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  1. I shall, that and a probable dent in my bank balance!
  2. Cheers Craig, I've had the lid off as I thought it might be a badly seated memory module (it wasn't). The option to revert to last good state is there under recovery options but only using the DefaultUser(0) account (which is a temp account) and of course it wants a password (but there isn't one) so that's effectively a no can do. It's an odd one as I had just installed a minor update for a VST, did a restart and that was it - game over. I'll get to the bottom of it eventually, all good with a bootable USB - I have that. Andy
  3. Thanks John, I don't plan on giving up on it just yet. I know a bloke who is far better than me at this stuff and very reasonable - so will ask him to take a look. I have the original OS on a bootable USB stick and everything is backed up on an offline hard disk and an online cloud backup service - so zero risk of data loss hopefully. Might be a chance to put a bigger SSD in anyway as the current one is only 500Gb. Thanks all for the support, much appreciated. I'll post the outcome when I know more. Andy
  4. Think I'm going to be offline for a bit - after a rebuild (that was going well) and a routine re-start, laptop is now in an endless cycle of blue screens. ☚ī¸ I suspect the SSD has died (just three years old) but could be anything. I'll get it to a local repairer I know next week - see if he can salvage anything. Don't fancy shelling out for a new machine at the moment. Ah well, could be a lot worse than a busted laptop... Stay safe Andy
  5. Very sharp, great production and wonderful lyrical craft. All round superb. Andy
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    Allan that's a very clever arrangement - so many influences I'm hearing there and I like those harmonies - they're kind of dark and slightly menacing. Truly a great job! Andy
  7. My son has a Behringer UMC202HD he uses for his DJ stuff. I borrowed it to test on my laptop as my Focusrite was playing up and I was extremely impressed with it. A very solid little unit that sounded every bit as good as my Focusrite 2i4 Gen 1. I also had a Behringer GMX110 practice amp for a few years and it was a grand bit of kit. Andy
  8. Having a few older siblings, as a kid I heard a lot of Motown, James Taylor, Moody Blues, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King & The Beatles. In the 70s I would listen to most stuff but 10cc (not considered cool), Supertramp, The Eagles and Queen were stand outs. I discovered prog (and Genesis specifically) in 1978 and subsequently became a big follower of their stuff and Hackett's solo career. I kind of passed on the whole Punk and New Romantics vibe but Simply Red, Dire Straits, Alison Moyet, Billy Joel, Elton John and Level 42 were all on my play list, together with Chris De Burgh (especially his less commercial stuff). My kids say I stopped buying music in the 80s 😂 (they're probably not far wrong there), but I was also blown away by an eclectic mix of artists from Oasis, Anita Baker and Beverley Craven to the possibly more obscure like Mike Silver, and Gretchen Peters. Real songwriting craft does it for me, every time. Other notables include Stevie Wonder, Bowie, Deep Purple, George Benson and George Michael (but not in his Wham days)! 😂 I think I've been influenced to a greater or lesser degree by any number of the above, but in recent years I have really got into classical music - mainly because it's brilliant to work to and blocks out external sound without the distraction of lyrics - but that's a whole different thread... Andy
  9. I'm 58 Gary, I kind of get it (but then again I'm also a Genesis fan). 😂 The Wall is overrated - I agree - with one single exception: that guitar solo on ABITW Part II. One of my favourite riffs of all time. Andy
  10. I've been mulling over this problem, over the years I've accumulated piles of crap and I would say I only use around 20% of virtual instruments and effects on a regular basis. I'm considering a nuclear laptop rebuild and re-install of just the stuff I actually use. I am sure some of the old stuff is causing regular blue screens and crashes. However, I also have a nagging 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' at the back of my mind. Andy
  11. I've got some Shure SE425s I've had for years - not cheap but if you get the right foam inserts they do insulate well and sound pretty good. They are brilliant plugged in direct to my Yamaha SLG200N silent guitar. Also great on planes for when the babies start crying (not that I've needed them for that recently). 😂 The SE535s are even better by all accounts but I can't justify that much outlay. Andy
  12. You nailed another one here Steve. Great job. Andy
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    All good here on the Sony MDR7506 cans Nice kick back groove Andy
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    A WORD

    Nice work - the vocal really shines. I'm in two minds about drums and further instrumentation, I think I've ruined many a half-decent ballad over the years by adding a drum track but then again maybe it would add something - all you can do is try some and see which you prefer. On balance, I like this as it is - very well written and performed - I enjoyed the listen. Andy
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    That's no easy riff to solo over - very impressive chops on guitar and generally all round (love the driving bass track and the sax too). Ending was top drawer! Andy
  16. Been using ATI for years, earlier versions could be flaky but recently it's been very reliable and fast. I use it with a removable drive alongside an always-on cloud backup solution from a different provider (as a cloud sync backup won't save you from ransomware). There are lots of good workable back up strategies, the important thing is that they work and you prove it with regular test restores. You just can't put a price on the value of your data, it never ceases to amaze me how careless some people are. Andy
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    EzDrummer 2.2.1

    I'd agree with you and to be honest, EzKeys would be my prime candidate for a UI upgrade. I find the small window is a real pain to use.
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    EzDrummer 2.2.1

    Only a point update but even so, I had some hopes when I saw there was an update in Product Manager - perhaps we were finally going to get a scalable full-screen UI like EzBass? Sadly not - just a few bug fixes. 🙄 https://www.toontrack.com/release-notes/ezdrummer-2/ Ah well, maybe next time... Andy
  19. I know how many great songwriters we have on here so I thought I'd spotlight a fabulous (in my view) recent album by Tim Minchin. Musicality and eclectic mix of styles aside, the lyrical craft alone is simply phenomenal. Warning, the odd couple of songs have the odd expletive - just in case that matters to you. Check out "Apart Together" (I found it on Amazon Music but it's probably on most of the popular streaming services). Highly recommended Andy
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    And Rest

    What a lovely, understated track; you've certainly mastered the art of less is more here. A fitting finale (if it is the finale) to Wookiee's Private Parts & Pieces. I'm currently working on an instrumental track, built entirely from Scaler. If I can get anywhere near this standard, I'll be very happy. Andy
  21. I hear the bottom end that Wooks is hearing but I actually quite like it, as it gives something of a baritone guitar vibe - so I wouldn't overcook any correction. Nice fingerstyle guitar chops too btw - very well done. Andy
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    Work It Out

    Feeling very 'Purple' after listening to that - fabulous! Andy
  23. Most Scaler users probably know this already but as a new user I'm still on the learning curve. For me, the eight chord limit per pattern was a cause of frustration, I could see how to add more patterns but not how to easily switch between them when using midi capture. Turns out, if you display the patterns in grid view and lasso them all with mouse (click and drag) you get a set of key switches starting at C1. Who knew? 🤷‍♂ī¸ Anyway, if you were (like me) wondering how to do this, now you know. Certainly makes midi capture a damn site easier. đŸ¤Ļ😂 If anyone else has any tips and tricks for Scaler, please share. I need all the help I can get (as you can probably tell). Andy
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    Under Your Umbrella

    I don't know about Zappa but I do know I really enjoyed this track - surprises around every corner and great guitar work. Well done. Andy
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    Great vibe on this Allan, really enjoyed the listen. Very well crafted as always. Andy
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