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  1. BigD1977

    Coverband Players Share Your Song Secrets

    I dunno! I played a gig last night where I goodnaturedly knocked the shite out of a few folks verbally and it was great fun for all involved! :) ...including those on the receiving end, btw. ;) And on the soloing thing I tend to improvise most things. You can't get away with improving Sweet...
  2. BigD1977

    Who would you bring back?

    Bonham. Then maybe Zepplin would play another gig and I'd get to see it. :)
  3. BigD1977

    Troy Grady, "What is Stringhopping?"

    Very cool video. At the start I thought that it was a little too analytical. However, I've never seen anybody tackle the subject of technique with such depth. I must have a look at some of his other stuff.
  4. BigD1977

    If you could only have one amp modeled in your Axe...

    No. Part of the reason I own one is because of all of the available amps. When I gig I have a series of amps that I have set up with the same effects chains and I choose the amp for the room and switch in stomps as I need. If this was all I did the answer would be a maybe.... even though the...
  5. BigD1977

    Thank you Chris@AxeFxTutorials

    That's really cool and a nice thing for FAS to do. :) To think the guy was going to give it up a few months back. I think the whole community is glad he didn't.
  6. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    And it's also extremely cool to look at the flavours all these scales and modes give you. For instance the leading tone in harmonic minor gives a very arabic feel. Dorian mode is slightly happier, and add the two together and you get jazz melodic minor which is only sounds non-major when you hit...
  7. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    There is a harmonic minor scale, and a melodic in the classical sense and a melodic in the jazz sense. What I wrote was that there is no harmonic minor key. People use the terms interchangeably and they don't mean the same thing.
  8. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    Exactly. People use the terms interchangeably and they most certainly aren't interchangeable.
  9. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    Just a small point, but there is no harmonic minor key. It's just minor. You're right though in that playing with E phrygian mode will wield the same notes as A natural minor scale. Problem is that these two harmonic contexts don't have the same cadences or progressions to reflect the differing...
  10. BigD1977

    Chris Broderick New Album, Mag Cover, Axe-Fx II Video!

    Very very cool! I'm curious about the thumbpick-like attachment he's using. Is it actually a thumbpick or a pick holder of sorts? Love his work in Megadeth and hopefully the new album will be good. :)
  11. BigD1977

    Guthrie Govan - using an FX8 with Aristocrats

    Good god.... I've just seen this.... it's not the soloing, it's that first riff....... I'm feeling emotional. :)
  12. BigD1977

    Parker Fly Deluxe Wiring Diagram

    It's not ribbon. However, I tested the wiring on he PCB and located the solder points I need. Thanks for your help folks!
  13. BigD1977

    Parker Fly Deluxe Wiring Diagram

    Yes. The diagram doesn't fit mine. There are no ribbons. That'd explain why the diagrams I looked up didn't work.
  14. BigD1977

    Parker Fly Deluxe Wiring Diagram

    You, good sir, are a legend. Thank you! Dunno why I couldn't find this though.....
  15. BigD1977

    Parker Fly Deluxe Wiring Diagram

    I thought I would post this here first rather than sign up for another forum. I have a mid 2000's Parker Fly Deluxe with piezo bridge. During a repainting job the wires of the batter holder came off the PCB and I need to find out which contacts to solder the wires back on to. If anyone has...
  16. BigD1977

    Have you seen this pedal?

    True. I should read things completely before I post. ;)
  17. BigD1977

    Have you seen this pedal?

    Interesting! Thank you.
  18. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    You are possibly referring to the days before equal temperament tuning? The frequency of a C note in the key of C is not the same as the frequency of a C in the key of G, and a C in F is different again, albeit by only a few cents. The system we use today is an average of all of the differences...
  19. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    No problem. Any note in higher case is a major key root and in lower case it's a minor key root. Starting on C (higher case, so major) if you go up one to G, the keys only differ by one note (F#) so a smooth transition is possible while modulating. If you go down to F, the note that is different...
  20. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    A great tool for modulation: http://dt7v1i9vyp3mf.cloudfront.net/styles/news_large/s3/imagelibrary/m/music_04a.jpg?itok=SZqbucwK Modes and keys..... therein lies a huge discussion and much of it is based on subjective opinion on perception and mood. I tend to think more in terms of mood, which...
  21. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    A very interesting read, simeon! I wonder if there is some kind of synaesthetic link in the observations of the authors.
  22. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    And Ab minor sounds like a piano dropped down a mineshaft. ;) Ok, I'll get my coat......
  23. BigD1977

    Is there any legit reasons why only playing in one key on every song is a bad idea?

