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#3026827 01/30/20 10:16 PM
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I will start. Here is mine. I bought a big cabin in the mountain north of Los Angeles to build the new room.
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Wow - looks killer! I have got to come out and see the new place...

My toy room(s)? Sure...gotta love gear porn. rocker

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I know - I need more keyboards. keys2 duck hugegrin

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Dave, do you have to crawl under the piano to get to the keyboard?


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Originally Posted by Ronan C Murphy
Dave, do you have to crawl under the piano to get to the keyboard?

Nope. There's enough space between the stack on the left (Kurz and Korg) and the piano.

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I'll post some pics of my humble spaces when I get some new pics. smile


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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One of these years, my studio will be in a state where I can show it in a photo without cringing in shame. The newest photos I have that show it even halfway presentable are like five years old, and I don't own most of the gear in them any more. One of these days, I promise...

...and welcome, Ronan! Looking forward to having you in the family.

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Originally Posted by Dr Mike Metlay
One of these years, my studio will be in a state where I can show it in a photo without cringing in shame. The newest photos I have that show it even halfway presentable are like five years old, and I don't own most of the gear in them any more. One of these days, I promise...

...and welcome, Ronan! Looking forward to having you in the family.

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Ha! My humble studio will never be pretty or impressive!! :- D In the context of my circumstances it is practical and can deliver what I need.
I am going to photograph some of it soon and post in hopes of helpful feedback. Into my mic tests now, first things first. That is going well, will be posting stage 1 soon.

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Welcome Ronan! What are your gigantic mains? Also - digging the almost reflection-free/no-console arrangement. Do you ever find that you need more table space to put notes or even a coffee cup?

I've elected for the big battleship composers desk with a keyboard in it, so I'm pretty much the opposite end of the spectrum that way, and working with a measurement mic, I have the expected dip to prove it. Thankfully the Genelec's DSP sorts out most of it.

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Hey Ronan!! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE!! I still remember editing that ultra-cool article about you doing environmental recording in Italy.

So my studio is more like a post-production suite - computer/monitor heavy, all the synths are virtual, driven by a Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol - except for a Korg M3, which gets used rarely. I do have other hardware synths, but I can do more with NI Komplete, IK Total Studio, and Arturia V Collection. The amp sims are also mostly native, aside from a floor Helix for testing the patches I develop on Helix Native. The mics are plebian: Condenser mics from Neat, and an A-T condenser. The monitor speakers are the Les Paul monitors. So sue me...I've flattened them, and that's what matters to me.

Where I have with respect to Really Cool Stuff is the guitars. J-45 for acoustic, PRS Signature Series guitar), Line 6 Variax, blueberry burst 2017 Les Paul HD, Rickenbacker 12, "playable scrap" Snow Falcon Flying V, Gibson LP Traditional 12-string, and ES-335 (thank you, Gibson), a Dan Armstrong that Dan himself worked on, and a Lag ukulele. I also have multiple basses, including a Becvar custom bass originally made for Chris Squire. And of course, the ancient Tele I used while developing the projects in Electronic Projects for Musicians smile

I love the guitars, but I also love the virtual synths. Even Cakewalk's maligned Rapture synth is cool, because it's so programmable I was able to create exactly the sounds I want. When I need to go through an amp, I have a Peavey Windsor and Line 6 DT-25.

So is it an amazing studio? No, it's a post-production suite with a ton of guitars and very good acoustical treatment. Do I have fun in there? F**k yes!!!


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I managed to find a couple of photos of my old remote truck.
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The truck was retired around 1999 when people wanted two 24-track recorders (or 6 ADATS) instead of 16-track 2" analog tape.

Most of the gear was moved indoors and the main part of the house became the studio and the control room became more of a lab than a real production studio. The Soundcraft console is still there, supplemented by a Mackie 1640, the Ampex MM1100 has been replaced by a Mackie HDR 24/96, the KEF monitors that were soffit mounted in the truck are now on sturdy, non-inertia stands (cinder blocks), and the Revox A700 has been moved to the living room. Oh, and that's an Ampex MX10 toob mixer in the rack to the right next to the Otari MX-55 2-track analog recorder. Same patchbay, mostly the same rack equipment, and the mic and long cable closet is in between the rack with the patchbay and the MX-55. The rack cabinet below the MX-55 contains a Beta VCA (still works) and a Sony PCM-501 digital converter (pre-DAT). That's a Sony DAT on the bridge above the console on the left, and a TASCAM CD recorder on the right. Mostly these days this stuff gets used when I'm writing an article or review, or doing tape restoration and archiving work.

