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  1. 43 minutes ago, Greg Edwards69 said:

    Indeed.  This is one of the reasons that I bought the Helix.  It's worth the admission fee for the global eq section alone IMO. Okay, I might be exaggerating a little, but it's a 3 band fully parametric eq that includes hpf and lpf (labelled as low/high cut).  There's also a myriad of different eq block to use in presets, including a parametric that is the same as the global eq, graphic eq, shelving, tilting an a simple low/high cut block that I use in nearly every patch..

     

    No longer do I fear dodgy room acoustics!

     

    Oh absolutely! Helix is excellent for that and the built in global EQ / HPF is very welcome indeed. Brilliant piece of kit. 

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  2. 44 minutes ago, Lozz196 said:

    Great review on the SH1 Dan, what are your impressions of the Rotosound Ultra Mags, they sound great on the clip.

     

    The Ultramags are really nice! On the bass in question they have a higher tension and there's definitely a mid bump in the tone which suits this ash bodied P Bass. The very top end is a little subdued and they can't do what D'Addario Pro Steels can in comparison. Bottom end is solid, they last well too - verses my experiences of Swing Bass strings in the past. 

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  3. 1 minute ago, Dood said:

     

    I've already recorded reviews for the DP3X! :) It's super nice! - Both on it's own and as a tech column about amplifiers. I'll see if I can find the links. Oh and before you sk, yes I have done the Tech 21 Steve Harris pedal too which is more than capable of bringing the distortion too!

     

    https://www.guitarinteractivemagazine.com/review/tech-21-dp-3x-dug-pinnick-signature-pedal/

    https://www.guitarinteractivemagazine.com/review/tech-21-steve-harris-sh1-signature-sansamp/

     

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  4. On 09/02/2021 at 16:32, Cuzzie said:

    @Dood can you do a 3rd one on the DP3X-enjoyed the first 2

     

    I've already recorded reviews for the DP3X! :) It's super nice! - Both on it's own and as a tech column about amplifiers. I'll see if I can find the links. Oh and before you sk, yes I have done the Tech 21 Steve Harris pedal too which is more than capable of bringing the distortion too!

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  5. 5 hours ago, uk_lefty said:

    Don't keep us in suspense...! 

     

    Ok, for you and @ezbass! I will try to keep this brief!

     

    The album is The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild by the band SikTh. It was bought for me by a dear friend as a birthday gift. Musically it was a breath of fresh air to my ears and I instantly fell in love with each crushing and brain melting riff.

     

    Now, my memory is a little fuzzy these days as I attempt to recall what happened next, but at some point in SikTh's touring history I became frustrated that the band weren't playing in my local city. So, I did the thing that any self-(dis)respecting, slightly mental music lover would do and offer to front the cash for this band to come and headline one of my city's well known venues.

     

    The plan, having contacted the tour agent and the venue separately paid off and I went on holiday for a couple of weeks. When I came back, SikTh were booked to play the gig. Anyway, I reached out to the band, told them my plan and they offered for me to come and hang out at the soundcheck and gig with them. Story short we all hit it off and are good friends to this day which is awesome. - James the bassist played with Devin Townsend recently, which is amazing as the DT band are one of my favourites!

     

    Sometime after that gig and around the time the band took a break, I guess this was around 2007 I was called by Pin, guitarist and as we'd been talking about bands previously. He offered for me to come down and jam "audition" for a new band he and Jamie Hunt (previously of Biomechanical) were forming.

     

    Story short I joined the band and I subsequently reached out to my friend and drummer Thomas Lang to join. Sadly, the band, due to busy touring and clinic schedules never really got off the ground, but Within The Void as we were known still have many songs, at least in part sat on my studio hard drives!

     

    Jamie then invited me to come down and audition to play for his new band with Steve Smyth (Forbidden, Nevermore, Testament) that was code named "Firehead". I replaced Dragonforce's bassist. We recorded some demos but I left due to personal reasons about a year later. The band is now called One Machine. Interestingly one of the names I came up with but originally dismissed. 

     

    Off the back of my now working relationship with Thomas Lang, we set about putting a band together and doing some writing and we formed a band with Jamie Hunt with a great singer from the US.

