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Dr. Gonzo

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34 minutes ago, Mel81x said:

Is it the Tech21 drive or that other piece of crap that people peddle as SansAmp I can't remember its name off the top of my head. If its Tech21 I will only say this. There isn't a single gigging bassist I know personally who has never used that pedal. It's ridiculously good for the price and is something that can shape your bass tone very well. I own one, do I use it? Not so much anymore since I have my DarkGlass now but a few years ago I never played without plugging my Bass into it.

Is it this?

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I was playing a plug-in that’s copying it, but yeah that same pedal.

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5 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I was playing a plug-in that’s copying it, but yeah that same pedal.

You should pick up the bass as side instrument haha. Have your mate leave more stuff at your house especially if he has a Fender Precision or something of the sort.

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This is one of the reasons I always tell people who knock on acoustic/classic guitar that its such a versatile instrument for people that just want to do things on their own without the help of an entire band. Of course Gabriela has fingers that go faster than a Ferrari but that's a different discussion.

And thats a tutorial for learning the kind of rhythm they use.

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I loved listening to this talk from Nile Rodgers. 

Its a shame some people just associate him with endlessly strumming 4-chord progressions, because the depth of knowledge and the command of technique behind his playing is amazing to see. 

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The Megadeth guitarist took people shit posting on his YouTube channel and turned it into a lesson in picking dynamics for metal heads xD

 

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5 hours ago, Inverted said:

I loved listening to this talk from Nile Rodgers. 

Its a shame some people just associate him with endlessly strumming 4-chord progressions, because the depth of knowledge and the command of technique behind his playing is amazing to see. 

Nile Rodgers is a fucking genius

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7 hours ago, Inverted said:

I loved listening to this talk from Nile Rodgers. 

Its a shame some people just associate him with endlessly strumming 4-chord progressions, because the depth of knowledge and the command of technique behind his playing is amazing to see. 

I really liked that. Shows some very simple changes to songs that give them more pop.

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Been a while since I posted in here and I’ve been on a delay learning craze the past few weeks. After spending way too much time in Logic trying blocks and then even using my Boss to do some recording I just couldn’t get things to work right so I did something I probably should have done a few months ago. I went online and brought a Strymon Timeline Delay instead of getting a modeller and I did think about it a lot and decided I can wait on the modeller because I want something that does pure delay instead of something that does everything. 

My initial thoughts are this, its a very steep learning curve but if you spend enough time with it and take the time to fiddle, fail, fiddle again and then spend some time cursing it will eventually come together. It’s also my first Strymon pedal and I am honestly very impressed with their work and craftsmanship. Would I recommend it to someone that wanted to just learn delay? No. There are pedals with far less complications associated which can do the job that this does for learning. But, if you want to get some fine tuning in your work and want something that has some very strong and unique delay this thing is almost unbeatable (logic with a better processor could potentially give it a run for its money).

The downside of course is that you have to remember all your recs and settings but if you’re used to working with stuff like an RC Looper from Boss this will feel like second nature to you. 

The other thing to say here is that after using this I am probably going to take the challenge of mastering my understanding of reverb and go for their other hot-seller BigSky around Xmas. 

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1 hour ago, Mel81x said:

Been a while since I posted in here and I’ve been on a delay learning craze the past few weeks. After spending way too much time in Logic trying blocks and then even using my Boss to do some recording I just couldn’t get things to work right so I did something I probably should have done a few months ago. I went online and brought a Strymon Timeline Delay instead of getting a modeller and I did think about it a lot and decided I can wait on the modeller because I want something that does pure delay instead of something that does everything. 

My initial thoughts are this, its a very steep learning curve but if you spend enough time with it and take the time to fiddle, fail, fiddle again and then spend some time cursing it will eventually come together. It’s also my first Strymon pedal and I am honestly very impressed with their work and craftsmanship. Would I recommend it to someone that wanted to just learn delay? No. There are pedals with far less complications associated which can do the job that this does for learning. But, if you want to get some fine tuning in your work and want something that has some very strong and unique delay this thing is almost unbeatable (logic with a better processor could potentially give it a run for its money).

