Its been a while!

 

Its been a while im afraid!! I hardly get to use the computers much in the hot weather .. But its cooled down now so its not bad using the computers plus I got a new black out blind fitted on the office for next year so I can still work on websites in the office in the blinding heat!! A few changes music and technology wise! Like my last post states I switched my whole infrastructure to apple that includes watch .. tablets .. phones .. TV´s Computers and laptops! now its made a big difference to the way I now work and I’ve streamlined all my apps I need mainly on the phone / tablet to get he results I need for my profesional singing career and for the businesses I run here now in Spain. Im gong to compile a list of apps and make a blog for this hopefully next week… watch this space! One big change I did make was on the Apple TV´s when I set them up I tell the boxes im in there UK otherwise if you let it pick Spain you get no Siri and no UK TV integration. So with he box thinking UK I just setup a two year getflix and for like 50 quid! all my boxes are in the UK giving me all the usual channels and catch up etc … and I installed TV plus app costs 6 a month but get all the extra channels like spike and other goodies with a guide .. plus I installed classix and popcorn movies for all the extras with a plex client with ducky tv on the iMac pulling all my favourite tv shows which it tracks this from my trakt account … nice rig out! 

Music wise ive just joined something I can tell you about this week but its big.. so watch my next blog!! I now changed my main job to professional musician as I do shows medium to large at least six a week… sometimes I do 7 over 6 days.. im fully booked out over xmas and I have lots of bars and acts im connected to so ive decided to open my old gig seek music business again for the new year and have some greats acts signed up already…. im still working on my beatle one show for the new year this should be ready for February which is a 1.30 hour beatle show story from the beginning to the end of the beatle career! its going to be great .. this will all run from MainStage 3 on my Mac book pro using this for the backing tracks and vocal effects and then using amplitude for the guitar effects with my external rubix 22 sound card and the FCB1010 midi floor controller!  So watch out for my new music news … and watch out for gigseek…

gigseek!

As far as life goes its been great we have been here in Spain for just under two years. I have to say its been great we have really settled now and have really good friends and neighbours. Recently my son came to visit us with his partner Rhianna who is soon going to have a baby boy! Was great to catch up with them. My dads here next which im looking forward too and my good friend Pud and Lorraine which im planning to take a few days out myself and spend sometime with them maybe up the coast!…. Some of good friends we got really close to just moved up the coast with a career change we will sadly miss you guys and we will try come see you as much you can! We have a weekly Monday Club were all good friends meet and talk and have good food .. these Monday’s won’t be the same with out you guys! One thins we found is we can have the best life here all we have to do is avoid negativity, envy or jealousy which im afraid you can get moving to another country specially if its a lot better and a lot better climate than others.. but thats the way it is, I do wish everybody is happy in there life and with every body the best and peace and love – be happy… stay happy and try and love your family you never know what’s around the corner – try and loose any of what I have said and try and be positive for the new year !! …… I have to say with life the way it is im finding I have later nights .. get up a tad later and do a lot of local shopping and using fresh produce to cook food most days which is very enjoyable !! Its nice at the moment as the weather has cooled especially at night so we get to sleep well! it won’t be long till we are back in the oven !! Last few years we have had xmas day on the beach and then curry and beer… its kind of looking similar this year but im booked in land for a xmas party! so curry and a show inland sounds good to me!! 

all you need is love…all the best in your xmas and all the best for your new year .. keep the faith and keep direction if you want something in life… 

wayne ward beatle
the Monday clubs founders 🙂

Back in bed with apple

 

Made a big change when it comes to technology I didn’t think id jump back in bed with apple but I had a feeling it could happen.. I been doing a lot of shows up and down the coast and was building two solutions..

One portable for small shows that doesn’t have lots of wires and to much setting up.

One larger rig used for show automation including the music, lights, spinning light heads and smoke and vocal / guitar effect automation plus additional projection to screen.

I bought a iRig and a blue board only to realise that this doesn’t work with the note 8 I recently bought… so then i sent it back and opted for the iOS version and thought well a iPad mini will cut all this.. now the iPad mini in mind I kind of knew this could be dangerous. It lead to me dropping all the computers / laptops running antergos which is damn good plus dumped all the tablets and just wen clean through apple the best thing I did was dumping the Samsung frontier watch as I never got it to do anything even Samsung pay was useless! I also dumped the cheap android boxes and went Apple TV 4K but have to say its the best move ive ever made a real investment. Now the only thing I don’t have to do is fix the computers so I spend my time reading magazines and books on them and creating videos and photos for my shows! Plus I started looking at a few games and a controller to play them.

