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I don't want anything.

 

No gear out there is making me salivate or turgid.

 

I don't feel the need or desire to improve anything in my rig (although, after seeing Moonglow's beautifully wired rack, I feel that there is no way I am anally retentive!...that is one of the most gorgeous wiring jobs I've ever seen).

 

Should I be concerned? :confused:

Hitting "Play" does NOT constitute live performance. -Me.
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I don't want anything.

 

No gear out there is making me salivate or turgid.

 

I don't feel the need or desire to improve anything in my rig (although, after seeing Moonglow's beautifully wired rack, I feel that there is no way I am anally retentive!...that is one of the most gorgeous wiring jobs I've ever seen).

 

Should I be concerned? :confused:

No, you should make some music!

Instrumentation is meaningless - a song either stands on its own merit, or it requires bells and whistles to cover its lack of adequacy, much less quality. - kanker
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I don't want anything.

 

No gear out there is making me salivate or turgid.

 

I don't feel the need or desire to improve anything in my rig (although, after seeing Moonglow's beautifully wired rack, I feel that there is no way I am anally retentive!...that is one of the most gorgeous wiring jobs I've ever seen).

 

Should I be concerned? :confused:

 

You're cured

It's time to go out there and make some music :rimshot:

Be grateful for what you've got - a Nord, a laptop and two hands
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You're in a good place. This is the time to build redundancy within your current rig in the event you have to get small quickly i.e. ONE KB and/or a mini-rig.

 

Being inspired by Chris' wiring job could be another project. Learning and/or composing tunes for that jamband is something else you could do.

 

Nothing is wrong. That energy needs to be redirected from accumulating and/or upgrading KBs to other aspects of your game. :cool:

PD

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."--E. Ahbez "Nature Boy"

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Maybe its time to focus on the more insignificant hardware that could possibly be upgraded. Stands, cord, bench, missing rubber feet, or even gear that is more band or community items etc..

 

There's always something to obsess over. That's where I'm at with my gear as well.

-Greg

Motif XS8, MOXF8, Hammond XK1c, Vent

Rhodes Mark II 88 suitcase, Yamaha P255

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I don't want anything.

Should I be concerned? :confused:

I know how you feel.

 

I have actually sold off some major gear in the past year, and find that I am not missing it, nor feel any need to replace it. Maybe I am suffering from synth fatigue? These days I am content to play piano and guitar....

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There's not a lot that is getting me interested either. Aside from complete failure of a board, I don't see any need to upgrade anything right now.

 

I am looking at a secondary live setup. My Barbetta amp has been having weird issues for a while and I've heard some bad stuff about their response to problems so it sits in the band room for low level practice. My main rig is a heavy rack and 2 wedge monitors and in certain rooms, it takes up too much space. My second rig was my son's Ashdown 2x10 bass amp, which sounded good with my Electro in one project I play in, but he "confiscated" it. So, I'm looking at a single powered speaker and a tiny 4 channel line mixer to handle my keys and vocal monitors in those smaller situations, and just the monitor and Electro in the other band.

Live: Korg Kronos 2 88, Nord Electro 5d Nord Lead A1

Toys: Roland FA08, Novation Ultranova, Moog LP, Roland SP-404SX, Roland JX10,Emu MK6

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As someone suddenly plugging in three foot controllers I could do with some wiring inspiration now. Has Moonglow actually posted a pic of his work somewhere or was this a private viewing, Tony?

Studio: Yamaha P515 | Yamaha Tyros 5 | Yamaha HX1 | Moog Sub 37

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You're in a good place. This is the time to build redundancy within your current rig in the event you have to get small quickly i.e. ONE KB and/or a mini-rig.

 

Being inspired by Chris' wiring job could be another project. Learning and/or composing tunes for that jamband is something else you could do.

 

Nothing is wrong. That energy needs to be redirected from accumulating and/or upgrading KBs to other aspects of your game. :cool:

 

Redundancy is covered. My big (read: BIGGEST) rig would be my A90 controller into rack with Muse Receptor, Super JD990, FantomXr and Motif classic rack, into QSC K12 (or 2) with XK1 into Speakeasy RockBox. I can leave the RocBox at home and replace with Ventilator; or I can leave Ventilator at home and use XK1 to control B4 in my Receptor. All these options are built into my A90 already; I have one memory card for my A90 that has all my presets set up with XK1 controlling B4 via midi routing through A90, along with A90 controlling everything else, and another memory card with those presets that have zoning reallocated so that the XK1 is is the organ source, whether using my SpeakeasyRocBox leslie or the Ventilator.

 

My small rig is the Yamaha S90es and XK1. The XK1 can again be treated via RocBox or Ventilator. I have bought a Line 6 M9 to twist and torment my S90es (and have recently been interfacing it into my midi rack for the Motif Classic so I can have the same inspirational fun).

 

And my one keyboard rig is the S90es which I have been using in this fashion for the casino work I have been doing. The organ isnt as great as Id like, but its certainly passable. Ive been non-GASeous for a while.

 

Ive actually really dug into the S90es as well to configure it as a controller for my midi rack. And while not as deep as my A90, it is suitable for less detailed work, and has worked wonderfully. I lose a little of the power (4zones instead of 8; not as much CC control with limited assignability of sliders and foot controllers), but have gained a sound source in the event of a controller meltdown (which I didnt have with the A90centric rig). The only gig I havent programmed for it yet is the Pink Freud show, and I may start that process in Januarymaybe.

 

As for the energy redirection, thats never been an issue, although I have been redirecting energies to getting Taco Hat (my jam band, but only a temporary name used in this forum!) assembled, and learning new songs.

