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by Mike Stranks
Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:16 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Best buy of 2008?
Replies: 10
Views: 10736

Hi Russ Festive Felicitations to you too! What a good question! As a gearaholic that's a hard one to answer. I guess off the top of my head there would be two candidates: 1) The Rode NT4 stereo mic. A really good (and expensive for me!) stereo mic which has helped me see just what a difference reall...
by Mike Stranks
Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Have you seen January's 'Performing Musician'?
Replies: 3
Views: 4917

No photos Sue! Just a fairly brief description of the venue and that it's acoustically very lively, but that the combination of the mics Paul was using plus the SR Technology system did an excellent job of bringing out the subtlities of Gordon's and Ray's playing and the tone of the various guitars....
by Mike Stranks
Mon Dec 22, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Have you seen January's 'Performing Musician'?
Replies: 3
Views: 4917

Have you seen January's 'Performing Musician'?

Hope this doesn't count as advertising, Sue, but there's quite a bit in January's 'Performing Musician + Live Sound World' that will interest acoustic guitarists. First up is an informative and thought provoking piece about pickups in acoustic guitars and whether they can still legitimately be calle...
by Mike Stranks
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Gordon's Concerts
Topic: Double Vision - Holywell Music Room,Oxford
Replies: 2
Views: 4290

I can only agree with everything Keith has said. It was a wonderful concert and there was a whole new dimension to many pieces as we heard them played with the complimentary tones of the two distinctive guitar sounds. Mr Burley clearly has a subtle and wicked (in both senses of the word!) sense of h...
by Mike Stranks
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:00 pm
Forum: Gordon's Music
Topic: Just getting familiar.
Replies: 6
Views: 8448

Ah! I knew there was another one! Also have a look at "The Gordon Giltrap Collection". Also on Voiceprint and currently in stock. A double CD for less than £10!

Roger's suggestion about YouTube is a good 'un too.
by Mike Stranks
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:52 pm
Forum: Gordon's Music
Topic: Just getting familiar.
Replies: 6
Views: 8448

Hi and welcome to the forums! Hmmm; quite a tall order if you want a 'Gordon Primer'. I guess the album "Sixty Minutes with Gordon Giltrap" would be a good place to start. (You'll find it listed under the Discography pages on this site.) You can order it from Voiceprint, although I see tha...
by Mike Stranks
Sun Oct 12, 2008 8:30 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Feedback
Replies: 8
Views: 8370

That's very helpful Tim. With that information others who are players will probably join in. Their perspective as players will be very useful. A few suggestions: As long as it doesn't compromise the sound quality too much for you I'd try altering the ratio of mic to pickup on the guitar - less mic a...
by Mike Stranks
Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Feedback
Replies: 8
Views: 8370

Hi Tim Please forgive a non-guitarist pitching in first on this. However, I do a lot of live-sound engineering and the guitarists I work with are almost all of the acoustic variety. Before I give any opinions on what might be causing problems a bit more information would be helpful. For instance, ar...
by Mike Stranks
Sun Oct 05, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: All quiet on the western front!
Replies: 10
Views: 9984

Hi Russ So how's the line-array project going? Is it in action yet and, if so, how does it sound? I was at PLASA a few weeks ago and saw several mini-arrays - often atop a hefty bass bin. I thought of your project then and wondered how it was going. So now I've finally got around to asking...! All t...
by Mike Stranks
Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Gordon's Concerts
Topic: Birmingham birthday gig
Replies: 20
Views: 20823

In a word...wonderful!

A stunning event which started brilliantly and then got better and better throughout the evening.

Thanks Gordon (and Ray, John and Rick) for giving us a truly memorable concert. Musicianship of the very highest order coupled with a huge sense of fun. Magic!
by Mike Stranks
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY TO SUE HOLTON.
Replies: 8
Views: 9915

Hi Sue

Just found this after 24 computer-less hours.

A belated happy birthday from me. Hope it was a good one!
by Mike Stranks
Fri May 02, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: All quiet on the western front!
Replies: 10
Views: 9984

Sounds interesting - and do-able! For me the key thing would be to ensure that it works like an array - ie that the boxes are aligned correctly with each other physically, that they are aligned sonically so that you have a coherent waveform and that the weight distribution is OK so that the array wi...
by Mike Stranks
Thu May 01, 2008 4:45 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: All quiet on the western front!
Replies: 10
Views: 9984

Hmm..... a self-build line-array eh? You interest me strangely young man! Tell me more - some photos would be good too! My first thoughts are that weight could be a big issue and I'm not sure how the HF horns will work like that. But I can see that it could work and might well be a way of getting an...
by Mike Stranks
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Gordon's Music
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORDON !
Replies: 8
Views: 8947

Have a great day matey!

All the vey best.

Mike
by Mike Stranks
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: Guitar Anoraks Forum
Topic: Advice on basic guitar amps for self-taught beginner.
Replies: 7
Views: 9862

Hi Tony. I think that your daughter would find that the Fortissimo 10a is quite powerful enough for amplifying acoustic guitar. It has a good dynamic range and can handle bass very well. It should certainly be OK for handling the bottom strings on an electro-acoustic. Clearly it's not designed to be...

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