Buying new gear for FAWM?

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  • @cblack 3 weeks

    So, I've seen a few people mentioning new gear they've bought, and new gear they want to buy especially for FAWM, so I thought I'd make a thread about it.

    What have you bought or are going to buy soon, music-wise?

    For me, I bought the PoiZone plugin for FL Studio, and have been playing around with digital music. Now I'm researching MIDI controlling, and will hopefully buy a MIDI-to-USB cable to hook up my cheap keyboard to my laptop, and play my digital music, rather than just click my mouse a lot.

    Your turn!

  • @tsunamidaily 3 weeks

    no new instrument, but i'm getting my autoharp strung and might just try to write all my songs in february out of any chords on the autoharp. i'm also hoping my fiddle is working well enough to keep learning on it. maybe i can even record something with it during FAWM. it is my first attempt at learning bowing technique.

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    Ah, violins... I bought one, but hated putting the rosin on the bow, so never play it much.

    And I just found another purchase I'm considering: Locking tuners for my guitar. I broke a string about an hour ago, and was quickly reminded of how much I hate restringing. So yeah... Even if I'm pretty certain I won't be recording guitar for FAWM (trying digital at the moment), locking tuners are definitely on my list. Because from what I've seen, locking tuners are super simple to restring. πŸ˜€

    Unfortunately, I don't think Santa will bring me a set. 😝

  • @brrrse  3 weeks

    @tsunamidaily I hope you can record something with the autoharp. - hey, maybe we can host a autoharp challenge or something - WOOT.

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    Hmm... Got $100 for Christmas (so far, possibly total). I could order a set of locking tuners for my electric guitar. Or I could buy a quality MIDI-to-USB cable... Hmm... Must ponder.

  • @brrrse  3 weeks

    @cblack thank you - I forgot I needed a cable - πŸ˜€

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    You're welcome!

    I'll add another thing to my shopping list, though it's less likely to happen before FAWM: An EQ pedal. Given that I probably won't be playing guitar during FAWM this year, yeah, it's definitely lower on the list.

  • @metalfoot  3 weeks

    I need to tune up the autoharp before FAWM as well. Thanks for the reminder!

  • @brrrse  3 weeks

    Okay, that's three of us - @cblack @metalfoot and me - who have autoharps - I know there are others. So, look for an autoharp group this year.

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    @brrrse Erm, nope, not me. I think you meant @tsunamidaily . πŸ˜€

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    Hmm... In a quandary right now. There's a sale on at a music store website, where I can get 25% off. So I could get a MIDI-to-USB cable cheaper. Unfortunately, I'd then have to pay shipping, so the saving wouldn't be all that much.

    The other option is to wait 'til my local music store opens again after Christmas, and see if they have something in stock. That way, I'm supporting my local and also not paying shipping.

    The sale is, as far as I know, today only. So I need to make a decision today. Except my local is closed today. Ack!

  • @metalfoot  3 weeks

    When in doubt, I usually go with the local store. But that's just me.

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    Yeah, me too. Unless the local simply doesn't have what I'm after. The local is a small-ish store, whereas the one in the city is easily 3 times the size, and is a chain store with a huge warehouse somewhere interstate.

    My bass for instance - my local didn't have a very big selection, whereas the chain store had 1 that really spoke to me. And if I buy a drum kit again, it'll be from the big store in the city, because my local simply doesn't have room for more than 2 kits.

    But yeah - everything else, I try to buy from my local. Not least because they've answered probably close to 100 of my random musical questions over the years, and never seemed to mind or pressure me into buying something. Gotta respect that. πŸ˜€

  • @w1n  3 weeks

    Planning to upgrade my DAW Ableton Live to the newest version, some nice new features and a wavetable synth that seem interesting. Might also buy some new effect pedals, need a new delay that is a bit more trustworthy then my current one, and I'm drooling over the Boss and JHS overdrive collab pedal.

  • @tcelliott  3 weeks

    Looking for a damned good acoustic guitar. Budget around 850 US. Looking at almost nothing but used guitars (more bang for the buck.) I've found a martin I like, lower end, but it looks like the used price is more than I can get it from the box stores new. A bit older and made in America so it's not the exact same guitar....

  • @kraftec 3 weeks

    I got a new amp (Peavey VK112) last month and hopefully a new guitar tomorrow. I've also started downloading some new vst's and see if I can get some new sounds.

  • @ickabodsane 3 weeks

    I bought and Akai MPK mini 2. It means I will be able to do more than electric ukulele this year. I haven't written any music since 2016 so I am rusty 😁

  • @cblack 3 weeks

    @kraftec Nice! I love me a good Peavey. πŸ˜€

  • @ruiguo 2 weeks

    I sucked it up and ordered a Roland TD4-KP. It's a folding portable drum kit. I used to have a really nice V-Drum at home but now that's my main kit I use with my band so it's in the rehearsal place, not home. I needed this for practice anyway, but I thought that I'd try using this practice kit to compose on, in addition to my bass and guitar.

  • @ruiguo 2 weeks

    Sorry. I accidentally posted the same thing twice. No idea how I did that nor how to delete a post. Sorry, I'm old.

  • @johnstaples  2 weeks

    Upgraded my Ozone to Ozone 8 Advanced and also bought Neutron 2 Advanced plus I bought Vocal Synth today! This will allow me to get closer to finished, faster! Could an album finally be in my future???

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ruiguo Colour me jealous! I don't have room for a kit, not even a foldable e-kit. 😞

    @johnstaples Synths for the win! 😁

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    Actually, I'm hoping to quit nicotine in the new year, and if that's successful, I might treat myself to an instrument mic. That way I can record my guitars a bit better... Might try some recording for FAWM, even if my main focus is electronica.

    I want a Shure SM57, as they're the more affordable instrument mics that have a stellar reputation, but I don't think my local sells them anymore... Will have to do some hunting.

    So, my list has now become:

    MIDI-to-USB cable first;
    SM57 second;
    Locking tuners for my electric guitar third;
    and possibly an EQ pedal if I can save quickly enough (though EQ can be done in my DAW anyway, which is why this is last on my current list).

    It'll take a fair chunk of money, but damn it, I want to treat music like a professional, and that means spending money up front, y'know?

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    Ooooh! Just found a bundle deal on the SM57 plus an XLR cable plus a boom mic stand, for 99 pounds British. That apparently equates to about $170 Australian. In comparison, the chain store in my city has just the SM57 on its own for $249!

