Techie Stuff

Solton 24 Programmer Setup

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

The Solton Programmer 24 is an excellent arranger with plenty of rhythms and other features to make playing quite a lot of fun, however, it has to be programmed to listen in on specific midi channels before it can work with the Elkavox 83 accordion.

Here is that process…

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Mackie 1640i Mixing Console

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

The Mackie Onyx 1640i mixer features 16 mono mic/line inputs, each with a 4-band Perkins EQ, 4 subgroups and full 16X16 channel in/out streaming to the computer thanks to the FireWire interface, this is a diamond just wanting to be used hard and often! This is the story of how I acquired this great piece of kit…

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Tuning an Accordion

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Tuning Process | 0 comments

This page is a placeholder for info about how to tune an accordion, as I learn it. From how to make a bellows testing machine to what software to use to how to actually tune, this page is a collection of info found on the internet about this topic.

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Tuning Process – Part 1

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Tuning Process | 0 comments

The basic process of tuning as I learn it. I plan to document the process in writing and in video to best help me out on different projects. Here is my page where I start to gather up this information.

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Bose 802-E Equalizer Issues

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

In going through the system, I have found another source of hiss, and it’s a bit difficult to deal with. It seems that the Bose 802-E equalizer has developed a good hiss. Here is how I am dealing with it.

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Custom Microphone System

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Well, I am officially jumping off the deep end even thinking about such a project. I am wondering if I could somehow, all by myself, make a sonically high quality microphone setup for my Hohner that comes close to being as good as the HATools system, just of course for a lot less. Here is where this rabbit hole leads me!

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FR-8x Tech Info

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in FR-8x Education, Stories, Technical | 0 comments

This is a place holder for all the stuff that is technical and concerns my Roland V-accordion.

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Protected: FR-8x Tutorial Videos

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in FR-8x Education, Mild to Wild, Technical | Enter your password to view comments.

All the tutorial videos I make of me and my Roland FR-8x V-Accordion.

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What is where?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in FR-8x Education, Stories | 0 comments

To help me know what is where in terms of settings, set locations and so on, I am making this page of notes.

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Foot Pedals for the BK-7m

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in FR-8x Education, Stories, Technical | 0 comments

My BK-7m backing module did not come with any kind of a foot pedal, as they normally don’t, even from the factory. Here is how I tackled this challenge!

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Beautiful Buttons

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in FR-8x Education, Stories | 0 comments

I wanted to change the design on my bass buttons… but I never received any, so here is how this story played out.

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Bad Bass Vibrations

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in FR-8x Education, Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I saw online where some people experienced an annoying vibration noise from the left side of their accordion when using settings that produced deep bass at maximum volume. Well, I was testing out the maximum volume of my 8X, and there it was. This is how I dealt with this issue!

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Equipment Portability

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in FR-8x Education, Stories | 0 comments

Not too much, not too little… my solution for the times that I don’t need all my full setup of equipment at a gig!

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Recording the Accordion Part 3

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in FR-8x Education, Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

In this article, I look at a few details of what it takes to record the accordion. Here is that story!

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Video Editing: The Basics

Posted by on Aug 12, 2017 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I created a series of short educational videos in response to my friend Ed’s specific questions in areas he wanted some fill-in info on and I tossed in a few hints to aide him in making his videos a little better.  So, this is my way of taking that info/work and making it public.

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Video taping yourself with ONE camera

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

Video taping yourself with a single low end camcorder… it can give you good results. Use these tips and learn how to draw the most out of your accordion videos using these 5 simple tips!

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Video Camera Settings

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Stories, Technical, Videos | 0 comments

When using one or two cameras, and trying to get the best possible results, the preparation can start to get a little complex, so I created this page to help me keep track of those little things I want to configure. Here is that story.

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FR-8X Firmware Update to V.2.50

Posted by on Oct 14, 2017 in FR-8x Education, Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I put together the recordings that I made during my own update process and shared it, with the hopes that it helps a few people.

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Small Lighting Upgrade

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

Ever since I did my little Silent Night videos, I’ve wanted to get a little more in to the green screen thing, but I had a couple of limitations. Here is the story of how I dealt with those challenges.

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External Condensor Mics

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

I love my toys! Here is the story of my condenser microphones, the supporting accessories, an unboxing and impressions discussion and several great hints about making good recordings with them!

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Roland FR-8X, Mild to Wild, the video series!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in FR-8x Education, Mild to Wild, Stories | 0 comments

Mild to Wild is here… whoo-hooo!! Welcome to my home-made educational series for the Roland FR-8X . On this page is where I am going to centralize all the videos in this series. Enjoy!

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Uber cheap voice recorder!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

This is the story of how I got my audio finally up to snuff!

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Going All Wireless!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

One of my very old dreams was always to have had an amplified stereo setup but with no wires between me and the amp or mixer. Well, I’ve taken the first step to begin this process… here is that story!

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Recording Acoustic Accordions Part-1

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

A super nice quality set of condenser mics, a high quality recorder and a set of mic stands and cables to tie them all together. This is the story of how I got those!

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Recording Acoustic Accordions Part-2

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Stories, Technical | 0 comments

As a continuation of the last post, the experimentation about various mic techniques finally starts a bit… read how this story goes!

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