When I'm not jamming on the guitar, I also skateboard, surf and really love PC games. Even designed my first website for flash games.
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20 years old
Rock/Metal Guitar, Gaming, Music, Basketball, Skateboarding and Surfing
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6 Feb 2014
I was wondering if anyone else has their amp/effects rig setup on a rather dirty or overused power supply creating some hum/hiss and if a Line Conditioner would make a huge difference to it?
I'm currently just using a multi-plug extension cord, with a simple circuit tripper, for both my PC, monitor, surround sound speakers, and my guitar amp, pod effects... oh and also my iRobot Roomba (which goes around vacuuming before my mum can yell at me to do chores). Anyways, probably not the ideal power setup.
My Line 6 - DT50 212 Amp is a beast which weighs a ton, has 4 different emulated amps built-in, and runs as digital, fully tube, or 50/50. I've noticed over 2 years, the idle noise has increase. This could be due to some firmware updates, setup tweaks/changes, the amount of dust getting behind my amp (Roomba doesn't get), one or more tubes are dirty or dying, etc. During that time however, my power point was never that good (one of the worst in the house) and has increased the number of devices on it by double. So also checking into that as a possible cause.
I heard the Tripp Lite's LC1200 Line Conditioner was highly recommended for guitarist using tube amps to not only protect from brownouts, surges, and spikes from the power supply which could shorten it's lifespan, but also line noise which might be causing some hum/hissing?
Long story short: Does anyone use a Line Conditioner, UPS, or similar device to protect their Amp as well as prevent noise. Any reviews, recommendations or is it not worth it, etc?
6 Feb 2014
Just because my mum said the games I play where too violent...
Now with 100% realistic climbing feature!
3 Feb 2014
Don't you just wish you could be one of those 'power hungry' mods?
Never meet any of them on the GMC forums and miss some of the good old abuse.
So basically, you try find a reason to ban the person above you. Funny, harsh or just because...
RULES: Only ONE post at a time!!! You can't ban yourself.
Have a great time "banning" people.
ps: Please, don't take it personal if someone else banned you, just seek some revenge on him/her instead.
31 Jan 2014
Advance Pod HD500 settings
Anyone using the Pod HD500, specially if in combo with the DT50 amp and/or Variax?
I believe my current global settings might be messed up, after updating to the dream rig and flash updating everything, I played around with the settings and while it sounds good I'm getting a lot of background hum/fuzz out of most of the tones (which have been previously setup for a different guitar).
I've found this when purchasing the Variax guitar recently and attempted it at one stage:
However, pretty confused about it all and I'm lost at what these should be set as... now I believe it's a mess.
If anyone is able to look over my settings or tell me their best settings, that would be much appreciated. Or maybe it's just a bad flash update or something I need to fix?
My Line 6 Dream Rig setup
Line 6 DT50 Amp
< ~5 meters Midi 'RockCable by Warwick' cable (2nd hand, I don't know if this might be causing noise issues) >
Pod HD500 Effects
< Either short 1 meter RJ-45 Variax cable or 3 meter 'Planet Waves' Custom Series 1/4" cable - these don't seem to create any noise but wish the Variax cable that came with the guitar was longer and less flimsy >
Line 6 Variax JTV-89F Guitar
ESP M-II (with EMG-JH Active pickups)
Pod HD500 Switches
Guitar In = Normal
XLR = Ground
1/4" Out = Line
FX Return (at back) = Line
Pod HD500 Global Settings (press and hold VIEW)
Flash FW = V2.20
USB FW = V0.00 (is this okay?)
FS Mode = ABCD
AMP Display = Momentary On
Looper FS Display = All Views
Trails = On
LCD Contrast = 30
Tap Tempo LED = On
AC Freq = 60Hz
Input 1 Source = Guitar (I think this is wrong, but use both a guitar or variax guitar?)
Input 2 Source = Variax
Guitar In-Z = 1M
Inputs Setup = Preset
Mode = Studio/Direct
5) S/PDIF OUTPUT
S/PDIF Output = Match Outputs
Sample Rate = 44.1KHz
S/P Level = 0db
Midi Channel = 1
Midi Out/Thru = Out
Tempo Stack = Preset
Tempo = 130.0BPM
Variax Control = Preset
Variax Tuning = N/A
9) LINE 6 LINK AUDIO
Amp 1 = Left/Right
Amp 2 = Left/Right
Amp 3 = Left
Amp 4 = Right
10) LINE 6 LINK CONTROL
Amp 1 = Amp A (Ch 1)
Amp 2 = Amp B (Ch 2)
Amp 3 = Midi (Ch 3)
Amp 4 = Midi (Ch 3)
Guitar connected or not doesn't affect the noise, but as soon as the amp is turned on (from standby) there's quite a bit of background hissing, which might vary a bit from tone to tone. For some tones it gets quite loud. I use the master volume control pulled out (so it halves the amp wattage and uses half digital / half tube - meant to allow for better tones at lower volumes). Noise gates don't affect the background hiss too much either?
EDIT: I have a feeling it's something to do with that crappy MIDI cable I'm using from AMP to Pod... as soon as I unplug that cable, hissing drop almost to nothing. Then I've just been messing with the settings due to that. If I directly run the standard 1/4" Planet Wave cable from AMP to Guitar, I don't have any hissing issues out of the AMP at all.
27 Jan 2014
A day in the life of?
