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  1. phill, I'm pretty sure that there's a way to wire yours the exact way you want it, and not using an LP switch if you don't want to btw...I'll have a think about it and get back to you
  2. Valvestate (valve preamp with a solid state power amp) amps are generally regarded to be worse than decent all solid state amps. They're not really one or the other. However, I have heard good things about the valvetronics. But imho, your amp should be the purest part of the signal chain, and I'm not at all a fan of effects on amps, even for convenience purposes. What's your price range, and what criteria do you have?
  3. Yeah, but what I'm saying is don't rule out casio until you try the privia range they're nothing like the kiddie keyboards they make. (I did once play with a guy at church who brought in his cheap casio because the clav we had "wasn't good enough" though )
  4. ..you don't want ANY sounds, or you mean you don't want a synth (pads, strings, etc)? If you don't mind me asking, what Casio do you have right now? The Privia range are pretty nice, but if you just have a keyboard, it's not the same. I have a Clavinova, and it's nice, though ours is pretty old. I'm not sure you really want a stage piano though - they generally don't have speakers and you need to buy a separate amp for them. As for korg, well they don't make digital pianos, so you can't really judge them for that - they make good products for the right application. Realistic piano action isn't there
  5. Yeah it does look alot like a toy imho. I don't get why people would spend so much on a pedal for home use...The past 60 years of guitar history made do without drum loops and click tracks to practice Anyway, I'm down to either the headrush (looks really easy to use live, but you can only store one loop at a time), the RC-20xl (expensive, and I don't know if I can justify it over the headrush) or the Digitech Jamman (from all accounts, a better version of the Rc-20, but I'm always wary of digitech for some reason...) Ideas?
  6. I heard that was crap so I did'nt put it on But if it's not bad then I'll consider it (only has one pedal though, so foot control may be difficult). It's also the same price as the headrush, which has delay function too! Oh yeah, as I'm probably gonna be using it for layer/background sounds or riffs, it's kinda important to have a good tap tempo feature so I can slot in with the rest of the band! ooops, I forgot to put the line 6 JM4 on the list
  7. Best looper pedal for live use? RC-20xl Headrush DL4 or jamman? I probably only want a couple of layers, and want to be able to control it with my feet, but I'm really not bothered as long as its nice If it doesnt matter, I'll get the headrush as it cheapest...
  8. Yeah, it's very split from what I've heard: most reviews say it's good, but there are some bad user reviews out there too. We have a UF8 in a studio, but I've not played with it as it's always really busy in there and there are time constraints Has a nice action from the feel of things though (but I think the UF7 has "semi-weighted" keys rather than hammer action ones in the UF8... Anyone else has experience with the keystation? Action is quite important to me, as I can always get a Korg nanokontrol or something for parameter control.
  9. I'll check out the Privia as well...maybe I'm being too selective, but I'm looking for a nice action keyboard to learn piano on (obviously unless I get a stage piano, I won't have the full experience, but I have a Clavinova at home anyway - this is something for when I'm at uni, I also want transport and assignable faders/knobs to use with live/reason, but all in the same unit, and cheap Wouldn't hurt to have a couple of (limited) sample banks too, but I think that's pushing it. I was considering getting an older keyboard/piano and a midisport to plug into my macbook pro, but I think that'll defeat the portability side of things, as older is gonna= bulkier
  10. wow, really? Can't find a keystation pro for anything close to that cheap here I might grab just a 61 keystation, although I'm looking at the CME UF7 as it has transport controls and faders too
  11. Can anyone recommend a cheap weighted midi keyboard/controller? Or a digital piano that I could use as a controller? Nothing smaller than 49 keys please
  12. Good concept, but they seriously need a lesson in FM synthesis (for the "drum" sounds), and I don't think varying the voltage to a light bulb is gonna be very healthy for the light bulb. As in, it's likely to blow in the middle of a set! Much better to use some kind of superbright LED or attach a sensitivity control to each of the LDRs to adjust the total resistance they're adding...that would save alot on light bulb costs, and generally be easier to maintain, not to mention being more customisable Anyway for recommendations - I need protools 8...what's the cheapest/best way to get it? Not the mbox micro, cos that's a rip off! I'm trying to decide between mbox2 mini, an old mbox on ebay, or an old M-audio system (something like the ozone/ozonic would be ideal). The problem with getting an m-audio interface is obviously that I have to buy M-powered seperately... Atm, I don't care what the interface is, but I would love an interface/keyboard combined. Suggestions for cheap 3+ octave midi keyboards too? Nothing real fancy, just an input device? Cheers
  13. yeah I realized I had a social life too! I'll see what happens later today...
