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TapperMike last won the day on July 8 2016

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About TapperMike

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  • Birthday 01/11/1961

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    Music, Coding.

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    Composer, Arranger, Studio Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Sound Developer (synth, sample)
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    Steely Dan, Steely Dan and then there is Steely Dan.


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  1. Blues jams and I'm usually working. So any collaboration would have to be done during daylight.
  2. I'm the type of guy who is constantly seeking music video's on youtube. And when I find myself really enjoying someone's music they are often offering lessons. I often wonder why they simply can't play and that will be enough. Obviously it's not for them. Offering lessons gives them more views and allows them to supplement their income. Sometimes I think that the only one's interested in instrument performance are musicians. I say this as... I've been thinking of taking jazz lessons again. Simply to have someone to jam with. While I love playing with biab it will never replace playing with others and showing off my chops.
  3. I have no idea on how the velocity is. I'll tell you a story though. Back in 2007 I got a Baby Z. I loved it to tears and rather than trying to work out velocity issues with tapping (which way more about me than the controller. I did a few videos. And the only thing was I wanted more. The baby z only has 16 frets. Anyway someone was interested in my thoughts about the instrument and I advised for it. When the Babyz arrived he put no passion in his playing so none came out in the performance. He blamed the instrument saying "It didn't feel organic". Well they aren't guitar strings on a guitar. as I told him before purchase. I also stated that the organism was him not the instrument. Eventually he adapted to his ztar. With every technology advancement some considerations have to be made. As well performance always begins and ends with the performer. So far I'm impressed with the performances I've seen. Will it answer all my prayers? Will it have the fit and feel of my favorite guitar? Will it make me a virtuoso? Will I gain talent where I had not before? Many of these questions are the same ones that keep players away from expanding their horizons. The stick with what they've always done because they are afraid to venture out and explore new mediums and have to face the consequences of doing things differently. Believe it or not there was a time when a keyboard player wouldn't do a gig unless the keyboard was already provided and was one they enjoyed playing. It would be in the rider for the contract to do the gig. They would cry crocodile tears if they had to play a fender rhodes or a Wurlitzer student model. They effectively lost gigs and those who made the most of what was already in them along with not being afraid to try new things surpassed them.
  4. While the video shows different methods to approach to the instrument there are actually more. It's dare I say a very strong competitor to the linnstrument while not having the scale length capabilities
  5. Have you ever seen a Tone King video on youtube? Look at all those amps behind him. He has much more that are not in view. When you work with one older classic amp you had better love the tone in all situations and you had better face up to the fact that it's not going to sound like other amps. If you can live with one amp and be happy with that.... Good for you. If you are a tone afficianado then you will require more than one amp. This guy is a serious collector of amps guitars and effects. In most of his videos while reviewing guitars he opts for Line 6 hardware to present the tone. And again think for a minute about gigging live. How many amps do you really want to bring to a gig. Would you have enough room for them. Are you passionate about recreating tone? Helix is the be all end all at this time in history for amp/pedal/guitar emulation. No one comes even close. Sorry but it's true. Sure there are amps with emulations that do some interesting things but they lack authentic tone through out the spectrum... Even Kemper. Helix is not my first choice. Firehawk is. Firehawk is affordable. Helix though does show that Line 6 is advancing the technology. And it's raising the bar for all other amp / pedal emulators be they in hardware or plugin format. As I've stated many times in the past. I like going to shows. I do as much as I can. As I sit back in the audience I take note of the gear used on stage. The money earners who do covers are very very demanding on recreating actual tone. I see them come I see them go. I see them year after year after year. I see the equipment change. Guys who used to bring 4 guitars to a show now show up with a variax. Guys who used to show up with two amps now just run through a power monitor. Guys who used to have traditional stomp box boards now just run Pod HD500x, or Firehawk or Helix.
