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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby jb » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:10 am

Mmm, wish those were on sale.

I've had these 7506's since the 90's! I think I know what you mean about harshness-- I bought the Waves NX plugin, which has an EQ compensation setting for the 7506's, and when I engage it the sound gets much much more muted. http://www.waves.com/plugins/nx#introdu ... l-mix-room
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Postby ken » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:51 pm

jb wrote:I bought the Waves NX plugin, which has an EQ compensation setting for the 7506's, and when I engage it the sound gets much much more muted. http://www.waves.com/plugins/nx#introdu ... l-mix-room


That looks cool. did you measure your head?

I have a Focusrite VRM box that has room and speaker models and really thought it helped my mixing to switch between the different settings to see how my mix was affected. I ended up most liking the Adam monitor model.

https://www.amazon.com/Focusrite-VRM-Bo ... B004MVZ4XG

https://www.adam-audio.com/en/ax-series/a3x/
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Postby jb » Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:15 pm

I didn't measure my head, but the head tracking actually works! With no calibration! Headphones are my best option because baby so I think it'll be interesting to get good at mixing with them.
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Postby irwin » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:45 am

*insert inflated head joke here*
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Postby Lunkhead » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:46 am

Today's deal is the Simmons SD300 5-piece electronic drum kit (three cymbal pads, three tom pads, 1 snare pad, integrated kick pedal+trigger, hi-hat pedal, rack, and sound module) marked down $150 from $350 to only $200. That's really cheap! You could start learning to play drums at home relatively quietly, use it to add live played drums to your songs, use it to control drum sample kits like BFD or the Logic drums, etc.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums-pe ... c-drum-set
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby jb » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:53 am

The Sennheiser 650 headphones that Ken recommended are available for the next 12 days from "Massdrop" for $200 (regularly like $316 on Amazon).

http://dro.ps/b/wDOZ247/l

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Postby ken » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:34 am

Adorama has some good deals today:

'68 Custom Fender Deluxe for $799. Guitar Center has this same amp in black for $1049!
https://www.adorama.com/fe2274000382.ht ... laid912772

Squier Vintage Modified Baritone Jazzmaster Electric Guitar for $279.
https://www.adorama.com/sq304000585.htm ... laid912772
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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:43 am

Today's stupid deal is the Pigtronix Bass Fat Drive bass overdrive pedal. Normally $149 they've applied a discount of $-300.99 so that you can buy it for a mere $449.99. What, um, WTF??!!??!?

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Postby Lunkhead » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:34 am

Looks like somebody noticed and they fixed it. The real deal is $80 off, for a final sale price of $69. Seems like a pretty good deal!
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Postby ken » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:35 pm

Oktava Mod is blowing out a limited number of large and small diaphragm mic sets today for $700, a steal at this price: http://www.oktavamodshop.com/product_in ... cts_id=233
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby jast » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:28 pm

MAGIX is currently selling Samplitude at an extreme discount, probably to reel in ex-SONAR users. For $149 you get Samplitude Pro X3 Suite, which includes:

* Samplitude Pro X3
* Sound Forge Pro 11 (offline audio editor)
* SpectraLayers Pro 4 (offline audio editor)
* Melodyne 4 Essential (the license is eligible for regular upgrades to more advanced editions of Melodyne, which happen to be 50% off right now in virtually all shops that sell Melodyne)
* Independence Pro Sampler (70 GB of samples, locked*)
* Vandal guitar amp VST (locked*)
* 24 virtual instruments (locked*)
* Analogue Modelling Suite (locked*)
* Audio restoration suite (locked*)

locked = can only be used in Samplitude, not in other DAWs

The offer is currently valid until 4 January, though they've already extended it several times.
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Postby josh » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:24 pm

Ableton Live is on Sale: https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/live

It includes an upgrade to 10 when it's released. At $359 for standard it's still pretty damned expensive. I've been using the Lite version (which is basically the same as intro and comes free with a lot of gear). It's a fun program and probably worth the dough for doing certain things.
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Postby ken » Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:55 am

https://blackroosteraudio.com/pluginstore.html

I just heard about Black Rooster Audio, which makes cool VST emulations of vintage gear. They seem really cool and affordable. They have two free plug ins, one is a guitar amp simulator and another is a drum processing tool.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby ken » Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:01 pm

Acon Digital has a couple of free plug ins.

https://acondigital.com/products/multiply/

Acon Digital Multiply is a free and versatile chorus effect with a unique twist. Each simulated voice is processed with a phase randomizing filter so that unpleasant comb filter effects are avoided. The effect can be used to simulate the effect of several performers playing the same tones simultaneously, to widen the spatial image or to create special effects for sound design. Multiply can simulate up to 6 additional voices and both the pitch and the loudness of the voices can be modulated. There is also an integrated equalizer consisting of low cut, low shelf, high shelf and high cut filters that can be applied to the effect signal. An integrated pre-delay section makes it possible to create modulated and diffuse echo effects.

