Secret Weapons - Let's see them

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  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    Got any new interesting or unusual instruments up your sleeve you plan on using this February?
    Here's mine -



    A suitcase kick-drum. The suitcase was my dad's when he was serving in WW2 . That's his name and address written on the front.
    I bought a used pedal off ebay and attached it with a door hinge and bolts.

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2019

    Brilliant!
    I picked up this third-hand monster last month. Humbuckers for that warm electric sound, piezo bridge for acoustic stuff, and a Roland guitar synth pickup and controls to sound like everything else:

  • @standup  Jan 2019

    Getting reacquainted with an old friend

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  • @jmadison  Jan 2019

    Um, how do you add pics? I only see this text box and the "Add your thoughts" button.

  • @standup  Jan 2019

    See mine above, I did not accomplish it smoothly! But your photo has to be hosted on the web somewhere, then link to the photo. I'm trying to use Flickr, which I haven't used in ages. It's free.

  • @sapient  Jan 2019

    I love these pics... Really quite envious of them all ๐Ÿ˜
    I have two new guitars. An acoustic, and this one, a Gretsch Baritone. I predict there will be significant quantities of twang in my FAWM this year... ๐Ÿ˜Žhttps://www.instagram.com/p/Br8OdLbFA...

  • @jmadison  Jan 2019

    Here we go. My new mando.
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Mxk...
    I have played guitar for a long time, but in the past few years have added bass and mando too. I'm planning to put down some blues tracks with it in Feb.

  • @paulhenry  Jan 2019

    @oddbod , that is one cool kick. Can't wait to hear how it sounds. I have no secret weapons this year. In the past, I've used everything I could to be lazy: Band in a Box, insta-drumming via Logic Pro, MIDI keyboard.

    This year, I'm trying to do everything in Linux. Since there will be time taken with learning-curve, my setup this year most likely will be: voice and guitar. And maybe this:

  • @thelostcartographer  Jan 2019

    @headfirstonly oh man, I wanted one of those for YEARS, but never had the right intersection of available cash and available guitars.

    I'd probably still buy one if I saw the right deal. Superb feeling guitars!

  • @paulhenry  Jan 2019

    FYI, if you have your jazz hands, you can host your photos with your FAWM file hosting. Just upload a photo like you upload your songs and then click on it to display the photo in your browser. Copy and paste the browser URL into your comment and it should "voilรก!" when you post it.

  • @ianuarius  Jan 2019

  • @ben Jan 2019

    I mentioned it on FB, I'll see about posting a pick tonight!

  • @kovbleu  Jan 2019

    @oddbod that's a terrific idea! And so cool that it was your dad's!!

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    @jmadison if get yourself a free account at Imgur. You can upload photos then just copy the direct link and paste it. Thatโ€™s how I do it.

  • @oddbod  Jan 2019

    @standup that looks like a fine sturdy ol warhorse

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 2019

    @thelostcartographer Me too - I had to wait a year before the previous owner could find someone to fix it, though. Parker used the wrong glue on the frets to adhere them to the carbon fibre fingerboard, and half of them had fallen out! Luckily there's an advanced engineering firm up the road from me called Renishaws, and someone there was a glue expert (seriously).and knew what to use. Most importantly, he had some of the stuff ๐Ÿ˜€

    Silver lining: I got it for much, much less than they usually go for as a result.

  • @spikedirection  Jan 2019

    Probably going to record using this baby,
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm72NyonS...

  • @spikedirection  Jan 2019

    Also my new guitar, it's a cheap epiphone les Pal but this clever man in Yorkshire made it into a resonator.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs2v0PzlR...

  • @axl  Jan 2019

    @headfirstonly Oh, I've always wanted a Parker, too. Hope you have a lot of joy with it.

  • @iwilleatyou Jan 2019

    Oddbod that's awesome!

  • @w1n  Jan 2019

    This ridiculously heavy Russian vocoder/stringsynth, the Elektronika EM26 sounds great

  • @guatecoop  Jan 2019

    @w1n yeah that keyboard looks great! That preamp behind it also looks like a secret weapon.

  • @gubna Jan 2019

    NDLR!

  • @dasbinky  Jan 2019

    Built myself a cajon in the off-season. Not sure if it'll appear in anything for FAWM, but it's on deck if needed!

  • @radioovermoscow Jan 24

    This.

  • @scottlake  Jan 25

    Duplicate post

  • @scottlake  Jan 25

    Dang - Trying to figure out how to share google photos.

  • @apertome  Jan 25

    @standup I love that bass! Looks like it has tons of character. Can't wait to hear it.

  • @netnoise Jan 25


    Just kidding

  • @resonut123 Jan 25

    My cheap cocktail drum setup.
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  • @resonut123 Jan 25

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 25

    @resonut123 That. Is. AWESOME!

