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  1. I'd have to say the ones who influenced me the most were The Beatles. They motivated me to pick up a guitar and sing, particularly McCartney's harmony parts. The very first song I learned to play without the music in front of me was Misery. I learned to play guitar from The Pocket Beatles For Guitar and a huge book called The Beatles Complete or The Complete Beatles. Can't quite remember now. I can't find it anywhere online now. It had a red cover with stripes across it at the bottom iirc? If I had to pick a top 5 (In order of importance to me): Elvis & The Beatles The Everly Brothers Hank Williams Sr. Chuck Berry There are a lot of others that I learned from. There are too many to mention from the 50's and 60's on the country and oldies chart, but none had the same impact on me the way those 5 groups/people did.
  2. Shane_B.

    ya ba da ba do

    I thought this was going to be a George Jones song. Yaba Daba Doo the King is gone and so are you. (It's in my signature on the old forum ... [Under my former artist name])
  3. Great song, sounds great too. Can't hear a thing I would change. Thanks! πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘
  4. He must be compensating for something . . .
  5. How bold of you to admit that. 😜
  6. I didn't say I took it to make it better. I can take it or leave it but I will admit I heard things I didn't before. I certainly wasn't doing that when I was a little kid which is when that album came out, but I still loved the album then. As well as the Beatles. When you lose all the dynamics like in new these new 'remixes' and 'remasters' and compressed lossy formats it's not the same. It is funny what some people find boring and others think is great. My true love is 50 ~ 60's country music. Puts most people to sleep but it triggers my brain. Some of those old recordings back when they were micing a real band in a real room in 1 take through all that analog gear just sounds amazing, to me but puts most people to sleep.
  7. Use FedEx because they're cheaper.
  8. On a serious note about cell phones and such in emergency situations, I keep saying I'm going to build a supercapacitor hand crank generator one of these days. Probably should get on that. Great for camping, keeping in the car to jump start a dead battery, charge cell's, power lights, tools. No batteries ever.
  9. That's part of the problem. The format. I have the Mobile Fidelity 1/2 Speed Master recording of DSOTM as well as The Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed and Queen's A Night At The Opera. MFSL's version of Days Of Future Passed is the best recording I've ever heard. MFSL DSOTM comes in 2nd IMO. As for the Beatles and younger people, I think they'll come around to them like they did Johnny Cash. He was more popular with young people toward the end of his life than he ever was in the 50's and 60's. Funny how that can go. It's hard to argue with McCartney's $1.2 Billion Dollar catalog of music. He's the richest musician in history. Not a very good bass player though imo. Add in the proper ingredients whilst listening to any of those 3 albums I mentioned and well, you'll see. I don't partake anymore but I hear it's all pretty much accepted nowadays. That's how I discovered the slowed down then sped up harmony part on side B of Abbey Road. I never heard it then one night ... I was like, what the ____ is that?! Years later I read an article about how they slowed the tape down, McCartney sang along with it, and he sounded super high pitched when played back at normal speed. It's during the 'love you, love you, love you' bit toward the end. I also saw John Fogerty's head come out of my speakers one night, but that's another story for another time.
  10. That's what I was getting at in my Shmenge Brothers post in the other thread, but I don't think anyone picked up on it. They're from there, so was the OP ... N.M. LOL. 😁
  11. Whoa! That's cool! I always just click the smiley face thingymabob next to the quote mark up above in the reply screen.
  12. It was the sound quality and how it flowed I think. And the album cover too. It all just seems to flow like one piece of artwork. It's hard to explain. And back then those sound effects were ahead of their time. Now days it's super easy to do those kind of things with loops and DAW's and samples so it may not seem so revolutionary now. Also it had the F word in it which was kind of unheard of at the time too. What fascinates me is the story behind the album, but I didn't know any of that until recently. Some of the songs were done as demo's for other projects. The clock chimes were part of another project they were doing. The voices in the background were just random recordings they made of various people around the studio. The woman's voice was just an off the cuff thing. I think that was the first take of her warming up iirc. In other words, the entire album was sort of pieced together and not this big 'concept project' everyone thought it was at the time.