    All hail Andertons! I know where I'll be buying the SM57, if I do buy one. πŸ˜€

  • @brrrse  2 weeks

    Thank you for this thread. I just ordered that midi to usb cable I've been needing forever.

  • @barrygoldman  2 weeks

    I got a classical acoustic recently, so I hope to make some good tunes using that.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @brrrse Ha! Mission accomplished, I suppose. 😝 Hopefully I'll be buying my own MIDI-to-USB cable soon, too. πŸ˜€

    @barrygoldman Nice! Looking forward to hearing it. πŸ˜€

  • @pfoo  2 weeks

    @ruiguo I bought a used TD4-KP a few months ago. I've been happy with it except the high hat seems a bit fussy - doesn't always seem to register my playing. My plan is to use it for practicing and for creating demos. We have an acoustic kit in the basement which is great for practicing, but a pain to mike and record. I'm hoping for FAWM I can use the electronic kit instead of programming MIDI drum parts by hand.

    Other than that, I need a new audio interface that has more than two inputs. Currently researching....

  • @kraftec 2 weeks

    New guitar acquired, a really nice Godin Redline 3 reduced from like €800 to €100 because there's a scratch on it and the volume knob is missing.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @pfoo Ah, I hear you on the interface issues... I bought a Focusrite Scarlet Solo, which works well, but I then realised that for a little extra money I could've gotten the 2i2, which would let me use 2 mics or 2 leads at once, rather than 1 of each on the Solo... *sigh* Oh well. I don't need a lot of inputs at this point. It's just one of those, "Oh, I should've done this instead!" moments.

    @kraftec Awesome! I wouldn't be bothered with a scratch, and the volume knob can easily be replaced. Great deal!

    For me, I'm considering selling my bass amp, busking amp and an effects pedal. The bass amp sucks (I get a better bass tone on my guitar amp, strangely enough), I had too much stage fright to make busking viable in the end, and I now have a better distortion pedal so don't need the old one. I could probably get $400 total on them second-hand, which is pretty much what it would cost me to get the MIDI cable, the SM57 + XLR cable + stand pack, *and* locking tuners.

    Going to mull it over

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    And turns out the postage for the SM57 pack is ridiculous. However, the SM57 on its own from Andertons is about $60 Australian *less* than the pack (seriously, the boom mic stand in the pack added on sooooo much shipping!). Now, I already have a boom mic stand, and I can buy an XLR cable locally for less than $20.

    So yes... If I do buy an SM57, it'll be individually from Andertons. Still way cheaper than buying one from the local chain store!

  • @tcelliott  2 weeks

    See if the local store will price match the on line price and shipping total. I've had some small success with that here in the states.

  • @js6  2 weeks

    Oh yes! I ordered a midi controller keyboard whatever thingy, Alesis V25. I have used my computer keyboard to play MIDI intruments or simply painting the blocks with my mouse to the piano roll, so I'm quite excited to take this to the next level πŸ˜€

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @js6 Mwuahahaha! Feel the MIDI revolution! 😁 (Seriously though, I'm very much looking forward to using my actual keyboard to control some plugins. πŸ˜€)

    @tcelliott If it was my actual local store, I would see if they could price match. However, it's the Australian chain store that I feel no real loyalty towards that has the SM57. Strangely enough, I'd rather buy something from Andertons, due to the YouTube love. πŸ˜€ Even if it means waiting a while for it to arrive...

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    I know this is small fry in this thread, but I need to buy some replacement strings for my guitar. The 9 gauge, actually. The one that breaks the most often... *sigh*

    I broke it just after Christmas, and haven't had a chance to get to the music store since then. So my poor electric guitar is disfigured and waiting. If I be really quiet, I can almost hear it wailing...

    Soon, guitar, soon! *chokes back a sob*

  • @brrrse  2 weeks

    @cblack from the BGV risers ... "While his guitar gently weeps......"

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    That Trio Pedal folks were talking about... shipped, supposed to arrive any day.

    Anyone got one and can rave about, or suggest-isms... I read no negative review anywhere. I hope it is as commented. Wow... aye, bass and drums... dynamically Ai applied. Any negatives at all? I wish it split the signal so I could DAW it and have me one side, and "it" the other L/C/R ... but, eh not bad if is what it is at $49 shp incldd

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    I bought a connector today for $1.25 so I can connect the audio output from my 8-bit computers to audio input for the sake of possibly using 8bit synth sound here or there. We'll see. The price isn't going to break my personal finances, at any rate!

  • @charliecheney 2 weeks

    I have a line on a $25 Alesis i02 recording interface, here's hoping on that. Congrats @kraftec on that Godin, holy cow that sounds like a great find.

  • @standup  2 weeks

    I guess with the Trio pedal you could put a DI box before it and send the un-accompanied guitar to one channel, and the Trio signal to another channel? Or if you have other pedals with stereo outs, send one side to the Trio and the other side to the recorder? Seems like there might be a couple of workarounds.

  • @standup  2 weeks

    I don't think there's anything I need, which is unusual. I guess I pick stuff up as needed through the year, and FAWM is not giving me any new urges.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ustaknow I'll second what @standup said about using a DI box. That should work. πŸ˜€

    Oh, and @standup I usually buy myself something nice for my birthday, and sometimes for Christmas. After that, my main music shopping period seems to be FAWM. πŸ˜€ Like, this year I bought myself an acoustic guitar as a birthday present. Nothing for Christmas yet, though I think the money I got for Christmas will go towards that MIDI-to-USB cable, for sure.

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Hey @standup @cblack --great idea.

    It just arrived, still in cold box.... waiting to warm up prior to opening since elec and don't want condensation w/temp change when I start it up.

    So, I can run the drum/bass only once Ai'd and then the guitar separately. I like that idea anyway for stereo if only can just diminish the guitar, --I remember the demo video it had dials, so I guess I can dial up/mix the bass/drums and over power the guitar, then run that center in mix. Well, I'll find out, but, anyway, great idea. I love the simple ones that solve "wants" for use.

    -- Thank you for commenting!

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Sweetwater gives you a bag of candy with you order 😝 --yes. More holiday sugar! It will make me a better songwriter to, to, to, to ...to much sugar πŸ˜€

  • @izaakalexander 2 weeks

    Strings. I've got to restring my mandolin. Everything else has been sadly packed up and stored for my move to Catalunya. I might buy something when I get there but I'm not sure. It all has to be kept simple and portable.

