Friday, September 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I am considering installing Disqus before resuming blogging here.
Please let me know if you
- like or dislike leaving comments using Disqus.
- have or haven't installed Disqus on your own blog.
- found it easy or difficult to install.
- had any moderation problems.
- have decided some time after installing it that it is worth keeping or not.
- have any other suggestions for other comment systems.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Anyway, one part of this is due to the fact that I rely on a (cheap) mic tube pre-amp to make my (cheap) solid-state combo amp sounds like an (expensive) tube guitar amp.
The problem with this is that to get the nice tone coloration out of a tube, you have to drive it hot, and it ends up being driven so hot that the signal level would be unsafe. So I just keep the volume as low as possible. I just nudge it up from zero until it sounds at all--and that's still usually too loud. I feel like if I turned it up any higher than that I'd blow my power amp or speaker for sure.
The combo I'm using is a Peavey Transtube Studio Pro 112, and the mic pre is an ART Tube MP Studio. Based on the specs, the amp nominally sends and receives -10dBV through the effect loop. The Tube MP has a maximum gain of 44dB, and a maximum output of about 20dBV. While it looks like I'd need a 30dB attenuator, I'd rather it be adjustable, so I'll probably end up testing several levels before committing to one.
Unlike a guitar amp preamp, the Tube MP also lacks any tone controls. I've been wanting to implement an idea for a new passive tone stack anyway, so I've decided to use it here. It consists of two Big Muff tone stacks, each with flat mids, but who have different cutoff frequencies. This would allow a wide range of mid cut and mid boost options in addition to regular Big Muff tone operation.
Both the attenuator and tone controls can be 100% passive, and since they're intended for the same device, I'm going to consider them the same project and put them in the same box, which with the ART TubeMP I'll hopefully be able to velcro somewhere on my amp.
Here's a diagram of how it would be.
Without the FX loop, the signal goes straight from the internal preamp to the power amp.
Next post I'll record a video of what it sounds like without the attenuator and tone stack (although I think I've done that before, but without really talking about it), and show what would have to hook up to what.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
This blog needs some new mojo or something. New description etc.
Here's stuff I do that is "bloggable":
- Music Stuff
- Guitar Technician Stuff
- Basic Tech Stuff
- Tech "experiments"
- DIY Audio Recording Stuff
- Basic Audio Recording (in linux)
- LADSPA effects
- Recording technique "experiments"
- Noodling that results from recording technique
- Equipment "tour" Review videos
- Video Production Stuff
- Basic Video Editing (in linux)
- Video editing experiments
- Video encoding process (in linux)
- Actual full-fledged videosongs
- Album reviews
- New Albums
- Old Albums
- Johnny Cash Albums
- Book stuff:
- Book reviews (including synth books)
- Book vlogs a la Fragment Friday
- Electronics stuff:
- Pedal Design
- Mainstream and/or Boutique pedals
- Pedal Construction
- Pedal Mods
- Pedal Reviews
- Synth Theory
- "top-down" (modules, waveforms, topology0
- "bottom-up" (transistors, etc)
- Circuits 101
- Synth Circuit demonstrations
I think I should be able to get on a schedule or something. For instance, I could assign a percentage to each big topic--I could make a decision along the lines of "I want 30% of my posts to be about synthesizers". I could look in my archives and notice that only 25% of my posts had been about synthesizers, and then, well, I'd know what my next post topic would be.
Then I could subdivide each big topic into percentages for each subtopic, etc.
I'll probably make a spreadsheet. By the gods, I sure do love spreadsheets.
I feel like this kind of system would help me stay diligent about posting, and also ease the difficulty of deciding not just what post to make next, but what kind of work I should be doing IRL! If my next post is supposed to be about a song I've written and I haven't written any ... well I guess it's time to write a song!
I think I'm not going to post the percentages publicly, mostly because I don't want people telling me "ZOMG you did it wrong" and also so I can reserve the right to tweak the numbers.
Do you think I'm missing anything? Which of these topics sounds the least boring? Which sounds the least interesting?
The audience I wish I had has just as many "non-techie" types as "techie" types. Don't feel like you shouldn't comment just because you find all of the listed topics boring.
Also of course ... how do I wrap up that list of topics into a sentence that describes me?