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About SimonEdward

  • Birthday 01/07/1973

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  1. Is it just me or...

    I moved from tape based recording to 24-bit Windows PC based in 2012 ~ and no regrets. I use Reaper DAW and 99.7 % of the time, I've had zero interface problems or compatibility issues with external provider VST plug-in's. The developers release updates and enhancements (I presume this includes back end code), every few weeks'. They took £50 off me 3-years ago, and I probably won't need to renew my license for at least another two-years or more. I bet they would say, "Windows is hardly the most stable operating system available" - and have a nightmare whenever there is a new release - windows 8 on PC anyone? However, one (only slightly) "music related" software that drives me nuts, in terms of [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]inter-operability is Wordpress.. most 3rd party themes and plug-ins are a pile of sh*te! [/font][/color]
  2. [quote name='T-Bay' timestamp='1510262570' post='3405213'] We have two different sets, a punk and alternative set where 90% is stuff I love and a general covers set where 10-15% is stuff I love, about 40% I really like and the rest stuff I wouldn’t choose to listen to but don’t mind. Even then most of my favourite music isn’t exactly mainstream so would not really fit that well but there are always some ones that work. And then there is the issue of a band being more than one person so it will always be a compromise. [/quote] Yes, the same here. One thing I would say about being in a band, is that some of the music/songs by artists you thought you couldn't and wouldn't like - after a while, you start to appreciate it/them a little, and you learn little bits and bobs. Technically, and as you say, in terms of how much you are prepared to compromise. The band I played in (mostly covers) came to a natural end, and I stopped playing - to do other things. But, when I started up again (and this time doing my own thing), I wouldn't have been able to do it without that experience, and having a broader knowledge of genres to 'fuse' into my own music.
  3. I don't get compressors

    I don't think this thread would be complete without a link to the 'FAQ' section of the OVNI labs website! so, here it is >> [url="http://www.ovnilab.com/faq.shtml"]http://www.ovnilab.com/faq.shtml[/url] I use the (now discontinued) Nova Dynamics NDY-1 compressor by TC, which has sort of been superseded by the Spectracomp. I haven't bothered to down-size. It does classic "squash" or TC's multi-band compression, or both at the same time + visual metering ~ which I really like a lot. (Another reason why I probably won't get a Spectracomp). Anyway, a few years' back a Bassist said during an interview that he used his NDY-1 at the 'end' of his effects chain, which sounded odd to me as I'd always used a compressor at the front end, but wasn't totally happy "squashing" the life out of my Bass sound before it had even affected the chain. I switched it to the back end, and it's been there ever since. Horses for courses I guess?
  4. Too Much Amp For A Noodler?

    [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Genz Benz Shuttle 6.2 and Focus 115 & 210 is a really nice set up. I wouldn't change it just because your performance situation has changed ~ for the time being (!) [/font][/color] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]The Shuttle front-end preamp looks and sounds great with lots of options, And has a headphone out (of course). Maybe invest in some decent can's or a wireless head set?[/font][/color] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Your family and neighbours might thank you?! I love my Trace preamp and old Beyer DT100 can's - handy on Monday nights with corrie | stender's | corrie on the box... [/font][/color] [color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color]
  5. [quote name='SpondonBassed' timestamp='1509801006' post='3401735'] I still have my Yamaha PSR21s. Two because Dad had one as well. Referencing the OP, there's nothing makeshift about them. Because they were released when MIDI was in the transition between advanced wizardry and industry standard, a lot of people by-passed them for fully digital keyboards with samplers and modules. The PSRs were very much a beginner's tool. I still jammed with mine on occasion. My other guilty pleasure is ownership of a Roland TR606. How I wish I'd sprung for the 808. Thanks for the memory jogger. [/quote] Yes indeed! The PSS's and PSR's were far from makeshift. I had mine hooked up to a hi fi cassette recorder, and everything I composed had to be recorded Live + a little notation. How times change? Your mention of the Roland TR series drum machines, reminded me of many happy hours in the school music block, with a Roland TR505 and a Casio CZ-101. In terms of resources, that's all we had. Far from great, but as they say, it's not what you've got ... Thanks for the memory jog also.
  6. Gig bags - worth it???

