It was time.
Time to go with my own in-ear personal monitoring system.
I ordered the Shure P3TRA215CL system which includes the Shure SE215 earphones, rackmountable transmitter and the PR3A bodypack receiver. Built to a higher standard than the P3TR112GR, I expect to resolve a number of issues that I seem to be having when I am playing live. (You can read the differences about the two systems here.)
First and foremost, I am really having trouble hearing myself on stage and it seems to be getting worse as I age. I rarely play on a silent stage and, as a consequence, there are monitor level wars. It only takes one player to start with the “more me” and, before you know it, everyone else is getting louder.
With the Kemper system, I no longer have an amp in the room to wash the sound. I have to rely on a monitor wedge being at exactly the right angle as well as at a relatively high volume level to hear my parts clearly. If I am not in the exact sweet spot with the monitor, I can barely hear my instrument. Monitor wedges seem to have a far more focused and directional sound field.
Finally, I am playing constantly through headphones when I am practicing at home. I have become accustomed to hearing the sound in that format and it is a now bit odd hearing it through the air. I play more aggressively with less nuance when playing through a wedge because I cannot hear the finer details on stage.
The new system should arrive later this week.
I expect to enjoy the freedom of not being tied to a wedge and hopefully having the sound at a level that is appropriate for me without impacting other players on stage.
Came across this little tidbit in the Globe and Mail today:
Canada Post is promising relief for Canadian retailers who say the postal service is unfairly subsidizing their Chinese competitors.
The federal Crown corporation says it has been forced to provide discounts on certain types of mail from China under a long-standing international arrangement, but it has recently negotiated price hikes that will start next year.
The change is welcome news to Canadian-based retailers, who have questioned why they pay much higher costs to mail products to Canadian customers than companies based in China.
International mail rates are set by a United Nations agency called the Universal Postal Union, which sets prices based on factors such as national income.
And, from Linn’s Stamp:
This is a story about incredible international mail rates, one that a senior Amazon.com executive swore was true to Congress last summer.
A small company in Marion, N.C., wants to send a 3.5-ounce package to Fairfax, Va. — 340 miles away — and it’ll cost “at least $1.94,” said Paul Misener, the Amazon executive.
But that same parcel could be shipped by a Chinese company from Shanghai — more than 7,000 miles away — to the Washington, D.C., suburb for $1.22, Misener said.
Similarly, shipping a 1-pound parcel to New York City from Greenville, S.C., would cost almost $6 via the United States Postal Service, but only $3.66 from Beijing to New York.
That might sound like an international horror story but it was just one of a number of examples that Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global policy, and others laid out before a House Postal Service subcommittee last summer as it probed the arcane world of “terminal dues” and international mail rates.
Okay, now you know that I am a bit of a closet philatelist.
I had not heard about the Universal Postal Union before. It is an agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.
And, as part of its mandate, it sets international mail rates. Preferential mail rates for some countries as it turns out.
I had always wondered why it was cheaper to receive packages from China than from the United States.
R.J. Ronquillo. He plays guitar.
I had not heard of him before. Until YouTube decided to recommend one of his videos on my feed. The video? What It’s Like Being A Nashville Touring Musician. The video was somewhat surprising to me even though I had gone through similar experiences when I toured around the country many, many years ago. I’m not sure how well I would stand up to the grind of moving around like this at my age.
The bus looks nice though.
You can find his YouTube channel here. His video output is remarkable. Lots of gear reviews and lessons.
Pat Metheny was recently named a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master for his lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.
He has been one of my guitar heroes ever since I first heard him play back in the mid 1970s.
He has also recently switched to a Kemper profiler. And, I must say, his reaction is very similar to mine: a completely new way of getting my sound that I would not have believed possible.
I plan to do a lot more jazz over the next five to ten years. The Collings CL Deluxe, although an incredibly well built guitar, was not one that I ever really enjoyed playing. It was simply too refined for my style of guitar playing and definitely not suited for my style of jazz playing.
Love the Eastside. Incredible tone, fit and finish.
Bill Collings passed away recently. Too soon.
Amazing man. Amazing guitar company.
I received the following email this morning:
On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 3:16 AM, The Team at Zwift wrote:
You made it out of the jungle. Nice work!
Did you enjoy the ancient ruins? Did you see the sloth? You’re among the first 12k Zwifters to explore the Jungle Expansion. We’re happy you had a chance to try it.
Cool. The team at Zwift reached out to me. At first glance, it all seemed so human. Personalized. With some context and a few questions thrown in for good measure.
And then it dawned on me. This was machine generated.
I know. So what? What difference does it make that a machine sent this out?
In the digital domain, it is becoming more difficult to determine what is, or is not, human. And, for that matter, whether the source is genuine or not genuine.
Technically, the email should have been worded this way:
On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 3:16 AM, Zwift Artificial Intelligence Self-Learning Algorithm Machine 184.108.40.206 generated:
Notice to Zwift Rider Richard Cleaver:
Zwift Mayan Jungle Ride completed at 6:01am, Saturday, October 28th, 2017.
Please complete an online survey of your ride experience. There are 12,000 Zwifters receiving this invitation to participate.
And remember, the Zwift AI Self-Learning Algorithm Machine records everything you are doing. It is watching you. It is always watching you.
Okay. A bit dark perhaps.
I’m still happy that the team at Zwift reached out to me. I love their service. Even if the email was automatically generated by a machine!
It’s the thought that counts right?
Most of my riding is now taking place indoors. Increasingly with Zwift.
And, if I am going to get on a bike at 6am to ride hard for an hour or more, immersive is good.
I just started a 12-week program and that should prepare me well for the ultimate pain and suffering indoors: the Tour of Sufferlandria.
That nasty little event will be coming up in early February.
This was one of my first test shots with my Leica M10.
Photography is certainly changing dramatically and, for most people, a smartphone is all that they need for capturing images.
For those that pursue photography as a hobby or profession, more is expected out of the equipment. Leica is a very expensive camera system relative to most manufacturers. Here is an interesting take on the why Leica is such a special camera system.