Panning left to right

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After 6 LONG months, It's finally done. It's pretty much an all in one writing, recording and rehearsing man cave. Having a sound-proof and creative space was my priority, and I think I was able to achieve that goal pretty well. Most of my audio gears will stay in the bedroom. I'll only bring in stuff that I really need. I hired out only for electrical and AC installation. Everything else was done by my amazing uncle whom I'm forever grateful to.... . I did the research and followed his instructions with my sissy hands like he calls it.

The internal space is about 18' x 19' or so (with ceiling peaking at 13') which is the biggest size I was allowed. It's a room within a room structure with double studded walls, double thick drywall, soundboard and cavity insulation and so on and so forth. I'm not going to miss working with silicone tubes for sure!

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Wow, Sam. That is spectacular. Congratulations!

One tip - when you prop open the lid of the Kawai, make sure to fold the front part back. You probably shouldn't have the weight of that hanging from the hinge. It should rest back on the larger part of the lid instead. Also, the prop stick should be in the hole that puts it about 90° to the lid. The long stick goes in the hole that's furthest in. You have it in the hole for the shortest stick. Which model is it? I have an RX-2 and love it to bits.


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Looks really great, Sam! Nicely done! 2thu

Add me to the K. Kawai owner's group - you can see my KG-2C in my first pic above.

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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
Wow, Sam. That is spectacular. Congratulations!

One tip - when you prop open the lid of the Kawai, make sure to fold the front part back. You probably shouldn't have the weight of that hanging from the hinge. It should rest back on the larger part of the lid instead. Also, the prop stick should be in the hole that puts it about 90° to the lid. The long stick goes in the hole that's furthest in. You have it in the hole for the shortest stick. Which model is it? I have an RX-2 and love it to bits.


Thank you Joe!

Oh yeah that's what happens when a construction man opens the lid of a grand for the first time. I was taking pictures and my uncle opened the lid. This is a Kawai GL 40. I've played Yamaha and Kawai pianos for a long time. I'm very familiar with RX-2. It's a fantastic instrument.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Looks really great, Sam! Nicely done! 2thu

Add me to the K. Kawai owner's group - you can see my KG-2C in my first pic above.

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Thank you Dave. I grew up playing Kawai. I like the sound, action and price. wink

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I'm a big fan as well. When I was working at Alesis, we did an awesome sample of a Kawai concert grand (I forget the model) which we used to make the Jazz Piano QCard. It came out great...

I've had mine for close to 30 years. love

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I'm really happy for all of you that have space for a grand piano. Currently I own a Kawai 52" upright as that is all the space I can afford. Once I relocate after retirement, hopefully I will join the club. cool


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Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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What I've seen of Kawai uprights they are nice pianos as well. thu


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Originally Posted by Sam CA
Oh yeah that's what happens when a construction man opens the lid of a grand for the first time. I was taking pictures and my uncle opened the lid. This is a Kawai GL 40. I've played Yamaha and Kawai pianos for a long time. I'm very familiar with RX-2. It's a fantastic instrument.

Ha ha! I feel better. BTW, what cover are you using? I probably should get one for mine.


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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
What I've seen of Kawai uprights they are nice pianos as well. thu


I have owned a handful of uprights in my lifetime, this is by far the best one. I did own a Winter Baby Grand when I had a big house in Pennsylvania. Although that piano sang longer, especially in the upper registers, the Kawai upright plays better.


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Originally Posted by Joe Muscara

Ha ha! I feel better. BTW, what cover are you using? I probably should get one for mine.


That's also a DIY dust cover. Bought the quilted fabric from downtown LA.


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Originally Posted by Sam CA
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Ha ha! I feel better. BTW, what cover are you using? I probably should get one for mine.


That's also a DIY dust cover. Bought the quilted fabric from downtown LA.
Nice!