    [quote name='CameronJ' timestamp='1509791734' post='3401649'] I bought one of these recently (along with their single gig bag) and it's really nice. Lightweight and they've clearly put some thought into the strap locations because, despite not being padded, the gig bag is more comfortable on the shoulders than my other cases with thick padded straps. My only complaint is I think they could do with a bit more padding at the base of the case, where the end strap pin would meet the ground. I've added some padding of my own there to solve the issue. [/quote] Thank you! yes, my old 90's Warwick rock bag's are like that - not too comfy, and the straps have started to come away from the case. The Mono cases (which I really like too) have the extra padding, but they are a bit pricey - however, a £1,500 - £2,000 Bass in a £150 gig bag.. might be about right?
  7. Gig bags - worth it???

    Ditto ~ Warwick leather bag [b][color=#ff0000]Red [/color][/b]is just my colour, so the MTD 'double' gig bag on the Bass Direct website looks the business! (because who only takes one bass to a gig?)
  8. From memory, this was the 3rd instrument I had as a kid ~ after a recorder and violin. I chose to do music GCSE as an option at school in the mid 1980's, and my parents got me this; A Yamaha Portasound PSS 270. FM synth with a fixed arpeggiator - "auto accompaniment" on the lower two octaves, and some use able patches (Bass, strings and brass). No midi. In the 90's, I traded it for a DX7 MK2 ~ frankly, the PSS 270 might actually have been better?!
  9. Anyone found their perfect bass?

    I know what you're thinking. This shouldn't be anyone's "perfect" Bass! A Jaydee? Mostly big bodied, weigh just shy of a ton and made 'that' sound ~ popular in the 70's/80's. And, in theory it shouldn't be mine either. I'm 5"7' ish with short arms and small hands ~ yes, I've heard all the gags. Oh, and I'm not great at the slap and pull thing... But.. she is perfect, for me. Made circa 1986 and still plays the same more than 30 years on... the neck profile, pick ups, active eq, tone, balance. Beautiful. Thank you J.D. EDIT: she is long scale...
  10. Your Dream Bass.?

    One more for the road... I once dreamt of owning an Alembic Signature 4. And then I got one. Ah well, that's dreams for you ~ be very careful what you wish for! I have neither the time, £$£$ or motivation to carry on searching for the dream Bass... I have what I need and that's that.
  11. Best and worst bass gear purchases for 2017?

    spending spare cash on **New** Bass gear was something I used to do 20 years ago, but... always room for one or two new accessories: - [b]Best value purchase :[/b][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] I will only buy new power supplies for my pedal boards - so bought a new FAME DC-8 from UK supplier for less than 50 quid![/font][/color] [b]Runner up[/b][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]:[/font][/color][color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] The decision to switch back to Rotosound for my strings... so Rotobass medium gauge it is (again) until temptation lures me away (again) [/font][/color]
  12. I bought Bass Schecter in the 1970s

    [size=4]Sorry for carping on... but I think the original OP should get on his pike and fix this thread, otherwise fins could get [/size][color=#1C2022][font=Helvetica, Roboto,][size=4]a shoal lot worse ![/size] [/font][/color]
  13. The best bass line ever?

    TLC: "Waterfalls" (Bass player - [color=#26282A]LaMarquis "Marq" Jefferson)[/color] https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nsy5oHJFX64 Incognito: "Jacob's ladder" (Bass player - Julian Crampton) https://www.youtube.com/embed/jGF2yyj8vJM
  14. Trace Elliot - talk to me

    Who loves Trace? Me. My first 'serious amp' from around 1994 was a GP7 715 combo ~ a good all rounder to start with. It had built in sprung handles and wasn't that difficult to move around. When the opportunity came up to acquire a TE 1048 cab (which I still have today - but in storage and not used much), that led to a life-long search to find the right head, which not only sounded good with the cab, but with my Basses too. In the end, I've settled on a vintage GP11 AH-250. Lovely sound and plenty of power. Why? One factor for me was the range - stand alone heads, rack mounted amps, pre-amps, pedals, solid state, valves, and cabs in different sizes and configurations. Brilliant (and British!) Which models bear consideration? Don't muck about with the GP7 ~ spend a little bit more on the GP12 range; With/without all the bells and whistles. I think the 1x15 cabinets sound a little 'boomy' but that might just be me? Personally, I like the 10 inch speakers. This. There are plenty of considerably lighter weight cabs around these days - I have one myself. Good luck [quote name='Japhet' timestamp='1508971334' post='3395786'] The SMX is the pick of the heads in my opinion. Cabs and combos generally feel like they're full of concrete so I'd go for a head and a different make of cab. [/quote]
  15. Valve ~ Tube question

    Thank you everyone for your replies - lots of love on here for the guys at Watford Valves ! I'll drop 'em a line - and let you know how I get on ...