A Sound (hardware) Decision

A Sound (hardware) Decision

For a bit of change of pace, I'm working out a few thoughts as to the next step I want to take with the music hobby. While it's not really new for me, heck, the whole extended family is musically inclined, taking it seriously and learning to play an instrument is knocking some serious rust off, and bothering to learn the theory is actually new.That means "amp or computer inputs".Well, the crappy amp I have is good enough to flatten the sound on it and use it as a straight speaker-out for the FX pedal I've got if…

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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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Where I've Been

Where I've Been

Hi. More of a personal update.I've still got a few project sets I'm working, some work related, a couple personal. Can't talk much but that's part of the reason it's been quiet around these parts.That said, a good chunk of the blame the last couple days can be ascribed to my newly re-acquired music hobby. Talk about a neverending rabbit-hole.Filed under things I've learned:First, despite being the kind of guy who could wire up a complex home stereo just by looking at the back panels even back in middle school, I only now discovered several things…

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Updates on Rocksmith, Odds and Ends

Updates on Rocksmith, Odds and Ends

I was wrong on one point, and while I still enjoy it, I can see a little bit why a really experienced musician would be driven up the wall.First - I was wrong about tabs being included. I'd seen two separate sources mention them but cannot find them after some serious digging around.That said....If you have Rocksmith on the PC or Mac, you can use this handy tool - RocksmithToTab - to skim through your Rocksmith music library and export all the songs into Guitar Pro format. I've checked a few songs already and while the recommended…

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Odds And Ends

Odds And Ends

First up - Peter Grant, author of the outstanding Ames Archives westerns as well as the entertaining Maxwell Saga and - set in the same universe - excellent Cochrane's Company books, has two posts.The first is a horrifying moral dilemma that demonstrates how evil begets more evil. That's just too sickening for words . . . and it highlights the dilemma caused by conflicting evils. I am strongly pro-life, and against abortion, because the child in the womb is as much a human being as its mother, or anyone else, and deserves all the protection we afford to any human life. On…

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Rocksmith Remastered

Rocksmith Remastered

One of the things I've mentioned recently is that I've gotten back into music, and am doing so by learning a new instrument, the guitar. Lessons of course, are available, and I've availed myself of a couple, but that gets expensive very fast even if one hasn't fallen down the rabbit hole of all the cool gear you can buy to modify sound, better amps, and of course inputs to record and produce music on your computer. For clarity - I'm not an utter newb, though I recall far less, and bluntly, learned far less of the formal notation/etc.…

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808 state

Filed under "probably should have figured it out sooner...". Cue cheesy video.The name of the band is "808 state". I used to hear the above track a lot along with KMFDM, Eon's "Spice", Depeche Mode, Book of Love, New Order, Sisters of Mercy, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Skinny Puppy, Manufacture, and Front 242 at an "off limits" club in Florida. But it wasn't until overhearing a recent comment invoking a Roland TR-808 drum machine that I made the connection with why they chose their name.…

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