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We were fortunate to have some friends capture some pictures and video of the 2013 Halloween show over at The Space in Hamden, CT.  You can also check out some videos over at Garrett’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgSiBbzEZU9JMli3BOmRcvw

Yes!!! It’s finally happening!!!  Despite trying to get this off the ground months ago, extensive equipment debacles, life getting in the way and the world being against us, we’ve finally recorded the drum tracks to put an album together!  So far we’ve got the following:

Cellies – 4:42
Jupiter – 2:48
Kuru – 4:34
Lights – 3:46
Obsolete – 5:04
Pitch Black – 5:05
Used – 3:57

You can catch some video of some of the sessions over at Garrett’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgSiBbzEZU9JMli3BOmRcvw

You can hear a practice sampler of the tracks here: http://www.trya.us/music/Infinitas/Misc/Infinitas-sampler.mp3

Very excited to get to recording the geetars and bass…and who knows, maybe even vocals…more stuff in the works!  I’ll try to get some info posted up on the approach and equipment we took with recording the drums as well as some samples.

With the recent Musician’s Friend Stupid Deal of the Day, and some coupon incentives, I took the plunge on the Ashdown LB-30.  I had always wanted a low wattage all tube head, and I particularly loved the LB-30 on paper… I just wasn’t going to pay $899!  Now that I have the amp, I can in hindsight tell you that is it in fact worth that asking price, though as a “nice to have” on the G.A.S. calculator, I’d still be waiting or searching for the reduced price I found it at.

So far I think it’s a really cool amp.  It gets much louder than I expected, though I’ve only paired it with 2×12′s so far.  It took me a while to understand the passive EQ section, but now that I’ve got the hang of it, it’s quite fun and interactive.  Despite getting loud and angry, I wasn’t entirely sure it could keep up with a loud, heavy band practice with Infinitas.  Turns out I was wrong!

Granted it wasn’t the sound I’m typically after, but it was still cool. The bass register wasn’t what I’m used to (thinner and tubby, vs. full and articulate), the midrange was very pronounced, and there wasn’t much articulation higher up in the treble range (or at least it wasn’t cutting through, when I was tapping for example).  You can see the settings in the middle pic above.  In fairness to the Little Bastard (that sounds funny, no?), I didn’t spend a whole lot of time tweaking, I was just curious if it could even keep up.  I was running my Warwick Thumb Custom Shop BO 6 broadneck into the High input on the LB-30 and then into an older Genz Benz NeoX-212T.

As a comparison, I typically run my Genz ShuttleMAX 12.0 with this band.  At practice the Shuttle is typically set with the Gain at max on the tube channel, various EQ settings, and the Master at 2.  We’re a 3 piece, not super loud, but not exactly tame either.  Dave (the guitar player) uses a Mesa Triple Rec through a 4×10.

To be able to really punch through, I needed to boost the input.  I alternated between a Fuzzrocious Oh See Demon and a Wren and Cuff Phat Phuk B. If you own a LB-30 and want any kind of grind or overdrive, you owe it to yourself to get a PPB!  It was already one of my favorite pedals, but it has really opened up another world in front of this amp.  Like I said above, the sound wasn’t super versatile, but if you’re playing any kind of aggressive music and aren’t doing any super extended range stuff, it’s a very cool sound.  I really need to try the same thing with a more traditional passive bass, I think it would be killer.

I grabbed a couple of sound clips with my Zoom H2, and wouldn’t you know, I think I’m actually TOO LOUD in the mix!  Check this out from “Cellies”: Cellies-LB30test.mp3

I looking forward to picking up an Ashdown VS-112 to pair with the LB-30 for a more manageable recording volume.  There’s a great overall review of both the LB-30 and VS-112 in Issue 9 of Bass Gear Magazine, I highly recommend it.