  • @tootoobee  2 weeks

    @ustaknow I also got the Trio as a new gear πŸ˜€ so your question did interest me as well. The manual says if you use (on the "out" side) both the AMP and the MIXER Trio will send the guitar only to the AMP and the drums/bass to MIXER. Haven't tried it yet though...
    If that does not work and I need to use one of those DI boxes (I'm new to these), do I need an active or passive one?

    Besides that (since I still suck at playing guitar and will need more editing in the DAW there πŸ˜‰ ), I've been thinking of 1. figure out a song with the Trio, then 2. first record bass/drums on one track in the DAW and the record guitar to it on a separate track. Maybe also split drums and bass separately just using the volume on the Trio, so you can put them in different places in the mix.

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Hey @tootoobee I just now started to experiment. Came here during a break. Thanks for the tip, --yeah forgot the "manual" is online...gotta get that. If that's true, I'm good. I was thinking, seeing in hand how it works, I could just let the Track Run then overdub. But, heck, I'd rather avoid the step.

    By DI active...your question, --eh I know equipment but everyone's got their own lingo. For me, active pertains to Phantom Power, or it's powered, not passive (no power, or power for a Mic).

    For me, my Digital Interface to the Computer runs to a Mixing board. I'd patch through that and leave my two "Mic" connection type cables as is. I think most Digital Interface Boxes to the Computer are powered and mine is via the USB port itself. See... lots of lingo, and potential for confusion. If your set up already to a PC/DAW, you're likely using a "DI" and is "Active" πŸ˜€ hahhh... geese, right, I know!

    Anyway, the Trio, --looks like it takes a bit of use, to use it. I have a heavy right hand, syncopated... gonna have to simply modulate sans rhythm-ish-ness. Also, --DO have to end on down stroke and remember your "progression" 😝 hahhh... but, liking it. Actually it's like my VOX mini... but the Trio is in Key and much more variable. So, glad for it. Hope I get the hang of it... I'm such a minimalist really. Could wind up another music pantry ornament πŸ˜€

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Hey @tootoobee -- post how you make out. It's a busy weekend. I will too. But, likely next week. I like your idea of even isolating the Bass... wow, they should have just made it a triple patch out πŸ˜€ hahhh! But, anyway, the dual use of "out" to Mix and Amp, makes sense.

    The prepurchase video demo only spoke of if used one at a time, not both simultaneously!

    This for me is only good for home songwriting... I used to drag all this "krappe" to a venue and just hated it. When I saw I got the same good results and reaction with just guitar and mouth, I got spoiled. Carrying one acoustic guitar is nice and light, and they always have a PA πŸ˜€

    But, for song-drafts ... I think this will inspire. I wound up just jamming, running my neck on electric tonight for an hour... and got some nice riffs. Sometimes, that's how I find song "fragments" to then develop.

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Oh, @tootoobee ... woke up and grabbed the acoustic next to me, no, not up all night playing... any way... Hahhh, I only Mic my acoustic and happened to have the Vol down on this one and was only hearing the Bass and Drums... wondered what happened. --Turn it down and Mic it anyway, hahhhh.... very simple, almost "embarrassingly" so solution/option.

    Ahh new gear --like giving a coconut to a monkey and ask'em to open it πŸ˜‰ Fun to watch!

  • @scottlake 2 weeks

    Addictive Drums or EZDrummer for me. Need to decide soon

  • @ruiguo 2 weeks

    @pfoo The TD4-KP came today and it looked hilarious in the spot where my TD30-KV used to sit, hahaha. But whatever. I didn't expect it to be the same thing. It was cheaper by a factor of....well, a lot. I messed with it all day today and it wasn't until ust now that I read your comments. You bought yours used. That may have something to do with it, but I was well impressed with how well the hi hat responded to my playing, considering the configuration. Anyway, I tried FAWM once years ago and didn't get anywhere with it so I'm going bare bones this time. I want to use the kit to compose on, and I'm not going to bother making demos at all. That was my downfall last time - I wanted to post demos and this time I want to write songs. The rules state that all you really have to post is song titles, and be on our honor that we actually wrote the songs. I need those songs. So if I don't get any more than titles posted then so be it. I want to finish the challenge, by God!

  • @ruiguo 2 weeks

    @cblack I should be embarrassed to admit that it took me this long to get a practice kit at home. I'm a drummer, for f***'s sake, and my V-Drum left my home to be my main gig kit back in June last year. The folding portable kit arrived today. I practiced at home for the first time in HALF A YEAR.

  • @tcelliott  2 weeks

    Just got the trio from sweetwater at just under 50 bucks. Was debating on the footswitch but it's out of stock anyway. I'll play with it and if it becomes a tool instead of a toy then I'll probably spring for the footswitch if it stays on sale.

  • @pfoo  2 weeks

    @ruiguo My kit is currently folded up in a corner - it's amazing how small it packs down. It's perfect for my home office / recording area. I want to use it for FAWM to record some "normal" sounding drums, but also trigger non-drum sounds from the MIDI output. Maybe birds chirping or weird stuff, but I'll see how well that works out. I understand what you are saying about the demos, but I would be curious to hear what you do if you end up recording anything.

    Oh - almost forgot! My husband put together a small pedal board for me to use with my guitar. It's new for me for FAWM! It has two delays and a reverb pedal for creating lush, ambient types of sounds.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ruiguo Heh. Yeah, I'd love a drum kit. Even an e-kit that can fold up would be too bulky for my current situation, though, sadly.

    @pfoo Pedalboards are awesome. πŸ˜€ If my amp didn't have a bunch of effects built into it, my pedal collection would be much bigger. πŸ˜‰

    For me, I rang my local music store today, and it turns out they don't have the strings I need right now. *sigh* I was going to pick up some spare strings and a MIDI cable today, but there goes that idea. And I'm working tomorrow, family stuff on Thursday, and working again on Friday... So it looks like the weekend will be my next chance to get the gear I want...

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    Ack! I'm getting mildly bored of my synth plugins already. Now considering buying the basic package of Nexus, which is on sale for $199 US. $50 savings. But Australian, that's still about $255. Which I can't afford right now... *sigh*

    I know I was already looking at a MIDI-to-USB cable, an SM57 and some locking tuners, but I suspect Nexus would be more useful in the immediate future than any of those things.

    I don't know... Maybe the MIDI cable would break me out of the "usual" patterns when it comes to songwriting... Like, rather than just clicking my mouse, I could play a synth. Maybe that would reinvigorate my playing.

    Nexus is very tempting, though! If only I had the funds...