Have to say its expensive jumping in bed with apple but the old saying is true you get what you pay for so sorry you won’t be seeing no more linux blogs I don’t have the time now for tinkering and fixing a building boxes. Sorry if this disappoints but there is to much in life to be doing this. Bye linux is been a passion but now you are in bed. Sweet dreams!!

Jaydee Mark King + TC Electronic BG250 2×10

 

Jaydee Mark King + TC Electronic BG250

a match made in heaven

Here is a match made in heaven! The new Jaydee Mark king S2 Ive seen waiting to find for a good while. Is amazing! Its had a recent refret and a recent full respray by jaydee. For a 1986 it looks, sounds and plays amazing! This is heavier than the others ive had and just feels just right this is the keeper i been waiting for and ive owned a few trust me! Quiet a unique paint jon on this as well and its also been played and signed by mark king!  Isnt she lovely!..

jaydee mark king

So she arrived and before i moved to spain i sold my TC 450 Amp Head that sounded awesome so knew i needed to stick with something similar.. i did look at the trace elliot elf which i nearly bought but they seem to run hot and im in spain and its already hot out here! so i stuck with the TC stuff but i also realised the TC Electronic BG250 2×10 had a horn and a tuner  built in plus two tone prints.. which basically means i can copy with a computer or transmit .. the way im doing it effects! so it can store 2 effects but only run one at one time.. but some effects you load are two effects in one! but to be honest i wanted to compress and on the other i wanted to be able to load a octaver when i use the fretless ! plus i can put a pedal on it and kick the effect on and off. The bass amp also has a DI out which can be pre/post so im goin g to try hooking my behringer 350 sub and see out it pans out as its exactly the same size to sit underneath it so that could give me a bit more bottom end on the bigger gigs..

Here is the tone print transmissions –>> 

Linux Automated Show Setup.

 

Ive just nearly finished a fully automated linux  show system for my live performances using a mixture of programs on a linux antergos based system. Ive moved from ubuntu to arch based systems as they dont seem as bloated. This is all done on a dell xps 13 inch ubuntu laptop.

Before we start i got antergos linux installed which is based on arch just a easy way to install it. Then i install the realtime kernel, i did use the LTS RT long term kernel but i had a few problems so moved to a newer on the bleeding edge kernel and this is perfect. I then install jack-dbus which is what is used for connecting the audio connections together, i use cadence for starting and stopping jack and visually making the connections for audio and midi. I was using guitarix but was showed amplitube which is a windows / mac application which i have gladly running smooth as in linux using wine and wine asio as amplitube connects through using the asio driver nicely. Below a couple of quick tips to get this working right on arch based systems

  • sudo pacman -Sy wineasio
  • regsvr32 wineasio
  • wine64 regsvr32 wineasio
  • Successfully registered DLL wineasio.dll (hopefully)

With the amplitube just go into the settings and change the driver to asio  for audio once you have jack running with the wine and the wine asio drivers you should be good to go. The main hardware which has has no configuration at all really is the rubix22 audio interface and the Behringer FCB1010 

– i just had to change the midi channel to number one and initialize the two pedals which is on a earlier blog.  It works perfect with no problems. I had a problem getting the pedals working with amplitube and nearly gave up but in the end i sussed out going into midi in aplitube and changing recieve channel from 1 to all fixed this!! only took about a week to figure this out !!!!!  the

 good thing is this takes in the audio to carla and takes the guitar to amplitube nicely. The fcb 1010 controls the amplitube fully and nicely but also the linux show player sends midi signals to the amplitube to mute the guitar in between songs and then when the song starts sets the main sound i want for this song 🙂

 

The main part of the system which plays the backing tracks and send all the midi triggers is done with linux show player. This is the main core of the setup which you load all the songs in and build midi triggers around this to operate all the automation. I purchased a usb key foot switch and also a very cut down kodi remote with wireless dongle. The wireless remote is set to trigger the show start of stage then once on the stage the footswitch is used to trigger the next song after you have talked. When the song is started the show player will send a midi trigger to carla which does the audio effects, i have this sending one for a reverb on and off and another for a delay on and off with scope for adding a slapback delay soon. Carla is loaded with the calf studio plugins  not only does the plugins calf supply sound awesome, they also look awesome! i got the rack loaded with compression and a 12 band EQ and reverb and delay. I just attached the midi triggers to the reverb and delay as the other just stay on continuous.

