same. Your CTK-1500 is an arranger style, do you want to keep the accompaniment? If so I would suggest a good upgrade would be either the Yamaha YPG-535 https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/YPG535--yamaha-ypg-535-88-key-arranger-piano which is weighted but from my experience has a very light action, the response is also adjustable 3 settings. Or just update to a better CASIO the WK-7600 is a much improved model over the CTK-1500 and has a semi-weighted action similar to the one you have but with 76 keys I'm quite sure you would find the sounds there much improved. Yamaha also makes a semi-weighted PSR-EW410 which features 76-key Portable Keyboard with 48-note Polyphony, 758 Voices, 235 Styles, One-touch Portable Grand Function, Backing Tracks, USB to Host/Device, 3.5mm Auxiliary Input, and Stereo Speakers. I'm sure you would also find it quite a step up sound wise. Personally, I like the YPG-535 if you can try one out to see if its not too heavy. It has a pretty light action if memory serves and there are 3 response response curves light, medium & heavy.
  8. They are really different beasts. I'm sure maybe some may decide on the Oddyssey over the DM12. But is more of a clone with added features such as effects. Where the DM12 is a new synth. The Oddyssey is 37 keys and duo-phonic and the filters are clones of the original. The DM12 has 49 keys and is a 12 voice synth. Its filters differ greatly. So the choice is a clone of a vintage synth or new synth with 12 voices , more keys, and and more filters. At their prices, many might choose both. I have a Deep Mind 12, not looking for the Oddyssy but adding a Novation Peak to it is an attractive idea to me.
  9. I prefer PB strings on my Carvin AC-375 because I think they sound better with its thin body. I also have a larger Yamaha Dreadnought that I keep 80/20 strings on because they sound better on that body. Its best to check out several different string sets to get the best strings for your guitar. I have no hard fast rules. But base my decisions what works best with the guitar.
  10. When it comes to a drum track vs drum machine to me there is no difference other than preference. They are both recordings of a real drummer.
  11. Rather than use a Beat Buddy or any other drum machine, you can record the drum track it a click in. Then call them up from your phone. Instant drummer, no foot stomping! You just have to play it the same way every time. If your using a looper and want real time control just create a beat tapping on your guitar or strumming muted strings. Either way works, depends only on your preferences.
  12. I have a Carvin AC-375 its a thin line acoustic with piezo. Though adding a sound hole humbucker would be dead simple if wanted. I play through a fishman aura pedal into a pedal board. I can get really sweet electric sounds, using a bit of over-drive and an amp sim (line 6 hd500). It works really well with wah pedal. I and it gets really decent electric sounds. But the bass is more like a concert body sound then a dreadnaught. What I really like is the sculpted heal and the neck plays like butter. I have wanted to get a T5, I like them. I keep going back and forth in my mind and haven't pulled the trigger yet. I also have a Godin Nylon string with a slimmer neck, thicker than most electrics but nowhere near the thickness of a classical guitar. I love that thing, It has a 13pin midi adapter and mixing the guitar with nice synth pad is like playing heaven. Good luck with the solo! I've done many duos, full bands and a backed a singer on piano. But I have always had others on stage even if it is just a hand drummer.
  13. Showing my age here, Sears Silvertone amp in the case. Got it for my 11th birthday, 1970. Kept it for many years, it became a bit of a collectors item. Sold it in the late 80's for quite a bit more than my parents paid.
  14. The CNC machine ensures that the parts are uniform. Meaning less variation, humans produce more variation which is sometimes good but many times bad. It depends on the person, his mental state, the weather and anything that would make the person not as precise or alert. Redoing parts can be expensive. So I'm not worried about the cutting shaping of parts being done by machine. Having each glued, inspected for quality and finished by a craftsman is way more important. CNC machines can produce parts within tolerances many people can't see. But that uniformity is important to have every guitar as good as the last one produced.
  15. You have some good skills there! I have built a couple electrics in the past. But I've never even attempted an acoustic. Looking good, can't wait to see the finished product.
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