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What I've seen of Kawai uprights they are nice pianos as well. thu


I have owned a handful of uprights in my lifetime, this is by far the best one. I did own a Winter Baby Grand when I had a big house in Pennsylvania. Although that piano sang longer, especially in the upper registers, the Kawai upright plays better.

IMNSHO, Kawai is underrated as a brand, generally. And as an engineer, I appreciate the fact that they move the technology forward. I think the materials they use in the actions are superior. (Ironically, my RX-2 is early enough that only the flanges are made of composite material, the rest of the repetition in mine is wood. Later models went to all composite repetitions.)


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my "keyboard corner", part of the basement I live in. Not much, but OK for a home hobbyist. smile

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A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Nice stuff Dave!!! I particularly admire the bass pedals and the guitalele on the floor under the desk, mostluy because I suck at keyboards.
What is your mixer, controller, recorder? thingie underneath the main monitor? I don't recognize it.

Got my power conditioner, a bigger rack and rack shelf so I am putting my humble home rig back together in the next couple of days.
Will post something soon. Might be easier to list the guitarsenal but I'll snap a few of the high points. Cheers, Kuru


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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
What is your mixer, controller, recorder? thingie underneath the main monitor? I don't recognize it.

Yamaha 02R digital mixer, I believe.

Dave, the space looks awesome. 🥳

Where’s the A100? idk

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
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What is your mixer, controller, recorder? thingie underneath the main monitor? I don't recognize it.

Yamaha 02R digital mixer, I believe.

Dave, the space looks awesome. 🥳

Where’s the A100? idk

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Yamaha 02R is correct. 25 years old or so. Hammond A100 lives in the garage with Rhodes 88 Stage, Hohner Clavinet E7, Arp String Ensemble. and newly aquired, and as yet unboxed Behringer Odyssey. Different space (my life is complicated). I'll post photos of that space when I get it together the way I like. It's close...

Kawai 52" upright lives in the living room.

BTW, thats a tenor Ukulele on the floor under the mixer, that had just arrived. Will be hanging it on the wall soon. Was a deal I couldn't refuse. When everyone tells me to stop playing the harmonica because it's annoying I will now switch to this one. smile
My dad always told me to "be careful what you wish for". laugh


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
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Originally Posted by KuruPrionz
What is your mixer, controller, recorder? thingie underneath the main monitor? I don't recognize it.

Yamaha 02R digital mixer, I believe.

Dave, the space looks awesome. 🥳

Where’s the A100? idk

dB


Yamaha 02R is correct. 25 years old or so. Hammond A100 lives in the garage with Rhodes 88 Stage, Hohner Clavinet E7, Arp String Ensemble. and newly aquired, and as yet unboxed Behringer Odyssey. Different space (my life is complicated). I'll post photos of that space when I get it together the way I like. It's close...

Kawai 52" upright lives in the living room.

BTW, thats a tenor Ukulele on the floor under the mixer, that had just arrived. Will be hanging it on the wall soon. Was a deal I couldn't refuse. When everyone tells me to stop playing the harmonica because it's annoying I will now switch to this one. smile
My dad always told me to "be careful what you wish for". laugh


The Uke only works if you play annoying songs with one strum. Keep an eye out for a 5 string banjo. They are nice and loud. If everybody doesn't leave immediately you can drive them out by sliding the bridge up enough to make everything excruciatingly out of tune. That works every time!!!!!


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Here's mine, a work in progress but I can use it.
Small living room in a multi unit condo near the freeway.
The 8 space rack and Furman power conditioner/noise elimator are new to me as of last week.

I will swap positions for the FMR RNP and RNC, the cabling will make more sense. I still need to "dress" the cabling. All of them are too long, some are WAY too long.
I can solder, it's easy. I used TR on 2 cables that wil become TRS.

The Quantum has 6 mic/line inputs in back. I wanted as many inputs as possible in front, those are fast to hook up. The Quantum has 2 inputs, both Mic/Line/DI. The ISA One has a DI on front. The Cloudlifter goes to the RNP (they play well together), and the RNP has two DI inputs that supercede the mic inputs in back when plugged in.
Lots of different wasy to hook things up.in front That is super handy in a smaller space.

