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Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related)
justin_havu #3015216 11/07/19 06:20 PM
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I have finished the one in A minor so far... no switches, samples or electrons involved... puff took a bit of time but well worth it!

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I just bought an open box / return electronic Alesis Nitro Mesh drum kit for about half price. I had sold my old vintage 1971 Ludwig Probeat drum kit and 1970 Rogers 6.5" Dynasonic snare drum for good money a while back thinking that I was through with drums but I found that, after having played drums since I was 13 years old, I miss having a kit at home to wack on. I also plan to use the Alesis kit for recording my own material because I'm tired of programming drums and using drum machines.


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My new Zoom Livetrak L12 mixer/ interface/ recorder. Between that and my fretless bass it’s going to be a fun year.



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justin_havu #3020126 12/19/19 06:39 PM
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Got a Hero 7 Silver earlier this month (the Hero 8s came out, so there was some degree of discount on the previous model). As a music director for theater, one of the resume pieces some folks are looking for are short "reels" of your conducting, playing, both simultaneously, etc.

So, I got the Hero to be a small discrete camera that I can mount over or behind my music stand to get some shots of me. Just wrapped a production of JC superstar with me conducting from the piano, and the camera worked perfectly! Good video and good-enough audio. smile Now I've just got to get a few other shows over the next year and put together my MD reel.

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justin_havu #3020139 12/19/19 09:38 PM
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Yesterday, I did "the tour", I hit most of our local thrift stores. I don't spend a lot of time, looking for stuffs I can use or sell.

At Value Village I found a Roland Cube 40gx in near mint condition - works perfectly. I also found a quality folding wooden guitar stand. Paid $40 and tax for the amp and $3.50 for the stand.

At Goodwill I found an import Strat clone neck and in among the tools an Audio Technica MB4000c microphone, covered in sticky tape goo. I paid $2.50 for the neck and $3 for the microphone.

The mic works fine, some Krud Kutter took all the goo off easily. It has nice smooth highs, I am going to try it in combination with my ribbon mic so I can dial in a bit more treble without using EQ.

The Cube uses the same footswitch as my Katana, I have that. Gonna give it a shakedown cruise at a gig tonight, it sounds great at home.

One of those "WIN" days!


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Congrats on the Zoom L12 LiveTrak! I picked one up in the summer of 2018 right after they first came out. I was in the market for a new mixer with 8 xlr inputs, a couple of stereo channels, and onboard effects, and the L12 fit the bill at a reasonable price The L12's multi-track simultaneous recording capability for capturing live band gigs is a bonus as is it's audio interface capability. It's 5 separate headphone / monitor sub-mixes are also great as well. I've since unloaded an ancient Akai DPS 16 hard disk recorder and as well as a Tascam US600 interface and haven't looked back.


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God help me. Another one. Looks like a 2nd generation, hopefully between this and the one from last week, I can build a solid stand and flip the other one.


Holy bleep, that's the one I have as well. That's the only $#@! stand I've ever owned that didn't bounce when I dug into the keys. When traveling, I always carried the assembly hardware next to my HEART. Its not all that quick to set up or break down, but the stability is worth every bit of juggling and hauling. Beauty! thu


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justin_havu #3020151 12/19/19 11:50 PM
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Arturia's recent wavetable synth Pigments. I'm still in the first phase, reviewing the library and poking at the controls sans manual. Its a good sign to have that go smoothly. A bit more capable than I had thought, despite everything sounding a bit clean because its based on wavetables. There IS some analog meat on the bones; its just a more orderly version. The bell/EP aspects are gorgeous, shouldering a lot of the tonal work load you might otherwise assign to an additive or FM synth. There's no lack of richness, overall. Merry Winter Solsticemas to me!

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David Emm #3020189 12/20/19 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by David Emm
Arturia's recent wavetable synth Pigments. I'm still in the first phase, reviewing the library and poking at the controls sans manual. Its a good sign to have that go smoothly. A bit more capable than I had thought, despite everything sounding a bit clean because its based on wavetables. There IS some analog meat on the bones; its just a more orderly version. The bell/EP aspects are gorgeous, shouldering a lot of the tonal work load you might otherwise assign to an additive or FM synth. There's no lack of richness, overall. Merry Winter Solsticemas to me!


Hi David, could you share your view on the learning curve on Pigments? Your EP comment peeks my interest, but from what I've seen from this synth is pretty overwhelming. There are so much control functions ai'm afraid I'd be swamped by them. Thanks in advance.

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Thanks to a few holiday plugin sales this month...

Waves Tune (full version)
Waves IR360 Convolution Reverb with surround support
Waves X-Click - should be great for removing those annoying crackles I get once in a while that ruin a near-perfect take!


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An Audio Technica MB 4000C, covered with tape goo.
In the tool bins at Goodwill. $4.

Krud Kutter easily removed all the goo, the mic is in great condition otherwise.
Works perfectly, has sweet, even highs.

Nice as the brighness enhancer for my ribbon mic.
Pretty sure it will be a good acoustic guitar mic as well.


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Hammond B-3x for iPad!!!
Like il better than my NS3 with my Vent 2.

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A Rhodes Straddler from Ken Rich, so I don’t have to gaff tape my XK1C to my Rhodes anymore.

And a couple mics for the studio, a Telefunken M80 Dynamic, and a Warm Audio WA47 tube mic. The WA47 is pretty amazing, a U47 clone for under a grand. A studio that I freelance at a couple times a year has a late 50s U47 that is an absolutely wonderful mic, that they paid in the neighborhood of $20k for. Their house engineer mentioned the WA47 as comparing favorably with their U47, and I have to agree.

Also picked up one of the Tama Iron Works boom mic stands, which are, imho, the best stands on the market shy of the Latch Lakes and their ilk. If I could afford to replace all the cheap booms I’ve accumulated over the years with the Tamas, I would.


