thanks gkg, I appreciate your comments (did ya notice I still have your site listed on my links page cuz I really admire your work).
dirtface, thanks for the kind words and I do hope to find some others to hook up with - yet I enjoy doing the solo thing for now too. I love my Spider\'s tones and effects, but the volume is a little lacking (only 50 watts which is good for practicing solo yet weak when a kit is rocking at the same time). The RP is really cool, nice programs, but I usually run that direct since it has a pre-amp. You have to match input powers and stuff when combining the RP with the Spider so that\'s usually more involved and stuff than I\'m willing to deal with. So typically when I record, I usually use either one or the other and feed them direct to my audio interface. I dug out my old PA (old Kasino Concert head) and run one or the other through that now for high volume performance and jamming with others. I\'ve got to scrounge up some funds though and just get a half stack for guitar and a full rig for bass and just use the PA for drums and vocals. It\'s becoming more and more of a pain to use practice/small amps for serious volume jamming and stuff. But these smaller amps do the job for digital recording when I feed them direct into my PowerBook. So.....we work with what we have ya know...
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Oh yeah, I\'ll be opening up at Erricos (our local club) on Saturday, March 12th, so you probably won\'t see any new music from me until slightly before the show date, since that\'s what I\'ll be working on mainly during the meantime.
Here\'s a blurb about recent developments and the corresponding linkages:
So far, I\'ve finished mixing and uploaded 8 tracks (there\'s like 6 more of them I need to do yet) of the opening band who goes by the name of Unoriginal and there\'s three guys that make up the band. They\'re from northeast Jersey. I used two mics, one per channel, ran them into my M-Audio MobilePre interface, then into my mac mini, used GarageBand2, exported to iTunes and converted them into mp3\'s and that\'s it. My biggest challenge was trying to reduce the bad highs and retain the good ones because the soundboard guy had some stuff going on that I wasn\'t exactly thrilled about, in regards to the eq settings live. Anyway, these tracks are the first I\'ve ever recorded live @ a club and I\'m very pleased with the overall quality. Of course, I\'d welcome any feedback whether it\'s about the band or the quality of the recording or whatever. Sorry, I\'m waiting on the set list cuz there was a few tracks I wasn\'t sure of and all. I\'ll post more stuff as it\'s available. Check \'em out:
It\'s a short piece, clocking at just under a minute. I just bought a mac mini (which totally rocks) and had to learn GarageBand. So in the process of getting familiar with the softare, this is what I came up with. I didn\'t use any effects from the software; only from my regular amps. All signals were direct; no mics used at all. I\'m going to trying mic\'ing everything too in order to compare the sound quality. My guess is that it\'ll sound better, more even and easier to control the "gain" levels. So I\'d still like to toy with this track a bit to see if it can be further refined.
And in other good news...I just picked up an M-Audio MobilePre USB preamp/interface ($145) so now I can run my signals directly into my pc versus micing everything very poorly. The quality of my recordings will improve greatly. I tried it out for the first time last night and it rocks, although my poor Pentium II is choking like all hell. Time for a new pc. For now, I\'ll continue to record separate tracks on the four-track, do a mixdown and then send the stereo signal via line/USB to my pc. With a new pc, I won\'t even need the four-track any longer. FYI - I use Nero for all sound editing. Expect the posting of new tracks to pick up considerably now.