The annual New Gear thread!

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@cblack

The annual New Gear thread!

What new gear have you bought recently? Have you bought anything specifically for 50/90? Is there anything you plan on buying soon?

Since FAWM, I've acquired an Epiphone SG Classic with P90s, a Boss Street Cube amp, a set of 7 Fender harmonicas, a flute and clarinet which I can't play, and, most excitingly, I've finished building my home studio!

Still want loads of gear, but I think the only things I'm buying during 50/90 will be small. A new guitar rack, a new mic stand, possibly some percussion items.

Your turn! 😀

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#rescuebanjo...a bust and broken 5-string now restored to life and use but which I've had to put on hold while kitchen construction proceeds.
Banjolele which is so cute I rescued it too ("unwanted gift. New" price $32 vs $132 shop price, how could I resist?
Viola which i can't play which hasn't arrived yet. Just to see if the longer scale length allows my arthritic hands to function better than with the violin.

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I bought some Roland electronic drums, I figured it was about time I learned to play another instrument and drums means I've got the whole one-man-band thing really covered. Having fun so far, trying out some different beats etc. is going to be my main focus this 50/90.

Other than that, I just got a couple of new guitar pedals in the post yesterday... an overdrive and a vibrato.

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I haven't bought this specifically for 50/90 but it still will be useful. I now have a Yamaha PSR-EW310 keyboard, so many amazing voices on this thing. A real upgrade from my former keyboard, which had a copyright date of 1995 on it and speakers that crackled any time I brought my phone near it. Haha!

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hmmm, let's see, I think since FAWM I traded in my larger keyboard for a sleek and compact GOKEYS - it has loops and lots of fun sounds to play with, a Taylor mini GS that I'm struggling to play, a TC Helicon play acoustic to replace the simpler harmony singer 2, 5 harmonicas for different keys, a tin whistle, and built a vocal recording booth to get better recordings. Fun!!!

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I just bought a glockenspiel and a guiro! Recently acquired a 12-string and a bass too. Also found a teeny tiny four-hole harmonica that was intended to be a necklace but I can play a major scale on it, so watch out for a glockenspiel-guiro-teeny tiny harmonica song.

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I also got a puppy. He's a real butthead. I expect to get at least a few ruined takes out of him.

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A couple weeks ago I ordered a custom baritone steel string, solid body, dual pickup ukulele, to complement my steel string Risa tenor ukulele. It’ll be another few weeks until it arrives, but between the two of them, I’ll be ready to ROCK this summer. Because rocking, of course, is exactly what I’m known for. 😜

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@gm7

Well....I am guilty too!
I have a new companion for my other guitars. They were lonely, honest. Picked up a ES335 Epiphone...can't wait to do some jazzy stuff.
Also, a M-Audio49 keyboard 'cause my old Casio was giving me some issues.

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This week I toyed with the idea of getting a Fender Jazzmaster. I don’t have one! It would be different from the other electric guitars I already have! But it’s rather expensive, and in the end I decided against it.

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Well, I haven't gotten anything new in years, but I bought a piano. Roland FP-30X. I've been playing it quite a bit. I love it!

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Would love to know how that ES-335 Epiphone plays @gm7, they look lovely 😍. Can’t wait to hear it in action!

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Since FAWM, I have organized my desk set up. I added a bigger USB hub so I can use more interface inputs. Also a Steinberg UR22 audio interface, so now I have a Sennheiser microphone, and I can use an electric instrument instead of using the built ins to my computer. I must add, most of this tech terminology is new to my vocabulary as well.

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@panch

About 3 years ago my Boss BR600 multi-track recorder packed up, it wouldn't power on. The other day I was about to dump it when, for some reason, I plugged it in and turned it on - and it works again! It feels like a new bit of kit and I'll use it for at least one song.

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I bought a cheap Donner acoustic/electric for ease of use when playing out and around. Dunno if I'll use it for recording or not.

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@cblack

Oh, I forgot!

Gotten specifically for 50/90: Rode NT-1 mic.

