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  1. Greetings and felicitations to one and all. In spite of my well known genius and talent for erudite and urbane conversation, my excellent and highly refined nose for fine wines, my boundless intellect, craggy but finely chiseled masculine features and of course my consummate modesty I have met with a conundrum for which I can find no easy answer in the hallowed halls of academia which I commonly frequent.


    My query is as follows; in return for services rendered I have received by way of payment a small but high quality recording interface. It is an M-Audio FireWire Solo and is ideal for home use. Here's the problem - it is equipped with two firewire ports whereas my Apple Mac has none. The Mac is, however, equipped with no less than two ports of the Thunderbolt variety - a type of port peculiar to Macs and which apparently has even more bandwidth than the firewire. What I would like to know is this - is there an adapter whereby I can plug the interface into the thunderbolt port and if there is will it be able to also power the item, rather than my having to use a separate power supply.


    I have recently embarked on a spree of song writing and if this conundrum can be solved I will be able to record and release to the wider world several of my magnum opuses which it would be a shame to keep locked away. Then the world will rejoice as it sings along with soon-to-be classics from the pen of yours truly; indeed the world will be a better place when its teeming masses get to enjoy such titles from my repertoire as,


    "How Can I Say I Love You When You're Sitting On My Face"


    "Yo Momma! Is That A Sausage In Your Ear!"


    "Can't Get Enough Black Pudding Boogie Woogie"


    "Grandma Still Has Mojo When She Swings Them Metal Hips"


    These and many other works of genius from the mind of one of the 21st century's greatest emitters of posterior methane will be available to a grateful public. For a small remuneration, of course. One has to periodically replenish one's wine cellar in order to maintain one's social standing.

  2. Hah! It's a mad pedal indeed - I dug it out of a drawer the other day and decided to sell it; I've a mountain of gear that never gets used so somebody else might as well have fun with it. I was googling it to see how much it was worth and this thread came up in the search. I've an old Melos tape echo as well - that's another lo-fi bit of fun.

  3. Many of the great musician, and very likely more then half of the great composers play Accordion.

    That's just how it is.

    A genius instrument you can start to play when you are very young, all there, melody , harmony, virtuosity, rhythm, dynamics....


    And therein lies the danger - many is the time a starving musician, having found himself half-competent on piano and thus disposed to seek his fortune in bawdy music halls or rancid brothels, has decided to embark upon a carreer as an accordionist. The instrument is portable and its target audience is usually drunk or otherwise rendered so chemically incapable as to beyond caring for the provenance or skill of its player. If one wishes to become an accordionist all that is required is a basic grounding in music theory, a good bicycle puncture repair kit (in case the bellows leak) and a good pair of running shoes.

  4. That's a 120 bass piano box - it plays the same note whether you squeeze or pull the bellows. The bass buttons play chords; there are versions where you can use the bass buttons to make your own chords - this is called, believe it or not, the free-bass type. Free-basing on an accordion...


    In Ireland, where we regularly have comely maidens dancing at the crossroads, the accordion of choice has buttons on both sides. There can be one, two, two and a half, three or five rows on the melody side. There can also be any number of bass buttons. The button box, as we call it, also differs in that you will get two different notes on the pull and draw of the bellows - in principle like the harmonica.

  5. Greetings to one and all. I have been presented with a Lexicon MPX1 multieffects to fix; here is the problem:


    Plugged in, turned on, works fine for 20 - 30 minutes and then the output drops and the sound becomes distorted until eventually there is no output at all.


    Any ideas? Methinks it's a transistor somewhere overheating and shutting down.

  6. I have seen these and would buy one if they were a little more flexible with regard to non-Boss pedals. The spaces provided can fit three Boss "double" pedal units or six single ones but if you put, say, a Big Muff and Electric Mistress in there you'll lose not four but five pedal spaces. Try it to see what I mean.


    You'd be better off with a duckboard, a 1-Spot psu and some velcro.

  7. There's a great little free program for programming the CS-1x called Tune 'em Up. It also works great for backing up user data. It should be available out on the net, but if you can't find it, shoot me a PM.


    Found it on the Yamaha UK forums. Thanks!

  8. Hello, good evening and felicitations to all and sundry. I was wondering if somebody familiar with the workings of electrical keyboards could be of assistance with regard to my old synth. Being a bouzouki player and a folk musician I am therefore a cheapskate. Because of my constant and all-encompassing meanness I purchased a Yamaha CS1x synth from a gentleman in the street some time ago at a bargain price.


    The keyboard works fine (I use it in my little home studio) but I have misgivings with regard to replacing its internal battery. The synth is now nearly 14 years old and to the best of my knowledge has never had a replacement battery. What I was wondering was what would happen when the battery wears out - will the synth simply lose user data or will the whole thing die and have to be reprogrammed with all of its sounds and so on?


    The machine does have a computer connection at the back but it dates from the days when computers ran on a shovelful of coal and some whale oil.


    Any advice will be greatly appreciated but of course will be expected for free - remember that I am a cheapskate and am also having a recession.

  9. The original Gilmour Strat has a three way switch so that's what I've got. The mini-toggle keeps the bridge pickup permanently on if you want it so the combinations are bridge, middle, neck, bridge+middle and bridge+neck. You can't get middle+neck.


    I have an original early 70s Big Muff and a fine machine it is too.

  10. I have an old Morley flanger I bought for a few shillings a while back. I was never very happy with it; the effect was far too subtle for my liking. I could never get that mad jet effect or deep chorus from it and was wondering why people made such a fuss of these old pedals.


    Just now I decided to open it up and see if anything was amiss. All appeared to be in order and then I noticed the trim pots. Lots of them - about half a dozen. I tweaked a couple and nothing happened. Then I turned another couple and the whole pedal burst into life - wild phase effects, shimmering chorus and a detune effect that's a bit mental so I might have to put a trim pot back the way I got it.


    There is surprisingly little information on the net about these things; one guy was looking for $15 for a schematic. Anybody here have one of these pedals?

  11. Well, it's done - mini toggle and all. Everything seems to work but then that is the least that could be expected from such a consummate genius as myself. Here are some pictures - I tried linking from Web{censored}s but the rubber band that runs their computer seems to have broken.

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