Gear (Lust)

I thought six strings were a pain

Sometimes stringing, tuning, or fixing the intonation on my guitar can feel like a pain in the ass, especially when I’m just in the mood to pick it up and make some music.  However, it’s something that has to be done to keep the instrument in playing condition, and of[…]

The Pedaltrain

I’ve played guitar (in my special sem-slop style) for a number of years.  I’ve never really used a pedalboard, opting instead to go as minimalist as possible with a tuner pedal, a wah pedal, and maybe a third pedal of some sort (tremolo, whatever). However, since I was a good[…]

Modding KBilly’s amp

KBilly has a 25 watt Fender Frontman amp.  It’s a little combo that is great for practice, and has a surprisingly biting tone, especially when it’s cranked up.  We’ve recorded it on a few upcoming songs with great results.  KB also has a 4×12 speaker cabinet of unknown origin, which[…]

Does my Mojo make you horny baby?

With the new Pro Tools setup, I can finally use some cool virtual instruments.  Thank goodness, or some of these songs would never be finished. I got a virtual horn section called “Mojo” from Vir2 instruments (B&H Photo had the best price, by the way).  I finally had a chance[…]

Nice rack

We had a solid studio night last night.  Mike and I convened to do some recording and to install the new Pro Tools 003 rig. Before we did anything hardware-related, we recorded one last track on the old Digi 001: the bass track for “Lose U Baby”.  It’s a fun[…]

Oh boy oh boy oh boy

New music gear arrived today.  It’s like it’s Christmas all over again.  I am beside myself. After 10 years of using Digidesign’s Digi 001 in conjunction with my custom built PC as the DAW of choice around here (and being stuck at Pro Tools version 6.4 for the last several[…]

Plus you can put your blunts in there

Our friend (and outstanding artist) Angelia sent along a link to some local guys who make some cool instruments: ” Check out these funky guitars made from recycled cigar boxes.  These guys are located in Cuyahoga county and sell through Eye Candy Gallery in Tremont.  Go to the video link[…]

Attack of the clone

Last year around this time I was given a cool gift for a music geek.  It was a “build your own clone” electronics kit from (yep, you guessed it) buildyourownclone.com.  Since I am currently spending time sitting around with my leg in the air, I thought I’d finally put it[…]

Technology is cool

At some point a few years ago, hellpellet and I went on a weekend trip. I wanted to take sone time on the getaway to work on some songs, so I brought the most stripped down setup I could: my Tascam 4-track, a Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machine, a crappy[…]