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General Discussion / Gibson Enters Chapter 11
« on: May 03, 2018, 06:47:25 AM »
Message on Farcebook today:

Dear Friends:

Yesterday, we made a significant announcement that marks the next phase of Gibson’s long and storied history. We are re-focusing the Company on the manufacturing of world-class, iconic musical instruments and the continued development of the global Gibson brand, by reorganizing around its core businesses in the Musical Instruments segment. Gibson has reached a Restructuring Support Agreement with its majority stakeholders that clears the way for the continued financing and operations of the musical instruments business.

To implement the agreement, the Company filed today to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in Wilmington, Delaware. This will allow our Company to continue to design, build, sell and manufacture Gibson’s legendary guitars and instruments without interruption.

We are making every precaution to ensure normal operations for our valued customers. You will very likely not notice any change at all. There will be no change to inventory, pricing or quality of our guitars, musical instruments and Pro Audio. We intend to focus the same amount of time, money and energy in designing and building the best guitars, instruments and Pro Audio equipment that Gibson is known for.

As the Company moves through this process, which we will work to conclude as quickly as possible, there are several important facts you should know and understand about the Chapter 11 process:

• Gibson Brands is not going out of business. The legal process is being used to implement a reorganization of the Musical Instruments division, not liquidation.
• The filings do not change pricing, inventory, ordering or delivery timing of our guitars, musical instruments and Pro Audio equipment.
• There will be no change to the quality of service and support our customers have come to expect from us.
• There will be no changes to our warranty and customer service policies.

While we believe we have put all the right pieces in place to support normal business operations, this announcement may raise questions for you. Please be assured that our commitment to quality products, warranties and customer-service policies are not changing.


Henry Juszkiewicz
Chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands

Cakewalk / Re: The end for Cakewalk / Sonar
« on: April 16, 2018, 03:51:35 PM »
There is also Session Drummer included and, of course, MT Power also works with it. I already had Addicitive Drums 2 and Groove Agent 4, so I've got loads of drum options.

You can find the instruments by right clicking anywhere empty in the track bar and choosing 'insert instrument' then just navigate to the one you want. I am having some conceptual difficulty with the way it handles MIDI tracks. It seems to be necessary to create additional busses to get anything out. But if you choose 'insert instrument' the VST instrument output is routed to the main buss. I do like the SI Drum VST though; sounds OK and very easy to use, even has a step sequencer built in.

I watched the tutorial on drum maps 'made easy' - what a nightmare! In Cubase with Groove Agent you just click the 'make drum map' button :)

Cakewalk / Re: The end for Cakewalk / Sonar
« on: April 15, 2018, 03:25:59 PM »
The bits that are missing are 3rd party instruments (the main one being Addictive Drums) and a few plugins - but it is the platinum version, just can't include other people's stuff without licences.

Cakewalk / Re: The end for Cakewalk / Sonar
« on: April 12, 2018, 08:47:30 AM »
My bad Mick, forgot to mention about turning off the autostart feature.

I have noticed that there are a few things missing from the suite that was with the trial of the Sonar package that I tried a while back - but it still looks very well specified. Will play some more when the school holidays are over and I have a bit more time to myself.

Cakewalk / Re: The end for Cakewalk / Sonar
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:41:33 PM »
Just downloading it now for the hell of it.

Catches are Windows doesn't like the file source for the downloader - but I did it anyway, and when you get to download it you are immediately taken to a cookie jar page - ignore it if you like - if I like the revised version I will make a donation, if I don't I'll just uninstall it and forget about it. The other thing is that you have to sign up to Bandlab - a music sharing service - again, no skin off one's nose to do so, you don't have to use it.

I'll let you now how it goes.

Your Recordings / Re: Worfstock 2017
« on: March 26, 2018, 12:25:10 PM »
Glad you liked it Mick - there are a few more where that one came from, when I finally get around to editing the audio/video. Alas there will be no Worfstock 2018, but we've already set the date for 2019 :)

Your Recordings / Re: Worfstock 2017
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:09:33 AM »
And the second song:

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Re: Boss GT-6
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:50:51 PM »
Mmm, actually it's 35 banks of 4 user patches, rather more than enough. Really enjoying playing with it.

