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AustinArto

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  1. Synth Bass

    I've had a BS2 for a couple of years, it's a great little synth for the price and nice and light and portable for those of us doubling on synth and bass guitar. Really easy to use too. I wish it had a three octave keyboard though, I don't know why everything's got two octaves now, v. irritating.
  2. Will fretless ever make a comeback?

    I only played fretless for 6-7 years but I haven't owned one for over ten years. I feel like I'm letting the side down now. :/ Never played a Paul Young cover. Oh actually I had a fretless Stingray a few years back but shifted it quite quickly - never got on with Stingrays. Didn't sound that great either.
  3. Oh and that Jazzy Jeff record from 2007 was ace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI4KI_gecSE
  4. [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9Cx6LafMk"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9Cx6LafMk[/url]
  5. TON of Effects: Eventide, Iron Ether, EHX, etc.

    Incidentally you are all fools for not taking the Shaker Mini. It's great for doing modwheel-style wobbles like Bernie Worrell. You can set it up so the footswitch is momentary, and just wibbles the pitch when you're stepping on it, and you can set the speed you want to be whatever is max or min on the knob using the toneprint software so you never lose your sweet spot. Awesome funk bass effect in a tiny box.
  6. [quote name='darkandrew' timestamp='1482069820' post='3197337']... I was thinking of other bands / artists that have written songs about other bands / artists.[/quote] Can't believe nobody's mentioned Wesley Willis. About 99% of his output was songs about other bands / artists: [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m1yqrmMpec"]https://www.youtube....h?v=5m1yqrmMpec[/url] [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5k6G439vYY"]https://www.youtube....h?v=K5k6G439vYY[/url] [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-WuR51w9yU"]https://www.youtube....h?v=s-WuR51w9yU[/url] [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3Q5DPHpw7E"]https://www.youtube....h?v=w3Q5DPHpw7E[/url] etc. Lots of bands returned the favour and referenced Wesley in their lyrics. He also did songs about other stuff: [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFjuPbCShBw"]https://www.youtube....h?v=BFjuPbCShBw[/url]
  7. The Brand New Heavies. Rhyme Heavy.

    That track with The Pharcyde is still a belter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls0_u0-EKKA
  8. What Is Your Role In Your Band?

    I play bass, sequence bass, sing harmony, write songs along with our guitarist/singer, do some mixing and production, bit of keys, etc. Sometimes guitar when we're recording. We don't have very defined roles especially when recording - sometimes our guitarist will track bass guitar, sometimes I'll track guitar, we both get together to do the programming and automation usually, it's all quite relaxed. Live though I'm bass, synths (again mostly bass) and harmony vox.
  9. Support bands and bad sound.

    Lol. Tribute bands. Anyway, be nice to the sound guys and they'll be nice to you. I remember one venue we used to play regularly the guy on the desk was practically like an extra band member, playing with delays on the vox and drums for us and really doing a number on it, great guy. First time he did that the headline was Neville Staple and he clearly had no time for him!
  10. Hands up if you thought EVH invented tapping...

    I like the bit towards the end of the clip where he's using his right hand to tap a bass part and strum the chords, it's a pretty nice feel actually!
  11. On-line degree courses.

    [quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1479287981' post='3175282'] But just how important is a degree in music when it comes to getting a job playing your instrument? I work in a different creative industry (graphic design) and on the whole the importance of having a degree when it comes to getting a job in any of the design studios where I have worked has been minimal. [/quote] I work in software development and we had a little poll around the office a few weeks back and it turned out the most common degree subject was music. There are only two guys with computer science degrees - the two youngest guys - but five people have music degrees. I'm the only developer there who doesn't have a degree. The one guy who has the same specialisms as me has a bachelors in maths and an engineering masters, and is always grumbling about how long he spent in education to end up doing the same job as me with my 4 GCSEs...
  12. Ernie Ball strap locks.

    I've also got a nut on a Schaller that keeps working loose. :/ I keep meaning to glue it.
  13. No. I do sometimes accidentally steal bass parts - I accidentally played something very like Ashes To Ashes recently, had to bin that. What sucks is when something like that gets stuck in your head and it's hard to move on and play something different!
  14. Morrissey is a knobhead but a remarkable lyricist and performer. Johnny Marr had a pretty unique style which you either appreciate or you don't, but what he was doing was clever and not easy. The bass parts on many tunes are quite intricate too. I do like The Smiths but I think if you ignore the lyrics you're missing out on most of what made them idiosyncratic and memorable, so you probably won't see the whole value of it that other people appreciate. The other day when a friend said he wanted a job that was more fulfilling, two people jumped straight in and suggested he make christmas cards with the mentally ill. It's all very quotable, which might sound trite but not many people come up with so many memorable utterances. I can't think of anybody else quite so witty from bands in the '80s to be honest.
  15. I'm in an amplification pickle. Help........

    To me it's all just backline. If I can hear myself and it's not a pain to load in, it's all bisto. Who knows what it sounds like out front but it won't sound like your favourite cab that's for sure.
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