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Phil66
Jul 11 2020, 08:41 PM
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Hello folks,

I bought a holiday home today in Pembrokeshire, we don't want to be getting on planes for a while. Really looking forward to this new way of taking a holiday until things calm down, plus it will help to get the UK economy going again.

Anyway, I am looking to getting a recording setup, we won't be able to do it when we go down in a couple of weeks as it is a brand new holiday home so we have to take a lot of stuff to kit it out.

I'm looking to get a refurbed 12" laptop around the £250-£300 something like a Dell Latitude as they are nice and small, I know I won't be able to use TH-U because of lack of power so I thought about getting a Boss GT-001, I had one a few years ago, it was pretty good and I think it can be the audio interface too.

I don't want to use my tablet as it's an ageing Samsung Galaxy Tab S and I'd like a laptop anyway as there are some things that tablets aren't too good at so I can kill two birds with one stone.

I don't need monitors as it will be headphones only.

Any ideas, particularly about the fx/audio interface all in one solution will be greatly appreciated.

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I have no recs as far as your technology is concerned but I think it's pretty cool that your getting a "country home".

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Phil66
Jul 12 2020, 09:46 PM
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Thanks Ken,

It's nothing grand, two bedrooms, living room with dining area, kitchen, shower room and ensuite toilet on the main bedroom. They used to call them static caravans, now they're called holiday homes. It's on a quiet site, they don't allow rentals, don't have a club house, only about 50 homes on 40 acres in a little valley, it's a 10 - 15 minute walk to the town of Narberth, a few pubs and eateries, a twenty minute drive to the medieval walled town of Tenby with three lovely Beaches and quite a few pubs and eateries, about the same time to Saundersfoot and the whole of South Wales to explore.

We're really looking forward to this new chapter wink.gif

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Jul 12 2020, 10:32 PM
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That all sounds GREAT to me!
Close to the beach, a medieval town and a bunch of bars - a small slice of heaven.

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Jul 13 2020, 08:32 AM
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Hmm. that laptop might support thu. Worth a try smile.gif Get a third gen solo they are only 100 bucks. And maybe get a pair of the monitors that ken has been using as they won't break the bank and sound great! I got a pair of eris 4.5 and they sound about like aurtatone/horrotone in short I hate them so I would say stay away. The best monitors I've tried in years are the Kali audio at 300 a pair. Then again you could just use some nice AKG headphones if its more of just a bit of fun at the manor house.

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Jul 13 2020, 12:48 PM
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I can't really have any monitors, the second bedroom what I will be playing has two beds, a wardrobe and a wall mirror and no room to put monitors. I have Sennheiser HD600 headphones.

The reason I thought about the Boss is I just can't handle latency. I'm not sure the Dell Latitude that I'm looking at will run THU so I thought hardware effects are better than no effects.

We're going to the caravan this weekend but the car still be full as it is a brand new one so we have a lot to take and I won't fit a guitar in. We took a car load down on Saturday too. I guess could get the laptop and try it with THU first. I liked the GT001 as it can be powered by USB.

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Jul 13 2020, 01:38 PM
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https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GCE...audio-interface

I have no experience with the unit but this seems like a good option. It is a really basic soundcard but also a guitar processor.

Keep in-mind the exterior is just conmetic. It has no buttons so its software controlled aside headphone level (has only headphone outs.

I did have a boss gt-1 about till a year ago. For what it is, was a decent soundcard as I didn't notice anything bad about the sound when connected my monitors to listen music etc.

It has less options than the gt-100 for tone shaping. I didn't love the tones out-of-the-box but if your expectations aren't high its ok.

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Jul 13 2020, 05:59 PM
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Thanks Mertay,

I don't think I could handle looking at that Zoom knowing it's "fake" but thanks for the input buddy. It isn't the Boss GT1 it's the GT001, you can see it HERE there's one on ebay at the moment brand new for £213, I've set a budget of around £500 so that leaves around £300 for a refurbed laptop.


