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Amplifiers / Re: Katana Version 2 update
« on: October 10, 2017, 02:01:08 PM »
Had a good day and a bit bad too, but the bad was first - had a disk read error on my whizzy SSD which meant that after trying everything under the sun and then some I had to reinstall Windows. So now I've got the latest release and although the reinstall deleted all the temp files causing a few minor irritations and *expletive deleted* XLN decided it was yet another new computer (it does this every time there is an OS upgrade and when I cloned the HDD to the new SSD) thus screwing up the product licences, it's all going swimmingly so far. Even Cubase is working, which given that is what I spend most of my time using, is rather nice.

Just got to sort out all the other computer ID related licences (they'll all be music software) before I'm back to full working order. So all in all not a bad day. Oh and the new firmware for my Katana amplifier is, to coin an expression from over the pond, awesome.

The amps themselves are just lovely - I am reminded of this every time I use it.  :beer:

Amplifiers / Re: Katana Version 2 update
« on: October 03, 2017, 07:34:05 AM »
Thanks for that Mick, I shall try to get that later. I'll let you know how it goes.

Acoustic Guitar / Harley Benton D-120CE NT - Astounding
« on: September 29, 2017, 01:37:57 PM »
Astounding - quite a word but well deserved in this case.

I recently sold my Yamaha APX 700 because I simply didn't like it. It didn't seem to matter what strings I put on it, how much I adjusted the neck or the bridge, it just didn't work for me.

Because I wanted a replacement acoustic I decided to take a punt on this own brand Harley Benton from Thomann. It's got loads of glowing reviews, but I am always a little sceptical of gushing praise.

It arrived this morning and I am, well, astounded. It looks amazing (although the 'inlay' around the sound hole is obviously a decal but so excellently applied you can't tell until right up close), sounds good even with the factory 10s, the electro-acoustic installation looks very good quality, and like the rest of the guitar the fit and finish are top grade. The machine heads are smooth and highly geared - astounding (there's that word again). The icing on the cake is a very good action with perfect intonation. It is much more comfortable to play than the APX and I am in love with it already.

All for 75 or 65.

OK, I am not primarily a guitar player, my instrument is bass, but seriously if you want a beginner or second acoustic as a spare, or even if you are just on a tight budget you'd be mad not to take a look at one of these.

Time for a nice cup of tea.

DAWs / Re: Free VST Plugins
« on: September 20, 2017, 02:58:51 PM »
Eventide are giving away EQuivocate EQ until the end of October. You will need an iLok account, although not apparently one of their infernal dongles.

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 18, 2017, 08:49:27 AM »
You're not wrong Mick about sticking to something and learning it inside out - a failure I am guilty of, although I do mostly use Cubase I find remembering what to do to achieve fairly simple outcomes really very trying. It took me half an hour yesterday to work out (again) how to punch in and punch out of a recording, something that should be easy and obvious but is anything but. In my old analogue studio you set the markers pressed the punch button and then record - in Cubase you press 'play', and that confused the heck out of me for several minutes and half a dozen WTF? moments. The manual contains helpful phrases like 'arm the punch in point' without telling how or where to do that - a bit like some of the stuff in Haynes manuals . . It was so much easier with a tape deck and a mixer!

The Reaper manual on the other hand is simply excellent.

I'm pretty sure, however, that Tracktion cannot be beaten as a free DAW. I just don't have the time to invest in it. And it doesn't like Xpand2 - the deal breaker for me!

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:06:47 PM »
Afternoon Mick. Well, I've spent some more time playing with it and have now uninstalled it again. The 'help' button just takes you to some no doubt very helpful video tutorials and not to a manual (later just found a tips and tricks book on there, but you have to buy it and most importantly it's not a user manual). I tried every single MIDI configuration on offer and still couldn't get it to respond to my Novation controller. Furthermore I couldn't find any way of allocating midi channels. Realistically with no manual life is too short, so I'm sticking mainly with Cubase with occasional dabbles in Reaper.

