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Rack Gear / Digitech 2112
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Well lookie what showed up on Craigslist last night... a Digitech 2112 for $140  :thumb-up:

It's beat up, and dirty, but I plugged it in and all the lights came on. I hooked it up and it sounded awful....totally choked signal, barely audible. Then I realized, the input and output knobs were turned nearly all the way down  :facepalm:  So, I turned up the output and GREAT GOogLY MOoGLY, it was loud.  :o

I went through all the presets and found the ones I need to start with. There is some issue with one of the FX or a setting or whatever, but it results in an oscillating sound when you're not playing...YUK. It's not on all the patches, just a few, so if I can just avoid that effect, I'm good. There are tubes glowing in there, but I have no idea what they are or how old they must be.

I haven't even cracked the manual open yet, so I have yet to figure out if I can use my Quad switch with the SOLO button on this thing. Hopefully, I can. If not, I'll hook my GX-700 to it and use that.

It's 90s bliss, and a nice upgrade from the Behringer. Although, I am hanging on to the Behringer for emergencies. Once I clean up the 2112, I'll send some pix and sound clips.

Effects / NGD! Tech 21 Fly Rig RK5
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There I was, sitting on a bit of gig money....needing a new guitar wireless....when I stumbled across a Tech 21 Fly Rig RK5. I couldn't help it, I pulled the trigger. Just got it late last night and only played it for a few minutes. It's a pretty cool lil' unit. I'm going to be playing it exclusively this weekend to really put it through the ringer.

Photos and sound clips to come, please stay tooned

My MXC power supply was acting up and I figured out it's the adapter jack in the pedal itself. It's loose, so that if I step on the pedal just right, it cycles the power and sends me back to patch 01...which is silent.....grrr

I tried re-flowing the solder on that piece, but its still acting up. I think the little plastic receptacle is just worn and 'stretched out'

I guess I'll be replacing that part, but for now, where do these two washers go? They were on the 1/4" jacks, but there are four jacks and only two washers....which two get them? CC Pedal 1&2 or Switch 1&2?  :dunno:

Rack Gear / Peavey TubeFEX
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Since we got off topic about my Behringer preamp that I picked up for emergency purposes, I thought i'd start a new thread about this unit. I also have the proprietary foot controller, which is connected with an 8 pin midi cable for phantom power. You can use a 5-pin, but you'll have to power the pedal board with a wall wart, just like the ADA footswitches.

I just went through the presets in this thing and now realize two things:
  • The harmonizer was a new effect when this came out, and was used a bit too much
  • My memory serves me well = this thing is a beast, and a damn good standalone unit (preamp and effects)

The skinny: This unit has two tubes, much like the ADA units. It has four knobs for controlling your tone on the fly (very cool). It has a cache card, that I have not explored yet, but I'm told it is handy. I haven't figured out how to save/move patches around yet, but that's next on my list. Right now, I'm just enjoying diddling the knobs on patches as I scroll through.

The footswitch is gigantic, and sturdy. Built like a tank, and heavy. If it were a couple inches narrower, it'd fit into a rack (but it's about 2 rack units tall).

Here's a pic of the unit, paired only with an ADA MicroFET amp. Pay no attention to the 4u rack on the floor, that's my main rig (with the Behringer) until I get my ADA preamps fixed. I have not been happy with the MicroFET, but it appears to be good enough for the Peavey. I've also attached the manual, to explain what this thing does

Rack Gear / Behringer V-Amp Pro rackmount
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I'm not proud of this, but i had to do what I had to do. Both my main preamp and my backup are fubar right now, so I had to get something to hold me over until I get them in shape. I found a Behringer V-amp Pro on Craigslist for the price of a stompbox ($60), so I pulled the trigger. All I need are a few basic tones, I can get by with a minimal number of patches.

By itself, the Behringer is not fantastic. The MicroTube 200 helps a great deal. Together, I managed to get 5 good tones to get me through any gig - I may have to adjust the overall volume on a guitar-by-guitar basis, but that's it. I have:

10 = Clean/dry tone
11 = Clean/wet tone
12 = Classic Rock (brown) tone
13 = Modern Rock tone
14 = Dirty solo with some delay
Heel switch in my Wah pedal is a clean boost = clean solos with patches 10 or 11

Can't wait to get my shit fixed

Amps / Trusty ol' Crate Powerblock
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Well, it finally happened. My worst fear.

My entire rig went down before soundcheck. All I had to play the entire 4-hour gig was my trusty ol' Crate Powerblock, a Tube Screamer and my wah. That's IT. No other tones, really just using the Tube Screamer as a solo boost.

Did the entire gig. Used picking dynamics & the volume knob to adjust my tone, but it wasn't great tone. It was passable, at best.

Not sure what happened to my MP-2. When I got to the gig, there was an awful hum & all the LED meter lights were solid. I shut it off, turned it back on, and got nothing. NOTHING. No sound at all  :dunno: This morning, it worked fine.

