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The aquarium I had them in was pretty decently sized, I wouldn't of put more than two of them in it though. They would run around and build tunnels in the wood flakes we put down as a floor. They'd jump on their water thingy and swing around on it, give each other piggy back rides, play tag, do all kinds of stuff. We'd take empty coffee cans and cut out little doorways and gave each of them a little house. If you put a rag in their cage, they'd build a tent out of it. Sometimes they'd get a running start and try to run up the glass walls, haha.

I was pretty sad when they died after about two years. I would recommend getting a cage and not an aquarium. They were too afraid of me whenever I tried to get them out to clean or to play with them, if I did they would try and escape or panic so much I was afraid I'd give them a heart attack. With a cage you can put your hand next to it and let them get used to your scent
I had pet mice for a while. They're pretty entertaining. They lived in an aquarium with a grated top and they'd jump on the ceiling and walk upside down. I put a little hamster wheel in their, they'd run on it as fast as they could and then grab onto it with their claws and spin upside down a few times then keep running. They were extremely jumpy when anyone came near their cage. Rats might be a little different though. You have to be careful putting two into the same cage when it comes to genders. I know two females are fine, but males are different. You'll have to look it up
Zildjian. Sabians sounds really harsh and metallic, but Zildjians sound smooth and lively to me.
Have you tried the push test? I don't know what the actual name of it is but if you gently push your speaker back and forth and it makes a scratching noise than it means the speaker needs repaired
That interface was very tricky to figure out. Agreed with the mouse not working the way it should thing. A lot of buttons aren't labeled when they should be. Could be a fun game if revised. Oh, and the music was decent too
I believe he's asking if, when multi-tracking guitar parts, do you mute the first one when recording the second one, or do you pan it to the left and then pan the one you're recording to the right. Correct me if I'm wrong. In general, I will record the first run, then mute it and record the second run. I find that if I leave both tracks audible, the second track will be less tight because when I'm recording I feel like the first track is sort of "tugging" on my playing and I'll think the one that's already recorded is the one I'm currently playing. It's a very strange feeling. I've had satisfactory results using both methods though.

If you're just asking about panning in general, than SHaun hit the nail right on the head
Typed it into Google, found this: http://line6.com/support/thread/84102

Gives a link to the EVH 5150III 50watt head users manual, which says you can control channel selection (as well as effects loop bypassing) using an external MIDI device. Page 6, section Q of the manual

EDIT: That link is kind of wonky. I just typed in "5150iii pod hd channel" into Google and it was literally the first result. Anyways, good luck my friend
My local shop had a fake Gibson Les Paul. Not sure how they got away with selling that... Also seen a lot of custom painted guitars in there
Woah. That is WAY too long dude. A lot of the things in your add are things you should be discussing with people after they contact you. The whole second paragraph could be (needs to be) paraphrased down.

People don't need to know you've had experiences "jamming out". Just say you've been playing for five years, have had teaching, and some experience.

The "What I'm Looking For" is a huge turn off too. It should say "Lead vocalist, secondary (not rhythm!) guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Must be competent and have own gear" Don't say you're looking for bass players that have "groove", not looking for guitarist that "shred", those are things you say after being contacted and can determine at tryouts. The more picky you are with your add, the less response you're going to get from it. And who knows, maybe you'll find someone who doesn't fit your description but fits the band perfectly.

Don't take any of that the wrong way, I'm just saying how I would feel as a musician reading that. It just reads like "This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for and EXACTLY what I want this band to be, no exceptions" Again, please don't take that the wrong way. I wish you luck, finding band members can be a real trick.
Try plugging the cable into your 8 track and test it with your passive guitar. If it does the same thing, it's just the cable. If not, it might be something to do with your settings on the 8 track, since passive and active pickups have different output signals, although if that was the case it SHOULD be happening the other way around, but music equipment can be pretty finicky. I would try reading the manual and see if it says anything about that. My rhythm guitarist has an Iceman with active EMGs and they are always acting up and doing weird stuff like what's happening to you. They're a real headache sometimes. Anyways, best of luck to you, hope I was able to help!
Wait, I'm a little confused... Your Washburn doesn't have very much output when plugged into your BOSS 8 track, but sounds fine when you plug into your Marshall, and your other guitars with passive pickups sounds fine on either the 8 track or Marshall, correct?
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if you think you might benefit from some quality equipment and then still suck, you will know that you can no longer blame anything other than your songs or abilities.

I see what you're saying. I don't think we suck, I think we're decent and could vastly improve, but we're also a young band that's still trying to gel with eachother. I don't expect the equipment to make us more competent musicians, I just think it would make the band sound better overall. Like listening to a CD with cheap headphones, and then listening to the same song with studio monitors. Still the same song, but it does sound better
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Once you get some real hardware you will no longer be able to blame anything else other than yourself.

