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 #118872  by JamminJommy
 Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:57 pm
I've been having a hell of a time trying to get a decent line out/effects loop on my '53 M2. Granted, a few of the guts are a little different, but do you have any suggestions?

Score on that M3!


 #118877  by Yankee Tim
 Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:58 am

I'm doing research on line right now , in anticipation of a chop. Plenty on doing a 1/4" line out off the speaker leads, but an effects loop DIY I have not found. We can always use effects on the line out, but that wouldn't be useful if you want to use the internal speaker, or have an effect before the power amp. I post what I find. U do same.

Now I got to figure out what I'm gonna do with the L143 I have.
 #119757  by TI4-1009
 Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:56 pm
seamones wrote:
TI4-1009 wrote: Responsible for some interesting covers played in the late era.
Please pontificate.
"Omni Deus qui leatificat ad orbis..." Oh, sorry....

"...and he [Vince] was also responsible for the season's most interesting new cover tunes: the Who's "Baba O'Riley," which he shouted with appropriate Roger Daltreyesque gusto, and the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", the trippy classic from Revolver," -Garcia, by Blair Jackson, paperback page 415
 #121741  by Yankee Tim
 Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:45 pm
After looking around, Trek makes a effects loop kit that is affordable and fairly straight forward.

As for the L143, its in parts now (I'm such a criminal). The amp is out and is being covereted to a guitar amp. Either a Hammonator 2RVT or a Trinity 15. The percussion is being turned into a Fuzznikator. Speakers will be rehoused in a TRM cab. And then I will end up with parts to do the full fold-back mod on the M3.
 #121837  by Yankee Tim
 Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:30 am
Rusty the Scoob wrote:There's nothing criminal about modding an M or an L! This sounds like it's going to be awesome!

I think the crime is the L is in pieces and its perfect case is on the burn pile. But honestly, the sum of an L's parts are worth more than the whole.
 #121878  by ScubaGeek
 Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:00 pm
Rusty the Scoob wrote:
Counterstriker wrote:I don't want to bash Vince or anything (RIP) because I'm sure he was a great guy, but what was jerry thinking when they picked him? I heard an estimated prophet from 1991 and Jerry is going in the end solo and I hear vince come in with this horrible sounding trumpet patch COMPLETELY over powering Jerry.. I wonder what Rob Barraco (sp?) was doing at the time, he would have been great match for them.

My friend from Retro Linear is working on Robs Fender Rhodes which was actually Brent's that he recorded and gigged live with.. I'll try to get some pictures if he lets me!
Vince actually didn't get to pick his MIDI patches, I think... I believe it was Bob Bralove (I think) who was literally sitting behind Vince on stage, choosing his patches for him, with little input from Vince. Now why they thought this system was a good idea is beyond me. I think somebody in the organization thought MIDI was the future and by god they were going to use it no matter how awful it sounded.
Well, the problem wasn't MIDI. The problem was the synthesizers and the patches they were using. MIDI is just a system for interfacing different pieces of equipment. It doesn't make a sound of it's own. MIDI was "The Future", it was and is "The Present". MIDI was already an industry standard for interfacing electronic music equipment by the time Vince joined the band. They were already using it extensively during the Brent era, for just about everything except for his Hammond organ sound.

But getting back to my original point, the band was using mostly digital synths, which were good for certain things (mainly "mettalic" percussive type sounds and background "pad" sounds) but not so good for other things. I recall reading once that Phil had a Roland Super Jupiter (a mid 80's rack mounted analog synth) in his bass synth rack that he used during the Space bits, but I think everyone else was using samplers and various digital synths. That's the REAL reason why the synth sounds are at times less than desirable in the late 80's-90's era Grateful Dead, not because they were using MIDI interfaces.

I've never quite understood the band's deal with synths. I can kinda maybe understand Keith's reluctance to use a synth, because back in the early 70's, they were at times difficult to deal with. A lot of synths tended to go out of tune on a regular basis, they were all monophonic (meaning you could only play one note on the keyboard at a time), and there was no patch memory. And Keith being a pianist first, he probably didn't dig the idea of having to adjust his playing technique. Having said that, there's a couple examples where I think we do hear Keith play a synth onstage in 73-74, where he does some nice stuff with it.

I've always thought it was a shame that on the instances where Ned Lagin actually sat in with the band in 74, you don't hear him on the tapes. There's bits on The Grateful Dead Movie DVD, where you can see him tweaking the controls on his synths (particularly during Dark Star), but you can't actually hear what he's doing. I always thought the sort of spacey synth stuff you heard in bands like Gong, Hawkwind, or Tangerine Dream during that period would have been a nice thing to hear when the band was "going all the way out" during that era, but we never quite got to hear that sort of thing, except for 6/16/74 and 6/18/74.

Brent's deal was something else. By then, polyphonic synths and patch memories were available, in fact, he had a Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 onstage during the early 80's, and his experience as an organist would have made dealing with the lack of touch sensitive easier to deal with, as he'd be used to operating a volume pedal on his Hammond. But he insisted the Dead "isn't the kind of band where you can just go to a pre-determined patch on a synth" and he didn't like having to change patches on the synth because "by the time I had a new patch set up, the band would have moved onto some place where that sound was useless" or whatever. But is changing the sounds on a Prophet-5 or a Mini-Moog any different than changing the settings on a Hammond organ?

At any rate, certainly by the late 80's, Brent was most definitely using a predetermined patches in concert. I know the set up he's using in a lot of the video footage I've seen is a Hammond B-3 and a Kurzweil MIDI keyboard, the latter being interfaced to whichever modules he had offstage to get whatever piano and synth sounds he needed during a show (including the harpsichord for China Doll). And Vince was mostly doing the same thing, though I think it both cases it was really Bralove who was choosing the patches you heard at any given time.
 #124775  by brutusbuck45
 Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:25 pm
PSA Only... for those of you keys guys, I saw this listing for a 1969 Farfisa organ in my local CList. This would be fairly similar, I believe, to the model that Pig used before he switched to the Hammond. Yes, its a pretty dated voice but it is the real deal.
 #124794  by lightningbolt
 Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:25 pm
[quote]PSA Only... for those of you keys guys, I saw this listing for a 1969 Farfisa organ in my local CList. This would be fairly similar, I believe, to the model that Pig used before he switched to the Hammond. Yes, its a pretty dated voice but it is the real deal.[quote]

For accuracy sake Pig used a Vox Continental prior to the Hammond B-3. The Farfisa was the first organ used in the band and it was only used for a very short period of time prior to the purchase of the Vox.
 #125075  by ccw3432
 Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:15 pm
I recently purchased the Hammond SK2 digital organ. I'm absolutely loving it. It's a bit pricy but you can get a lot of Dead related sounds out of it and you can carry it under one arm. It gets that Vox Continenal sound, the Merl Saunders clavinet sounds, and of course the Hammond sounds of Pigpen, Brent, Merl, and Melvin Seals. I haven't played much with the piano settings yet, but they seem to be pretty good. I'm more of an organ guy than piano though. I dosent' do a lot of the synth stuff or Vince era sounds but I'm ok with that. It's a great all in one Dead style organ, especially for the earlier years.
 #125084  by tigerstrat
 Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:37 am
just curious, why isn't this the Ron/Tom/Keith/Brent/Bruce/Vince Tone Forum? Constanten was in the band for slightly longer than Bruce was, but at a far more critical juncture, and is on studio stuff.

not to mention Merl, Nicky, Ozzie, Melvin...