The last part of the automation is the light control using open dmx and the mighty QLC Plus light software now to get this connected to the lights you just need a little box which was  a great price , i got the enttec open dmx box plugs and plays no problem, the only problem i had the box has a five pin out and my dmx is 3 pin so had to get a convertor which wasnt easy to get local like so although a cheap price!  I connected to this two led floods a spinning head light, a laser and a smoke machine. All the hardware added as the fixtures were already in the software and watched a couple of tutorials on the website and had a light show up and running in ten minutes with lasers, smoke spinning heads the lot running! Now im just working on triggering the light shows i make with midi triggers. When i find this out ill post the triggers on this post as i cant find them online! but here is a idea of the results.. 

here are some handy forums that helped me along the way!!

https://linuxmusicians.com

http://www.qlcplus.org/forum/

https://forum.antergos.com/

and the guys who run linux show player here on gitter 

UPDATE!!

Here you can see linux show player triggering the light shows and a static scene using virtual console and attaching midi commands!

Alembic Spoiler For Jaydee Trade Or Cash Offer

 

I got a mint 1983 Alembic Spoiler Bass In Original Hard Case for sale.

These basses are top end and have to be serious to discuss a deal with this.

Here is the alembic spec on the bass http://www.alembic.com/prod/spoiler.html

Im looking for a cash offer or id prefer a good condition jaydee bass either the MK or GA24 . Im based in spain but can organise carriage.

Please not only jaydee as specified no other guitars or basses.

just us the contact us page for more details.

UPDATE THIS IS NOW SOLD.

My show projection plan is coming into action….

 

linux show player triggering video using vlc to specified monitor

this is the command ive been looking for! fires projections from cues to a projector … watch this space! vlc –qt-fullscreen-screennumber=1 -f video.mp4

check this!!

ill put this to bed for now but the light show triggers you will see next”

I just created my first midi triggers!!

 

I just created my first midi triggers!!

Im just setting myself up for a whole new music show for this year – ive made a lot of changes in the way i loose the effects pedal for vocals and all the effects pedals for guitar and a new addition is a full lighting system using open dmx – i have laser / floor LED pars  / smoke machine and also pin spot on a moving head.

Also ive got the behringer fcb1010 connected to guitarix for my guitar effects which was my original idea at looking at amp modelling and turned into creating a full automated show! I can automate the guitar but i dont want that i like to do this myself and have the option to have what i want at any time with the guitar.

The show is created with linux show player which will take in audio tracks and media cues to trigger slight shows and effects. With this on the video you can see the delay is on as soon as i activate – ive turned off vocal delay as the first trigger which sets it to dry. it then waits for my single usb footswitch that sends a space bar or any key i assign and then triggers the delay level to what ever i want to if the song needs heavier echo this gets activated at the same time as it triggers the song . At the end of the song the trigger sets the delay to dry again so i can speak and waits for the pedal. The software also replay gains all the songs levelling them up and each track has its own EQ which is handy if you have weak songs on the bottom end.

Here is the software im using.  http://linux-show-player.sourceforge.net/

And rakarrack is a awsome guitar effects application which im using for the vocals – ive got compression / limiter / EQ / echo / delays / reverbs and multiple variation which also i can pick from the trigger for each song.

here is a link for rararrack http://rakarrack.sourceforge.net/

the next step which ive already connected and working on is making the light sequences and then triggering the light presets to each song so each song has its own light / laser and smoke show. And here is the link for this http://www.qlcplus.org/

All this is done by using midi which hasnt taken long to pick up at all to be honest. But is a learning curve!!

Have to say a massive thanks to the guys at linux show player for helping my out over the past couple of days. Awesome.

here is a demo of the echo being on and me triggering – selects echo dry – starts intro music i fast forward music manually which then waits – then i press go on or foot key press and turns ehco on and starts the song.

Wayne Ward – GET BACK – Torremolinos.

