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  1. My wife has a Boss VE-500 unit she bought and we've been attempting to incorporate into our act. These types of things tend to work better for me when I create separate patches for each song although I also create some generic pitch correct focused patches as well for common keys like G, C, E, Dm, etc.. That works best for me as I'm using a computer for backing tracks and it's no biggie to run a midi cable to the unit from my interface. Your situation is probably different.
  2. Things have loosened up significantly here. We went out to dinner last night and then to a place to watch a duo performing outdoors. Not a huge crowd but a reasonable turnout, we'll be back on the schedule to play there again soon. We're booked to play next weekend outdoors at a different place. As protests, rioting and looting compete to take over the headlines, C19 will begin to slip from folks minds.
  3. I have not been tested to date although it's not because I wouldn't want to be. "you could be an asymptomatic carrier, spreading joy and potential death where ever you go". Believe me, I've had that guilt trip/shame attempt/argument hurled at me many times these last few months. 1. I've been considered an "essential" employee since the get go so I do what I need to do. 2. I do not put the people I'm in contact with at any more risk than they do me, if that feeling is not mutual you are not required to get near me. My parents are dead, no need for me to worry about them. At the end of the day who is responsible for your own personal safety if not you?? You wrote about the precautions you intend to continue taking and I'm glad to know you're trying to stay healthy. I, of course, have no idea what your risk level is but wasn't my statement a precautionary one?? I'll expand on it a little. There's little doubt that my immune system is in top form or as close as possible. Doing that was a conscience choice on my part to benefit myself, I would have recommended other healthy people to do the same while society made a more concentrated effort to protect those at greater risk. No one would have listened to me then just as no one will listen to me now. I haven't had anything resembling a cold or flu since the first week of January. At the other extreme, those who've isolated will certainly be at greater risk but not just from C19, perhaps to other more common viruses and bacteria as well. I've mentioned repeatedly that everyone needs to operate within their own comfort level, come to terms with things and re-enter society as best suits you unless you intend to remain hidden away for the remainder of your life. Let's be real here.
  4. It might be worth pointing out that through circumstance and choice, I've interacted with people and society to the greatest extent possible all this time. Others who've been more isolated are probably best to proceed with a bit more caution.
  5. So it looks like the party was on over the weekend all over the place. For my part as an Alpha Tester (beta does not live up to my standards) we rode over to Poopy's in Savanna, Ill. where all the bars were open, bikes lined the streets, booze flowed, bands rocked and there were no sightings of law enforcement.
  6. I'm rather frustrated by it all I suppose because I feel like I came to terms with it months ago and now it's like I'm just waiting for the country to catch up and learn to deal. I realize that may not be a popular thought process for many but I can't lie to myself or others.
  7. I did make a point of mentioning that others are not particularly encouraged to follow my example. It's also not possible for others to instill feelings I just don't have into me. I could go on with the reasons but I would mostly be repeating things I've already written. Take the extreme example of a serial killer who stands stolid in the courtroom while the victims family members are allowed to express their anger and hurt towards him. I suspect a lot of the frustration they feel stems from the fact that they'll never be able to reach him on an emotional level. I feel what might be a similar vibe coming from many people out there these days and the wedge it drives between people makes me sad. I do live in a less dense population but we do not exist within a bubble here. My wife and I actually believe we may have had what's now known as covid-19 back when we traveled to the east coast for a few days at new years. It's the last time either of us has had any type of illness. In late February we traveled to Cancun Mexico for a week. I'm sure 1000's of others traveled to and from this area before things really began to shut down in mid-March. Back when I was in regular band rotation it was not uncommon for me to get bronchitis at least twice a season. I'm not a big follower of media outlets and usually read the stories with skepicism and a questioning manner. I'll bet that for every doctor you can find that would tell you to wear a mask, I can find one that would tell you it's not much use or that it might even be unhealthy for you. This may not make sense to some but I often get a better takeaway from the headlines and stories I don't see. Right now Wisconsin is a great example where I'm awaiting to see more about what's happening there. EDIT: I got carried away a little and, trying to get back on topic, wanted to mention that the May 22nd gig is canceled. We do have the June and July gigs still on though as they were both booked post apocalypse and both are in smaller towns outside our county.
  8. Next time for sure!
  9. From a commerce perspective the shutdown, as it were, was not extended except for bars and casinos and albeit with some various restrictions (social distancing, half capacity, etc.). The report I saw yesterday, one that goes out to U of I Hospital & Clinic employees, was that the number of inpatient C-19 cases was down to 22. The peak never reached 50 I'm told and the total number of cases to date still stood at 161. This is the largest employer in the state and a major trauma center for a state of over 3 million people so even if I used the overly conservative estimate of serving an area of 500,000 people the numbers just don't add up to the over reaction I've witnessed. That, of course, is my opinion to which I'm entitled based upon the numbers and perhaps explains why I've never felt any great concern. Note that I don't set out to serve as a role model and, in fact, have likely often been considered a bad example. Everyone must operate within the confines of their own comfort zone.
  10. We dropped by the old neighborhood while on vacation back '06, yes, it's changed!
  11. We lived on the south end of Lloyd Ave, I walked daily to Saticoy grade school not far away. I actually just reconnected with an old classmate who posted some photos on the Saticoy FB page. I'm still in contact with a next door neighbor from back then but otherwise it's a pretty distant memory at this point.
  12. I was born in AZ and spent early childhood in North Hollywood before getting shipped off to the midwest, I was single digits in the Valley while you were at Woodstock. My main interests will continue to be bikers and musicians no matter where I'm at! My wife thinks we can get booked at places in Vegas and I'm confident she has the tenacity to get it done.
