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KN7000: An Hour Unplugged with the Amazing Kris Nicholson!

29th March 2020 in Audio & Video, Music Professionals, Technics Instruments

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A fantastic hour-long demo of the KN7000 by Kris Nicholson.

Kris is one of my all-time favourites on YouTube, do follow his channel and support him.

Happy listening!
Mike

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Around the world in March

21st March 2020 in Technics Instruments

Hi All,

I hope you’re keeping safe and well!

The recent server issues are fixed, it was an easy fix in the end but took many days to find the cause! The website is seeing a massive influx of visitors at the moment so I’m glad this is resolved, fingers crossed, and a warm welcome to everyone who is new here.

There are several ways to sign up to the site, to encourage new members, but the main signup form is changed so that they can indicate which keyboards and interests they have. Existing members can take advantage of this feature by editing your profile. As you select new interests, such as which keyboard you own, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the correct Groups and Forums. In due course, this feature will expand to show you other information of interest to you, such as forum posts or downloads that relate directly to instruments that you own.

Roger is a stalwart as ever and has been posting some great new files on the legacy forum so grab those! I’m still working hard to be able to migrate all the legacy forum posts into this new site and it is proving to be a huge task. I’m also planning to gather all of the great uploads Roger has made over the years onto one page as soon as I can.

As I’m now working from home in my day job due to the pandemic there’s less travelling, which saves me six to eight hours per day, so I hope to go beyond keeping up the daily website maintenance as soon as the work backlog is caught up, as well as posting some Newsletters for you.

I’ll also catch up with messages soon. I’m reading them all and actioning any website items as quickly as possible, thanks for being patient and also helping each other out in the forums, activity stream and comments.

My son Alex and I have virtually isolated ourselves for eight days now and I’ll pick him up later today so that we’re together. He and I are very used to spending long periods of time alone, either engaged in our work, academic studies or our music hobby. Hopefully, there will be time to play some music together as well, we’re looking forward to that.

I ventured out last night to pick up essentials and to drop some food outside the door at my parents’ place, for them and the dogs, and it did feel somewhat eerie to be outdoors. There aren’t many cars on the streets and people are keeping a good distance from each other. Smiling and waving has taken the place of close conversations or shaking hands. Given this situation, the Internet has, even more, become the lifeblood of the global community being essential to people’s work and social lives. I’m conscious that this distancing is new for many people, please do use this community to reach out to music-lovers everywhere and keep in touch on an emotional level to support those who are not used to being on their own. Keep the conversations going if you have time, show people their opinions matter and they are cared-for 🙂

Post in the forums and make some new friends, it helps everyone to keep our spirits up in these troubled times, download some new files and have fun playing your instruments!

Best wishes, and see you soon!
Mike

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All We Need Is Love!

6th January 2020 in Audio & Video, Technics Instruments

Announcing BEATLEMANIA!

This one goes out with love from me to you (does that sound like a song?)!

Beatlemania is our new Songs and Styles Series. It will expand weekly and gradually (depending on your feedback as well).

The five Songs thus far represent around 30 hours of work in experimentation, recording, sequencing, revoicing, midi editing & controller conversions and processing. The holidays were the ideal time for this project which I have planned for a very long time indeed.

I know from extensive research that these Korg conversions are not available elsewhere and now uniquely available for Technics and Yamaha models exclusively on our site. In the process, I also have Korg versions as a byproduct and will consider making these available at a later date.

I appreciate you not sharing these conversions as they take considerable time and investment to make. Send your friends here!

Have fun and Happy Playing!
(And thank you to Roger for the inspiration!)

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Happy New Year!

31st December 2019 in Technics Instruments

Wishing you all a Happy 2020!

The fabulous Jim Harris on Technics FA1

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Happy Holidays!

31st December 2019 in Technics Instruments

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A stunning arrangement from one of my favourite players.

Happy holidays everyone! Lots happening on the site in the next few days and the coming year!

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Remember, remember the fifth of November!

5th November 2019 in Audio & Video, Personal

Bonfire Night!

It’s been a day full of memories. It always is at this time of year with the crisp air of winter around us, Halloween, my birthday arriving out of nowhere yet again, Christmas fast-approaching, and Bonfire Night!

Actually, in the Northern hemisphere, winter starts on Sunday 22nd December this year (the equinox), but let’s not allow some minor, distorted fact to come between friends on a ramble together!

Halloween has become a much bigger thing in the UK as the years have gone on, but Bonfire Night is Fireworks Night! In my mind at least it’s the event of the month, based around the UK’s cultural story of Guy Fawkes’s sinister plot to blow up Parliament. Not that I knew much about that at the age of four or five. The ‘Guy’ was a stuffed scarecrow that gave me the heebie-jeebies and had a scary poem to go along with him, haha!

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But the fireworks! Oh, how I loved them. Scared as I was at the bangs and flashes! I vividly remember watching my father lighting the fascinating, now-banned Jackie Jumpers and Catherine Wheels, while my mother ‘kept me safe’… watching the whizzing fireworks through the window (you have to laugh in retrospect. Honestly! I was such a scaredy-cat.). Dad coming back in-between each beautifully-sparkling display, to check that I was okay, me smelling the smokey outdoors on his cardigan.

Cliff Richard’s Devil Woman

My music of the time was anything and everything by Cliff Richard, thanks to my older cousin who would visit and play his Cliff-collection of 7-inch vinyl with me.

This recording is on PC playing the Timbres of Heaven Soundfont, featuring a track from Halloween Jukebox.

 

The Bonfire

The Night. Culminating in the fabulous bonfire! With all the families from the street gathered around, watching and waiting (me about ten paces back, of course, next to Mam and Dad).

I’m looking out of my window here now, the skies are filled with fireworks, and I can smell the cordite in the air (totally in my imagination, cordite doesn’t smell, so I’m told), and waiting, waiting, waiting for those imaginary embers to burn down. Revealing that most wonderful of things… a potato wrapped in foil, cooked under the orange-glowing timbers of the bonfire.

Well, being 2019, in this instance straight from the microwave!

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Share Your News, Views and Musings!

27th October 2019 in Personal

Hi Everyone!

What’s New?! Your Blog, That’s What!

From today you can easily let us know on your very own pages in the site!

Just go to the Blog section of your profile and let loose! You can add as many pages as you like!

You can tell us about your favourite music, write Hints & Tips for your fellow Technics enthusiasts, add your recordings, photos and videos or let us know how your day is going! The sky’s the limit!

Join in the fun, get the word out and have your say today!

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