Going back to monitors if you click HERE then click on the little man icon in the bottom left and make your way to the small second bedroom opposite the entrance door, you'll see what I have to use, this is why the headphones are my best option. The HD600s are pretty good.

UPDATE:

Change of plan. I'm going to use my beast of a laptop and buy a Scarlett 3rd gen Solo and just shuttle the laptop to the caravan and back. I probably wouldn't leave the second laptop down there anyway so it should be good. Just got to decide which guitar to take when I do. I'm struggling with a neurological issue at the moment so probably won't take one down there this weekend but, if there's room in the car with everything else like the microwave, the 43" TV, an occasional table , suitcase, pots, pans etc I might just put one in, we're down there for two weeks so my neuro problem might ease up and I'll be able to play again.

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Jul 14 2020, 02:46 AM
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Those headphones are perfect for a remote mixing station imho. Might as well try the THU as you already have a license, if its laggy, you can then buy the boss pedal smile.gif Send us some pix of your new digs if you can!

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 13 2020, 07:48 AM) *
I can't really have any monitors, the second bedroom what I will be playing has two beds, a wardrobe and a wall mirror and no room to put monitors. I have Sennheiser HD600 headphones.

The reason I thought about the Boss is I just can't handle latency. I'm not sure the Dell Latitude that I'm looking at will run THU so I thought hardware effects are better than no effects.

We're going to the caravan this weekend but the car still be full as it is a brand new one so we have a lot to take and I won't fit a guitar in. We took a car load down on Saturday too. I guess could get the laptop and try it with THU first. I liked the GT001 as it can be powered by USB.

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Phil66
Jul 14 2020, 06:38 AM
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Todd mate,

Did you read the update at the bottom of the last post? I'm going to use my main laptop wink.gif also in the paragraph above the update is a link to view the digs, it looks like it's going to be a video but when you click "play" it opens a 3D model that is exactly like ours. You just have to click the little man icon in the bottom left to get out of the floor plan and move around the 3d environment. You have to "force" your way passed the open door to the second bedroom in order to get to the main bedroom and en suite. As I said to Ken, it's nothing grand but a great holiday home. smile.gif

QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jul 14 2020, 02:46 AM) *
Those headphones are perfect for a remote mixing station imho. Might as well try the THU as you already have a license, if its laggy, you can then buy the boss pedal smile.gif Send us some pix of your new digs if you can!

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Jul 16 2020, 01:46 AM
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My bad. I think I'm up to speed now smile.gif The 3D Model thing is pretty cool. Looks like a great vacation place. Your main laptop will probably be a bit better music machine as you know smile.gif Good call.

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 14 2020, 01:38 AM) *
Todd mate,

Did you read the update at the bottom of the last post? I'm going to use my main laptop wink.gif also in the paragraph above the update is a link to view the digs, it looks like it's going to be a video but when you click "play" it opens a 3D model that is exactly like ours. You just have to click the little man icon in the bottom left to get out of the floor plan and move around the 3d environment. You have to "force" your way passed the open door to the second bedroom in order to get to the main bedroom and en suite. As I said to Ken, it's nothing grand but a great holiday home. smile.gif

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Jul 17 2020, 08:45 PM
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Well the Solo 3rd Gen came today, It worked straight out of the box, incredible little unit, I didn't realise it is USB powered too, awesome.
It may be all I need now cool.gif

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QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Jul 16 2020, 01:46 AM) *
My bad. I think I'm up to speed now smile.gif The 3D Model thing is pretty cool. Looks like a great vacation place. Your main laptop will probably be a bit better music machine as you know smile.gif Good call.

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Yup. I got the same one and it's freaking brilliant imho. I had the solo but sent it back to get two xlr inputs. For the price it just can't be beat imho.

