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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Alter Ego V1 custom delay Review

Alter Ego V1 custom delay | Review

This is my overdue review of the first version Alter Ego custom delay by TC Electronic.

In fact, this review is so long overdue that TC describe this pedal as a legacy product. But, better late than never?

* TC Electronic: Copyright © 2018 MUSIC Tribe Global Brands Ltd. All rights reserved.

As a Bass player, pedals and effects make up a big part of my sound, although I never thought delay would be an effect I would use as part of my own pedal board set-up. 
However, some effects that I think sound good on Bass, such as chorus and flanger, are built upon a very short delay of a few milliseconds;


The first version of the Alter Ego pedal is based on the legendary TC Flashback delay (and looper), but with two custom sounds (the EHX Deluxe Memory Man and Binson Echorec) not available in the Flashback pedal.
The Flashback delay has the Lo-Fi and Dynamic delay settings – not available on the Alter Ego.
This aside (and the colour difference), the two pedals are exactly the same.
The Alter Ego V1 also works with all Flashback TonePrints.
A legacy product, and rarely available new, you might expect to pay up to £150 for one (brand new) or between £80 to £120 at auction, in fully working condition, and with the original box.

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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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2015 Review

2015 Review | | Blog

2015 Review. Let’s do a month-by-month recap of everything that’s happened this year!


My Pedalboard. I love using pedals and effects. However, it was time to move on some pedal-related gear that had become surplus. Out went the PB-600 pedal board, and the SGT Pepper custom pedal board. In came the ‘Octa-switch-2’ and a ‘Showman’ pedalboard and case.

#Pedalboard | 2015 | by Simon Edward | No chain as such ~ separate isolated feeds into Octaswitch 2 by Carl Martin. I'm using Polytune Noir, Nova Modulator, Alter ego Delay, HOF Reverb and Nova Dynamics (compressor) and the legendary BOSS OC-2 Octaver; Powered by 'Pro Power' by Carl Martin.. The board and case is the Showman by Diago UK. Zero tone suck and big fun to use!!:

“Note to self: There is no such thing as a ‘complete’ pedalboard ~ only stopping points between revisions”.

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Bass bash; Run of hope; Level 42

Bass Bash; Run of hope and Level 42 Late September and I found myself at the 9th annual “Basschat : South-east Bass Bash” at Jubilee High School in Surrey. For anyone unfamiliar, Basschat is a “UK based on-line Bass players’ forum, for Bassists everywhere”. It was my debut at this years’ event, some three years’ after first posting on the forum. It was about time; … Continue reading Bass bash; Run of hope; Level 42

Tremolo; being 42; London 7/7

Tremolo; being 42 and London 7/7

Tremolo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtrɛːmolo]), or tremolando ([tremoˈlando]) in music, is a trembling effect.

‘Amplitude variation’ rapidly turns the volume of a signal up and down, to create a “shuddering” effect.

Some electric guitars use a (somewhat misnamed) device called a “tremolo arm” or “whammy bar”. The pitch of a note or chord is lowered or raised, which is known as vibrato.

This non-standard use of the term “tremolo” refers to pitch, rather than amplitude.

Tremolo on BASS

The Nova Modulator NM-1 pedal by TC Electronic has a Tremolo effect, which sounds good on Bass, but as the Tri-chorus was the only other effect I liked, the NM-1 was moved on.

The compact size ‘Trelicopter’ by Mooer audio had some good reviews from other Bassists and sounded fine on youtube. I decided to order one.

Trelicopter | Tremolo pedal | by Mooer Audio

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