Want during 50/90: New pedal board. Thinking a Nux Bumblebee. Seems the best shape/size for my space out of all the local options.

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New gear? Since I’m not gigging anywhere near as much as I used to I’m overdue, and may splurge for some new strings for my guitar. Oh, I also bought a humidity control kit to help with keeping it in top shape.

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@cblack - I was really close to buying a Nux from a local shop but it was an M and I needed a Large. They seem really nice. For now I'll just leave my pedals all strewn about like my song ideas, ha!

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@cblack

@jlampson Yeah. From the picture, it looks like I could have 2 rows of pedals down low and 1 row up top, as well as maybe space for power supply under the up-top part.

I want to be able to hold like 15 pedals, so I definitely need the large too!

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@cblack - I think the other issue I ran into is I didn't see a good option for it to hold a full-size volume pedal or wah. I ended going the overkill route and picking up a Pedaltrain Classic Pro but I'm still going through pedals in trying to put that together. For recording, I just generally take the amp out into my DAW and add any effects in the box so it won't slow me down. Other things might, but not that. :)

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@standup - And that is the only reason there is no Jazzmaster in my collection. I think about it often and then ponder getting a second job. Vicious cycle, Gear (Guitar) Acquisition Syndrome.

@timfatchen - When your viola arrives, reach out if you would be open to lending some sounds with my violin. I just had a family attic find restored and I have been exploring with it and faithfully practicing with lessons. A beginner’s duet could be fun, even if it’s just some ambient sounds!

The violin—my father stashed this away in the 70’s and mostly forgot about it. It’s laid untouched since then, mostly in wet basements and a poorly insulated trailer home in Northern Michigan.

He said it belonged to my great great Aunt, estimated to be made anywhere from 1840 to 1895. The luthier called it a crude instrument, momentarily making me question whether I was overspending on the pricey repairs, but it was too late and I have no regrets. The bass bar under the top piece looks like it was widdled with a pocket knife (second picture) and the “Hoff” stamp on the back reveals it as a cheap imitation but when I heard him play it for the first time I teared up a little bit. It’s a little rough but it’s my rough fiddle and I love how it sounds (when I’m not searching for the pitch).

I had it restored by a pro, replacing the pegs, bridge, button, and tailpiece. New strings, bow, hard
shell case, chin and shoulder rests.

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@w1n

I’ve “only” bought a couple of plugins on sale since FAWM.
But I recently sold some gear including my 70’s Strat to finance a custom built guitar from my luthier friend and occasional band mate ,I have always loved his work, but without him kindly giving me a nice discount and selling some gear it would not have been possiblr for me to ever own a instrument from him. It’s kind of of a hollowbody Jazzmaster meets ES335 inspired model, 25” neck with a Mastery tremolo and Mojo Pickups gold foil humbuckers.

https://instagram.com/osloinstrumentfabrikk

Hopefully I might get it during the later part of 50/90.

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I just bought this monster!

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It will help free up some of my summer for songwriting!

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A kora, a khaen, and some new kalimbas (all the "k" instruments). I think that's more or less it. I have to switch out a tuning peg on the kora, and I'm kind of scared of doing that.

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@hopeso

a GT-1 ..first aid in years

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@hopeso

a GT-1 ..first aid in years

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@jeustan Sounds like teh tale of my grandfather's. probably my great-grandfathers, possibly my g.g.grandfathers fiddle. Thoug in better shape than yours was and regarded as a "good instrument" by the restorers. Same period, 1840-1860. German. Arthritis stopped my fiddle attempts, a limit to how much pain ibuprofen can cope with... I'm hoping the viola's greater string length will compensate...

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Alas i am slimming down my music equipment instead of adding to it (cries) so i will live vicariously through your GAS (Gear Aquisition Syndrome)

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I treated myself to an ocarina, but still getting my head round making it sound vaguely musical.

