august 2019

Croatia’s masterful tone tailors use the Urei 1176 compressor and Dallas Rangemaster as inspiration for a super-flexible sound-sculpting machine.

   
Squier J. Mascis Jazzmaster and Fender Jazz Bass through ‘68 Fender Bassman recorded via Apogee Duet and Rode NT2A
The rhythm guitar is recorded with a Vox UL730-style preamp pedal with Unit67 range, eq. and sustain controls all at noon. Boost is at about 30%. Lead guitar features no extra overdrive and starts with identical Unit67 settings—adding progressively more range, boost, sustain and high-band EQ until boost is ultimately at 75%, range at maximum, high EQ at about 70% and sustain at 70%. Bass is recorded with same levels at rhythm guitar.
 

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Pros:
Pretty, transparent compression that excites overall tone without excessive coloration. Very intuitive to use. Great range in all controls.

Cons:
Fixed attack, release, and compression ratio settings diminish flexibility to some extent.

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$289

DryBell Unit67
drybell.com



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Last Call: Live, Without a Net
Our columnist has played this Gibson Music City Jr. with a Joe Glaser B-Bender for seven of his 10 past award show gigs. He describes it as "totally bastardized with mini-hums, gold paint, pin-striping, and some belt sanding to make the body more ergonomic." And he calls it Uno.

Take time to pick the strawberries.

With great relief, I'm wrapping up my 10th year as the bandleader and music director for the CMT Music Awards. Award shows, from a production standpoint, are terrifying. The network is hermorrhaging money as the meter runs at a frighteningly high union rate for an army of stagehands, camera operators, and lighting and sound people. Every tick of the clock costs thousands. To add to the chaos and expense, you have about 50 vocal mics, 20 sets of drums, maybe 70 guitars, and bass, keys, and percussion rigs—and enough XLR cabling to stretch to the moon and back. Then, there's all of the wireless RF from mics and in-ear monitors, and the tendency for tubes to die, strings to break, and shit to go wrong when you need it the most. Producing a show like this makes brain surgery seem relatively easy.

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What’s smaller than a half-loaf of bread, runs on batteries, and just may inspire you to practice more?

 
Miked with Audio Technica ATM650 into Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface into GarageBand.
Clip 1: ‘70s Epiphone Scroll bass with both pickups engaged. Gain at 11:00 o’clock, level at 1:00 o’clock, tone at 1 o’clock, and tilt at 11 o’clock.
 

Ratings

Pros:
Small and light. Priced right. Aux in, headphone, and LSI jacks.

Cons:
Can be touchy at higher volume/gain settings.

Street:
$99

Laney Mini-Bass-NX
laney.co.uk


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