12/8/10

New Line6 HD400 Multi Effects

Behringer X-Vamp

My Behringer X-vamp finally mets its doomsday.  Initially I know it was just the power cable that was faulty (it was really fault) but after I manage to get another replacement power adapter, the input pin couldn’t fit into the pedal and I made another trip down to the guitar shop to get the input converter.

Finally, just when I thought it should be working fine because it has power already, it failed me again =(  The effects can’t seem to render any output at all.  So I switched to the tuner and hope that it could detect my guitar pickups at least but no, it didn’t.  Waste my time and money running to several places to get the adapter, bloodly idiot.

So after much consideration (since I have some extra moolahs on hand), I get to choose between the cheapest, cheap and the expensives.  I could just get a cheap pedal like the behringer x-vamp but I didn’t like its feel.  It feels cheap, plastic-ish and the effects are really, noisy instead of pleasing.  I can’t do proper covers using that crap so I need something better.

So the shop I chanced upon was selling this Korg-AX3000g which is a legendary good effects but been around in the industry for 5 years and alot of online shops have discontinued this product, I reckon Korg might be releasing something newer in time to come but not sure when.  I tried it and it feels good but psychologically, I just feel that I am using old tech and I shouldn’t waste money to buy old tech.  Who buys pentium 4 3ghz single core when there’s quad cores?  We rather pay that extra little more since its newer and doesn’t phase out in the next 2-3years.

Another effects I tried was the Zoom G7.1ut.  The feel and overall was good but same thing, its pretty much old tech since it was selling back in 2006s.  Again, I won’t want to pay my $3xx.00 on an old tech gadget.  Zoom g9.1 looks good too but its slightly costly ($46x.00)  although I can afford it, but I told myself no, try another one.  I said, the one with HD.

Line6 came out with a new multi-effects with HD series; revolutionary HD modelling with 16 amps modelling and m-class effects like:

STOMPS:
1. 4 Band Shift EQ
2. ’63 Spring
3. Attack Synth
4. Bass Octaver
5. Blue Comp
6. Blue Comp Treb
7. Boost Comp
8. Buzz Saw
9. Classic Distortion
10. Color Drive
11. Dimension
12. Facial Fuzz
13. Frequency Shifter
14. Fuzz Pi
15. Graphic EQ
16. Growler
17. Heavy Distortion
18. Jet Fuzz
19. Jumbo Fuzz
20. Line 6 Distortion
21. Line 6 Drive
22. Mid Focus EQ
23. Octave Fuzz
24. Octisynth
25. Overdrive
26. Parametric EQ
27. Particle Verb
28. Pitch Glide
29. Q Filter
30. Red Comp
31. Ring Modulator
32. Rotary Drum
33. Rotary Drum & Horn
34. Screamer
35. Slow filter
36. Smart Harmony
37. Spring
38. Studio EQ
39. Sub Octave Fuzz
40. Synth String
41. Synth-O-Matic
42. Tron Down
43. Tron Up
44. Tube Drive
45. Vetta Comp
46. Vetta Juice
47. V-Tron
MODS:
48. Analog Chorus
49. Analog Flanger
50. Barberpole Phaser
51. Bias Trem
52. Dual Phaser
53. Obi Wah
54. Opto Trem
55. Panned Phaser
56. Panner
57. Pattern Tremolo
58. Phaser
59. Pitch Vibrato
60. Script Phase
61. Seeker
62. Spin Cycle
63. Throbber
64. U-Vibe
65. Voice Box
DELAYS:
66. Analog Echo
67. Analog with Mod
68. Auto Volume Echo
69. Digital Delay
70. Digital Delay with Mod
71. Dynamic Delay
72. Echo Platter
73. Echo Platter Studio
74. Lo Res Delay
75. Multi-head Delay
76. Ping Pong
77. Reverse Delay
78. Stereo Delay
79. Sweep Echo
80. Sweep Echo Studio
81. Tape Echo
82. Tape Echo Studio
83. Tube Echo
84. Tube Echo Studio
REVERBS:
85. Cave
86. Chamber
87. Ducking
88. Echo
89. Hall
90. Octo
91. Plate
92. Room
93. Tile
WAHS:
94. Chrome
95. Chrome Custom
96. Fassel
97. Throaty
98. Vetta Wah
99. Weeper

It has a built in looper, a USB sound card for listening and recording (the output from the soundcard is really awesome!).  Although the model HD400 & HD300 only allow up to 4 simultaneous effects, it should be sufficient enough for me as a learner.

My gig bag with power adapters and my beta aivin acoustic simulation pedal.

The knobs for adjusting the amp, effects and equalisers.

The buttons on pedalboard.

I know the pictures quality are pretty low but the effects and guitar is in my dorm while my DSLR is sitting in the dry cabinet at home =/  I will definitely upload a high res photo of it.  Meanwhile, let me jam and admire this state-of-the-art multi-effects.