The downside of course is that you have to remember all your recs and settings but if you’re used to working with stuff like an RC Looper from Boss this will feel like second nature to you. 

The other thing to say here is that after using this I am probably going to take the challenge of mastering my understanding of reverb and go for their other hot-seller BigSky around Xmas. 

I take pictures of my settings on complicated shit with lots of knobs so if I ever forget (which is likely as fuck tbh), I can just look it up on my phone and go "oh yeah" and dial everything in.

Nice though. Strymon shite always looks so nice and I've heard they're some of the best pedals around.

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I got to work from home today because the office is being fumigated and as a result, I've been working with a guitar on my lap all day. And I've FINALLY figured out how to make the 6505+ sound good at low volumes - pretty easy fix too. Just put the pre-gain knob waaaay higher than I normally would and keep the volume a bit lower than I normally would and all of a sudden I'm getting the tone I wanted.

Very fucking happy with this news.

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I've been wanting to make song covers but I can't sing to save my life. I hear its impossible to improve as well :(  

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1 minute ago, Grizzly21 said:

I've been wanting to make song covers but I can't sing to save my life. I hear its impossible to improve as well :(  

If that were true there'd be no such thing as vocal coaches, mate

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1 minute ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

If that were true there'd be no such thing as vocal coaches, mate

Will have to do more research then. I'll PM you one of these days about this, I have a lot of curiousities.

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22 hours ago, Grizzly21 said:

I've been wanting to make song covers but I can't sing to save my life. I hear its impossible to improve as well :(  

As @Dr. Gonzo said thats not entirely true. Your vocal chords are like any other part of your body where practice and time automatically overcome some of the deficiencies we have on day one or week one. Having said that there is a limit to what you're capable of doing as well and understanding that is where you can actually make song covers but perhaps not with the same range as the original and in lower/higher keys. 

Watch this video it kind of encapsulates how they train vocal chords to do much more.

 

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26 minutes ago, Grizzly21 said:

Downloaded FL Studio. Time to experiment with this...

Heard that this integrates much better with stuff like the MIDI KB from Akai which is dirt-cheap really and allows for some fantastic looping. This isn't to say you couldn't just plug your phone into the DAW and do just as much.

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4 hours ago, Mel81x said:

Heard that this integrates much better with stuff like the MIDI KB from Akai which is dirt-cheap really and allows for some fantastic looping. This isn't to say you couldn't just plug your phone into the DAW and do just as much.

I've managed to make the Lambada as a simple tune on the software. I'm so proud of myself :D 

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I was just gifted a Boss Katana 50 because my fiancé has told me I'm not to play the 6505+ at home anymore xD I suppose my "hey this sounds alright and the volume isn't too loud" solution to the 6505+ was still too loud for normal people I won't be able to fuck around with it until I'm back home... but I'll definitely be putting it through it's paces in trying to get some good heavy tones out of it.

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2 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

I was just gifted a Boss Katana 50 because my fiancé has told me I'm not to play the 6505+ at home anymore xD I suppose my "hey this sounds alright and the volume isn't too loud" solution to the 6505+ was still too loud for normal people I won't be able to fuck around with it until I'm back home... but I'll definitely be putting it through it's paces in trying to get some good heavy tones out of it.

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it’s uh bigger than I thought it’d be. I haven’t really done much with it, like plug it into the computer and used the tone studio or anything. But I plugged it in and gave it a whirl at the lowest wattage setting (but with the master volume flat out xD). Sounds pretty fucking good tbh - really versatile. For a modeling amp it doesn’t really try to actually model other amps, imo, it’s different amp channels/voicing (I’m gonna call them channels and what Boss calls the amp’s channels are more like presets) all cover a wide array of tones. I got tones I liked from each channel. I’m not sure which I like best right now.

