Guitar Amp Modelers…..

In the late 90’s, “guitar amp modeling” became a thing, specifically with a company called Line 6. The POD, a kidney bean-shaped device, emulated to varying degrees of success, 16 different classic and modern guitar amps. The boon was that it could be plugged directly into a mixer or recording device, required no miking, and […]

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The Importance of “Mom and Pop” Stores

Disclaimer: I work one day a week at a “Mom and Pop” music store, so I’m a little biased here, admittedly. However, my opinions about the subject go back a lot longer than my current tenure there. Remember the days of walking into that small, friendly shop to get your favorite book? How about going […]

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Atomic Amplifire: My Impressions

The Atomic Amplifire is a new guitar amp modeler that aims to be that middle ground device, between consumer/hobbyist pieces like the POD HD series, Boss GT, and various other $100-$500 modelers, and then higher end devices like the Fractal Audio Axe-FX II and Kemper Profiler (the latter isn’t technically a modeler; I know. But […]

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What if Jenna-Louise Coleman leaves Doctor Who?

What if Jenna Leaves Doctor Who? There have been rumors floating around for a few weeks that Jenna-Louise Coleman will leave BBC’s long-running series Doctor Who after the current 8th series. If that’s the case, it’ll be a shame, because while I actually found her a bit annoying with Matt Smith, she’s been nothing short […]

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Is Java insecure? That depends

Java is often listed as one of the more insecure applications to be installed on a computer. For awhile there in 2013, it seemed as if there was a new Java exploit every week. But is Java really a massive security risk? Yes and no. In the sense that there are vulnerabilities discovered, problems arise […]

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How to Install and Implement Owncloud on Ubuntu 14.04LTS

Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.com, and soon iCloud Drive…….These services all have one basic common feature: they run a service on your computer, and allow you to sync anything in a given folder (or folders) to a server(s) in the “cloud”, and other computers. Sure, there are various differences. Google Drive and OneDrive allow you […]

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Arctic Blast keeping you home? No problem.

As has been all over the news, the midwest is being hit once again with an Arctic cold spell, and it’s now succeeded in closing my office. Does that stop me? Nope. Granted, being in IT, I am pretty well versed in working remotely. But these days, it goes further than just VPN connections. My […]

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Need an amp modeler? Got an iPad?

I’ve been a nut with combining computers and music for a long time. After all, I’ve played guitar for a long time (not noticeable by my hack playing) and I’ve been into computers for nearly as long. So naturally, the iPad has been an interesting device. Not only is it fun to surf the net […]

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iRig Pro Review! I love this thing

I just picked up the IK Multimedia iRig Pro this week, after selling my (perfectly capable) Apogee Jam. This device covers a lot of ground in a device not much bigger than two packs of Bubblicious, and even has room for a battery for the phantom power (more on that later). The iRig Pro allows […]

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Cool use of POD HD500 effects loop, with piezos

I’m running my Fishman Aura Sixteen in the loop of my HD500, pre-mixer, then with a switchable delay and reverb after it. Then for an input, I’m running the acoustic out of my Ibanez into the Aux input for just that patch, then the electric for normal patches. Run into monitors/headphones, I can switch from […]

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