 

Wayne Ward – GET BACK!!

Guitarist / Vocalist based in Torremolinos –  im available for private partied and events.  I have covered the bottom end of the coast and am available for shows and bookings within a two hour drive distance. A great range of music for any event from 50’s to 90’s. If your looking for a musician for your party / event please free to contact me. Here are some of my social networking sites so you can contact me or watch me perform live on youtube. I

f you want the best and the dance floor filling then contact GET BACK! the diary is filling up fast for 2108!  Music styles include rock and roll, country and sixties. Music from the Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Monkees, The Drifters, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Wings, Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Pacemakers, The Shadows, Sam Cooke, Santana, Eric Clapton, Don Gibson, Johnny Kid & The Pirates, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Oasis, Doobie Brothers, Robert Johnson & Much more!! 

wayne ward torremolinos

Also available acoustic version playing a great range of songs for you to enjoy.  Feel free to visit my facebook page here or my youtube page with loads of great live videos for you to enjoy which is here

You can see me doing my solo show or performing live with my rock and roll band -> The Twisters!

 

Make sure if you are booking a special event you visit the act so you know for sure what you are getting. Dont book somebody half baked! get the best !! GET BACK!!

http://waynepaulward.es visit my website.

Guitarix – Behringer FCB1010 Midi Channel & Expression Pedal Calibration

 

Guitarix – Behringer FCB1010

I recently purchased the Behringer FCB1010 midi foot pedal to connect and control my guitarix music rig on linux. The pedal didnt connnect straight away as it was set to channel 16 for some crazy reason so to change the channel

This changes the channel i set mine to channel one.

Set the MIDI Channels

The MIDI channel on your FCB1010 must match the MIDI channel used on your other MIDI gear.  If they are not the same,  MIDI commands sent buy the FCB1010 will just be ignored by your MIDI gear.  Try MIDI channel 1 on both for a start.

To set the MIDI channel on your FCB1010, do the following:

  1. If FCB1010 is turned on, turn it off
  2. Press and hold the Down button while you turn on the FCB1010.  Keep holding it down for about 5 seconds. When you see the small green light come on, release the button
  3. Press the UP button once.  The green light will have changed to the MIDI Function selection.
  4. Press the 1 button.  The 1 button LED and green light will begin to blink.  The display will change to show you the current MIDI channel for PC command.
  5. Press the UP button once.  The green light will move to MIDI Chann and the display digit will begin to blink.
  6. Press the 0 button and then the 1 button.  This will change it to MIDI channel 1.  The display should now show 01.
  7. Press the UP button once.  The green light will move to the MIDI Config selection.
  8. Now press and hold the Down button for about 5 seconds.  The display will change to 00.

You have now programmed the FCB for the first PC command to MIDI channel 1.  To set a different channel, the steps are basically the same except you enter a different number in the sixth step above.

This is the steps for calibration

FCB1010 Pedal Calibration

How to Calibrate the Behringer FCB1010 Expression Pedals

Many users experience problems with the expression pedal range on new FCB1010’s, in which one or both pedals do not transmit a full range of controller values from 0-127 (0x00-0x7F).   the way to fix this is to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Keep footswitches 1 and 3 pressed while switching on the unit (This bit you can’t do standing up!). Release the switches when the display blanks. The LEDs on the footswitches, the ones on the display and each segment of the two numeric displays will turn on and off in sequence.
  2. Wait until all footswitch LEDs are on. Depress all footswitches one at a time, including UP and DOWN, until all LEDs are off.
  3. Wait until relay switch test is finished. (There will be a couple of mechanical clicks, and the display will end up reading “F1” (at least, it did on mine)). [Also, if you have connected a MIDI cable between the MIDI in and out, the display will show “A1” before this, meaning the midi ports work correctly.]
  4. Press DOWN once.
  5. Adjust the left expression pedal (A) to the lowest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  6. Adjust the left expression pedal (A) to the highest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  7. Adjust the right expression pedal (B) to the lowest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  8. Adjust the right expression pedal (B) to the highest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  9. Select a patch which has both pedals set to their full range, and check the expression pedals now send 0-127 (0x00-0x7F)

Enjoy your pedal and expression pedals on guitarix i am!!

as you can see ive just created a standard template rack config which im going to use through me presets with the racks in the order which i think is best! 

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