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Reflections on Music, Life, and "Beauty Gone Wild"

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Indiedog, Jul 14, 2015.


  1. So, what a frustration this week! After the studio reno my MOTU FastLane midi interface conked out. For some reason, I have always had terrible luck with MOTU stuff, and I am officially giving up on them. This is the third FastLane that Sweetwater has sent me, so I decided to bite the bullet and just buy a different one. I was talking to David about it and he said that the fact that it relies on bus power from the computer is likely part of the problem. The interface is powered via the computer through USB. He said a lot of times, with the computer going to sleep and waking up and other issues, it messes with the bus power going to the unit. That would be all well and good, but with this interface, it always either worked or it didn't. Never had the experience of having problems after the computer waking up. It won't even work from a cold boot. It's cheap plastic and I will either smash it to bits with repeated blows of a hammer, or else jump up and down on it with glee, I haven't decided. What a POS and it will give me great satisfaction to bust it into smithereens. Die FastLane, Die!!!!

    The only midi I have these days is my Logic Controller (1 in and 1 out) plus the output of the Kawaii ES6 piano. So I only need a 2 X 2 and I don't see that changing any time soon. Both my Trigger Finger and my Oxygen keyboard get their midi from USB, which is great. After an email discussion with my buddy Kenny at Sweetwater, he recommended the Mio bus powered 2X2:

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    He remarked that the MOTU FastLane, was yesterday's technology and that the bus powered thing has much improved in the design. David uses powered MOTU's in his studio and his "live" rig, so naturally he has a vested interest in defending them. Plus, he is a MOTU endorser. I am sure it really bothered him that I was slagging MOTU in our phone conversation. The Mio is $69 bucks and the one David recommended was totally overkill and $350. Kenny said I could opt for the more expensive 2X2 Mio, ($89) which has an optional power adaptor, but he said to try this one first. Of course, the older I get the simpler I want, and not having another wall wart to deal with is fine by me. Kenny has never steered me wrong, and of course - if there is a problem he will swap it out. But, when my controller doesn't work, I am basically locked out of the studio. Boo-friggin-hoo, I cried. But it should be here tomorrow and in a matter of minutes I should be up and running.

    Finally firing up my new Weber from last year, and having a tomahawk steak and tomahawk pork event. Also doing some sausages, grilled veggies and smoking some potatoes on the grill for a smoked potato salad. Getting the the hot tub filled up today too. What fun. Have to hit the office for some work tomorrow, but it will be a quiet, light day.

    So, I saw this and it really made an impression. Eagles praying, how appropriate for a world gone mad:

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    So happy 4th everyone, do something really nice for yourself and the ones you love. Life is short.
     
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  2. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Happy July 4th to everyone!

    Rick, so sorry you're having to deal with a tempremental interface. Hopefully the new one will be far more reliable. I haven't had any issues with my Steinberg/Cubase box so far (2 years and counting) but if I do, I have a backup Yamaha Audiogram on standby just in case. I too like the simpler is better approach to gear. When it comes to recording I definitely like to cut to the chase and git 'er done.

    Love the eagle picture. I got to see some of those huge birds in the wild when I went to Alaska 2 years ago. What an amazing trip.

    Todays menu highlight is a batch of turkey chili.

    If I'm inclined today, I may drop some organ into my cover of "Bears".

    And in a Stax mood today

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  3. Hey Mr. Owl

    Congrats on finishing your record! How fantastic is that! I will have to get off my duff and get a copy so I can put an ear on it. The interface thing has been a drag, but I think that is the last thing I have to deal with, at least for now.

    Yeah, Leah and Teatown have an EagleFest every year, and usually between 30-60 birds show up. Pretty cool because they were pretty extinct along the Hudson River just a decade or so ago.

    Love "Green Onions" - funny i was playing it last week for Leah. Great stuff!
     
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  4. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Hiya!
    Thanks for the updates, Rick. I too hate to hear you had such issues with your interface. I hope the new piece does the trick.

    How was the performance of the Weber? And how were the steaks? I hope you had a great day. (But you had rainy weather, right?)

