@limit: Thoughts from the road

Check out this working demo song I just wrote. Sorry for the crap quality. It will be a lot different and better after.

Just cleaned up my dads old Astatic Silver Eagle candle stick Mic. Still need to see how well it works.  (Taken with Instagram)

Just cleaned up my dads old Astatic Silver Eagle candle stick Mic. Still need to see how well it works. (Taken with Instagram)

Outside the Pasadena Convention Center (Taken with Instagram)

Outside the Pasadena Convention Center (Taken with Instagram)

2:00 Panel on design. Last one for the day. (Taken with Instagram)

2:00 Panel on design. Last one for the day. (Taken with Instagram)

1:30 Panel. Crowd clearing out for before it starts. (Taken with Instagram)

1:30 Panel. Crowd clearing out for before it starts. (Taken with Instagram)

12:00panel about to start (Taken with Instagram)

12:00panel about to start (Taken with Instagram)

At Powermorphicon in Pasadena with Bobby and Marco (Taken with Instagram)

At Powermorphicon in Pasadena with Bobby and Marco (Taken with Instagram)

Check out this song I produced and mixed for my brother. Let me know what you think!

Were recording video for the classic capture series for BN-Games.com. Just discovered that the old Gameboy Advance E-Reader works with the Nintendo Gamecube Gameboy Player. Though I don’t really need to use it, its nice to know I can use it on something.

Were recording video for the classic capture series for BN-Games.com. Just discovered that the old Gameboy Advance E-Reader works with the Nintendo Gamecube Gameboy Player. Though I don’t really need to use it, its nice to know I can use it on something.

Ok…..Fudge Brownie Ice Cream from Baskin Robbins 31 flavors. So good. But only take it in small amounts. It’s very rich, and sweet. But could kill you from sugar.

Ok…..Fudge Brownie Ice Cream from Baskin Robbins 31 flavors. So good. But only take it in small amounts. It’s very rich, and sweet. But could kill you from sugar.

I like to try new drinks be it alcohol to soft drinks. Ran across this a few days ago with my friend at a Baskin Robbins. Apparently this brand is owned by a member of the Insane Clown Posse. Not sure of its true cause I never looked it up but it was pretty good. If you see it you might want to try one

I like to try new drinks be it alcohol to soft drinks. Ran across this a few days ago with my friend at a Baskin Robbins. Apparently this brand is owned by a member of the Insane Clown Posse. Not sure of its true cause I never looked it up but it was pretty good. If you see it you might want to try one

