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  1. I like MonoNeon and he gets a due amount of love on here, but his playing doesn't always gel with me. I think that's part of his charm. This, however, is just sublime! I can't stop listening to it...
  2. Februaryโ€™s challenge is go! Usual rules apply: 1) The copyright one. 2) The sweary one. 3) The 5 minutes and no cheating with old dusty efforts one. 4) The one that shall not be named. Deadline for entries is Thursday 21st February.
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    January Composition Challenge - VOTING!

    Google Images. Whatever pops into your head. Within reason... ๐Ÿ˜
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    January Composition Challenge - VOTING!

    Well done SH73 and everyone else who got stuck in! Good stuff ๐Ÿ‘ I'll launch February's challenge as soon as I receive this month's picture from the winner...
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    Remote sessions?

    You can get by with a surprising low spec computer for recording solo instruments. Anything with 4Gb of RAM or more would be perfectly adequate for recoding bass (ideally 16Gb if you want to branch out into producing full compositions). For the interface, you want something that can handle a minimum of 24-bit/48kHz resolution, which pretty much all interfaces can - even the cheap ones. The key benefit you tend to find with better interfaces is lower latency (simply put, the delay time between you playing a note and you hearing it through your monitors). This is important if you're going to be playing along to backing tracks. Any of the Focusrite products are highly recommended, starting with this one: https://focusrite.com/usb-audio-interface/scarlett/scarlett-solo ^ In fact @SH73 has just beaten me to it above with pretty much the exact same advice ๐Ÿ˜
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    My mate has loaned me a mixer!

    Cool. Nice little mixers for the money - analog too, I think? - and with some built-in EQ. Have fun ๐Ÿ‘
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    January Composition Challenge - VOTING!

    They are happy to oblige ๐Ÿ™‚
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    January Composition Challenge - GET WRITING

    Well done lads ๐Ÿ‘ VOTING THREAD IS LIVE!
  9. We're kicking-off 2019 with the crop of January's Composition Challenge! Please vote for your top 3 favourites: Dad3353 lurksalot Jean-Luc Pickguard MoonBassAlpha JBP SH73 Voting ends at midnight on Thursday 31st January.
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    Can you use 2 interfaces in a DAW?

    I've discovered this myself through trial and error. Whenever I record acoustic bass, I always end up blending the DI and mic signals roughly 20:80% or thereabouts - i.e. using the mic signal for the majority of the finished sound (as it captures the 'upright-ish' tone of the bass very nicely) and then blend in some of the DI signal for the lower end (which adds a nice bit of weight <100Hz or so). Works well ๐Ÿ‘
  11. I certainly have eclectic tastes - my music collection is all over the shop in terms of genres - but I tend to binge on one genre/artist at a time, before moving onto the next.
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    Pyramid Gold flatwounds

    Zombie thread... ...but Iโ€™ve just bought a set of Pyramid flats for a five string (40-120 Set) and just wanted to say โ€œwowโ€! Great feel and what to my ears seems like the perfect flatwound sound: warm and thumpy. Was initially a little hesitant because of the cost, but now feel vindicated for my wreckless purchase. Easily on par with La Bella in terms of tone; but slightly less tension and perhaps more playable? Time will tell. For now, very happy with them. And hopefully Iโ€™ll never need to change them ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Requests for sound clips

    If only there was something like this for bass guitar gear: https://www.zenproaudio.com/clipalator The Zen Pro Audio 'Clipalator'... allows you to virtually demo a huge quantity of gear using the same set of audio clips, so you can very easily compare one product against another. Gets updated frequently as new gear comes into their store (based in the US). Unfortunately (in this context) it's focussed mostly on equipment for use by studio engineers and not musicians. But I've always thought it's a very sound idea. No pun intended.
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    best value DAW

    Demo it first... always try the demo before taking the plunge! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think the Ableton demo is 30 days last time I checked, which should be sufficient time for you to love it or loathe it. YouTube tutorials are ideal for learning the basics. Another great suggestion! GarageBand is often overlooked a being โ€œa bit of a toyโ€, but itโ€™s a really good DAW: one of the easiest to use and capable of producing music as good as any other (just with limited functionality). If you own a Mac itโ€™s defintely the place to start and offers an easy progression to Logic is you need more tools at your disposal.
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