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  1. I like the little areas in the Gibson booth where the guys are actually building guitars while you watch. I had the guy by the 335s build me a Les Paul custom and a few balloon animals in 45 seconds flat. I'm a little bummed at yamaha's new digital recreation of the cp70 + real grand + electric pianos etc in a weighted-yet compact form....they have this beautiful and long brochure proudly detailing the journey to get from the cp70 and cp30 days to here & now... And then.....they totally leave the cp30 sounds out of the 2 new digital versions. The cp30 had some of THE most interesting sounds.....and it's still not represented in digital or vsti or anything else. I think the cp30 is simply too hard to do...even for Yamaha.
  2. Friday afternoon..... hey, the new hall reminds me of 1976 AES rather than 21st century Namm.... in one area anyway. You have, well...a u67.... then make a turn and see some big Trident boards, then another turn to see some big Neve boards, another turn to see some big SSL stuff (well, big for them now anyway)... and then another turn ...and.......MCI Tape machines......hahahaha!. Yep, Chris Mara has a booth right there in the new hall. Good for him! Wonder how many trumpet dealers are making deals in the new room? Although I did hear an interesting kazoo (or something) demonstration a bit ago at the Hammond booth by Suzuki guys.
  3. Upstairs in 207a, Gibson has eighteen-bazeeeelllllion Gibsons close together on all four walls....well.... some Epiphones on various islands and on the back left wall areas. A nice visual attack as you walk in the door. Like rare animals captured in a zoo or something. Nice! Maybe it's just nice seeing the booth after last years' absence. Harman is still uncrating lots of stuff in the new hall, so I'll nose around there again around 5pm. Hey, has the 20ft tall Ampeg guitar amp + head been there at past shows? It has ONE cabinet loaded with somewhere around forty ten inch speakers....and a head on top that you need a ladder to get to.....and a fifty foot guitar cable dangling down. The thing looks fully functional. More goodies all around, including a couple of very interesting tarp-covered items I have my eye on in the new hall. Theres a Cp70 in the Yamaha room with two companion keyboards on either side.....is there a digital version of the cp70? I don't keep track although I owned cp70s off and on for years.
  4. I was just looking at the manual and block diagrams. Also watched a bit of the Sweetwater tracking session with it. Oh well. What can one expect for a bit under a grand. Maybe it'll get a bigger brother later that at least has insert points on every channel. With inserts everywhere, you could use modified cables on the trs to create direct outs for every channel. Which could be useful for lots of stuff such as totally bypassing a usb digital connection....staying completely analog in/out of the mixer over to your daily 24-32 analog in interface cards that you already have on your daw etc. It would also separate the Tascam in this regard from the Soundcraft mtk 22....which has the same situation with no (few) inserts and no direct outs. With direct outs, you could do some nifty routing between two of these gizmos. Me? I'd stick on a full blown optional meter bridge of some sort to cover up all those pa-system-location wire connections. And to have one less reason to navigate around the right-side teeny led display. By the way Tascam... you DO have to menu dive (in a sense) to scroll to see the channel input meters. Bring out a cool woodgrain-side set of real Tascam vu meters on a bridge for that 24. You do that all the time anyway on stuff you invent. It'd be real cool looking......oooh...wait..... add inserts to all the channels....use the insert points to route 24 little cables to the analog meter overbridge...with circuitry in the overbridge to split out a direct out path to add as trs or rca on the back of the overbridge.....and voila ... the direct outs. It's either that or Japan has to jimmy up some sort of d-sub connector. In either case, we're talking about adding a whole extra jumble of wires.... which is of course... the wave of the recording future. No more of this iPad and bluetooth headphone daw crap. Oh well maybe next year....or hey....maybe later this month at Namm. I'm gonna squeeze some info out of Tascam during setup days. For sure. Alas, this is the first baby step back into tan/orange/woodcheek land for Tascam (well...second if you count the cassette deck they're pushing) so I guess it's a start. I sort of know what's next anyway, so perhaps this little portastudio mixer is okay as it is.
  5. Tape availability? I equate those discussions to the "what are we gonna do now that hostess Twinkies are history?". The answer to the availability of hostess cupcakes was..... Just relax a few minutes and watch what happens. For those who didn't wait, there were always leftover hostess sno-balls to be had via eBay. Or places like like ATR....doesn't the T stand for hostess twinkies? As to the quiet nature of us teac.....in 1970, you had the initial spinoff tascam guys in marina del Rey (before the Montebello move) putting the pressure on Japan to fabricate what the us guys needed. ASAP...pronto...yesterday. stuff started flowing over in pieces and mdr/Montebello would assemble. Then, Japan understood what it had and ramped up production into overdrive. Now.... We're in a different era. Japan is navigating/directing this thing. Complete with hindsight and a keen awareness of brand-identification. Probably only 2 us guys know the plan and they're not exactly guys on the radar. Teac Japan sees the way into this thing clearly. Unlike in 1970. Imo.
  6. No gym. $5 at the door. Access to main areas. $15 at the door gets you into the really cool area for an hour of hands-on with stuff not found in area 1. Drums, of course, are down the street. Stay longer, another $15. Fee deducted from your $299 & up purchase if you buy today. Can't afford admission? Here, sign-up for the bookumdano credit card & get all-access admission. A free 6 months admission when you pile up a zillion on the card. Try the VIP admission plan too. $36.99 gets you access to try out stuff during musicians' favorite hours of 11pm to 4am. Everyone knows Marshalls start sounding real good at 1am.