And what exactly do we need to blame ourselves for?
Wow, their are a lot more diverse opinions on this than I thought there would be. I value each and everyone of your opinions and thank you all for contributing. After reading each comment, I believe the best course of action for my band to take is for the guitarist to pay for the repairs to my gear, use that for live because it does sound better. However, we should continue to practice with the gear we have so we don't use our equipment as a crutch for bad playing habits that we have, and that we should focus on having a very level and balanced sound with each set of equipment. Theirs no way we could afford a sound guy, we're about as broke as band as could be. I don't believe it will solve the problem of having low draws at our shows in any way, but it might help us gain new fans since we will sound a little better (it certainly couldn't hurt)

I also understand that this isn't a be all, end all solution and that someone with a similar problem might have different results. Again, thanks to everyone for contributing
Don't underestimate the importance of proper eye contact. It can make or break you sometimes
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So one of you actually makes some sort of concious choice to play the solid state Crate amp......

My hatred for the amps aside, it's still not your problem if the other guy couldn't be bothered saving up for something better (than a Crate).

That's a pretty valid point I suppose. I guess the way I think of it and relate it back to my initial question, is if I already own these two tubed guitar rigs that sound great and just need to be taken in for minor repairs and are just laying around not being played anyways, it'd be worth it to pay the money and let the guitarists use it because it would be for the greater good of the band, and then I could use the equipment that I've already paid for whenever I felt like it, being that it's unusable at the moment.

But then again, it's also a good point that I shouldn't have to do that just because they don't want to save up and buy their own gear. Perhaps if I'm going to have the rigs repaired and they're going to use it, maybe they could pitch in money for the repairs and everybody would be happy? Or maybe the money would be better spent elsewhere if upgrading our equipment isn't even going to affect how many fans we get and are able to draw to our live shows anyways. I'm just trying to do what ever is going to help the band overall
We play 80s rock, so we set the gain fairly low, but tube amps respond much differently at those gain levels. I already own everything, and I play guitar as well (just not in this band), so even if I repair the things we have and one of the guitarists uses them, it's still my amp to play with when I want, you know what I mean? I certainly would not spend money on gear if ONLY somebody else was going to use it
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What are you using now? Knowing how to make youur equipment sound good also helps.
You can always spot the amatuer band because they think volume = quality.


The rhythm guitarist uses a Crate GT212, which doesn't sound that bad, but still has that solid-state harshness to it. The lead guitarist has a Peavey Vypyr 1X12 combo that sounds terrible and half the time isn't loud enough without being miced. I have an Acoustic B200 head and B1X15 cabinet (I play bass).

We've been trying to go tubed for awhile now, but I'm the only one who pays for equipment and it's hard for one person just out of high school to supply an entire band. We have a Peavey Windsor head that goes into a Marshall 1960A and sounds great, but it has output problems and isn't reliable. We also have a ADA MP1 preamp that goes into a POD XT Live for effects and into the tube power amp of a Peavey Classic VT, but the MP1 has something wrong with it so it squeals like crazy and is completely unusable. My bass stack sounds good but has a really bad rattle when turned up.

I've saved up enough money to get this stuff fixed, but we also need to start getting merch, and we're starting to write songs that need to be copyrighted, etc.
I've been in my current band for about eight months now and we're doing pretty good, but we're trying to improve turnouts at our shows. I talked to one of the guys in a fairly successful band in town that has been around a few years, and he told me that having great equipment was just as important as having great songs, and we should ditch our current amps and go tubed. Apparently, his band used crappy solid-state combo amps and bargain bin drums and did okay, but when they pooled all their money and bought Mesa/Boogie half stacks and had a custom drum kit made their fan base tripled, even though they were playing the same songs.

I'm sure he was exaggerating, but it did make me wonder how much of an impact having good equipment compared to GREAT equipment would have. What are your guy's opinions? Does having name brand, quality equipment make you a more likeable band? Does it make you look more professional, and therefor taken more seriously? Or does it make any difference at all?

