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BigRedX

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  1. IME DAWs that have their roots in MIDI sequencing (such as Logic, Cubase and Performer) tend to be much better at displaying and manipulating MIDI data. AFAIK Reaper has been designed first and foremost as multitrack audio recorder and the MIDI functions are unfortunately somewhat of an afterthought, so maybe it won't be as easy as it should be.
  2. Warwick low B strings are made with tapered windings at the ball end for this very reason. There are other makes of string that use tapered windings. Also just because one type of string works on one bass doesn't mean it will work on others too. IME you have to find the right strings for each individual bass. Using with something that works elsewhere is a good starting point, but you should be prepared to try alternatives if it doesn't work out for you.
  3. Even though it's only 30W I'd still be wary of using a power soak with a bass amp. I used to have a Marshall Power Brake that used on my 50W H&K guitar amp and with any extreme frequency (high or low) sounds even at low output volume on the amp, the protection fan would kick into action and the device would still generate some extreme heat. AFAICS most currently available power soaks rely simply on heatsinks for their cooling. Tread with caution.
  4. But surely even the original was un-relic'd at some point in it's life, and as it gets more used there will be more wear. So this signature model is just a snapshot in time of the instrument it is based on.
  5. As I said I don't know Reaper, but in Logic there is a page called Hyper Edit, where you could simply enable a Pitch Bend or Mod Wheel CC track and then draw in the MIDI data as a series of steps, with time along the x-axis and CC value on the y. Even if you find a device that allows you to get the data into Reaper, you'll probably need to go and edit what you have played in so it will be worth finding out how Reaper displays MIDI CC data and how to edit it.
  6. I would have thought that your computer either has Bluetooth capabilities or it doesn't, it's a hardware facility after all (unless the version of Windows you are running is so old it predates Bluetooth, but then the hardware will probably be missing too).
  7. Why don't you just add the pitch bend and modulation data in your DAW? I don't know how Reaper works but Logic has several graphical methods that allow you to "draw" the data over your performance and then go back and edit it (at a numerical level if necessary) later. I would imagine that all modern DAWs would allow you to do something similar.
  8. TBH loss of the Sadowsky pre-amp isn't that big a deal. If the rest of your signal path is any good, then it has been my experience that they sound better with the pre-amp turned off.
  9. Wasn't the Mustang originally designed to be a budget model?
  10. Depending on what "standard" J-bass pre-amp you get, you might need to route the control cavity anyway. IME, Squier Jazz basses tend to have slightly thinner bodies than the Fender equivalents. It might only be a few millimetres difference but is enough for something like the East J-Retro pre-amp not to fit without very carefully deepening the control cavity (and hoping the router doesn't come out of the back of the bass!)
  11. How many memory locations does it have? There's only a single digit numeric display but there's also an LED with "Bank" next to it. I did download the press kit file that promised images and a manual but the manual was sadly missing.
  12. Just being realistic. I'd destroy that within a month of serious gigging.
  13. Motorised faders on a pedal? That's not a recipe for disaster at all...
  14. I have learned from experience that once I've taken a set of strings of a bass (or guitar) they are only ever any use for emergencies when I've broken a string and haven't got a replacement.
  15. They all sounded like bass guitars and with the appropriate EQ and compression for each would work fine in the mix of other instruments.
  16. Crimson Guitars in the UK do them too. But only in guitar sizes AFAICS.
  17. Looks like a cross between an Explorer and a Red Special.
  18. I must also be one of the few people who doesn't like autographed records. I can remember being massively disappointed to discover that having waited several weeks to get my (only available by mail order) copy of the Eyes Of Christ 7" single by Vice Versa (who were about to rebrand themselves as ABC and go onto much bigger things) then found that the band had seen fit to deface the cover with their names.
  19. I only started buying band merch in the last 10 years when the band(s) is was in were supporting ones I liked and I had somewhere to safely put my purchases (with my gear) while I enjoyed the gig. Before that from the mid 70s onwards I have nothing other my memories from the gigs I attended. Most of the time after I had scraped together the money for the ticket I rarely had enough left over to buy a drink at the gig let alone a T-shirt or anything else. And TBH I can't remember merch being sold at a lot of the gigs that I went to - especially in the 80s - other than the dodgy T-shirts and posters being hawked outside as I was going home. For me it always the records, which I already had before I went to the gig and the experience of being at the gig, rather than the associated merch and memorabilia that interested me.
  20. Either you aren't that bothered about getting paid, or you are doing it wrong.
  21. Whichever version sounds best to my ears. I like it when the remastered versions of the CDs add non-album singles and b-sides, but then they go and spoil it by also including demos, live versions and previously unreleased songs that would have been better left in the archives. There is usually a good reason why they weren't included on the album in the first place.
  22. And this is why I have almost zero interest in covers bands. I don't think there has been a single song mentioned yet that I would want to have seen/heard being performed by the band that wrote it back in the day when they were still young and sexy, let alone a bunch of middle-aged blokes churring it out in a pub...
  23. Sorry didn't see this before my previous post. Does it really need to be double pole? Can you post your circuit diagram? You might be able to get away with a standard PU sector switch.
  24. But IME those bassists who say they don't use/need compression, when you look at the signal path from the bass to the audience's ears there is almost always something in there producing compression as a side-effect to whatever else it is doing sonically, or it is being applied post-rig by the PA engineer.
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