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Quote from: alanp on April 04, 2022, 07:36:39 AM
There is cooked, and there is food poisoning.

People also get angry with me with regards to how I like my steak. Cooked, not raw.

Why get angry over a food preference? Unless that is the way you serve steaks to other people. And it's your way or the highway.
Open Discussion / Re: Pedal photo booth
March 23, 2022, 09:42:56 AM
I need one of these to photograph guitars. Such a brilliantly simple concept.
Open Discussion / Re: Line6 DL4 Mark II
March 23, 2022, 09:36:29 AM
Delays and dsp pedals in particular were always the last pedal I'd power with a battery, so that's no issue for me. I get the idea they fixed one of the biggest drawbacks of the DL-4, it needing a special power supply. If you can power it with a normal 9v cable from a normal power supply that would be a HUGE plus. And I reckon that with 128 presets via MIDI, plus new delays, this version might be the one that sees the retirement of the rarer then gold Echo Pro rackmounts. Too bad you can't access those 128 presets via normal footswitch controls. But I suspect that if you want those then HX Stomp is probably more your thing.

In a way this is testimony that the original DL-4, together with the Echo Park, were really good bang for the buck delay pedals. I don't think the DM-4, FM-4 and MM-4 pedals will get this upgrade.
Open Discussion / Re: Tube ban
March 17, 2022, 12:31:38 PM
It would be hilarious if virtue signaling would accomplish what digital emulation couldn't do, finish off the vacuum tube in guitar amplification.
Open Discussion / Re: Any other fans of "The Expanse"?
February 10, 2022, 03:14:46 PM
Quote from: jkokura on February 03, 2022, 03:02:59 PM
You do realize that the Expanse seasons 5 & 6 was released by Amazon over a number of weeks, right? It wasn't released with the 'binge' model you describe.

I'm not certain about earlier seasons, but I don't see what this has to do with the Show...


Too little too late. The 1st and 2nd seasons are the most critical of any show. If its not created a buzz by then the 5th and 6th season aren't going to magically make it a hit.

Quote from: harryklippton on February 03, 2022, 11:43:18 PM
Well damn I'd watch this. Is there a way to watch it without prime?

It's called sailing the High Seas matey! Yarr!  ;)
Open Discussion / Re: Any other fans of "The Expanse"?
February 03, 2022, 12:35:37 PM
I reckon the biggest problem the Expanse had in creating a larger audience was the binge model. The binge model is a stupid business model. It doesn't create a long term buzz and weekly water cooler moment. Game of Thrones would never have become what it was if every season had been released to the binge model. There would be a short spike upon release and then a quick fade out from attention as people move on to the next show to binge on.

You need that weekly release so everyone is on the same level, to have people talk and discuss each individual episode, theorize as to what will happen next week, get fansites and fan youtube channels making their own content explaining and theorizing on the show. Drop it all at once and that just won't happen. The binge model turns TV shows into McDonalds food. You eat it, and you forget it. Only too late did Amazon realize the binge model didn't work and did they start dropping the Expanse episodes on a weekly basis, but by then it was too late. Just look at the Book of Boba Fett Star Wars show. It's shite, but with a weekly release its still generating more fan content and buzz online then the Expanse did.

The binge model must die, and I think even Netflix that popularized this model is starting to realize this. And if you absolutely have to binge you can always do so once a show has fully aired.
Quote from: gordo on January 27, 2022, 11:16:23 PM
I'm still convinced too that neck woods are partly psychological.  I think of maple boards as being snappier sounding, but is that because I think it or I actually hear it.  And how did you get the rippling effect in these walls???