EDIT: I put this in the bandleading forum because I am the band leader and am trying to decide if upgrading our equipment is something we need to spend a serious amount of time working on or not
You have a lot of texture in your voice. Are you trying to add that or is your voice naturally like that? Trying to make your voice sound "crunchy" can mess up your cords if not done properly. I'm not a professional singer or anything but I think your voice would sound fine in a pop punk band. You remind me of the guy from Less Than Jake a lot. I'd say go for it! But singing lessons from a proper instructor never hurt anybody either
I got into it with Darkwolfe a while ago and after that and looking back at old posts of mine, I realized I'm an asshole and commented a lot on things I didn't know anything about. Since then, I've tried to be more helpful and make sure I have a good understanding of the subject before I make a comment about it when someone on here asks a question
McDonalds. It's hard to beat the Dollar Menu and mine decided to keep the one-dollar-any-sized-drink year round now (it used to be summer only)

I think Burger King has the best food though. Best burgers, fries, drinks because of the Coca-Cola Freestyle, chicken, buns, everything. But it's expensive as hell anymore. Almost $20 for two value meals
That escalated quickly... In truth, you're probably not going to get a warm Marshall-y sound in an apartment setting. You'd need something tubed, and you generally need it to be turned up a bit before it starts to get that warm, creamy sound. You could get a low-wattage tube amp but those can be hit-and-miss depending on which one you go for.

You should really post your budget, if it's ever going to be used live, new or used, the things in the sticky...
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An OFR is a direct drop-in for an Edge III and is generally considered to be the best tremolo there is.


Not always. I have an RG350EX that had to be routed to fit an Original Floyd Rose. I ended up putting a Schaller Floyd in it (still had to be routed) but before I did that I tried putting an OFR into it. Didn't fit.

It depends on what Licensed Floyd you're putting into it. Though I agree that if you're going to replace it, might as well just put an Original into it
The trick to that movie was when you pressed the button, someone you don't know would die. However, once you pressed it, someone that YOU don't know will then inherit the button, implying that you will die also if you press the button. Therefor, it wouldn't matter how much money you had, you'd never get a chance to really enjoy it because even if you didn't die, you'd always have that "Every second could be my last" thought in the back of your mind

Also, I'd question where the money and button came from and whether the dude was legitimate or not. For all I know I could be the first victim of a reboot of Punk'd... And then everyone would know how terrible of a person I am...
It doesn't matter how hard it is to play it, if the part matches the song and sounds good, it's a part that should be kept. Also, the rhythm guitar part doesn't have to be JUST chords, the rhythm and lead can play the exact same thing in parts to really make a part stand out, or take the Def Leppard approach and make the rhythm part COMPLETELY different from the lead. Whatever sounds good. Best of luck
I'm not a fan of shredding. I prefer my vegetables in slices instead, retains more flavor
Depends on how complicated you're willing to make it. Whenever I had a snare roll or fast kick drum part, I would solo that particular drum and render one-half of the notes into an audio file, then render the other half to a separate audio file and down tune it very slightly. Sometimes I would have three or four tracks of just a snare with three of the four being VERY slightly pitch shifted (and each track containing a unique hit of the snare). A little extreme but to me it sounded worlds better. Also try to vary the velocity of each note a little bit, that should help out as well.

Part of the problem that I found with humanizing is notes that overlap don't seem to trigger very well. Try alternating the notes between different piano roll keys. I believe their are four or five different keys you can use that each trigger a snare hit. Try putting the first one here, the second one there, third one somewhere else, etc

Hope this helps!
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I am completely new to the whole recording interface thing, so you may have to dumb down the tech bits (for example rather than telling me "Be careful about how you send the signal from your computer to your amp also." it might be better if you explain what you mean as i have no idea what you mean by making sure i'm sending the right signal)

As as for my laptop / computer being able to run it, my laptop has an 1st Gen i7 with Turbo boost and 6gb of DDR3 RAM which should be MORE than enough to handle it, if the is one thing i do know it's computers

And i always thought paid software where the best


Okay, I will explain further. You would NOT want to send signal from say, the headphone out of your interface into the guitar input of your amp. That could easily overload the guitar amp and would probably sound like garbage and be potentially harmful to said amp. Like you said, you would be using the amp VST as a preamp, and it generally isn't a good idea to run a preamp into a preamp. If you send signal from your interface to your amps effects loop return, you would bypass your guitar amps preamp section and be running directly to the power section of your guitar amp. If I'm not mistaken, most guitar amps take line level signal through their effects loops and not instrument level signal. (Instrument level would be from your guitar, line level would be from a piece of hardware) But this isn't true for all amps. It would help if you told us what kind of amp you have, it might not even HAVE an effects loop and then your plan is pretty much bust.

Your computer sounds ace, just be careful how many different VSTs you start turning on in your DAW. It doesn't take much to overload and then you have latency, which is another problem you might experience depending on your computer and which interface you buy. Do you have firewire capabilities? That might be the better route to go for interfaces, although USB is more than capable.

The setup you're trying to go for isn't a simple one. Lots of parts that can go down and mess up the entire signal.