How do you go about spending your average day?
This is more an interest than experiment of how different people around the world tend to spend their average day to day lives. Seems most of us tend to stick and develop a cycle of routines around us for structure and comfort. Feel free to add as little or as much as you want about your own lifestyle, quirks, impulsive and behaviour patterns. What do you love to do, hate but do anyways, and want to or have change in life?
A day in the life of... Aaron H
No alarm clock, aww man still wake up at 7am and instantly get up even on the weekend - On the dot each morning, this has been programmed into the body clock as a kid waking up for school, but has gone to the point where even if I went to bed at 4:30am, I'll still wake at 7am and not want to sleep-in at all! Sometimes I just wish I could sleep in a bit.
My little jack russell dog managed to somehow survive yet another night at the foot of my bed (hopefully not kicked off) because in the mornings my bed tends to looks like a bomb shell hit it, blankets all over the place.
Zombie walk to the bathroom, still in my pj boxers. Not at all tired as such, but rather in an automatic motion process.
I don't drink coffee or sodas, but take a high caffeine hit / metabolism boost from 'Green Coffee Bean Extract'. It's basically like drinking 3 standard cups of raw coffee, but in pill form, pretty much as soon as awake. Ugh, I'm awake - feel like I could jog the entire block or take the dog for a run!!!
Get dressed, do hair, etc. Curse you metro-sexual behaviour, spend a while on getting the hair just right.
About 30 minutes, then go grab some breakfast. This is on an average day 6x egg whites cooked with lemon juice, a bit of cheese, onion and chicken, etc - into an omelette (for a protein hit), whole grain or instant rolled oats with a few berries.
With breakfast I also take 1 Vita Freak pack (this is 2x Multi-Vitamin, 2x Multi-Mineral, 2x Amino Acid Complex, Antioxidant, Immune Support, Digestive Support, Cognitive Support, Cardiovascular support, and 2x Absorption). Most vitamin pills are a waste and simply go straight through you, but these I believe do make a difference with absorption helpers as well.
By now, you probably worked out I'm a bit of a health freak. My mum is a fitness/heath care instructor, and well it's rubbed off onto me later in my teens. I use to be a really skinny runt of a kid without any muscles. Got tired of being picked on at school and now I do P90X at the gym 5 times a week and got a bit of upper body, do some free running and stay quite active.
Take a protein shake (Myofusion ProBiotic) with water pre-workout. If I've not been too lazy, spend a hour at the gym followed by an electrolyte replacement drink.
Lunch is normally a lean meat with salad. I tend to avoid carbs (white bread, pastry, etc) and boost up on proteins.
I previously use to go really down hill from here on to be honest... as a rather popular kid, got involved in the wrong crowds and peer-pressure, use to smoke up some weed and do underage drinking for the rest of the day and/or throughout the night - I regret that and what a complete waste reversing all which I've previously done to remain healthy. Be a complete shit and finding trouble just for fun at night. For example: We would hang out on the school roof, smoking a blunt, then running like crazy away from the cops after tripping the silent alarm - even to the point of getting a k9 unit chasing us down. I had to think really hard, ditch a number of friends who I use to smoked with and break that habit completely avoiding it. So these day, I don't have as many friends as I use to, but more closer, true ones.
Finally my day actually starts and go hang out with some good friends these days. Activities vary but might go skateboard at the park or surf at the beach. NZ is surrounded with beaches. Might go watch a movie or net cafe, late at night. I keep pretty fit and healthy, which I guess keeps me out of trouble. I've left that previous crap behind me now for good.
Thought out the day play quite a bit of PC, use to console but not any more. PC is way better! Love competitive online gaming, mostly Counter Strike, Dota 2, and Team Fortress 2, etc. I can end up spending way too many hours on this. I would probably be a pro guitarist if I spend that much time instead towards it!
Yeah I play a bit of guitar, try for at least 1 hour a day. Might tie this into playing Rocksmith on PC. Practice for most, with a jam or two afterwards. Seems my neighbour plays the drums from next door, we can hear each other and so sometimes I jam a bit with him, even though we aren't close or really even know each other. Never really got to the point of an actual band, but sometimes do a bit of busking on the city streets by myself. To be honest, I don't really like an audience when I play, which is a major problem when attempting to be a guitarist. I tend to get a little subconscious and focus too much upon not making mistakes, therefore I make them. I play best in my room away from distracts, when just not really caring but more feeling it and making up whatever comes my way.
Hate TV commercials, but parents refuse to pay for television. So I got them TiVO for Christmas. Shh, don't tell them but it's more for me! The best thing I could possibly get and quite cheap too. It basically learns and records your favourite movies/shows and you can get a season pass to record all of them if you like. Record TV, pick what you like to watch whenever, and then fast forward those stupid ads.
Actually studying at University in IT, mainly web design and media. My dad does 3D animations for his work and I've always been interested in that and all things PC. For fun, developed a few websites and small games, etc. Part-time work however is being a part-time clothing model for some magazine. Awkward job for a dude, but makes the cash which I end up spending back into a number of investments.
I never really purchased crappy small items in my entire life, rather research and purchase just a few expensive ones which I think I'll use regularly. This is pretty much a PC gaming machine, guitar dream rig, skateboard and surfboard. My life revolves around using them daily.
Still live at home with my parents, but have a rental property and planning to move into it hopefully within a few more years of paying off the mortgage.
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