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Everything posted by FlyingSquirrel

  1. Even with hotter humbuckers (Evo+Chopper), I find that the Blackface models performs quite well, but I would love to see the JC120 included in the lineup.
  2. Can't wait, all ready to order! Actually, I already had my cart filled, and then realized that it was incomplete, so, I guess I just have to wait... :P
  3. Welcome. Fellow 7 stringer here. Go to customtone and feel free to download any of my presets for the 500X, ignore my presets for the XT Live as they are old and I no longer have that unit. The 500X is quite powerful!
  4. Helpful to know, thanks for mentioning, but I only use it as an i/o interface, not into re-amping & all of that. I just pull up a guitar preset & "print to tape" usually.
  5. It's not new, it's a refurbed 2011 model. Hardware Configuration 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT LCD display with IPS, 1920x1080 resolution 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor 8.0GB (4x2.0GB) PC3-10600 (1333MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM, supports up to 32.0GB 1.0TB Serial ATA hard disk drive @ 7200RPM DVD-RW/CD-RW SuperDrive-DL AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB GDDR5 memory AirPort Extreme card (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Built-in FaceTime HD camera 2- Thunderbolt ports 4- USB 2.0 ports 1- FireWire 800 port 1- Ethernet port 1- Secure Digital (SDXC) slot Installed OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks Maximum OS: Latest Mac OS X release (10.9 Mavericks) No additional software such as iLife (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand), iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), etc. is installed or included. While iLife is installed on every Mac purchased from Apple, it is licensed to the original purchaser and we are not authorized to provide this software free of charge. For more information on iLife and iWork including how to purchase
  6. Like I said, I'm switching to Mac from PC, getting an iMac with the following specs: Apple iMac 27-inch 2.7GHz Quad-core i5 (Mid 2011) MC813LL/A 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT LCD display with IPS, 1920x1080 resolution 8.0GB (4x2.0GB) PC3-10600 (1333MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM, supports up to 32.0GB 1.0TB Serial ATA hard disk drive @ 7200RPM AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB GDDR5 memory I have an older UX1, with the early version of Pod Farm, switching from Sonar Producer 8 on a PC to the above. Anything that I need to consider? I use the UX1 as my main interface, with a small Behringer Xenyx 808 line mixer to provide phantom power for my condenser mic and to receive other mic'd/line audio sources. Any helpful info in making the switch would be appreciated.
  7. The one that sounds best with you playing it in the particular group of musicians and their gear. In other words, there's no right/wrong answer. Each component of the band/team should complement the others and the group as a whole (one body/many parts). I could pick up your guitar, play through your rig, the same songs, and sound completely different. I would have you ask this question to your bandmates in rehearsal, and the worship leader if this sound fits what his vision was sonically that he was trying to reinforce spiritually. As your spiritual leader, and authority for your given role, he should be able to give you some direction.
  8. I must apologize to inform that I won't be able to work on this as planned, at least not immediately. Just sold a house, and preparing to buy/move to another in coming weeks, got lots of packing to do.
  9. In theory, you could record your basic guitar tracks, along with your midi commands simultaneously once you've set up your templates, then you could just run the DAW live & keep the 500X back with the laptop & whoever is running it.
  10. This may be a challenge to get all into one single preset as the DSP may reach its limit. Right off the bat, it's likely that you'll not be able to replicate the POG, but most of the other stuff sounds achievable. From first glance, obviously the VOX AC30 would be the amp used, but replicating one of the other amps can be a challenge, I'd have to research them to get an idea how they're voiced and how he is using them. Also, if you want to use the expression pedal to rock back & forth between amps, or if you want the amps switch via one of the FS switch buttons will have to be something that you determine in advance. My best recommendation is to think of a few examples of where he is using the largest combination of these pedals, but not all of them, simultaneously, and then plan a few primary presets with that in mind, making it clear where you want each function assigned to. Draw it out on some paper if you need to, visual aids are always good. I can tackle this with you on my spare time, but you'll need to provide some direction that best services your intentions also. I could see easily 4 presets coming together just from the combinations of different pedals alone, and that hasn't even factured in which amps are being used at any given time, and how you want each amp to function, ie; your clean or dirty, or dual tone combined/layered.
  11. The SRV preset video is a good one for showing how to set up a good Dual Amp tone preset. You can then assign specific parameters to various foot switches. Tip: This is so much easier when using the editor, saves so much time over doing it on the floor unit.
  12. I have an M-Audio Midisport 2x2 that works just fine for this, and it won't conflict with ASIO settings that may apply to the UX8. Conversely, do you ever use all 8 channels of your UX8 to record simultaneously, like for example, a full drum kit?
