Cable matters? Review – Low Impedance Oxygen Free Silver Cable – UK Made

Cable matters? Review – Low Impedance Oxygen Free Silver Cable – UK Made

YES cables matter!  Particularly when dealing with the low level broad frequency signal passive guitar pickups put out.  A cables impedance and capacitance will dictate the frequency response and overall impact of the tone.  A higher capacitance/higher impedance (which is measured per foot) will mellow out the tone, cutting out the high end.  This may or may not be desirable.  Typically with this loss of high end comes a loss of punch and overall dynamics, again, not necessarily a bad thing.

As well, silver is a better conductor than copper, and copper is a better conductor than gold.  In the case where the metal is exposed to air, though, gold trumps both as it is more resistant to deterioration.

Is the difference dramatic… from one extreme to another, sure, a “bad” cable can totally ruin your tone with hum and total loss of high end and dynamics… but if a cable does not introduce hum it is “good” and the differences are certainly more subtle than going from a humbucker to a single coil pickup… although the overall effects are relatively similar.

With the prerequisite knowledge out of the way we arrive at the meat of this review – how performs the GFS Low Impedance Oxygen Free Silver Cable (its labeled Rosetti, apparantly a UK company)?

For comparison purposes I have here a 10 foot run of the GFS “noiseless” value cable (a great deal as well!) and a 20 foot run of the typical big box sort of 1/4 “instrument” cable.

Between the 3 cables the 20 foot run of big box stuff has the least high end and dynamics out of the bunch –  somewhat to be expected from a longer run of cable, I’m talking the difference between tone knob @ 10 and tone knob @ 7.  The GFS noiseless cable is slightly better, I’d suspect the 20 foot run of noiseless would be slightly better than the big box, if not the same.  A note, I have an older “noiseless” cable that has developed a bit of hum, but I’ve used it heavily for about 6 months and no cable is indestructible.

The GFS silver cable (Rosetti), on the other hand, blows the other 2 out of the water.  The difference is ASTOUNDING!  Not only is the high end clearer and extended, the entire range of the guitar seems to be cleaner and more punchy.  Noise rejection is as good as any 1/4″ cable I’ve used.  Its not a total game changer, I could certainly “get by” with the 20 foot big box run, but for just a bit more $ the silver cable is absolutely worth it.  Actually the silver cable reviewed here is cheaper than alot of 10 footers out there that are only copper and do not have gold plated connectors.  Most silver cables start at a much higher price.

The increased high end is in no way undesirable.. in fact I find myself rolling UP the tone knob now to get yet more of the new found “crisp” high end into the picture, whereas with my other cables the high end is relatively harsh and annoying.  I draw comparison to speaker crossovers, where the difference between an elecrolytic capacitor and a metal film capacitor is the difference between a smooth high end and a harsh one.

The build is pretty solid, but I’d really love to have a strain relief.  The insulation is pretty tough, though, which is both a good and bad thing as it makes the cable relatively stiff.  The connectors will probably last forever, extremely solid 1/4″ plugs.

Really I don’t see a reason to buy the cheap stuff, this cable is noticeably better and doesn’t cost that much more.  Once signals get to a higher output the differences fade, but if your connecting your guitar to that first pedal/straight into the amp this cable will absolutely transfer more of your tone.

You could pay more for a cable that will muffle your tone, or just go straight to silver, which I am not convinced absolutely is a better choice for guitar cabling.

Go check it out, definitely worth the investment.
Link to GFS Website

[David E Beats] nThe White House Band – Renaissance [hosted By Mick Boogie]

[David E Beats]  nThe White House Band – Renaissance [hosted By Mick Boogie]

David E Beats/The White House Band – Renaissance mix tape starts
strong and maintains a big sound with hard hitting lyrics throughout.
A smooth flow, and a unique sound combine to keep attention throughout
– personal preference aside, there are no “skip over” tracks.  There
are screaming guitar solos, bangin basslines, and a smooth groove that
runs uniquely through all the tracks.

