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  1. 14 hours ago, BassAdder27 said:

    what about Alto TS312 cabs x 2 

    Are they any good as a starter?? 

    From a personal experience, yes. 

    If you're running just vocals through them, they should be more than adequate. If using the whole band, you'd need to pair them with subs (or a single sub). To make sure you're not trying to do too much with them. RCF is great, but more expensive and Wharfedale is good as well, although I don't have any experience with their active range.

    If you're looking at analogue mixers, they're available for pennies (slight exaggeration) but if you're buying with a view to expansion, make sure there are enough groups, or aux sends to handle the entire band if you want to go the way of IEM's or individual monitor mixes.

  2. If people do the Sky tv thing, there's a series on Sunday afternoon which goes under the heading of "All about the music".

    One of the programmes included is "Live from the Edge", which is a series of streamed gigs recorded at the Edge recording studio in Cheshire. It was put together by a group of touring tech's, who've obviously been out of work for a year as a way to showcase new and unsigned bands.

    I'm declaring an interest in this, as our band has recorded a session there, which hasn't gone out yet, but will be at some point in the future.




  3. I cut my teeth mixing sound for musical theatre with a few amateur companies. 2 1/2 days of get-in, room balancing, pit setup, tech rehearsal, band calls, dress rehearsal and the rest. Almost invariably you'd get the comments from some audience members that it was a lot of equipment to use just for playing back a recording. It was quite a compliment, although they didn't realise it at the time...

    How we woud laugh when the actors decided to miss a few pages of dialogue and totally mess with the cue list!!


    As for what I do when I'm playing, I have enough to worry about making sure I'm playing the right song, never mind obsessing about whether or not the audience appreciate the nuances of my slap-dash tonal choices. By the time it's mixed with the other 6 people in the band, all the audience will ever hear is dum, dum duh dum anyway.

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  4. 1 hour ago, drTStingray said:

    If you're talking new basses from the US, many retailers won't ship direct to the UK - you need to get someone to buy it in the US and then send it to you. 

    I suppose there's less risk now that instruments are generally exempt from aspects of CITES that caused a problem previously - you've still got the hassle of customs and VAT though.

    In the earlier 2000s (when £1 bought you $2 worth of US goods - yes folks it's not that long ago - and definitely before the age of the garagista (sic)) it was even worth flying to the US, buying a bass and bringing it back in a gig bag. Even allowing for customs etc. 

    Yep, I went across to the US with a group of people sometime around 1996 I think. One guy was heavily into photography and bought a huge amount of camera gear. He reckoned that the money he saved from buying just one lens was enough to fund the trip and the rest of his purchases!

  5. A quick glance at wikipedia shows:

    "Nothing compares to you" - Skinhead O'Connor

    "Killer" - Adam Ski and Seal

    "World in motion" - New Order

    "Ice Ice under pressure Baby" - Vanilla Ice Cream

    Amongst others. It also brought us those modern day classics "Hangin' Tough" by the New Kids on the Block and "Turtle Power" by Jumping on the bandwagon/Partners in Kryme

  6. 1 hour ago, TheLowDown said:

    I don't need any more basses. I have 2 six strings (fretted and fretless), 1 five string fretted, now 4 four strings (1 fretted, 1 fretless, 1 long in the tooth and the other, a boat anchor to be sold after covid). I may buy an inexpensive HB or Gear4Music short scale for experimental purposes sometime. Other than that, no potential GAS.

    There could still be some purchases on the horizon, such as some recording equipment.

    You might need a fretless 5 string...


  7. I like it for mixing, but I'm less keen for tracking.

    They usually have a couple of offers a year where you can pick up mixbus for £19 and the 32c version for around £89.

    It does help if you've got a fairly large monitor to use with it, as others have said.

  8. 3 hours ago, EBS_freak said:

    I can see negative reviews in Thomman's future - when it's not actually their fault.

    There have already been criticisms on their Facebook page, despite them fairly clearly pointing out there wasn't anything they could do.

  9. I had notification from UPS that a parcel of Playmobil (not for me this time) was delayed and would be delivered tomorrow.

    It arrived today, although the tracking system was showing it as still held up at Standford...

    My fretless has just shipped from Thomman, so that's going to be another adventure.

  10. 1 hour ago, BigRedX said:

    So long as you are happy with "Assembled in Britain" at best.

    Yep, perfectly happy with that thanks. Even if it is just "assembled" the people doing the assembly are in jobs, paying taxes and supporting their families.


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