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Officially not „my new gear“, but my boyfriend bought a Seagull Dulcimer guitar and I’ll definitely use it to write one or more folk songs. I‘m behaving myself though there are a few pedals I’d really like to acquire 🤓

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@cblack

Just downloaded Guitar Rig 6 for free. It's showing up in my DAW, but I'll wait 'til Monday to see how it goes.

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@jeustan, love the fiddle story. Great to have a family artifact that’s a playable instrument, and quite the antique too. And we think our “vintage” electric guitars made in our lifetime are old.

And @w1n, that looks like a fantastic instrument. Top left in the instagram photo block? I had interest in goldfoil pickups a few years ago, and found one I could drop into the neck pickup spot on my telecaster.

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@w1n

@standup, yes it’s the same model, “Vera”, I think it’s named after his grandmother.
As a fun coincidence the mahogany wood for the body from is sourced from surplus material from a closed down furniture factory my late uncle worked until they closed the doors in the mid 90’s. So I like to think he might have handled the same wood.
I haven’t tested exactly that pickup model but the other Mojotone gold foil pickups I’ve had the pleasure of testing sound great.

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Got a new iMac with M1. My old Mac died toward the end of FAWM last year so I did a couple tracks on my iPad.

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@jeustan That violin is beautiful! IMO anything that has survived that long is good quality and would be worth restoring.

The only thing new I've aquired is a mid-late '60's Ventura 6-string that needed about as much work done as that violin. Someone had gotten mad at it and slammed their fist onto the soundboard, so it was all cracked and all the braces were loose and a few broken off and missing. It was free(I did pay to ship it here) or it wouldn't have been worth all that work, especially if I had to pay someone to do it.

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@gubna

I have a guild acoustic baritone that's supposed to arrive tomorrow. UA Starlight Echo Pedal, Ibanez Artcore Electric Guitar, an older ipad mini. I've sold a bunch of gear, including a few synths. There were three drum machines I bought and sold. The arturia drum brute impact. Sold it, and bought a korg samples, and then the Elektron Sample which I liked the most out of those three, but I still sold it. I hate programming and I found the apps I have on my ipad are good enough for me.

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@pfoo

I hadn't planned to buy anything, but reading this thread got me inspired. I was thinking about buying another synth in January, but decided not to. Today I jumped in and bought a used Korg Minilogue XD desktop synth.

I'm also replacing my MIDI controller with a Novation Launchkey 49. My recording space is also my work from home space, and my current MIDI controller doesn’t fit on my desk with my current setup. I have to move stuff out of the way to use it - it’s a barrier and makes it hard to just mess around for a few minutes with an idea. The Launchkey will fit, and it supposedly integrates nicely with Ableton Live, which is my DAW. I’m really excited about this!

And I also ordered a nice shaker and a tambourine. I didn’t realize a pro-level tambourine costs over $200! That’s not what I spent - but at $60 USD the Meinl tambourine that I ordered is more than I thought I was going to spend. Now I need some tambourine lessons!

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@pfoo

@jeustan I agree with others, that is money well spent. Super cool to have an instrument your ancestors played.

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(i missed this earlier)

i got:

an epiphone ES-339, an irish low whistle in D, a "the loar" mandolin, a decent set of heritage wooden musical spoons, a hammered dulcimer(!), and a brand as yet unidentified 6-string bass guitar which is the first neckthrough instrument i have ever owned. also a supro 1970 amp (the keely reissue) and a fender deluxe 112 amp.
i got a soundbenner stomp and a vastking tablet that i am trying to turn into my teleprompter, and a soundbenner core watch that i am still paying for through my paypal credit which i plan on incorporating into this system and my cello practice. i will likely opt to study my upright bass this fall semester in lieu of further cello studies for now, though. i just ordered a CS lapbar for my chapman stick so i can sit and play it, so that i might play it more, since i detest the belt strap.
and i just contacted someone on facebook marketplace who is selling an arabian oud for a decent price. wish me luck!

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@jamkar

I have installed Fredonia Grand Organ vst, so it will be play a role this year. New strings on the CBG.
Hope to get some use out of the new Epiphone viola bass as well.

