Ironic Irony on CNN

Posted in Funny, Random on August 3, 2010 by dublab

I recently watched this news clip on the CNN website featuring dueling commentary from these two ladies (who i will refrain from describing) on Hugh Hefner’s statement that women are sex objects.

I don’t think either of them realizes they are proving his point much more thoroughly than any two-minute debate they could have…

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Erik Aadahl on Doing Sound Design for “Transformers”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, On My Radar, Technology on March 25, 2010 by dublab

Here’s a great interview with sound designer Erik Aadahl on his sound design work for the Transformers movies.  I would kill for this job…

It’s here.

Super Simple Tab Editor FTW

Posted in Music, Technology on March 19, 2010 by dublab

Even better than the last Guitar-Fu link I posted – here’s the Super Simple Tab Editor.  You tell it what to play and it tabs it out… it’s even got an “experimental” ASCII tab output.  I’m definitely looking forward to whenever that works.

Enjoy!

New Toys, May They Grow Up To Be Stompboxes

Posted in Music, Technology on March 16, 2010 by dublab

I recently “finished” my first attempt at wiring up my inaugural electronic creation, a true bypass loop box with an adjustable feedback control. I used a schematic I found on the Beavis Audio Research site (thanks Dano!), slightly modded to add one additional LED in series and using a DPDT for the feedback switch instead of SPDT (I had planned on wiring one of the LEDs to it so was going to use the second pole, but then I realized it’ll look a lot cooler if both eyes are red instead of just one).

I’m calling it the Red Eye because of the art on the box and my clever LED configuration. Of course since this was my first project, it doesn’t work.  The red LED’s light up and it works in bypass but nothing else, so I guess I’ve got some troubleshooting ahead of me.

Once I finally get it working, my hope is to use it to run my Boss DD-6 through it semi-permanently.  You see, the DD-6 is a great unit with a lot of possibilities and potential, but one fatal flaw – it’s tap tempo control is activated by holding down the footswitch for 2 seconds.  While you hold down the switch the effect is already engaged (at the currently set rate). Once you’re in tap and you set your rate, then you have to hold down the switch for another 2 seconds, which disengages the tap but leaves the effect on, and once tap is disengaged you can stomp the switch again to turn the effect off.  So tapping with the effect disengaged is impossible, which means if you don’t want a mess of ill-timed repeats while you set the effect you pretty much have to stop playing for 10-15 seconds.

Adding the Red Eye will let me leave the effect in tap mode semi-permanently (or at least for most of a gig) and turn the effect on and off independently, so I can then tap out the new tempos with the effect turned off.  Then the additional switchable variable feedback loop would let me conjure up infinite repeats (and hopefully induce DD-6 self-oscillation) on command.  That is if I can get it all working (hopefully that happens before the next 3052 gig)…

In other news, I’ve just received my Tube Screamer clone kit from JD Sleep’s General Guitar Gadgets site, and I’ll be trying to tackle that soon.  Hopefully I won’t screw it up.

The Guitar Fu Super Simple Fretboard

Posted in Music, Technology on March 9, 2010 by dublab

THIS thing is one of the most awesome things I’ve seen for a long time, if you are a guitarist it should speak for itself.

Guitar Fu Fretboard Diagramming Tool

Free SOJA MP3: “Used To Matter”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music on February 22, 2010 by dublab

Get a free MP3 at the SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) website (http://www.sojamusic.com/). My favorite song off the new CD…

Jack White Shines In “It Might Get Loud”

Posted in Artists I Like, Music, Videos on February 17, 2010 by dublab

I recently watched a movie titled “It Might Get Loud,” an interesting documentary-style piece starring guitarists Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather).  It was definitely a good watch and although the movie is somewhat guitar-centric, most of the real focus is on each guitarist’s growth as a player and with each of their respective bands.

Some highlights include:

  • A great clip where The Edge where plays a certain riff A/Bing between the wet delayed sound and then the dry sound to point out how important effects are to his sound (or maybe to point out the simplicity in his playing?). The look on his face is hilarious.
  • The summit scenes, where you get a sense of each guy’s personality.  Jack White has this expression on his face – like “shit I’m jamming with Jimmy Page” – which is really quite priceless, kind of like he feels a bit out of place, where Page (apparently the nicest guy ever) seemed to perceive the other two as equals.
  • Some good jam numbers with all three.

Out of all the guys I’d say Jack White impressed me the most. Page is a legend and The Edge is an institution in his own right, but the parts of the film focusing on them rely heavily on archive footage and their history, with a few bits of insight thrown in. The Jack White parts are where we learn the most – the stuff coming out of the man’s mouth is just always right on, from his deep respect for the history of his craft and his love of Son House, to his perspectives and thoughts on playing the instrument and the equipment he uses, the recording process, and the forces that shaped the look and sound of the White Stripes.

To my dismay, the amount of gear porn content is kept to a relative minimum – with the exception of a “guitar spot” for each one of the players (Page’s Strat, The Edge’s Explorer, and Jack White’s Kay) and some random shots of gear being set up for the summit, most of the movie kept the technical stuff off the screen.  Equipment-wise, the highlights are a short scene showing the Edge having “a tender moment” at the beach tweaking his Memory Man’s knobs and another where Jack White whips up a one-string guitar to play through a Big Muff Pi and a vintage amp…  I bet Electro Harmonix was totally psyched.

All in all, I’d say if you are a guitarist or lover of any of these guys’ work, the movie is definitely worth watching. Guitarists shouldn’t expect anything revolutionary in terms of gear porn – don’t expect to hear about their setups or settings – but it is certainly much more guitar-centric than the typical “Behind The Music” special while bringing MUCH more to the table.  Do yourself a favor and go check it out!