Wednesday, May 25, 2022
I'm trying to cleanup my inbox. So I'm posting these notes from the Marsian Queene here:
|Other various color-corrections. Actually, two are the same I believe.|
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
I broke down an ordered a Telecaster.
It's a cheap Telecaster. I know I won't be happy until I jump up many rungs and get a Fender Custom Shop tele designed just for me, but until that time, this is what I'm doing.
I have a '51 Nocaster bridge pickup for it, and a Twisted Tele neck pickup. I also have some compensated brass saddles. I am considering an armrest carve and belly carve. I'm also considering putting a D-shaped hole in it. But I'm definitely putting paisleys on it.
You'll note it is already quite light, so putting a relief hole (where the armrest carve would go) might not be the best thing. And without stripping off the poly, those sorts of cuts might not work at all. But the paislies? Oh those will work.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
So, theoretically (heh) I have my viva voce for my PhD in March of 2023. Which means I have to finish writing the music (and doing all the audio post) for the Richard Byrne penned, Laura Schlachtmeyer produced, Drowned Girl, starring Annalisa Loeffler.
I also need to fundamentally re-write the actual thesis, and write a big ol' commentary explaining why I put all the music cues where I did.
I'm scoring in Dorico. Having to write out the score is 1. vital for any sort of academic work and 2. harder and slower than just playing into a DAW. But then there's also the fact I will likely want real players (alto flute, cello, harp, piano) to play on it so it needs to be laid out in a score anyway. Dorico is mostly pretty good. Sometimes it doesn't play back, sometimes it's a bit frustrating. But it works with my Spitfire BBCSO sample library so it's own output has the capability of sounding surprisingly good even without any real editing of the performances.
|A spoon-billed platypus.|
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Now I put D'Addario EXL156 strings on my baritone. Those strings are actually made for the Bass VI.
24 34 44 56 72 84
Getting the low E (the 84) through the hole in a tuning peg was more of an adventure than I'd signed up for. But it works.
|One of my favorite stills from Brazil.|
I still can't figure out the relief adjustment on the Eden neck. There just doesn't seem to be anything to attach a wrench or screwdriver to. I'll call or write to them tomorrow to see if they can help.
|A pair of snuggly mastodons. Don't you try to tell me about biology. I know what mastodons look like.|
Remember that Mastodon is the Twitter alternative.
Taiko Project is an LA-based taiko group. They seem pretty cool.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Ingram Engineering is sort of neat company that makes some preamps and tilt equalizers.
Fabula and syuzhet.
|Animation settings in um... whatever the name of that program is. UE? Unreal Engine. That's it.|
|BP settings. I suspect this was just for a very specific thing.|
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
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Thursday, March 24, 2022
I'm having a devil of a time with the Electric Princess overdrive. It's not even properly doing bypass. A lot of troubleshooting has happened. Much more will come.
One issue of rather low importance right now is that one of the potentiometers is an audio reverse log at 5kΩ. There's a whole technique to rebuilding your own pots. But there's no way I'm going to do that. I'm sure just switching the pins on the PCB will allow me to get a regular 5k pot in there.
That is, once the dang thing works.
Ooh. I got bypass to work. Just not on a switch yet.
Monday, March 14, 2022
I got my set of five PCB's for the Electric Princess Overdrive from JLC.
I'm still waiting on getting hardware parts. They're all coming with the enclosures. But the resistors, transistors, and capacitors are (almost) all SMD and were picked and placed and soldered by JLC. The switches, jacks, and pots need to be soldered by me. I'm just champing at the bit to get the parts.
Deadly Structures is an exceptionally cool video game. It is very hard to play. David Denyer is one of the developers.
There are numerous high-gain mods to the JCM-800. To me that sorta defeats the purpose of the JCM-800 but there you go.
Panda Planner. I don't know if it's a good planner, but I'm amused by the name.
Component suppliers for guitar pedals.
Listen to Chance Shirley.
Apparently all anyone wants are Tube Screamers and Fuzz Faces.
Monday, March 07, 2022
Here's a pre-production image of the top of my guitar pedal. The name has been changed to the Electric Princess Overdrive. The always brilliant Chance Shirley designed it.
Here is the schematic. There are two gain stages: one that is based on an "Electro Harmonix Linear Power Boost" (but I think with slightly different cap values and a different transistor?), the other is based on the obnoxiously-named "Super Hard On" by Zvex.
In-between those stages are two passive equalizers. One was a circuit I found using the Seymour Duncan EQ app (that's called the "Stack" in the Electric Princess Overdrive) and the other is the 100cps portion of a Pultec EQP1 where one can boost and cut simultaneously and it sounds cool.
Have I put a completed one together yet? Heck no. I've tested everything except for the Pultec and I really like how it sounds though.