More Darkglass Madness and a John Myung Signature Bongo 6!

So after much deliberation I’ve settled on trying a Darkglass B7K Ultra v2 and a Hyper Luminal compressor, added to the clean channel on my board. If I really like it, I may expand my AB/Y to an ABC/Y and give the Darkglass stuff it’s own channel (one channel for clean, one for TC, one for Darkglass, and one open… maybe something crazy), I’m not sure.

As it is, these two pedals will sound AWESOME together. I’m also going to be changing out the preamp in one of my RBXJM2’s with help from The Music Gallery, dropping in a Darkglass Tone Capsule pre. Can’t wait to hear that!

Yes, there is a John Myung Signature Bongo 6 in the works for those of us who need narrower string spacing than a Bongo 6 offers (John plays modified Bongo 6’s with 5 string necks and six string hardware to accomplish that, as he doesn’t fins a Bongo 6 out of the box very comfortable, either. I thought about asking Ernie Ball to make me a Bongo 6 that I could play, but I ran out of money before I finished the email).

Cant wait.

A Very Productive Weekend!

I got so much done this weekend I took today off from everything except laying around and putting on weight.

Mission Accomplished!

I pulled “Universal Mind” from the Youtube channel Wednesday evening as I didn’t like the tone AT ALL. So I remixed it and re-uploaded it Friday night and wow – what an improvement.

I woodshedded “Paradigm Shift” for a long time, and went over UK’s “In the Dead of Night” to make a new video Saturday morning, and made a basic track of a demo song for Gary Buck in Nashville, an original song that he wanted me to play bass on. So I started listening to it and recording rough ideas. I ended the night listening to “Machine Messiah” by Yes and deciding I wanted to work it up and give it a modern metal sound, meaning I’d download the Darkglass plugin by Neural DSP and try it out 🙂

I got up Saturday morning and figured I’d make my UK vid in about 1 take – WRONG.

Take 57 I had it done, which was OK, but it left no time to work on “Paradigm Shift,” which I wanted to re-record and upload. Now I was feeling under the gun because a big project I am involved in needed a video promo for the whole package (the release), and I had nothing.

I did get “In the Dead of Night” uploaded and I developed a new layout at the end so I can add a “Subscribe button” and a “Next Video” screen as well to the end. That will be on all videos from here on.

The new “Subscribe” button with log on the upper left and a suggested next video in the upper right, plus my name 2x at the bottom. Someone’s quite proud of himself.

I next worked on Gary’s recordings, when another musician and friend sent me mixes of Genesis’ “Eleventh Earl of Mar” that he’d put together for me to play on. I began working on “Machine Messiah” and got a few minutes into it, then listened to Zappa’s “Zoot Allures” and played a long a bit to get some ideas for another cover.

Next it was back to Gary’s song. I recorded about half of what I wanted, but figured I’d put it off until Monday as I took the 25th off.

Finally it was time to do the video promo shoot. LOL. WTH am I gonna do…

I hung a bed sheet from our four poster bed and put a lot of front lighting on it. I had Tracie stand opposite me in our small bedroom to try to make it look like a real promo piece – and they only needed a few seconds.

So she recorded, but the bed would get in frame. Cut. Or the closet. Retake. Or my bass wouldn’t be in frame. Try again. I had to squat down like Cotton Hill (“Tojo shot my shins off!”) and hold my bass and jam like I’m having a seizure. Again, and again, and again.

OK – get close up of hands playing from two angles.

“OK – that will work, I hope, What time is it? How can it be 11:30?” I watched the video. “It will never work.” So I stitched it together before bed, went to sleep and thought I’d try to finish it before 11 AM when I was going to Jim Morley’s to reconnect, jam, record and make plans.

I got up Sunday morning and went to work on the video. I thought, “Well, here it is. I hope they like it.” Packed up and went to Jim’s.

It was great to see him and hear what he’s been up to – we have plans on doing some things together very soon, so project gem.n.i is back ON. We’d like to find a drummer, but we are going to start working on new music in the next few weeks.

So I got home about 5 and found out that my video was good enough to give them material for the vid promo, so that was GREAT! I began working on Gary’s song, which I finished up and sent off to him that evening. He loved it and now it’s going in to his demo.

What a weekend.

Something’s cookin’ up…

I’ve been very busy doing really cool stuff – putting together this website, working on videos (including my first Frank Zappa cover), changes on my YouTube channel, and I’ve been working with a couple of well-known prog drummers and may be starting up a new project soon with a great guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. I have to shoot a quick promo video this week, and get some bass tracks sent off to a guy in Nashville who needs some help.

I am hoping to get the tracks done this month and the promo package finished up, in addition to making new videos for UK’s “In the Dead of Night,” Yes’ “Machine Messiah,” and maybe a Porcupine Tree cover like “Lazarus” played on fretless.

All the while I’ve discovered Plini, Simon Grove and other amazing bands like Periphery, etc. I am going to see Plini at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on April 7 of this year, which is awesome.

Plini’s music has really turned me on to the Darkglass Alpha and Omega pedal, and Darkglass sound in particular. I am looking to pick up one of these beauties soon (the $400 used price tag is a bit much), but the tone is so amazing it’s worth it.

I’m looking at making a major purchase next year, either a new bass (I can’t find one I really am gaga over except the Modulus Q6 – I wish Strandberg made a Boden model 6 string bass!)

Strandberg Boden Prog 5 bass… why no 6? WHY?

I am also thinking about changing out the preamp in one of my RBXJM2’s to a Darkglass Tone Capsule and maybe a refinish – a very light blue RBXJM2 with a Darkglass pre would be amazing.

Website Birthday!

I have been reluctantly dragged into the world of the web as a means of reaching an audience and potential bandmates/recording opportunities. I was posting videos on Youtube and linking them to my Facebook page as well as, but thought I needed a real web presence and some place to easily update my material without having to deal with Youtube’s draconian ways.

So here we are… day 1.

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