This is not a duplicate of those 5 songs your most hated hip hop
station plays over, and over, and over again. This is 13 tracks of
classic hip hop flavor that is *FREE* to download!

This should be what defines mainstream hip hop, forget most of what is
established… if I hear another nursery rhyme rapper that makes the
same damn song over and over again I’m gonna be sick.

In each thing we experience we draw influence, we gain insight into
the world around us.  In Renaissance we gain insight into David E
Beats’ struggle to survive in a tough world.  We can relate to his
truth, relate to his drive, and use what we find to grow our own
experiences into something equally amazing.

This is the sort of inspiration the world needs – there are far too
many people promoting a detrimental lifestyle, and far too many weak
minds buying into what is essentially an illusion that is shaping
reality.

Whether you listen for lyrical content or phat beats, your gonna dig
David E Beats / The White House Band – Renaissance.

TOP 10 SPL subwoofers of All Time

TOP 10 SPL subwoofers of All Time

Somehow war drives innovation, much of our daily use technology stemmed from a military effort.  In this way, car audio competition (soundoffs) drive innovation of new products.  Amps, subwoofers, woofers, midranges, tweeters, battery power, alternator power, capacitors… everything right down to the wiring would NOT be what it is today had the pioneers not battled it out for that elusive title –  “best of the best”.

There are 3 main branches of competition at most soundoff events, style, sound quality (SQ), and pure output (SPL).  This top 10 list focuses on the woofers that people use to vibrate the soul of anyone who dares to sit inside the vehicle… and in some cases, nobody has *ever* heard the internal mayhem because doing so would be equivelant to standing next to a space shuttle taking off.

These woofers below have been known to generate such mayhem… some current, some nostalgic, some – well, you’ll see =)

1:  DD 9500 series
If you go to a big soundoff – you will see multiple cars running these woofers.  Having a long history of being the champion’s choice – the Digital Designs 95’s are legendary compeition woofers that hold gobs of power and do plenty with it.

2: Fi BTL
Fi will custom build your woofer with a handful of options to choose from.  Get it like you want it, perhaps an oddball configuration – maybe sometime more standard.  Testing is key in SPL, and sometimes something so simple as the pole piece venting makes or breaks the setup.  With Fi you have options most other companies don’t offer.

3: DD Z
Innovative design has made these just about the loudest subwoofers in the world.  Neo-demetrious iron proton with a Permendur top plate… you can read spec sheets for days and never see another woofer with that combination.  These things are SPL monsters and drive the loudest cars on planet earth… and some may even argue the technology is so advanced it must be handed down by beings from outer space (queue the wierd space music).

4: MTX Jackhammer
Has it REALLY been a successful contendor in the SPL lanes…  Not so much.  BUT, this thing carries with it a certain flair, a certain awe, a certain excess that gives it a warm place in every subwoofer lovers heart.  It may or may not win you a world championship, something like having a ferrari won’t necesarily ensure your dragstrip victory over that can of pop motor’d honda… but it still holds it own as far as output, and will garner alot of Ooohs and Ahhhs from the crowds.

5: Cerwin Vega Stroker
Old School WANG.  Designed more like a pro audio woofer with the clearly identifiable top mounted spider, these subs are legendary.  They don’t hold up to today’s high excursion monsters, but in their day they were a force to be reckoned with.  Crazy effeciant in a day where a 1000w amp was like having a nuclear powerplant in your trunk.  Just one thought of these woofers brings back memories in the mind of most any old school SPL competitor.

6: American Bass VFL
A long running line, these guys compete with all the top woofers out there.  BIG numbers are capable with these woofers and they are been in many championship cars over the years.  SPL purpose built they handle tremendous power without exploding – one of the best SPL woofers out today.

7: Kicker L7
“Hey, look, that guy that won DBDrag World Finals uses the same subs I have in my hatch!”.  Thats right, kickers square woofer holds championships, quite a few.  While its perfectly at home in a lowly sealed box, recieving a few hundred watts… moving just a few mm to give some oomph to your favorite song… the L7 has a hidden talent that is uncovered when it is driven HARD.  Just the right box, plenty of power, and these things come alive.  Something like the lowly librarian that gets a little liqour in her and parties all night long.

