The State Of Effects Pedals in 2016

Lots of saxophonists use or have used effects boxes with their saxophone. Some my favorite recordings of the Brecker Brothers from the 70s where he uses and octavider and an envelope filter for those sounds hear on the recordings.

More modern saxophonists, like Jeff Coffin, are using a Q-Tron and a Line 6 M Series Effects pedal. Q-Tron gives you a great funky sound, and the Line 6 gives you a ton of options.

Dean Mongerio has a pretty sweet pedal setup I covered before. It is worth checking out.

But what else do people use? I see a lot of people using vocal effects pedals like the Boss VE-20, and TC-Helicon pedals. But there are tons of other pedals as well.

My current setup is a Q-Tron like Jeff Coffin, and a Eventide MixingLink which I love. The MixingLink allows we to blend the Q-Tron with my sax sound, and I can bypass the Q-Tron all together. That is helpful as my Q-Tron has no Redlight to tell me it is currently engaged. I am looking to add some sort of Harmonizer. If I had the $$$ I would get the Eventide Pitchfactor or a Eventide H9. Though the Boss VE-20 looks interesting…..

What effects pedals are you guys using?

Record Making With Duke Ellington

Amazing…

The Muppets’ Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem Outside Lands 2016

Go Zoot go!

Sheet Of The Week – Pokemon GO Theme

Here is one of the themes from Pokemon Go. The Map/Walking theme.

  Pokemon Go Walking Theme for Eb Instruments (65.1 KiB, 4 hits)
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  Pokemon Go Walking Theme for Bb Instruments (62.9 KiB, 2 hits)
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forScore 10 Announced

forScore, for iOS, announced a new version of their amazing music software for iPads. Some notable new features.

  • Crop – Taking pictures with an iPad can be cumbersome, and getting perfectly aligned photos of pieces of paper is nearly impossible. That’s why we added a crop tool to forScore’s Darkroom. It lets you re-frame your photo after the fact to cut out everything except the page.
  • Enhance – Framing is just one part of it, though. For the best results, you also need to account for lighting and other factors that can turn your perfectly legible sheet music into a muddy mess.
  • De-skew – PDF files are ubiquitous, flexible, and well-supported across platforms. They can also vary wildly in quality, from pristine, digitally-created masters to terrible, crooked scans. We’ve received a lot of requests over the years to add a way to fix these files, and now we have.
  • Setlists – For many users, setlists are the real workhorse of forScore. They’re flexible and essential to a lot of people, but they can also start to get out of hand if you create a lot of them. Some people upload and archive their setlists in the cloud, but with forScore 10 we set out to design a better way for people to organize and archive their setlists.

Some of these, like De-skew, should be done when you make the PDF using something like Adobe Acrobat. But I guess if you are taking pictures or perhaps scanning directly to the iPad, that is not an option.

I use forScore a little. The bulk of my gigging iPad usage is on my iPad 1 (original iPad) using unRealBook.

Awesome Stands by Woodwind Design

Being a woodwind player is a pain. You generally have a ton of horns to take to a gig, plus you need to bring stands. And this becomes a BIG problem when you start bringing a Baritone to gigs.

My current stand for Bari is a Hercules stand. It nice, but it’s big. It doesn’t fit in the smallish bag I have for the other stands I bring. Not that I’m complaining. I want a stand that is sturdy…..but I would also like one that fits in a proper bag.

I came across this stand by Woodwind Designs. Whoa. Carbon Fiber stand, and it will fold up and go inside the bell? W…T….really? I’m starting to save my shekels for this.

Check it out.

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