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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. 

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)?

Bludotone Amp Works

Bludotone Amp Works

Have you heard of Bludotone Amps? Me neither, until I was checking out Jon Herington’s (Steely Dan) guitar rig. He use a Bludotone Bludo-Drive. The amps are about as boutique as you can get since each amp is built specifically for the player.

From their website:
“When you choose a Bludotone you can rest assured that you are not getting any old amp, you are getting an amp that was build JUST FOR YOU! We like to speak to each player, the old fashioned way-over the telephone, before building the amplifier. We ask about your style, Guitars, Choice of speakers (when applicable) and what the “tone you’ve been hearing in your head” is.

Each amplifier is built one-by-one, by hand, by one person start to finish, and we like to have a hands-on personal connection with the player that is getting the amp, sure this way takes longer, and we can produce fewer amps because of it, but after you get your amp we are CERTAIN that you will find that it is worth the wait!”

Click here to visit the website.

Watch a demo below:

Bono and Eugene Peterson

Bono and Eugene Peterson

Bono. Is there anyone who isn’t aware of Bono and U2? Would anyone turn down an invitation to meet with him? Apparently so. And until today, I’d not heard of Eugene Peterson. I had heard of one of his works though, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.

I watched the Fuller Studios story Bono and Eugene Peterson: The Psalms with the inspiring story of Bono and Eugene Peterson. Experience their conversation.

“Why do we need art? Why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms? Because the only way we can approach God is if we are honest through metaphor, through symbol. So art becomes essential, not decorative.

I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful voices and writing these beautiful gospel songs – write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how their pissed off at the government. Because that’s what God wants from you – the truth. Weigh the truth. The truth will set you free – it will blow things apart. Why I’m suspicious of Christians is because of this lack of realism. And I’d like to see that [realism] in life, in art and in music.” Bono.

“It’s [40] one of the songs that reaches into the hurt and disappointment and difficulty of being a human being. And acknowledges that in a language that is immediately recognizable. There’s something that reaches into a person, stuff we all feel. Many of us don’t talk about.” Eugene Peterson.

Watch the video below:



The video below is one of my favorite guitar solos Prince performed. It was at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions during the George Harrison tribute performing the song, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, with Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynee and others.

Prince was one of the first “pop” Telecaster guitar players I saw and heard as a kid. He commanded whichever part he was playing and his musical hooks/riffs were genius. I need to study more of his works.

Click here to read the report from the Star Tribune regarding his death. His creative talent will be greatly remembered and missed here on earth.

Rest in peace, Prince Rogers Nelson. The music he created between June 7, 1958 and April 21, 2016 was amazing.

Prince at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame