Month: June 2014
I have to admit it: I never really liked the idea of plugging a synth into a top guitar distortion pedal. Lots of folks have done it in varying contexts. But every time I busted out the Boss Super Overdrive that’s been with me since 1983, something didn’t feel right. But then I heard a couple of records that turned me around. First I heard Orgy’s searing cover of the New Order classic, “Blue Monday.” Not too adventurous as cover versions go, but it had this great distorted bass guitar/synth/I-don’t-what-it-is that sure sounded mean.
Then I discovered the band Deadsy, who used a similar sound, stripped and naked, all over their debut disc, Commencement. This was really killing me. Both Orgy and Deadsy were primarily produced and recorded at the same studio; these guys all seemed to know each other. To cut a long story short, I befriended one the guitarists in Deadsy, and I had my answer. The sound I was hearing wasn’t a guitar or bass, but in fact a Roland JP-8080 synthpatched into a Boss Hyperfuzz pedal. Actually, two of ’em, for stereo. My friend Carlton was controlling all this with a Z-Tar MIDI controller for a sort of futuristic guitar vibe, which I later experienced myself when I filled in on a handful of live shows.
Since then I’ve made a practice of using this big, growling tone in a number of production styles. What’s great is that sounds sort of like power chords, but it’s deeper, darker, and fuzzier, so it’s nice for filling in the space between bass and electric guitar. Of course there are a ton of ways to distort a synth, but I’ve found some really neat ones, and some secrets along the way that I’ll share. Aren’t you lucky?
Let’s make the synth patch. This is simple, and as long as you’ve got a virtual synth with two oscillators, just about anything will do the job. Select sawtooth waveforms on both oscillators. We’ll make the first oscillator the “root” note, and then set the interval on the second oscillator a perfect fifth up; this is equivalent to seven half-steps up. The filter should be the standard lowpass variety. Cutoff frequency will need to be really low, so the distortion doesn’t sound like a total buzz saw, but it’s best to play with the setting once you set up the distortion. The same goes for the resonance setting. We don’t want any filter envelope, so make sure the filter envelope intensity is zeroed out. The amplitude envelope should be a straight on-off affair; attack at zero, decay at zero, sustain full up and release almost zero.
Now we have a relatively dull one-finger power chord patch. Here’s where you’ll want to plug this guy into a distortiondevice. Now, the fuzzbox of choice can make all the difference between blah and blazam, so choose your weapon carefully, rock soldier. What I’ve found is that the best sounding fuzzboxes usually don’t live inside a computer. And the more extreme, the better. Overdrive or tube screamer-type stomp boxes are usually intended for guitarists to beef up their tone a bit when plugging into an already distorted guitar amp–not what we’re after here. Fuzz boxes aren’t meant to preserve the natural tone of the $4,000 Les Paul you just got, they’re meant to destroy it. The aforementioned Boss Hyperfuzz is such a device, and it sounds great for power chord synth mayhem. I’ve found most octave-fuzz devices sound really awesome in this setting. The venerable ProCo Rat makes a neat synthdistorter too. And my secret weapon: the Danelectro French Toast octave-fuzz. Super cheap, super noisy. Sounds amazing with the octave switch on!
When using stomp boxes, keep in mind that their inputs are designed for electric guitars, which have meager output, so turn things down real quiet. Remember to experiment with the synth’s filter cutoff and resonance controls; you’ll be amazed at how dark the filter can get and still achieve great fuzz tones. Another neat trick: Plug the fuzzbox into a real amp or an amp simulator. No crazy gain settings; use a moderate crunch, such as on Fender Twin or Bassman models. And finally, try some stereo chorusing or doubling to widen up your wall of fuzz; always at the end of the chain; chorus plugged into distortion is bad ugly, not good ugly. Until next month, rattle those fillings with the rawk!
One of the major buzzwords of the late ’90s in the press is e-commerce. Most companies, if they are not selling online already, are rushing to join the mass of online merchants. You can purchase virtually anything online – books, videos, software, CD-ROMs, CDs, tapes, downloadable music, posters, apparel, musical instruments and pro and consumer audio products. You can also book travel arrangements, send flowers, buy a car and have your groceries delivered tomorrow morning. All you need is a credit card and many sites will also accept cheques electronically. Of course you can also send in payment by snail mail or place a credit card order by FAX or phone.
