From the March gig in Burton. Shot by Phil Booth – very atmospheric!
A lovely photo from the recent Awakenings gig in Burton – thanks to Phil Booth!
Yes, we do have them 😉 Here’s some random footage with a recording of a rehearsal in our amazing 16th C rooms…
I’ve used the Roland GP100 for many years as a source of both tone and effects, but to make best use of it, you need a midi controller pedal of some kind, ideally with an expression pedal. In my quest to minimise the gear I use for my covers band, I’ve picked up a Roland GT3. This has amp sims built in, so in theory, I can plug it directly into my marshall 2020 valve power amp, so that plus the cab and 1 extra cable would be all I need.
OK, it’s never going to sound like a true valve amp setup, but I should get close enough for the variety of amp sounds I need, covering pop to funk to rock to screaming solos. There’s just the one delay type, but it is 12 odd years old and live, the subtleties between delay types probably won’t be noticed by most people anyway. At £80, it seems cheap enough.
Below is one of the promo vids I checked out before deciding. Lots of weird sounds if I need them and two controllers plus and optional pedal input should give me the flexibility I need for real time control, something I like to make use of. So, time to set up some basic patches for the Riffs!
I was inspired by Michael Peters (who regularly shares his early works) to see what I was doing in the 80s. This solo track (“A letter from Rhodesia”) is from around 84, I think. Made in our band house using Dig Vis Drill’s DIY drum machine. I sampled freely from an old 45 promoting the joys of Rhodesia “where black and white are learning to live in harmony together”!
Here’s a photo from the time, Dig is Drill plus naked dancer (sadly, not Stacia)
Found this Indonesian(!) site offering video & audio downloads from our YouTub vids – bit dodgy but seems to be free 😉
Here’s a short selection from our recent gig, kindly recorded by Herve Perez. Train-spotters of a certain age may recognise it 😉
Over the last 18 months, I’ve made a gradual transition from rack/pedal to laptop-based rig. Here’s my current set,-up, which gives me almost unlimited flexibility at modest cost.
The “looper” device is basic by EDP standards, but still very functional. Features include;
record / playback / clear / undo / pitch shift up to 3 octaves above & below, in semi-tone intervals / reverse / double length / half length
You can quantise the loop to the current BPM, or have it set the tempo arbitrarily. It can also mute the input so the channel only plays back the loop, not the input signal. More info here.