  14. cos I have more than 8 pedals on my board right now Yeah I definitely wouldn't want to try the power and the signal down the same line - sounds a little too noisy for me! Coolio, send me a PM when you're ready for postage!
  15. coolio! schem coming up in < 2 hours depending on how bored I get
  16. exactly what you wanted on the last page There are even more options too if you wanted anything else!
  17. was it for pedals, or just any old adaptor? Cheap generic ones have bad filtering and aren't designed for audio application. However, I just bought a "soundLAB" cheap 6 way dc thing (I think they've replaced the older "ac->dc powerblock") and it is appalling with any form of dirt pedals. On one it made a very audible high pitched hum when used with other pedals (but nothing turned on) and if I plugged it in on its own it just didn't work at all Piece of crap, but I seriously can't find a decent power solution for my board... Diago aren't isolated so I can't use my positive ground fuzz with it, and my DMM is 24v (although I'm sure I could make an adaptor, but that's not the point). So even if I got it, I'd still have a total of 3 plugs, and so would still need a power strip, so why not have bulkier, cheaper ones?! Dunlop doesn't have enough sockets for all my FX, not to mention the price (and apparently it hums). The only real solution is to get 2 burkey flatliners That's not gonna happen... Anyone know of a GOOD, all round PSU? What do pros use? I never really look (or care!)
  18. ok, there's a little change though...due to the fact that the 5 way strat switch is really a 3 way make-before-break with extra notches, I couldn't do the switch quite the way you wanted, but there's a few options: bridge BM (parallel) mid mid (again) BM (series) Obviously that's not that good, but the only other options are to have it with all the bridge and mids reversed (so double bridge option), or to have position 4 as an absolute killswitch. That means the neck will be dead as well I'm trying to think of a way to push the neck pickup in so that it would just be the neck, but there aren't enough switches If you had the neck in series all the time, then it wouldn't be a problem and it would effectively be this: bridge BM (parallel) mid off (or neck only, depending on the push/pull) BM(series) None of them are really nice though. If you bought a 5 way super switch, then we could do it, or alternatively, you might wanna try an old 3 way style one (and do the oldschool balancing thing to get the parallel position), or a 4 way tele style which would work perfectly, but obviously neither of them will allow you to use just the neck pickup on its own.
  19. no, it's cool now, I've nearly got it done edit: not quite sure what's gonna happen regarding tone controls - any preferences?
  20. no problem, er did you want the neck to be in parallel all the time then? And do you want to keep your current 5 way? I'm struggling to work out how it's gonna work with the series/parallel switch right now, although I'll probably get it soon
  21. the BM position will be hum cancelling anyway - unless you've changed out your pickups strats always have an RWRP mid so that the signal is out of phase already The phase switch will be cool anyway though methinks I'll try to get it done later today then - second option yeah? Do you want the killswitch in too? and are you replacing a tone knob with a toggle, or drilling a new hole for the switch(es)?
  22. basically the easiest place to put the switch is in parallel with the output jack, but as long as you connect one side to something hot (after the volume and pickup selectors) and the other to ground you're set. Don't stick it in series with anything though, because it won't work I'm not sure that it's possible to get NMB with just one pull, regardless of the 5 way switch though... What about something like this: 5 way: 1-neck only 2-neck + mid (parallel) 3-neck + mid (series) 4-mid only 5-off (or bridge only, depending on the push/pull pot) and then 2 push/pull pots, one to turn the bridge pickup on like you already have, and another to select whether it's in parallel or series? This would let you have a full on NMB hot sound in series, but also all the traditional strat sounds and extras. Don't know if you might want something more interesting like a reverse phase somewhere as well? Another option (possibly - I haven't thought it through properly, but it should work) is to have a completely bog standard 5 way, and then three push/pulls which bring in N, M and B espectively, in series with whatever the 5 way is set to. That way you could get NB in series without the middle etc. To get NMB in series just pull out all 3 pots. This way probably has a few less usable sounds, like say NM in parallel with B in series - that'd probably give you a hot output, but NM wouldn't be very loud, so there wouldn't be much point (i think).
  23. killswitch with a regular switch (it can be SPDT, you don't need the other pole): 0 -hot 0 0-ground wire that over the output as with the gibson stylee, and you're sorted As for the strat - you'll only get a massive output if the switch has them all in series. in parellel you won't get a hotter sound, just all at once. iirc, I think most people (and Fender) usually have it to just activate the bridge pup and flick the selector to position 2 to get all the pickups. That's cool because you can get other combos like neck and bridge
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