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    Quote Originally Posted by hippypants View Post
    So what would be a cheap way to record something at home providing you have instruments already? I have a couple of mikes as well, and have done a few things with cassette recorders, but it's not real efficient. Is there a free app or something you can buy cheaply?
    Most major DAW platforms come in "free" versions: lower track count, minimal effects, etc . . . which, for the most part, will get your feet wet and determine if you'd ultimately move forward.

    Of major importance is your audio interface - - - getting signals into/out of the computer with low latency is critical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHORG View Post
    Most major DAW platforms come in "free" versions: lower track count, minimal effects, etc . . . which, for the most part, will get your feet wet and determine if you'd ultimately move forward.
    Usually, one has to buy a piece of hardware from the same company to get the free DAW software. For example, one has to buy the Steinberg UR22mkII to get a free copy of Cubase LE/AI.
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    Damned - right under my nose...

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    Wonder what 1 used b-string from one of his guitars would cost on auction

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHORG View Post
    Most major DAW platforms come in "free" versions: lower track count, minimal effects, etc . . . which, for the most part, will get your feet wet and determine if you'd ultimately move forward.

    Of major importance is your audio interface - - - getting signals into/out of the computer with low latency is critical.
    I just bought a Focusrite Scarlett Solo (Amazon), which should do the trick. Comes with Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools. Thanks WHORG.

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    Anyone interested in loops, I just got 75% off at The Loop Loft (I think this deal may only be until midnight tonight).
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    Sorry, I posted this in the synth gear porn thread... I meant it to go here...

    I just recently decided to set up a decent PA, so I bought out some Carvin 3 way PA speakers on close out, and I bought The Behringer X Air XR12 Tablet-controlled Digital Mixer. It is controlled by a tablet (which I havent bought yet) so there really is no mixing console. It's quite a different approach to running sound, you can control the pa - monitors, - everything from a tablet or even a cell phone. My son has a pretty decent Rockabilly band, and I'm going to run their sound - if they can find anyplace to play. I'm thinking I'll run sound for other local bands that I can stand to listen to as well. I need to build a simple light show. Its fun having crap to shop for again! Most bands have to pay through the nose for a decent PA, so I figure I can volunteer myself and that will be my contribution to local live music.

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    Is it treasonous (especially in a thread I started) to admit that I may have hit Peak Gear for the foreseeable future??

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    Is it treasonous (especially in a thread I started) to admit that I may have hit Peak Gear for the foreseeable future??
    I'm actually in a major downsizing mode, as is my wife. We're selling off our Eccentric Orbit gear, and I used the opportunity to clear out some other stuff I don't use much. I'll be down to two basses, two electric guitars, and two acoustic guitars - one nylon and one steel string. It's actually kind of liberating, and all the gear I'm keeping gets regular use except the nylon string, but that was a gift from my Uncle, so it's not up for consideration to be let go). My wife is down to just her Nord Electro 5D, she doesn't even have an acoustic or electric sax anymore. It would take a real need to get us to buy more gear at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    I'm actually in a major downsizing mode, as is my wife. We're selling off our Eccentric Orbit gear, and I used the opportunity to clear out some other stuff I don't use much. I'll be down to two basses, two electric guitars, and two acoustic guitars - one nylon and one steel string. It's actually kind of liberating, and all the gear I'm keeping gets regular use except the nylon string, but that was a gift from my Uncle, so it's not up for consideration to be let go). My wife is down to just her Nord Electro 5D, she doesn't even have an acoustic or electric sax anymore. It would take a real need to get us to buy more gear at this point.

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    Admirable approach, Bill.
    I am not quite there yet.

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    Q: Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with Roland Handsonic vs. Korg Wavedrum? Not aware of any others that are really comparable, but please set the straight if I am mistalen.

    Thanks.
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    I think downsizing is great. In general I've been trying to get rid of things I haven't used in a long time and which I'm unlikely to use. I'm almost ready to just give away a couple of pedals that I can't seem to interest anyone in. My focus is on keeping things simple and functional. Of course, I still want to get to a point where I have "optimal" gear. Like stuff that is small, light, and sounds really good. I am down to two electric guitars, two basses, and one acoustic guitar. The electric guitars are hard to part with just for sentimental reasons, but I'd like one really nice electric some day. I could part with one of my current basses, but there's no point unless can replace it with something really nice. Maybe in another year or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhabreath View Post
    Q: Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with Roland Handsonic vs. Korg Wavedrum? Not aware of any others that are really comparable, but please set the straight if I am mistalen.

