Tag: Basschat

CF-7 Chorus Factory by Digitech | Review

CF-7 “Chorus Factory” by Digitech

The first pedal review I wrote was about the CF-7 ‘Chorus Factory’ by DigiTech©

“All of your favourite chorus pedals in one rugged unit”. Harman International Industries, Inc. ©2006, All Rights Reserved.

My CF-7 review appeared on the Internet Bass players’ forum ‘Basschat’ back in 2012.

Unfortunately, I didn’t record any sound clips, and no video is available of anyone using the pedal with BASS ! which is a shame.

At this time I was using a BOSS CEB-3 Bass Chorus, which was a little uninspiring. I wondered what else was out there? Continue reading “CF-7 Chorus Factory by Digitech | Review”

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”

Anniversaries and Milestones

Anniversaries and Milestones

Anniversaries and Milestones

Anniversaries. There are some things we care about enough to remember. There are other things we wish we could forget.

Some say the anniversaries we celebrate or commiserate (for want of a better word), are not really that important.

My wife didn’t need to remind me that on one day in June, it was the 12th Anniversary of our wedding in Cyprus.

June | 2015 | Anniversaries and Milestones

I remember the day being hot. My beautiful wife-to-be being hotter, and arriving at the Church in my Brother-in-law’s Mercedes to the sound of “It’s Not Unusual” by Sir Tom Jones playing on the car CD. And one or two other things.

This year, my wife and I took our three children to a local Italian restaurant near Newbury, Berkshire.

Our youngest fell asleep before the main course was served, and there was a slight mix up with the drinks, when our waiter brought my wife some wine, and served me some chilled Peroni (!)

Basschat: 3rd Anniversary

Another milestone: On this day in 2012, I joined an on-line Bassist forum called ‘Basschat’. “The UK based forum for BASS players everywhere”.

I don’t know why I was surprised, but I found one of my first posts in the ‘Introductions’ thread. I’m now up to 264 posts, which is hardly what you would call prolific in just over three years.June | 2015 | Basschat | 1st-post-from-2012

I’m what is known as a ‘Lurker’ because I read more than post. I’ve not posted as much in 2015, but that’s not because the topics are any less interesting.

Every year, ‘Basschat’ hosts regional events up and down the UK called ‘Bass Bash’.

These are opportunities to network, put faces to names from the forums, show off your gear and try out other players gear ~ if they will let you.

I managed to attend the 9th annual South-east Basschat Bass Bash! and here is my review: – Bash bash post

Father’s day:

Similar to ‘Mother’s day’, ‘Father’s day’ has its origins in 20th Century America. It was during a Mother’s Day church service on June 20, 1909, that Sonora Smart Dodd had the idea of creating a holiday to celebrate fathers too.

When she was 16, her mother died giving birth to a sixth child. Single parenthood was no easy task.

Sonora shared with her father William the responsibility of raising her younger brothers. She believed her father deserved a special time of honour, just like ‘Mother’s Day’.

The first Father’s Day was observed in the Washington state on June 19, 1910.

President Calvin Coolidge recognised Father’s Day in 1924, which became official in 1956 with the passage of a joint resolution. In 1972, President Richard Nixon permanently established the observance of Father’s Day in the United States.

Sonora Smart Dodd lived to see her idea come to be. She died in 1978, aged 96.

The last word

This Father’s day, it was interesting to gain a little insight into how my children see me through their drawings: –

June | 2015 | Blog | Happy-Fathers-Day-2015

A tie? Nope. Slim? No ~ a few extra pounds! Builds rocket ships?? Good idea, but no.

Thank you for my chocolates, they were delicious!!

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | June 28th, 2015.

7 Secrets Other Bassists Don’t Want You To Know

7 Secrets Other Bassists Don’t Want You To Know

7 Secrets Other Bassists Don’t Want You To Know

These are 7 secrets other Bassists don’t want you to know.

Firstly, they’re not rules – and I may add to this list in future, but they are the seven most important things I’ve learned along the way, in more than 25 years’ of playing Bass.

I joined my first band in 1990. What did I know about being a Bassist? Not very much. I was on my own.

1. Practice technique

Thomas Risell is one of the most popular Bassists in the world today. He is also known as ‘MarloweDK’ and teaches Bass on-line via his Youtube channel, which has more than 100,000 subscribers.

He currently plays as Bassist in Love Shop, Henrik Hall, and Al Campos & Soul Harmonic, and has also played in various bands through the 80’s and 90’s including; Buzstop, Paris Paris, Mænd i Blåt and Back To Back.

If you need to know the difference between ‘Pentatonic’ and ‘Dorian’, or need someone to show you how to slap your bass (if you’re that way inclined), and explain how to make your Bass lines groovy, Thomas is your man.

Thomas says, “I got the idea to make tuition videos, to show the things I would have wanted someone to teach me“.

“A friend introduced me to Youtube in 2006, and I began by recording over 70’s funk tracks. I had been playing the tracks 20 years earlier, but they (and I) needed a serious dust off”.

Here’s a lesson on how to ‘mute’ strings and incorporate ‘ghost’ notes, because it helps Bass lines sound more rhythmic.

Although a ‘slap’ bass lesson, ‘dead notes’ and muting are also important when playing finger style too: –

2. Make space for you and your instrument

For any musician, finding some personal space to keep your gear and work on improving technique, or writing and recording something completely new is important.

If it takes more than about 10 minutes to set up all your cables and accessories, then it probably won’t happen.