  6. Better is always a relative term. How does a modeled Fender Deluxe sound better than an actual one? If it sounds too different is it different in a good way or a bad way? For a long time I gigged with only a Traynor YBA that had been modified. It was a great bass amp and a great guitar amp. It was all the amp tone I needed as I didn't need the amp to be something else. And yet had it not been modded I would have never used it as a guitar amp. So again I'll repeat myself with regards to circuitry modeling. Not all amps have the same eq. Even though most have bass/middle/treble. When I want to "capture" the sound of a twin I want it's eq to react like those on the original model. Not like something that has the same three knobs but the knobs react differently. This is what line6 / yamaha does that no other amp modeling company does. It maps the entire line and all the changes and models each mapped point. Rather than say... Kempler which only models what it hears at the end of the chain. I've even shown the video where one set of tubs is virtually swapped out by another. If you pay attention to small details then it matters to you. If you feel those small details don't matter or can't recognize them then it doesn't matter to you and no amount of reason will change that. With regards to "real deal" Those real deals often break down and require repair. Especially if you run a Class A amplifier on a regular basis. When they break down you need to either fix or replace them. The last amp tech in Michigan who did nothing but repair amps for a living has retired. He'd go to guitar stores far and wide (his shop was a 5 hour drive from my home near Detroit. Collect the amps from local businesses and... when things were slow you might get your amp back in three weeks. So you might have to go out searching for ...another same model amp. Which by the way also come and go. Until recently if your sound relied on a Supro Amp. Good luck. Supro's went out of business many many years back. The name was only recently aquired by a new group trying to produce them. Also there are those pesky price, weight, space and levels issues to contend with. If you really really want to sound like Hendrix through his stack. https://reverb.com/item/4207984-marshall-super-100jh-jimi-hendrix-signature-stag-2005 Then you have to go out and find stomp box emulations of his rig back then because many simply are not sold anymore. Although quite a number of stomp box makers have the JH stamp on them and are to a lesser or greater degree what he would have used at the time. Don't forget to get a reverse headstock strat just to keep everything as close as possible. Congratulations you may indeed have the Hendrix Rig if you can afford it and if you can play somewhere that the cops aren't banging down the doors because you have to play it loud for it to sound loud. With that being said and done Expect to be playing a lot of Hendrix and little of anything that doesn't fit into the category of the gear you have. I collect guitars (well I used to) Sometimes I buy them for their sheer uniqueness. Sometimes I buy them because I'm chasing a specific sound that I can't get from another guitar. 90 percent of that stopped after I got a Yamaha Variax Standard. Not every guitar in the world. One that fits my hands so I can play it. There are more guitars that I feel uncomfortable playing then guitars I feel comfortable playing. There is no point in me every owning a Gretsch as I'll never get comfortable with the neck. Not today, not tomorrow not 10 years from now. I like Gretsch tone, Chet Atkins, Eddie Cochran, Bow Wow Wow, Brian Setzer, George Harrison. I've played em all but never on an actual Gretsch. Those Gretsch models included in my Variax do a fine job as closely recreating the tone as possible on an instrument I can play. Some very specific guitar tones like...hmmm Claptons Blackie I'll never be able to recreate exactly in workbench because it has a limited number of pickups included. Yes that and lack of guitar models I continue to rag about when it comes to Variax guitars. Maybe someday they'll add more. Hell I have no less than 150 virtual keyboards on my computer(piano's ep's clavinets, harpsicords, organs, not to mention all the synth recreations (moog, prophet, juno, etc) Try fitting those into your home or taking to a gig.
  7. Well here's the thing. The 500x put in the same effects and amps however many were remodeled using Yamaha technology That was before Yamaha had fully taken over the operation.... Which can be seen in Helix as that is the new flagship. They don't want to cut the cord just yet with the Pod HD series but they also want to promote Helix technology. Yamaha had been working on an entire new approach to modeling. That being modeling everything in the entire chain that makes up the amp sound individually. This (depending on what side you take it from) Has pushed Helix beyond it's nearest competitors (Fractal, Kemper) In older Line6 amp modelling you couldn't swap out virtual tubes. Like you can with Helix / THR 100 Helix doesn't have the sheer volume of amp types that one would find in a Pod 500 amp simply because they opted for better modelling control. In 2.0 they have added more amp models among other. They are doing this slowly and it's much more work to go through each amp and model every point of connection from the input to the end of a chain. As well they are working on modeling (point to point again) many custom modded amps.