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1 hour ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

it’s uh bigger than I thought it’d be. I haven’t really done much with it, like plug it into the computer and used the tone studio or anything. But I plugged it in and gave it a whirl at the lowest wattage setting (but with the master volume flat out xD). Sounds pretty fucking good tbh - really versatile. For a modeling amp it doesn’t really try to actually model other amps, imo, it’s different amp channels/voicing (I’m gonna call them channels and what Boss calls the amp’s channels are more like presets) all cover a wide array of tones. I got tones I liked from each channel. I’m not sure which I like best right now.

I am guessing the fiance pre-tested it before giving it you haha. 

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8 hours ago, Mel81x said:

I am guessing the fiance pre-tested it before giving it you haha. 

Well it’s weird, in the manual it recommends having the master volume flat out and limiting the volume with the ordinary volume knob... so basically the opposite of how those knobs operate on every other amp.

But when I first gave it a go it was still loud as fuck xD

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14 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Well it’s weird, in the manual it recommends having the master volume flat out and limiting the volume with the ordinary volume knob... so basically the opposite of how those knobs operate on every other amp.

But when I first gave it a go it was still loud as fuck xD

Once you've had time to figure it all out let me know how it is as I am in the market for an amp for my guitars and I was considering a Katana 100.

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10 hours ago, Mel81x said:

Once you've had time to figure it all out let me know how it is as I am in the market for an amp for my guitars and I was considering a Katana 100.

I’m really impressed with the Katana 50 - I see why the entire Katana series comes so highly recommended.

I basically spent all day fucking around with it. Playing at bedroom volumes, then going to my mate’s for jamming (it keeps up with a drummer in 50 watt mode with the stock speaker, seriously impressed with that) - tested out the software for hours too (which is cool, it’s like a stripped down version of the Boss GT-1000 software; but still plenty complex).

I will say the stock presets are absolutely a steaming pile of shit and once I figured out the software I made my own 4 presets of common tones I like to use and quickly replaced them. That’s not a complaint though, it’s really rare on anything like this that I like the stock presets. They’re always shit in every product tbh xD

It’s hard not to recommend the Katana to anyone looking for an amp tbh. Is it the best sounding amp? Nah, it’s not a valve amp and solid state hasn’t caught up yet (I think it will soon though). But does it sound great? Oh yeah, it most definitely sounds great.

And because it’s made by Boss, pedal making legends, it takes pedals so fucking great. Which imo most solid state amps I’ve tries are a bit finicky with some pedals - so that’s nice to see.

For the price it’s a seriously impressive unit. Like unbelievably impressive tbh, I wish these existed when I was a kid. And cheap combo amp usually sound bad because of shit circuitry or shit speakers, with the Katana you’re definitely not getting that.

I’ve only got one complaint: there is no effects loop on the Katana 50 - if you’re getting the 100 that’s not an issue.

But yeah, I see why these are so highly recommended. It really is a jack of all trades option for guitar players - a wide array of tones in an amp that can be used in a variety of ways.

I’m seriously impressed with it, if you want an amp that can be used in a shitload of practical applications I think it’s the best option for the money. Because it’s seriously cheap for all it can do and how good it sounds (again, tonally it’s very similar to the GT-1000, but with less effects, amp models, and the software’s a bit limited... but it’s about a grand less dear). The only way I wouldn’t recommend it is if someone wants a super particular tone - like if I wanted a Marshall Plexi tone, I can get close with the Boss tone studio with lots of tweaking... but a Plexi or a Plexi clone will (obviously) be a better amp choice.

Tl;dr - I’m seriously impressed with it, it’s not the best sounding amp I’ve ever used/owned... but it sounds great and is so versatile in so many ways. Even though it’s not perfect, I’d have to give it a 10/10 considering my fiancé paid just over $200USD for an amp that can do so much

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55 minutes ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

Tl;dr - I’m seriously impressed with it, it’s not the best sounding amp I’ve ever used/owned... but it sounds great and is so versatile in so many ways. Even though it’s not perfect, I’d have to give it a 10/10 considering my fiancé paid just over $200USD for an amp that can do so much

when the time comes I am just going to step into a store and see if I can play with one before I finally make a decision but I have heard so many good things about these amps its probably going to do well.

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