  • @resonut123 Jan 25

    Thanks @headfirstonly , I use it a lot if the song has a simple beat.

  • @scottlake  Jan 26

    This is a bit of optical illusion:

  • @scottlake  Jan 26

    Because inside there's this:

  • @jmadison  Jan 27

    Sneaky Yamaha....

  • @w1n  Jan 27

    The Roland RE201 is the piece of gear I have owned the longest. Love the sound.

  • @keithcuts Jan 27

    @oddbod awesome!

  • @kable Jan 28

    No pics, but I picked up a Push 2 for more precise DAW control. https://www.ableton.com/en/push/

    Really beautiful controller, haven't ever used anything quite like it before.

  • @tseaver  Jan 28

    Dug this one up in the garage, plugged it into the bass amp, and I have stand-up bass sounds:

  • @candle  Jan 28

    http://forums.jeskola.net/viewtopic.p...

    I'm a longtime user of the Jeskola Buzz DAW. One of the machine developers just recently released a new Peer/MIDI Controller Machine called Magic that seems to combine the powers of a lot of Buzz's Peer Machines. I've already played around with it & the possibilities intrigue me. Think it might be a mainstay in my output this year.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @scottlake  Jan 28

    @tseaver did you build that from one of the kits?

  • @tseaver  Jan 28

    @scottlake Nope -- my daughter and I found the box while on vacation (ten years ago!), and worked on the design together (she is the real bassist in the family). Real tuners would be nice -- this one is eye-bolts and wing-nuts. Weed-whacker line for the strings works mostly OK: the low E is pretty loose / buzzy. Dumb piezo pickup under the bridge is pretty microphonic, never a great thing. We tacked on the foot later to make it possible to play standing.

  • @scottlake  Jan 28

    @tseaver i was just wondering because some company was selling kits many years ago with very similar components

  • @oddbod  Jan 28

    @tseaver given the strings and tuners I'd be amazed that stays in tune for more than 2 seconds!!

  • @sph  Jan 28

    Discovered a Liuqin in our attic - unfortunately with only one string left and without a bridge. Already ordered strings and hope to get some sound out of it before FAWM ends.
    At least now I know that a Liuqin is some kind of chinese lute.

  • @tawalker  Jan 28

    One of my project ideas for 2019, is to record a set of songs featuring, as far as possible, only my ukulele "collection" here:


    (L-R: 2012 Yamaha GL-1 guitalele ("Tigger"); 2016 Risa Solid electric tenor ("Rod"); 2016 Enya EUR-X1 acoustic soprano ("Fry"); 2018 Buzzards Field custom-built electric ukulele-bass ("Clyde"))

    I'm aiming to have a "dry-run" for that project this FAWM - watch out for them ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @resonut123 Jan 28

    Ukulicious, nice collection.
    I have a tenor uke and a Kala U bass that I used last year as my main bass. Hopefully this year they will both make an appearance again.

  • @dragondreams  Jan 28

    Not new, but one of the "secrets" behind the Dragondreams guitar sound...

    Hand-carved, black mother of pearl plectrum. Over ten years old and starting to wear at the end, but still my amulet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 31

    My new weapon is a Zoom H1n handy recorder. Haven't had a chance to test it out yet, but I'm hoping to use it during FAWM for field recordings, birdsong and general outsideness.

  • @kubton  Jan 31



    I have a pedal problem.

  • @tseaver  Jan 31

    @kubton That's what I call "steppin' on the GAS"!

  • @apertome  Feb 1

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  • @apertome  Feb 1

    whoops.

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  • @apertome  Feb 1

    Sorry guys. I think I got it. Any way to delete the old posts that I messed up?

  • @steviez  Feb 1

    @kubton - You don't have a pedal problem, you have a 'Not Enough Space' Problem. You need more space.....which of course you then need to fill with more pedals ๐Ÿ˜

  • @sph  Feb 1

    @kubton yes, you have ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @kubton  Feb 1

    @steviez i like your point of view! There is a pedal shelve above that that's full. More shelves?

  • @netnoise Feb 7

    I always use this cord when recording guitars or bass. Maybe I'm just too embarrassed to bring it out in public.

  • @cblack  Feb 7

    @netnoise That's an awesome cable!

  • @tawalker  Feb 8

    I'm also in a bit of a "lo-fi"-sort of phase at the moment (albeit using digital tech rather than analogue - hey, I'm lazy ๐Ÿ˜ ), but I'm increasingly finding these two little chaps make a rather good team...


    That's a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-12 drum-machine on the left, next to a Stylophone Beatbox - a delightfully-eccentric electronic percussion machine. I've owned the Beatbox for almost a decade, but never really "got" what to use it for... until I realised it makes a great partner for the PO-12 (for overdubbing "hits", "bloops" and the like over PO-12 patterns).

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