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About ggm1960

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    Greg Mein
  • Birthday 07/09/1960


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    Cedar Rapids


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  1. I guess when I say that I mean one of these solid chunks of wood that read Gibson, Fender or Rickenbacker on the headstock and don't need a battery! I was a bit frustrated with the T5 for a while, couldn't keep it tuned. I don't know if it was the guitar or the Elixir strings but it seems I finally got them stretched enough where the thing mostly cooperates now.
  2. In my duo I've been using my Roland KC100 keyboard amp that I bought second hand years ago. It's a great solution since I also have my Korg Krome plugged into it. The guitar I mainly use is a Taylor T5 although I like to use my Takamine EF341SC for a more authentic acoustic tone on some songs. While the Taylor does a fair job of electric I managed to fatten it up some with my Tech 21 Fly Rig 5. It adds a lot without adding much in terms of size, weight or complexity. I might even take a "real" electric guitar to a gig some day.
  3. Thanks for these great suggestions! I'm currently gathering materials and planning my room treatment. R38 insulation, OC 703 ridgid fiberglass and foam panels all waiting to be installed.
  4. My experience around here is that, with few exceptions, if you start a new band, you start all over in regards to getting booked. There's also what I'd call a "turnover" problem where venues (mostly bars) open,close and/or change hands somewhat frequently. I'd worked with this drummer in the past and found that he doesn't like to um.....stick to a standard beat and could go off the rails with a little, shall we say, improve occasionally. I've talked to others that have worked with him since that time and tell me they find it difficult to work with him for similar reasons.
  5. I actually needed a break from that myself, it took a while for my replacement to appear but now I'm just performing in a duo with my wife. Low stress, low pay, less equipment, less gigs; it's working for me!
  6. I almost bought one of those before I got out of the last band I was in. My main function was keyboards but I also played guitar and the sound guy was mic-ing my little '59 Gibson Skylark amp. It sounded great but I was always concerned about my little vintage amp getting damaged in transport etc.. Does that thing sound pretty good?
  7. ggm1960

    Boss VE-500

    The big takeaway here appears to be that if you're using a Boss product with a Mac, you're on your own. I'm certain that for most people the driver install goes fine and they don't need any additional assistance. Why did I have a problem? Hard to say but I've run a lot of other music gear with this computer and drivers have previously been installed for MOTU interface units, Line 6 gear, the Roland FA-08 and perhaps some other things although I didn't have anything else attached at the time I had this problem. I would imagine there's some sort of resource conflict but who knows? Apparently no one.
  8. I can remember using it during home recording although it's been so long ago I don't remember the details. As I recall it was rather persnickety since it also incorporates clocking where one will be the master and the others need to play along. I believe in the end I just decided it was more trouble than it was worth.
  9. I like the idea of having break-out panels on the front, I always wanted to do that on the crazy rack rig I had with the last band I was in but never got around to it.
  10. For me it was a Gibson LP Custom "Black Beauty" I bought from a guy for $200. It was a real nice guitar but in all honesty I only think of it because of the value it would have now. I already had my '76 "Gold Top" at the time but I didn't have a good amp so another friend convinced me to trade it to him for a '78 Twin Reverb. It was the early 80's, we were younger and didn't give much thought to "vintage". We were looser with wheelin' and dealin'. I sold that amp last year to a young guy who was just thrilled to get it. Me, I don't have much use for huge tube boat anchors anymore. A few years ago I toyed with the idea of trading my '59 LP Jr for a fancy new PRS but quickly came to my senses.
  11. FB is a fast and now lookie at me kind of thing. There's a popular group there called "Cover Band Central" I suddenly found myself a member of one day. 1000's of people with a lot of comments and questions often similar to ones I've seen in forums here. It's a lot different though in that there's no way I'm going to scroll through 300 replies to a topic on anything at FB! Facebook has become sort of like a car crash to me, I don't really like most of what's going on there but yet I can't turn away from it. It's actually somewhat necessary for Brenda and my duo gig as we promote there, most people who will show up are there and so are the venues that book us. I can still enjoy posts from family and friends although the overall theme on FB is becoming more and more of a political war zone! Russian hackers can't hold a candle to some of the people I know and I'm trying harder not to take all the bait. I'm thankful for the relatively new "snooze" feature, there's always "unfollow" for more serious offenders and then if it comes to it, I'll "unfriend" like I recently did to a person I knew from here hahaha!
  12. I'm quite fortunate in that my duo gig with my wife has a built in following, something I've never before experienced in all my years of playing in bands. My wife's cousin is the de facto leader of a loosely formed bicycle riding group. They're a great bunch of people who've become good friends and they love to go out, eat and party almost constantly. When we did our first gig back in February I don't think the wine bar venue expected much but they were quickly overwhelmed. The waitresses were getting stressed out because they couldn't get through the crowd to deliver food and beverage and then at 10pm when we were done the place became a ghost town. There were also a lot of faces we didn't recognize there all night as well, the bicycle group isn't big enough to totally stuff a place but I do think their level of enthusiasm is contagious. Where FB comes in is that most of our friends/followers are on there and it makes it real convenient for us to get our gig dates out to them plus it gets picked up and shared by others while venues are also good at promoting there. It's been helpful in getting us some more gigs since it continues to be a primary pop culture phenomenon, our act is "new" and pretty much anyone who's into social activities or operating a social type of business is there. Having said all that however, we've still done some phone tag and pavement pounding and these venues are also smart enough to know they need to advertise on more conventional or old fashioned outlets as well. There is a lot of competition in this area and I'm sure getting gigs will always be a challenge.
  13. [QUOTE=onelife;n32490020]I did a lot of MIDI recording in the late '80s after the DX7 came out. I had a Yamaha QX21 then bought a Roland MPU-401, a PC and a very early text based MIDI sequencer version of Cakewalk. In those days I found it a bit of an ordeal to get everything setup and to manage the recording process - which often resulted in the musical idea getting lost or compromised in some way. [/QUOTE] I remember the days of having a hardware midi sequencer. I used one for a while in '91 but found it real tedious with the small screen and trying to manipulate things with the buttons, I don't even remember what brand it was now. Not long after I finally got my own PC, actually built a midi interface from a project in Radio Electronics magazine and was running a DOS based sequencer I believe called Trax. That all worked for a little while before more upgrades were in order but the hardware sequencer got traded off for some guitar effects pedals and I never went back there again!
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