3,129 reputation
418
bio website SchmueyVision.US
location Berkeley, CA
age
visits member for 2 years, 6 months
seen Sep 12 at 21:06

While stating "I am no longer active on this forum, Bye Bye" sounds pretty harsh, it does express both frustration and disdain for some rules and egos I have encountered on this forum recently.

To be clear, there are many very capable and very good people contributing here and I don't wish to deter anyone from asking their questions, for the most part you will get some good information.

I think it best that I take a voluntary soft exile or sabbatical.

So I am in a quasi-dormant state for now, a kind of Quasi-Moto if you will, and may answer or comment occasionally.


Sep
4
comment Is it possible to plug one guitar into two amps?
+1 @Meaningful Username, My experience agrees with your answer. An AB/Y is a better way to go then a passive splitter. As far as hum, I have enough already from my single coil P90s.
Aug
26
comment What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?
Just to be clear, I am referring to the harmonic series of a vibrating string (fundamental plus overtones) as per Pythagoras. Here's a nice description and more from NUSW in Sydney: phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/strings.html
Aug
5
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
@Akiva. While the weight of the Studiologic NumaCompact 88-Key is appealing, it's difficult for me to determine if the USB port will also grant power. There is a 9v adapter. I recommend contacting the mfg or a retailer near you to sort out the power supply.
Aug
4
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
Thanks for your nice editing job too.
Aug
4
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
I just double checked the weights, these are the actual weight. Why is something with 61 keys almost 1/2 the weight of something with 88 keys is beyond the scope of this investigation--best to contact the mfg. (Honestly I have no idea).
Aug
4
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
Good question. Give me a moment and I will see it that 21 pounder is shipping weight.
Aug
4
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
Sounds like a semi-weighted MIDI controller keyboard as you plan to have it control patches already in your computer.
Aug
4
comment 61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel
What kind of electrical power will you have? Hauling a lot of batteries? solar panel? tire friction generator? portable wind turbine? Are you aiming for a 12 volt DC operation?
Jul
23
comment What makes a song sound “folk-y”?
+1 for Wheat: You're 'spot on' for historical and geographic references. I don't agree w/ your three broad categories of music. Classical (Western) music has a very big commercial aspect as per marketing to keep orchestras and concert series alive which is all good. This is true for many 'folk' and 'bluegrass' players in the USA, e.g. the Smothers Brothers, the Kingston Trio--all have a history of commercial success. Then there's that 'folk' tune that Stravinsky adapted for "Le Sacre du printemps" another commercial success (much later), although the premiere turned into a riot.
Jul
23
comment What are the reasons for using strumming and picking patterns?
+1 for Tim. I think there is a lot to be said about using fingers vs. a pick as per tone. Touch is more intimate and allows for a more vivid tone palette. Why use a pick when you can actually massage, pinch, or pull the strings as needed. I am not the only one who shares this opinion many of the best blues musicians I know have taught me this e.g. Kenny "Blue" Ray's CD "Pull the Strings".
Jul
18
comment Learning to create melodies
@Joel Derfner, Strictly speaking you are probably correct, but you will find many times in music that there can be a lot of 'grey' area. Remember music is an art, not a science although there are scientific principles at work. Consider too other terms that may or may not apply: stochastic processes, accidental, unplanned, fortuitous, desultory, chaotic, serendipitous... all of these may border to some degree on to the random landscape. To what end, may be just splitting hairs, but as humans tend to favor structure this may help define the boundaries more clearly.
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
Thank you +1 for that info.
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
Can one get the envelope filter to automatically trigger on the pick attack or does the guitarist need to follow the beat (period) of the filter?
Jul
14
comment How to make swell effect on electric guitar?
+1, Nice bit of history on Leo & the Strat. Thank you. Also I would like to note that the guitar volume swell version assumes that your pots are clean and move without any noise. When clean and applied to a repeating delay line (2 to 5 seconds), this can be a beautiful way to layer diads, triads, and other chords.
Jul
14
comment Managing page turns with a PDF file
+1 For a asking something so practical, as we are adapting to the emergence of various tablet devices replacing printed music. Also, acknowledging that many early adapters have been using such technology for some time now, but it appears to be growing into the mainstream.
Jul
14
comment Does string length affect intonation?
+1 to you from me. Thank you for spotting that, perhaps I should have been more explicit about these critical points: nut to bridge.
Jul
11
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@leftaroundabout, I know that sounds a bit snarky, sorry about that but this is also way out of context. I can't really put the whole story in this confined area. So thank you for your comments and all the best.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@leftaroundabout While I would agree that amp simulation has improved in the past decade, nothing comes close to the real thing. Check out back issues of Vacuum Tube Valley magazine for blind tube testing as the guys that were the judges can tell the difference from RCA black plate 6L6GC vs. Svetlana versions. I was at some of those tests, and I can tell you no one there would even consider blind test of tube amps vs. simulators, too obvious. Hey look "Left..." I don't denounce simulators completely, they have a purpose, and I use them myself, but nothing compares to the real deal.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
@LeeWhite +1 overall for identifying the key factors. Just added my comments for historical purposes. Let's not forget about some of the great guitar recordings with a mic'ed amp, e.g. Duane Allman's "Layla" tracks.
Jul
10
comment Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?
FYI: My comment above assumes a proficient player in either case. I think we can agree that a less than stellar player would still stink no matter what gear is used.