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  1. I'm in, I've got to at least try after I failed spectacularly last year with 2 new basses (I did sell one as well) and about 10 pedals but that means I definitely have everything I need now.
  2. I did this, middle finger on my right hand, same thing with the finger in a splint thing for what seemed like a long time but I'm guessing was about the same. That was about 6 years ago. Mine was the tendon that pulls the finger straight rather than the one that pulls it curved, put my hand out for a minor stumble and that finger just got caught on something and folded round and under enough to do it. Obviously it doesn't gaurantee anything because I'm just one other person but I had forgotten that it even happened until I saw your post. That finger does not extend quite as straight as the others by a tiny amount, but other than that I don't even notice. I wouldn't hold my plucking up as the greatest ever (I use a pick half the time anyway) but that's lack of talent and practice and nothing to do with the tendon. Been learning piano recently and still didn't remember I'd even done it. It does take a while, mine kept improving even after the splint was off, so you will definitely need your patient (in both senses of the word) head on. Make sure the splint fits properly. Hope it heals well!
  3. I looked up the difference between office and gaming chairs recently, apparently a lot of the gaming chairs have a lip to the front edge of the seat, or slope up towards the front edge, a bit like a bucket seat in a car. I don't know if there's some advantage to this for gamers, but it's a bad idea for a chair you might sit up to a desk in for any length of time. I had an Ikea one which was fine but the gas lift leaked oil after not a great deal of use. I like folding arm rests as well, but they are hard to find. I just bought one of these: https://www.chairoffice.co.uk/alabama-mesh-office-chair/?gclid=CjwKCAiAoOz-BRBdEiwAyuvA66GO3cTUP14BFC_97X1hYB3_k3cOAvZh08M3SVWOmaLUAFBjKRNOaBoCVZ0QAvD_BwE and although it was fairly cheap you can see why when you get it. Also, it didn't quite go up high enough for my desk, so I ended up swapping the gas lift for a decent quality longer one with a gaurantee on it.
  4. Yeah, probably... my amp can do strange things (send / return is a slot in the DSP chain so can go anywhere) so I couldnt' remember where it normally is.
  5. One more thought, does your amp have effect send/return? line level balanced out to effects return might also work.
  6. When I was in a box room I went for the kind of solution @Dad3353 suggested and just built everything from readily (and cheaply) available desk legs, tops and shelves. I also used Amazon Basics monitor arms for my display monitors, which frees up desk space as they effectively "float", and can easily be repositioned. Using a shelf with audio monitors and my laptop on and then arms for display monitors means pretty much all the desk space is free for keyboard, controllers etc. I've stuck to pretty much the same idea in the bigger room I have now.
  7. I can't help with the dead cheap I'm afraid, I went for a Palmer Daccapo but they're just shy of £60. IMO worth getting a proper reamper with volume (rather than just using a DI backwards). Reamping works really really well once you get the hang. One thing that helps is to record a track with the bass direct through the interface, then put that through the reamper and back in to another track (don't make a loop,. that's like crossing the streams in ghostbusters ). You can then tweak the volume on the reamper to match the original signal from the bass, which really helps as you'll be driving your gear at the right level. I have a song saved just for doing that, although you only really need to do it once. Oh, and also watch out for the levels on the output to your DI box, you need to keep those the same once you've got the level set, if your DAW lets you lock them then do it.
  8. Impulse Responses aren't just EQ presets, they represent the response of a piece of gear over time. I mostly understand it, although I still need to learn about how convolution works, but there's plenty of info out there, just google something like "what's the difference between IR and EQ". The end result is that an IR gives you a lot more than an EQ preset will. I've got an IR loader pedal and an IR plugin (which also lets you mix IRs, which is cool) that I use for bass cab sims and you could use that on it's own for tones that will sound like a real rig. My baby DI rig just has the IR loader + Darkglass harmonic booster (+ compression and tuner), no preamp pedal at all, and it sounds really good, probably better than my markbass multiamp. And I can set the IRs up in my DAW with the IR plugin (which also lets me mix IRs), then load them on to the pedal when I'm happy with them and they still sound the same. It's the best thing I've heard after a few years trying to find a good flyrig style setup (and it's tiny). Also, having been down the road of having plugins for recording and separate gear for live / rehearsal / jam, you are doubling the amount of stuff you are dealing with. I've gone back, well, sort of back and the forward in a different direction now, and I use outboard gear for recording again but set up so I can change things after I've recorded (i just reamp everything). That way I'm always dealing with the same gear to get my tone. It does make things more complicated though, but I dont' mind that. Assuming your Shuttlemax is doing something for your tone, I don't think wanting to DI that and use it when recording is a bad idea. I think what I'm trying to say is be careful of going down the rabbit hole of finding a load of plugins to replicate what you already have, and remember that whatever tone you get with the plugins you can't take it with you on a gig (well, unless youwant an ipad or latptop on stage yet, I'm not quite there yet although I do have an iRig).
