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  1. As a bass player I use zero FX of any description. The above solutions works well for using a midi foot switch onstage to engage/disengage multiple non-midi enabled foot switches located elsewhere, eg in a tray in a rack case via a midi footswitch. As a guitarist I did some thing similar but with rack FX (Rocktron Intellifex Ltd) and a tack mount pre-amp (Marshall JMP-1) The midi loop switcher allows you to remotely control your FX by assigning different combinations of pedals to midi patch change commands - each combination is a patch and activated by selecting the appropriate patch change via the footswitch
  2. I must be one of the rare individuals that just doesn't use pedals? Even back in my guitar playing days everything was rack mounted and run from a single MIDI controller but I can see why the idea has appeal to those with pedal-boards. There is, as always, an alternative solution by mounting non-midi enabled or analogue pedals on a rack tray, safely away from punters/beer etc and using a MIDI controlled loop switcher such as this by Morning Star - https://www.morningstarfx.com/ml5 - one MIDI cable and an appropriate foot switch lives on stage whilst this lovely gadget lives in the rack with the pedals and can be programmed to engage/disengaged as many/few of your devices as you wish so no more tap-dancing either! Just a thought for those FX pedal users out there seeking a more elegant on-stage solution.
  3. It's fair to say that we're not in any rush.
  4. I've been lucky - I always liked the sound of Ashdown gear when I was a guitarist so it's what I went straight for as a bass player and still have, although I've traded from a combo and cab to a head and a pair of cabs. Bass wise, I still have the Bass Collection I started with, had a Schecter Diamond series Jazz for a while (wish I still had that one actually) before finding Thunderbirds. Moved to a couple of P basses (Limelight and Tokai) for my stint in a Thin Lizzy tribute for a few years before moving back to T'birds a couple of years ago. I only added a Steinberg Spirit for smaller stages and an unplugged acoustic rock trio for a less imposing visual statement! I don't use pedals so no constant merry go round of those things, my rack tuner I've had for years (20 maybe!) and I've only just changed my wireless because I thought it had developed a fault (turns out it hadn't) so I'm pretty settled in my setup. I was the same with guitars - I still have a '96 Patrick Eggle bought new, a 2006 SG Standard, a BC Rich Assassin from 2002 and a Godin Acosticaster from the late 90's. I had a Marshall JMP-1/9100 rig with a Rocktron Intellifex Ltd multi-fx for years too - if it works and creates the sound I want then I stick with it. I don't feel the need for constant experimentation or change for the sake of change
  5. Such a set of contradictory information - one document says you can go to watch a dramatic, musical or comedy show either indoors or out, yet the working guidelines for pubs, bars and restaurants say that outdoor performances should be encouraged and that they should ensure that music isn't played played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult. Can't they just say yes or no? I'm not bothered either way - just give me a definite guideline, without any ambiguity and in simple to read English!
  6. Does this apply to professionals or amateurs? I'm pretty sure that these are aimed at professional performers and productions?
  7. I found this article online but the article is dated 4th August, so superseded by the announcements later in August announcing that gigs were permitted from 15th August
  8. So - for UK members - how is the ensuring that music isn't played played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult bit being done? Or are we just sticking two fingers up to it and gigging regardless?
  9. The Brooks Grabbird - covers many options this one? Or of course a Grabber?
  10. Just the job for the bass player?
  11. That's pretty much because there ISN'T one! With devolved governments, each country can make it's own decisions and guidelines accordingly, regardless of those announced by Westminster as health is a devolved power.
  12. We have rules, guidance and advice that can vary from country to country (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and by city or region within that! Talk about making life difficult!
  13. According to this government guideline published 13th Aug section 4.5 indoor performances in bars, pubs and restaurants were permitted with some obvious guidelines, notably surrounding distancing and reducing the volume of background music and refraining from playing music which "may encourage shouting" or "at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult" https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery#takeaways-4-5 So that's most live bands out of the window straight away re volume of drum kits etc.
  14. It's in the section below "How are pubs keeping you safe" which is a hyper link to a separate article. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52977388 However, the date of the article is 4th Aug which may be superseded by the guidelines given in my post below.
  15. Different country @Bluewine - what applies to the UK may obviously not apply to other countries/territories
  16. Yup - Pub-goers will be encouraged to book tables in advance- Live gigs and standing at the bar will not be allowed Guess that's pretty clear cut and definite!
  17. Interested to see the steps taken to make this work in conjunction with the section of the guideline stating "...particularly if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult." So electronic drums rather than a tradition acoustic kit?
  18. Soooo - a bit more digging through the online guidelines has unearthed this lovely nugget under the Entertainment section covering Restaurants, pubs, bars and take-away food services https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery#takeaways-4-5 It's still as clear as mud but this does at least hint that socially distanced indoor live performances in pubs/bars etc are now allowed under the guidelines? That said - the section advising that the volume of background music or playing music that might encourage shouting or making conversation difficult pretty much rules out a live band of most, if not all genres. I'm thinking our acoustic rock covers trio is more likely to be out gigging long before the fully blown rock covers band.
  19. I've yet to see anything to lead me to believe me that pubs are now considered live music venues for the guidelines surrounding a return to live indoor performances hence my question. The published guidelines lack any sense of a definite yes or no i.e. this is allowed, this isn't allowed 😕
  20. This was my take on the situation - that pubs were not be considered music venues therefore should not currently be hosting live indoor music events?
  21. I keep seeing more and more FaceBook events from friends in bands announcing their return to indoor pub gigs but try as I might I still find anything definitive regarding this. All of the online guidance I can find still seems to indicate that only professional vocal and brass instrument performances are permitted indoors. Are pubs/bars/restaurants now considered to be music venues or are they still separate and prohibited entities for the purpose of live music? It’s about as clear as a muddy pool on a very foggy day!!! if anyone has any links to to appropriate online documentation it would be appreciated!
  22. Indeed - this is something that I could be tempted by. His Phoenix T'bird is lovely!
  23. I had a relic Limelight built and me spec was 'make it look as if Phil Lynott was alive and had been playing this P bass all his life still' - the result was superb! I could be tempted to get Rob from Brooks to make me a custom black flame top Thunderbird, very similar to the Gibson Blackwater/older Joe Perry Les Paul models finish.
  24. There are plenty of low-budget digital solutions this problem - I'm a big fan of the Behringer XR18 https://www.thomann.de/gb/behringer_x_air_xr18_bag_bundle.htm?sid=0aaf6f9b655aa9c429f79b95925bab46 coupled with a set of active PA speakers or speakers/power amp will give you 6 x aux sends for monitors, 4 FX slots and 18 input channels. Other solutions are out there for not a lot of cash. Get the monitoring sorted and a lot of problems go away...including on-stage volumes
  25. @TRBboy I've found that once someone can hear themselves properly through better monitoring (whether a wedge or IEMs) rather than backline then things start to get better in the volume-war stakes. What desk are you running? Does it have enough aux sends to provide individual monitor mixes for each band member? Guitars can be very directional and at least with a wedge pointing at their faces there is a consistency to what is heard compared to a cab behind someone.
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