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  1. I can't speak for the Kentish people, but I live in central(ish) London, and I'm not seeing any evidence of panic around here. The news media certainly get a bit hysterical, but I'd say the locals are rather enjoying it. And the kids are absolutely loving it! Dunno, but, to be fair, the BBC says a lot of schools in southern scotland are closed too. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/south_of_scotland/7864392.stm
  2. I've been trying to keep my distance from this debate recently, given my distance from Shetland and lack of presence on Shetlink over the last few months, but..... As a professional sound engineer, working in a well known London concert venue a few points in a recent post caught my eye and I just couldn't let them pass. This is a gross simplification. There are countless reasons why one might hear bad sound at a gig. Badly set up equipment is indeed one, as is a performer with a poor grasp of microphone technique, or a dirty mains supply, or a late get in leading to hurried sound-check...
  3. Just popped in to add my congratulations dear boy! Cheerio..........but just remember, I'm keeping an eye on you lot........
  4. McFly


    Of course it is. I don't understand what you mean. There is no limit to the amount of different noises I can get out of my acoustic snare drum. Sure, they all sound kind of like a snare drum and the variations can be miniscule, but that's kinda the point. Those, sometimes almost imperceptible, variations are what allow a good musician to play with what we commonly call "feel" or "expression". (You could, of course, achieve this level of nuance by sticking an SM57 next to your V-Drum and tapping the side of it ) Eh? I think we've got crossed wires somewhere fjool. My argument ha
  5. McFly


    Uh huh. Still less than infinite, so my point stands.
  6. http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w43/seanmcdill/neil_armstrong.jpg
  7. http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w43/seanmcdill/alarm224874.jpg
  8. McFly


    You're absolutely right, my dear boy, and that's exactly what I was getting at. I'm not making any sort of point about the quality of digitally sampled noises, but that's what electronic drum kits produce: samples (ie. recordings) of other people playing drums. And there's only so much the player can do with those recordings. Your average trigger on an electronic kit might be capable of producing 20 or 30 different output states (depending on where you hit it and how hard) which equates directly to 20 or 30 different noises. A skilled drummer playing a good kit has, literally, an infinite
  9. McFly


    .......and don't sound anything like the real thing! I would happily gig with an electronic kit, purely for the convenience, but I would never record one as a substitute for a good acoustic kit. Current technology just isn't capable of reproducing the subtlety and nuance of a quality, well tuned and well played acoustic drum. I play a Pearl BRX Masters Studio, and would highly recommend them. Is the grand for drums, cymbals and hardware, or just the drums?
  10. Read it again, it's not a riddle.
  11. When I lived in the 'Deen (which is, admittedly, a few years ago now) Cafe 52, down on The Green was always very good and reasonably priced. Also, The Olive Tree, out at Queens Cross, was good, if a little pricier. Both of them would do pretty classic European food, and both did excellent fish and steak.
  12. It is indeed Sudden Stop, but unfortunately Glasgow won't be getting a print, so Manchester might well be the closest IMAX that's showing it.
  13. .............anyway, back to the quotes
  14. All the best Ally Try not to miss us all too much
  15. Indeed They play records you would never expect to hear in a club, but that somehow just work.
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