 

Maybe its time to focus on the more insignificant hardware that could possibly be upgraded. Stands, cord, bench, missing rubber feet.

 

Nope: when stuff gets broken, I fix it immediately. My Invisible Stands dont have rubber feet, so safe there, and I have yet to find anything I like better. My WS550s are good only for sitting down (fine at home); my Apex I leave at the casino for my single-board rig, and has outgrown its usefulness as a multi-board prop (cant align them as ergonomically as the Invisible Stand does).

I have a multitude of ready made cable snakes for my rigs, so when a cable goes, I fix it that weekend. (Nothing worse than trying to milk more life out of bad cables; very lazy!) Even my guitars for live work and those cables are in fine shape. The Receptor was my last headache, and that issue has been resolved, and since getting back, has had the programming tweaked a little more for optimization.

 

As someone suddenly plugging in three foot controllers I could do with some wiring inspiration now. Has Moonglow actually posted a pic of his work somewhere or was this a private viewing, Tony?

 

It was a private viewing. Its nothing revolutionary. But he has custom length wires, so EVERYTHING is neat, tidy, there is no excess cable anywhere, and it looks like you could eat off the modules inside. It truly is a thing of beauty! There was a time I did this, but I no longer have the time nor patience to buy new spools of cable and ends and create new and exact length cabling for my rack. My rig is nice and secure, havent had to replace one cable in 5 years, nothing has come undone, there is no buzzing or scratchy audio, everything is battened down. But instead of nice, clean, trim wiring, I have the excess wire (and between 10 audio cables, 7 midi cables, and 7 power cables and 4 modules, a Midi Solutions Event Programmer + and iLok with extender cable, all in short but generic lengths, there is a bit of it) strapped down the inside rear rails. From the front, my rack looks as good as his though! His just has a nicer butt.

 

Aidan, I would advise you to just mount those controllers on a ¼ or ½ piece of plywood (or the metric equivalent). I actually bought a few of those cheapo guitar pedal board cases (the ones where the lid is the pedalboard, only I dont use the lid as the pedal board, I only use the whole thing as a case), measured the plywood to the exact inside dimensions of my Invisible stand, sprayed it black, stapled a section of indoor/outdoor carpeting with the rubber side down (to meet the floor) to said board to keep it from skidding, covered the other side with fuzzy sided Velcro, and then covered the bases of my 2 expression pedals, my sustain pedal, and my custom footswitch for the Ventilator/Speakeasy RockBox with black gaff tape, then applied the hook sided Velcro, and then placed them appropriately on the board. All the pedals wires are lengthed appropriately to their points of contact, the snake is then bound with plastic tie wraps (or zip-ties, whatever you call them), and the excess cabling of those is velcroed down on the pedal board. Everything on that board is black (paint, Velcro and cables), so it looks fine. The pedals cable ends are color coded with electrical tape as are their points of contact, so set up is a breeze, and very quick. My cables running from keys to rack are snaked together as well with color coded ends.

 

Hitting "Play" does NOT constitute live performance. -Me.
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As for the energy redirection, thats never been an issue, although I have been redirecting energies to getting Taco Hat (my jam band, but only a temporary name used in this forum!) assembled, and learning new songs.

Sounds like the gear bases are covered. I look forward to hearing, Chalupa, er, Taco Hat. :thu::cool:

PD

 

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."--E. Ahbez "Nature Boy"

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Thanks, Tony, but I can not take credit for any of the work. It was done by "Keith" and the fine folks over at AMTECH in Hammond, Indiana. Hope these links work, when I tried posting the actual pictures within this thread they blew up to epic proportions.

 

http://mysite.verizon.net/resvht4v/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Rackfront1.JPG

 

http://mysite.verizon.net/resvht4v/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Rackrear1.JPG

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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Wow, that's nice!

 

Question, why is the GEM module unpowered, un midi'd and not sent to the mixer? You don't use it or do you make the connections on every gig?

Good observation! That space was designed to be non-permanent, so I could interchange modules as needed. Of course, the drag is that I have to hook up the power cord, MIDI cable, etc., every job. Compromises, compromises......

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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I don't want anything.

 

No gear out there is making me salivate or turgid.

 

I don't feel the need or desire to improve anything in my rig (although, after seeing Moonglow's beautifully wired rack, I feel that there is no way I am anally retentive!...that is one of the most gorgeous wiring jobs I've ever seen).

 

Should I be concerned? :confused:

No, you should make some music!

 

Absolutely!

 

 

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Thanks, Tony, but I can not take credit for any of the work. It was done by "Keith" and the fine folks over at AMTECH in Hammond, Indiana. Hope these links work, when I tried posting the actual pictures within this thread they blew up to epic proportions.

 

http://mysite.verizon.net/resvht4v/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Rackfront1.JPG

 

http://mysite.verizon.net/resvht4v/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/Rackrear1.JPG

Man, I dont even remember seeing all that AC looping. I have those strapped down at the bottom of my rack, underneath my Motif rack. I always put the power conditioner/strip at the BOTTOM of my racks. Theyre unsightly, and of course, thats a lot of weight plugged into the Furman; putting it at the bottom of the rack allows you to semi-hide them, and reduces the pull and drag of the connections and keeps the integrity of the AC outlets intact. Of course, strapping them into place with tie wraps throughout the rack, especially at pressure/gravity points, will prevent any integrity degradation, but it always made more sense to me to put them in the bottom.

 

Chris, youre running MONO!??! At least to the power amp? And wheres the pics of your module rack with D550 and Motif? I still think with you using in ears, you can jettison that amp and eq, and fit everything in one box.

 

Maybe Ill try and take some pics of my rack.at the risk of embarassment.

 

Hitting "Play" does NOT constitute live performance. -Me.
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