  13. They went through a lot of changes over the years. When they started they were more of a 60's psychedelic band. When their lead singer OD'd on acid and went nuts and left they got more serious. Then came Dark Side Of The Moon and it's the best album, ever. Literally. The Wall is extremely overrated. Mother and Whatever Happened to Vera Lynn (who actually died recently) are my favorite songs on the entire 2 LP set. That's the entire Pink Floyd story.
  14. I tried, but there was nothing on. 😁 I was able to use my cell though. I was watching the Weird Paul Pooperbowl Special on Twitch until the battery got too low. 🀘
  15. None of your appliances came with plugs until 1992?! Zoinks Scoob! We do all of that here too but voluntarily. The child safety outlets aren't required. One thing I want to do is install the combo GFCI/AFCI breakers right in the breaker box but they are expensive. I would think code will require them eventually. We have a whole house surge suppressor from the power company on the meter plus I have GFCI's through the house. I also have one of these ... We had a big outage this summer too. The neighbors kid rammed their lawn mower in to the transformer box in their yard and moved it and shorted out the mains coming from underground. We were without power for over 12 hours. It fried my coffee pot which is on a GFCI, took out the ARC HDMI port on my TV so I can't use the surround via HDMI now, blew up the subwoofer amp. It was all connected to the Monster Power thing in the pic except for the coffee pot. Sometimes there's just nothing you can do. The whole house surge suppressor comes with a warranty but you have to jump through a 1,000 hoops to get anything out of them. This time I might try and also make them pay for the TV and surround and coffee pot as well. So far it's looking like the only thing that got fried is the oven but a lot of times you can't tell until days or weeks after.
  16. Power came back on. So far the only thing that verifiably let the magic smoke out was the oven in the kitchen. Dead as a doornail. What the h e double hockey sticks are those blue eyes in the pic I posted!!!??? I'm not joking, what the?? Cue Rod Sterling again.
  17. Oh just me trying to stay warm in the 6 degree ice stormy weather while the power is out. Sitting here alone with my sickly dog while my wife is in Waikiki for work for the next 2 weeks. I was using my DAW when it happened several hours ago. Power went on and off 4 times and there were 3 explosions up the street. Roads are icy and someone wrecked into the transformer substation a couple miles away. I could smell the magic smoke before I got a chance to yank the plug. Maybe it's God's way of telling me it's time to pack in the music Hah
  18. Those bad boys put my deceptive 11.5 Quadruple Wide's to shame!
  19. I used to squeeze in to shoes that were 3 sizes too small so they'd be surprised.
  20. That whole 'the bigger the shoe size the bigger the ...' thing is a myth. Don't ask me how I know, I just do.
  21. I think you can use Safe Mode to start CbB without VST's. Hold Shift and start CbB and click Ok. Then on the start screen hold shift again when opening a project. Or hold shift while opening up an individual project file. It will prompt you to load VST's 1 at a time or all or none at all.
  22. Huh. I thought H was the Help button. Boy would I have had egg on my foot.
  23. I rarely turn on my DAW anymore. In fact, I repurposed it for other things. I still record and dabble, but mainly when I'm stuck inside during the winter or a world wide disaster. As soon as spring hits it all gets unplugged and goes back in the basement. So Sphere for me is the way to go. Everything they offer for $14.95 a month is perfect, for me. I doubt I'll ever upgrade again. I'm on S1P3.5 but I find myself mostly using CbB now. It's like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in years. I just checked and I've been using Cakewalk since Pro Audio 4.5. I didn't upgrade every time, and back then I used it in a friends home studio, but I've been using Cake products for a very long time. One of the big complaints I have with S1 that drives me crazy is you can't hit play and stop while holding down your mouse button making adjustments to a VST. I never did like that but I was recently in an accident and developed essential tremors so it's really hard now. It's a design choice on their part because some 3rd party VST's will allow you to hit play/stop while making adjustments in S1. Melda VST's are ones that come to mind off the top of my head. I really try not to use 3rd party VST's in CbB. I never had any for years and listening back to my old mixes they all sound better back when I was only using Sonitus and the stock VST's, so that's what I try to do now. K.I.S.S.. I worry about Sphere though. You know how these things can turn in to a slippery slope and I could very well see S1 going the way of Adobe Photoshop. Not cool.
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