Posts by KeysAndGuitars

    I know its not a guitar, but…

    I bring a pair of CME XKEY midi controllers with me. They’re slim and 2 of them (25 and 37 keys) fit in the case sold for them. The case straps to my back and airlines don’t give me any problem at all about carrying it on the plane.

    I connect them to Logic on my iPad, and practice whatever classical piano piece I’m working, as well as blues improv.

    My wife is totally cool with my occasional play.

    On Sunday, my wife and I walked by a downtown Jerusalem music store we’ve passed many times over the last 6 years. We never walked in, but on Sunday my wife said “let’s see those guitars on the wall.”

    Lo and behold, we find a small group of handmade in Israel instruments. My wife convinced me to sit down and play one of them, which I did. They were all amazing, but one just stood out. It played like a dream and sounded like angels singing.

    My wife had a look in her eye that I know well. Moments later, she plunked down a credit card and we walked out with this magnificent beauty, which I can’t put down - it just beckons me to play.

    The lesson - treat your wife really well. Who knows? Maybe some day she’ll buy you that axe you’ve been dreaming of!

    deadman42 you’re so right.

    In this world of online purchasing, we invest so much time in researching, and rarely get confirmation that an item is “right” until we’ve tried it in our home or studio.

    spottydog10 neither of your choices is a very expensive piece of gear. You won’t know until you try it whether or not it flatters your voice, so…

    Michael_dk is right. It’s truly a question of individual taste and suitability for your voice. That said, my $.02…

    The JZ Microphones Vintage series is highly regarded. My V67 absolutely blows me away, and I got it for a steal. I bought it during their Thanksgiving sale for about 65% off, with free shipping. They have these insane sales several times a year.

    JZ’s hand built microphones have a vintage flavor, and each is inspired by a specific, legendary and often unobtainable model. I’m not trying to dissuade you from a K47 or C214 spottydog10, but JZ’s V11 or V47 may be worth considering.

    My V67 is modeled on the U67, but it is not a tube mic like the original. I’ve never used a U67, but reviews indicate the V67 truly has a U67-like character. Either way, it sounds amazing on my voice.

    The Vintage series have an integrated shock mount, which works very well. Even so, JZ push their shock mount and I’m not sure why.

    OneEng1 its pedantic, but…

    Profiling is not just across a range of frequencies. That’s how on IR works. Profiling considers both frequencies and amplitudes, thus capturing the amp and cab response to every variation in playing and pickup configuration.

    My Tonex sounds quite good to me, but my Player sounds better. That’s just my opinion…

    Tonex is most definitely a form of profiling/capturing. It is not a “modeler” per se.

    Cool product. Capture tech is super accurate. Still, doesn’t sound as good as a guitar processor as a Kemper.

    As I said in a previous post, I own both a Tonex and the Player. Tonex is a nice product. The guitar tone it produces is in a different league than the typical low end modeler.

    That said, Tonex does not feel like a piece of “pro” gear as the Player does, and to my ears, it does not sound as good as the Player.

    The capture technology in Tonex is quite good. Still, to me, there seems to be doses of extra pro musician Cristoph Kemper magic in so many elements of the Profiler Player. It’s this, along with the professional “feel” of all Kemper products that set them apart from equipment like Tonex. Mr. Kemper understands a musician’s needs in a different level than almost any other electronic music gear designer today.

    Just my opinion, and everyone can disagree. If you’re inspired by your gear or plugins, that means it’s right for you. I can certainly understand why a guitarist with a serious pedalboard would want a Tonex pedal over a Player.

    This has been my dream guitar for a number of years. When it went on sale at a local shop, I didn’t resist. It’s not a vintage or American-made Guild, but it plays and sounds like nothing I’ve ever tried before.

    Through my KPP loaded with Rigbusters’ AC30 Liquid Profile, those mini-buckers produce the chime and grime I heard in my head!

    Dynochrome I pulled out the chord for my SE846 Gen 2’s so you can see the degree to which I am able to adjust to mold to my ears.

    The chord out the case:

    After attaching the earpiece and molding to my ear:

    I keep this chord fairly tightly coiled, as reflected in the first image. When I put the headphone over and into my ear, I squeezed the hook into the shape you see in the second image, and it does stay over my ears.

    Again, this a set of SE846’s. I suggest you check how different the chord of the SE215’s are from my model. Per my quick research on Sweetwater’s and Shure’s websites, it appears all the SE earphone models use the same EAC64 cable. The “hook” is part of the cable.

    As they say, YMMV…

    Dynochrome when you use them wired, you tuck the cord itself over your ears.

    I’ve had a few different models with varying cord thicknesses and degrees of flexibility. I don’t know the SE215’s (as I said, I have the SE846 Gen2 model) but the cord on my in-ears molds nicely to the shape of my ears. Before my SE846’s, I had Westone Pro X50’s and that model’s cord was extremely thin and literally wouldn’t stay over my ears (they sounded great, but not on the level of the SE846’s). The Shure cords are solid and mold nicely.

    SE215’s are extremely popular for a reason. Shure is a great company that knows how to support working musicians (and a few passionate hobbyists like me).

    Shure SE846 Gen 2

    Crazy pricey, but I’ve never heard sound like this anywhere before. 37dB of isolation makes for blissful near-silence and ensures you hear only what you want to hear.

    As a convenience, the companion RMCE TW2 Bluetooth adapter makes any Shure SE series in-ear into solid general-purpose wireless headphones. Bluetooth doesn’t sound as good as the wire, but at least my SE846 Gen 2’s still produce details that I’ve never heard through any other listening device before.