Shame, it does look like it has a lot of potential but the implementation is a pig's ear. Mind you the manual for Cubase must be one of the worst ones ever written, but at least it exists!

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 17, 2017, 09:14:08 AM »
Had a reply from the support team, very polite and noting that I had managed to get the software authorised and working. Might play with it a bit more later, but I am going to have to RTFM as there are some control parameters I haven't been able to find using the standard man method of just clicking all over the place and hoping for the best.

It does look very different to other DAWs. Not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. Reaper is still my favourite bargain DAW, even if the interface is right out of the 90s, because it is so  flexible and to be honest sounds good too.

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:54:28 PM »
The VST scanning is glitchy - I had to cancel the scan and start again. It doesn't like my Xpand2 synth, which is a shame because that's the one I really like to use. VST3s caused a few hiccups too, it tried to load Groove Agent SE, but that is locked to Cubase and again I had to cancel and restart to allow it to quarantine Groove Agent and finish scanning the others.

There will be quite a lot of setting up to do - I have enabled the additional ins and outs on my Saffire, but haven't got around to trying to enable additional midi inputs like my Akai MPC which is also switched off by default, along with my Novation controller . .

I've spent most of the afternoon fiddling about with my BP355 which arrived in the post at lunchtime - typical Digitech, the downloadable manual is for firmware V1, and the pedal has V1.1 on it so it took me ages to work out how to get the expression pedal to just act as a simple volume pedal. Needless to say it's not the parameter labelled 'level'  :o

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:59:09 AM »
Luckily I have Cubase Artist 9 as well as Reaper, so I was only looking at it out of curiosity.  ;)

Later - not being one to give up lightly I have resintalled it and this time worked out that my licence is just my Tracktion account password - so now I have got it running, but it's been scanning for VSTs for more than 15 minutes now and is reporting 1% complete . .

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:49:12 AM »
It's possible that an email hit my spam filter, however there is nothing in the bin from any email address with 'tracktion' in the address line anywhere - do you know what email address your authorisation came from?

If I go to the Tracktion site and view 'my orders' T6 is listed there, but there doesn't seem to be any way to view licence keys or authorisation codes. Although I have now uninstalled it I did click on the authorise now button, but was presented with a field to insert an key, which I do not have. If you search their site for 'license' it returns no results. I've submitted a support ticket and all I've had back is an automated acknowledgement. Deeply unimpressed.

So while I am clearly pleased yours works, as far as I am concerned this is not worth even bothering with.

DAWs / Re: Tracktion 6, the Full Version for Free
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:35:25 AM »
Downloaded it when I first saw this post. Decided to give it a try this morning and it is asking for a licence key (not provided by them) to 'unlock full features'. So it looks like a bit of a fraud to me and I have uninstalled it.

DAWs / Re: Free VST Plugins
« on: September 13, 2017, 02:09:34 PM »
People might also be interested in this one for pitch correction:

And this is site I have used in the past for some interesting free VSTs:

DAWs / Re: Free VST Plugins
« on: September 12, 2017, 09:55:12 AM »
Yes, there are quite a few 64 bit ones - I use MT Power Drummer in conjunction with Addictive drums (after creating a drum map).

To be honest I've accumulated so many plugins in the past few years that I sometimes wonder which one to use. My favourite basic sound modification ones are the suite supplied with my Focusrite interface and my favourite instrument is Expand2 from Air - I got it when it was briefly offered as a reward from the Focusrite collective.

When I get some time and the inclination I'll work my way through the list :)

DAWs / Re: Free VST Plugins
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:46:53 PM »
I might try some of these that I don't already have - but just one word of caution. The recent releases of major DAWs for 64 bit machines will only support 64 plugins, and a lot of the free ones are/were 32 bit.

Interesting, might give those a go. I use Dunlop Max-Grip picks, but as I am rubbish player who knows if that makes a difference?  :D

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