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    Eh, you know what? If I can get a MIDI setup working, that should add enough variety to my synths. Because rather than just punching in the beats that make sense, I'll be able to play instinctively. And I mean, the other factor is that Nexus doesn't actually sound all that different from my current plugins... Somewhat different, maybe a little more professional, but still the same general types of sounds.

    So yes. I think MIDI is the answer right now. πŸ˜€ And as a bonus, I can get a MIDI-to-USB cable for about $50, whereas Nexus is like $255.

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    https://digitech.com/en/products/trio...

    -- I forgot the Manual for the Trio was on-line.

    Yes, --if both outputs are used the signal is split -- guitar to amp; Bass/Drums to Mixer. (I have not tried it yet, but, I presume it won't know if that's an amp, or rather another Mixer input πŸ˜€ -- if can record in Stereo, derUgo πŸ˜€ )

    Also, as I found that, if you have an acoustic you plug in and Mic, --just turn the Vol down/off after the Pedal is set (more of a live situation if useful?, --using two amps).

  • @ampersandman  2 weeks

    I haven't exactly bought it for FAWM, but I own a new Ebow now.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ampersandman I'm curious... Can an ebow be used on an actual violin or viola or whatever? Or is it just for guitars? All the videos I've seen online have the ebow being used with a guitar. Honestly, though, if I could use it on my violin, I'd do so in a heartbeat. Saves applying rosin to the bow...

  • @ampersandman  2 weeks

    @cblack The Ebow is a gimmick designed for guitar. I use it for producing feedback and violin-/flute-like tones. I'm not even sure it will produce sound on a violin and it's not practical to play (you rest it on the strings, but a violin bridge is arc-shaped). And why should you when you can have a real bow? I'm sure traditional bowing on a violin will give you much greater control and thus more expression.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @ampersandman Ah, yes, a real bow is certainly more functional. It's just me being lazy and impatient, really... Applying the rosin to the bow takes too long and I'm not very good at it. Which means I've only played my violin maybe 3 times since buying it. In 2016, as far as I can recall.

    I really wish there was a non-rosin option available... I mean, surely there's some sort of man-made material that could provide the necessary friction to play the strings without damaging them or the man-made material. But I can't seem to find any such thing. *sigh*

  • @elliottlawrence 2 weeks

    I just bought a Rode microphone. I've been singing along to my piano music for a while now but have never recorded my voice. I figured I might as well just take a risk and try out singing for a change, so we'll see how that goes!

  • @vomvorton  2 weeks

    I started using Ableton Live while making a synthpop album last November, so I'm still figuring that out. I feel like I'll probably be tempted with some new gear for FAWM but I haven't figured out what it will be yet. MAYBE a new electric guitar. Maybe.

  • @zecoop  2 weeks

    I changed from n-Track to Reaper this year due to some glitches that killed a couple songs last year, so I'll have a bit of a learning curve to be able to do some of the things that I did before.

    As far as gear, I get things as I find them, if I find them cheap and they are things I wanted to try anyway... There were a few new/old items this year that I am looking forward to using. I picked up a Yamaha DX21, which should give me some fun retro synth sounds. Should be a nice slightly higher end addition to the MANY lo-fi 80's Casio and Yamaha keyboards I have collected. That's always a fun sound to mix in and make modern.

    I also use almost all PodXT for my FAWM guitar and bass recording, just because I can get a million sounds and the house doesn't hear it. But... I found a few amps on Craigslist for really cheap, so I'll hopefully be recording some 'live' guitar this year. I got a 1950's Silvertone 1331 tube amp that is very much like an old Fender Champ. I also found a 1970 Traynor YGM-3 Tremolo/Reverb tube amp that was in nearly mint condition. I am super excited about both of those. Sorry Mrs ZeCoop... It might be louder this year. :

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    Hey @zecoop -- always liked your band, lead singer, etc. ...... anyway, -- those units will fit nice in your sound! That 5F1 base circuit can power a half stack at 5W.

    For me the Rectifier Tube which the ST should still have, (well the Silvertone for sure) not Diode, are the special part for me, --the sag once hot, with about #6 on Vol -- is nice. (Nicely effected too). (But, yes, louder than some realise if jamming a while πŸ˜€ )

    Anyway, -- *just say'in ... nice additions, real nice!

    [To much for writing, but, --I keep a Bassman 100 next to me and a Peavey Butcher πŸ˜€ for fun around, --love the Sunn Concert series too, I keep them the floor below and use the house as a Leslie Cabinet 😝 Hahhh, music, just love it!...
    ]

  • @tootoobee  2 weeks

    @ustaknow just plugged the cables of AMP exit and mixer exit into two inputs of my interface and it nicely separates (acoustic) guitar and "band" on two tracks in my DAW πŸ˜€

  • @ustaknow 2 weeks

    @tootoobee -- 😝 we need to help them market that thing!

    I look forward to all your great work 2018. (Me, it'll just be my usual "krappe"... but now it may have D/B behind it πŸ˜‰ hahhh)

    =======================
    Other, just runn'in on a bit... :
    Hey, --like your stuff. I have family in the Salzburg area and across the border, Baden-ish area, pending how you define it. But they refuse to speak in any other than English to me πŸ˜‰ hahhh... so, relegated to translate.google... anyway,
    --I do wonder about song modulation, elements in "German"... meaning
    ---- I appreciate that you do that stuff; not lost here I don't think, --not on me.

    I look forward to your Uke and Deutsch! You must speak English very well. I saw a person speaking/writing perfect English the other day from another country, and some "American" πŸ˜‰ (not me)... just didn't get that not everyone speaks English as a first language, nor "American" πŸ˜‰ . Or like many in my family 5 languages + ... and that explains my infamous, so derUgo, Uno! 😝 stuff... All in "Germany", Ukraine, India, "Canada" even, hahhh, ... "get me". (Yes, I've got family "everywhere')

    Ok, I'm done! πŸ˜€

  • @tootoobee  2 weeks

    @ustaknow lucky you, lot's of interesting places to go to when visiting your family πŸ˜‰, mine is (mostly) in Germany... I need English for work as well but then ... there are dictionaries πŸ˜‰ I use them a lot when writing in English. When I started songwriting (at least all the online classes to get some background) I thought the worst thing that might happen that my English get's a bit better πŸ˜€
    I find it more difficult to write songs in German, it often sounds too cheesy (or maybe I simply don't notice that in English πŸ˜‰ ) But I haven't given up on it yet.

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    @elliottlawrence Oh, vocals... Definitely not my strong suit. Good luck to you and me! I still struggle with figuring out how vocals will fit in among a song.