We think things like that because we listen to things with our preconceived minds looking for validation. That is why blind tests are the only way to go. And also we are pattern recognition animals. Are minds are hardwire to notice things. Hmm, blue berries make Unga Bunga ill, maybe blue berries are poison? Being able to discern which foods could kill you and how big predators hunt you were life saving abilities. But it also causes us to hear and see patterns that aren't there. Like tonewood, magical NOS transistors and probably supernatural deities too.
There are so many variables that go into an electrical guitar tone that can influence why 2 guitars of the same exact model with different wood can sound subtlety different. Just the tolerance drift on your pickups and pots alone. Thing is though, wood is not a filter, tubes are not a filter. Your EQ is a filter, pickups are a filter, and your speakers most definitely act as a filter. You want to change your electric guitar sound, I reckon EQ, both amps and pedals, pickups and your cab speakers should be your main focus. Not paying premium price for rare tonewood with snake oil properties. The fun thing of having an Axe-FX is that I can cycle a loop playing a riff through endless IR's with different cabs and speaker combos. And the differences in sounds are MASSIVE!
Open Discussion / Re: This has to end
January 23, 2022, 05:48:45 PM
Quote from: alanp on January 23, 2022, 01:53:46 AM
While I have a shed, the sad fact is that right now it's mostly a warehouse full of crap.

I helped a friend move and her shed was literally that. Like you opened the door and instant wall of crap. And in a perverse way incredibly efficiently stacked.
Open Discussion / Re: Interchangeable tubes?
December 13, 2021, 01:43:19 PM
This was why I used to order no bigger then $40 with a coupon at the time, so I would get the nice envelops with $25 stamped on it. And except for once when they opened it I never had to pay for it. The one time I did place a bigger order it came in a box, in which case customs immediately hit me with import charges.

If I were you I'd create a spreadsheet where you can fill in what your Tayda order will cost and that then adds anywhere between 22 and 30% of your Tayda order cost so you have an immediate insight in what you will probably end up paying. As it can be a combination of VAT and customs duties. If you want to know what it will be for sure your best bet will be to place a small test order, see what the additional costs will be and extrapolate from there. And also keep in mind what the price difference will be + VAT and customs duties with EU webshops like Musikding. Although you might end up being lucky and Tayda has found a loophole to avoid having you pay VAT. Like Aliexpress and Amazon seem to have found.

Governments are just like the mafia, only with superior enforcers to make you pay, courts and laws to unnecessarily annoy you, and far less effective law enforcement to make up for it. Nobody messes with the mafia after all.
Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
December 13, 2021, 11:17:04 AM
Quote from: jimilee on December 06, 2021, 03:09:16 PM
Why do people think they're the ones that's gonna Kill John Wick??? He killer 4 guys in a bar with a pencil, don't they know they're just gonna die???

Why do people think they can kill James Bond? (well, now they can) Or Superman? Or Son Goku? Because the studio wishes to milk the franchise and make more money. Although logically there's always people who think they can make a name for themselves by taking out the biggest and the strongest Mofo out there.

Quote from: matmosphere on December 06, 2021, 03:56:06 PM
Yeah, I never go to shows that cost more than $30. I figure that no later how much I want to see a particular band I don't generally like shows in big venues. Plus I fell like there are plenty of good bands to be seen in small venues for way less money.

I'll still go to a large concert, I went to Muse twice in 2019. But getting GA tickets for Muse was still doable. Unlike U2 which basically requires you to sell your firstborn and pledge allegiance to Satan. But yeah, smaller bands and venues are more enjoyable, if only because you can still interact with the band before or after the gig.

Quote from: midwayfair on December 07, 2021, 04:07:23 AM
I think I've lost the "don't be on FB" war and it blows.

I found out that some of my best musical friends put out an album ... in November 2019. I've shared multiple gigs with them, recorded them and produced songs for them, and I had no idea. They're not the only ones. I actually missed the release of another album I played on for basically the same reason: I think it really is so difficult to be a musician without Facebook that most musicians don't use anything else to communicate with people. I lose a subscriber every time I send a mailing list e-mail, and the online stuff I do use like forums aren't exactly a way to keep in touch with too many people I know near home.

There is at least one local venue (that I've played several times) that won't use anything else to book shows. Can't call, can't e-mail, can't talk in person. Have to use FB.

It was kind of easy to ignore this problem when I was in school and couldn't play shows or even most of the time find time to go to any, and during the pandemic when no one could play shows and I wasn't going anywhere and didn't get frequent reminders that I didn't have any clue what was going on.