Gigs - Live Talk / NGD! Presonus 16.4.2 Mixer
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Hi Guys,

I recently joined up with a bunch of friends who needed a guitar player. It's not my first choice of material (Classic Rock) but they are a great bunch of guys, so I agreed. Their sound system is crap, and they don't even use a soundman  :facepalm:

So, my first order of business (besides learning all this old material on the setlist) is to upgrade the band's sound. I took a major step forward by purchasing a badass mixer from another friend (good to have friends ;) ) for a very cheap price. The Presonus 16.4.2 is the same mixer my last cover band used, and I really loved it. Why? Because you can control it with an iPad once you have all the parts in place. This allows the soundman to walk around the room & adjust your mix.

Since I have the older model, not the AI version, I need to supply my own Wifi router to get the iPad to see it. I can piggyback off the wifi connection in the venue, or use my phone as a hotspot, but I'm going to get a dedicated router for this rig eventually. Also, I need a computer hooked up to run the software, so I'll be buying a cheap used Macbook for that later. Right now, I have my MacBook Pro (my main computer) hooked up to try it out and I'm using my home router to connect the iPad.

I must say, the iPad is easier to operate than the mixer itself - lol! Here's a pic of the mixer, my laptop, and my iPad all synced up.

What's next? Well, after getting a dedicated laptop and router, I'll be picking up some IEMs. With a little app, you can control your own mix in your headphones (I like to turn my guitar and vox up louder than everyone else in my IEMs). Each AUX gets it's own mix, so everybody in the band gets what they want.


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Hi Guys,

I'm not totally sure what's goin on, but my rig sounded very bass-heavy at last nights' gig. I want to crank it to gig levels here at home later today to see if it's an issue of volume changing the eq a bit...that ol' Bedroom Volume vs. Live Volume discussion again.

I kept gradually turning up my presence on the MT200 until it was at about 3:00 by the end of the gig. I don't like to make rash adjustments during gigs, too many variables at play, so I go conservative on things like that. I even checked the guitar's mic mix on the mixing board – it was flat and dry, just the way I like. I pumped up the hi-mids a bit to get the mix better in the PA, but the bass was definitely still there onstage. While I liked the bottom end, it wasn't my tone, and it bugged me.

Maybe it was that room, I have not played there with this (4x12 H&K) speaker cab before. Next time, I'll try my 1x12 at that venue, just to see. Our next gig is at a tiny pub, so I'll be using the 1x12 anyway, but....different room.

Discussions / YOU are a MF'ing ROCK STAR
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Just to be clear, it doesn't really matter what other people think of you/your playing/your band/your music, etc. What really matters is that YOU believe you're a rock star. Because you are.

Perception is reality my friends, and if you think you're a rock star, YOU. ARE.  :headbanger:

Rock on with your bad selves, keep living the dream, and spread the knowledge

Gigs - Live Talk / OMG, your Tone is amazing
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Ho Hum, another gig, another bunch of other guitarists raving about my guitar tone...happens all the time. Nothing to see here, move along

Had a gig last night with a new cover band. Since I'm not up to speed on all the songs yet, we had three guitarists taking turns all night (basically, one per set) to get the band through the gig. Both the other guitarists just kept raving about the tones of my rig. Same ol thing, no comments about playing ability, just tone - haha.

One of the guys is a total gear whore too, so I am sure he's considering an ADA preamp. He has over 50 guitars, and who-knows-how-many amps, many of them vintage tube heads & cabs. I just think to myself - he must be wondering why he has a garage full of amps when there's a beautiful tone machine in a 4u rack right there in front of him.  :dunno:

Guitars / NGD! Steinberger Alert!!
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How many of you wanted a Steinberger back in the day? I did. Then, my bass player got one, then Eddie (EVH), I wanted one bad.

Today's the day, I finally got a Steinie, and it's pretty cool. I played it a lot today, the trem is badass, stays in tune very well. The feel is very similar to my Vee, with a couple fins cut off. I'm not especially fond of the 'designed by EMG' pickups. It's an HSH config, and I can already see myself getting a SD JB for the bridge and an HFS Classic II Alnico 2 for the neck....maybe. I am not sure how this thing is wired (I'm about to find out), but the single coil sounds are just as loud as the HB sounds.... :???: or, maybe they're just louder than splitting the coils of my typical HB pickups, either way, they're more balanced in volume. The tone is pretty mediocre, cleans are not good IMHO, very sterile and lifeless. The gains sound passable, but it could be the ADA doing the talking

Haven't decided on a name yet, but here's a pic

MP-2 / MP-2 in Blue
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I have had a replacement display in storage for years, thanks to Matt Trull (aka trullmon). Well, I finally put it in my MP-2 this morning, it's blue, and much brighter. Thanks Matt!!

Just For Fun / Check your head
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Music is the great communicator

Effects / Line 6 Helix
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So, I went to see a friend's band last night. Like me, they use in-ear monitors. Unlike me, the guitar player doesn't bring an amp, just runs direct. I told him not to do that, because when people get close to the stage (and the mains) they cannot hear the guitar. Did he listen? No.

Anyway, he was using a fancy new pedal board that I hadn't seen. I could see that it said Line 6 on the back, and it had very pretty multi colored lights on it  :banana-trip: but the sound was unremarkable. Granted, the sound man had plenty to do with that. But, I went home last night to see what the hell it was and found out its the Helix. It cost $1500!!!!

Jeezus, you know how many ADA rigs you could build for that kind of money?  :facepalm:

I'm going to see them play again tonight, at a different venue, hopefully with a better sound man. I'll let you know how it goes.

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