     

    Again, I can't remember the exact time line but my internet ramblings and music caught the eye of Lebanese maestro Amadeus Awad and we struck up a musical relationship that led to recording with Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison. The EP called Schizanimus featured the incredible talents of Danny Boy-Maron and Elia Monsef. Remember those names..

     

    Amadeus being pleased with our produce called me up one day and told me all about a bassist he was looking for to play on a much larger project featuring Russel Allen and John Macaluso from Symphony X, Kevin Moore from Dream Theater, Amanda Sommerville from Avantasia/Trillium and a pile more of talented individuals.. that bassist could have been anyone but he wanted me, so we recorded that album and the EP mentioned above subsequently came out as a limited edition on that album too. "The Book Of Gates" and our band was called Eon.

     

    Elia and Danny (yup I said remember them) are part of the Lebanese cinematic progressive metal band Ostura. After working with them previously they called upon me to record all the bass for the incredible album The Room (I know I played on it, but wow, it's a masterpiece!). My ole rhythm section monster Thomas Lang joined me once again along with .. and yes, get this The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra!! 

    Marco Sfogli (James Labrie, Jordan Rudess bands), Arjen Lucassen, Michael Mills (Toehider and Ayreon) and Turkish guitar legend Ozgur Abbak joined us on this epic production! 

     

    Somewhere in this timeline showing off my love for prog and catchy grooves and music, I was contacted by Dec Burke (*Frost) to be touring bassist for his new band AudioPlastik put together with Simon Andersson (Pain Of Salvation, Scarlet, Darkwater) but a some internal politics with another band member meant that the tour didn't happen. Aside from that, they are now amazing people to know :)

     

    I'm going to stop there for now as there are many other branches to this particular story! So, you can see how one particular album may (or may not have) set some fairly huge wheels in motion for me! I still love that album and I am hugely grateful to everyone listed and many who aren't for these opportunities I've experienced. I guess you could say it is life changing! Can't wait for the next twist and turn to this tree! 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Wilco said:

    Hi Dan,

     

    Is this still available?

     

    If so, you think this device would work well recording a band in a rehearsal room via the microphones only?

     

    Cheers,

     

    Paul.

     

     

     

    It works exceptionally well recording a band in the rehearsal room using the in-built mics, yes! Pretty much one of the jobs it is designed to do considering it can handle 140dB on those Mics. You can also record another two separate tracks (4 total) using the XLR inputs, which of course be another set of mics positioned elsewhere. 

     

    Yes, it is still for sale, though a few times I have thought about keeping it!

  7. 49 minutes ago, dave_bass5 said:

    HPF’s are all over the place. Amps can often have them built in, and many pedals have them as part of their circuitry. 

    In all my years of playing ive never had my drivers jump around like that, and dont know anyone that has.

     

    its not a gimmick, but not a necessity either, at least for most of us. 

     

     

    Yup! As you say, My fave amp has a variable HPF and LPF, some of the major effects units I have owned such as Helix and Quad Capture have HPF blocks in them, there are SO many amplifiers on the market that have HPF's in them by design - guitar distortion pedals definitely have them in as a "pre-EQ" requisite (hence why you don't get much low end out for bass out of some). 

     

    I agree that it isn't a gimmick, but, like signal limiting and over heating/short-circuit circuitry, an HPF is useful feature to have on board. Especially for those scallywags in rehearsal rooms that crank the bass control up to the max lol. 

     

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  8. Changed my life, maybe not, had a profound lasting effect that I still remember to this day when I first heard it, yes.

     

    Actually, now that I think about it, a particular album helped to change my career path, so yes, maybe it did change my life. A long story, but if it weren't for that album I may not have been involved with many of the projects and album releases I've been on. Hmmm... Think I need to spin that one again soon!

  9. Just now, Dood said:

    Queen - Wembley '86

    Queen - (All of the other live performances!)

    Pink Floyd - Live In Vienna

    David Bowie - Glass Spider Tour

    Eurythmics - Live In Sydney, Australia 1987

    Karnivool - Decade Of Sound Awake - Live Stream

    Devin Townsend - Zilltoid - Royal Albert Hall full show

    Devin Townsend - Live In Plovdiv

    Jeff Beck - Live At Ronnie Scotts

    Meshuggah - 

    Dream Theater - Live Scenes From A Memory

    Live After Death - Iron Maiden

    Level 42 - Fait Accompli (Yeah, the "drums stop" joke...)

