Jump to content
Why become a member? Read more... ×


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by SubsonicSimpleton

  1. SubsonicSimpleton

    best value DAW

    Audacity is great for certain tasks (recording audio from online sources using speaker loopback, editing/processing stereo/mono audio files - e.g. splitting down a long recording of a gig/rehearsal into individual songs) but it doesn't really work nearly as well for multitracking as Reaper IME, but by all means give it a try. Reaper will run happily on low spec machines, and doesn't take up much drive space, so no real excuse not to use it on your secondary computer. I remember spending hours trying to get cubase to find my audio card back in the day when I first used it, once I'd figured out what I needed to do future installs took a couple of minutes to get up and running. Same pattern with recording my first tracks - once you understand how to create a track, assign an audio input to it and set your basic project parameters, you can set up from scratch very quickly or create template projects which will load up everything you need e.g. I have a template for jamming ideas with a drum plugin, that has everything setup and ready to go including tracks ready set up for guitar and bass with ampsim plugins preloaded and audio inputs pre routed so I can be up and running in a couple of clicks (saves setting up every last little thing every time you want to do that type of activity) - you can't really do this with a program like audacity, so the return on investment of dealing with the learning curve of reaper is absolutely worth it.
  2. SubsonicSimpleton

    What software for designing a garden recording studio?

    This series of videos is worth a look, everything built properly to regs and lots of explanation of what is going on.
  3. SubsonicSimpleton

    Can you use 2 interfaces in a DAW?

    A good analogue mixer is a joy to use, but any blending of sound sources will be irreversably baked in to your recording, on the other hand a poor quality mixer will add self noise and frustrate with low headroom and poor audio quality. In either case you need space to house the mixer and extra expense for cabling, and although analogue mixers are very cheap on the used market, they do require maintenance, so there might be unexpected additional expense. Probably the more sensible course of action is to accept that you have reached the limits of your current interface and consider making the upgrade to a unit that has the features that you need going forward - if you are happy with the driver performance of your current interface it might be worth a look at the 18i8 or investigating other interfaces with 4 preamps. The cost of an interface upgrade will probably work out cheaper all things considered.
  4. SubsonicSimpleton

    Short scale bass advice

    Given the ease with which parts can be recorded remotely with todays modern technology, and that this is a forum populated by bass players, would it be worth considering asking if anyone would be interested in collaborating with you?
  5. SubsonicSimpleton

    Lip Syncing and Computer Backing Tracks

    Are there many touring bands that don't use a click track nowadays? Is syncronising lighting and pyro cues to the click cheating? Personally I would rather hear musicians doing everything live without a safety net and embrace the imperfections, but when you consider the economics of large scale touring and the inevitability of any bad gig ending up on youtube, it is understandable that bands start to use whatever tech they have at their disposal to ensure that the show runs smoothly as it scales up and increases in complexity. Different musicians also have different personal opinions on how music should be presented to an audience - IME those that are comfortable with silence and sparser instrumentation are in a minority compared to those that feel that big wall of sound is the way forward, so it doesn't suprise me that if the the tech is available to fill out the sound with extra pre-recorded tracks then bands that don't really need to go that route are doing it anyway just because they can.
  6. SubsonicSimpleton

    Weight Of The Bass

    Do both basses have identical neck construction? Given that the neck is much less stiff than the body, it has a much bigger potential influence over the sound.
  7. SubsonicSimpleton

    Bandlab analog interface help

    There are a couple of optons that will work without reliance on complicated tech matters like driver installation etc. Option 1 any practice amp, or effects unit with an AUX IN and Headphone out (Zoom B1on costs about £40) Option 2 small notepad mixer - this is the solution I use, it allows me to control the volume of my speakers and headphones independantly, and mix in any signal I want quickly with easy adjustment of levels at my fingertips. Plenty of potential options if you go this route.
  8. SubsonicSimpleton

    Bandlab analog interface help

    I couldn't find any technical documentation for this online, and it does appear to have been developed primarily for use with smartphones (and not properly tested with a wide enough selection of devices if online reviews are a reliable indicator). Most of the devices aimed at the phone market are pants, and there are plenty of solutions that work independantly of other technology, or which are better suited for use with a PC in the £50-£120 price bracket. The best place to start IMHO is to look at what you are wanting to do and the equipment you intend to hook up to - do you need independance from mains electricity? - do you want to record onto the computer? - do you need a headphones only solution or are you wanting to use speakers as well?
  9. SubsonicSimpleton

    Help needed with utterly bizarre sound problem

    In most smaller rooms, bass frequencies are not distributed evenly https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_modes Causes some pretty extreme effects in some rooms.
  10. SubsonicSimpleton

    Reggae music to be protected by UN

    Does this mean that soldiers in blue berets are going to be dispatched to escort fat middle aged white blokes off stage for playing UB40 covers badly?
  11. SubsonicSimpleton

    Most of generally like to think we have eclectic tastes but....

