Author: Mark Johnson

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Simulator

Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 DI and Speaker Simulator

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Red Box 5

INPUT 6,3 mm (1/4“) jack
THRU 6,3 mm (1/4“) jack
OUTPUT XLR, balanced
POWER SUPPLY Phantom powered (48 Volts, 10mA)
EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY 9-24 Volts AC or DC (optional)
BATTERY 9 Volts (optional)
DIMENSIONS 115 x 40 x 60 mm
WEIGHT 0,2 kg
ScribbleLive for Website Development

ScribbleLive for Website Development

What caught my attention with ScribbleLive was the interactive pinboard for aggregating social media posts into a website.  One example is how Operation Christmas Child is offering users the opportunity to create a post with their hashtag #ipackedashoebox, then displaying the latest posts in a page on their website. See the image below.  Click here for the WordPress plugin.

ScribbleLive aggregate social media hashtag posts

ScribbleLive offers way more than just the aggregated hashtag social media posts feature. ScribbleLive’s all-in-one content marketing platform combines predictive analytics with content planning, creation, and distribution to deliver optimized business results. The platform’s strengths include real-time content publishing, discovery of high impact articles and opinions, influencer analysis, social curation and moderation, content-centric analytics, and unique interactive experiences from pinboards to timelines and polls. Learn more.

EHX Electro Harmonix Mel 9

EHX Electro Harmonix Mel 9

Have you heard about the Mel 9? I’m super excited to see what madness I can create when it arrives this weekend. Playing with these sample sounds on guitar is going to be a blast. Read and watch the video to learn more.

The new MEL9 Tape Replay Machine emulates vintage Mellotron® sounds and uses the same ground breaking technology that powers the award-winning B9 and C9 Organ Machines, plus the KEY9 Electric Piano Machine. Nine of the most famous sounds are included: Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir and High Choir.

Visit their website to learn more. 

Simpler Processes Make Better Systems

Simpler Processes Make Better Systems

Fun learning stuff today as I watched the Momentum 2016 SMB Customer Spotlight: How App Annie and Hotel Planner Drive Efficiency with DocuSign webinar.  Docusign implementation  for App Annie (delivers data and insights to succeed in the app economy) and Hotel Planner has scaled with their business and improved efficiency. Click here to watch.

*simpler processes make better systems
*shifting users from pcs and macs to mobile
*empowering users to take responsibility for tasks, actions
*share success stories internal and external

It is expected that paper contracts (in the hotel industry) will be mostly replaced by digital within 5 years.

Launch Plan Idea – Initial release. Educate internally. Educate clients. Launch to clients.



Guitar Rig 5: Where Are My User Presets?

Guitar Rig 5: Where Are My User Presets?

By default the database (including the custom tags, etc.) is located in this hidden folder:
C:/Users/<username>/AppData/Local/Native Instruments/Guitar Rig 5

The custom presets here: C:/Users/<username>/Documents/Native Instruments/Guitar Rig 5/Sounds

Here’s a tutorial from NI:

How can I Share my GUITAR RIG 5 PRO Custom Presets Across Different Computers (Windows)?

Facebook Ad Preferences

Facebook Ad Preferences

“You have this preference because we think it may be relevant to you based on what you do on Facebook.” Do you know what Facebook thinks about your habits and activity while perusing their social media network?

Facebook Ad Preferences is the way Facebook analyzes your information on and off Facebook to decide which ads to show you.

Go to to set your preferences for how Facebook markets and suggests content to you.



One Facebook Page to Rule Them All

One Facebook Page to Rule Them All

Does your business or organization have more than one location? If so, have you requested Facebook Locations for your page?

It’s pretty simple to request and setup. Visit the links below to learn more.

Visit the Help Center to learn more about Locations:

To download the Locations Guide:

How Lucky Am I?

How Lucky Am I?