Status: Own
Born: March 24, 1991
Owned since: 2012
Made in: Germany / 08258 Markneukirchen
Serial number: C 024 91
Type: Five string fretted
Body: 3 pcs. Boire Wood, solid
Neck: Wenge with azelia strips, hidden neck through construction
Fingerboard: Wenge with mother of pearl dolphin inlays, bronze frets, ??? radius
Scale: 34″
Electronics: 2 passive Bartolini Humbuckers, 2 Band electronic by MEC
Tuning: B E A D G
String spacing: Fixed 20mm
Typically strung with: DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (MM5-130); .045 .065 .085 .105 .130
Misc: Brass nut with individual string vertical adjustment

I’ve been wanting a 5 string Dolphin since I first saw a dude playing one on a late night show (Letterman or Arsenio?) back around 1990.  Once I discovered I was a wide spacing guy, it’s been a battle ever since to land a broadneck on the used market.  It seems every time  they pop up (which has been really rare), I either don’t have the cash at the time, or I just get out bid.  You can imagine my delight when I saw this one recently…and I landed it for much less than I expected.  Yey me :-)

For being over 20 years old, the bass was in great shape.  Once I it cleaned up I gave it to my buddy Ross for a thorough once-over and set up.  When it comes to such things, Ross is the man.  Besides some minor fret issues (not surprising given the age) he got it dialed in and I couldn’t be happier with the way it plays.

I was surprised at how versatile the bass tone is.  Between the Bartolini’s and MEC preamp, there is a much wider range of tone adjustment than any other Warwick I’ve tried.  It’s very different from the growly focused sound of my Thumb, but in a good way.  Being an older bass, it also has something all other Warwick’s I’ve either own or played don’t have; real tuners!  This guy came with REAL Gotoh’s out of the box, a nice touch.  See my Thumb review for more on the tuner rant.  Like most Warwick’s it’s a big on the heavy side scale wise, but the bass so well balanced that I really don’t notice it any more than another bass.  I think the shape is absolutely beautiful, and now that I own one, so are the ergonomics.

One Bad Oyster played a show in Wilton, CT in support of the Cord Foundation, dubbed the “2nd Annual Great Wilton Scavenger Hunt“.  The event planner Jeff Snyder is a friend of the band, and his daughter Kennedy has been unfortunately battling spinal cord cancer most of her life.  What a great guy and an amazing little girl.

It was a beautiful day for playing outside.  Despite having them for sale at the time, I decided to bring my Schroeder 1212BMF cabs.  IMO, these cabs cannot be beat for power to weight ratio. It’s laughable as to how loud these things are, never mind that you can carry one in each hand with ease. If you are a 4 string player in any sort of loud, live band, I don’t think you can find a better cabinet for being heard through the mix at any range. That said, I don’t always care for the super focused tone and attenuated low end for some types of music that I play.  Nearly every instrument I play these days has a low B, and it’s too attenuated for my tastes sometimes, especially with my Warwick Thumb (which already has kind of an attenuated sound to begin with). I can EQ beef back in via bass and amp, but it’s still not always what I’m looking for.  I recently heard my Genz ShuttleMAX 12.0 through a Genz cabinet and it was to die for (so I picked up a used Neox 212).  For smaller indoor stuff, I’ve been favoring an Aguilar DB112NT paired with my Acoustic Image Focus 2r Series III.

I rediscovered however one of the main things I love about the Schroeder’s; they kick ass outside.  Loud, clear, full, and great throw to the back row.  They’re so light that I can have both set up quickly, and with the AI head I’ve got 4×12″ at 1000W (2 ohm)…tons of headroom!  I also finally had my Ergo 5 string EUB dialed in since buying it.  Even front-ending it with a Fishman B-II preamp, the piezo equipped EUB needs quite a bit of gain to match an active electric bass, so the headroom is welcome.

Very cool cab. Great looks, great sound. The only thing I’ve done is put some plastic feet on the side opposite side from the handle. Much safer when putting it down after carrying (seems like lots of people do this, and with good reason). The usual spec stuff:

More at Aggie’s site.

This is the model WITHOUT a tweeter, so here’s a quick clip just to get an idea of how it sounds recorded by default. Just a little ditty I came up with on the spot, I didn’t spend too much time getting locked in with the drums so excuse the less than perfect groove :D

http://www.trya.us/music/Misc/AguilarDB112NT.mp3

Everything is flat/no EQ;

  • 5 string MM/J Nords
  • Acoustic Image Focus 2R Series III
  • EV N/D868
  • Avalon VT-737SP
  • Event Layla
  • Sonar

There’s some compression (inboard and out) and 60 hz high pass filtering on the preamp. It’s a bit woofy through some speakers, but that’s mainly because it’s not EQ’d. IMO, having played both the with and without tweeter models, I prefer the NT (though I recall you can turn the tweeter down on the other one?).