Acon Digital Multiply is available for both Windows (PC) and OS X (Macintosh). Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available, and the plug-in formats VST, AAX and Audio Units (OS X only) are supported.

You can also get a free echo from them: https://reverb.com/software/effects/aco ... everb-solo

Just one knob to dial in a world of reverb sounds.

From bright, nearly slap-back echo, to elongated cavernous rumbles, this first partnership between Acon Digital and Reverb.com brings an entirely new ambience to your tracks. With just one knob, you can dial in short, bright reverb for a small room, up-front vibe, or long, dark reverb that places your mix in deep space.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby Lunkhead » Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:46 pm

Waves Gold/Platinum/Diamond plugin bundles are on sale, today only I believe. I just bought the Platinum bundle for only $199 (normally $699!) on Sweetwater, or you can buy direct:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... -in-bundle

https://www.waves.com/bundles/platinum

Some day when I feel like tossing more money at the problem I'll go the UAD route but for now I'm hoping this gives me a pretty good toolset that's a notch above (or at least a good compliment to) the Cubase default plugins.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby ken » Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:42 am

Today's SDotD is Yamaha MX49 for $300. I'm always looking for a good MIDI controller that also has some sounds on board in case I'd like to use it without a computer. This has been on my watch list for a while, and on another day I'd probably buy one.

MX49 is a 49-key music synthesizer which combines Motif XS sounds, USB Audio/MIDI connectivity and advanced DAW/VST controller features at a groundbreaking level of affordability.

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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby Lunkhead » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:47 am

Today's deal is intriguing.

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifi ... 8000000000

It's a Vox MV50 "Rock" 50-watt mini guitar amp head. These things are tiny and lightweight. They use "Nutube" tech to provide "real tube sound" via a tiny tube. From the several videos I've watched, they actually sound pretty dang good. I'm very tempted to get one for use for recording at home. Normal price is $199, today's price is $119. Seems real cheap for the power and sound quality. If you're recording direct this would be a pretty affordable way to possibly improve your sound. You'd have to buy a cabinet too though if you want to use it for practice/mic'ing/etc.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby Chumpy » Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:59 am

Cool! You can always run the line level output of that little 50W head into your interface, and then slap on a convolution reverb with some free cabinet impulses and I bet you could make it sound really nice.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby ken » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:42 am

Grado SR60i Prestige Series Open Back Headphones $35.50

Grado's never go on sale: Amazon has the Grado SR60i Prestige Series Headphones for a low $35.50 Free Shipping (Currently out of stock, but buy now to lock in price). This normally retails for $79, so you're saving 55% off with this deal.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006DPMU4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1&tag=tbdirect-20&ascsubtag=49b18567-79f3-49ee-8a74-6560eb901c95
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Postby jb » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:58 am

ken wrote:Grado SR60i Prestige Series Open Back Headphones $35.50

Grado's never go on sale: Amazon has the Grado SR60i Prestige Series Headphones for a low $35.50 Free Shipping (Currently out of stock, but buy now to lock in price). This normally retails for $79, so you're saving 55% off with this deal.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006DPMU4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1&tag=tbdirect-20&ascsubtag=49b18567-79f3-49ee-8a74-6560eb901c95


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Postby Lunkhead » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:43 am

Lunkhead wrote:Today's deal is intriguing.

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifi ... 8000000000

It's a Vox MV50 "Rock" 50-watt mini guitar amp head. These things are tiny and lightweight. They use "Nutube" tech to provide "real tube sound" via a tiny tube. From the several videos I've watched, they actually sound pretty dang good. I'm very tempted to get one for use for recording at home. Normal price is $199, today's price is $119. Seems real cheap for the power and sound quality. If you're recording direct this would be a pretty affordable way to possibly improve your sound. You'd have to buy a cabinet too though if you want to use it for practice/mic'ing/etc.


I impulse bought this and tried it out at BSS practice Tuesday night. We plugged it in to the speaker in my Fender Deluxe Reverb and recorded the line/phones out direct too. I haven't had a chance to really listen closely to the direct sound but I was really impressed by the tone through the speaker. For a teeny tiny $119 amp it sounds amazing. The "Rock" version is definitely geared toward an overdriven sound, so, if you're looking for high gain clean tones maybe try the "Clean" version. I'll try to post some demo tracks before the BSS song goes up.
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Re: Deals On Gear and Software

Postby ken » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:51 pm

Today I learned that there is a free (but limited) version of Protools!

https://www.avid.com/pro-tools-first
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