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Re: Boss GT-6
« on: March 17, 2018, 02:45:56 PM »
Half way through the manual and have played with some of the presets. Although it's an old machine it's built like a tank and has a huge array of options. Sounds really good through the Mustang with the output option set to 'combo'. None of the usual Mustang high frequency bias is evident, lovely and smooth. 'Only' 35 user patches, but the Katana has just 10, and that is more than enough. I am extremely pleased with it so far.

No USB, but really I never use pedals to record directly anyway. Also has no xlr balanced outs, but this is not an issue for me either.

Effects Pedals & Pedalboards / Boss GT-6
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:40:02 PM »
Feeling quite pleased with myself - look what I picked up from the second hand shop for £60 this morning:

Just reading the manual. Hours of potential fun methinks  :tup:

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:34:17 AM »
OK, 8 hours running at '5' on the volume control, mix of guitar loops and random music and the results are in.

I recorded the amp with the H1 before and after playing the same tunes, one on setting 22 (65 twin with reverb), and one on a JCM800 type of sound I set up myself. I loaded the audio into Reaper and used the SPAN spectrum analyser to see what was going on.

In short, yes, the frequency range did become a little more evenly distributed and even slightly extended at the low end - but, and it is a big but, the peaks remained unchanged in the 800hz and 2-4khz ranges, which means that the sound is still painfully toppy.

I also tried the amp by disconnecting the speaker and running through a 100w passive wedge monitor loaded with a Fane full range 12" driver. Still uncomfortably shrill. This monitor has been used at hundreds of gigs, often flat out, so it's definitely run in.

Conclusion: the power stage of the Mustang 3 is seriously biased to higher frequencies, slightly disguised by the Q around the 800hz which adds some high middle, but lacking in low end response. Unforgivable really  >:(

So I won't bother replacing the driver, but will use the amp with a pre-amp/multi FX pedal set to deaden the nasty spikiness in the sound (I use the 'empty' preset available from Fuse when running pedals through it), and reset all the amp models to take out as much of the overbearing high end as possible without losing the brightness on the Fender models.

Work for another day!

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:26:37 AM »
Having seen that second vid and having a both the house to myself and a looper I'm going to try giving the speakers a bit more running in time. Both the Mustangs have been used a fair bit, but only at high volume for a couple of gigs. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm going to use my Zoom H1 to record the sounds before and after and use a spectrum analyser to see what difference if any it makes. I'll keep you posted.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:09:13 AM »
It's different for guitar and bass to be fair. That said the guitarist in my band also went solid state in the 1990s, for similar reasons. Still all Marshall mind you :) Now he has a Line 6 Vetta ll and when he comes to mine for our infrequent gigs he either uses the Mustang 3 v2* running in stereo through FOH or his preference the Katana 2x12. He's never going back to valve.

I agree that there is definitely a 'vibe' to a tube amp, but they do tend to be one trick ponies. Throw one in and out of the back of a Transit a few times or bounce one down a flight of stairs (happened to my Trace) and check the difference in reliability.

*I'm thinking of replacing the speaker in the Mustang - I reckon the OEM driver is not really up to the job - I say this because the sound quality from it through a PA is something to behold, and nothing like the often thin and fizzy sound from the cab.

Anyway, have you managed to test a Katana yet? If not I recommend that you do. Just sounds so good and so simple to use.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 10, 2018, 01:51:41 PM »
Mmmm, even the head is nearly £600. I have to be honest here, I did once use Marshall valve bass heads (a band I was in was briefly sponsored by a now defunct music shop), and they were what I was given. Luckily I also had my old 100w tranny head which I always carted around as a spare - and I frequently did need it. The 100w Marshalls just kept on stopping, and a 300w one actually exploded during a gig, taking out all the power on my side of the stage at the same time. Frankly if anyone were to give me a valve amp I would get rid of it ASAP - not to put too fine a point on it I consider them to be overpriced overrated unreliable pieces of sh*t. Not to mention they weigh a ton too.

The only failure I have ever had with a solid state amp is the triacs on the power amp mixer stage of my venerable Trace AH500 getting a bit twitchy. Being a belt an braces chap I also have my AH200 as a spare. I also had a Peavey 400 for years, and that was utterly reliable too. I am thinking about getting a an Ampeg Portaflex 500, but my cheap as chips Behringer is working more than adequately, so it would be a selfish and unnecessary purchase.

Amplifiers / Re: Marshall Origin Amps
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:04:19 PM »
More than £700 for a 50w combo doesn't strike me as not having a massive price tag - still jolly expensive to my way of thinking  ;)

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