    Depends on how busy I am - if I have a lot of material to learn, then I'll spend the majority of my listening time on the new material, otherwise I listen to whatever takes my fancy at that particular time, which might be music I've already listened to or I might be just exploring youtube for new music and bands/musicians that I've not listened to before.
  12. SubsonicSimpleton

    Mackie Onyx

    Before confining it to the scrapyard, it's worth taking a look to see if there is something obvious causing the problem like bulging/leaking capacitors, dry/cracked solder joints or obvious burnt components. There might be a better teardown video, but it took me a couple of minutes to find this and it shows quite clearly heat damaged capacitors in the power supply - if these mixers do indeed run hot, than it is likely that yours may have suffered the same fate.
  13. SubsonicSimpleton

    2 tone pots 1 pickup

    You could alternatively use one tone pot, and a rotary switch to select a range of different capacitors (certainly when Maplin was still in business they sold rotary switches that were very similar in dimension to full sized pots). This would function in a similar fashion to a tonestyler, but with much more fine control provided by the tone pot.
  14. SubsonicSimpleton

    Where to study electric bass in London?

    Might be worth checking out Leeds College of Music's jazz courses if that is what you are interested in primarily - certainly living costs will be significantly lower than studying in London.
  15. SubsonicSimpleton

    Bass drum mic creating havoc with my sound

    What size bass drum is your drummer using?
  16. SubsonicSimpleton


    I think that what you are experiencing is normal - certainly I have the same experience. When I got my plugs I went to an audiologist who tested my hearing in a proper soundproof booth, both with regular headphones, and also with a device that tested hearing via direct bone conduction. Basically the thumping noise is being transmitted through your skeleton, but isn't attenuated by your plugs (which only attenuate air conducted sounds) and because the conducted sound hasn't been attenuated at all it is more noticeable, rather than having suddenly appeared (like bumping a fader 25dB on an instrument in a mix might take it from in the background to in your face)
  17. SubsonicSimpleton

    HELP! Trying to find the name of a bass...

    Sei Flamboyant maybe? lots of pics here http://www.seibass.com/
  18. SubsonicSimpleton

    Fender Survey - women now 50% of customer base...

    Based on my experience, in order to sucessfully progress from playing at home as a hobby to playing with other people in public you inevitably have to meet and deal with a good number of idiots/dreamers/flakes/egomaniacs/substance abusers before meeting people who have the magic combination of some musical ability, some motivation and who are reasonable and pleasant human beings - my guess is lots of women give up on playing in bands before they really get started, because they (arguably quite sensibly) come to the conclusion that life is far to short to put up with this nonsense. There is certainly no shortage of female performers in evidence locally, they do tend for the most part to be either solo performers or band leaders.
  19. SubsonicSimpleton

    Double Bass

    Where in the UK are you based?
  20. SubsonicSimpleton

    Fingers and the audience

    Well at the next bass bash you could organise a blind audience fingering and get answers.
  21. SubsonicSimpleton

    The drop pedal. Thoughts needed

    If the singer is struggling with some tunes, it might be worth running them all down a semitone to see if that gives their voice an easier time over the duration of the gig.
  22. SubsonicSimpleton

    Do you actually know what you're buying?

    Before considering the question of 'do you know what you are buying?' I think it is worth answering the question 'why am I buying this?' If you consider an instrument as a musical tool to be played, gigged and recorded then it doesn't really matter about the provenance as long as it inspires you with how it sounds and responds to your input - if you bought a cleverly faked pre-CBS strat that was in reality an MIJ Tokai, that sounded amazing and inspired your playing and writing to new heights would it matter? (assuming you never need to sell it for financial reasons) If you are viewing instruments as collectors items and financial investments then originality probably matters more than whether the instrument is even playable. @Beedster makes a good point about being picky about where you choose to look, but you do have to bear in mind that sometimes honest people get hoodwinked (google Music Ground trial and do a little research into the owners and their ownership of multiple businesses on Denmark street) and can end up passing on fake/stolen instruments without malice or knowledge of what they are doing, so a ten page feedback thread with only glowing positives isn't necessarily a guaruntee that what they think they are selling is indeed what they say it is, or were told told by the previous owner. Personally I would be more inclined to look at luthier built replicas and modern production models that are not affected by vintage/collectible fever.
  23. SubsonicSimpleton

    Been here before...going on a hiatus?

    Sell the things that are likely to become dated and be superceded by newer technology - amps, speaker cabs, multi-fx, wireless units Keep the things that are less generic or unlikely to date badly - instruments you like, rare/unusual/essential pedals, quality leads, microphones etc Don't sell your on the gig lifesaver kit of useful spares and tools, but do make sure that you store it away without leaving batteries in it. IME the small things really add up over time, and although you might not notice them much buying them piecemeal over a long period of time, it really hurts if you need to replace them all at the same time due to theft and can be really difficult to source replacements for out of production products.
  24. SubsonicSimpleton

    “Lock in with drummer”

    I'd thought for years this meant lengthy after hours boozing sessions was the key to a better sounding band
  25. SubsonicSimpleton

    Another for Happy Jack

    Quick bit of google fu turned up this video by the authour of the above linked ad 🤣