    @vomvorton Do it! Buy the new electric guitar! As an unashamed gear lover, it'd make me vicariously happy to hear people playing new gear this FAWM. 😁

    @zecoop Ah! Recording amps... I always find I struggle to record amps, because of stage fright or general anxiety or something... Like, hitting that record button makes me freeze up. *sigh* But looking forward to hearing your amps! 😁

    @ustaknow Nice amps! Also, German! Some of my favourite dark electro music is in German. Check out Eisenfunk and Centhron. (Though the latter is NSFW.)

    @tootoobee That's an interesting point, actually... Like, you might become self-conscious about certain things that you write in your native language, but not in a second language. At this point, I'm not doing lyrics. But I do speak a tiny amount of Italian, and when I'm singing along at home, yes

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    I am less self-conscious about the actual words. It's an interesting idea, really... Perhaps I should write lyrics in Italian?

  • @cblack 2 weeks

    On my end, I'm still (im)patiently waiting to buy my MIDI-to-USB cable. Basically, I'm waiting 'til my local store has some 9-gauge strings in stock, so I can buy some new strings at the same time. Otherwise it'll mean going to the store twice, which is a bit of a schlep. (I travel by public transport...) So yeah. Hopefully on Saturday or Monday I'll be picking up my MIDI cable and 9-gauge strings. πŸ˜€

  • @sw1n3flu  1 week

    Aiming to buy nothing this year. Have a room full of gear and some idea...

  • @kovbleu  1 week

    I got my first ukulele to use for FAWM this year. Mostly because I'll be traveling during part of the month but I am going to bring it with me so I can still write! A couple new mic stands, cables, things like that. πŸ˜€

  • @tiller2  1 week

    I just ordered my first quality pair of studio headphones--more to aid in recording and mixing than with songwriting, but related! A good deal on an open-box pair of Shure SRH840s for $135 from Sweetwater.

  • @spinhead  1 week

    I just ordered a dozen Dunlop Gator Grip .71 purple picks. Set me back $3.50 but I got free shipping.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @sw1n3flu Mmm, I'm pretty sure I won't be buying anywhere near as much as I want to... Damn you, money!

    @kovbleu I need to get a ukulele at some point. I see so many FAWMers happy with theirs...

    @tiller2 It definitely still counts! Anything that helps you make the best music you can. πŸ˜€

    @spinhead Oooh, big spender. 😝 I bought a big pack of picks last year, and am still working my way through them. Though I think I spent more like $10 on them. Ack!

  • @chipwithrow  1 week

    I'm glad to see so many rock hands here among those who are getting new gear. My thinking is: if you can afford new musical gadgets, you can afford to donate for your rock hand.
    I got a ukulele for Christmas - an unexpected surprise. And I'll restring my guitar - first time in well over a year.
    Right before 50/90, I bought a new computer mic but returned it because the old duct-taped one worked better. So I'll keep using the old one. I might need to buy more duct tape.

  • @ustaknow 1 week

    Hey @cblack -- nice recommend. -- ja, das ist seht gut... made me want to break out my old Welding Gear and play Pong while welding and strum my Les Paul 😝 while the Butcher screamed at me.

  • @spinhead  1 week

    @cblack You can get a uke for $20 and put new Aquila nylgut strings on it and be happy. A cheap Kala or their even less expensive off brand will work. I love love my Luna tattoo pineapple soprano, but you don't have to go all nuts to get a uke. Austin Nicholsen of Leftover Cuties told me he likes the cheapest uke he can find. Since they've made their name around uke-based music, I'm thinking yeah maybe. My little one's cheap uke (a gift from the lovely and talented @debs) sounds fine, it just doesn't stay in tune very well.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @chipwithrow Y'know, I hadn't considered the amount of rock hands yet. I know I donated last year for the fact that I could host my songs on FAWM, rather than donating. This year I'm probably going to open a SoundCloud account, but will likely still donate and host my songs on FAWM. I mean, I want SoundCloud to reflect my best music, not every single draft I come up with. And it's an added bonus that buying the right to host my songs here helps keep FAWM running year after year. πŸ˜€

    @ustaknow Heh. 😝

    @spinhead I'll have to look into cheap ukes, I think. Or else just try some of them out when I next go to my local music store. However, I have a list of possible purchases that is growing by the day, so I can't guarantee buying one... Especially as I don't have a decent mic to record the uke with!

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    I might have bought a cheap uke for $15 new; came with instruction book and CD. It's actually a better uke than the one I already had, so that's a win.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @metalfoot My local store has a lot of ukes for sale, but they start at around the $120 mark. So yeah... Not going there at this point. That money could be spent on something else more immediately useful to me.

    Speaking of spending money... The 1 thing I have bought lately, the PoiZone plugin? I just realised that I didn't actually need it. Basically, I didn't know where to look in Sytrus to find all the available presets. (Hint: There are 2 arrows on the header - right click. Found that out on a random YouTube video about using MIDI in FL Studio...) Anyway, I've just sampled the Sytrus presets and damn, they're really good! Many of which are similar enough to PoiZone that I didn't need to spend the money. Because yeah - Sytrus is free with FL Studio. Ack!

  • @ianuarius 1 week

    Actually, I built a new PC. That's gear, right?

    https://imgur.com/a/NpBvz

    - Core i7-8700K
    - NZXT S340 Elite
    - Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming
    - Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz 2x8GB
    - Seasonic Focus+ 650W 85+ GOLD
    - be quiet! Pure Rock

  • @tiller2  1 week

    I received a reverb pedal as a present. It adds a new dimension to my little Fender "Silverface" Champ Amplifier.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @ianuarius Hell yeah, building a new PC counts! I'd love to build a music PC, but that's really not on the cards right now. (I'm still going back and forth on whether I should buy a $50 MIDI cable. A $1500 PC is just not happening right now.)

    @tiller2 Reverb is awesome! And yes, definitely adds another dimension to your sounds. πŸ˜€

  • @monty  1 week

    I bought an upgrade for Band-in-a-Box/Realtracks LOL. I consider that gear.

  • @cblack 1 week

    @monty Never heard of those, but they sound musical, so I'm going to say it counts. 😝

  • @andygetch  1 week

    Taylor acoustic GS mini-bass

  • @brrrse  1 week

    @monty right on! that is OUR gear! digital instruments are still instruments and require some ability to play! πŸ˜€

  • @ustaknow 1 week

    @andygetch -- that's a nice piece of gear! And, that is standard pitch tuning? I have a unit of that scale and it is, nice and tight. The strings on mine, with a solid body are a tighter wire core, so tunes up nicely, no floppy-ness. String spec makes a difference. I have a few 30in scale Basses which with certain brands were floppy and hard to tune 😝 , almost like tuning a 5 string, pending how you tune it, you just have to go up the Neck to get the tuner to register.

