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  Topic: Recommendations amp good recording tone direct
Les Cargill

Replies: 8
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PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 2 Feb 2020 11:12 am   Subject: Recommendations amp good recording tone direct
Since all you are actually going to use is the preamp, why not just get a preamp? I don't play steel much any more, so.... but the things I mention all work with steel, too.

I have an Atomic Ampl ...
  Topic: Jaron Lanier talks about social media
Les Cargill

Replies: 19
Views: 2845

PostForum Section: Computers   Posted: 10 Aug 2019 1:53 pm   Subject: Jaron Lanier talks about social media
I watched “The Great Hack” on Netflix recently, which further justified the decision to delete my FB account 3 years ago. It wasn’t just the data mining, which would have been enough. All social ...
  Topic: The most feared compositon in jazz
Les Cargill

Replies: 28
Views: 2511

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 23 Feb 2019 1:13 pm   Subject: The most feared compositon in jazz
"Every time I used to see Coltrane he’d have Nicolas Slonimsky’s book."

Probably NSFW because Q uses them soldier words...

https://www.vulture.com/2018/02/quincy-jones-in-conversat ...
  Topic: Neil Young & Paul McCartney, 2009
Les Cargill

Replies: 15
Views: 1380

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 10 Feb 2019 9:25 am   Subject: Neil Young & Paul McCartney, 2009
Sure was a spontaneous combustion of a performance.

The size of that Magnatone speaker was unbelievably huge.

A day in the life...

What would we think if we really knew what that song meant ...
  Topic: Werewolves of London vs Sweet Home Alabama
Les Cargill

Replies: 22
Views: 3842

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 25 Jan 2019 3:15 pm   Subject: Werewolves of London vs Sweet Home Alabama
Now you know how Kid Rock's "Sweet Home Alabama All Night Long" came to be...
  Topic: Question for PSG + keyboard players
Les Cargill

Replies: 12
Views: 1492

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 28 Oct 2018 10:26 am   Subject: Question for PSG + keyboard players
When I was (trying to) play keyboards and pedal steel, I made a simple folding stand that placed the keyboard about 10" above the guitar. The top of the stand pivoted so the keyboard could be an ...
  Topic: Best pedal steel on country records
Les Cargill

Replies: 29
Views: 6765

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 15 Oct 2018 4:09 pm   Subject: Best pedal steel on country records
Anything with Ralph Mooney
  Topic: Drum Machine for recording; which has best sounds?
Les Cargill

Replies: 14
Views: 4616

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 8 Oct 2018 8:28 am   Subject: Drum Machine for recording; which has best sounds?
FWIW - MT Power Drum Kit is a free VSTi, works well and sounds good. You can MIDI-record the patterns from a standalone drum machine then use the VSTi. Tempo matching and sliding are a problem left to ...
  Topic: Atomic Amplifirebox
Les Cargill

Replies: 23
Views: 2776

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 8 Oct 2018 7:50 am   Subject: Atomic Amplifirebox
It is good. It's very fiddly once you open the USB connected GUI to it. There's a gain staging GUI-part you have to get right to get the patches to balance.

Not sure it's all that for steel, but f ...
  Topic: Recording Direct - other options
Les Cargill

Replies: 38
Views: 11398

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 9 Jun 2018 1:01 pm   Subject: Recording Direct - other options
Y'know - I bought a cheap Samson S-Direct Plus two-channel DI for live use with a keyboard instrument years ago, and I just track with that.

I'll use an amp VST or a convolution-playback VST and a ...
  Topic: Scaning Sheet Music to Midi Software
Les Cargill

Replies: 1
Views: 2821

PostForum Section: Computers   Posted: 9 Jun 2018 12:53 pm   Subject: Scaning Sheet Music to Midi Software
There exists software that allows printing to a PDF. I use a package called doPDF for this.
  Topic: Win XP
Les Cargill

Replies: 5
Views: 3488

PostForum Section: Computers   Posted: 9 Jun 2018 12:49 pm   Subject: Win XP
One option for keeping XP is to run a virtual machine of it. Most of the virtual machine software packages have a mechanism for converting a hard drive over.