  7. Tascam Japan began re-integrating the tan/orange color last year on the Japanese tascam web area. Teaser stuff. As I noted then. A non-working 38 was in the Anaheim namm booth 2018 for what seemed like simple nostalgia. What it (and other orphans) were really for was for discussion input. The ' classics reborn ' thing..complete with woodgrain...is the beginning of a tool-up. For various stuff. One item has appeared in the form of a hybrid product. The next items will work backwards, away from hybrid. While my pre-show namm walkthrough in a few weeks may reveal some nice, additional teac/tascam 2019 goodies, I'm convinced the 2020 show will be the one to bring on the teac smiles. Right on time, in the 36-48mo timeframe I've been predicting. By the way, teac guys kept popping in to that ballfinger display last month. And my studer contacts at Harman still say, "we don't know if the guys here wanna do it". 1970.....2020. tan/orange...classics reborn. Tool-up. The others will follow. As always, I know nothing. I know no one. Never believe anything i claim to know. This thread will self-destruct in five seconds. Or not
  8. $85,000 is nothing in 21st century dollars. What console was it?
  9. If I were in the mood to go play a concert or three (which I'm not), I'd whip up a really nice run of records and some really great sleeves and sell them just like the ohneeders did. At this point in time, the only thing I see of interest in physical-land is a little black spinning piece of gizmo with grooves in it that make sound when a needle skims over the top. Everyone likes watching those things go round... so... that's what I'd make cuz that's what attendees would buy. imo. If I were in the mood. I have no financial incentive to license my work for streaming.
  10. Why mixed feelings? It's only 26 weeks until Winter Namm. That's like about a minute from now.
  11. I heard that Lorne Michaels offered three thousand for the entire conglomeration. He has the cashier check ready.
  12. I still have system 6 and 7 running on a couple of old Macs. Not often, but it's the thought that counts. Ha, Amiga, I still have a 500 around here somewhere that I used for something or other in the 80s. Must've had 12 Atari 1050/520s around here at one point. Probably a C64 still around. I'm sure I still have a few Sequential Cir C64 midi interfaces. To defy all logic, I have five perfectly running Packard Bell 286/386/pentium computers. I don't run them often, but again, it's the thought. I hereby condemn all of those who gave Packard Bell such a hard time in the media and courts....oops, those guys are probably all dead or senile by now. Dos 6.2 is king. It boots up faster than my nvme drives I hate Apple Long live Geocities Long live Amstrad and Zeos.
  13. Bandlab can send up $8000 if they really want me to whip up a short project for them to share with the kiddies. Otherwise, not a happening deal. I do though, like this version of Cakewalk. First one historically that I didn't have to buy. I thank Bandlab for that.
  14. hahahahaha..... I too STILL use MtPro 6.8.4 for the past few years but I still have all my win/atari/mac discs going back to 1988. MTPRO 6.8.4 WORKS BEAUTIFULLY ON 64BIT WIN10 PRO AND HOME!!!!!! Stellar, beautifully, always installs in moments and NEVER gives me an issue. It's been great on everything I've ever used it on from Atari 520/1040, Mac Plus, Win98se, xp, 7, and now 10. I often have it running on a separate synchronized machine in my daw farm and...like you.... use it still because I know it with my eyes closed and it is very easy on the eyes, what with the spartan (compared to the 21st century) screen layouts. Everything you need for midi sequencing right there. I also have it on my laptops (both win10) and often open both MtPro and Cubase and toggle between screens. I have loopbe1 virtual midi cable routed out of MtPro and in to Cubase, set to trigger different vstis... although mostly the newest Roland Virtual Sc88/8820. When I'm on the go with my laptop, I use a little Alesis usb keyboard (one that also has sustain pedal input as i dunno how anyone does without a sustain pedal)... and then route that usb midi keyboard as the input on MtPro's midi setup screen. When I need to export midi files out of MtPro and import into Cubase, it's a cinch... although I tend to keep midi on MtPro. In sync, overdubbing audio on Cubase while midi plays on MtPro is a flawless experience. While the guy who now owns Passport doesn't really do any updating of the MtPro program, everything I need works great. In its most recent updates a century ago, the ability to set different pulse rates was useful and of course, not being limited to 7 character names (or whatever that was that we all had to live with in dos years). Go ahead..... install MtPro on your win10 system. If you don't already have the contents of your ver 6.8.4 floppy transferred to data you can store on a hard drive or flash, just pop in your floppy to a usb ext floppy drive... win10 easily handles those. Start the install, point mtpro to install in programfilesx86..... or even just let it install to program files where it tries to default to.... and let it install!!! Once the program is running, set your preferences the way you always have, maybe create a desktop icon on the taskbar (I do), and voila......Passport survives well into the 21st Century! I just bought a new i7/Win10 laptop a couple of weeks ago and thought, "oh no, this will be the system that won't allow MtPro". It actually is the first system I've ever had that wouldn't let me install the ancient V-Stack program.... oh well. But MtPro installed in less than a minute with no hiccups. And is working fantastically every day. Such a great great little program. Glad it's no longer $400 or whatever it was in 1988.
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