Tuesday, 2 December 2014

TC Electronic - T2 & Alter Ego 2 Demo Videos

T2 (Trinity) Reverb

Alter Ego 2 Delay

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

Today marks my first day without my beloved Symphony I/O and the first with my new Ensemble Thunderbolt. I regard this as a step down, but not in quality - only I/O needs. I originally purchased the Symphony because I knew I wanted the sheer quality of that conversion but I also wanted eight of their super clean mic preamps. At the time the original Ensemble was on the way out and only had four, so if this new one had been out that would have been perfect for me.

I made the decision to sell the Symphony to someone who would make proper use of it and I just grabbed the first Ensemble Thunderbolt to hit Australia. It's a super sleek, and having everything crammed into 1U is nothing short of amazing. The OLED screen is amazing, very similar to the ones on the Quartet and Duet models. I can't wait to try the guitar reamp outputs, I'll report back soon regarding those as I have been critical of various external boxes that do this in the past.

Monday, 1 December 2014

RØDE Microphones NT1 Demo - Acoustic & Electric Guitar

Here's two short and sweet videos showcasing the potential of Rode's fairly recent update to their much beloved NT1-A cardioid large diaphragm condenser microphone. I used one with just the standard ring mount, then my Rycote USM mount in the electric video. It is available as a kit with their own newly designed shock mount that features Rycote Lyre technology plus a neat integrated pop shield.



Monday, 24 November 2014

Mesa/Boogie Mark Five: 25 Demo

Got my hands on one of these to do a video with. Doesn't really do it justice (but do videos ever really do justice compared to standing in the room having your head blasted off?), but gives you a little insight. I think it's one of the best creations of recent years, really hits the mark in terms of what I've experienced customers and myself looking for.

25 watts is a good power level for a well designed tube amp, it's loud enough and has enough dynamic headroom to gig with or use at low level to rehearse with. The Mark Five: 25 is clearly geared for versatility with features like headphone output and CabClone DI output for the silent rehearsing/recording musician such as myself.

It also gives you access to true Mark Five tone and versatility at a price point that sits way under the flagship model, and in these times that goes a long way.

Check it out and feel free to comment if you want to ask me anything about it.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Absent Hours - Money Power Glory (Lana Del Ray Cover)

I did all the video work on this cover, check it out. Interested in doing more stuff like this.

I used mostly my 6D on a monopod, with some shots from a GoPro Hero 3 Silver and a 650D on a tripod.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Back to it soon!

Apologies for the lack of content over the past month - I've been away experiencing Japan. It was mind blowing, especially for their musical instrument stores and the legendary ESP Custom Shop I was lucky enough to visit. I'll post up some photos as soon as I get to sorting through the couple thousand I have and then I'll get back to some more demo videos :)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Digitech Whammy is an amazing pedal, one heavily used by some of the most admired guitarists of all time. For me, it would be Dimebag Darrell of Pantera.

That being said, the Whammy is not an effect you want going all the time, it can be a bit piercing to the ears and overuse is very obvious. There's also a couple of effects like the deep chorusing effect or the dive bomb which are just borderline unusable - but the classic pitch shifting and harmony stuff is iconic.

I previously owned a Whammy IV, plus I've had a good go of other brands imitations such as the Morpheus Bomber. For me, the Whammy V feels like it's simply adding the more modern algorithm of a pedal like the Bomber to the original. Being able to switch between them is a welcome feature and instantly makes the Bomber a fairly pointless competitor.

Watch the video for more thoughts, and make sure your sound isn't up too loud.