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  1. My recipient from across the pond should now have their gift! Still waiting on mine but I'm patient.
  2. I'll be there. I decided to get a room a night early since parking space is kind of limited at the hotel and it'll help me escape some of the Friday morning traffic.
  3. Sure, I haven't done one in a while. Sign me up if there's room.
  4. Didn't get a room but I'll still be there. I do have a room for Thursday night at one of the overflow hotels but it looks like that I'll be commuting the rest.
  5. So, I picked one of these little guys up from Ebay to use as a MIDI controller and I wrote up a bit of a review of it in that respect. *** While I can sit down at a piano style keyboard and plunk away a tune, I’m much more comfortable with a guitar. Playing all sorts of scales on a guitar is something I can do without much thinking but I can’t say the same for a piano keyboard. So, I’ve been on the hunt for a guitar style MIDI interface to use when composing music on my computer. Most of what you’ll find out there is quite expensive as far as guitar MIDI pickups go and audio to MIDI gadgets are inexpensive but finicky. Then I decided to try a controller of a different type. The Rock Band Pro Guitar controller isn’t new. They came out about four years ago or so with the release of the Rock Band 3 game and were a bit on the expensive side. Now you can find them brand new for about $50 on Ebay and I decided to pick up the Wii version. The Pro Guitar is shaped like a Fender Strat albeit the body is a bit smaller. The neck has a bunch of buttons to press for notes and there are these rubber like strings on the body that you pluck to trigger them. It’s more or less played like a guitar but the MIDI implementation has a few caveats that you need to be aware of to get it to work well for you. I didn’t find any of them to be show stoppers, though. The biggest hurdle that I had to deal with is how you dampen the ‘strings’ when playing an open note. When you’re playing a real guitar, damping a note can be done with the palm of your hand or by resting your fingers on the strings. To do so with the Pro Guitar controller, you need to press down one of the buttons on the particular ‘string’ that’s ringing out. I found it to be a different enough action that it took me a while to get used to it. The Pro Guitar controller has two different modes: Normal mode which tends to work like how you would think and tapping mode which lets you play a note without plucking a string. Hammer ons and pull offs are not possible in normal mode. You need to pluck the ‘string’ to trigger a note. In tapping mode, the notes you play are stuck at the last velocity of how that particular string was plucked. It’s a bit weird but I was able to get used it after a bit of practicing. Speaking of velocity, the ‘strings’ are not very sensitive. Velocity wise, you get somewhere between 70 and 127 when you do your plucking. It’s good enough for inputting notes into your DAW but it may not work very well for a live performance if you’re wanting to play with a lot of dynamics. One nice thing is that all of the buttons on the guitar do transmit a MIDI signal. There are ones that are mapped to change the octave setting on the guitar as well as changing programs on whatever synth or plugin your using. The others don’t seem to do anything but they do transmit a signal down the MIDI cable. So, you can use something like MIDI Pipeor MIDI OX to grab those and do something useful with them. All in all, I find that my $50 has been well spent. I can now input notes into my DAW with a guitar like controller which lets me be a bit more expressive with my song writing. It’s not perfect but I’m not going to complain at that price. I found that it works better for me than the Sonuus i2M that I tried out. So, go grab one off Ebay if this is something you’re looking for! If you want to see one in action, there are a ton of videos on Youtube of folks using them with plugins like Kontakt, etc.
  6. I apologize for having to pull out but things have just gotten really busy on my end lately to keep track of everything. Good luck to everyone that's left!
  7. Doh! I forgot to mention that mine changed when I lost my old 3DS and got a new one. Please update me with 1220 9911 2987!
  8. I should have something but my time has been limited due to a trip to see my parents and a project that I need to start/finish today. I'm currently digitizing a stack of 78 vinyl records from WW2.
  9. Yeah, I'll be at MAG. I think I know what I want to do but I often don't work that well in short time frames. We'll see I guess.
  10. So, I'll be bringing the BCF2000 to MAGFest but it looks like it's still up for grabs since Neblix has decided that he's not going to buy it. If anyone else going to MAG is interested in it, please let me know and we'll work something out.
  11. Saturday is going to be a busy but most awesome day!
  12. Sure. I'll bring it with me to MAG and you can test it out to make sure you want it.
  13. I'm selling a Behringer BCF2000 which is in great condition. I've had it for several years in my some free home but I'm moving to using iOS devices for surface control. It comes with the surface unit, manual, USB cable, and power cable. They go for $300 brand new but I'd be willing to part with it to an OCR person for $125 OBO plus shipping. I can also get it to you at MAGfest next week if you're going to be there.
  14. I say just vote for yourself. That's what I did. I don't really feel it hurts anything by doing so.
  15. I'm also having a problem with voting. Mine isn't going through because I don't see the numbers change after I vote.
  16. Hah! Just took a quick listen to Aleix's and I'm fairly sure I lost this one. I really had this nifty idea that I was working on with all ukulele stuff but it just wouldn't have been possible to finish it in time. Good show, Aleix!
  17. Well, I got something turned in. It's not my best work and it's on the short side but I wanted to at least have something to submit. I ended up starting over last night because what I originally wanted to do was too complicated to finish in the time I had left.
  18. Ug. I'll be working tomorrow to try and get mine done. I got things started last week but then a job came in that required my full attention...and then the big snow hit. Keeping up with the clean up efforts has totally wasted me. I'll see what I can do tomorrow but I hope to have something to turn in.
  19. Bowie has always been one of my biggest musical inspirations. I saw Labyrinth as a kid and immediately dived into all of his stuff. Sadly, I never got to see him live.
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