08/22/10

THE CLICK FIVE – CELEBRATIONS AT MARINA BAY (for YOG)

One of the night sister came running into my room and shout ‘HEY! CLICK FIVE IS COMING TO SG!’ and ima like ‘WTF!? WHEN!? HOW MUCH!?’  She then told me that only exclusive invites and we need to get the invites by buying a Samsung phone so without further ado, we checked everyone’s mobile plan and see who’s plan is expiring soon then we went over to buy a Samsung Galaxy S the next day – thats right, just for the pair of tickets!  After reaching there, then we realise that its actually opened to public as well but just the that public seats are really quite back so thank god we had the VIP tickets.  By 8.30pm, the organisers saw that the seats for the VVIP are not evern 20% filled, so they decided to ‘upgrade’ VIP seats to VVIP! which made every crazy clickfive fans running to the front to get the seats!

And thats how I got a good view to take photos =) Free VVIP seats!

08/22/10

Jeff Chang Concert 2010

Could not find any related video online for the concert so got to use this commercial to do an intro:

As a matter of fact, I have been an avid listener of his music since 1994s (when I was in primary school and had crushes on a few girls in my class)  Oh yea, so I have been emo-ing since I was way younger ROFL.  Nonetheless, when I heard that hes coming to Singapore again, not part of any of his album promotion but for his past 20years of effort in the music industry, I knew I had to go for this 1.  @princesspinky89 bought the tickets for me secretly and surprised me with it 😀  I was fking delighted!

So on his concert, he sang most of his old billboard hits such as ‘Kwan Rong’, ‘Guo Huo’, ‘Xin Yang’, ‘Cong Yi Kai Shi Dao Xian Zai’, ‘Ai Ru Chao Shui’, ‘Tai Xiang Ai Ni’.. He is very well known for his love song hits..  Most of the KTV go’ers knows him even if they dont know him back in 1990s.

08/22/10

FIR Concert

Attended the FIR concert with @princesspinky89 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  The performance was fantastic and awesome!!  She had a very good vocal and stamina and together with the 2 other members, they rocked the stage so hard that it gave all of us a wonderful and unforgettable night.  Their song list includes a number of their billboard hits such as Fly Away, Lydia, Revolution, Qian Nian Zhi Lian and etc.   Another thing that struck me was she did a cover of another song by the name of ‘in the arms of an angel’, I have never heard this song before but when I heard her sing, I just feel like letting my emotions go..  Heres a short recorded segment of her cover:

In the Arms of an Angel

Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLachan & Josh Groban:

FIR concert featuring guest, Sun Yanzi Stephanie who also sang Venus and Wo Bu Nan Guo in the concert..

08/22/10

Jay Chou Concert 2010 – World Tour Singapore

Could have taken more photos at the concert but was stopped by the crews (instead of security) and I had to spoke to the supervisor so that I dont have to place my expensive equipment in their incompetent plastic lockers.  By placing my camera in their lockers, I have to ensure that I dont lose the keys (myself) and worry about my equipment because its out of my sight!  I really condemn Singapore Indoor Stadiums for their security policies.  Places like D’marquee and Singapore Expo dont even restrict you from bringing DSLR in.  This is freedom.   Afterall, everyone who paid for the concert expects to bring some memories home so thats why we bring a DSLR to capture the moments.    I’m not the only 1 whining about the Singapore Indoor Stadium policies.  Infact, everytime there is a concert at the indoor stadium, I would think thrice whether to attend the concert.  Ofcourse, we’re there to support the singers and watch their live performances but thinking about the policies just irks me.

I’ve got more Jays photo to share but they’re not sharp and clear =(  All thanks to the hide&seek game I was playing with the crews.  Nonetheless, I had enjoyed myself alot in the concert.  And by the way, this is the first time I attended a FULL HOUSE concert in Singapore!  Very very full!  And so full, he had to do 3 concerts to fulfill most of our desires!   He’s fucking fantastic.  Anyways, here are some videos done by @princesspinky89:

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11/8/09

Capitalism: A Love Story

This is a Micheal Moore movie, America’s most hated film director.  Bought a pair of tickets to watch this movie with Pinky, thinking that it would be a romantic show; so much for the ‘A Love Story’ at the back of title.  Ironically, we missed the word Capitalism (but search my vocabulary, its not even in my dictionary)  So the first 15minutes of the show hypnotised Pinky to her dreams, sleeping comfortably on my shoulder.  Not wanting to spend my money to sleep in a theater, I encouraged myself to stay awake throughout the session and Im so proud of it.

If you’re not a very political or patriotic person, the movie isn’t right for you in the first place.  I don’t even care about the election in my nation, why should I care about the states, moreover it doesn’t really concern us?  But you’re so damn wrong!

