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  1. Tubster

    Yamaha BB424X

    Excellent and underrated bass at an astounding price. shame I have a black one. Good luck with your sale
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    Audience lack of respect for bands

    Does geographic location play a part? North vs South, small town vs city etc? my recent experience has been in USA - Florida and Seattle. Audiences in Seattle were much more into the music but it was a given that people in both places would try to hold loud conversations next to the band. Now in Spain and Spanish audiences seem more attentive but perhaps they are trying to figure out what is being sung?!
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    PA system upgrade advice

    Yamaha DXR12 or QSC k12.2 plus small passive mixer. DXR are a big step up from DBR series. Yamaha have just introduced a new DZR series which look great on paper but are a chunk of change north of the DXRs but if specs are to be believed, should be amazing. RCF have plenty of great products in their range. In bargain basement, the ALTOS get a lot of positive mention alongside the cheaper EV. Unfortunately, like many things in life, you get what you pay for. good luck
  4. We HAD a UI 12 with the problems you mentioned and went back to analogue - soundcraft 20 channel (previously) on sale for around £899 which we picked up for £249 brand new!! Fabulous desk with 12 channels more than we need but who cares?! Keep,an eye on Gear4Music as that is where we got it. They get great deals from time to time. However, mixer only has 2 auxes but we can manage. Many on here singing the praises of digital but we have soured on it after our negative experience - give it a few more generations IMO. . Every time UI is mentioned, there is discussion of a fix by using external boxes of one sort or another but who needs that?. We, like you, want 100% reliability. We can’t afford to be farting around with digital glitches. loved the UI when it worked. Believe tha the 24r is a much more robust unit. Like the look of the ZOOM l12 - could ld this be what you need - has 5 independent headphone mixes https://www.thomann.de/gb/zoom_livetrak_l_12.htm
  5. We HAD a UI 12 with the problems you mentioned and went back to analogue - soundcraft 20 channel (previously) on sale for around £899 which we picked up for £249 brand new!! Fabulous desk with 12 channels more than we need but who cares?! Keep,an eye on Gear4Music as that is where we got it. They get great deals from time to time. However, mixer only has 2 auxes but we can manage. Many on here singing the praises of digital but we have soured on it after our negative experience - give it a few more generations IMO. . Every time UI is mentioned, there is discussion of a fix by using external boxes of one sort or another but who needs that?. We, like you, want 100% reliability. We can’t afford to be farting around with digital glitches. loved the UI when it worked. Believe tha the 24r is a much more robust unit. Like the look of the ZOOM l12 - big surprise! Live recordings - yes please. Good luck with your return to analogue and very interested to hear what you end up with.
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    Auditions in Hell

    BOURNEMOUTH Mid 80s and our soul/Motown band is expanding, we are looking for a keyboard player. Get a call from bloke in his 40s who tells us of his talented daughter. Our guitarist took call and explained all the relevant stuff. Dad assures him that she can blow through this material - no problem! Family turns up at guitarist’s house with keyboard, stand, armfuls of music scores. Pretty 17 year old sets up behind singer but no amp - keyboard has built in speakers we are told so all will be good. We show her set list and she counters with one of her own including “tie a yellow ribbon” and “viva España”. Smirks are beginning to appear on faces of various personnel but no one seems to have the heart to say anything. Guitarist is just about to when girl cranks up her built-in drum machine and launches into “España” in a hideously tuneless voice. Some band members attempt to tag along musically and both girl plus both parents are grinning enthusiastically as she blazes on oblivious to the suppressed laughter emanating from behind. Trumpet player is overtaken with mirth and just manages to get outside the door before he explodes into laughter. We find him 10 minutes later weeping uncontrollably by the stairs! When song ended it was a difficult moment for all but our ever diplomatic guitarist explained we were perhaps doing the wrong material for her talents. The family seemed very satisfied with the explanation and left the house beaming from ear to ear! To this day I feel guilty for the poor girl but in reality there was little that could be done. We went on to hire the fabulous “Mr Amazed”, but that as they say, is a story for another day.
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    There's more than just bass cabs to argue about

    Well, these come in at just under a ton in weight and 200,000 dollars. Wonder what a recommended amp setup would add?! https://www.stereophile.com/content/wilson-audio-specialties-alexandria-xlf-loudspeaker
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    What Should I Replace My Wal With

    A friend of mine in Seattle owns several WAL basses. He loves them but he has 2 other brands that he also favours, for tone early 90s G&L but for tone and lightness - MIKE LULL. I own a LULL PJ and it would probably deliver what you are looking for.
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    Recording on your own

    Many posters have recommended capable software packages, generally what they use. I suggest that you ignore such suggestions as you have a MAC and you have GARAGEBAND so software and computer are taken care of. Simple interface like focusrite - perfect. You have everything you need minus recording skills. You need to locate a GARAGEBAND user who can come round your house and take you through the software. Bet there is someone on here who could help you. I’m located in SW Spain so unless you’re coming on holiday, sorry - can’t help. good luck, your “ah ha” moment is just around the corner!
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    Peavey Cirrus 5 string

    Won Ebenezer, I own a blue one. great basses. I think some of the later USA Cirri adopted the Millenium pre amp.
  11. Perhaps you would have better luck Stateside. Don’t think the DLM mackie stuff has had wide adoption in UK and Europe. From what I saw/heard when living in USA, there are far better options - QSC, Yamaha, RCF etc. Size wise it looks tempting but....
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    Line array PA for band use

    Hooray......if it works for you, then the EVOX is your answer. Another thought, can the band adapt to the volume the EVOX is comfortable putting out? Bet it can. Would love to use a pair. Light, easy load and quick set up/strike. Enjoy!
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    Markaudio linear array systems

    Heard both systems at Jimenez in Chiclana, Spain. Very impressive but the ‘marmite’ look withe Mark signature yellow will really divide opinions. I was taken aback by the large number of small jack connectors. Like the fact that they are standard jacks but made it all look rather messy. The bigger system swept away the smaller one for tone but that could have been due to the source material and eq. The sales guy mentioned prices of €1200 and €1600 per side which seemed attractive. I find myself initially drawn to these mini column array thingies but then common sense intervenes and I go back to the flexibility and expandability of Yamaha dxr, qsc k12.2 et al. However, at first listen, the Markaudios are very compelling. They are entering a crowded marketplace so pricing is all important. Spain is a very price sensitive market so I shall keep my eye on sales. sorry, a very subjective and flimsy first encounter but our band would give them a good workout if the distributor needs to get them out there -the bars and chiringuitos we play are a perfect environment.
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    Peavey Cirrus USA - SOLD

    This is a total steal
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    Jack-of-all-trades 4

    G&L L2k
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