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@jamkar

I have installed Fredonia Grand Organ vst, so it will be play a role this year. New strings on the CBG.
Hope to get some use out of the new Epiphone viola bass as well.

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@mikeb

Since FAWM I picked up a new bass - a short scale Gretsch Electromatic Jet II, and just yesterday, bought a used no-name f-style mandolin. Someone also gave me a Stylophone, although I doubt I will ever use it for anything.

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@kirjis

I got new pair of headphones, Quad ERA-1, and a new headphone amp, Pro-Ject Head Box S2. Together they are maybe the best bang for buck for good sound that I've ever spent.
Also I just got new plugins from Melda, MTurboAmp and MCabinet, they are in big sale just now.

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@johnstaples , I really need to sample that beast! I bet it really cuts through the mix and I believe has a built in rotary effect.

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I try not to just pointlessly buy MOAR STUFF (I have a lot) but I am finding myself in a situation where I am going to be traveling and don't have an audio interface or a microphone. I've been able to use Epic Online Orchestra and export MIDI and then import into my DAW on my laptop and then use the built-in microphone to demo something, but it doesn't solve not being able to plug in a guitar. I'm going to pick up this IO Station from Sweetwater and it comes bundled with a basic microphone. I thought I'd share in case this described a similar situation for some folks: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ioStation24C--presonus-iostation-24c-2x2-usb-c-audio-interface-and-production-controller

Plus, it has pretty lights. I've been really enjoying using this rather than just pointing and clicking.
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@kr521

Nothing yet. Should probably get a proper stand for my keyboard. Meant to do that for FAWM and never did.

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@gubna

Guild Baritone acoustic just arrived a couple hours ago. I'm in love with the tone! Probably won't make anything tonight cause I'll be playing it!

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I snagged a blackface Adat. Might use it here and there on 5090. We'd have to see what I'm willing to experiment with.

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I replaced my ancient, broken sistrum with two better ones, but more importantly, got a lovely pentagram-shaped shaker of great-sounding brass bells, and it makes me smile to just shake it when I walk past it. My little brother made them--if you want percussion instruments, I'm happy to connect you to him.

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@aeye

PIcked up a number of new plugins between the two of us.
DJKA: Arkhis, Furia Staccato Strings, Sonic Ocean
Mano: Phase Plant

this should prove to be interesting with some of the new things we can create. Though I'm honestly not even sure if we'll be participating in 5090 this year.

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@candle

Nothing spectacular, but those who know me, know I have a penchant for plectum. Was in the local guitar shop this afternoon picking up a a new set of Fender Bullets for my Strat (poor thing needed a serious tune up, so I spent most of the evening working on that…) & I happened to notice a variety pack of Jim Dunlop Picks. There was also (in the discount bin) a pack of 12x0.73mm Boss Picks. Didn't even know Boss made plectum. Have to say, I really like the feel & tone of the Boss 0.73's - as well as some of the new gems in that Dunlop variety pack (the 2.0mm Ultex is super smooth & almost creamy in its feel). So once I get my recording studio in order (it's a complete disaster at the moment - but I plan on tackling that issue tomorrow, post-occupational-time-for-money-exchanging (i.e. after work ;-) )) listen for these new plectoral tones.

Also, I got my hands on a few cardboard bread tags. They're not crazy sturdy but they're environmentally friendly, I guess. Gonna try one of them on a track as well. Don't think it'll last too long tho…

I'm still trying to get my hands on another hum-a-zoo as well…

Oh the life of a plectum obsessed experimental musician… 😄

See You In The Shadows…

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A ton of little stuff.

New things: I bought a Circuit Tracks after using the Rhythm through FAWM. Volca Sample 2, Modal Craft, a few midi controllers, and (most recently) a Roland J-6. Also upgraded my computer to a new iMac as my main creative machine!