    I think the op is on about changing tonal centre rather than the key. This goes back to how we perceive music. A lot of the time playing with the same tonal centre can bore people especially over the course of a whole album. Also, the same line sounds different to me when it has a different...
  24. BigD1977

    Reference Monitors you can wear... (Focal, Adam, Mofi, Beyerdynamics)

    Honestly, I don't really care if it's YJM or not, this is really entertaining! :D
  25. BigD1977

    Reference Monitors you can wear... (Focal, Adam, Mofi, Beyerdynamics)

    Steven Wilson used to record and mix in a room in his house that was largely untreated. We 'hear' with our eyes sometimes and for some people a certain brand just has 'it' for them. Also, our perceptions shift according to exposure. If you listen to a system for a while your ear (in this case...
  26. BigD1977

    Pluto Flyby

    And a bit of a legend! :) I remember seeing him on 'The Sky At Night' with Patrick Moore. AFAIK, he was studying for his doctorate when Queen formed.
  27. BigD1977

    Ant Man movie was great!

    Literally owns......? There's gotta be an object in there...... ;) :P
  28. BigD1977

    Pluto Flyby

    Oooo, I don't know about it being a useless mission. Science thrives on experimentation and happy accidents! :) After all, penicillin was an accidental discovery and who knows what these probes will find. What intrigues me is the sheer scale involved. Pluto is over 5 billion km away, which is...
  29. BigD1977

    Guthrie Govan - using an FX8 with Aristocrats

    I've gotta say that he's one of the few modern guitarists who really blow my hair back. His style, technique, the effortless way he seems to exorcise his ideas and melodies.... it's like he's all great guitarists rolled into one. Man love. ;)
  30. BigD1977

    Guthrie Govan - using an FX8 with Aristocrats

    He's been known to use the Axe FX for a while now so I suppose it's a logical step. Was he using this with a Badger or a Victory amp?
  31. BigD1977

    Ant Man movie was great!

    Might give it a shot. It looks more family friendly and sometimes I want to be surrounded by bunnies and rainbows to counteract the usual stuff I go for! :)
  32. BigD1977

    Wow!

    Maybe Kanye West should read this thread...... ;)
  33. BigD1977

    Wow!

    I remember hearing about early Doors gigs where Jim Morrison had his back to the crowd for a lot of the gig. Krieger et al could play though and sure as shit knew when they were out of tune. I've actually seen Finlay Quaye live in his hayday and he was far better than this. Not turning up to a...
  34. BigD1977

    Affiliations

    That's fair and overdue tbh. It's about time some of the fudging BS was tackled head on, especially when it has an ulterior motive.
  35. BigD1977

    Cliff is up to something.

    Because the II and the IIXL have exactly the same processing power. When the Ultra ended it was because the unit had reached it's limit. It makes no sense that the updates for the II should stop while the IIXL should continue. It's a misunderstanding of some text.
  36. BigD1977

    Live Setup Qustion

    Only for the 5% I would guess. The signal will only be in stereo if you are using stereo delays, pans, or stereo reverbs and the value of live stereo effects is questionable in a lot of cases.
  37. BigD1977

    Random inaccurate stupid measurements of CLR and K10

    ...and if the test is sloppy then the information is not a true representation of the performance of the item in question. This is the definition of inaccurate. To the OP: Suspending the speakers is actually a great way to measure. There are always ground reflections that interfere with the...
  38. BigD1977

    RGBW LED Par Recommendations

    That made me smile in context of your first comment! :)
  39. BigD1977

    Random inaccurate stupid measurements of CLR and K10

    It wasn't a comment on your hard work. It was a comment on the idea that all information has value. It doesn't.
  40. BigD1977

    Random inaccurate stupid measurements of CLR and K10

    Posting knowingly inaccurate measurements is misleading and is a type of objective information. Posting an opinion is subjective by it's very nature. The two types of information are very different. The hypothetical situation of having lots of correlating opinions is empirical and this type of...
  41. BigD1977

    TWO new Cab-Packs!

