Abacab. On the Metro shuffle this evening, the title track off “Abacab” popped up. Great tune. I listened to the whole thing. Interestingly, right as I walked on to the train, I thought of playing video games, old school video games. This association makes perfect sense to me. “Abacab” was released in 1981, when I was nine year old. In 1982, Atari renamed its video console the “2600.” I owned an Atari 2600 around that time, and I was also recording Genesis songs off the radio.
Cheese. Last night, after walking the dogs, I fired up the DVD player and watched the end of the “Return of the King.” I hate to be harsh, but it occurred to me, I think for the first time, that the “closing ceremonies” bit of that film is powerfully cheesy. Like the surprise wedding moment for Aragorn and Arwen? Ooof. Maybe I thought that part was cheesy in previous viewings of the movie, which I like overall, but last night it hit me pretty hard.
Compression. I think I’m ready to invest in a compressor pedal. More on this topic in later posts.
This one could probably use more work, but sometimes you have to just let it rip.
The novelty for me here was hooking up my Boss ME-50 multi-effects pedal to the Yamaha keyboard. That made for some fun, I-wish-I-was-Matt-Holford style noodling. The Yamaha comes out pretty faint in this project, but it’s there. Oh yes, it’s there.
I made some progress this evening on 072709. Let’s just say I’m having trouble staying away from GarageBand’s effects rack, particularly the chorus. I’m a freaking sucker for chorus. Tune is getting weird, and I hope it gets weirder.
I did this one in Pro Tools LE, which I haven’t used much at all in the last few years. One thing I liked about the software was the reverb effect. I can’t remember the details here, but I think you could set reverb to “infinite” or something. That made for some sonic weirdness, which shows up a bit in the track.
UPDATE: I tweeted this blog post and got the funniest response nearly immediately: “@fretbuzzdotnet That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” A perfect reply, when you listen to this spaced-out track. But then I checked out who sent the response. The Internet is really amazing.
The new pro-level DAW from Apple has premiered today, and while the general appearance and feel of Logic 8 appears to be retained (it is not, after all, being billed as Logic 8.x or Logic 9), there are a gaggle of fancy new features, including the lovely stompbox interface featured above. It seems that the goal is to use strong brand identification to get the low-level pro user and, more importantly, the upper level amateur to forgo GarageBand in favor of this comprehensive, all-inclusive, software suite. I think the real pros are content with the multitude of aftermarket plug-ins that have been in use for years. The difference is that modeling tech just keeps getting better and better and better. My GuitarRig software is already getting a bit old, and it still sounds pretty good.
And let me just say this. While the above interface may be easy on the eyes, the $500 price tag for Logic Studio does not include a foot controller. For those of us who have been accumulating real stompboxes over the past umpteen years, the best solution is still what Delarus suggested to me some time ago – you want great sound? Stick a mic in front of your amp and (with all due respect to Bill O’Reilly) do it live!
I’ve never been too good with the wah-wah rocker pedal. Volume pedal is a different story, that I can handle. but the wah has never been my friend. So, several months ago, I picked up this sucker on a whim and it’s a nice sounding unit with lots of versatility. It can do envelope or LFO and the multi-peaks can get real crazy – that’s always a good thing.
Unfortunately, the switch stopped working several months ago and I foolishly never did anything about it. The unit still got power and all the settings seemed to work, but I couldn’t work the pedal. Well, last night, I decided to take a quick look inside and noticed that a spring in the switch had been overly compressed. I gently stretched out the spring and put it back in place, put all the screws back in and ta-dah! The thing is working like a charm. I’ll try to get some recording done so you can hear this beauty. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a nice little auto-wah/filter unit.
Man, I love myself some electro-harmonix! This is like the NYC guitarists dream amp… the size of a guitar pedal?!! Say Whaaa?! Just take a look at EHX.com and check out the Caliber-22. It’s a 22 watt guitar amp the size of a little MXR phaser… just grab any speaker cab at the show and your in-bidness. I really have to get my homestudio set up, so I can catch up with frettbuzz and mpomy on the online composing, but for now I’m gonna get my gearhead on per usual.
Just did my second build of a buildyourownclone.com pedal kit. It’s a BigMuffPi this time to the original specs! I’ll send some pics along the way and some recording too. Here’s the online shootout of the clone vs. the real deal. I sold my vinty along time ago… sorta kicked myself afterwards, of course, but it was a late seventies model, not the true mike matthews special… man this thing rips, and it’s true bypass… mean and clean. My soldering skills are getting better, but I screwed up the led light… oh well, now it’s the real deal. My first byoc kit I built was a clone of the tonebender mkII… a little too heavy for my taste, but I had to check it out…
There we go… doesn’t have that 70s mojo… who really cares… and who’s lookin?! I kinda like the idea of someone taking a look at your pedal rig and having absolutely no idea whats going on. just a bunch of unfinished boxes.