I am a simple man, and I believe that often the right choices in life can be the simplest to make. When in question, do what is right. As our nation faces very difficult and challenging times during this election season, I think moving through them requires simply looking back at our core foundation. Why did the men and women of the American revolution want liberty in the first place? What role did their faith play in their lives? Have we forgotten the price for fighting injustice and how precious it’s reward is? Has our enjoyment of freedom for so long totally warped the framing of freedom’s entitlement?

“Not too long ago, two friends of mine were talking to a Cuban refugee, a businessman who had escaped from Castro, and in the midst of his story one of my friends turned to the other and said, “We don’t know how lucky we are.” And the Cuban stopped and said, “How lucky you are? I had someplace to escape to.” And in that sentence he told us the entire story. If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man.

This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down—[up] man’s old—old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

In this vote-harvesting time, they use terms like the “Great Society,” or as we were told a few days ago by the President, we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people. But they’ve been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves; and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations. For example, they have voices that say, “The cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism.” Another voice says, “The profit motive has become outmoded. It must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state.” Or, “Our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the 20th century.” Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford University that the Constitution is outmoded. He referred to the President as “our moral teacher and our leader,” and he says he is “hobbled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document.” He must “be freed,” so that he “can do for us” what he knows “is best.” And Senator Clark of Pennsylvania, another articulate spokesman, defines liberalism as “meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government.”

Well, I, for one, resent it when a representative of the people refers to you and me, the free men and women of this country, as “the masses.” This is a term we haven’t applied to ourselves in America. But beyond that, “the full power of centralized government”—this was the very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that governments don’t control things. A government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”

The preceding was an excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s speech, A Time for Choosing, given on October 27, 1964.

Do The Right ThingsPut God first. Don’t rely on the government or anyone else to make decisions for my personal life – a mature, responsible adult should be capable of choosing what’s best for their home and family. Rely on family, friends and neighbors first, then the government to help support areas where others or myself are not capable. The government should be secondary to these things with elected officials acting as our representatives.

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” John F. Kennedy

WE are first responsible to help care for our families, neighbors, fellow citizens and communities. WE must accept the responsibility for the future. The day-to-day responsibilities in every area of our lives.

Winston Churchill said, “The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits—not animals.” And he said, “There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

We have a duty to do the right things while we still have the freedom to choose.  Many have already sacrificed for it. We are blessed and lucky to have it.

Think on These Things
“8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. 9 Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”  Phillipians 4:8-9, Berean Study Bible.

Post RNC and DNC: My Four Things

Post RNC and DNC: My Four Things

$148 million dollars and two weeks later, the RNC (Republican National Convention) and DNC (Democratic National Convention) have ended and I am motivated to do four things:

  • Remember God’s priority in my heart and every aspect of life. If we remember Him, He will remember us.
  • Remember to pray every day for our leaders, nation and world.
  • Live out my best for family, friends and neighbors to make our communities, cities, states, country and world a better place.
  • VOTE! Educate myself. Pray & think about it. Make a choice.

Love one another. Live better. 

Lookout for corruption. Be aware of wrong. Ask why. Government belongs to US – We The People!

Remember these dates:
Sept. 26 — Presidential debate at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
Oct. 4 — Vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia
Oct. 9 — Presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis
Oct. 19 — Presidential debate at University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Nov. 8 — Election Day

The 2016 Republican National Convention was estimated to have cost $64 million dollars. The 2016 Democratic National Convention was estimated to have cost $84 million dollars. Could the nominations and decisions be made without such costly events? The parties know who there candidates will be before the conventions take place. Couldn’t the savings of minimizing the events be passed on to the real-world causes, issues and tragedies being used by both parties to further their agendas?  Portions of the convention expenses are paid by tax-payers who aren’t even allowed to attend.

Portions were televised so I did take time to view some of the political ruckus – making sure to catch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s nomination acceptance speeches. Supposedly political conventions are for delegates from each state and U.S. territories only.  The “delegates” are elected officials from the party and others who have achieved rank within the party organization.

Proverbs 28:2 “A ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.”

God remember America.