    Yeah, you have a point. We get free firmware upgrades all the time with new improvements in each one. I'm not looking for a rebate or anything but I will holdout from buying immediately in the future. :)
  42. BigD1977

    TWO new Cab-Packs!

    Edited.
  43. BigD1977

    MFC-101... is it worth the money?

    I'll let you know how it goes. :)
  44. BigD1977

    The Social Axefx

    It sounds horrific to me, tbh. Youtube given the live anonymous arena treatment.... and we know how picky musicians can be. ;)
  45. BigD1977

    So whats your opinion on Apple music

    It's kind of like TV in that regard.
  46. BigD1977

    MFC-101... is it worth the money?

    I don't agree. I've done blues and covers gigs with a Les Paul, switching between pickups for tones with a coil split and using the volume rolloff to control clean/dirty sounds. I used one preset for the two hour gig..... but granted, this was a stylistically limited gig.
  47. BigD1977

    What difference does scale length make?

    Thanks dude! I only found out that that it's full a few mins ago. Thanks for the info! :)
  48. BigD1977

    What difference does scale length make?

    PMing you regarding buying a PRS.
  49. BigD1977

    1500 bucks, you say, Line6?

    GAS is alive and well I see! It seems to have transferred over to digital gear than boutique for us Axe users though. ;)
  50. BigD1977

    MFC-101... is it worth the money?

    I agree completely. It's sturdy, comes in at a good price, is easy to program, is smaller than the FCB1010 and uses bi-direction functionality. It shows preset name, tempo and has multi colour LCDs to show you IA states with very little programming. I currently have an MFC coming to me (good...
  51. BigD1977

    Confessions of a sound man

    That is my go-to text when running courses for analogue sound. I also love "The Computer Music Tutorial" by Curtis Roads but it's a wee bit dated nowaday. Still good for the basic principles.
  52. BigD1977

    Confessions of a sound man

    Some sound engineers reluctance (especially older guys) stems from people taking a line out from their Boss GT5 and expecting it to sound like an amp... then blaming the sound engineer when it doesn't. Nowadays it's moot point as the equipment has gotten better sounding. I've never had a...
  53. BigD1977

    Confessions of a sound man

    We do exist.
  54. BigD1977

    guitar exam at school (Allan Holdsworth guitar solo content)

    I had a student go for an exam recently. She ignored the rhythm pattern of one section of the exam, came up with something on the spot and nailed it. There are some schools of thought that hold musicality over what is technically correct, and some that value the syllabus criteria over...
  55. BigD1977

    guitar exam at school (Allan Holdsworth guitar solo content)

    It's a fight to get contemporary music appreciated in academic circles but it's happening. I see a greater acceptance here on the RGT grade syllabus principally because an RGT Electric Guitar Dip student can usually improvise rings around classical players. Here, there is only one university...
  56. BigD1977

    Gibson Guitar is a Remarkably Unpopular Company

    I have a few lovely Epi Les Pauls that are on a par with any Gibson I've tried... having said that, I am coming from a position of relative ignorance as I've never tried a pre 1994 Les Paul.
  57. BigD1977

    CLR Active Cab noise: Is it normal?

    The amp in the CLR is the last level of amplification in the chain. Whatever noise is in the signal at this point will get cranked, including and cable noise, interference, etc. and if the Master is cranked, so will all the noise. I use two for stereo live monitoring. I tend to leave the...
  58. BigD1977

    Fletcher-Munson curve query

    Agreed, it doesn't really matter in this context. It alarms the pedantic me who tries to explain to students which is which, why you use it, and why a Sound Intensity meter looks funny compared to an SPL meter. There's a time and a place however. :)
  59. BigD1977

    Fletcher-Munson curve query

    Also, there are better standards out there. ISO 226. One thing concerns me though: the graph lists Intensity (dB) which isn't the same as dB SPL. To the OP: Yes you will experience a difference in your ears response due to a differing loudness. That's what the Fletcher-Munson curves try to...
  60. BigD1977

    Best Midi for Axe fx II under 400

    To the OP: Of all the suggestions, the only one that has expression pedals built in is the FCB1010.
  61. BigD1977

    Axe II Failiure

    A few months back I bricked my Axe II (Mk1). I was updating the firmware when someone who shall remain nameless decided to pull the plug from the back. I got in touch with G66 and everything was sorted very quickly, which I was thankful for as I had a slew of important gigs coming up. In fact...
  62. BigD1977

    Best Midi for Axe fx II under 400

    FCB1010 with Uno mod. I moved from it to the BJ Devices TB12. The only thing about the TB12 is that it doesn't have expressions pedals. The 'best' depends on the use you are going to have for it. Do you need it to switch scenes? Act as a stomp board? Do you need tuner integration? How about...
  63. BigD1977

    FW19 Good Sounding Metal Zone ?!

