I Hope you are all doing fine. Havn't been on the site for a while. I hope I' ll make up for that. I will tell you later about my project with a Shadows band. I was so glad to have been able to get an NTSC (US) version of the DVD - The Final reunion. Simply perfect. It couldn't be better. A real delight from the first to the last note. I am spreading the word here in So. Calif. I was also so happy to hear the song: "I' M THE LONELY ONE" which I hadn't heard since the 60's and had forgotten about. It's Cliff & the Shads favorite and incidently, it has always been my favorite too. This is my live rendering of how I feel like to play it . I was lucky to find the backing track at Jeff Daniels site @ www.backingtracks.co.uk/ Don't know why the video came out squeezed, but that' s ok, it makes me look thinner.
Hi Abel, Good to see you back, I was wondering why we hadn't heard from you lately. This is a real masterpeice of instrumental arrangement and playing. I love your playing and sound, and hope you can post some more soon. Regards, Charlie
A pleasure to be here. I am glad you liked this (almost) improvised version. Your echoes count for at least 1/2 of the quality of the performance. The sound is a typical mid pup sound that Hank used to rely on in the early years. I just love its sound and after watching the superb and flawless concert on DVD, although I was amazed by Hank's precision and flawless playing, I wasn't very happy with his choice of sounds where he now prefers the bridge pup for most of the tunes that were originally recorded and played at the time with the mid pup where his signature sound really resides. I am using also the Ariab with the + sensitivity on. Do you still have your passive unit available?. Are the settings and results different from Roberto's unit?. On his unit, the + sensitivity setting gives you the dryer sound, but makes the sound thinner, so I had to use mypoor EQ to boost a small range of MID.
I started an Instrumental band (Finally) and we are going to do a Cliff & the Shads early years tribute CD. Our singer is Danny Dean, One of the best and the most low profile Rockabilly singer in the country. He is a fan of Cliff too and has toured and recorded with Ian Samwell in UK several years ago. Do you mind me asking you questions on how to refine my sound in studio when we start recording (next week on Saturday all day and Sunday half day)?.
I believe my Cutting Edge pedal prototype was the inspiration for the design of the ARIAB. I no longer produce this pedal. I can supply a diagram so that someone could build one for you. It is an easy projewct for someone who is used to electronics, with only a few resistors and capacitors, and an optional footswitch along with two jack sockets and a suitable metal box.
The best advice I can give you when recording is to beware of JBL monitors if the studio uses them. I have always found that they colour the sound to such an extent that the result in the studio sounds much better than the result played anywhere else. Otherwise, if the studio monitoring is reasonably accurate, it should be fairly easy to fine tune the tones in the control room. With JBLs they can cause adjustments to be made that can completely ruin a track. I really don't know why so many studios use them.
Thank you for your ever judicious advice about the JBLs. It resonated very positively here with the Recording technician. I'll keep you updated on the recording progress and process too. Also, I would be grateful if you could email me the diagram for the Cutting Edge pedal at my sbcglobal.net email.