  13. Using the HD500X along with an amp that can be channel switched via midi, and has a very versatile effects loop can be a powerful beast. Consider the Carvin V3 as it has the loop that can 2 loops that can be switched to "tail" as well.
  14. I'd be curious to see this also. I've had my UX1 for close to 6 years now and it serves me fine. I had considered getting the UX8 since it is rack mountable and has some decent VU type meters, but was never sure if you could record 8 channels simultaneously (live drums, multiple vocals). Also, I wouldn't want to lose the ability to keep Pod Farm as my "go to" plugin. Nothings broke, so it doesn't need fixing, but I'm curious...
  15. I use the Sennheiser HD280 Pro, $99 through Musician's Friend or Guitarget. They're ok to do basic tweaking, but any final tweaking, I do in the context of a full band mix. Usually, I'll dial up a session that has some basic tracks & then tweak the preset until it sits in the mix just right. Not too big, impeding on other instruments, but still thick & fat for its own space.
  16. and this, or at least a decent mic pre like the avalon, but to model one of the higher ended Fishman acoustic amp/preamps would be very useful, especially considering that most acoustics have that jangly sounding piezo pickup on them.
  17. I most wholeheartedly agree with this statement. It's been my beef with "christian music" as it is described for well over 25 years. I recall going to the "christian book store" and perusing the records/cassettes and seeing descripters like "If you like AC/DC, then you may like Resurrection Band" and similar tags. I think if Christian artists, or better yet, Jesus Followers would just be honest and sinceredly creative, these genre' identifiers would not be necessary. I for one, would like to see the reverse happen where secular artists find inspiration in Jesus following artists, because of the excellence of the work, and that would provide and opportunity for the message to be shared. This is one of the reasons that I don't create presets that emulate another's work. Part of being creative, and worshiping the creator is by being genuine with it, and for me to just recreate what someone else has done is not in my opinion and honest act of worship. I use my own stock presets and then customize them accordingly with the submission to the worship leader's authority as a guage for what objectively fits. Rather than extensive delays, I might incorportate diatonic harmonies, as that is more of an honest reflection of my playing style and sensibility. We should be the ones to model creativity to the world the most, as we serve the creator of the universe. Instead, more often than not, we emulate, and market mediocraty.
  18. I use my 500X for everything, but I don't subscribe to the typical (let's sound like U2) idealogy. Considering that live sound reinforcement is almost always in mono, I've intentionlly referted from a reasonably complex stereo setup to an entirely mono setup. I've gone so far as to globally set up my 500X with each amp in the center, and each side of the internal mixer assigned to center. No more phasing issues, complete continuity as I don't go from a mono to stereo or from stereo to mono configuration each week. Yeah, I may not get the additional ear candy of a stereo spectrum in my aviom in-ears, but my guitar now always sits exactly where it needs to in the mix, and I feel I have a greater range of dynamics for having set it up this way. From there, I have my standard range of tones: Clean, Tweed, Crunch/Solo, & Spcl. (Special is usually a "morphed" tone from clean to crunch/solo, or something specific to a song) If a greater degree of delays are needed for a particular song, I'll make that one of the Spcl presets with the song title as the preset title.
  19. Thanks for posting, that was a real treat.
  20. Get a Tremol-No, install it, and leave it in Hardtail mode whenever you are not using the trem, and always when in the case. It goes a long way to keeping your setup stable. Floating trems are not for the faint of heart anyway, and stretching the strings out well help too. Mark Burghstaller, a regional rep, did a full on dream rig demo here in Tacoma last year with the DT combo's and I was amazed at what could be accomplished with this rig. As a prog guitarist having used a 20 space rack in the past and upwards of 12 guitars, the dream rig can accomplish more than convincingly with just enough gear for a "flyout".
  21. This is good news, glad to hear it and I thank you for doing so. I'm sure that many good ideas for R&D have originated from the forums.
  22. Interesting. I hope at some point, you'll be able to just insert a thumb drive directly to the back of the unit such as the HD500X and import them that way, like many synthesizers do. It would make it far less cumbersome for "fly out" gigs in addition to simple backups in case of emergency. Now that L6 is part of Yamaha, perhaps they'll consider this as they already have that function with the Motif's.
  23. Pretty much just that. Rather than taking a laptop with a thumb drive, I'm wondering if I can do the same thing with the ipad. It would be nice to be able to just travel with my guitar & iPad & rent an HD500X as needed, dump my presets to it via the iPad, and I'm good to go.
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