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About ggm1960

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    Midi Manipulator
  • Birthday 07/09/1960


  • Biography
    Mom made us take piano lessons.


  • Location
    Cedar Rapids


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    Harley Davidson


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  1. I still attend the occasional open mic/jam. When I first moved to the area nearly 30 years ago it was my foot in the door. I got married in 2016 and my wife was an accomplished keyboardist in the sight reading church organist/pianist vocal harmonizer sort of vein. We decided to start our own pop/rock duo thing but she didn't have "jam" experience so we began attending the open mic/jams in the area in order for her to get up to speed a bit. Eventually I was able to get out of other band commitments and soon we were doing gigs of our own. It's been great fun that I hope will continue for many years. We were recently approached to guest host one of the open mics that we like but we already had travel plans. I believe we would do it though if the opportunity came along again and we were available.
  2. My inspiration for this came from Keyboard magazine years ago and a series of articles from the pros creating backing tracks for world tours with the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna. Although their setups were designed for full band sequencing events with click tracks and so forth it's still a workable solution for solo/duo acts albeit probably overkill under most circumstances. Their setups were mostly based around MOTU hardware and software along with MBP computers. The Digital Performer program was used because of it's unique (at least at the time) ability to create and have all the sequences you need in a "chunks" list all contained within one file for easy accessibility. I put the same system together for myself and used it quite successfully in a couple different bands. There's no buying tracks for this so it requires you to create your own and it also requires additional hardware and skills most solo/duo acts would just not want to mess with. I've got mine down to a manageable haul of just an interface and a MBP and since I have the knowledge, equipment and a successful history with it there's no reason to switch at this point. The biggest problem for me is just getting motivated at this point, would like to create some tracks for the duo with my wife. As a keyboard player it's not hard for me to get the midi tracks laid down but always the biggest issue for me is adding drums. I recently upgraded to Superior Drummer 3 and I believe it will be very helpful if only I can compromise and settle for a more generic beat on a lot of these tunes.
  3. If it's just in a social setting I wouldn't think there would be much problem, wish him well, have a beer and bail out. I occasionally run into former band mates and it's rarely awkward or a problem, I'm still friendly with most although often times it doesn't take long to remember why you might not want to be working with them again!
  4. I'm rarely on the cutting edge and this device is definitely not going to change that!
  5. There is a lot of that going on around here also. There are so many guitar noodlers you'd think it was 1983, so many seem to act as if they're trying to be the next Jimi Hendrix or SRV. Now, I'm not opposed to noodling the guitar, I've been doing it since my teens myself, but it just wears me out to watch it endlessly and amazes me that it still seems to be a big deal among "musicians" even when it seems the general public is not all that interested in it.
  6. If it feels right follow to where it leads!
  7. So many synths, so little time! Always loved Reason and everything in there. Used SampleTank and the other IK stuff quite a bit years ago. Then the AAS Ultra Analog and Lounge Lizard are fun. The Arturia ones may be the best but I haven't spent much time with them all. Hope to get some use out of that Codex someday also. This post has reminded me to go back and see if I can still get logged into some of those websites!
  8. Although I have the guitar behaving now and I'll likely wear those strings out, it's a pretty sure bet I'll try something else next time. Another thing I found odd was that the string pins don't fit into the holes as snugly as I'm used to with other acoustic guitars, it almost seems odd that they are able to hold the strings in.
  9. I would agree, looks better than it has in years.
  10. I can speak to the Taylor T5, I bought one at Sweetwater Gearfest 2018. I got it for $2k because it was the one they'd been using in the tent and apparently didn't have others within reach. I'd actually gone to Gearfest with the intent of getting one. I'd put in notice with the band I'd been playing keyboards with for several years and was waiting for them to find my replacement while meanwhile my wife and I had been going to open mics and jams putting together our own duo show. I liked the guitar right away because it played very much like an electric (more gibson than fender) and I totally intended to do some occasionally extensive noodling while my wife held down the rhythm on keys. It does sound good with a decent range of tone but I, and others I know, aren't overly impressed with the acoustic position. I quickly became frustrated with the guitar because I was having a great deal of trouble keeping it in tune. I changed out the strings with the recommended Elixir strings but the problem persisted. I seem to have gotten past that at this point however by stretching the hell out of them and turning that guitar into my bitch. Perhaps that is the nature of those strings? For many years I've preferred the GHS Boomers on my electrics. In any case I've been using it as my main guitar for our duo gigs and although I think it's over priced for what you get, it fits nicely with the classic pop music format and approach we're taking, ie; a nice clean tone and the ability to play lead guitar parts.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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