I'd ditch FB in a heartbeat if I could. I need it for work. Which on the plus side has kept me from sperging on political issues and stuff like so many others seem to do. Gotta keep my account free of politics. If only I keep my FB friends from doing so. I'm fed up with their 'I am pro/anti-vax and here's why those I disagree with are stupid'. As somebody said, I think it was youtuber Razorfist, FB is like having that crazy uncle you only met at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and now having to hear what he says ALL THE TIME!

Quote from: midwayfair on December 07, 2021, 04:32:20 AM
It's not just the shows and albums, it's indicative of how hard it is from both sides to keep up with people who are sort of locked into FB as a primary way of communicating. Another friend and bandmate (not like some random acquaintance), who I've had text conversations with several times during the pandemic just had their second baby and I found about it a month afterward. I'm not some super social person, but I feel like the nature of communication about friendship has fundamentally changed, to the point where it wouldn't even occur to one of my close friends to mention his family's second baby on a text, because of course everyone's already known for a while. I'm completely disconnected from community in a very fundamental way now. I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and it's very different from the last time I reactivated my account, at the worst possible time, for about a year. I originally ditched the account in 2013, then reactivated it in like 2015 or 2016. I have actual data from that experiment about how disconnected I became from the music community in Baltimore, because I had almost no gigs for two years (at least not my own -- I was playing guitar and mandolin for people at the time though) and then I had lots of gigs in 2016 many of which came just from responding to a Facebook post. If I needed to rely on this to put food on the table, I would probably starve if I didn't use it, so it's no wonder to me that most musicians I know are on there and heavily invested. (By the way, when I got rid of my account in 2013 or whenever, I actually nuked the account: I deleted all my posts and removed everyone from my friends list. This time I just deactivated it.)

I also never understood why people do all their communications via FB. Its messaging system sucks ass compared to whatsapp, or the old MSN messenger it replaced. And for keeping track of your friends the algorithm keeps track of which friends you check on the most, so it stops showing you what your friends you keep less track off are doing after a while. And never never never use FB as a news source. Even without the censorship the algorithm will only feed you what you think you want to hear. Hello bubble!

But yeah, I get what you're saying that you need FB as a means to stay in contact with other musicians and as a means to get gigs or jobs. Only reaso I keep it basically.

Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
November 29, 2021, 10:58:24 AM
I LOVE a multiple screen setup. I have them at work and now at home too. Ideal to run youtube on one screen and do some work or forum stuff on another. I'd have a three screen setup if I could. They're also ideal for online zoom fitness, to have the instructor big on one screen and gallery view of the participants on another. So you at least feel part of a group and not alone in your living room.
Open Discussion / Re: This or THAT??? Decimator question
November 10, 2021, 10:58:04 AM
Quote from: madbean on November 03, 2021, 01:23:20 PM
Yeah my Decimator build has never left the pedalboard. It's pretty great.
I have a noise gate idea I've been kicking around based on the THAT 4305. It's borrows a bit from the Fortin Zuul and also one of the THAT application notes. Haven't tried building it yet. I really should add something like that to the mbp project list eventually.

You know, what I would really have liked is to have a noise gate add on board for high gain dirt pedals. Or a noise gate section as part of a high gain pedal build. That would have saved me pedal board real estate. I used to have up to 4 to 5 dirt pedals on my board necessitating at least a couple of noise gates for some of them, as I was working with loops and 1 setting to rule them all wasn't really working in my experience. Personally I think every dirt pedal should have a built in noise gate to begin with. With a possibility to bypass them if you want too.
Open Discussion / Re: This or THAT??? Decimator question
November 03, 2021, 11:36:27 AM
Quote from: Zerro on November 03, 2021, 12:08:52 AM
Most of signal from guitar, when you play, will mask background noise between notes you play. Most annoying noise, hiss or hum, is heard when sound will decay out (if signal is not really dramatically poluted with noise). So problems with attack-decay setting is not so cruel here for staccato playing, as described. Mostly some simple semi-passive Gate would work without problem.

Here is one (enhanced) simple gate with minimal settings needs.

I've tried and built many noise gates, IMHO none can hold a candle to the Decimator. The one I haven't tried and which may be better, even though I got one is Glenn Fricker's Cockblocker.