Here’s another clip, slightly different: http://www.trya.us/music/Misc/AguilarDB112NT-b.mp3

Similar set up from above, but my Warwick Dolphin Pro I 5 string and Markbass LMK instead.  I’ve got the bass, amp, and Sonar EQ’d like I typically would live in this case.  The parts I played are slightly different as well…only because there was @30 mins between takes, I forgot exactly what I played to begin with, and was too lazy to figure it out ;-)

One thing I’ve noticed in general with the DB 112′s, they can take quite a bit of power, and just get louder, deeper, and clearer as you crank into them. It’s impressive.  Paired with my Tone Hammer preamp pedal, it’s killer!

Status: Own
Born: June 25, 2010
Owned since: 2011
Made in: Germany
Serial number: F 154537 10
Type: Six string fretted
Body: 2 piece ovangkol
Neck: Ovangkol, single truss (headstock)
Fingerboard: Wenge fretted, ??? radius
Scale: 34″
Electronics: Active MEC Gold Soapbar Pickups & MEC 2-Band
Tuning: B E A D G C
String spacing: Fixed 20mm
Typically strung with: DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (MM6-130); .030 .045 .065 .085 .105 .130
Misc: Brass Just-A-Nut III

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t buy the same thing twice.  I think my pinnacle of G.A.S. stupidity had been buying the infamous Roland GP-8 four or five times since the mid 80′s.  Oh well.  This time at least I can say there are some noticeable differences with the Wicks.

Having previously bought and sold a Warwick Thumb Bolt-On 6 string Broadneck, I kind of surprised even myself when I picked up this new one.  I had been after a different sound not long after starting Infinitas, as none of the instruments I had at the time we’re doing it for me.  My TRB had the play-ability but not the sound.  The Godlyke had a cool sound but honestly it was hard to play many of the parts I wrote with those doubled strings.  Any of my fretlesses just didn’t cut enough for the more metal stuff we were doing.  I found myself over at The Low End browsing, and it was long before I was purchasing this bass from Brian.  In my experience broadnecks don’t pop up too often, and certainly not at the price I land this one.

For whatever reason, this particular bass (unlike the last Thumb) is exactly what I was looking for, and I can’t imagine selling it.  Playing is truly effortless and the sound is perfect for this more aggressive style of music (of course not limited to).  The only thing it needed was new strings and a swap out on the tuners (Hipshot Ultralights)…I still don’t understand why Warwick uses such crappy tuners (even on a Custom Shop bass!)  I was curious why someone would go through the effort of a Custom Shop order for a bass that I was previously able to buy stock though.  I figured there must have been something else unique that I was missing, so I emailed Warwick.  It turns out sometime between purchasing the last one and the new one, broadnecks stopped being a standard option.  It now is a Custom Shop only feature.  The gentleman also said that was the reason for the brass nut as well, because all Custom Shop units get a brass nut by default.  I had forgotten that my first one had the plastic Just-A-Nut III.

Thanks to several people for snapping some pictures and video from the 2011 Georgetown Day show. The weather held off for us and it turned out to be a good one. We came out of the gate swinging and it wasn’t too bad for our first show.

Pics:

Video (rather large, but every attempt at cuting them down turns the video sideways!):

Pressure Drop
10 Years
Every Dog Has Its Day
D’yer Mak’er
Rankin’ Full Stop

I’ve gone and done it again…another new song for Infinitas.  The upside is that it’s pretty straightforward, it’s short, and it doesn’t let up from the start.  I ended up really inspired after my Aguilar AGRO pedal showed up at my door step.  Really cool pedal, very expressive, makes these cool harmonic overtones…why not write a song?

http://www.trya.us/music/Infinitas/Used-v1.mp3

All the geetar parts are just random stuff I came up with.  There’s nothing over the bridge section only because I couldn’t seem to come up with anything that wasn’t lame…but I make up for it with the Meshuggah inspired ending (minus my bad guitar playing of course).

As always, open to interpretation and subject to change by the band.  But I think it’s pretty awesome already ;)

I wrote a complete arrangement / new song for the Infinitas project called Pitch Black.  It’s a different song…some really odd tonalities and feels.  Several of the parts are from very late at night where I was in some weird and oddly inspired moods.  I think everything works, though some of the transitions may be a bit challenging.  I’m really happy with it, minus my mediocre guitar playing :)

As with everything, it’s totally open to interpretation and I’m looking foward to seeing what we will do with it as a band.