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Originally Posted by OmniaAequalis
Originally Posted by David Emm
Arturia's recent wavetable synth Pigments. I'm still in the first phase, reviewing the library and poking at the controls sans manual. Its a good sign to have that go smoothly.... The bell/EP aspects are gorgeous, shouldering a lot of the tonal work load you might otherwise assign to an additive or FM synth. There's no lack of richness, overall. Merry Winter Solsticemas to me!


Hi David, could you share your view on the learning curve on Pigments? Your EP comment peeks my interest, but from what I've seen from this synth is pretty overwhelming. There are so much control functions ai'm afraid I'd be swamped by them. Thanks in advance.
Mark


The learning curve seems less steep once you take in the colorful modulation strip and see how clicking any part of it opens the associated controls underneath. Its pretty much a snap. Like any other synth, it has a top layer you see first and then subsequent layers that open it up more. If you've played more than just monosynths, the layout will be pretty much self-evident.

The analog path is traditionally MiniMoog-like. The wavetables have the simpler basics, but also some richer offerings such as the waves that allow for a few decent pianos. I'm new to granular in practice, but what I knew is making more sense, as its easy to feel your way through the process by reverse-engineering a bit. You probably won't get a fully convincing Rhodes out of it, but it has plenty to offer in the general area. It has a couple of near-modular behaviors going on at times, but it shows you almost everything as you go.

I'd say its not at all a bad starter synth for someone who can already manage the virtual analog side, because the other engines still follow the same system behaviors. Even old hands still have to RTFM, but Pigments comes with two of them built in. So no, you won't be swamped for long. Its a three-engine synth, too, so its something of a bargain. I have Logic, AAS, Korg, E-mu and a couple of wacky fringe instruments. I'm satisfied that Pigments adds a fresh voice I can enjoy mooshing into shape.


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...covered with tape goo...Krud Kutter easily removed all the goo...


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Just upgraded my system to Windows 10, added SSDs, and USB 3.0 ports. Fortunately, my old Mackie Onyx 400F audio Firewire interface is still working, but finally bit the bullet and said goodbye to Sonar. Bought a Arturia KeyLab mkII 61 in black as a new controller and switched to Cubase.


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Just ordered Spectrasonics Keyscape.
It will be here tomorrow.

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Originally Posted by Doc Tonewheel
...Bought a Arturia KeyLab mkII 61 in black as a new controller and switched to Cubase.


Please let us know how you like it. I'm looking at one of those for college use.


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Originally Posted by Mighty Motif Max
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...Bought a Arturia KeyLab mkII 61 in black as a new controller and switched to Cubase.


Please let us know how you like it. I'm looking at one of those for college use.



I own both the Keylab 61 Black Edition (late run, with keybed fix), and the new Keylab 61 MKii Black Edition.

Both are great. Metal chassis. Solid. They are about my favorite synth action boards, especially with how they did after touch. It's really smooth, and according to Snoize Midi Monitor I can really get nuanced with all values between 0 and 127 on Channel Pressure.

They are, of course, a natural fit with my Arturia V collection, and work seamlessly with other since every knob and button is assignable.

The MKii adds more assignable pedal inputs, and CV in/out jacks as well.


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Yesterday got The new Korg Triton Collection for PC.


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Originally Posted by Mighty Motif Max
Originally Posted by Doc Tonewheel
...Bought a Arturia KeyLab mkII 61 in black as a new controller and switched to Cubase.


Please let us know how you like it. I'm looking at one of those for college use.



It just arrived this morning from Sweetwater. Totally agree with EscapeRocks! So, I will start of by saying the build quality is excellent. Nice and solid. Good sliders, wheels, knobs, and nice feeling/triggering pads. The synth action feel of the keys is great, similar to my old Novation X-Satation 61 and Access Virus KC. You do need to apply a bit of pressure to trigger the aftertouch, but I will see if I can adjust that when I dig in some more. I love when something works right out of the box without umpteen hours spent on adjusting computer settings. It is literally plug and play. The included software (Analog Lab and Piano V) is nice and Analog Lab has tons of useful bread and butter sounds. I like that it has 9 faders for controlling Hammond-type patches (if you use them). Includes templates for the most popular DAWs (which actually work) and tons of connectivity (MIDI, USB, and CV/gate). I had been in the market for a good controller for awhile, and my old controller was out of date for integration with a DAW (plus the menu diving was getting to be a pain, although I do miss the extra keys, but the Arturia does come in an 88-key version if you prefer). Overall, I am really glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it.

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A Yamaha CLP930 for 100€

It needs some care, but for the price is right 😉

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Originally Posted by Doc Tonewheel

......... although I do miss the extra keys, but the Arturia does come in an 88-key version if you prefer). Overall, I am really glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it.

https://imgur.com/a/hVuoUcS


Since they just release the 88 in MKII form, I am hoping they follow the pattern and release the Black Edition of that soon.


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Originally Posted by EscapeRocks
Originally Posted by Doc Tonewheel

......... although I do miss the extra keys, but the Arturia does come in an 88-key version if you prefer). Overall, I am really glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it.

https://imgur.com/a/hVuoUcS


Since they just release the 88 in MKII form, I am hoping they follow the pattern and release the Black Edition of that soon.


I thought I wouldn’t like the 88 MKii’s painted pony look, but after owning it for awhile the look has really grown on me – as opposed to the action, which is killin’ me. I’m presently looking to sell or cross-trade it for a 61 and not sure if I’d like the black better, but I have no qualms about Arturia quality.


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I'm super spoiled when it comes to a weighted action. My AvantGrand N2 has MIDI. Of course, I'm totally home based now.


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