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DaveMcM

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  • Birthday 05/30/1957

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    Loveland, Ohio USA

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  1. What a great find and so cool that your Dad had that experience!
  2. Guys, thank you for the responses. I’ll take the advice and try to reach out to them and see what happens. Thanks again.
  3. Don't know if anyone will have any suggestions regarding this but I figured it's worth a try. My son plays guitar. Two of his all time favorite guitarists are Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. As it turns out they are touring together this year and coming through Cincinnati in April. I purchased platinum seating (2nd row almost center) through TicketMaster this past December. This was going to be a birthday present but I ending up telling him about it today. In showing him the tickets I noticed that there is a VIP Package (Q&A meet-n-greet) available for hardly any more money. I'm 99% sure that did exist in December or I would have bought those. I called Ticketmaster and they said I would have to submit for a refund for my current tickets and purchase new tickets under the VIP Package. The thing is, the VIP seating is 7 or 8 rows back and not nearly as good as the ones I've already purchased. I asked if I could just pay more for the VIP extras but keep my existing seats. She just reiterated what she had already said. I know it's a stretch, but if anyone has any ideas of how to talk to someone at TicketMaster who may be able to get this done I would be extremely grateful. My son is self taught and very talented but also very shy. My hope is taking to see a couple of his heroes in person may help break him out of his shell and if he actually got to meet them it would be incredible. Thanks for reading through this, Dave
  4. You beat me to it. However instead of the Spirit I would take a Gemini Desktop w/D9X controller (I know that's four items but...). However if you ever succeed in getting GSi to produce a single keyboard with Gemini, please make it 76 keys. This whole 73 key thing just messes with my head.
  5. Ditto, thanks. The above shortens my posting time considerably. I bought a powerful laptop and Studio 5 Pro software, a bunch of VST sounds, etc. and finally gave the laptop to my son to use for editing his Kemper amp. There is no comparison, ease of use wise, between a computer based DAW and a portastudio. Yes you can do far more editing and manipulation with a DAW, but for just laying down multiple tracks simply, you can't beat a multitrack digital recorder. I also have the Tascam DP-24SD MultiTrack Recorder. It is simple and quick to use, records to an SD card and can make CD's if you are still using them. Being just this side of 'old fart' land, I still have CD's.
  6. Yes it does. The Fazioli and Steinway programs are great but I’ll still use the Pro2 acoustic piano program (which are the samples used in the Equinox) when I need to cut through a band situation. And the action is still the best. If you grew up playing acoustic piano you’ll get it. A lot of current keybed actions are to tight/heavy/slow which you can get used to but imo the PM3 just feels right under the fingers and the connection between key and sound is wonderful.
  7. Casio PX-560M Grand Piano Concert program through either a CPS SpaceStation XL or Motion Sound KP-610s sometimes with a Behringer B1200D Pro subwoofer. The three assignable knobs on the PX-560 are set to low, mid and high EQ. If I need to cut through the mix I can boost the highs and mids a bit or go the opposite direction for softer passages all on the fly. There are several other piano patches I'll use from time to time but the GP Concert is very versatile with a wide dynamic range. I suppose if I was doing a gig that was purely acoustic piano I might take my Generalmusic Promega 3 but the fact is the PX-560M does a great job.
  8. I had upgraded my original DX-7 with the E! board. I had met the guys from Grey Matter Response at NAMM. Brilliant to say the least. I had also upgraded the LCD to a backlit version. I also had the TX816. I used an Apple IIe and software called DX Pro to edit the modules. I still have the software but the IIe is long gone. I had some incredible sounding programs. I really wish I still had that unit.
  9. I loved the DX7. The store I worked at long ago (Denny Heglin Music in Covington, KY) was a Yamaha dealer. Before Yamaha shipped the first units to the United States, they brought keyboard salesman from all over the country to Orange County, CA for an introduction and training on the DX-7 and FM in general. Gary Leuenberger and Bo Tomlin ran the session. It was intense. Here was a totally new way to mold sounds. There's more than just the FM-EP and percussive type sounds that can be created.
  10. I've lived in Cincinnati, Ohio all of my life except for the 5 or so years I worked at Ensoniq in PA. .The first Mellotron I purchased off of a fellow keyboardist in a band called Manitcore who had disbanded. The second one I purchased form a local store called Swallen's. Besides selling home furnishings, appliances, Lawn mowers, etc. they also had a very good audio and musical instrument department. That is also where I purchased my ARP Odyssey (white face and then black face w/PPC). That particular Mellotron was the last in their inventory and was stuck over in a corner gathering dust. They told me it didn't work. I plugged it in and sure enough the capstan would barely turn. So I made a somewhat low offer to take it off their hands. Once I got it home I found that someone had set the voltage selector to 220v. Rotated a little plug and all was good.
  11. You asked, you received 😁 And yes I really did wear this with silver sparkle platform shoes and tux pants with the same material down the sides. And NO, there is no way I'm going to model it now. 🤪
  12. I had built a PAIA 4700 Series as well. I think I still have a module kit that I never started hidden away in the dark recesses of the basement. It was always fun to open a new kit to find that various components had been switched out due to stock issues. The included components never quite matched the instructions.
  13. Making tapes wasn't really all that difficult, just time consuming. As long as you made sure each note was in tune while recording and you left enough leader between each note, it was then just a matter of cutting them apart and stringing them up making sure to have the attack portion located right at the playback head of each note. Hmm, come to think of it, it was kind of a pain in the !@#$. As for my own tapes, I had done an assortment of guitars, acoustic and nylon. Bass guitar, my old pump organ (easy t here ) and sound effect stuff. The 1/4" tape kit consisted of a new tape guide and a contraption to give four detents for the head block since you had four tracks instead of the original three.
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