  8. I'm happy for you. When I go I want to go all the way which is why I'd choose a firehawk. Regardless of "style" there is something their for everyone. I tend to be very specific about how close I can recreate a given classic setup and firehawk is best suited for that with it's endless array of amp and effects models. Oddly my current playing eschews all of that. I pull up one favorite amp model with one favorite setting and one guitar then just play. It's all about what happens with my fingers while playing rather than tone carving. Which is a good thing as I get to play more.
  9. The other day I was in a guitar store. And I was so broke I couldn't pay attention... Anyway they had a brand that I was unaware of previously..... Vintage Guitars. Designed by Trevor Wilkinson Who is a well known parts and pickups builder. Blackie tone. Pure Eric Clapton 70's blackie tone. I've had an 80's EC signature strat plus with lace sensors The same one he used back then. As much as I loved it it was no Blackie. I've played maybe 30 fender strats in my life looking for Blackie tone. This is the closest I've ever heard. I'm more than happy with my Variax and it isn't going anywhere. But if I were in the market for another strat...this one would be the one. A Vintage (brand) V6 That wont be in my shopping cart for anytime in the foreseeable future. For the time being it's all about the adventure of making the most of what I have. Which isn't a bad place to be in. I'm an amateur That allows me much more creative freedom and exploration then an average working musician. It doesn't allow me much in the way of recognition.
  10. There is no end all be all. and getting a lot of descriptions to a lot of brands / models will likely not be of much use to anyone. Rudi is a fine guitarist. He and I share a great deal of idea's. One area we differ on is Seymour Duncan Pickups. I love em, he hates em. That's fine, You have to trust your ears. Pickups in guitars often are the smallest part of the equation. The comfort level you have with your guitar and the ability you have to express yourself through it come first.
  11. I can never go back to ableton live. Not ever. Year after year I'd try to make it work for me. Year after year the same issues kept on coming up. Bugs that were never fixed and were resolved in other daw titles. That being said ... in general Almost all daws operate the same on principal. Almost all (pay) daw's come with high quality instrument and effects plugins. And very few cannot accept third party apps. Work flow and visual display is all that's left. Most major upgrades over the last few years have been about sound libraries and effects. With regards to Ownership vs Loanership. I'm on the fence with that one for software in general. I don't open my daw everyday. I may open it up on occasion. Loanership (subscription) Can be a benefit to the consumer who only occasionally uses the software. Loanership is mostly about... Anti-piracy and corporate expenditures. Just as in transportation needs for a large company where it is prudent to lease as opposed to buy vehicles. Leasing software that is maintained by a third party makes an accountants job easier. On the other hand... Loanership doesn't force the subscription service to try any harder to bring new things to the table or deal with recurring issues. Once you have the subscription you can easily be locked into it due to how businesses are structured and by requirements of going back and reworking older material. Of course what you should do is always save the individual tracks as that so you can import those into a different daw if the situation requires is.
  12. Tascam was bought out by Gibson as was...Cakewalk. The only major thing that's happened since then was new sounds added to cakewalk and subscription based system.. ie loanership as opposed to ownership. For the big bucks all in one that no one can afford I'd say... MusicComputing The one thing I can strongly advise is... Get yourself an external sound card. You may already have one and not know it.... http://line6.com/supportarchivenew/thread/68624/ I already use my yamaha thr-c as my soundcard. Some windows computers handle waveRT just fine my older computer does and some do not. Some daws use outdated audio drivers for the internal card. If you are using an external sound card use ASIO. Yamaha products (including Line6) use asio as the soundcard driver. It's a perfect match for my computer and soundcard. WaveRT is the best when you don't have an external sound card.
  13. Mixcraft. Honestly it's an inexpensive, yet powerful daw in an easy to use format. If you want to you can set it up so it runs like ableton live without the headache and learning path. I've posted a few times on mixcraft since purchasing and later upgrading to 7 http://forums.songstuff.com/topic/43798-just-bought-the-upgrade-to-mixcraft-7-pro/#comment-292856
  14. Nice stuff.
  15. There are some bands that never produce a "happy" song. Look at Pink Floyd, The Pretenders. Part of the staying power in the blues is that people will often listen to the music and say to themselves,,,,, after listening to that my life isn't half bad.