Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones Review

Pioneer SE-C3T wired earphones | Review

In a departure from my reviews about gear related to making music and recording Bass guitar, this is my review of the SE-C3T wired earphones by Pioneer.

With a multitude of listening options (including wireless) and price ranges; what do you choose when audio quality and cost are two of the prime considerations?

The SE-C3T earphones first arrived in 2017. Designed and produced by the Pioneer Corporation, which was founded by Japanese businessman Nozomu Matsumoto in 1938; and celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2018.

An indirect quote from a recent Pioneer slogan: –

‘Sound. Vision. Soul. Everyone’s got soul. Pioneer truly believes in the power of sound and vision to ‘move the heart and touch the soul’.

OK. Let’s go!

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Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas | Blog | December 2017

Christmas time is here! And who knows? This could well be my last blog post.. until the next one.

Christmas | 2017 | | Blog

Christmas Eve:

One of my favourite days’ of the year. “Thank God It’s Christmas!” to which I hear you say, “Bah Humbug.”

What’s good about it? The songs. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. Let it snow. Let it snow. Jingle Bell Rock!

The Presents. Whatever happened to new socks and selection boxes? or a new pair of slippers??

The true meaning of Christmas has well and truly gone out of the window. Unlike the DFS sale, which feels like an all year round event, except for the week when they sell everything at full retail price – for legal reasons, probably.

Then it’s got to be; The ending. The worst thing about Christmas is when it ends. Secret Santa, carol concerts, early closing at work, stockings above the fireplace, happiness and cheer, gone and forgotten for another year.

Not to mention taking down the tree, and the decorations.

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EarthQuaker Devices | Blog | July 2017

EarthQuaker Devices

EarthQuaker Devices ™ “quite possibly the best pedal company in Akron, Ohio, USA” was founded in 2004 by Jamie Stillman, with his wife Julie Robbins working alongside as Vice President.

The company name comes from an idea for a fake metal band called ‘EarthQuaker’.

Jamie says, “I handle all the circuits, oversee branding and various other chores”.

“Julie is the master brain behind EQD. She handles all the dealers, artist relations, accounting… pretty much everything at the business end”.

Stillman began building effects pedals for friends whilst playing guitar and drums in bands (punk to psychedelic rock) and working as a graphic designer. He currently plays guitar in a band called Relaxer.

He says EarthQuaker Devices started from a broken pot on a DOD 250 overdrive pedal, because the circuit schematic appealed to his life-long tinkering gene.

“I’m thankful for the faulty pot on that 250! Without it, so many promising roads may have remained un-traveled and so many amazing effects would still be lost in the ether”.

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Monday blues | Blog | January 2017

Monday blues: January 16th, 2017

It came as something of a surprise to hear that the third Monday of January is thought of as the most depressing day of the year;

For most of 2017 so far, I feel there are reasons to be cheerful, and optimistic for the year ahead.

A little research has revealed that in 2005, a Psychologist thought it might be a good idea to create a scientific reason why someone might want to think about booking a summer holiday at this time of year.

This is the formula used to calculate when the day is supposed to arrive: – {[W + (D-d)] x T^Q} ÷ [M x N_a].

This Blue Monday, you can help reduce the stigma associated with depression by talking about it, and by using the day to experience more happiness. please visit the website >>

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Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016

Shade of Red | December 2016 First published: 30 Dec 2016; Last updated: 7th October 2018. “Shade of Red ~ running through my head”. I’m writing this post around the Christmas holiday, so I hope you have enjoyed the festivities, or if you haven’t, you’re probably glad it’s over for another year, and wish for a change of fortune or circumstances in 2017. Shade of Red … Continue reading Shade of Red | Blog | December 2016

Reaper DAW Review | Why I Love Reaper 5

Reaper DAW Review | Why I Love Reaper 5

Reaper DAW. Why this brilliant Digital Audio Workstation is my DAW of choice: –

  • First published: July 21st 2016; 
  • Last updated: October 1st 2018.

What is Reaper?

The name comes from; Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording (REAPER).

“A computer-based application which offers advanced multi-track audio, MIDI and video recording environment in both 32-bit, and 64-bit download versions for Windows and OS X”.

Pricing and distribution is somewhat unusual, because it relies on the honesty of the user.

Is Reaper Free?

It’s your choice to buy a license, which I think is very generous because don’t most people love everything to be free these days?

Are there limitations with the demo version of reaper? With the exception of a short ‘countdown’ before the application starts up, there are none whatsoever.

A discounted Reaper DAW license key costs $60 (around £50 UK Sterling) if: –

  • REAPER is for your own individual personal use; Or
  • You are an individual or business using REAPER commercially, and yearly gross revenue does not exceed USD $20,000; Or
  • You are an educational resource or not-for-profit.

Does Reaper stop working after 60 days?

The reaper evaluation period expires after 60 days, but the application doesn’t stop working.

The license key gives access to a crazy feature rich DAW, with more than 300 FX plugins (‘ReaPlugs‘) and a dedicated development team for just £50! which is staggeringly good value for money.

Licensed by Cockos Incorporated Copyright © 2004-2018 (founded by Justin Frankel);

Based in New York City | NY 10012

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