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Old 21st May 2006
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Gear That Can Do No Wrong

I just bought a Roland HS-60 (it's a Roland Juno 106). This would be my 7th "Juno 106". I've used these machines over the years and it's never let me down. Whenever I need a little sound or part to fill in a hole, the Juno 106 ALWAYS came through.

One of the things I've done is saved all my Juno 106 patches so this afternoon, I loaded up all my old patches and Dear Lord, this machine is just amazing. It sounds better than ANY softsynth out there. The chorus effect is unbelievable and this is something that softsynths can't do, is that some of the patches I created are pads that feedback upon itself harmonically so that overtones feed off of other overtones to create more overtones. So natural and organic. It just sounds "right".

So I was thinking, what pieces of gear over the years has always come through and you can count on time and time again cause you know them inside out and they just can't do any wrong?

Here's some of the ones on my list:
- Roland Juno 106/HS-60
- MXR Phase 90 (vintage script logo unit) - one knob, every setting sounds good
- MXR Dyna Comp (vintage script logo unit) - instant mojo
- Neve 1073
- Urei 1176 (blue stripe)

It's a very short list, and it very well should be, because these pieces of gear are special.
Old 21st May 2006
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Squier P-Bass

TS-808 tube screamer



Much Respect,
Old 21st May 2006
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almost EVERYTHING sucks on something.
Old 21st May 2006
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I used to love vintage Fender P-Basses. Then I discovered vintage Music Man Stingrays. If I were a bass player, then it'd be:

1970's Music Man Stingray -> Ampeg SVT

Put an LA2A in there and that would be it
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kestral
I used to love vintage Fender P-Basses. Then I discovered vintage Music Man Stingrays. If I were a bass player, then it'd be:

1970's Music Man Stingray -> Ampeg SVT

Put an LA2A in there and that would be it
I bought a 70's Stingray from my friends Seymour Duncan and Kevin Beller... It was beautiful.
Truth is..it had that classic Stingray tone.. but like all things...that signature tone gets old for me. Great basses.

I traded it straight across for a Roscoe Beck... (That was a beauty!!)

In the end...the only bass that doesn't ever tire me out is my 84' Squier P. Just a solid bass...good on everything.

Much Respect,
Old 21st May 2006
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An SM57.

If on a desert island it would make for a good hammer or weapon.
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by seaneldon
almost EVERYTHING sucks on something.
true dat
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by picksail
An SM57.

If on a desert island it would make for a good hammer or weapon.
especially when thrown!
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by picksail
An SM57.

If on a desert island it would make for a good hammer or weapon.
I've got one of those too. A Made in USA model. I find it a little trebley on vocals compared to a 58 but it completely rules on guitar.
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by seaneldon
almost EVERYTHING sucks on something.
There is no such thing as gear that can do no wrong in the right hands. (or would that be do no right in the wrong hands? either way.......) heh
Old 21st May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kestral
I used to love vintage Fender P-Basses. Then I discovered vintage Music Man Stingrays. If I were a bass player, then it'd be:

1970's Music Man Stingray -> Ampeg SVT

Put an LA2A in there and that would be it

dig... i have and love my stingray 4 and 5 string basses. I also have a Fender Marcus Millers Jazz... WHADDA TONE! it's a new Fender, but it's pretty damn cool... HEAVY too.... actually feels like you are playing a real Bass, unlike the other newer Fenders.
Old 21st May 2006
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Fearn VT-1 or -2. Makes everything sound better. If you start thinking, "that's not the color I want" when running through this box, chances are you're wrong.

Yeah yeah, classical and jazz... they're wrong too
Old 21st May 2006
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Well I don't remember the last time I listened to a classical or jazz album newer than the 80's. Why? Cause modern classical and jazz records sound like crap with their transparent this and ruler flat that.
Old 21st May 2006
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he he

fender rhodes

fender telecaster

roland space echo

minimoog

steinway grandpiano's

what a useless thread - but nice to sum up some favorite *****'

oh yeah : roland JD990 - better than any Roland synth made ever after '91 ...
Old 22nd May 2006
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Nothing can do no wrong.

BUT as far as something reliable I gotta say: RME + Nuendo = bliss.

No issues with my system, ever. Not one. Most engineers I talk to = same.

War
Old 22nd May 2006
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A DAW that will do no wrong: SAWStudio.
Old 22nd May 2006
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Nice list MDM.

For me the Roland JV-1080/2080 with the expansion boards (especially the Vintage Synths and Keyboards 60s/70s) is another one that's never let me down.

I think a large part of gear being "can do no wrong" boils down to two things:

1. It's a decent piece of gear
2. I know it inside out

Brian Eno talked about how "buying" gear has two "costs":
1. The actual money invested in buying the piece of gear
2. The time invested to learn it inside out

Which is why Eno for many years stuck with the same setup with very little change. I'm beginning to realize this and I'm reaching for the pieces of gear that I know inside-out.

btw, add the Sans Amp GT-2 pedal to the list. I rarely use it for guitar, it's mainly for running keyboards through and also using it in the aux send to blend with drum sounds.
Old 21st June 2006
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I'm pretty certain that the JV hasn't let Roland down either. Considering
the hundreds of ways they've repackaged the same pcm synth since 198-.
Old 21st June 2006
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Roland SH1000 - the woosh machine. Analog oscillators, organ tabs so Grandma can program it, what more could you want.
Old 21st June 2006
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nicerizer
mahogany guild guitars
pultec eqp1a
fender rhodes
neumann u47
studer a8xx
la2a
emt 140


gregoire
del
ubk
Old 22nd June 2006
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God, the LA2A, is there anything that box doesn't improve the sound on? I'd kill for a Fairchild 670
Old 22nd June 2006
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Gibson ES-335
Old 22nd June 2006
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Junksiege got it right.

A Gibson 335...soul on a roll, always tastes good!
Old 11th November 2006
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It's a very short list:

For A/D conversion: 1x Sony PCM 701 (emphasis off) processor.
For spdif interfacing: 1x Sony PCM 601 processor.
Temporarly data storage: 2x Sony DTC-77 DAT recorders.
Archival storage: 1x Marantz CDR-620 CD recorder.
Only gold discs.
Still not wrong .
Still going strong .
Old 11th November 2006
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The stuff I own:

My Telecasters.
Fender Prosonic combo
GT Vipre
SM57
D&R FET compressor

Ideally in that order. :-)
Old 11th November 2006
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1176 Blue Stripe
Telefunken V76m
Neve 1073
Pultec EQP1A
Neve 33609JD
Old 11th November 2006
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NEVE 1970's designs and Portico line
CHANDLER
ROYER
AEA
PEARLMAN
MOGAMI
EVENTIDE
LEXICON (but only 1970's & 80's product line)
EMT
AMS (1980's effects processors only)
SANSAMP
EMPIRICAL LABS
ANTHONY DEMARIA LABS
UREI 1176 (silver w/blue stripe)
TELETRONIX LA2A
LOVEPEDAL
LOVETONE PEDALS
GIBSON GUITARS
FENDER GUITARS
YAMAHA PIANOS
vintage VOX/FENDER/MARSHALL/AMPEG amps
PETERSON strobe tuners
FURMAN POWER CONDITIONERS
A&W ROOT BEER FROM THE TAP
Old 11th November 2006
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I'll second the Chandler, SansAmp and A&W Root Beer.
Old 11th November 2006
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FATSO?
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Tortex picks
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