In back I have the Focusrite ISA One running the mic pre into Quantum mic pre, the ISA One DI into Q mic pre,
Next 2 are for currently Line In.
Last 2 are FMR RNP with RNC inserted in both channels. Cloudlifter CL-1 is plugged into Channel A, another mic could plug in back. DI jacks in front supercede micc plugged into the back.

I also have a 10' 8 Channel snake that is all XLR and 3 passive DI. So I could potentially go mobile pretty easily, at least on a local basis.

And the space above the Quantum turning into a headphone shelf just sort of happened, I wasn't planning it but I like it.

I am very pleased to have evolved to this, it's been a long often sideways journey.

I've started a review of my humble mic locker here, it would be fun to have others add their own experiences. http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3029745/mics-you-i-own-whats-good#Post3029745

Pix below. Cheers, Kuru


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I want one of those Focusrite Mic Pre's. cheers


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My latest preamp acquisition: AEA TRP2.

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OK, I want one of those also. smile


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I want one of those Focusrite Mic Pre's. cheers
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Loookeee Ma!!! I has somehow inspired gear envy!!!! :- D

I like the Focusrite, it is another flavor that I didn't have. The Quantum and FMR preamps sound nice, have good dynamic range and full response but pretty much zero character.
The Focusrite has character and I like it. My first choice for micing vocals (not that I have many options!).
Bass sounds fantastic through the DI, I've had to improve my technique as it is now under the microscope.

At the same time, what imbecile designed the enclosure? I haven't opened it up to look but it isn't that heavy and I bet there is lots of empty space inside.
It is somehow 2 1/2 rack spaces tall and the handle seems pretty stupid to me, you gonna just carry it around by the handle from place to place?
I forgive it because I like the sound and I got a deal on craiglist - $120 and a Boss DD-5 (found at Goodwill for $30) and Digitech Luxe (bought new, too much, way cheaper used now).


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But wait, there is more. This is MY studio. I mostly do not have and do not seek clients. I have too many projects already and I want to record my own songs.
If I were not a songwriter I doubt I would have a studio at all.

In my mind, the studio is a workplace, a home for creativity. The DAW is my canvas and my voice, instruments and microphones are my brushes. I don't have a photo of my voice. I have friends who are amazing singers, I am not at that level but I can tell my stories and one of my songs is the most requested song in the band I play in (Lead guitar, Second vocalist).

I've covered most of my mics in this thread, it would be great to have more posts on there - http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3027793/mics-you-i-own-whats-good#Post3027793
I have all sorts of plug-ins, everybody does. Maybe we like different ones for different reasons, it's a rabbit hole and one of my feet is stuck already so no point in going deeper.

My prize percussion tool is a Korg Wavedrum Global. I can use it anytime night or day without disturbing neighbors. It is very expressive and sounds amazing. I also have a Roland Handsonic, the first one with the ribbon controllers. I have a box of thrift store find percussion goodies, frogs, bells, croakers, shakers etc. I also have 3 "beginners" snares in different sizes, a single headed rack tom and a double headed floor tom.
I want a hi hat stand with decent cymbals but otherwise I am covered.

Above all else, I am a guitarist. I started on bass and still love to play it. Attached are photos with brief descriptions of guitars/basses I am currently using to record. I have a few projects going but will only list functional instruments. I will make a second post with one more photo.

1st photo. I have 2 older Rainsong guitars - 100% graphite, Woodenville made and they have the specially tapered tops for best tone. OM-1000 and WS-3000 12 string. They both sound amazing.
3rd from left is The Diddley Bass. Recently converted to fretless and tuned BEAD. I stood next to Bo Diddley and played bass for a 2-1/2 hour show, we were his pickup band for one night. It is a parts build.
4th from left is a Tele I built 3 years ago. The neck has been mine for 1,000s of gigs. Warmoth from the 80's. I put a mount for Fishman Triple Play on it

2nd photo. My favorite electric guitar. Recent build, very wide and thick Warmoth neck, super jumbo frets and scalloped by yours truly. 2 EMG SA pickups, a 3 way switch and an SPC mid boost. Incredibly expressive once I got used to the scaloping.
Bell banjo kit, a Boucher pre-Civil War copy. I added a thick walnut fingerboard to lower the action. I also put vintage Schaller tuners on it. Banjo "purists" would consider it an abomination. I don't care, I like it.
Peavey Fury bass from the mid 80's. I put an EMG Pa pickup and the big heavy vintage Schaller tuners on it, otherwise it is stock. EADG tuning and roundwound strings. Great for gigs and studio.
Yamaha acoustic electric nylon string guitar. I adjusted the action, the rest is stock. Another color/flavor, I love it.

