Santa came 90 days ahead of schedule. Congratulations Max!
Yeah, I have to admit that I don't really believe in Santa Claus anymore, but getting this second T1 turned out to be quite a freaky experience.
I know this doesn't relate to any technical issues etc., so forgive me for going a little 'off track'
Going back to 1990, I had just finished a 16 week season playing drums in a big Cabaret show. One of the Artistes in the Show (A Comedian) and I became close friends.
We were both keen Motorcyclists and regularly went for rides together during the season.
As the season came to an end we arranged to meet at my place, which was on the edge of the Lake district in the North West of England. We planned to have a day out on the bikes
with our Wives riding pillion.
To make for an interesting day 'Steve' brought along a handful of Biker mates, and we got all the introductions done over a Coffee in our Cottage.
We then set off in convoy and spent the rest of the day amongst hundreds of Bikers at a well known rendezvous called 'Devil's bridge'.
At the end of that wonderful day out, we all went our separate ways. Steve and I kept in touch until I moved to Spain in 2002, but I never came across any of the other guys....
I bought this Tonematch from someone I believed to be a total stranger, but when I went to collect it the Guy came to the door and said......
"Are you a Biker by any chance, I think I've been to you Cottage"
Yes, he was one of Steve's mates, and my 'username' on the auction site had set him thinking.
We spent a while chatting over what had happened in the intervening 20 years, and being a true friend he knocked £50 off the T1, and even manged to find the power adapter as well.
So my original budget for the Mackie Profx20 was £570 and I've managed to get 2 T1's, more or less brand new, for £550. BARGAIN !!
We've got some other Motorcyclists here (and lots of other interesting folks). I really appreciated your story. Thank you.
And congratulations on getting your T1®s. Enjoy!
Nice Music Room!
I forgot about this - the reason I asked about this was to see if your bitrate was low - and if this could explain why your backing tracks lacked sparkle.
What was the source for the pre-recorded music? CD or ...
If the files were ripped from CDs do you know what bit-rate was used to produce the backing tracks.
Can you try running a CD directly to the L1® to compare it to the sound of your pre-recorded music in whatever form you have it now?
Does it sound better directly from the CD?
Huge bonus having this room where I can set the gear up and practice whenever I want, and we don't have to worry about neighbours either. Occasionally have a few of the Band around to run through new numbers.
Have to say that the place is a total mess at the moment while I come to terms with the Tonematches. I've just set up my acoustic kit with the mic's so there are cables everywhere.
I'm absolutely delighted with the Vocal sound now. My Electric kit sounds fine but I will search to see what presets guys are using for the Roland TD20.
Cheers for now
I've noted your comments about bitrates. I've spent the evening with my fingers crossed while I updated the firmware on the latest T1, so it will be tomorrow before I try the CD.
Did the T1® updates go okay?
I'm really curious to know if you hear a difference between the CDs and the backing tracks.
The T1 updates look to have been successful.
I have the following displayed on the T1 :-
That's exactly how things should look.
You are all up to date with your T1®s.
Cheers buddy, I'll sleep easy now !!
I've just run the check that you suggested :-
1. Ran a Pre-recorded CD through the L1. Patched CD Player L/R into Channel 4/5 of T1 on Factory settings/DJ High volume music.
T1 Channel gain set up correctly and Powerstand gain Channel 3 set midway between 2 & 3
Excellent sound. ( I have played this Pre-recorded CD occasionally through a large Concert system, and it always sent shivers down my spine. It had the same effect tonight,
albeit in a small room through the Bose L1.
It is the Bee-Gees version of 'Ellan Vannin', bringing back memories of my 20 years on the Isle of Man.
2. I played a few of my backing tracks and whilst there is a drop in quality compared to the pre-recorded CD, there is certainly an improvement using the T1 preset.
I use a Miditemp Multistation for my Solo work and my tracks are stored on the Miditemp's Hard drive in mp3 format. The tracks weren't exactly expensive, so I'm not going to
bitch about their quality. The huge improvement in my Vocal sound far outweighs any backing track issues, I just feel so confident singing through this system now.
Can't wait to get the Band through it !!
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