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Har-Bal Mastering Software Review

Har-Bal Mastering Software Review

 

HarBal Mastering Software Review

HarBal, har-bal, or however you want to type it, is a very useful audio mastering application in my home recording studio tool box! From tweaking individual tracks like guitar or bass, to adjusting the frequency balance of whole songs, HAR-BAL is definitely a go-to application!

 

Har-Bal - On to the practical application:

This project started with an old gig tape cassette... I am posting the wav files, to provide the 'best' samples possible, so you can hear the differences, if I've done my work correctly. I think the results are pretty good considering the original source media.

 

Actual Steps including Har-Bal

  1. Harbal | Original File
  2. In this example, I'm taking a raw track digitized from an OLD cassette tape. The tape was recorded live at a gig in late 1981. That old tape sat around for about 23 years (freezing temperatures to 100+ in the shade, 3 states) before it was transferred to the digital realm. After all that, well I guess that brings us here...

    Here is the original track: 04_Frustrations_orig.wav

    Harbal screenshot of Original File:

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Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual

Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual

I have noticed quite a few posts where folks are looking for the Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual.

This is a really cool 20 channel mixer with some MIDI capability. It can be rack mounted which is nice for storage and transport. The basic audio functions are pretty straight forward, however, most of the questions I see are related to the application of the MIDI functionality.

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SX GG1 Jr Guitar Review

SX GG1 Jr Guitar Review

NEW NOTE (12/21/2013): I don't see any products like the SX GG1 or SX Castillo currently on the Rondo Music website. Check craigslist or ebay for these. It is NO WONDER they have sold out!

NOTE: Rondo was offering the SX Callisto a while back (2011 I think) - Very similar to the GG1!
The SX GG1 JR is inexpensive and quite surprisingly a really well made guitar! Rondo Music imports them and sells them for $139.95, and the bang for the buck is way better than you will get from an import Epiphone, Dean, Squier, etc in the same price range.

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DIY Guitar Tone

DIY Guitar Tone

DIY Guitar - The Quest is on ... seeking for the holy grail of guitar tone! You are one of thousands of DIY musicians, who have thousands of DIY projects to bring out the ultimate in guitar tone for any situation!

DIY Musician Projects Galore!

These pages are dedicated to exactly that! Diy Guitar, guitar tone, bass tone, amp tone, effect tone: All these things are of great concern among our ranks as DIY musicians! Let's get together and create the largest collection of DIY Guitar Tone information on the net!

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Rondo Fretless Bass Guitars

Rondo Fretless Bass Guitars

Buy Budget Fretless Bass Guitars

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D'Addario Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

D'Addario Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

I recently put a set of these strings on my Epiphone EB-0 bass, along with the DiMarzio DP-120 'Model One' pickup, in search of that real EB-0 tone heard on so many older records from the 60's & early 70's.

When I first got that bass, it had some old flatwounds on it that sounded like hammered crap, and I was dead-set against ever using flatwounds. But the guys on the Yahoo Group 'SX-Bass Club' talked me into trying a set. So I queried them on the relative tonal qualities of several flatwound string sets (that don't cost like $40!!!), and arrived at the conclusion that the D'Addario "Chromes" would suit me best.

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South Austin Guitar Repair

South Austin Guitar Repair

Guitar Repair in Austin, Call 512-590-1225

South Austin Guitar Repair features affordable guitar service with fast turn around time.

Since 2004, South Austin Guitar Repair is your friendly neighborhood shop for guitar setups and repair. Austin guitar repair services include setups, pickup installation/electronics troubleshooting, bridge re-glues, neck resets, neck scalloping, fret leveling and re-fretting and more!

Ibanez Artcore AFS-75TD

Ibanez Artcore AFS-75TD Review

Ibanez Artcore Guitar

I have to start this out with an admission of a long-standing bias against Ibanez guitars. This began ‘way back in the 70‘s when they were making exact copies of the more popular Gibson models, such as the Flying V, Les Paul, and Explorer. Back then, to me, those Gibsons were the ‘Holy Grail’, as far as I was concerned, and it really ticked me off that anyone would profit by copying exactly the designs of those most revered guitars. So upset by that was I that I never once, ever, thought about buying an Ibanez instrument. But they got their due when Gibson sued the snot out of them over that.

Well, time and age mellowed me, I guess, and I pretty much forgot about it when Ibanez stopped making copy guitars and started designing their own styles. The problem then was that I simply didn’t care for their designs. Boy, they just can’t win with me, can they?

Enter the Artcore Series. I still don’t much care for the ‘Artcore’ nomenclature...what’s that mean, anyway? This-core, that-core...what is that? I’m getting old, I guess....but I know a nice guitar when I see one.

A friend of mine likes the setups I do on my guitars, and he wanted me to go thru his entire collection and either set them up like that, or make recommendations on any variations I think best on any particular guitar. So he sent me home with his Ibanez AFS-75TD, in a beautiful silver metallic finish with creme appointments. It’s a thinline hollowbody with two humbuckers and a Bigsby-ish tremolo. I generally hate tremolos, as anyone who knows me is painfully aware of. But this one’s nice. Not a Floyd Rose hell-diving thing, it’s designed for, well, tremolo....not diving two octaves into the depths of Satan’s pit. And it performs its designed function beautifully. Sorry...got a little sidetracked on that, so impressed as I am by it.