Old things: Currently restoring a Yamaha percussion thing and a Dr. Rhythm 550. My former roommate also left an old Epi LP100 here that needs some TLC

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@cblack

I now want a Roland VT-4 Voice Transformer. Decided I want to modify my vocals live rather than in the DAW. Not happy with my base voice yet.

I think I can afford one in about 6 weeks from now. Halfway through 50/90.

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@cblack

@outinpublicdrummer I used to have an Epiphone Les Paul 100. It was okay, but I never played it after getting my first really nice guitar.

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@cblack I usually prefer Fenders, but I've had a lot of fun with it! It's an interesting little project

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Just today I picked up "Smooth Operator" from Baby Audio. It's currently on sale for about forty bucks, and it does what it says on the tin. I can hear better stereo separation in sounds and more definition in tone. And this is just cycling through the default presets.

Later this year, if I'm able to swing it, I'm hoping to pick up a Korg Opsix in time for FAWM 2023.

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@fuzzy

Hey, folks, I need some advice pretty much immediately, and who better to ask than you?

I have an opportunity to buy a vintage Casio VL-1 for about $80 Canadian, but it's at a second-hand store and so it might be gone soon.
Is it a useable instrument?
Is that a good price??

Thanx for your advice!!

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@gubna

@fuzzy I have a box set that Steven Wilson did for his Bass Communion project (with Freiband) using only samples from that VL-1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iqr1BMokcMs

I do see one on ebay for $59 us, which is comparable. You should be able to sell it when you're done with it at worst!

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I bought an old model Ibanez SA260FM guitar from @esc4p3 last week and have just posted my first track using it for rhythm and melody. I haven't been able to put it down since it arrived on my doorstep! 😀

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@candle

@fuzzy grab it while it's hot. $80 is a good price.

See You In The Shadows…

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@fuzzy

IT'S MINE!!
ALL MINE!!
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Thanx for the advice, @gubna and @candle!

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@fuzzy It’s a calculator too, so you can calculate BPM subdivisions or something.

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@fuzzy

Lol yeah @standup, I'm doing my taxes on it right now! 😀

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@fuzzy, was the VL-1 the machine used for the rhythm on Da Da Da by Trio?

Edit: I thought so! 😀
https://youtu.be/VoZNbVGYl8o

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@candle

@fuzzy glad you jumped on that. Looks sweet!

See You In The Shadows…

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@esc4p3

Well, yes. Bought a new (second hand) laptop, Native Instuments Komplete Select and have just recorded my first ever FAWM - 50/90 track with a DAW (Reaper). Mind officially blown.

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@fuzzy that's a beautiful machine, congrats!

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@gubna

Hologram Microcosm just arrived. I just plugged it in. Looks like I'm headed into space for the weekend folks!

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@phlex

@gubna ohh man, so exciting! i love the sound of the microcosm - looking forward to hearing it in action!!

@fuzzy hell yeah - vl1 gonna be awesome!!

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@cblack

Ooooh... I think I'm gonna do something. Not rushing into it, gonna think about it, but I just might sell one of my guitars.

It's an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro, and I don't like it. It sits awkward on me, it's heavy, it requires more effort than my other guitars, and I don't like how it sounds usually. I bought it because I wanted a rock machine.

That's no longer necessary, thanks to my much nicer rock machine - an Epiphone SG Classic with P90s. Cheaper, plays beautifully, sounds great, more comfortable. Better.

If I get as much for the LP as I think I might, I can then afford a 12-string acoustic I have my eyes on, and a Lewitt LCT 240 Pro condenser mic. This will let me do the whole "acoustic and sing" thing for the first time ever.

Not rushing into it, but damn... It's a nice idea. I think I'll go to the music store tomorrow to try the 12-string again.

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@cblack

And given that this 50/90 for me is all about learning HOW to write songs, rather than focusing on WHAT songs I write, the singer-songwriter thing would be a good thing, for sure...

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@gubna

Pulled the trigger last night on a Boss DR770 drum machine. I've had 660's in the past - really it was the only drum machine I ever had that I used. I only recently found out that Roger Linn had a part in the design. I don't know if that's true of the 770 but it kinda looks similar. Looking forward to playing with it.