This space should be away from any mental or social distractions. Otherwise, when you are conscious that someone might be listening to you practice, you are going to be affected.

Find the space where you can put headphones on and disappear into a place where it’s OK to sound like you.

Simon Edward | UK Bassist and composer | InfinityBass.com

3. Listen to other musicians

Learning how to be as good as other Bassists is much easier now. When I started out, a sales person at my local music shop and one or two print magazines were all I had for company.

Today, there are online forums to broaden your knowledge base. Sign up and dip in as often as you need.

The one I recommend is: –

  • Basschat: The UK based Bass players forum ~ for Bassists everywhere”.

7 Secrets That Other Bassists Don't Want You To Know | Basschat | InfinityBass.com

In general, never repeat anything online that you wouldn’t say to anyone else in public.

4. Buy pre-loved gear a big percentage of the time

G.A.S or ‘Gear Acquisition Syndrome’ is a type of OCD: obsessive compulsive disorder

There is no known cure for GAS. One thing you could do is sell your own used gear first. If you don’t use something much, then trade up. Gear value is always relative.

In my experience, most musicians take great care of the instruments and accessories they own. Therefore, It’s definitely better for you and your financial health if pre-loved markets and online auctions are the 1st or 2nd place you look.

Obviously, if something looks like it might have been played to death, then common sense should prevail; unless you can try it out first.

  1. Read reviews on forums; watch and listen to videos ~ if they’re available;
  2. Don’t get into a war on price with other buyers. Be patient;
  3. Aim to pay 60 percent (or less) of the RRP for an item in excellent condition, with the original box.

If things don’t work out, you will get most of your money back ~ most of the time.

I might have saved around £10K if I’d listened to my own advice. C’est la vie.

5. Record yourself

Making a recording is the most revealing part of being a musician because it’s brutally honest.

Every missed note or timing that’s slightly out. This is the real deal.

You will discover where you are as a Bassist, whilst learning the art of audio engineering and production.

Recording can also reveal problems with how you’ve rehearsed what you’re going to record.

If you’ve recorded something over and over, and it doesn’t sound like something you want to share with anyone, then you’re not ready to record.

You should be able to play the track all the way through, at least three times comfortably.

Listening to a good recording can give you confidence and prove that you are making progress.

Today, a 24-bit USB/computer interface and a fully featured Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), costs around £100.

The DAW I recommend is called Reaper by Cockos for Windows and MAC.

Reaper | 2016 | Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

I bought a personal license key for around £50, and also wrote an article >> “Why I love Reaper DAW.”

6. Use your speaker cabinet like a monitor

You owe it to your inner Bassist; the people you’re playing with and your public, to have total control of what you hear when you’re playing, at any time.

There’s zero chance of delivering a great performance if you can’t hear what you’re playing clearly.

7 tips for new Bassist | InfinityBass.com

In short, if you have your cabinet behind you, just turning up the volume can be counter-productive.

What happens? everyone else turns up too! Try this instead: –

  1. Point your cabinet towards you. This can either be out front or to the side.
  2. Place yourself in the sweet spot. Adjust your volume until it fits with everything else. In particular, the Drums and lead vocal, or the instrument playing the melody.
  3. Let the house engineer have the D.I. (Direct Inject) from your amp.
  4. You are helping THEM out by allowing your music through their system.

7. Tone down – but don’t turn down!

Turn Up The Volume! | InfinityBass.com:

The last word

“Not all advice is good, but no advice at all is much worse.”

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | December 13th, 2014.

Synthpop: The Way I feel (about you)

“The Way I feel ~ about you” Synthpop

“The Way I Feel (about you) is a synthpop song inspired by a photograph of an ocean landscape scene for the Basschat composition challenge”;

I recorded the song and produced the arrangement at home between 1st and 23rd October 2013.

You can listen here:- Music

Credits:

Simon Edward: Bass, vocals, keys and programming; Also features licensed samples and loops with thanks to: –

Stuart Keenan for the mellow pad loop;
Rob Bridgett for the Ocean Waves: FreeSFX.co.uk
‘Funkidrum’ 120 BPM appears courtesy of: sampleswap.org

Made with:

  • Jaydee Custom Bass;
  • Yamaha SY85 synth;
  • Reaper by Cockos.

Thank you for listening.

The Way I feel (about you) | SynthpopSynthpop:

A genre of music that first became prominent in the 1980’s, and features the synthesizer as the dominant musical instrument. 

Early synthpop pioneers included: –

Japanese group ‘Yellow Magic Orchestra’;

British bands ‘Ultravox‘ and ‘The Human League‘; the latter largely used monophonic synthesizers and drum machines to produce music with a simple and austere sound. 

In the late 1980’s, duos such as ‘Erasure‘ and ‘The Pet Shop Boys‘ adopted a sound that was highly successful in the dance charts. But, by the end of the decade Synthpop had been largely abandoned. 

The introduction of dance beats and more conventional rock instrumentation made the music warmer and catchier and contained within the conventions of three-minute pop.

Treble-dominant, synthesized melodies and simple drum patterns gave way to thick, and compressed production, and a more conventional drum sound.

Lyrics were generally more optimistic, dealing with romance, escapism and aspiration.

According to music writer Simon Reynolds, the hallmark of 1980’s synthpop was its “emotional, at times ‘operatic’ singers” such as Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and Annie Lennox.

Because synthesizers removed the need for large groups of musicians, these singers were often part of a duo, where their partner played all the instruments.

Source: Wikipedia.org/Synthpop

Simon Edward | InfinityBass.com | Updated: June 6th 2016