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Everything posted by SteinbergerHack

  1. I had one of those when I was about 18 or 19. Nice guitar, as I recall. No reason you can't make a real nice player out of it!
  2. Same here - I started on violin.
  3. I think that's because a reasonable number of bass players start out learning upright/classical bass, then transition to electric. It seems that a LOT of guitar players start out by learning the "cowboy chords" and completely skip the basic sheet music/sight reading progression.
  4. Bass is relatively easy to sight read in comparison to guitar. That said, there are a lot of non-readers in the rock world......
  5. Q: How do you tell when a band has a really great bass player? A: I don't know either - I never noticed.
  6. No - that site has a security certificate issue of some sort. Might be our corporate firewall.
  7. Win10 - Firefox - Dell laptop Can't see it with Internet Exploder 11 either.
  8. ??? Can't see this - only see the name of the file......?
  9. I saw this elsewhere and thought that it needed to be shared:
  10. In Theil/Small usage, "sensitivity" is the commonly used term for the driver's response function to a specified signal, while "reference efficiency" is the calculated energy transfer ratio. The number most often seen (SPL @ 1W/1m) is the sensitivity number, while efficiency is calculated as a %. They are different values which are closely related.
  11. 100% true. I am a named inventor on a number of patents, yet they are owned by the companies I was working for at the time they were filed. I got a nice bonus for each of them, but the company that owned the lab space owns the work product that comes from it.
  12. I didn't either until I was in a performance situation. When I was operating at full volume on the guitar and not fine-tuning, it sounded great. Then when I started using the guitar's volume knob to fine-tune volume and gain to balance with other instruments, it was really noticeable. I suspect that it's a quantization issues, so it might be addressable with more attention to the gain settings across the whole system. I am used to a MIDI rig that gives me 10 FX presets with a single button press. For the number of groups I work with and the variety of material I do, trying to match
  13. After decades of playing through great tube amps, I've spent the last 6 weeks or so playing through a Kemper. It's a loaner that I acquired to play for a run of the musical theater show "We Will Rock You". This show is effectively a Queen tribute, and as such requires Brian May's signature sound...but a fully-cranked AC30 isn't going to work in this application. Thus, we found a Kemper that we could use to try to recreate May's sound at a more manageable performance volume. As a bonus, the pit band is playing a set of '70s and '80s rock as a pre-show "overture", so I got to try out some of the
  14. It's an interesting thing. I've spent the last 6 weeks or so playing with a Kemper. Next week I'll be returning it...and I will probably not buy one. From real world experience, I have the following observations: > The factory profiles generally stink and do not reflect the ultimate capability of the rig. > You can get really good profiles from several 3rd party vendors, or you can make good ones yourself. Spend the time/$$$, and you will be rewarded. > You really need a high-quality monitor system to use a profiler effectively. If your monitor cabinet is junk,
  15. If you want to use distortion through a full-rage amp (keyboard amp, PA, etc.) you need some sort of cabinet simulator, like the IRs used in modellers and/or loadboxes. Otherwise, it's going to sound really, really bad.
  16. It's probably a solid molded plug, with no internal connection made. Hilarious, in any case.
  17. In this world of digital modellers and profilers, many of us still maintain that a good tube amp still sounds better, even if the digital rig is lighter, more versatile, has better volume control, etc. BUT: What about tube amps that just never sounded good? Not all of 'em are created equal, and some just plain should never have seen the light of day. What tube amps have you owned that just didn't sound good? I'll start with a particularly wretched example of audio flaccidness:
  18. Warning: https://www.sevenstring.org/threads/all-looks-and-no-quality-grote-guitar.165841/page-4 They used to have a website, which now appears to be defunct. hmm....good luck.
  19. Think of it this way: You can go to a rack Kemper and use a plain old MIDI floor controller to select rigs and presets. No other pedals required - everything is in the rack box. For me, the Kemper would let me drop close to 100 lbs, cut floor space by roughly half, and simplify the setup massively. I add the kemper rack and a wah control pedal. I no longer have to carry the Bogner XTC, the Bogner pedals, rack FX unit, rack tuner, the 4x12 or 2x12 stage cabinet, my Morley wah, one 9V battery, and about a half-dozen cables. I already carry monitor(s) for acoustic instrumen
  20. Ahhh...sorry, I missed the sarcasm. And yeah, I agree, which is why none of the modellers have ever gotten me to consider moving fro tubes. The Kemper, OTOH, sounds pretty darned good.
  21. Sure, but what does that have to do with amp technologies?
  22. That plant manufactures Epiphones, not Gibsons.
  23. The Kemper has had the same hardware since its release about 8 years ago, so I'm not this is entirely accurate....but certainly true for the modellers. They go obsolete faster than cellphones and laptops. I would also point out that the profilers and modellers really aspire to sounding like a mic'd tube amp, not a tube amp in the room with you. This is not an inconsequential difference, and it has both positive and negative consequences. As far as "get a tube amp and be done with it"....well, that's fine, but what do you do when you get a call for a "silent stage" gig? This happen
  24. Looking at the current crop of products, it seems that there are 4 competing architectures, three of which have well-established market leaders: 1) Profile an existing amp to digitally copy and recreate the transfer function - Kemper. 2) Digitally process the signal through individual component blocks that represent the schematics of existing amps - Axe-FX (and maybe Helix?). 3) Digitally re-configure an analog circuit to re-create the analog circuits of existing amps - BluGuitar. 4) Use a tube amp - Marshall, Vox, Bogner, Diezel, Two Rock, Mesa, Fender, etc. Does this pretty well
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