  13. We're supposed to find out today if the governor has any plan to extend restrictions. There was never a "shelter in place" order here. It started as a two week shut down in mid March ostensibly to "flatten the curve" and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. It then got extended through April. May 1st it was extended to certain counties that were identified as "hot spots", mine being one. Today we should know if that continues. At the U of I Hospitals and Clinics yesterday they had 24 C-19 inpatients with total to date being 161.
  14. We went there from IA on vacation and to check out real estate in the area. The whole state is beautiful but Labor Day weekend 2019 we flew into Vegas, rented a car and drove to the St George area, we're more interested in settling there now.
  15. We went to dinner at a place in a town about 30 miles away and my wife booked us a gig there for July. Ironically it was a place we were booked at last year but had to cancel because I was in the hospital with a urinary tract infection. So now we have a gig in July, one in June and still have one for May 22nd if places open up. We're both very busy with other things so once a month is typically good for us, don't like more than twice.
  16. I've taken advantage of the gigging downtime to work on backing tracks, I've made a lot more progress since I don't need to tear things down and haul to gigs. We still have a gig on the books for the 22nd and we hope we can do it. My wife did book a new gig for June 5th. I expect things to be back to normal before then.
  17. We went out for dinner and a couple drinks at a bar and grill tonight, rode the bike to a town over in the next county because ours is still shut down but it was a fantastic day for a ride. Took my doctor with me, well, she's my wife and she enjoys going along.
  18. I suppose it's obvious that I'm ok with that and actually look forward to it. I don't like what's happened and I don't want people to suffer or die but the genie is not going back in the bottle and eventually everyone will need to come to terms with it.
  19. My wife actually booked a new gig yesterday for June 5th, outdoors at a popular place a little ways from our town. Most businesses open back up tomorrow in 77 of our 99 counties but still with some distancing rules, the rest (mine included) are still closed/restricted until May 15. I'm looking forward to sitting my ass in a seat at a restaurant as soon as I can get in the door!
  20. As of today the video reports having 522 views although I'm sure most of those are drive bys, it's over two hours long and I really doubt that anyone sat and watched the whole thing, I sure didn't! It's not completely unlistenable, just annoying with the tiny mic crappy overdriven sound. If we do it again I'll pay a little closer attention to placement and level.
  21. Some seriously nice fingerpickin' there! My wife and I did a live facebook concert last friday from our porch but the on-line sound was not good. We discovered we'd overdriven the mic in her Macbook pro when we viewed the video later.
  22. Things appear to be loosening up in some areas now and I'd like to think most of us now realize that the virus was not as deadly as some media hysteria may have made it out to be, and in fact, isolation will actually weaken your immune system. Don't misconstrue that to mean I didn't think Wuhan/COVID-19 wasn't a real thing. I've continued to go to work everyday and was never very concerned about it from the beginning although I can't explain why. My wife and I have good reason to think we'd had it back at the beginning of January when we flew out east for New Years but we haven't been tested so we can't verify that. I'm not a doctor but my wife actually is. In any case I can see and sense some return to normalcy occuring soon. I certainly don't fault anyone for being overly cautious (obviously some folks need to be) just as I don't respond to attempts to shame or project guilt upon me for my lack of concern. To each his own and I've always respected the space of others. We have a gig in late May that we hope we can do and we've agreed that we'll do the gig for free as a show of support for this business that has suffered greatly.
  23. My wife has a Boss VE-500 vocal unit but I doubt we'll ever use any of the looping options on it. There are some people out there doing amazing things with loopers, I'm never going to be one of them. It actually looks like a lot of work with some serious tap dancing and I'm certain the top guys know those user manuals backwards and forwards.
  24. It's primarily a hobby for my wife and I and the time to do it is limited but I do like to use some nice gear. I just received notice that my interface replacement has been shipped. I continue to use Digital Performer 9, bought the 10 upgrade but have yet to install. The interface is MOTU 828x that I switched to from 828mk3 in early 2018 when I decided to start using my MBP with the thunderbolt ports. This will be a new thing for our duo and the additional haul amounts to a 4 space rack, Akai LPK25 and the MBP. The LPK25 is simply used as a controller device and I've been looking for a footswitch, or maybe even a USB mixer type, device with similar connectivity/function. I may take advantage of the couple empty rack spaces and put in my Line 6 Relay G90 guitar wireless and/or Antares AVP-1. I'm using my Korg Krome 61 keyboard for midi playback and to play on a few songs. I'd kind of prefer to use my Roland FA-08 but full size is not practical since my wife is already playing a full size Privia PX-3 and I'm primarily playing guitar. We've managed to keep our load fairly light so far and I'd really like to keep from bulking out much more. Although it's new for our little act I'd used that same basic setup for many years off and on in bands. When I first decided to try using a computer live around the mid 00's, I had a Toshiba laptop with firewire, a Hercules interface and Sonar. This proved to be a real hassle real quick because Windows was so picky about when and where things got plugged in I wasted valuable setup time messing with the computer. Sonar was not a particularly good live app either. Soon after, as a long time subscriber to Keyboard, I was inspired by a series of articles about sequencing for large tours so I switched over to Mac's and Digital Performer and have found that to be a solid performance combo spanning a number of computer/software/interface updates. The system allows me to play top quality pre-recorded audio as well as midi for the keyboard and control of other devices.
  25. I was getting a lot of work done on backing tracks for our husband/wife duo and this {censored} allowed me to step it up a bit even though I continue working full time. Anyway I was really going at it and decided to do the Digital Performer 10 upgrade. As bad fortune would have it literally minutes after downloading the new DP version I sat down to do some more work and discovered my 828x interface to be dead. I got the thing sent in and am still waiting on my replacement but hopefully when it returns we'll try to do a video/FB feed using some of the backing tracks I've created, it will be interesting to hear the play back.
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