  9. I was tempted to do this for a Tele I sold a while back, first instrument I'd shipped ever as I'd managed to arrange meet ups for everything else. In the end, since it was not the most expensive guitar ever, I went for packing the guitar in the hard case with foam and bubble wrap, then wrapping the hard case in bubble wrap, then a sheet of ply top and boottom, all wrapped in cardboard. That was not international and I'd do at least that if I was sending anything again (I hoard useful material, the ply used to be the back of a wardrobe). I think the crates are spot on. One of the reasons I'm so fussy about packing is that I worked for a parcel company for a while (in IT, not mishandling parcels, still chaos though). Assume your parcel is going to be kicked from where it's picked up to it's desination.
  10. Bought a Micro Thumpinator from Paul, all quick and easy and as described, perfect! Thanks!
  11. That's true, but I think the point of the which article is that you have to be careful as they often aren't actually any cheaper, retailers just claim the RRP is more to make it look like a deal. Not music related but I was looking at something in the Amazon black friday sale (because I wanted it anyway), £14.99, 50% off from RRP of £29.99. Curry's have the same thing, £10, RRP guess how much? £14.99. It's not new, I saw B&Q do it a few years ago for the january sales, I had bought a kitchen from them and needed an extra door or something, but the prices had mysteriously doubled. They stayed double for long enough for B&Q to say they were having a half price sale and then went back to normal price for the sale. If you know what price something was before Black Friday and it's definitely cheaper then go for the deal. I got a Barefaced Big Baby last year in their Black Friday sale and it really was 20% off.
  12. They did a Black Friday sale last year, so worth a wait and see, they hadn't done one before that AFAIK so it might have been a one off.
  13. I know this will only apply to people who've got a recording setup, and that it will be old news to some people as well, but reamping is definitley my new favourite thing for playing with gear at home. About 6 months ago I bought a Palmer Daccapo Re-Amplification Box (a reamper) for recording through my MB Multiamp or my pedalboard, and it has turned out to be one of the handiest things I own. I got it mainly for recording through the gear I already have and would use to jam, rehearse or gig, rather than using virtual amps and fidning that the time spent playing with them for recording was wasted when it came to other things. I always could record through my physical gear but then couldn't go back and tweak amp or effect settings, and obviously that's what reamping is great for. I did have the thought it might help getting the gear set up so they're ready to use when I need them. I'm not in a gigging band at the moment but was putting some feelers out before lockdown and I'm sure I will be again at some point, or at least working on projects with other people and jamming and rehearsing. I also don't seem to be able to resist trying out new pedals, and lots of words have been written on basschat about how your "bedroom" tone isn't the same as playing with a band. The reamper really helps with that. If I want to play with my tone, I'll get some drums and guitar down (or piano, or whatever suits) and leave them pretty much unprocessed, and then record some completely dry bass, EQ flat on the bass (I like to leave the bass EQ for adjusting things on the fly if needed). Then I'll play it back through the reamper and whetever gear I want to set up, so now I can hear how it sounds in the mix with other instruments, and I can sit and twiddle knobs and play with effects while I'm listening. If I want to check two pedals back to back against each other I can record the reamped track twice, once with each and then just switch between them. I'm already noticing the difference when I go to record stuff, the presets I've got on the multiamp and the way I've got my pedals set up get me much closer to a good tone. I'm about to drop new pickups in my main bass and redoing the multiamp presets will be a doddle. One thing that's pretty key is getting the reamping output volume the same as the volume from the bass, otherwise you won't get the same sound when you use the gear for real, but I've got that worked out now - that's one thing in favour of a proper reamping box like the Palmer as it has a control for the output volume (you can re-amp with a passive DI in reverse but dont' get to control the volume). I've tried playing straight through the amp and my little fly rig pedalboard and the tone I've worked on is still there. The other key thing for things like jamming or rehearsing where there's no PA is that the speaker I use is a Barefaced Big Baby so it's flat response, and I get my speaker tone from cab sims in the multiamp or the IR loader on my fly rig. Playing the mutliamp through the BF really does give the same tone, same with the fly rig using the multiamp just as a power amp. It works really well and neither setup weighs much either. My load in for a gig nowadays would probably involve a small bag over one shoulder and my bass in the same hand, and some of the drummers gear in the other hand It just feels like suddenly I can get my gear set up quickly and have it work in the mix, which always felt like a guessing game before. The only downside is that now I feel like it's worth buying and trying pedals, but I'm pretty good at only keeping a few(ish), no, really, I am!
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