    I had a nice (well, hot and windy) mountain bike ride that left me pretty played out. Later, I made chicken tacos after cruising the Safeway. Pretty relaxing day. I also got a bit more work done on organizing my Studio files (mostly my manuals).
     
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  5. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I celebrated no cigarettes since Sunday night, so I bought myself a new toy.

    tele1.
     
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  6. Wow, nice Tele, 'glo I love the finish. Is that alder?

    Bootiful! and congrats on the no-smoking thing. Keep up the great work on that front. I know it isn't easy.

    The new interface should be here today, we will see.

    Yeah the new Weber is amazing, really enjoyed cooking on it. I didn't want to use the new "sear" burner yet, until I am more familiar with the grill. With the smoker box being off to the side it's quite a bit different from having it in the middle, like I did on my old one. The effect of the smoke is much more subtle. But the food was great, just a kiss of smoke, and I received rave reviews. It's weird, the burners go lower than the old one, which I love, and they definitely go hotter than the old one too - so I have a bit of a learning curve. Remember, I used the other one for nearly 15 years, so I was really familiar with it. But, I am anxious to use the sear burner, which goes well over 700 degrees when the time comes.

    We are having a sunday brunch with the Lawyers to watch the World Cup women's final. I am going to do a grand experiment involving hash browns pushed hard and pre-cooked into the bottom of a bundt pan. Then adding a TBD egg and cheese mixture on top of it - then flipping it over and hoping for the best. Served with generous sides of Peter Luger thick cut bacon, all washed down with some special alcohol-laced smoothies to be determined. A special USA raspberry and blueberry - red, white and blue trifle - with pound cake and lemon curd will round out the brunch. We are of course, hoping to be celebrating a victory over the Netherlands.

    The bad news for the weekend is that I finally felt good enough to get the hot tub inflated and filled - and it is leaking off of one of the pump valves. This would be the third year on this one - so I ordered a new one, they are just a few hundred bucks, so not a huge deal - and I was lucky enough to find one in brown to match the new rain canopy we have over it now. Can't wait to get it next week and be soaking in those miracle jet bubbles, which I thought I would be doing tomorrow. Next weekend for sure.
     
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  7. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Thanks!

    The specs say it's alder, but it may very well be ash. The tech guy and I were discussing it at the store, and we both agreed it looked like ash, despite the hang tag. But the Fender site and tags say alder.

    It's funny, I never liked Fireglo as a finish for Rickenbacker, but when I saw this guitar, and on sale at Guitar Center, I knew I had to have it. I think because it's a little more subdued than the Ric Fireglo, is why I just fell in love with the finish on this one. It's funny too, that I never once considered buying a Telecaster. I just never liked the look of them. Until recently, that is. Over the last few months, I found myself liking them more and more. And here I am :)

    I'm on the Chantix for smoking. It's really an amazing drug. It took about a month to kick in, and I found it much easier than any previous attempts to cut down. Last few weeks I was only smoking 3 a day, and that's after smoking a pack a day for 50 years. I set a quit date for the 1st of this month, and haven't had one since Sunday night. I'm a little worried what will happen once I go off the Chantix, but I'll take one challenge at a time. So far, I'm not going crazy, and so long as I keep myself distracted, I do OK. I do my share of practicing so I don't think about the smoking, or lack thereof. So far, it's working out fairly well.
     
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  8. Hey Mr Owl congrats on the album release! I'll head on to cdbaby to grab a digital copy, what with shipping of physical items across the pond (and then some) being a bit of a hassle.

    Mapleglo the Tele looks classy. The finish looks subtle and gives it a refined feel.

    Last week we made it to Berlin to see King Crimson in all their glory at Zitadelle Spandau. The show was a bit on the short side due to the open air curfew (19:30—22:00) but nonetheless spectacular. The Seven-Headed Beast is at its full power. Jakko is an amazing singer and guitarist, all the others are downright legends and little can be added to praise them. My only beef (here comes the flautist with his criticism) was that there was too little headroom in the treble area for Mel's flute, probably because Mel was standing right behind Pat's drum shield. But they could have done something to give the flute sound more air? Right? Anyway, the Citadel was a fascinating place, and we stayed in Berlin for 5 days and had much fun. Slept in the back room of our friends' bar, how cool is that.