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One more photo of my "brushes".

86 Gibson ES-335 Studio model I bought used in 1988. I proceeded to improve it without any regard for future value. It has more than earned it's keep, lots of gigs behind it. Sperzel locking tuners, EMG pickups, super Jumbo frets, rare Schector Tri-Lock bridge that I further modified by bolting it to the body, custom plexiglass pickguard painted copper metallic from underneath for that "Gretsch" look. Great player with great tone.

Butchered Framus 8 string lap steel. My brother had this, a double neck. I converted (perverted?) it into 2 single necks and customized mine a bit. EMG passiv 8 string guitar pickup and the bridge is a thick walled deep socket I got at a pawn shop for fifty cents. Sustain is amazing, this is really fun with my E-Bow.

Requinto found at Goodwill for $15. Solid wood top, intonation is good, far and away the most "cheerful" sounding guitar I own.

"Danni Mayo" - a recent eBay score. I used to lust for the Danelectro Silvertone guitars in the Sears catalog because they looked cool and were inexpensive and I KNEW that Mom and Dad could get me one. They didn't, 4 kids and bills. 1958 U2, in nice condition would be worth a few bucks. Plays great, needs a couple of frets replaced. Despite the "smeared mayonnaise" paint job, somebody LOVED this one, the wear on the fingerboard is rarely seen this deep and in so many places. Has that amazing lipstick pickup tone but you have to find your null angle to record with it.

Edited to add - I have a few different guitar amps, mostly for gigging. I do have a couple of clones - Fender 5D3 (mid 50's tweed deluxe) built on a Hammond organ chassis with jumpered channels and Vox AC15 Top Cut clone built on vintage hi-fi chassis. These are cool and all but since I have a Tech 21 Tri-AC and NI Guitar Rig - IK Amplitube plugins I am questioning the need for the amps.

Pictured in my studio shots are a first version X-Keys 25 and Akai MPK 25. I dabble with them, not a good keyboard player. I have friends who play well. I have a Sharper Images Saxxy Kazoo Synthesizer that is good fun and can create insane sounds, I got an 1/8" stereo Y to 2 1/4" mono plugs cable so I can go direct and spare the neighors (and assumptions that I might be killing animals in my condo!!!!).

I also have tuneable bongos, capos, slides, an Ebow and some previously unmentioned horrible mics, like an old mic from a Japanese tape recorder and a Heil HP10 ham radio mic that has a built in HPF switchable from 300 to 600 hz. Sound samples online are pretty evil. Just got a 4 conductor XLR for that so will be wiring/firing it up soon. As always, a work in progress. Cheers, Kuru

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce

Where’s the A100? idk


found it, dB, hiding under the Hohner E7 in the garage. laugh

this is where I re live my youth. smile

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Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Now that’s what I’m talking about. rocker

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thanks blush


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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As seen on Keyboard Corner! laugh

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I was going to post a couple of pictures of my "studio," but only the BBCode showed up. Anyone know why? (BTW, the Forum Help link is broken.)

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Hey Pat, when you post "use full editor". Bottom left, you will see "attachment manager". You can use that to attach photos. Other option is to use a hosting website. I use Imageshack, not affiliated, it's just what I use


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Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
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Thanks, Dave. I used the full editor, and linked to a photo URL (I tried both Dropbox and my own website), but all I got was [img]https://<link_to_photo>[/img]. I was wondering if I needed "reputation points" or something to be allowed to post images. I've seen similar restrictions on other forums. I'll see if the attachment works for m.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Thanks, Dave. I used the full editor, and linked to a photo URL

I asked for the "Full editor" to be the default setting (or something we could make the default in our individual profile settings), but it's still something you need to know about. If you click on the icon above the post you're typing that looks like a globe with a paper clip under it, you'll get a dialog box asking for the URL where your picture is, and then it will ask for text, for example "my studio," that's embedded in the message, surrounded by the ,,,, codes.