The movie gives a good perspective on how Capitalism has affected the US for the past 8 years under the management of ‘you-know-who’, whos been making the Rich people richer and the poor people poorer by taking away everything they have, irregardless of their situation.  That was obviously something that wasnt shown in the media, did it?  And how companies benefited profited from the employees who have died by buying insurance on their behalf and stating themselves as beneficiary.

And oh, this made me recall why people would vote for the President, Mr Barack Obama, one who emphasized on CHANGE during his debates for election.  They have been on the down side for the past 8 years and someone should end the deed, not continuing it.  The election results flashed in the movie was also something that wasnt showed on our screens.  People actually CRIED because of the president they voted for has won!

In Sing ka pore, FAT HOPE.  Why would you cry?  I dont even remembering there was 2 parties fighting for the position?  Even if there was a Good and Bad president to choose from, with the white collars in the cabinet, do you think the so-called bad president can have things done his way?  Unless the white changes to become the black, then that will be a worrying point.

09/29/09

Miss Singapore, Ris Low Resigns

Been famous for the past few months for her poor command of English and had her interview on youtube with more than 200,000 views, this Miss Ris Low (aka) Miss Singapore Universe 2009 was in no way low profile.

Seriously, I won’t even care who won the Miss Singapore title until the youtube URL came into my MSN by my friends for mocking at her english and singlish, BOOMZ.  Pronouncing prints as preens, STEEL studying etc.  And I think if she had enough grooming for her competition, she should not just walk/behave like a model, but TALK like a model.

A bigger news hit her when she was charged for credit card fraud and they intend not to let the media know.  When you try to hide something and people find out, it will only create more trouble and woes.

And my friend even found her name on Wikipedia now.  She’s globally known!  If not for the competition, she could have gotten her conviction without anyone knowing.

09/13/09

Extraordinary V Conference 2009

It was my first time attending this conference.  Looking at the title, it MAY have sounded formal but its not.  It was a comedy play by FLY Entertainment with local comedians such as Irene Ang and Chua En Lai.  If you are a Singaporean and you haven’t heard of them (or at least, Irene Ang), shame on you seriously.  She acted in a local famous comedy called ‘Phua Chu Kang’ as the main lead’s wife, thus you should have known her!  Anyway, thats not the point.. =x

On a 2hour show:

(In ZIRCA, Singapore)

They did the opening act with introduction from PCD and their faces cropped onto the MVs, then danced onto the center stage with their fake boobies and shaky butts.  Then Irene Ang started her standup comedy solo with 10mins of hilarious jokes.

(Irene Ang as Karen Mok queing outside LV shop in ION Orchard)

(Chua En Lai as a spoilt brat but an ambassador for a ‘good-family’ organisation)

(Irene Ang as Guan Yin Ma, all artistes as swimmers)

Princesspinky collaged the photo so its not according to sequence.  While the local politicians was looking for jobs for their people, they went to see Guan Yin Ma for help.  Its hard to explain alot of things here in words but the money was really well spent.  $48 for 2hours of hilarious crap jokes and 1 mug of beer was indeed satisfying.

The highlights of the event:  ‘The MRT say what circle-line thing, the shape of the new circle line looks more like a cock than a circle!’
‘Why u all wanna act?  U can say CB but u can’t say virgina is it?  Come say with me, Viiirrrr-Ggggiiii—nnnnaaaa!’

The night was fking awesome.  If  you ask me whether I will attend the conference again, I assure you I will if there are tickets!

08/21/09

GAGA in Singapore

My sister has been so eager to watch Lady Gaga perform thus we bought her tickets in early July:

Actual day:

Damn massive crowd.  Poor crowd control and ventilation by LAMCproductions

No doubt, thats me and my sister:

Warm up act by DJ Inquisitive and Beatboxer Dharni:

This is their performance in Mediacorp channel 5’s Live and Loaded show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRQR935IaFw

And this is Dharni performing in zouk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZXctI6bbZI&feature=related

I seriously dont understand why are there so many mofos who think that the opening act was lousy.  Maybe the songs was not a really right choice for some BUT Gees they shouldn’t criticise others when they cant do it la seriously.. I will be speechless if they got up the stage to proof that they’re better..  So what even if you’re better?  If you’re an audience, be an audience and let the performer do his job..  Theres always someone better down the stage, we all performers know that.. No matter what, I believe there are always people who can do better down the stage but they know that they should respect the performers.

Lady Gaga Concert Opening:

And towards the end:

Lady GAGA said: “Be yourself and follow your dreams.  If some one stops you from doing so, tell them Lady Gaga told them to FUCK OFF!!”  And when someone tell her to Fuck Off instead, she sings to them… POKER FACE!

06/26/09

A Tribute To Micheal Jackson

My childhood idol, Micheal Jackson has been taken away, going back into arms of god. I liked his music, his style and his talent except his beliefs. I think he should’t have went for all those ‘modification’ to his physical self but still, I think I just like his music and talent.

(Taken from yahoo.com)

Rest well. May your music continue to live and you always be in our hearts. <3