Category Archives: Music

Bass gear and Updates

First things first, my time with the Tom Bertram band has come to an end. It was great fun and I definitely recommend that you check out his album when he releases it.

I’m not doing a lot else at the moment, I have some band auditions coming up, and I’m trying to get a pop-punk or post-hardcore band started up, we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve also changed some of the gear I use, on the amp side I’m using a 500 watt Markbass Little Mark III, as the Ashdown gave up the ghost when it blew the power amp. I can still use it as a pre-amp, for practice and recording, but It’s never going to make it to a gig again.

On a happier note, the Little Mark III is an absolute beast of an amp, it sounds just as good, if not better than my Ashdown while being smaller, lighter and running cooler thanks to its class D transformer.

I also have a new bass guitar. It’s quite possibly the nicest thing I have ever seen, never mind played! It’s a custom ESP Phoenix II, with the custom part being the finish, which is a negative of the black version, so it’s a white body, with black pickguard and headstock.

I’ll post some pics when I dig out the DSLR, or take some pictures at a practice.

Theme updates amongst a wasteland of procrastination

A few changes, some big (header images), some small (loads of small CSS positioning changes).

I expect changes will continue, as always, these things are works in progress for the most part as I see things that could be better.

Everything else has been pretty much left as it was, for the moment. I will be doing some recording this Sunday for the ‘Metal project’ and I’ll be getting back into the Rails development with a vengeance, ill probably work on some ideas I’ve had for some build up projects to get me used to various aspects of rails development.

Metal… It’s Brutal!

Just a quick update, i’m working on some basslines for the metal tracks me and my mate are working on. I havent got any audio recorded yet (I’m still loving Reaper!) or anything down solid, but it’s progressing pretty quickly, so there should be something to show for it pretty soon. There should be 7-8 tracks once we are done, we will probably get a few out there to download for free, to see how people like them.

Some Bass!

I’ve been starting to put some bass down for a couple of my mates tracks, i’ll update with some audio when I get the chance. It’s an excellent blend of thrash and old-school metal with a modern twist.

I started to record my basslines with Audacity, but it was quite annoying having to split the signal at the output of the amp head for monitoring and not being able to properly monitor the recorded signal. I ended up moving to Reaper, which gives me a lot more versatility for recording.

I also played a gig with Tom Bertram today, a charity gig at the RMA Tavern. We got a good reception and played a new song as a finale. It went down really really well!