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Boys Of Bluehill
More hornpipe fun for Captain Billy
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Reptile Smile
August 1, 2015 - 2:09 pm
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You guys (and particularly Billy) inspired me to have a bash at this (I only discovered the software last night, though, and only returned to fiddle for last fortnight or so, so bear that in mind!):


Bear in mind - it's a bit rough and ready.  I make a pig's ear of it when I start playing, but you'll see why I didn't want to re-record or overdub.  Also apols for the fact that you can't hear what I do as I do it.  As I think I'd like this to be the basis of how I want to approach an idea for Street Jelly, I'm going to get a mixer so that I can monitor from that, and listeners can hear what I hear in the cans without it interfering with the recording.

Anyhow - see what you think...

Brora, North-east Scotland
August 1, 2015 - 3:50 pm
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Holey Schmoley Dude !    You truly belong here - NEVER LEAVE - bring it on mate !  STROLL ON as we say....  cool !  Loved the whole thing- great to show folks what can be done with simple kit...  yup - no need for apologies whatsoever - and I LIKE LIKE LIKE a potential new SJ member - YESSSS !

Now - this is marginally embarrassing - but - I had never considered myself as actually BEING an inspiration to others - I just live the moment and put "what I do and where I am on fiddle" out there - but I surely do appreciate your kind words, thank you - it is always so great to have folks simply "get involved" - that's all that matters !   So - Thank You for that !

Related to your kit there - I have - 

(1) Recently dumped my 4-track Tascam tape mixer that I got back in the early/mid 80's and had last seen actual use, oh somewhere around 1995.... LOLOLOL....  man the years - where do they go ???   If I can find it again, I'll repost a guitar/kbd/drum-kit/vocals thing I did early 90's ( last time the Tascam tape-tape mixer was used ) - sorry - no fiddle in it !!!! 

(2) Given that (almost) everything can be done digitally nowadays - I recently got myself a LOT of new kit -

    Boss ME-80 FX box for guitar (hahaha, aye, sounds good with EV as well ) and I dumped most of the individual pedals I had for guitar.... ( kept the Boss chorusrer, flanger and echo pedals - "just in case" !!! )

    I sold my darned good Sure studio mic a couple of years back - bought a new Samson CO1 recently - man is it SENSITIVE...  I dare not tap my feet, let alone breath (OK, slight exaggeration, but not by much) while recording !

    Mixer - got myself a Behringer Xenyx multi-channel mixer with phantom power for the above studio mic..

    Oh, lots of other unimportant things.... etc.. just what we do to "make it all work"

  Talking about SJ, tell you what - if you're cool with the looper functions - DON'T THINK TWICE about getting out there - trust me - you'll do great!  For myself - I can do the multiple-overlaid-loops-thing on the ME-80 - but I'm "pushing beyond that" again and kind of thinking about Band-in-a-box for more complex backing trax - even the basic "pro" version is pretty much within financial reach 

   Probably said it before - I like your style @Reptile Smile !!! Yayyyyy - it's all about having fun with music - 

  Thanks for the informative and interesting post !!!!! thumbs-upthumbs-upthumbs-up and looking forward to an SJ performance sometime !

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New Jersey
August 2, 2015 - 11:30 am
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I love it, @Reptile Smile, what fun!   You did a great job and I would love to see more.  Nice cat, too!

Reptile Smile
August 2, 2015 - 5:07 pm
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@LindaMc - Thanks!  It was fun to do.  The cat (Tiny Tina) is lovely, but is also a crazy psycho pixie kitten...

@BillyG Cheers Bill.  I like that you keep pushing yourself - it's a great example, and one I strive to emulate.

Yeah, the good old days of analogue tape four tracks eh?  The old Tascam C90 shuffle - great fun.  I started to get rid of my analogue gear a while ago, but what's amazing now is how the price has come down. 15 years ago, my USB 2 in, 2 out sound card was £225.  Now I can get a Behringer USB mixer that fulfills the same purpose for about £65.  Amazing - and exciting times.  And then the iPad is a whole other thing again.  I do actually have an 16 track external hard disk DAW, and it's kind of cool but in general I tend to run everything through Cubase these days.

My next job is to work out how to trigger the loops via some sort of foot control.  Amazingly, it seems possible to MacGyver a USB computer keyboard - I'm going to try that first, because it slightly appeals to my anarchic sense of mischief!  The C01 looks a good bet, and I might well have a look at that.

Ultimately, though, to get this off the ground in the way that I envisage (and folk tunes are ideal for the looping thing - 2x A section, 2x B section - it's built into their very structure!), I think it's best to have instruments going straight into the desk.  I can do that with the uke - it has a piezo transducer built in.  But I think I am going to need an electric violin.

In fairness, you did warn me when I joined - you said it would be an addiction that would keep growing..! :-)

Jim Dunleavy
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August 3, 2015 - 4:13 am
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Excellent stuff! It's made me want to get my recording gear out of mothballs again!

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August 3, 2015 - 4:47 pm
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Way cool. 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

Fort Lauderdale
August 4, 2015 - 5:37 pm
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Hats off to you for experimenting, pushing yourself, and doing your own thing. I love it!!!

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