    At The Gates - Slaughter OF The Soul was recorded using a Metal Zone, and I'm sure there were many others. You can get a good tone out of it through a nice clean fat channel as you say. I used to use it through a 1960s Vox AC50 head and I loved it. It was very easy to get it to sound like crap...
  64. BigD1977

    Food For Thought on 'Real' Guitar Tone.

    State of the Stomp: The Myth of “Realâ€￾ Guitar Tone | Premier Guitar
  65. BigD1977

    Logic Users - Embedding some kind of timing alignment ???

    This is incorrect. I run it on Maverick with no issues. However all plugins need to be 64 bit or to use a 32-64 bit 3rd party bridging software to run.
  66. BigD1977

    Sony Music and Spotify contract.

    It makes for interesting reading. This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify | The Verge
  67. BigD1977

    Fletcher-Munson - Give Me Back My Tone You Dirty $#@%!!

    Yeah, I think I see what you're getting at. I used to gig with a lot of distortion and found that my sound got cleaner at higher volumes in a band situation. Then, my clean sounds would break up a little better at higher volumes. Just a suggestion, and it's contrary to what you might want to...
  68. BigD1977

    Fletcher-Munson - Give Me Back My Tone You Dirty $#@%!!

    Absolutely. It should be noted that the Fletcher-Munson curves were achieved by testing a number of people and averaging the results. The specific values at each frequency band differ from person to person. Gigging volume is the only way to be happy with your tone. Other people will not notice...
  69. BigD1977

    Firmware forecast?

    Banjo all the way. ;)
  70. BigD1977

    Pole Position Guitar

    The looks don't do it for me, but it might have some tonal uses. It also depends on how easy it is to change your pickup position in a live setting. I tend to flick back and forth quite a bit between pickups for added textures. Also neck and bridge pickups have different output levels in matched...
  71. BigD1977

    Totally BIASed Video

    Well, didn't Meshuggah use the stock VST amp sims in Cubase for Koloss, and use the Axe as an AD converter? They use the Axe live though. It's pretty easy to get a decent high gain tone out of most modellers and software. Where it gets tricky is with mid and low gain tones. It's also tricky to...
  72. BigD1977

    Options for stands that will keep Axe FX and wedge CLR togther neatly?

    I use it in this exact format while gigging at high volume with 0 problems. The only difference is that I stack 2 CLR wedges on their sides. They've never moved an inch.
  73. BigD1977

    Xitone Vs CLR crucial deciding factors - piano,bass

    Agreed. It doesn't have the same low frequency punch as my nearfields, but is very good for all other monitoring duties. EDIT: What this means is that at stage volume it doesn't get rumbly.
  74. BigD1977

    Just watched "It might get Loud". Floored!

    Big plusses for both films. The Whole Lotta Love riff and the guys looking on smiling..... Jack White making a guitar in the first scene...... yeah! :)
  75. BigD1977

    I'm new here-Amp question

    Welcome. :) To answer, there is no schedule that is shared with the public. Amp additions seem to be pretty regular with firmware updates, and these are at the behest of Cliff. To add, the answer to most questions is usually found either in the manual, the wiki or in the forum using the...
  76. BigD1977

    Should we have to "sign" the release notes before being able to DL them ?

    Everyone reads iTunes t&c's. Why not FAS's? ;)
  77. BigD1977

    18.07 seems to have quite a bit more bass and gain?

    I had a live gig on Sunday night and used stock presets with no tweaking and 18.07. It just felt better. I did notice the low frequency thing in the previous firmware especially with the high gain presets but it seemed balanced out the other night with the newer firmware.... nice and powerful...
  78. BigD1977

    A new era begins: Building a patch panel. Ordering list for parts included!