Whether or not you can connect PCI or ...
  Topic: Transitor or tube Amp
Les Cargill

Replies: 40
Views: 5865

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 13 May 2018 9:07 am   Subject: Transitor or tube Amp
If you're comparing apples to apples, say, a Twin against a Steelaire, it's going to be pretty subtle. The Steelaire wins on several points for me, not the leats of which is losing the 300Hz notch on ...
  Topic: Quilter Discontinuing a couple of Steel Guitar Products...
Les Cargill

Replies: 9
Views: 2524

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 13 May 2018 9:00 am   Subject: Quilter Discontinuing a couple of Steel Guitar Products...
By any chance is Quilter planing a smaller version
of the steelair, say a 112 mabe 80 or 100 watt for smaller gigs?

I wouldn't if I were them. Turning the master volume down doesn't change the sou ...
  Topic: Studio Headphones Suggestions?
Les Cargill

Replies: 28
Views: 11423

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 20 Apr 2018 2:48 pm   Subject: Studio Headphones Suggestions?
At least try a pair of Koss KTX PRO. Whopping $16.10 on Amazon, but they're my favorite headphones.
  Topic: 1, 4, 5, 6m, 2
Les Cargill

Replies: 9
Views: 1790

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Feb 2018 11:05 am   Subject: 1, 4, 5, 6m, 2
"When to move the bar" is an artistic choice. Take the intro to Hank Junior's "Whisky Bent". On my guitar, the initial 5-note run up can be played pretty much without moving the ba ...
  Topic: Ev-zlx 12 Rewrite!
Les Cargill

Replies: 1
Views: 584

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 24 Feb 2018 10:54 am   Subject: Ev-zlx 12 Rewrite!
You can break down a combo amp into three pieces that happen to be in the same package:

- Preamp

- Power amp

- Speakers

The preamp offers buffering ( more current ), tone shaping and lev ...
  Topic: Quilter Amp head for pedal steel
Les Cargill

Replies: 25
Views: 8725

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 22 Feb 2018 10:34 am   Subject: Quilter Amp head for pedal steel
Which one of the quilter amp heads works best for pedal steel and guitar?

Thanks

Craig

For me, I have to have something in the F/X loop for six-string. I use a Steelaire and built a custom sw ...
  Topic: BOSS KATANA vs FOCUSRITE SCARLETT
Les Cargill

Replies: 16
Views: 3953

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 22 Feb 2018 10:11 am   Subject: BOSS KATANA vs FOCUSRITE SCARLETT
You may not be able to use more than one USB thing with "ASIO drivers" at a time. You will likely want to use ASIO drivers for low-latency monitoring.

That puts things in favor of a mult ...
  Topic: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
Les Cargill

Replies: 31
Views: 3460

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 22 Feb 2018 9:52 am   Subject: Do you have to play with finger picks on pedal steel??
Another take on picks is as "personal protective equipment" - it's ... heck playing with fingers on a busted nail. I've never broken a nail on steel, but I sure have on six-string.
  Topic: Opinions on Quilter Steelaire?
Les Cargill

Replies: 19
Views: 2421

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Jan 2018 8:03 am   Subject: Opinions on Quilter Steelaire?
I agree with Malcolm. The power section has lots of RMS watts but the amp's overall gain is very low making it hard to achieve high levels of dynamics or volume. I also discussed this with Pat Quilte ...
  Topic: Waylon Jennings
Les Cargill

Replies: 7
Views: 3098

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 14 Jan 2018 9:56 am   Subject: Waylon Jennings



I always thought that "outlaw" stuff was an affectation driven by marketers lusting after the "counter-culture" anti-establishment set. Rebels, don't you know. And Waylon gla ...
  Topic: Ribbon mic to record Dobro
Les Cargill

Replies: 12
Views: 5749

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 17 Dec 2017 10:50 am   Subject: Ribbon mic to record Dobro
I bought an MXL R144 as well. I've been thinking about a ribbon for a while, and it was well less than $100.

Seems pretty good on acoustic guitar ( contrary to what I read on fora ). It's more &qu ...
  Topic: Almost Posted in Gone Home
Les Cargill

Replies: 9
Views: 2624

PostForum Section: Computers   Posted: 17 Dec 2017 10:49 am   Subject: Almost Posted in Gone Home
If your style is more "file by file" and you lack any fear of command-line, Robocopy works well enough once you get the options established.

The options I've used are "robocopy /Z / ...
  Topic: What's the best way to record dobro with limited resources?
Les Cargill

Replies: 6
Views: 3727

PostForum Section: Recording   Posted: 5 Oct 2017 3:03 pm   Subject: What's the best way to record dobro with limited resources?
The Red-Eye ( either make; more than one thing is called a "Red-Eye" )is unlikely to be a source of tinny sound. The Dee-Eye version is very high impedance. It's just a dobro and a peizo; th ...
 
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