8: Alpine Type R
Similar to the L7, these woofers have a home in thousands of daily beaters around the world.  But setup properly they come alive in the same way L7’s do – but they like to play a much lower note.  A big mechanical xmax with a small/lightweight but relatively sturdy voice coil mean the woofer can effeciantly move alot of air.  In a box designed to make use of these properties the type R’s have been known to best woofers that “should” be alot better.

9 JL Audio W7
Perhaps they get more credit than they deserve, with many a fan-boy touting them as the “loudest woofer ever built”… but regardless of what shark type salesman have instilled in the minds of the unsuspecting, these woofers epitomize the term “SQL” (Sound Quality, Loud).  The JL w7’s sound amazing, but still offer PLENTY of output.  They are in the realm of the jackhammer as far as real world results in the SPL lanes, but w7’s hold sound quality championships while delivering enough output to piss off a block of old people who hear more BOOM BOOM from the car 50 yards away than Judge Judy on the TV 5 feet in front of them.

10: Funky Pup !
The legends.  These woofers trump all the above, without even trying.  1 watt to a funky pup is like 10000000 watts to a DD Z.  These are Chuck Norris’s choice, not for bass, but to replace the engines in all his WalkerTexasRangerMobile’s… 1 funky pup = 500 horses, 2 funky pups = 1500 horses, 3 funky pups = time travel.  There was never an atomic bomb, there was 4 funky pups in a .25″ particle board sealed box.  They stopped making funky pups because the warehouse they were stored was quickly shifting the earth’s magnetic field.  As a result, most of the world’s funky pups are now stored in a secret underground warehouse below Santa Claus’s Elf sweatshop.  Its not certain what exactly makes the funky pup’s so much better than everything that ever existed, but it is absolutely certain – THESE ARE THE BEST W00FERS EVER MADE BY MAN OR SPACE MONKEY!

Stereo Crowd Self Titled Debut

Stereo Crowd Self Titled Debut

Three’s a crowd, two makes for a Stereo Crowd, and this is one big and powerful sounding album.  Strong rock influence plus Hip Hop and some soulful R&B to smooth it out.  Catchy without being cliche’.  Stereo Crowd’s self titled debut is fun with a side of funk.

Heavy guitar, funky sounds, male/female rap, female/male singing.  Boomin basslines and sweet drumlines keep it groovin start to finish.  The album is definitely designed to be played LOUD.  The type of music that drives a crowd – I hear this album and wish it was being played full tilt live on stage.

The musical variety is excellent, while there is certainly a clear rock undertone the layers seem to stem from any genre at any time.  Very interesting to listen to straight through.  Never gets boring.

In a crowded industry, Stereo Crowd has put out a strong debut, I’m dig-gin it, and you should definitely give em a listen! 

Jerome Holloway – Sunday Morning Night Music

Jerome Holloway – Sunday Morning Night Music

With his album creatively titled “Sunday Morning Night Music” – Jerome Holloway offers a soulful voice with a smooth melodic backdrop.  Never too much, never too little – the arrangements define tasteful choice.  Its Indy/Folk/Rock, with the sweet taste of Jazz and a very unique soul.

Deep, thought provoking lyrical subjects are of no shortage – while somehow suitably back-dropping a make-out session – and still yet a proper choice for that moment in a road trip when its time to chill out after hours of jamming to Lay You Down.  This album has a wide appeal, for sure.

Sunday Morning Night Music plays well front to back – with most songs ending with a reflective lack of resolution.  Although Mr Holloway’s guitar remains fairly central to the 7 tracks, there is horns, Cello, electric guitar, and of course drums… all well arranged and easy to listen to.  There is an artsy cacophony in “My favorite thief” that has to be heard to be appreciated.

Jerome Holloway’s vocals are somewhere between Bob Marley and John Legend, with a clearly unique sound that ultimately reminds me of only Jerome Holloway.

Frankly if you are one who complains the “good ole days” of music are gone, you need to A: Get out more and B: Buy this album.  (His live show is awesome, and your gonna wanna hear more later!)