If you use the Attachment Manager, it will invite you to upload the file (the picture, presumably) and it will put a thumbnail of it at the end of your post . When the reader clicks on that thumbnail, it expands. And it doesn't have to be an image file. For example, I recently made a post in the thread about the UA Luna DAW about a DAW named Luna from the last century that wasn't too far of in concept from Universal's, and that was a PDF of a portion of an article in Sound on Sound reviewing several free DAWs.

You gotta imagine what's in the non-existant manual.

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Ok, let's try this again...Some photos of my "studio." It's a stretch calling it a studio, but it is where I make my music--as well as my office.


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Seemed to work this time. My images may have been too big. I forgot to resize before uploading last time.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Ok, let's try this again...Some photos of my "studio." It's a stretch calling it a studio, but it is where I make my music--as well as my office.

Looks like a fun place to create to me!!!

Hanging some guitars in proximity is one of my projects. Ubass is fun!
Is that a Heritage 535 hanging up next to the Gibson Tal Farlow? Both nice guitars!


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Indeed! That is a Heritage 535 next to the Tal. Good eyes. I also just picked up a Fender Stu Hamm Urge bass, which needs a spot on the wall. (Probably next to the Ibanez Musician--my first real guitar--nearly 40 years old now.)

Speaking of the Urge, it has active pickups and with the volume and treble up, it gets a lot of noise. I tried shielding with copper tape, but that didn't help too much. Anyone have any ideas on how to reduce the interference? Maybe this should be a separate post.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Indeed! That is a Heritage 535 next to the Tal. Good eyes. I also just picked up a Fender Stu Hamm Urge bass, which needs a spot on the wall. (Probably next to the Ibanez Musician--my first real guitar--nearly 40 years old now.)

Speaking of the Urge, it has active pickups and with the volume and treble up, it gets a lot of noise. I tried shielding with copper tape, but that didn't help too much. Anyone have any ideas on how to reduce the interference? Maybe this should be a separate post.

I've been a guitar tech for 40+ years, I recognize the Heritage headstock.

Which Urge bass is it? The original Urge, the Urge II or the Urge Standard - which was made in Mexico?
I don't think any of them had active pickups, they used a post-pickup active preamp if I am not mistaken. They did use the Noiseless pickups - those are pretty quiet.
First thing I'd do is clean the jack and check all connections.

Edited to add - and the battery connectors!!!!

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I have the Urge Standard MIM. Yeah, I probably mispoke--it has an active preamp, not pickups. When I was in there I did see someone had extended the battery leads with less than stellar soldering and insulation. I thought there may be an issue there. It feels like RFI as the noise changes as I change the position of the bass, that is, as I move the bass around it changes the intensity of the noise. I have read several people who have similar issues with this bass. At moderate volume and with both pickups equally engaged, it is pretty quiet, but favor one of the pickups and turn up the treble, and it gets really noisy. If I have some time this weekend, I'll go back in and check things out in more detail. It does play really nicely, though.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
I have the Urge Standard MIM. Yeah, I probably mispoke--it has an active preamp, not pickups. When I was in there I did see someone had extended the battery leads with less than stellar soldering and insulation. I thought there may be an issue there. It feels like RFI as the noise changes as I change the position of the bass, that is, as I move the bass around it changes the intensity of the noise. I have read several people who have similar issues with this bass. At moderate volume and with both pickups equally engaged, it is pretty quiet, but favor one of the pickups and turn up the treble, and it gets really noisy. If I have some time this weekend, I'll go back in and check things out in more detail. It does play really nicely, though.

Definately redo the battery connections, it's easy to make them pretty and then you won't have to think about them.

I just googled your bass. I know exactly what it going on.
The Standard has "standard" Jazz Bass pickups, not the Noiseless. Those are single coil and they hum. In a medium/small room with a huge monitor screen, they can hum a LOT. The pair is configured to make a humbucker circuit when they are both all the way up. Most singe coil pickups do have a "null" position, sometimes it is a very precise angle and that's just not as fun when getting a groove going.