    Thanks.
    Why yes I do! Well, I've got one-half of the picture for you.
    I have had the original Roland Handsonic HPD-15 since it came out.
    https://www.roland.com/us/products/handsonic_hpd-15/

    It is a delightful instrument with some excellent sounds. The controller pads, the ribbons, and the D-Beam allow for some good control. I love mine. But alas, I have no experience with the (very expensive) Wavedrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    I think downsizing is great. In general I've been trying to get rid of things I haven't used in a long time and which I'm unlikely to use. I'm almost ready to just give away a couple of pedals that I can't seem to interest anyone in. My focus is on keeping things simple and functional. Of course, I still want to get to a point where I have "optimal" gear. Like stuff that is small, light, and sounds really good. I am down to two electric guitars, two basses, and one acoustic guitar. The electric guitars are hard to part with just for sentimental reasons, but I'd like one really nice electric some day. I could part with one of my current basses, but there's no point unless can replace it with something really nice. Maybe in another year or two.
    I gotta ask...what pedals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    Why yes I do! Well, I've got one-half of the picture for you.
    I have had the original Roland Handsonic HPD-15 since it came out.
    https://www.roland.com/us/products/handsonic_hpd-15/

    It is a delightful instrument with some excellent sounds. The controller pads, the ribbons, and the D-Beam allow for some good control. I love mine. But alas, I have no experience with the (very expensive) Wavedrum.
    Thanks - but for new gear the Roland (HP-20) is hundreds more than the wavedrum. Glad you like the HP-15. Despite the $ I'm leaning towards the HP-20.
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    Getting rid of any instruments?

    No way. I still have my first synthesizer, though I never use it.
    I've sold some instruments in the past and in a way I still regret it a bit.
    After a few years I've thrown away my first polyphonic synthesizer, that didn't work properly.

    I still have an old soprano recorder and some bongos and if my dad dies, I will inherit a tenor-banjo, which I'm also not letting go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    I'm actually in a major downsizing mode, as is my wife. We're selling off our Eccentric Orbit gear, and I used the opportunity to clear out some other stuff I don't use much. I'll be down to two basses, two electric guitars, and two acoustic guitars - one nylon and one steel string. It's actually kind of liberating, and all the gear I'm keeping gets regular use except the nylon string, but that was a gift from my Uncle, so it's not up for consideration to be let go). My wife is down to just her Nord Electro 5D, she doesn't even have an acoustic or electric sax anymore. It would take a real need to get us to buy more gear at this point.

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    I'll be doing this when we return permanently from China. In addition to selling off most of the stuff I have in China (with the exception of my Ibanez J Custom, which I'll definitely be bringing back), I have acquired a great deal of equipment that will be effectively redundant when I get most of my old UK guitar rig out of storage again. Whilst it's nice to have, it takes up a lot of space, and frankly, the amp I have in storage (a Laney VC50) is better than the one I have (a much-modified Peavey Triumph) now. That said, the UK pedalboard I've built over the last couple of years is better than the old one, so I'll be selling off a fair amount of the peripheral stuff that went into storage three years ago - assuming any of it still works!! I'm also thinking of selling my basses, too. I never play them anymore, and I can't help but feel they would benefit from going to somebody who actually use them. not to mention the fact they do take up space in my mother's house too I'm sure she would appreciate back. To be quite honest, I'm also sick of carting a lot of this sh*t around with ever house move, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kid_runningfox View Post
    I'll be doing this when we return permanently from China. In addition to selling off most of the stuff I have in China (with the exception of my Ibanez J Custom, which I'll definitely be bringing back), I have acquired a great deal of equipment that will be effectively redundant when I get most of my old UK guitar rig out of storage again. Whilst it's nice to have, it takes up a lot of space, and frankly, the amp I have in storage (a Laney VC50) is better than the one I have (a much-modified Peavey Triumph) now. That said, the UK pedalboard I've built over the last couple of years is better than the old one, so I'll be selling off a fair amount of the peripheral stuff that went into storage three years ago - assuming any of it still works!! I'm also thinking of selling my basses, too. I never play them anymore, and I can't help but feel they would benefit from going to somebody who actually use them. not to mention the fact they do take up space in my mother's house too I'm sure she would appreciate back. To be quite honest, I'm also sick of carting a lot of this sh*t around with ever house move, too!
    You're in a unique situation living somewhere that it doesn't make sense to bring your primary equipment, so you're constructed a "local" rig for yourself. I think it makes perfect sense to rethink things when your situation changes.

    For myself, I've come to believe that musical instruments are tools, not something to be collected. You raise the issues of portability, storage, and the use some of your gear gets. All those resonate with me, though it's unlikely we'd be moving any time soon. I love to look at gear, and in the past have often bought things because I'm attracted to a particular piece (usually a bass or guitar) that doesn't have any real practical purpose. I may enjoy it for a while, but then it often sits around and collects dust, while I consistently use other instruments and gear. So I've become much more "purpose" driven. I'd say if you literally never use those basses, clear them out. Maybe keep one, that's reasonable. Same thing with your effects and stuff. Assuming your UK stuff works and you feel it's better, unload the China stuff before having to move it.

    It's certainly worked for me. I still look at gear, I feel that's an acceptable substitute for not looking at porn. But I find the enjoyment of looking is enough, I don't actually need to buy anything. But if a need ever arose, I'd know what was new, what features and options are available, what's on the used market, etc. But I've embraced having less, and really focusing on using and enjoying the things I have. It may not be for all, but it's working for me, so far.