    I didn't know Taylor did a mini like that.

    So, how is it? I see it has bronze strings too, so it will be nicely bright, I'll bet. Did you get a nice used one, or went new?

    I didn't know you did Bass. I guess you could play it as a Bass Uke too πŸ˜€ hahhh.

  • @andygetch  1 week

    @ustaknow yes the mini was new last year, so new was all there was. It came with strings especially made for the Taylor model. I like it. My grandson has a Squier Bronco bass also with 30" scale that I have added to a few songs.
    Unfortunately I play ukelele, bass, mandolin, and banjo like I play guitar. Probably breaking some rules there too LOL. I have done a few bass tracks when multi-tracking, which is something I don't do a lot of these days. I did a song in 5090 with one-track vocal and bass. Probably will again this FAWM.

  • @quork  1 week

    A new Eastman mandolin, and various IOS apps, including iSymphonic and Heavy Brass. I really want to work in a horn section.

  • @cblack 6 days

    @andygetch Acoustic bass? Awesome! I've never played one of those before. Maybe when I win the lottery? 😝

    @quork Nice to see some less-common things popping up. πŸ˜€

  • @andygetch  6 days

    @cblack while electric (and cheaper used) are always options, I love the earthier tone of the acoustic. Hope you win the musical instrument lottery πŸ˜€

  • @standup  6 days

    Oh, I bought a couple more Moleskine notebooks. That's my new gear for FAWM.

  • @ustaknow 6 days

    @andygetch --while full scale bass has it's nicities, a 30in-isher or so, is so nice. One of my favorites, piled in with many "gentry" cousins, is my SX Fretless P-Bass 30in scale... I think was a C-note or le$$. (Not made anymore, but can't figure why.)

    All I did was put in some "hotter" pups, --but of no fault to the stock ones at all. (Could've just left them in. SX P-90 pup's, as e.g., ones I have are old school, nice.)

    Anyway -- hmmm, no, I can't add another! πŸ˜‰ hahhh... (I had an Epiphone Captain... a beast of an acoustic, like carrying a Dog-house around... to much for size.)

    Anyway, I'd love to know which were the Bass|Vocal... that sounds interesting.

  • @standup  6 days

    I got a "Hadean" brand ukulele bass last summer, and used it on 80% of my 50/90 songs. It was cheap and addictive. Not much sound unplugged, but sounds good through the pickup. Giant rubber strings, and a sound that's much more muted and maybe almost upright-bass-like than my electric basses. I have an upright bass, but it's upstairs and I record in the basement, and I'm lazy, so it doesn't appear much.

  • @monty  6 days

    @standup I buy spiral steno pads at the dollar store LOL.

  • @metalfoot  6 days

    @standup I have a Moleskine music journal-- staff paper on one side, journal space on facing page. Really nice. I think they didn't sell well and might be out of print now.

  • @postcardhelicopters  6 days

    All during 2016 and 2017 I've been bulking up on music software. In that time I've picked up the full version of Kontakt 5, guitar & bass kits from Orange Tree Sample, Ozone 8 Elements, some hardware emulations from Waves, and the big poobah, the Arturia V Collection 5 -- which I just this month overspent my budget to upgrade to version 6, which added Yamaha DX-7 and CMI Fairlight to the prior group, and I'm super-excited about that.

    The one piece of F.A.W.M.-specific gear I bought over the last year was a Shure SM-58 mic.

    I already have an AT-2020, but I always feel a little stifled singing into that mic, and I thought if I tried a hand-held mic, I might be able to loosen up more. I suppose I'll find out soon enough, eh?

  • @standup  6 days

    My Moleskines are blank pages, more flexible. I just use them for words, so the staff paper would have been wasted on me.

  • @cblack 6 days

    @andygetch Hah! Thanks. πŸ˜€

    @standup @monty @metalfoot I've never gotten super nerdy about journals / notebooks, but I must admit, I do have 1 killer-looking notebook that I have strong feelings for. Not that I've used it that much... But it's so pretty!

    @ustaknow Colour me jealous! I've never used P90s before, but they're definitely on My List. πŸ˜€

    @postcardhelicopters Yes! Software has become my latest "thing". It's a combination of making electronica tracks, along with the fact that software only takes up digital space, not physical space, which is a real concern for me in this tiny room. Also, Shure represent! 😝 I've also looked into the SM58, but the SM57 is higher on my list. (And given that I have not, in fact, quit nicotine, unfortunately I probably won't be buying myself an SM57... *sigh*

  • @cblack 5 days

    Ack! 2 opportunities missed today at work... I work in a charity store, and I've been waiting for some music gear to come in for me to snap up a bargain (as you do). Anyway, turns out that yesterday (when I wasn't there) an acoustic guitar was donated. I didn't find out until a customer was already purchasing it today. *sigh* It had some damage, but still sounded pretty decent. Not a brand I recognised (and I only got a quick look at the brand, so can't remember what it was), but the dude bought it for $10. Presumably a beginner's acoustic, which I don't need (I have a mid-range acoustic that sounds amazing, and no room for another one anyway).

    The 2nd missed opportunity was a ukulele for $2. It was a cheap kid's toy type uke, and it didn't sound that good, and the frets were too small... So I decided to not bother. Then as my shift wore on, I kept thinking, "Dude, it's 2 freakin' dollars! Just buy it!" And just as I made that decision, a woman bought it for her grandson. *sigh*

  • @cblack 5 days

    I mean, as I said, I don't have room for another acoustic, and don't need a beginner's one anyway. And the uke? It would've been my first uke, but I'm certain that kid (maybe 4 years old?) will get more joy from it than I would.

    But I did play the uke for a while, which is actually my first ever uke-playing experience! It felt really quite awkward, to be honest - but I have fat fingers, and the frets were too small.

  • @steviez  5 days

    This is my second FAWM, and last year my wife bought me a really nice Fender Acoustic guitar. I also successfully COMPLETED FAWM. I'd tried and failed the RPM challenge for many years (only succeeded once) and so I've attributed my success last year to buying a new instrument. πŸ˜€ I'm one of those weirdos that believes that there is a certain juju when you get an instrument - a certain magic inside them. My wife has already pre-emptively told me I'm NOT getting a new guitar this year however πŸ˜€ So, I'm going to hit the pawn shops and thrift stores and try to find an instrument that has some magic in it - even if it's just a child's toy glockenspiel or toy piano or something. There is magic in instruments that come into your life....