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 17 2020, 03:45 PM) *
Well the Solo 3rd Gen came today, It worked straight out of the box, incredible little unit, I didn't realise it is USB powered too, awesome.
It may be all I need now cool.gif

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Jul 18 2020, 10:29 PM
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Hello folks,

Well we're there now, been a long day, like moving into a new home really, four hour drive, unpacking and setting up 43"TV, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, plates, cups, mugs, pots, pans, towels, pillows, bedding, food, wine, beer etc etc. Unfortunately I couldn't safely get a guitar in the car, the boot (trunk) was so full I really struggled to close it, the back seat was full with cooler bags of food with the 43"tv sitting across behind the front seats on the transmission tunnel. The bags were held in place by the seatbelts but the guitar would have had to sit loose on top of everything, dangerous if I'd have had to do an emergency stop at 80mph it could have flown through to the front and took us out wacko.gif At least my neck /shoulder issue held up to it all.

I'm a bit gutted as I'd bought that new Focusrite Scarlett Solo as an interface but it is what it is, this holiday home is licensed on this site for 17 years so there's plenty of time, we're not getting on a plane for a while and maybe we'll like this so much we take most holidays here so the guitar can come now we've kitted it out.

I do still have a problem sliding towards the headstock and doing vibrato on chords so maybe it's not such a big deal. My luthier friend has my SRV guitar, I'm having Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky strings, five springs on the trem, set for a normal Strat float in D standard so should be okay in SRVs favoured tuning of a half step down.

I reckon my shoulder/neck problem will take at least another four weeks to completely clear but after this two week holiday I think I'll be able to steadily get back into serious practise.

Speak soon

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Sounds like it's gonna be a blast buddy!!! You are gonna have more fun thn the law should alllow! Keep us posted! Once you get your porta studio going it's gonna be even better!!

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It will be great buddy, shame I couldn't bring the geetar but my injury isn't fully healed anyway, hopefully two weeks giving it rest will be good for it, it's feeling better each day but it's like trying to cross the road by jumping half the distance that is remaining each time, smaller increments each day but that's how everything is, the devil is in the detail wink.gif

Here is a view from our front window this morning, as you can see by looking at my car, we had some rain in the night wink.gif



I'll pop some more up soon, there are some lovely lodges here on this sight but they run at around £142K for the cheapest, bit too much for me laugh.gif I think many older people downsize their main home and use the money to buy a lodge for the summer.

UPDATE: You can live in the lodges year round, the static caravans like mine close over the winter.

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Nice ride! Looks like a wonderful day! Congrats on your holiday home smile.gif Once you add a GEETAR it will officially be perfect!!

QUOTE (Phil66 @ Jul 19 2020, 09:35 AM) *
It will be great buddy, shame I couldn't bring the geetar but my injury isn't fully healed anyway, hopefully two weeks giving it rest will be good for it, it's feeling better each day but it's like trying to cross the road by jumping half the distance that is remaining each time, smaller increments each day but that's how everything is, the devil is in the detail wink.gif

Here is a view from our front window this morning, as you can see by looking at my car, we had some rain in the night wink.gif



I'll pop some more up soon, there are some lovely lodges here on this sight but they run at around £142K for the cheapest, bit too much for me laugh.gif I think many older people downsize their main home and use the money to buy a lodge for the summer.

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Fantastic - congrats on the country home mate!! Looking forward to more pics.

I'd like to think this is one of the positive side effects of covid-19. Decreasing the amount of trips abroad has been urgent necessity for quite a while, from a climate perspective. I can see it start to happen now.

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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Jul 26 2020, 09:05 PM) *
Fantastic - congrats on the country home mate!! Looking forward to more pics.

I'd like to think this is one of the positive side effects of covid-19. Decreasing the amount of trips abroad has been urgent necessity for quite a while, from a climate perspective. I can see it start to happen now.


Thanks buddy, check out my Insta philgmc wink.gif

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I've been watching your instagram feed and it looks like a very cool trip! That castle looks very cool on the gram.

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