    However, my wife remains highly skeptical, and with good reason.

    Bill

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    For me it's dual purpose: 1.) we want to get rid of things we don't need now because we hope to move in the next year or two, 2.) too many options seems like a bad thing for someone like me who actually puts minimal time into playing music. I play bass in a couple of (not very busy) bands, so I feel justified in having a primary and a backup bass...although I've yet to ever break a string or have any other major technical issue with any of them, so I could probably be fine with just one (and perhaps someday really nice) bass. The guitars get much less use these days and I don't need two electrics, but they have sentimental value and/or have been Frankenstein-ed, and sound quite different from each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmotron View Post
    I gotta ask...what pedals?

    I need to look around a bit. Off the top of my head I have a Danelectro Fab Tone distortion pedal that I'll never use. And probably my (very similar sounding) DOD Grunge pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    I play bass in a couple of (not very busy) bands, so I feel justified in having a primary and a backup bass...although I've yet to ever break a string or have any other major technical issue with any of them, so I could probably be fine with just one (and perhaps someday really nice) bass.
    Out of curiosity, do you actually bring both basses to gigs?

    I don't gig a lot, but I've never had a backup bass at a gig. I'll bring extra batteries if I'm using an active bass, and maybe a set of strings, but I seriously have NEVER broken a bass string. But if my bass is functioning well, I'm not particularly concerned about it crapping out at a gig.

    Amps and pedals are a different story, but bringing a backup amp is a different ballgame and having duplicate pedals is kind of crazy (and potentially expensive). I'm currently using a Zoom B1on as my bass effect unit, because I have extremely minimal needs for effects int he bands I'm in, and when I do, I need wah-volume-EQ at once, so individual pedals make no sense. The B1on can be had For about $40, so I have a backup for that, plus it fits in my gig bag. But with the amp, I'm SOL if if craps out.

    With the two bands I'm in now, I may actually be gigging a bit more often, so I'm curious about what you (and others) do about backup instruments.

    Bill

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    I have had my bass stolen between setup and showtime. I was a Steinberger. We knew who it was and the guy finally caved and returned it, but I did have to do the show with a different bass. The guy was permitted to keep his face.
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    My first synthesizer I keep mostly for sentimental value and one never knows if there will be some possibility to use it.
    I have one module that is hardly used, because all sounds are on the computer and I can't put them back in, because the Cubase-program I used for it, is no longer functional and the new Cubase version doesn't support that function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Out of curiosity, do you actually bring both basses to gigs?

    I don't gig a lot, but I've never had a backup bass at a gig. I'll bring extra batteries if I'm using an active bass, and maybe a set of strings, but I seriously have NEVER broken a bass string. But if my bass is functioning well, I'm not particularly concerned about it crapping out at a gig.

    Amps and pedals are a different story, but bringing a backup amp is a different ballgame and having duplicate pedals is kind of crazy (and potentially expensive). I'm currently using a Zoom B1on as my bass effect unit, because I have extremely minimal needs for effects int he bands I'm in, and when I do, I need wah-volume-EQ at once, so individual pedals make no sense. The B1on can be had For about $40, so I have a backup for that, plus it fits in my gig bag. But with the amp, I'm SOL if if craps out.

    With the two bands I'm in now, I may actually be gigging a bit more often, so I'm curious about what you (and others) do about backup instruments.

    Bill

    I used to always bring the backup bass and it would be on stage and tuned up ready to go. Never once needed it, but would sometimes just switch basses for a set. I have left the backup bass behind a few times lately. The more local the gig the easier that is to justify. If I'm driving an hour I'll bring the backup for sure. But you're right, it's probably completely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Especially with a passive bass there is just not that much that could go wrong.

    You bring up a good point about amps and effects. That (for a bass player) is probably where the problem will come in if there is one. With my current duo/trio thing I'm not worried. I don't use any effects and if my amp were to die I can just plug into the PA which is this little JBL Eon One. I've done it a couple of times on super small and cramped stages and left my amp in the car.

    I do have another amp but a big part of why I got my latest amp was reduced weight to save my back. I don't want to load up a lot of spare equipment for every gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    My first synthesizer I keep mostly for sentimental value and one never knows if there will be some possibility to use it.
    I have one module that is hardly used, because all sounds are on the computer and I can't put them back in, because the Cubase-program I used for it, is no longer functional and the new Cubase version doesn't support that function.
    Is it some sort of editor-librarian software that is needed? I remember for my Korg 01/W that some third party had written one which I think was free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    Is it some sort of editor-librarian software that is needed? I remember for my Korg 01/W that some third party had written one which I think was free.
    Yes it is, but it is some kind of format that Cubase made, so I suppose some other software won't be of much help. I had it for all synthesizers I had at that time, but for the Kawai K1rII I had so many sounds, I sorted them out and made banks with one type of sound in each bank, so for each composition I created a new soundbank, with just the sounds, used for that composition.

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