I supported John at the Grapes back in the 90s but this was our first outing as a duo. Two more disparate guitarists you’ll struggle to find, but that’s the joy of it! Here’s a snippet from the gig last night with John Jasnoch, pedal steel extremo!
Spent a happy few hours today in the Human League studios, chatting with their synth player & tech guy for 30+ years, David Beevers. They seem to have kept every synth they ever played and it was like being in Wonderland!
Echoloop VST is wonderful, but I’ve struggled to save mdimaps for it. No longer! If you drop the plugin into an instrument rack, you can save midi mappings for it then just drag the rack into a new project. Shame you can’t (AFAIK) rename the presets, or do the same for standard ableton midimaps…
Simon Dell unearthed this clipping from the Greenock Telegraph 1982, shame the single died a death 😉
The BOss Katana 100 head is a powerful beast and using the tone studio software, offers huge flexibility in sound control. However, I’ve been struggling to find an option that boosted the volume without adding too much extra dirt. You can short out the FX loop and set a volume change by switching it in and out, but I’m using the “4 cable” method to add my spacial effects after the preamp, so this wasn’t an option.
I played extensively with the “solo boost” options, but the sound was getting dirtier rather than louder, even using the “clean boost”. Some googling later, I realised the effects chain defaulted to #2, where the boost was before the preamp. Switching to chain 1 moved it after the preamp, which gave me extra volume without adding more dirt. Result 😉
Latest incarnation of the controller for my line6 M9 looper, using an arduino nano. It works perfectly, but when it’s all squeezed into the casing, the power keeps resetting now & then when I press a pedal. I’ll rebuild using a slightly wider enclosure (some mini trunking) so it has room to breath.
At the fairly ridiculous age of 62, I’ve been persuaded to buy a decent guitar, instead of putting up with sub £200 specials for most of my life. This USA made PRS S2 custom 24 was second hand in my local emporium Richtone, but the neck just felt so right that I couldn’t resist it. I now realise exactly what you get when you lash out a bit more. My wife’s birthday was coming up, and I knew this would make her really happy. Thanks to my son for persuading me to invest. Finally, I cannot blame lack of talent on my instrument!
The fact that the Boss controller for the katana head (ga-fc) costs around £80 was enough incentive to build my own controller. Casings are hard to find, so I bought a digitch control 7 on ebay for about £13 and wired an arduino nano into it. It already had a midi socket, but the display used 4 individual 7 segment displays, so I swapped these for a single 4 digit display (TM1637) which only needs 4 connections and costs a couple of quid. The coding took a little longer, since I wanted the display to reflect the FX1 and FX2 setings, but I got there in the end!
I picked this up dirt cheap to convert for use with my katana head. The switches need replacing, but there’s lots of room to incorporate an arduino, replacing the existing circuit board completely but reusing the midi output ;).