  • @chipwithrow  5 days

    @steviez - I have a children's lap harp that I got a couple Christmases ago. I have only tuned and played it a couple of times. I think that will make an appearance this FAWM. (A few years ago, for either FAWM or 50/90, a friend asked me to tune, as best I could, her toddler's toy guitar. After I did, I liked it so much I recorded a couple of songs with it.)
    I keep meaning to get new strings for my acoustic - I bet I haven't re-strung it in well over a year. I hate re-stringing instruments! I've only changed the strings once on my banjo in 8 years and once on my mandolin in 10.
    @cblack - I got a uke for Christmas, and the tiny-ness of it was making my fingers cramp at first. I was already a bit concerned that I was developing some guitar-related arthritis. But as I'm typing this I notice both hands feel good, and last night I had a good hour or so of guitar playing.

  • @barbara  5 days

    Might find some room in the budget for a decent rubber chicken. 😝
    Check this video out, if in doubt: https://instagram.com/p/Bd2VUCrHs1-/

  • @steviez  5 days

    @chipwithrow - 'toy's and 'cheap' instruments can really make some amazing sounds in the right circumstances for sure. Not to mention the fact that they can be really inspire some interesting music!

  • @carleybaer 5 days

    I got a new audio interface that I'm super stoked about. The M-Audio Fast Track has served me well over the last 10 years, but I've been toying around with my new Behringer UMC202HD and the signal is so strong and clean. I wish FAWM started tomorrow.

  • @cblack 5 days

    @steviez I'm open to the idea that instruments have a certain magic to them. I mean, sometimes my acoustic guitar sounds amazing to me, and other times it sounds kind of blah. Other time, my electric guitar sounds awesome, and sometimes not. The trick seems to be learning which instrument to play with in a given session. πŸ˜€

    @chipwithrow Add me to the list of people who hate restringing their instruments. I currently need a new high e string on my guitar, and I've been putting off getting one. Really hate restringing. What I want to do is get locking tuners, because then I can just pull the string taut and lock the tuners, only then needing a tiny amount of tuning.

    @barbara That may be the best video I've ever seen. 😁

    @carleybaer Glad you're liking the new interface! FAWM goes so much easier if you like the gear you're using. πŸ˜€

  • @quork  4 days

    @postcardhelicopters
    I record on my iPad, and over the past year I’ve been stocking up on apps that I’m interested in working into my music.
    - Moog Model 15
    - Neo-soul Keys
    - iSymphonic
    -and various drum apps

    I’m basically a guitar/mandolin and mouthharp player, so it should be interesting.

  • @cblack 4 days

    @quork Definitely a good idea to go in with an open mind. I mean, last FAWM was the first time I ever made an electronica song, and now I'm nearly finished with an electronica EP. If it wasn't for trying new things in FAWM last year, this EP wouldn't exist. πŸ˜€

  • @quork  3 days

    @cblack
    Electronica, very cool. Maybe I’ll get there one of these years. Last year I worked in some Mellotron-style flute, and this year I’m trying to figure out how to make strings and choir fit.

  • @tootoobee  3 days

    @chipwithrow you just made me want to buy a children's harp πŸ˜€ ...But that has to wait till next year, already have enough new toys to play with this FAWM
    @barbara the chicken is awesome πŸ˜€ we should make a rubber chicken challenge πŸ˜€

  • @postcardhelicopters  3 days

    @cblack -- I'm a long-time VST fan, so I, too, appreicate the "no physical space" aspect of them. :::fistbump::: for the Shure. I'm enjoying my SM58. I read that the 57 and 58 are the same mic, except the 58 has the big windscreen. I took it off to look, but I don't think I'd ever *use* it that way as the membrane is exposed. But if you have amps to record the 57 would be the way to go, and they have foam windscreens to fit for about fifteen bucks, so that might be the best of both worlds.

    @quork -- It's caught my attention to see more folks using iPad for recording. I admire the prospect of portability with that kind of arrangement. Do you still use an external audio interface, or is the device robust enough to do input/output with low latency? Also, above you mention woking with some Mellotron-like flute and looking to add violin and choir. Have you seen the Leisureland Mellotron sample set? They work really well, but the downside is that you need to build the samples up into a playable instrument, yourself, as it's just a collection recorded from an actual instrument. I don't know if there's an iPad sampler available, but it's a task that could keep you busy while the site is down.

    Here's a non-linking URL, in case you're interested: www.leisureland.us/audio/MellotronSamples/MellotronSamples.htm

  • @cblack 3 days

    @quork Thanks. πŸ˜€

    @tootoobee I'd be down for a rubber chicken challenge. 😁

    @postcardhelicopters I hadn't heard that about the SM57 and SM58 being the same... All I know is that they're both meant to be great entry-level-price mics. I'm still eager to buy an SM57, but with my finances the way they are, if I record guitar or bass this FAWM, it'll be through a headphone-to-instrument-lead cable... (My amp supports record out with the same port as for headphones, and my interface can take leads.) Not ideal, obviously, but eh, gotta work with what I've got, y'know?

  • @quork  3 days

    @postcardhelicopters
    When I started setting up a basement studio I used the iPad, so I’m pretty comfortable with using it. Yes, I use an external audio interface - currently iConnectivity’s Audio4+, to which I plug in a keyboard controller through usb, and which charges my iPad.

    I use Auria Pro, which is a fully functional DAW with great plugins, and there are numerous great apps,many of which use high quality samples. Re. Mellotron, Korg Module (via an expansion pack) has some great sounds that are pretty tweakable. Certainly good enough for my experiments and demo quality recordings.

    Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out.

  • @barbara  3 days

    @tootoobee @cblack
    Challenge taken. 1 "Fair Squeeze Screaming Chicken" on its way to my doorstep!

  • @cblack 3 days

    @barbara Ha! That is all sorts of awesome. πŸ˜€

  • @vomvorton  2 days

    I decided to go for a few small studio improvements rather than splashing out on anything like a new guitar this year (at least... so far).

    I've ordered a piano stool (so that I don't have to wheel my desk chair across the room to play), and a couple of cheap stereo matched condensers for recording acoustic guitar and the like. I've used slightly clunky methods* to record certain instruments in stereo before and I think it sounds much better, so this should improve my workflow!