    True! I was being humourous! :) My rig has been completed for a wee while now only in so far as I haven't seen a guitar which has caught my eye. ;) Mind you, 20+ guitars in my wife is glad that my roving eye is only musical. :) On the amp front, it's been done and dusted ever since I got my...
  79. BigD1977

    A new era begins: Building a patch panel. Ordering list for parts included!

    BAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! ;) :D Nah, only joking dude! I'm looking forward to the updates! :)
  80. BigD1977

    Are we wrapped up in the tech of the axe fx

    Oh my god.... don't worry about that...... that last Epi you sold me was something special (Epi with Burstbuckers). I plugged it into the Axe on the boutique preset, used my fingers, and HOLY SHIT!!!! I had the Brothers In Arms tone...... now, to put this in perspective, Mark Knopfler is the...
  81. BigD1977

    Are we wrapped up in the tech of the axe fx

    IMHO Scott Peterson and Electronpirate hit the nail on the head. My own way of working is to go to a preset. If it isn't working for the style of music then I switch guitar..... the benefit of having 20+ guitars. I've mucked about with the advanced parameters but always tend to go back to the...
  82. BigD1977

    Is guitar dead in popular music ?

    And I'll just leave this here. Again.
  83. BigD1977

    Is guitar dead in popular music ?

    On that score the blame lies squarely in the camp of the record companies. The minute that music became solely about making money it was doomed. They rely on standard progressions and don't deviate from the same homogenous meter, and guitarists are guilty of this also. Not many could throw in a...
  84. BigD1977

    Is guitar dead in popular music ?

    Regarding the gigs drying up, there are a lot of guilty parties on this one. I personally would prefer to pay €10 to go to a pub where I know there will be a decent band than go to a pub with no cover charge and listen to either mp3s or a band with no quality control. There are a lot of crap...
  85. BigD1977

    Is guitar dead in popular music ?

    Since the internet became widespread illegal downloading has meant that record companies now go for tried and tested methods of music production to maximise their profits, even in so far as to generate their own market via X Factor et al. This has lead to a homogenous type of music in the...
  86. BigD1977

    Slaughter of the Soul cover

    I'm curious about your guitar! Is there any particular reason you play a left handed guitar, strung for right handed playing? I'm genuinely curious! :)
  87. BigD1977

    Dream Theatre sound, wanted!

    Ask Clark Kent. He's pretty much the Petrucci guru and his audio samples are top notch.
  88. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    On the first point I agree. We don't have a lot of independence and I have found the fight for 'equality' more about emasculation rather than the harnessing of positive male traits. (The idiots who utter the "know your privilege" mantra being a lot to blame.) Anger is energy after all.... it...
  89. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    Agreed. The thing about all of this is that might does not always make right. Just because you can beat the shit out of someone doesn't mean you should. Last time I punched a guy I broke his jaw over a stupid reason and I never want to do that again. If you use power and violence to overcome...
  90. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    The Irish too... They're a wild dodgy shower. ;)
  91. BigD1977

    Question for truly PRO guitar recording engineers.

    Barhrecords hit the nail on the head. For the truly professional time = money so they will mostly go with tried and tested methods to achieve a goal. That may or may not involve a double amp setup but in a lot of cases (not all.... a lot more people with money at their disposal use the studio...
  92. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    Yup, I have to agree, which only adds to the notion that he should be arrested. It just lends more weight to the fact that the more money you have the harder it is for you to be charged with offences, especially if you have a high profile within the BBC.
  93. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    I've been in similar situations and have never been tempted to either abuse someone over it or punch someone. I've flown in from 36 hours traveling to the same recurring situation. I've been stuck on buses in protests for days going to and from jobs and have never felt the need to do anything...
  94. BigD1977

    Top Gear fans? Clarkson sacked from TG

    Agreed. If I did that I would be an asshole and deserve to get charged. Punching someone over the availability of a steak? Seriously?
  95. BigD1977

    BJ Devices TB-12 Review

    Very cool! Thanks!
  96. BigD1977

    Let's take a simple poll : Does G3 (V18) has that extra AMP mojo over G2 (V17)

    More mids, more bloom.... hell, my guitars are singing now in a way that they weren't before. It's actually inspiring me to play more. I'll take a diamond crap any time. I often go the opposite of public opinion as a devil's advocate but I spent yesterday playing instead of drinking.
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