Just because you have to pay for something doesn't mean it's better. I believe most of the free VSTs are better because they usually come from musicians who are trying to improve other peoples music quality and not trying to profit off of it, if that makes sense.

If I'm still not explaining myself clearly, just say so. I know all of this can be really confusing and I was in your spot myself at one time. Best of luck to you my friend

EDIT: Is it absolutely necessary that you have to send the signal back to your amp? You might have better luck just going right into the computer and then straight out into a PA/speakers. That would simplify the process by a lot. I'm under the assumption that the end goal is for 100% of your signal to be coming out through your amp, so please correct me if I'm mistaken
As said, you will need a decent interface and to make sure your computer can handle the software with ease. Be careful about how you send the signal from your computer to your amp also. You'd want to send it into your effects return, using a line level out from your interface. You'd also want to turn cabinet modeling off, as many amp VSTs load up with a cab simulator already on. As for your "methods" of obtaining them, some of the best amp VSTs are already free. I highly recommend LePous Solo C head. It's great. You can also get free VSTs of a TS808 Tubescreamer and pretty much anything else you can think of
They look slightly different from each other. The Schaller is thicker and has a slightly thicker and more "metallic" sound. The recessed pins are nice for fitting into the cavity but can be inconvenient at times. I would say they are on par with each other. I chose a Schaller for my Ibanez because of the recessed pins, but your guitar doesn't have a cavity so it wouldn't matter.

Schaller only makes the Schaller Floyds now. The OFR is being manufactured by PING if I remember correctly
I can see the benefits of having a pedalboard shaped like that... But zip ties? Really? They couldn't cover it in cheap ozite or anything? And no hardshell case availible? No thank you
The Nestle Wonderball. The king of all candies.
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http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/av.htm

Site is bullshit.
I'm 5' 9", 180 lbs
53 years old
Says I am overweight.
My BMI is 26.2

According to http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm Medical Recommendation I should be 131 lbs - 172 lbs.

I would look like a damn skeleton at 131 lbs.


My grandpa was 77. He became a total health nut after having a major heart attack when he was 75. He swore by the BMI index. When he died last April, he weighed 145 pounds. He was also 6'7". All of his weight was muscle because he exercised constantly. You could see his bones and while he normally had a very dark complexion, he was ghost white for the last few weeks of his life. He really took it to the extreme and basically starved himself to death. BMI is both utter bullshit and can be very dangerous in some cases

Sorry 'bout the long winded story, just brought back memories
We were shooting airsoft guns in a field one time. Their are these little evergreen trees that are about seven feet tall. Inside one of them was a huge hornets nest that was almost as big as the tree. My buddy finds it and decides to pop a few rounds into it. I walked over to the tree (not knowing about the nest) because I had left some gear over there. One of them went into my hair and ripped into my scalp. Then about 50 of them swarmed us. We dropped everything and sprinted home

Whenever we have hornets or bees in our backyard, we'll light a few smoke bombs near the nest and smoke them out, then when they're gone we'll destroy the nest so they won't come back
I have a ModTone Lemon Squeeze Compressor. You can crank all the knobs and still barely tell it's on. I had a chorus pedal from them that was like that too, it didn't matter how you set it, it just didn't do hardly anything. However, if you try the floor models they have at guitar stores, the pedals act MUCH differently... Maybe I just got some from a bad bunch? I'd take the BOSS CS-3 over my Lemon Squeeze in a heartbeat
The pickup in my Dean Zone XM bass hasn't been working right. I need to replace it but I'm not finding much about "soapbar" bass pickups. Are they the same size as a bass humbucker? I'd like to drop the GFS MM Pro pickup into it because it's cheap and I just want the bass to work, but I don't know if it will fit without additional routing. I gotta get this thing working quick, my band has a gig coming up fast. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Don't they make a case with foam inserts that you put around your guitar? Like, you get little blocks and triangles and you basically build the inside shape to fit around your guitar. Try looking for something like that
Uhm... Man, I just watched the video the other day. I think it's John... Hang on, I'll go look it up again

EDIT: Nope, Josh Klinghoffer. The video I'm talking about is the Premier Guitar Rig Rundown they did with his guitar tech. He doesn't do it on ALL of his pedals, mainly his delays, but he has little stickers with his settings drawn on them
Watch some of the videos of guitarists on the road showing their amps and pedalboards. Some of them have really creative ways from keeping their settings getting botched while in transport or by a guitar tech. Paul Gilbert puts gaffe tape over his pedals (not duck tape, that leaves residue) and some guys will draw the setting on stickers and then put the sticker on the pedal itself (like the guy from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Writing them down or drawing diagrams in a binder is also a good idea