So far, a very small portion of Internet users are shopping online although the numbers increase daily and onlineshopping now totals billions of dollars annually. Most of the hesitance is based on fears of having your credit card information stolen or getting ripped off by some far distant unscrupulous company. A lot of the fears concerning credit cards are greatly exaggerated – I would be much more concerned with the security of the mail system and many traditional sales channels. That said, some caution should be exercised.
First, as in any purchase, be aware of the reputation and business practices of any merchants online or not. When visiting websites, be wary of companies with no phone or address listed or just a post office box. The Internet has spawned thousands of basement operations, and although most are probably honest, they will be very hard to find if you have a problem. Look for their number of years in business and such things as money-back guarantees. Call them up and speak to the customer service people and satisfy yourself that they are a real company.
If you are using your credit card online, make sure they are using a secure server that delivers your order information in an encrypted format. If this makes you uncomfortable, place your order by phone or FAX.
If you are purchasing a high-ticket item such as a musical instrument or pro audio gear, you don’t have the chance to try the product, you will have little support or backup and you may have warranty problems, especially for anything purchased in another country. What seems like a bargain may not be if you have problems and need repairs, instruction or support later.
To find products you are looking for you can type product keywords into the major search engines or major music sites. There are also many online malls that connect you to a variety of online retailers.
Waist cinchers are very sexy and shapely outfits which can be worn above the hip and under the breasts. These types of dresses provide the bust, abdomen and the waist with excellent support. The dresses can have a very slimming effect on your waist and allow you to flatten your tummy. These outfits can help you enhance your posture and reduce your bumps. Cinchers, over the years, have been constructed out of whale bones to more advanced fibers and plastics. Read on to get 4 tips that can help you to easily choose the best waist nipper for yourself.
Choose the right material for your body
You can pick waist cinchers constructed out of varied materials, such as Lycra, nylon, spandex and polyester. Based on the density as well as the blend of the material that is used for its construction, the amount of stress as well as manage of the cincher tends to vary. Make sure that the outfit that you choose does not hinder your comfortable movement or respiration.
Do not add compression too fast
The majority of women prefer to wear these outfits for the purpose of hiding the last ounces of fat which seem to be impossible to shed through workouts or diet. However, other women use these as a heavy-duty outfit which can offer tighter compression. You can find tighter cinchers in the market although you should use these with a lot of care. Manufacturers tend to recommend that wearers have to gradually add compression over a period of time in order to provide the body with enough time to adjust to the pressure without experiencing back pain, dizziness or any other acute health effects.
Go for cinchers with orthopedic features
With passing years and changes in preferences, the shapes of these dresses began to be changed by manufacturers. The more advanced types of cinchers that you can get are shinier, smoother, more flexible and easier to wear beneath various types of dresses. With cinchers, you can easily enjoy the attention of the opposite sex with an attractive waist. Some of the cinchers also boast of orthopedic features which can provide support to your spine and also help improve your posture. These types of cinchers are generally constructed of sturdy fabric such as nylon or Lycra comprising of flexible ribs which have metal or plastic stitched into them to provide shape to the outfits and compress the waist. Women wear these cinchers beneath their dresses and you can tighten these with a band or a belt to achieve the compression that you want.
Choose cinchers of the right size
Waist cinchers are made in varied sizes that you require the most. You will be able to use an extra larger size so that you can hide the flaws of your broader waist line. You will be able to wear superior quality jeans over your outfit and you can wear just about any stunning top which can provide a lot of support to your overall personality. You can also use cinchers as body slimmers for training your waist. These cinchers are also referred to as ‘tight-lacing‘ and can be worn around the waist in a tight manner similar to a corset. These types of outfits can help you to achieve your desired aim of getting an hourglass figure, with the waistline being slimmer in appearance and the breasts pushed upward. The cincher can also modify the shape of your ribcage in a permanent way. The size of your cincher, in order to be most effective, needs to be of a size that you would like your waistline to be.