I picked up a pair of these Sonos Play 1 wireless speakers for our Class A diesel pusher motorhome. And, I have to admit, they really sound great.
Better as a stereo pair than as a single speaker in my opinion. Surprisingly good bass response when in stereo.
Setup was a snap. I had them up and running within about 10 minutes of unboxing.
Really pleased with this purchase.
I have been cutting some videos from a concert I did back in December of 2016.
And yes, I know that it is June. Better late than never I suppose.
This was from 2016:
And this was from 2014:
Interesting for me to see the differences between the two events. Aside from being a couple of years apart, we had a different lead vocalist. Doug, in the 2016 video, has been with the team for two years. Rob, in the 2014 video, had been with the team for six years.
The core team, drums, bass, electric guitar, has been together for eight years.
I love the hall that we used in 2016. We have been there for two years and we will be doing two nights in December of 2017. The only negative is that we cannot use haze which means we leave the moving lights behind. In looking back on the 2014 video, although the stage was tight and the seating limited, those moving lights were really cool.
I came across this article on Keifer Sutherland saving the world with his guitar:
Kiefer Sutherland has built a notable career as an actor whose work includes his critically acclaimed stint as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on the TV series 24. But Sutherland has recently stepped onto a different stage as a roots-rocking singer-songwriter.
I’m not sure about “recently”.
He has been playing for a long time.
On April 23, 2017, Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS terminated. News release here.
Although I cut most of my CD library in AAC — somewhat redundant now that I rarely even see a CD anymore — I still cut mp3s when working on studio projects. I suspect the format will live on for many, many years.
It happened a couple of weeks ago. During rehearsal. I broke a string. The B string. And I think it broke at or near the saddle.
Now I happen to be a bit meticulous about my guitar strings. Okay, I happen to be a bit meticulous about more than just my guitar strings. But in this case, I do everything to ensure that I avoid breaking strings during a performance.
In some venues, that means having multiple guitars on stage.
More often than not, I only have one guitar with me.
I play D’Addario EXL110s, Nickel Wound, 10-46s, on my Strats. Have done so for as long as I can remember.
I change the strings frequently as I am usually on the instrument 5-10 hours a week. String lubricant is applied to the saddle and nut. There is rarely any heavy string bending in my play. I am a dynamic player and I do use a firm 2mm pick.
When was the last time I had a string break on one of my guitars? About 14 years ago. I was playing an American Standard Strat and the saddle was quite rough. Strings would break on a regular basis. Always the B string. I tried to smooth the saddle out but to no avail. I finally purchased a saddle set from Graphtech. Problem solved.
Since then, I have been playing custom shop Strats without any issue. Until a few weeks back.
There is something about having confidence with the instrument that matters. It is a bit annoying to have, in the back of your mind, a sense that maybe a string will break when you are playing out.
I am debating giving the new Ernie Ball Paradigm strings a try.
The strongest strings known to man. They even come with a 90 day guarantee.
That is basically where Fender started. Circa 1959. Fullerton, California.
My friends at Cosmo Music sent me a video about their recent tour to the Fender Ensenada factory in Mexico. They produce about 500 guitars a day from that plant. Quite a lot has changed in terms of the production of these instruments.
I would hazard a guess that a 1959 Fender Strat holds a bit more value though.
But in actuality, the difference is very difficult to discern. Couple that with a range in the quality of soundcards and speakers, and it’s almost impossible for the average listener to pick which is which. Can you tell the difference?
Spotify has a test for you to tell the difference between lossy and lossless audio. Verge has the test here.
I gave it my best shot. I wish I could say I got them all first try. I listened to them on my tablet. Almost impossible to discern any meaningful differences. Same for my laptop speakers.
What was annoying? It was even hard to tell the differences on my studio monitors.
Perhaps that is why most people are not at all concerned about listening to compressed music. The differences are not all that great particularly when played back on lower quality sound cards and speakers.
We got the call yesterday during one of the worst snowstorms of the winter.
“Your Kemper is in” was all that I needed to hear.
Time to brave the snowstorm.
It wasn’t easy, but we made the drive to the guitar shop and sure enough, there it was. My new Kemper Profiler and remote.
I brought it home and did the usual computer stuff: registered the unit, booted up the profiler, updated the firmware, quickly parsed through the manuals.
I hooked it up to a passive monitor (I have the powered rack version) and I started to work through a few of the profiles that I had acquired from Mike Britt.
This thing has no right to sound this good.
A couple of hours went by before I knew it. Very impressive piece of gear.
I’m playing out this weekend. And, with a bit of focus, I think I can get it ready to go.