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I was planning to wait till next month at the earliest and maybe not until the fall, but I've been wanting to buy a Korg Opsix for about a year.

Yesterday, I went to Zzounds just to make sure they still had them and that the price hadn't gone up. The price was still the same, but they also had a "blemished" listing for about a hundred-twenty bucks less.

So now a Korg Opsix should arrive on 04 August, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I've bought lots from Zzounds, both "Warehouse Resealed" and "Blemished" and have never been disappointed with the functionality of the gear, so this was a welcome surprise and I'm glad I'd already socked away the money to cover this synth.

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New $30 amp I’m using for clean rock tone is a Marlboro GA2, made in the US in the 70’s or 80’s. Features one little 8” speaker (Celestion “Super 8”). It’s so unremarkable I think it may be the perfect amp to blend clean tones for rhythm guitar with other guitar tracks. Doesn’t even have a ground, haha.

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@jeustan that amp is adorable! Love the 3x instrument inputs and single tone shaping knob lol

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New Gear Update:

The Korg Opsix arrived today and the "blemished" price break seems to refer to an oily handprint on the right side, made by a hand roughly a third larger than my own. Otherwise, everything seems to work just fine!

I've swapped out the Arturia Keylab Essential 49 for the Opsix as my MIDI keyboard controller, and there might be room for a knob/slider MIDI controller to the side, but this will be the first time an actual, dedicated, stand-alone synthesizer sits on my desktop Right In Front Of Me where I can use it everyday. I got it working thru REAPER and made a FIRST PATCH just to go thru the steps to see if I could do it. So far, so good.

I am hopeful and optimistic.

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@phlex

I purchased a couple obsolete DSP boxes that I'm looking forward to - may they arrive in the next week. The TC Powercore X8 and the SSL Duende - $50 each - seems crazy. I need to find the installer files for them, and hopefully they're licensed for a lot of lovely plugins, but from all accounts - the stock plugins are pretty good.

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@cblack

Nobody wants to buy my old guitar. *sigh*

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@cblack

*adds Ableton Live to wishlist*

I was talking to someone in the music store about what I want to do with midi/synths/keys/looper (once I, y'know, buy that stuff lol), and he showed me Ableton Live's ability to do things my current DAWs can't. Specifically, the other view that is rectangles in columns and rows (forgot what it was called).

I'm sold. It will make what I want to do so much easier! Again, need to buy a bunch of things before I actually need Ableton Live, but daaaamn! I like what I see.

And it wasn't the person trying to get a sale. They don't actually sell the software in that store.

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@cblack -- A lot of MIDI controllers come bundled with a free version of Ableton Live Lite (it may go by a different name, now), so if you recently bought one or are considering it, you might get an "intro" version of Ableton along with that controller. Then, when it's time to upgrade to the next tier of the program, you're already on a less-than-full-retail-price path.

Here's a site that lists some items that may include a copy of Ableton, but I mainly bring it up as something you should keep in mind and look for as you make decisions on what kind of gear you want to pick up.

https://theaudioowl.com/ableton-live/free-copy-ableton-live-lite/

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@cblack

Oooh, nice. Thanks!

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@cblack That'll be "Session view" (the normal DAW-style layout is called Arrangement view). A controller like a Launchpad or a Push really comes into its own with it, because it acts as a remote controller for starting and stopping clips. Great fun, too! As @postcardhelicopters said, there's a free, cut-down version of LIve called Live Lite that you can download. It doesn't do everything the paid version does, but it's much better than crippleware. It's a great entry point for learning how Live works and whether it's right for you (it's how I got started, back with Live 8.) The download link (and lots of videos about it) is here:
https://www.ableton.com/en/products/live-lite/

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@cblack

Yeah, the guy showed me the Push, too. Looks really useful.

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I bought myself a Moog Grandmother at the start of the month, it's seriously my favorite mono synth already <3

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