Custom Guitar Picks

Why, yes! I would like to know more about your customer loyalty programme. Does it come with a plastic card?

Custom Plectrums

The Muzjig Guitar Pick Cutter - best Christmas present ever.

The Bristol Jam

The Bristol Jam - 16th September - The Small Jam]

Do you play all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order? If so, this is the meetup group for you. We meet in central Bristol to play whatever combination of instruments we can find, in whatever style we can mutually agree upon on the night, often in the same key.

I've been learning Electric Guitar for the last year or so. My wife says that I've spent too long playing with myself, and she also says that I should collaborate with other people to improve my musical skills.

So, come along and join me at this musical meetup - no talent too big or too small.

We need Guitarists (Electric and Acoustic), Saxophones, Trumpets, Drummers/Percussion, Brass, Strings, Pianists/Keyboards, Samplers, Mandolins, Irish Bouzouki, Balisets, Vocalists, Tibetan Throat Singers, Mrs Trellis from North Wales, Kazoos, Didgeridoos, Spoons, people who can clap and whistle and, yes, even Bass players.

We will play for our own amusement and personal development, and optionally record these sessions as a platinum-selling album and go on a world tour. Signup if that sounds fun, and we'll work out the details from there.


Price Hacking Guitar Rig Pro

Quick post with an example of price hacking. What's price hacking? It's using promotional offers and bundled deals to reveal discounts in the price of goods and services, and it's very easy to do with software.

For this price hack, we're looking at a bit of software to make a computer act as a guitar amp - Guitar Rig Pro.

The full Guitar Rig Pro v5 software is sold at GBP169/USD249. But you can upgrade to the latest version from an older qualifying product, and then the price is only GBP89/USD135.

First thing, what are the qualifying products?

Upgrade for users of - Guitar Combos (also Behringer) - GUITAR RIG 3 LE - GUITAR RIG 3 XE - GUITAR RIG 4 LE - GUITAR RIG 4 Essential - GUITAR RIG Mobile (all) - GUITAR RIG Session (all).

If we were really looking for a saving, we might be able to get one of these secondhand, but here we'll see if we can we find brand new, in a bundle.

How about: Ion Rig | 5m Guitar to USB Adapter Converter Cable with Guitar Rig 4 LE Software - GBP20/USD30

If we buy this, use is it as qualifier for the Guitar Rig 5 Pro upgrade, we spend GBP 109/USD165 (and we get a guitar interface), as opposed to GBP169/USD249.

That's a saving of about GBP60/USD95. And the same holds true for most software. If you can see an upgrade price, look for a way to conduct a bit of arbitrage and find a qualifying product that will provide an overall cost saving.

Clevo laptops and Windows 10

I've updated most of my PCs to Windows 10 over the last couple of days, and overall I'd say it's been a pretty painless process. There's one issue I encountered that did leave me puzzled for a few hours.

On a Clevo laptop (Chillblast, great guys), the Realtek PCIe Gigabit Ethernet card would randomly decide that its cable was disconnected. But… the cable was connected, and everything else in the chain including hubs and powerline connectors were also working just fine. (I learned this after two hours of poking and testing).

Given that I'd just upgraded to Windows 10, I hadn't considered looking for a driver update, but when I finally checked the manufactures site, there was a new driver available.

The stock version installed with Win10 is version 10.01, and there is now a version 10.03, Win10 Auto Installation Program (SID:1743532) , which is not being offered automatically by Windows Update.

Download Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Drivers

Updated driver

There are no patch notes on this, but it solved my problem. So keep that in mind as you're upgrading - if you're having problems with a bit of hardware, check the manufacturers site for updated drivers, as it'll probably take 6 months for some of these to be offered automatically through windows update.

Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer - Review and Demo

A video review and demo of the Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer (as a tool for voice over work, prototyping characters and fast, real time effects.)

If you're doing sound and audio design for Games, get one of these. Things you can do:

1.Build a casting list for a project using one actor in a single session.
2.Model audio treatments in real time. Find a sound you like, then use that as a template for creating the audio space in your game.
3.On a budget? One voice actor can do many more roles in a single studio session.

Potentially this is also useful for doing Audiobook narration, as you can do some real-time processing of audio to build multiple characters and scenes.

And of course, it's a vocoder and Auto Tuner, so you can live your dream of being a Cher impersonator.:smile:

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