 

Sunday Morning Night Music - Jerome Holloway

Record at a Home Studio or Record at a Professional Studio?

Record at a Home Studio or Record at a Professional Studio?
A debate that has crossed the mind of any up and coming musician is
“should I pay to record at a pro studio or should I build a home
studio and handle the recording myself?”.
While this concern is crossing your mind, follow it with “Why am I not
working on my music right now?”.  Whether you record in a wet basement
with a handheld tape recorder underneath a pillow – or you head to
Abbey Road Studios (http://www.abbeyroad.com/)… you need *quality
music* first and foremost.  You can run a dog barking through 10
million in equipment, but its still just a dog barking.

Why do I want to record at all?  What is your goal?  Why do you need
your music able to be reproduced on cd/mp3?

This is truly an endless debate – there are numerous ups and downs to
either path, and frankly all that matters is that what you wish to
create gets created.  Your goals must be met, thats rule number one.

Want to throw some vids up on youtube?  Well, there are plenty of
simple solutions to achieve this goal – a USB Large Diaphragm
Condenser microphone is going to be your easiest method to get your
voice/instrument out there.  The Audio Technica AT2020 USB
(http://www.amazon.com/Audio-​Technica-AT2020-USB-Condenser-​Microphone/dp/B001AS6OYC)
is a great low cost USB LDC that comes highly reviewed   Another
option is the Blue Snowflake
(http://www.amazon.com/Blue-​Microphones-Snowflake-USB-​Microphone/dp/B0012AUHXW).
Going to a pro studio in this situation is very inconvenient and
largely unnecessary – but if your going for the highest quality video
possible a pro studio should definitely come into consideration.

Maybe your wanting to create a demo to pass around to hopefully get a
gig/contract.  There are many opportunities on sites such as
Reverbnation (www.reverbnation.com) to submit demo’s to big name
recording studios and events/festivals needing talent.  There are also
contests to enter – many where recording quality is important.  Here
is where a pro studio may be worth it.  If your goals are larger
venues where there is great competition for a few spots on stage -
your gonna need to stand out.  A pro recording will yield a higher
quality demo than the equivalent money put into home recording
equipment.  $2000 can get you enough time to get your set
recorded/mixed at a great quality in a studio (pending you are well
rehearsed), but $2000 in home recording equipment is just the tip of
the iceberg – not to mention you have to learn how to use said
equipment.  Nothing makes up for poor performance, but all else equal
a quality studio recording is going to put you ahead of someone who
used a zoom h1 dangling from the ceiling of their garage (though the zoom is certainly a useful device!

A savvy person can certainly find deals and build a good quality home
studio on the cheap – but the the balance must be maintained between
furthering the musicianship and gaining the ability to transfer that
musicianship into recording.  If you are heading into the home
recording realm, www.recordingreview.com and www.gearslutz.com are
great communities to help you.  Places like www.ebay.com
www.musicgoround.com and your local music store can have amazing deals
on used equipment.  Sometimes guitar center (www.guitarcenter.com)
will have some bargains as well.

Do your research and spend wisely but be forewarned, the home studio
can turn into an endless money pit which yields little to no profits.
A focus on gear over quality of music will get you $10,000+ in
equipment without a dime of revenue.  Likewise, investing in
substandard equpiment is a waste of time and money, and will only cost
more in the end.  Gear Slutz (www.gearslutz.com), Harmony Central
(www.harmonycentral.com), and Amazon (www.amazon.com) are great places
to look for reviews of equipment you may happen upon – sometimes there
are fatal flaws in products which make them useless for your
situation, but these flaws may not be readily apparent.  Typically in
searching for a specific piece of equipment similar items will be
discovered – which opens doors unseen.

Ultimately the best music will by nature end up being recorded in a
professional studio.  The time and money spent on getting the best
equipment and the best room acoustics just won’t happen in a bedroom
or a basement.  It is the folly of many a musician to focus more upon
recording than creation/performance.  Put your soul into it, and great
things will come of it.