ALAN GIBSON

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Category: Guitars

PRS S2 Singlecut

New Guitar Day!

Messing about with my new PRS S2 Singlecut, recording into GarageBand via Yamaha THR10 and combining with video from Canon EOS100D using iMovie.

Recording music with the Yamaha THR10

A few years ago I tried to get into home music recording. I bought an audio interface and established a basic set-up using Ableton Live and some other packages, but I just found myself constantly fiddling with the guitar sounds in the software without ever really finding tones that sounded authentic. That plus the slight latency issues I was experiencing with hearing what I was playing a fraction of a second late just frustrated me and, in the end, I gave up.

When we moved house last year I decided to buy a digital practice amp so I could play guitar a bit more without using my (small but still fairly loud) valve amp. After looking around a bit I opted for the Yamaha THR10.

As well as being a pretty decent sounding practice amp, the THR10 also acts as an audio interface for the guitar, and I finally got around to trying it out in the last week or so. Using the THR10 itself is pretty straightforward, but it came bundled with the Cubase LE AI Elements 6 DAW and I have to say it’s not at all easy for a newbie like me. But I persevered and managed to record a very short snippet of music which I’ve uploaded to SoundCloud and linked here.

If you feel like commenting, that’s fine – but please be gentle … it’s my first attempt!

A new guitar in the family

So Christmas 2014 has come and gone, and my eldest daughter got her first guitar. She picked it herself months ago (in Dawsons, Belfast) and has been waiting patiently ever since then. It’s an Epiphone EJ-200EC and here are some photos I took myself. I have to say I think it’s a gorgeous looking instrument and it plays and sounds pretty good too. It’s probably not the guitar I would have picked for her as it’s pretty big, but she tried it out and loved it and that’s the main thing!

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