    * using a stereo portable recorder and then lining up the audio manually, ugh

  • @cblack 2 days

    @vomvorton Sounds like you're putting the finishing touches on your setup. That's kind of what I want to be doing right now, too... Only, my "studio" is a tiny bedroom. Not enough space for what I really want. Though to be fair, I don't have the money for what I really want, either. Ah, the joys of being a broke musician... 😝

  • @vomvorton  2 days

    @cblack I'm lucky enough to have a (small) spare bedroom that is pretty much dedicated to music. I'm pretty happy with it, but I think I've been adding "finishing touches" ever since I moved in and I'm not sure it'll ever actually be finished πŸ˜‰

  • @cblack 2 days

    @vomvorton Heh, yeah, I understand that. There's always something shiny and new on the horizon with music gear. My bedroom would be big enough to be a small music room (though without good acoustics) if it wasn't for this damn bed! (And clothes and stuff...) *sigh* If only I could sleep inside a bass drum comfortably, all my troubles would be over! 😝

  • @stuartbenbow  2 days

    My only "gear" purchase for FAWM was an Ikea tabletop, as a console desk stand in. My wrists, shoulders and back were getting trashed with my old setup using a digital piano as a desk.

  • @cblack 2 days

    @stuartbenbow Ergonomics should never be overlooked, for sure. That's another thing I wish I could improve upon in my current setup. My current setup isn't too bad for my physical health, but yeah, it does add a time limit to how long I can do music stuff in one go or one day...

  • @krayzie003  2 days

    I purchased the newst version of Band In A Box in December. I'll probably be using that quite a bit (if not completely) for FAWM demos.

  • @cblack 2 days

    @krayzie003 Hmm, I'm seeing Band In A Box a lot lately... May have to check it out!

  • @krayzie003  2 days

    @cblack it has opened a world of new possibilities for me.

  • @cblack 2 days

    @krayzie003 Good to hear!

  • @andygetch  1 day

    last Saturday I bought a cigar box guitar at the farmers market

  • @dragondreams  1 day

    An eight string guitar has joined the Dragondreams' Cacophonic Collection... 😁

  • @krayzie003  1 day

    @andygetch Nice find. Love the sound of a cigar box.

  • @cairobraga 1 day

    I'm gonna buy a "YouTuber Kit" to step up my DIY audiovisual game and maybe new studio headphones.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  1 day

    Couple new additions to the herd this year: I bought a Mexi Telecaster with dual humbuckers. Quite an interesting tone. I'm excited to add it into the songwriting process. What I didn't know is how much money people spend on pedals and then it becomes an addiction. Dang! I upgraded to a Scarlet 2i2 recording interface. Bought a pair of Warm Audio Tonebeast preamps. I've got a new home studio space and a new music production desk coming in this week. I finally get to use all the studio foam I bought awhile back. Hoping to add at least one more large diaphragm condenser into the mix, but if not I'll roll with my cheapo gear. It's gonna be a fun season!

  • @cblack 1 day

    And I think @jacobeverettwallace wins the "sheer amount of new gear" award! 😁

    @andygetch Better light up that cigar box guitar. 😝

    @dragondreams *bows down in worship of the 8-string madness* πŸ˜€

    @cairobraga Heh, "YouTuber Kit". Nice term. I'm looking to post some things to YouTube soon, and last night I finally managed to make a video where the audio wasn't clipping. Hooray!

  • @guatecoop  1 day

    @jacobeverettwallace , I've got my eye on the warm audio wa412...just need the pay for my last recording job to come. Let me know what you think of those tonebeasts....

  • @jacobeverettwallace  1 day

    @cblack haha my broke wallet would affirm that. It's all been piece-mealed throughout last year so it doesn't feel like a lot, but writing it out says otherwise. Haha. Sadly, the list of wants and needs hasn't shrunk at all.

    @guatecoop I'm stoked to use 'em. Bought em from a guy who only used them to record an album and his stuff sounded phenomenal.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  1 day

    @guatecoop and btw, speaking of Warm Audio gear I have my eye on too... their new U47 clone looks amazing. I'm salivating wishing I had an extra $800 bucks for it. It would suit my vocal style so well. Soon hopefully!

  • @cblack 23 hours

    @jacobeverettwallace Yep, that never-shrinking and in fact always-growing list of things I want to buy taunts me. 😝 My last major purchase was my acoustic guitar, and that was around May last year... Well, I bought a busking amp a month or two later, but haven't used it much (stage fright). And there was the PoiZone plugin, but that was just slightly over $100, so I'm not sure that really counts of a "major" purchase...

    So yeah. Definitely getting the itch to buy something awesome again soon.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  23 hours

    @cblack I wish I could say that itch lessens over time, but I'd be lying. Haha.

  • @cblack 23 hours

    @jacobeverettwallace Heh, yeah, I know that all too well. I mean, in my experience, I stop obsessing about the next purchase for a few weeks, maybe a month, after a major purchase (such as my acoustic guitar). The itch comes back when the latest purchase no longer seems "new". I mean, I still like my acoustic guitar, but yeah - the shiny new thing on the horizon has a siren's song...

  • @cairobraga 15 hours

    @cblack it's an actual thing here in Brazil and the one I bought comprises of: 1.80m camera tripod, 90cm monopod/selfie stick, 3-piece lens set for smartphones, gooseneck clip-on phone holder, minitripod for phones, 2 lapel mics, 2 p3 adapters, extra phone holder, bluetooth remote cam shooter and a portable mini-flash for phones.

  • @spinhead  14 hours

    @dragondreams When you say 8-string guitar . . .

    I've seen 6-strings with the top 2 doubled. I've also seen (with a lust I can't contain) 8-string tenor guitars, guitar-bodied octave mandolins, guitar-bodied mandocellos, and three other things I can't remember.

    Which is yours?

  • @cblack 12 hours

    @cairobraga Oh, okay. Yeah, we don't really have that here. All the individual pieces, sure, but nothing in an actual "pack".

  • @burrsettles  8 hours

    I'm thinking about picking up a nice preamp or some new mics. But then again I probably shouldn't, and just learn to use what I have better.

    I did however trade my old Firewire interface for an original 1970s EHX Deluxe Memory Man pedal that's a little beat up, but in perfect working order! I'd never played with a fully analog delay effect before, and looking forward to putting it to use for FAWM! πŸ˜€

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  8 hours

    @burrsettles Oooooohhhh!!!! *waves of extreme jealousy*

  • @cblack 2 hours

    @stevenwesleyguiles I'll join in the wave of jealous for @burrsettles . It's always nice when some vintage gear makes all the difference. πŸ˜€

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