2021: A Year in Gear (What You've Bought or Want to Buy in 2021)

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vurt
addled muppet weed
88648 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:41 pm

:lol:

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PatchAdamz
KVRAF
7762 posts since 13 Nov, 2012

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:44 pm

:hail:

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vurt
addled muppet weed
88648 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:51 pm

Constructed Identity wrote:
Sun Dec 05, 2021 9:00 pm
This thing is is a bit untamed. I sequenced notes to it and recorded this :scared:
https://soundcloud.com/constructed-id/a ... 8c34429b49
oh yes :band: thats what i was looking for! raw unadulterated noises of new delight :D
can certainly see why its called swarm :hihi: some lovely filtering in there.
reckon that would sound lovely jamming with strega!!! :party:

shabdah is almost correct, it will go on the list, but not in a hurry, xmas + granddaughter = minimal funds for me :lol:

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Constructed Identity
KVRist
234 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:03 pm

pekbro wrote:
Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:44 am
I wouldn't mind having one of those swarms, however, much like the make noise desktop synths, I
can not buy every cool musical gadget that exists. Currently there is much I would rather buy
with the money before it. :shrug:
I still want need an Erica synths fusion box for it's real BBD and a drum machine that does more than just play samples. Maybe one that is patch-able because I now have an excess of short patch cables and no desire to get into eurorack.

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pekbro
KVRAF
4462 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:43 pm

Well now I suppose I'll have to do an amp sim shootout...
Plugin vs HW Digital Sim vs HW Solidstate Sim :lol:

*I didn't buy this for any other reason than I wanted it, nothing to do with the Iridium
or anything else. I will probably get the UK version at some point as well.

Quilter Labs SuperBlock US

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This is what happens when you have 160 vacation hours to burn before the end of the year and your're forced to sit at home in front of the computer...

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foosnark
KVRAF
6032 posts since 9 Jan, 2003 from Saint Louis MO

Post Tue Dec 07, 2021 5:37 am

Thinking about getting an Ashbory bass. Probably a DeArmand, but maybe the new Bass Centre one that looks almost normal... the problem is I see zero videos or reviews of that one online. :?

I have a short-scale (30") fretless, but honestly I could go smaller -- even though I have big ape hands, my first serious instrument was a violin, it's not like I'm not used to a really small target for intonation (combined with the worst possible way to have to hold an instrument :lol:). And I kind of like the mandolin and tenor uke. So to me, even that 30" bass seems unnecessarily big and heavy.

Shabdahbriah
KVRAF
7635 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Wed Dec 08, 2021 12:49 am

For years, all I heard were mediocre or total-crap (imho) demos of what this could do, which was extremely disappointing.

Then, very very recently, heard otherwise. My main interest being what it can do with what I record into it. Synchronicity kicked in with a brand new unit at ever-so-slightly more than half the original price. 8)

... en route. :party:


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justin3am
KVRAF
11601 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:46 am

foosnark wrote:
Tue Dec 07, 2021 5:37 am
Thinking about getting an Ashbory bass. Probably a DeArmand, but maybe the new Bass Centre one that looks almost normal... the problem is I see zero videos or reviews of that one online. :?

I have a short-scale (30") fretless, but honestly I could go smaller -- even though I have big ape hands, my first serious instrument was a violin, it's not like I'm not used to a really small target for intonation (combined with the worst possible way to have to hold an instrument :lol:). And I kind of like the mandolin and tenor uke. So to me, even that 30" bass seems unnecessarily big and heavy.
:tu: I've played a DeArmond Ashbory bass. They sound really interesting. Somewhere between an acoustic bass and an electric with flat-wound strings. Much easier on the fingers than round-wound strings and the short scale is a lot of fun. Bass is the only instruments I can really "play" convincingly. It's also the most fun instrument to play IMO. :hihi:

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elxsound
KVRAF
7486 posts since 18 Aug, 2007 from NYC

Post Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:33 pm

Feels like Christmas!

I haven't plugged in the Jam Pedals yet, but I'm going to do that next (and then try not to stay up all night playing).

The Slate VSX headphones I'm finding to be impressive so far. Part of me wanted to hate them just as much as I was hoping to like them. There are very few rooms to choose from, which I think is a good thing. You also don't need to use the rooms and can use the plugin (not system-wide) to have a balanced response, not dissimilar from how Sonarworks applies a corrective EQ to various headphone models. I like this better though. I'm just going through reference material but again I like it so far.

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pekbro
KVRAF
4462 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Fri Dec 10, 2021 5:01 pm

Got the Friedman buffer bay, the buffer makes quite a difference, assuming you're not using active pickups I guess. Aside from the patchbay functionality that I haven't setup yet, definitely good for eliminating tone suck. :tu:

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Constructed Identity
KVRist
234 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Sat Dec 11, 2021 11:37 am

One thing I don't like about the Q-Swarm is that the bottom is supported by the two plastic ends and so it slides around my desk.
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These anti-slip pads should work, the silicon pads weren't tall enough.
Also, here is my customized cutoff control:
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pekbro
KVRAF
4462 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Sat Dec 11, 2021 2:44 pm

I had to buy a bunch of anti-skid rubber bumpers for my pedals, problem is they don't really stick
well and move around mysteriously. Definitely I prefer the screw on feet, of course the pedals
are meant to be taped to a pedal board (which I am not fond of either). Either way, they are
destined to be sticky from all the adhesive I guess. :shrug:

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Constructed Identity
KVRist
234 posts since 29 Sep, 2012 from Minneapolis, MN

Post Sat Dec 11, 2021 3:59 pm

I see most of the used guitar petals on craigslist have velcro on the bottom. I got the nonskid pads at Home Depot for my keyboard stand months ago and they work great keeping the Prologue from slipping.

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pekbro
KVRAF
4462 posts since 29 Sep, 2010 from Maui

Post Sat Dec 11, 2021 5:18 pm

The Prologue has got some weight to it I imagine, at least as compared to guitar pedals.
I am just going to have to make a custom pedal board out of wood, and then put it on my desk. :lol:

Shabdahbriah
KVRAF
7635 posts since 19 Jun, 2008 from Seattle

Post Tue Dec 14, 2021 1:32 am

... Playing nicely, with the other kids. 8)

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