I looked at one for sale on Reverb and it appears they used the same width pickups. That's a factor if you decide to replace them. Most J-Bass sets will come with one shorter length pickup for the neck. The bumps for the screws won't line up.

T\wo options. First, chose the best sounding pickup. Me, I'd go for the neck position. Loosen strings, unscrew the other pickup and see what is pushing the pickup upwards, probably foam. If it is easy to remove the foam with no damage, try that and lower the pickup down into the hole. It will still cancel hum but the tone will come more from the favorite. Or, remove the magnet on the bottom, usually glued on but they pry off easily. The coil will still cancel hum and then you WILL have just the sound of the neck pickup in the circuit.

Second option is what I would do. I've been able to try quite a few different ones. Since you have the active preamp EQ system maybe Bartolini, Nordstrom, DiMarzio DP123, all passive but hum-cancelling.
I use active, love the EMG PA and Jazz bridge combination, lots of EQ systems in the EMG world. Seymour makes 3 active sets with active EQ systems avaiable. I'm sure there are others.

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Good work on the pictures, and a good collection of stuff.

Is that an SSL 2 interface below the monitor? How's it doing for you? This is the first one I've seen in natural habitat.

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Thanks for advice, Kuru. I'm going to try shielding the PUP and fixing the wiring next and see if that helps. I hesitate to buy new PUPs for it, mostly from a money perspective. I only paid $400 with a hard shell case, so I don't want to put too much into it, especially now. Perhaps in the future. As it stands, with the pickups balanced and the treble flat, it's pretty quiet and sounds good. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Hey Mike,

Yes, that is an SSL 2+. So far, I like it. It's an upgrade from my Roland Quad Capture (which for its price and age was a pretty decent interface). To my ears its a little more natural sounding than the QC, which was clean but sterile. The SSL 2+ works well with the SSL SiX, which I'm really liking a lot. The Superanalogue channel strips are great, and the routing flexibility is pretty impressive. Right now it's doing everything I need it to, and I'm not even using a lot of its capability.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Yes, that is an SSL 2+. So far, I like it. It's an upgrade from my Roland Quad Capture (which for its price and age was a pretty decent interface). To my ears its a little more natural sounding than the QC, which was clean but sterile. The SSL 2+ works well with the SSL SiX, which I'm really liking a lot. The Superanalogue channel strips are great, and the routing flexibility is pretty impressive. Right now it's doing everything I need it to, and I'm not even using a lot of its capability.
Good to hear. thu

I'm planning on picking up a 2+ myself very shortly.

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I've been thinking of picking up an SSL 2+ myself. I'm fat with Firewire interfaces, but I realized that after lending one out, I don't have a halfway respectable USB interface for grab-and-go work when I don't want to use my Korg MR-1000 or one of my handheld recorders.

That little SSL mixer is pretty cute, too. It's not something that I need but I can see that it fits a number of different needs - some for people who understand what it is and does, and others for whom it just works for what they're doing.

Do you find good use for that "4K" button? I always thought that what made a "K" famous was the variation in EQ through the models, and not the mic preamp.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Thanks for advice, Kuru. I'm going to try shielding the PUP and fixing the wiring next and see if that helps. I hesitate to buy new PUPs for it, mostly from a money perspective. I only paid $400 with a hard shell case, so I don't want to put too much into it, especially now. Perhaps in the future. As it stands, with the pickups balanced and the treble flat, it's pretty quiet and sounds good. I'll let you know how it goes.


You're welcome, the things you want to try are reasonable, easy and very low cost if you don't already have the things you need.
If you like the way the bass plays and the sound when it's not plugged in, then it's a good bass, maybe even a keeper.
At that point, adding quieter pickups is just making everything great.

I have a Peavey Fury, older small script logo. Paid about $160 including shipping for it. I cleaned it up, set it up and it is a favorite. It gets to stay. So I put a set of EMG PA pickups in it, added a battery door on the back and a stray set of the vintage full sized cast Schaller tuners and I'll keep it. It's light, hangs well, sounds monstrous plugged in and the neck is slim and fast.

