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VikingBlues
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VB heads for rocky shores with his e-band

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This is unexpected. :think:

I mainly got the BR-80 for its Multitrack abilities.

I'm getting distracted by the e-band part of it. Fun to use. Despite the factory backings being repeated loops of only 10-15 seconds they're very addictive and I find myself improving for 10 or 15 minutes at a time on just one backing loop.

The E-Band is also taking me places I don't normally go and attempting styles I don't normally play. Whether this is a good thing is another question? :icon_whoknows:

Here's an example of that from this morning - backing called Pink Echo in the Rock section - basically just A and D chords. I've used the PRS SE plugged straight into the BR-80 and the preset is eased back for less gain (of course) and has a bit of compression added. I started recording after about 10 minutes - you can hear where the adrenalin (and concentration) starts to wear off about 2/3 of the way through teh recording at the 3 1/2 minute mark. :yawn:

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Absolutely a one take live - and as it's all on one track I can't edit out any bad guitar notes. :yikes:
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:yikes: Unusual to here you play like this. I think you is exploring youre self as much as youre BR-80. A good thing. Nice that you loosen up and play other styles then you usualy do. :thumbsup:
I think it's a good sign that you want to play new stuff.
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Ha ha, yes VB...the built in BT's/loops on my JS E-band are fun to play along with. Plus if you go to Boss website, you can download more!! mostly rock/metal type of BT's though :(

A fun sounding jam though!!
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Nice! :big_smile:
Your tone has the perfect amount of gain and seems to be more compressed than usual :thumbsup: :clap:
It sounds like helping a bit a faster playing, BTW it reminds me a bit Dire Strait tone.
Hope to hear more like this one :high5:
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Very cool playing, VB. :clap: :clap:

The tone and the choppiness of the early part brought Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits to mind.

A pleasure to listen to. :banana:
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Many thanks guys - good of you to listen and comment - it's very helpful to get encouragement when treading new ground. :thumbsup:

Plugged the output of the BR-80 into the Fender G-Dec3 30 last night and used the e-band and played along with the Hagstrom plugged into the amp. That worked very well with the extra presence to the e-band loops sounds due to speaker output v headphones. I maybe need some studio monitors .... one day.
tytlblues wrote:the built in BT's/loops on my JS E-band are fun to play along with. Plus if you go to Boss website, you can download more!! mostly rock/metal type of BT's though :(
I've previously had the e-band recommended to me by our forumite Strummer, but there never seemed any around at the right affordable price when I was looking for gear - I can now see why Strummer saw it as a piece of gear that would suit me. Are those the downloads called "Microtracks" that are in 3 volumes?
MichaelRobinson wrote:I think you is exploring youre self as much as youre BR-80. A good thing. Nice that you loosen up and play other styles then you usualy do. :thumbsup:
I think it's a good sign that you want to play new stuff.
I used to try toplay a wider range of styles when I first started playing electric again and recording (with a 4 track cassette) around 12 years ago - but I didn't have the skills and knowledge for it to really work as well as now - so it's nice to sort of have another go at it.
vancouverois wrote:Your tone has the perfect amount of gain and seems to be more compressed than usual :thumbsup: :clap:
I'm glad you like that level of gain - it was pulled down a bit (60 down to 50 if I recall) as all the factory sounds to me to be overdone on gain - even on the presets for ballads. The sound really came more alive for me with some compression added in - I recall the Michael Casswell DVD on how to get the best out of the Boss GT8 - he really showed how compression can add such a lot when used right. I'm very glad the BR-80 is (mostly) so much easier to use - the GT8 did my head in.

I do find the overall tone of this more easy to listen to than my recent UpTempo blues where the edgy aspect of the sound gets me gritting the teeth a bit.
vancouverois wrote:BTW it reminds me a bit Dire Strait tone.
MojoJim wrote:The tone and the choppiness of the early part brought Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits to mind.
Unintentional, but as I've said on previous occasions - any comment that suggests I have anything in common with Mark Knopfler are hugely welcome. :big_smile:
Been a few weeks since I saw a post from you - nice to hear from you MojoJim BTW. :wave:
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Wow, surprises VB ? :big_smile: :clap: That's great stuff for just sitting and playing with such a simple BT.
The BRs are nice enough, I happen to have the micro BR and used that during my holliday to keep playing :)
Great to hear you expand your musical vocabulary. Very well done ! :clap:
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HalfBlindLefty wrote:Wow, surprises VB ? :big_smile: :clap:
It suprised the hell out of me too!! :eye_rub:
HalfBlindLefty wrote:That's great stuff for just sitting and playing with such a simple BT.
The BRs are nice enough, I happen to have the micro BR and used that during my holliday to keep playing :)
Great to hear you expand your musical vocabulary. Very well done ! :clap:
Many thanks HBL - good of you to say so - I appreciate the encouragement. :thumbsup:

I got this little box of tricks for it's 8 track recorder as an affordable alternative to a fully fledged multitracker which I couldn't afford at the moment.

But so far I've used the e-band 90% of the time - it's very addictive. Now I've started loading full length backing tracks onto it as well I can see it'll get even more difficult to stay off it.

I am pleased with the Boss fx functions - very tweakable and pretty good for keeping the dynamics of playing if the tweaking is done right. The BR-80 is much easier to use than the Boss GT-8 and the Boss DR3 drum machine. Though the BR-80 has a rhythm function in its 8 track recorder that, as yet, I find totally baffling.
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