If you need help with guitar repair and setup in Austin, Texas, check out South Austin Guitar Repair.

Ibanez Artcore Guitar Review

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Gibson SG Special Faded

Gibson SG Special Faded

This was a used instrument when I got hold of it, and thus it shows its age a little, in some light ‘buckle-rash’ on the back and in the ‘polishing-down’ of the matte finish in places. All in all, though, the instrument is in good condition, i.e. no thru-the-finish scratches or any cracks or chips out of the wood.

Gibson SG Faded - FEATURES:

  • Two humbucking pickups, covered
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone & Volume control for each pickup
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge/tailpiece
  • All Mahogany body & (set) neck
  • ‘Full-size’ black-white-black pickguard
  • Kluson-type tuners with the classic greenish plastic ‘keystone’ buttons
  • ‘Faded’ natural matte finish, no grain filler, no stain

Gibson SG Faded - LIKES:

All Mahogany, All the Time! What’s not to like about that? I love the warm, thick tone you get from guitars made from good ol’ Honduran Mahogany. In my opinion, though, Mahogany is really a better match for P-90 pickups, adding some warmth underneath the bright bark of the P-90’s. But humbuckers also sound wonderful with it, as evidenced by this guitar. I’ve always loved the comfort of the thin, contoured SG body, as well as the style. The pointy-horned shape evokes an aggressive vibe, while maintaining a very classic look.

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Zoom Q3 Video Recorder

Zoom Q3 Video Recorder Review

Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

Buy the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder Here

OK, The Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder delivers some amazing audio technology to the camcorder! This truly is the best sounding video camcorder you've heard to date. I have personally experienced the quality of the video and audio recording, and my friend bought one almost immediately after hearing me RAVE about this Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder!

Actual Zoom Q3 Recordings

The proof speaks for itself! We did a review of Grammatico Amps "The Kingsville" in Austin, Texas. It was a one-take improvised demonstration and interview. I set up the Zoom Q3 handy Video Recorder on a short tripod right on the floor! With the Q3 positioned to catch Luke and the amp, we just let it roll. no extra takes, no stop and start, just one take! The lighting was not adequate, so there is some difficulty seeing in the shade, but what amazed me the most is the sound!

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Grammatico Kingsville Amp Review - Recorded with Zoom Q3 handy Video Recorder

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Guitar Cable Amp and Hands

Guitar Cable Amp and Hands

(Note: I found an old email from Dave ~rip~ with his take on the use of a guitar cable amp and hands to pull out your own original sound. I think he was getting on me a little bit in this one - I have the pedal board syndrome like he described ... Scott ... 8^)

Now, boys & girls, don’t take me all wrong here…I’m not ‘anti-effects’, though I will admit to be a serious late 60’s-70’s throwback in terms of most things musical including guitar tone.

Bassists | Give Fretless a Shot

Bassists | Give Fretless a Shot!

If you’re a bassist, and you’ve never tried fretless, then that’s something you definitely need to put on your ‘bucket list’, or better yet, your ‘to do right now’ list.

If you have an old bass lying around catching dust; one that you rarely if ever play anymore, you can give it (and your playing) some new life by converting it to a fretless bass. We’ve written a manual on the process, and you can find it here: BassDefret.com

Or you can have someone do it for you… or you can even buy a factory-built fretless bass. The idea of converting your old bass, though, will save you a chunk of change, and renew that old instrument at the same time. And you’ll have the satisfaction of having done it all by yourself!

As for the benefits of fretless bass, there is an expressiveness and ‘feel’ to fretless that you just cannot get from a bass with those pesky little metal ‘speed bumps’ across the fingerboard. Not to mention that lovely mellow buzz, or ‘mwah’ as some refer to it, of the strings against the fingerboard as they vibrate. Once you start playing fretless bass, you’ll discover a whole new palette of tones and effects available to you. Lovely vibratos and glissandos are possible on fretless that are not possible on a fretted bass. When soloing, you will even find the ability to play microtonally a real boost to the expressiveness you can achieve. Them ol’ ‘blue notes’ are yours for the playing! Play large-interval slides without any ‘fret clicks’ as you slide your finger up or down the board!

Gear Review - Epiphone Les Paul Special I P-90

Features:
Mahogany body
Bolt-on mahogany neck
Rosewood fretboard
P-90R neck pickup
P-90T bridge pickup
1 Volume, 1 Tone control
3-way pickup toggle switch
Wraparound bridge/tailpiece

Action, Fit & Finish:

GEAR REVIEW - Xaviere XV-820 Single Cutaway Electric Guitar

This guitar came into my hands from a friend of mine, whose young guitar student bought it, and found it needed some attention (setup) to play at its best. 'Needed some attention' turned out to be somewhat of an understatement.
Lets' start with:

Fit & Finish:

Douglas Signus Nat EQ Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Douglas Signus Nat EQ
Full Size Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
Features:
- Spruce top, mahogany back and sides
- Cut-away body for comfortable play
- Optional user-installable pickguard
- Built in Pre-amp (Fishman Isys+) with EQ.
- Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
- Truss Rod Adjustable Neck
- Overall length 41"
- Actual Weight is only 6.5 lbs

Action, Fit & Finish:

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