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Dave and Mike,

I think you'll like the SSL 2+. For the price, it's hard to beat. I haven't used the 4K button other than to do some testing with it. I believe they attempted to simulate the sound of the 4K console using analog techniques. The next time I record vocals, I'll give it another shot.

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Kuru,

Do you have a specific recommendation for replacement PUPs for Urge Standard? Because the two PUPs are the same size, the typical replacement PUPs don't fit, and the ones I've seen that do fit in the MIM Fender basses didn't look like noise canceling. Replacing these PUPs with single coil doesn't make any sense to me, so if you know of a set that are noise canceling and fit in a MIM Fender bass, please let me know.

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Originally Posted by Pat Waara
Kuru,

Do you have a specific recommendation for replacement PUPs for Urge Standard? Because the two PUPs are the same size, the typical replacement PUPs don't fit, and the ones I've seen that do fit in the MIM Fender basses didn't look like noise canceling. Replacing these PUPs with single coil doesn't make any sense to me, so if you know of a set that are noise canceling and fit in a MIM Fender bass, please let me know.

First step would be to determine if they are, as I suspect, both standard bridge pickups. Those are longer than the neck pickups and it looks like that's what they used.
The Standard was built to a price so it seems doubtful that Fender would re-tool for one instrument. The length from end to end is just a hair over 3 11/16" and from center to center on the screw holes is a little over 1 9/16" but not quite 1 5/8". There is some margin for error, exact size isn't paramount.

Since all you should need is pickups, buying two single bridge pickups should be pretty straighforward. It may be a special order but larger retailers and most manufacturers should accomodate.

While I love the EMG pickups, I hesitate to recommend them simply because I don't know how they will interface with your preamp/tone control system, which was designed for passive pickups.

I am not familiar with current offerings for passive hum-cancelling Jazz Bass pickups. They are available but I haven't installed or heard any.

Fralin makes a hum-cancelling Jazz pickup but they are not cheap and unlikely to be found used. https://www.fralinpickups.com/product/split-jazz/
Seymour Duncan has some passive hum-cancelling options - https://www.seymourduncan.com/products/pickups/bass/jazz-bass/page/2

Bartolini and others probably make something that will work too. Mmmm... quiet!!!!

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I measured the pickups, and they look more like neck pickups than bridge. Here are some photos.

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I was looking at getting two neck pickups here. https://www.seymourduncan.com/single-product/classic-stack-jazz-bass. It looks like they will fit, and not too expensive. I have no idea how they will sound, but I do like Seymour Duncan picks. I put a couple in my old Ibanez Musician with the original pickups went microphonic. This may not happen anytime soon (money and all), but someday, maybe.

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Looks like you are correct, Sir Pat. At least I did get that they are both the same. The Duncan looks like a great choice and they will sell you exactly what you need. I get the time thing, I run behind the curve always unless fate brings opportunity. Cheers, Kuru

From the page you linked, under Details:
"This bridge model is slightly overwound to make output balancing easier, for a perfect match with the Classic Stack Jazz Bass neck pickup. (NOTE: This bridge pickup is the slightly wider American-sized Jazz Bass version. If you have a Mexican Standard Jazz Bass, you will likely need to use two neck pickups, as the pickup slots are both neck-sized on that model.)"

And, a detail drawing from Seymour Duncan - the Jazz neck pickup.
https://4de0lh3q29ec37w0f73eq5lg-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/STK-J12n.pdf


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Since I'm here, I'm updating my rack. I've got a post in Dr. Mike's forum discussing the new "mini patch bay" I'm building and cablle dressing that is soon to come.
This will bring all of my inputs to the front of the rack, convenient for my purposes.
I've added a couple of pieces and taken one away. I didn't feel like I needed the FMR RNP. It's a great mic-pre but didn't sound much different at all compared to the 8 preamps in the Presonus Quantum.
I finally got around to fixing a broken pot in an HHB Radius 40 I've had since the early oughts. Using it as a "mic pre-preamp" I've found it's much better than it was going line in. It makes a great bass DI as well. And it does sound different than the Quantum, variety is good in my little world. I picked up a Presonus Eureka channel strip too, another flavor and again, good as a "mic pre-preamp".

Photo attached - the mini patch bay will go in the lower right front corner with the RNC on top of it.

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