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    Since everyone would be posting photos of Tony Levin with his camera at the end of the show, I attempted a selfie, which turned out quite silly and not at all good, but even here I think it's evident that Olga and I are extremely happy. She's attempting a selfie on her device as well, so we both are preoccupied but the overall contentment and awe kind of shines through. Or so I think.

    (I also realised that the current Crimson lineup represents all the decades of the band's existence: 60s: Fripp / 70s: Collins / 80s: Levin / 90s: Mastelotto / 00s: Harrison / 10s: Jakszyk+Stacey...)
     
  9. Ya know, that is why I asked about it. It looks like alder at first glance, but it could easily be wide grained ash. Either way it's really spectacular. And I have a real soft spot in my heart for the pearl pick guards. They look so classy and well, elegant to me. Very nice guitar all the way around, and a perfect choice for your band. You know, now that you mention it, it is a lot like the Rick fireglo finish. I didn't think about that when I first saw it. I was just thinking light cherry to light amber burst, but any way you slice it - it's very nice. May you have many sweet hours of joy working with such an awesome axe. And it's a great thing to keep your head down, and to just keep playing and plugging away. Playing music is the perfect distraction and antidote to anything that might be tugging at ya! And you have it exactly right, one challenge at a time, that's definitely the way to go. I am confident that you will stomp that smoking thing into the ground - and smash it to smithereens - just like I am about to do with the FastLane.

    I got my new interface, and as suspected it works like a jewel. I am getting this stupid dialog though, so I will have to call Apple later. Sweetwater can't technically support Logic because Apple doesn't allow them to sell it - although they usually do pass me along the food chain and find their best "Logic Person". Usually they can solve it for me, but today was an exception. I am getting this stupid dialog alert every time I open a Logic file that basically says, OMG ALERT, ALERT - Logic doesn't see the Micro Piano, nor does it see the FastLane!!! Big deal. Of course Logic can't see them - it's ridiculous - both units were properly removed via the Audio/Midi setup. It shouldn't see either of them, but I don't need Logic to tell me they don't see them. What a teeth gritting frustration. Just keep your mouth shut Logic, and mind your own beeswax. Obvously there are a couple of preferences that need to be trashed and Sweetwater couldn't quite put their finger on them.

    So I will waste another 1/2 hour of my life getting this absurd problem solved, a problem which shouldn't even exist.
     
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  10. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    A little ursine fun
     

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  11. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    That is a beauty! Congratulations on your determination to kick the habit and acquiring a beautiful guitar.

    The Telecaster is a guitar that I've grown to appreciate a lot over the last several years, a more versatile tonal pallette than I realized at first. Good choice!
     
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  12. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    F6819405-8FF1-4B29-BF40-DD8AB4A846E6. Indeed! Congrats on both the tele and the milestone!

    Hey Mr. Owl! I saw you and the Mrs. today!
     
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  13. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Wow! How exciting! Sounds like a great show and great trip! Thank you for the description.

    I should be seeing them in September.

    I sure hope the flute issues are sorted by then.
     
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  14. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Cool, burrowing owls
     
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  15. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Indeed. In Marana, AZ.

    Currently on location at this moment (I am escorting Mrs Indiedog as she happily clicks away on her Canon.)
     
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  16. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    That is very frustrating! I must say, non-essential “Error” messages make me crazy.
    I sure hope solutions are forthcoming...pronto!

    Excellent advice about putting one’s head down and playing. So yes, Nexy...STOMP IT!
     
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  17. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Hey Indie, I thought of you when I saw this ad on my facebook feed:

    md.
     
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  18. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
    Sort of looks a bit different than mine! :)

    Hey a question for you...I stopped by my favorite shop to drop off some old bass drums heads (to donate to young drummers) and I listened to a Dingwall Combustion bass. Each time when the salesman rotated the pickup selector there was a static-y “pop” through the amp. Is that normal?
     
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  19. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I always thought that static-y pops were bad, and totally not normal.
     
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  20. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Not normal - :rollno:
     
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