Argh… pants!

I was recently recording my beloved wife’s vocals for an upcoming album when she just happened to say “argh… pants!”. She thought it was quite funny that it’d been recorded so I thought I’d try to turn it into something a little more memorable. My good friend James Brown helped a bit too.

Peace

Quick take on Horace Silver’s “Peace”. It feels like the world could really do with peace right now, doesn’t it?

Roland GK to Fishman TriplePlay adaptor

A few years ago Fishman introduced a guitar-to-MIDI system called TriplePlay (aka FTP), which is now widely regarded as the very “best” guitar-to-MIDI system ever made. Since then, they made it pretty clear that there had no interest at all in making a solution available for the people who have been using Roland GK or other compatible 13-pin systems for many years. You just had to have it their way or the highway.

Now… that’s just not very nice, is it? Never mind the fact that this probably alienates a considerable chunk of such a tiny, niche market but hey ho!

The good news is that, thanks to some clever chaps at VGuitar Forums throwing some ideas around, a couple of people came up with a couple of very simple (and totally reversible!) mods that basically allows any GK equipped guitar to use the FTP. In essence, the idea is to replace the FTP’s built-in pickup with the output from an existing 13-pin system. It’s important to note that, depending on the 13-pin system, you might need to attenuate the strings signal before hitting the FTP’s input to make it work well. Since my guitar is equipped with a standard Roland GK internal kit that includes a preamp, I had to add six individual tiny pots to each string’s signal path to bring their level down to something that the FTP would be happy with. It’s really simple and it works a treat! 🙂

GK_to_FTP_adaptor_1 GK_to_FTP_adaptor_2 GK_to_FTP_adaptor_4 GK_to_FTP_adaptor_5

I decided to put mine into a Hammond 1590A aluminium box to try and make sure I wouldn’t get any problems with interference or anything else that could compromise the signal before it was turned into MIDI and sent wirelessly to my computer. It also seemed a lot more sturdy and I don’t feel like anything is going to fall apart or cause me trouble any time soon.

Next, I will be posting some guitar-to-MIDI tracking comparisons between the TriplePlay, the BOSS GP-10 and what had now been my favourite guitar-to-MIDI solution for years: the old Roland GI-20. You might be surprised by some of the results!

Christmas with kids

My daughter has been experimenting with programming and asked me to help her produce some snippets of Christmas songs for her project. We had lots of fun making these! (“Feliz Navidad” also had a special guest appearance from my son) 🙂

Tutu-ando…

I was recently listening to “Tutu” (Miles Davis/Marcus Miller) again and started imagining what it might sound like with the guitars and synths I’ve got, so here it is.

Edit: added another mix with my mate Cam on bass.

The First Noel

What is it about Christmas music that makes everyone want to do their own renditions? I’m not too sure either but here is yet another: a little arrangement in DADGAD. Thought I’d try making a video this time.

Silent Night

I borrowed a Walden B1 baritone guitar for the holidays so I just had to record a bit of Christmas music with it. (sorry about the hiss, I was experimenting with a different mic as well!)

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