    Jean-Michel Jarre - Live In Houston / Live London Docklands

     

    Just a few off the top of my head that had definitely left their mark on me. 

    I forgot Opeth, I need to add Opeth! - Royal Albert Hall

    Mr Big - Live in San Francisco

    Winery Dogs - Live in err.. can't remember! 

  10. Queen - Wembley '86

    Queen - (All of the other live performances!)

    Pink Floyd - Live In Vienna

    David Bowie - Glass Spider Tour

    Eurythmics - Live In Sydney, Australia 1987

    Karnivool - Decade Of Sound Awake - Live Stream

    Devin Townsend - Zilltoid - Royal Albert Hall full show

    Devin Townsend - Live In Plovdiv

    Jeff Beck - Live At Ronnie Scotts

    Meshuggah - 

    Dream Theater - Live Scenes From A Memory

    Live After Death - Iron Maiden

    Level 42 - Fait Accompli (Yeah, the "drums stop" joke...)

    Jean-Michel Jarre - Live In Houston / Live London Docklands

     

    Just a few off the top of my head that had definitely left their mark on me. 

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  11. On 12/09/2021 at 18:02, spencer.b said:

    I had some berg hd's years ago and foolishly sold em and have been chasing that sound ever since , had Aguilar DBs, SLs, BF , Aero , berg neos etc

    On Friday I saw bd had a pair of second hand hd112s and I had a gig south of Birmingham so enroute I played em and bought em trading in my barefaced 210 ( very fair price from Mark) and wow what a difference , punchy low mids , sparkly refined highs , it's like I can hear myself again , the bf was loud and light but I haven't got any other positives for it , the HDs are heavy but it's like night and day for me

     

    Oh so it was YOU that pipped me to the post then! :) Congratulations, I have a pair here and wanted to get one more. I love the HD's!!!

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  12. 18 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

     

    Y'know, that never even occurred to me. And doing this doesn't interfere in any way with the recording function?

     

    It doesn't! Nope. I've used Zoom recorders as an Ambient IEM feed for ages. Just enable the 'monitor' features and the sound from the stereo microphones is amplified to earphone level and sent direct to the output jack. The only thing to note is that units like the old H1 can clip in really loud situations due to the limit of the mics on board. This one can easily handle 140dB which is of course a significant amount of SPL!

     

     

     

     

     

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  13. 5 hours ago, Rik (ESA) said:

    Hi Dood,

     

    Very interested in this, have various bits for sale which I need to shift to free up the funds, however I have a quick q...

     

    I run a mini 2 channel mixer, one channel for bass and 1 for ambient mic where the monitoring in a venue is sub par / non existent! In an 8 piece band it's often difficult to get any mix at all so this method has proved invaluable. Your unit looks considerably tidier than what I am using, hence the temptation - do you know if there is a way to feed the output in stereo to a sennheiser wireless iem? Presume a 3.5mm jack to 2 x 1/4 inch jack cable would exist, but do you know of any reason that wouldn't work?

     

    Many thanks,

     

    Rick


    I’ve ran the output live direct to my IEMs, so yup it does work :) Very well!

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  14. It's this model: https://www.dv247.com/en_GB/GBP/Zoom-H4n-Pro/art-REC0012578-000 which has recently been upgraded to have a back shell and is around £200 now. I haven't actually made much use of the recorder over the time I've had it. Watch my video on YouTube about how to make these and other Zoom products in to a handy Ambient Monitor.

     

    zoom-h4n-pro_1_REC0012578-000.jpg

     

     

    Shipping is probably around £10, tracked and insured, mainland England - Shipping further afield will require a quote.

     

    Comes with:

     

    Hard ABS carry case shell

    32Gb Memory Card.

    I think I have a dead cat and possibly USB cable for it and a soft case to carry it and accessories in. These items are subject to locating but will be added as extras :)

     

    Bank Transfer and you also have the option of arranging your own collection which suits people greatly.

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  15. Last night I played pedals with no amp at all, no amp or cabinets its.. it was wonderful - but, I do have a really lovely amp rig that sounds stunning with no pedals. (especially with just my old P bass plugged in! WOW!)  It depends on the gig I suppose! I use what I need to.  :)

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