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Everything posted by NickD

  1. I caught Eric Gales when he came over here last time with Cody Wright and Nick Hayes. The best trio I've ever seen. They all took their solo spots in a jammed out version of Don't Fear The Reaper, and it was just phenomenal to hear.
  2. My contribution to the January 2022 Basschat Composition Challenge, inspired by a picture chosen by the previous winner: SkankDelVar. A song about wondering, I guess. This marks the first proper (?) recording of my NS EUB, as I'm sworn off bass guitar for a while to let me get my head (and fingers) round it, and I'm quite enjoying misusing it. Bass and guitars through the Helix, VSTs are just the ones bundled with Cubase Elephants.
  3. Ah! Electrickery can be a strange thing. When I first got the Helix it was really noisy into my interface, turns out it hated the power supply from my computer. I replaced that and I've not heard an unexpected sound from it since... glad it's sorted!
  4. I wouldn't say that's usual for that amp, mine is pretty much silent even when cranked (apart from the horrible noise that is my bass playing). Cables would be the first thing I'd check. Also, aren't those Hartke cabs switchable?... if so make sure they're running at 8ohms each.
  5. As above, Stuart Clayton's books are great. His reading music books really helped me. As an all rounder though, Bass Guitar for Dummies us a great resource. Styles, techniques, the function of the bass, theory, building bass lines and lots of play along examples, all in a simple, clear presentation.
  6. Where I'm from, a little (ex) mining town in the Dearne valley, almost nowt... Except Steve Dawson from Saxon used to drop his kid off at my junior school either in a Lincoln Continental (which was somewhat conspicuous at the time), or a van that resembled the one that the A-Team had. Where I am now, George Michael and Andrew Ridgely met at a school a few minutes from here.
  7. I replaced mine last year, nothing too flash.... i7, 16gb RAM, etc. Prior to that I was running Cubase Elements 10 on a 9 year old Toshiba Satellite with 6gb Ram, and never really had a problem. It was video editing that it struggled with, and the recent updates were slowing it down generally due to its age. As above, as I understand it your audio interface essentially acts as a soundcard.
  8. Nice one! It was a great cover of a quality tune.
  9. First 3 tracks while we wait for 2021 to die, through the headphones I usually mix on. It's perfectly loud enough to me. Pushed any further it wouldn't work IMO. Not my usual fare, but it sounds pretty cool. Just my perception, but the drums are really fat, as is clearly heard in the naked parts, and the bass sound is fairly clean. The parts you're playing, being pretty melodic, help separation, but I think a bit of dirt adding a bit of grit to the top end, and taking a touch of bottom end out where you complete with the kick would have pushed it out a bit more. TLDR... Nowt really wrong with it IMO
  10. I like the frets... they look OK.
  11. NickD


    Mine was delivered in October 2016... Its still my number 1.
  12. I mess around with one a lot, it's a ton of fun with a looper.
  13. Life's too short to pander to the bellendery of others. It not nice being onstage with people you can't depend on.
  14. My contribution to the Basschat December Cover Challenge. Knocked together this very afternoon, thanks to Jon Shuker, Vintage Guitars, Line 6, Steinberg and Red Wine. I've been listening to a lot of blues lately, as I find it's good for my bass playing, so while I'm not usually one for covers I thought I'd go for a classic.... Killing Floor, by Chester Burnett (aka Howlin' Wolf). Rough in places, sure, but it's the blues maaaaan!😎
  15. I think I've got the blues for this one.... and I mean 'da bluuues'! *Time permitting of course. 🙄
  16. It's a cover... how does that work then?
  17. I also have really sweet Elwood L5... sounds great, weighs nothing and plays beautifully... And I keep thinking about chopping that in against a second Jake 5. There's something about them. 🤣
  18. I've tried the Hi Beams but never the Sunbeams. They were almost as good as D'Addario Nickels, but disappointing for almost twice the price. On everything except my Jake 5 (which wears the Maruszczyk Nickels) I always end up going back to the D'Addarios.
  19. Since my Jake 5 was delivered at the tail end of 2016 it seems to be the only bass that ever gets to leave the house. I've bought things that I thought might supersede it since, but every gig and every recording date still ends up being the Jake.
  20. That was really tough to keep down to three choices!
  21. Ideal for a toe in the water DSLR setup. Canon 350D body, with Sandisk 8gb CF card and card reader, charger and 4 batteries (2 genuine but old and tired, 2 aftermarket about 2 years old and last ok... new ones about a tenner on Amazon). Decent condition overall, with a few marks on the body and the rubberised section (they all do that sir), in good working order. Canon EF-S 18-55, Canon EF35-80 and Canon EF55-200 lenses, al in good condition, with clean optics, end caps and lens caps. Comes in a tidy Canon bag that's never left the house. The lot for £140 delivered.
  22. I use their nickel rounds on my Jake 5, because that's what it came with, it sounded good, and there aren't many strings in the same gauges that I'm keen on (125-45, evenly spread). I like the feel and sound, and they last ok too.
  23. My contribution to the November 2021 Basschat Composition Challenge, inspired by the picture chosen by the previous winner, Upside Downer. I got halfway down a droney, chilled, ambient road, then I woke up with with this popping round in my head... the chorus at least... the song wanted something other than what I had planned for it. Based on the picture, I had the idea of a shift tasked with resetting the universe after the day is done, and from here I got the notion that there are folks that do that in a practical, non-celestial way... The truck drivers, shelf stackers, train engineers, office cleaners, etc... so this is for them. Knocked together in Cubase Elephants, Jake 5 and Strat through the Helix, Everything else is from the bundled VSTs.
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