I have decided to start writing my own review of my musical gear as well as my own opinion of equipment. Though I know I am not the best player, and I may not be able to push the piece to it’s limit. And I treat most of it like glass so I don’t put it through it’s paces. I know I have posted bits about some of my favorite pieces of gear and there sort of like reviews, but I will re-do them as proper reviews in a certain format. So with that I’ll start this off with my new piece the Boss ME-70…
I just acquired this new piece from my brother by trading him a few of my old video games. It was a fair trade and to me I think I got a very good deal. The Boss ME-70 is a Multi Effect pedal that has pretty much everything you can need all in one semi-compact pedal. Each effect (Comp-FX/Distortion/Modulation/Delay/Pre-Amp/Expression Pedal) is separated onto it’s own foot switch or knob that has 3 of it’s own knobs to change the effects parameters such as tone, gain, level, Sustain, etc. Each know on the each effect is different than any of the other knobs. Each effect has between 6 to 9 sub effects of most of boss’s most popular effects like the Metal Core, OD-1, Blues driver, Rotary(V-Wah),Digital Delay, and so on. This gives you almost an infinite number of options and tone choices. It is a great pedal if you want to experiment or want to have all your stomp boxes in one convenient place. 
There are also two ways to operate the ME-70 first being the manual mode (my personal preference)  , and the user/factory presets. There are many great pre-programmed presets to be used if you want some great tones to experiment. But you can also modify any of these presets at anytime and even save them to the units memory to use at anytime by selecting the foot switch that you assigned the preset to. I will admit I haven’t used enough to know how many presets are there and how many user ones you can have though I know it is at least 4 or more. There is a “Turbo Start” manual on Boss’s official website that gives a great explanation of how to use the pedal or quick tips on how to use the basics of the pedal. Though I can’t seem to find a manual for it online. The unit my brother had bought was a floor model and was missing the original AC Adapter/Box/Manual. Though it operates just fine with the 9v plug he was given at the store. 
The pre-amp on the ME-70 is not the best I have used but it is great for a compaq pedal. There are only a few settings Clean/Combo/Tweed/Stack/Lead Stack/R-Fier (Guessing a Rectifier Possible Mesa Boogie). However using this pedal and also my Vox VT30 amp (To be reviewed soon) I have found that I like the sound of older tube and tweed amps. I don’t know why but i really love the over-driven sound you can get out of them. As with any regular amp it has your Gain/Bass/Middle/Treble/Level settings as well as a knob to choose the type of amp you want to replicate. This is one of the areas as well as the other effects in the Expression pedal and separate effects, that the COSM modeling technology that boss is famous for really shines through. This really makes me want to get my hands on a Boss FDR-1 Fender ‘53 Delux Reverb Amp Pedal. I have always loved Fender’s amps and especially the the Fender Twin Reverb. So I think a ‘53 Deluxe Reverb amp would sound great. And to cut the cost of the amp down to just a pedal at less than a third of a price would be amazing. At first when I heard of these pedals I was very skeptical because I didn’t think it could replicate anything like the original but with my VT30’s amp modeling and this ME-70 I am a believer that it can come very close. Close enough for me. 
The expression pedal actually surprised me the most on the ME-70. Having several modes from a Volume Pedal (when the effect mode is turned off) to the other effects that can be switched on the knob (Delay Level/ Mod Rate/-1 Octave/+1 Octave/Voice/Wah). The Wah isn’t the best or most versatile I have heard however for what it is, It works. My favorite effect on the expression pedal (Possibly my favorite effect on the ME-70) is the -1 Octave mode. You can really get a good rhythm with this effect. It can also open up a new world of tones for your music as it is starting for me. I think the best way to describe this effect’s sound is MUSE - Uprising (at least you can achieve the tone of the starting rhythm with a simple open chord and a guitar with a lot of sustain/also by using the compressor to get more sustain out of it), and also The Black Keys - Lonely Boy (the starting guitar rhythm when it drops really low.  Using this effect has really made me want a stomp box octave shifter (Specifically the MXR Blue Box). 
Another addition the pedal has is it’s own reverb generator that has the ability to replicate a room reverb or hall reverb which it does excellently. Though I know a lot of people that like to drown there mixes in reverb I only use a slight amount (barely noticeable or just a bit above) as well as a slight delay (probably less than 2ms).
There are a few other options I have yet to test out like the stereo out, foot switch, and head phones jack located on the back of the pedal as well as the “EZ Tone” button, which is mostly used for the user and factory presets. But for basic application and experimentation these won’t be needed too much unless you are trying to do a high quality recording and really know what your doing. In which case you probably know how great this piece of gear is. 
I can go on and on about this pedal and there is just too much to say or too much I still haven’t been able to use on it yet. But the last thing I can and really want to say is that this thing is built to last. I mean it is built like a tank. It is a very heavy duty metal pedal. I have owned a few other Boss stomp boxes and have always been impressed at there quality and durability. This pedal does weigh a lot and is fairly big for all that it has built in though is still a lot smaller than it’s predecessors like the Boss GT-6. But when I step on it I feel like “This thing can take a bomb blast and come out with only the paint scratched”. The only things I feel that might be fragile if stepped on too hard or wrong and quickly are the effect foot switches 1-4. However the expression pedal is built of very solid metal and has a very nice rubber grip base, so you get the comfortable feeling that you can use it without breaking it. In some ways I am a little jealous and angry that this pedal is less than half the price of Roland’S GR-20. Yet the GR-20 is not even built half as well (being that it is all plastic). 
All in all the Boss ME-70 is one of the best pedals I have ever used. It is truly for any player and a great way to get everything you need all in one pedal. Also it is a much cheaper way to get all of the Boss effects you would love to have and keep them as versatile as the individual stomp box for less than half the combined prices. It is everything you should need and do need all in one compact place. And even though it has pretty much all you need I know that there are those special effects we can’t live with out but you can simply shut that effect off on the ME-70 and run it through along with the other effect. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone from beginners (for it’s ease of use) to pro’s (for the numbers of options that it has available). 
So here are the scores from 1 to 5 (5 being best). 
Boss ME-70Price: New $300 / Used Average $250Options: 5Durability: 5 Quality: 5User Friendliness: 5Effect Quality: 5
It’s a perfect score all around for this piece. I know the scoring systems a bit off for this but it’s just the first review. I’ll revise something better really soon. I’ll have a new review up soon too. Not sure exactly what just yet but look forward to it.

I have decided to start writing my own review of my musical gear as well as my own opinion of equipment. Though I know I am not the best player, and I may not be able to push the piece to it’s limit. And I treat most of it like glass so I don’t put it through it’s paces. I know I have posted bits about some of my favorite pieces of gear and there sort of like reviews, but I will re-do them as proper reviews in a certain format. So with that I’ll start this off with my new piece the Boss ME-70…

I just acquired this new piece from my brother by trading him a few of my old video games. It was a fair trade and to me I think I got a very good deal. The Boss ME-70 is a Multi Effect pedal that has pretty much everything you can need all in one semi-compact pedal. Each effect (Comp-FX/Distortion/Modulation/Delay/Pre-Amp/Expression Pedal) is separated onto it’s own foot switch or knob that has 3 of it’s own knobs to change the effects parameters such as tone, gain, level, Sustain, etc. Each know on the each effect is different than any of the other knobs. Each effect has between 6 to 9 sub effects of most of boss’s most popular effects like the Metal Core, OD-1, Blues driver, Rotary(V-Wah),Digital Delay, and so on. This gives you almost an infinite number of options and tone choices. It is a great pedal if you want to experiment or want to have all your stomp boxes in one convenient place. 

There are also two ways to operate the ME-70 first being the manual mode (my personal preference)  , and the user/factory presets. There are many great pre-programmed presets to be used if you want some great tones to experiment. But you can also modify any of these presets at anytime and even save them to the units memory to use at anytime by selecting the foot switch that you assigned the preset to. I will admit I haven’t used enough to know how many presets are there and how many user ones you can have though I know it is at least 4 or more. There is a “Turbo Start” manual on Boss’s official website that gives a great explanation of how to use the pedal or quick tips on how to use the basics of the pedal. Though I can’t seem to find a manual for it online. The unit my brother had bought was a floor model and was missing the original AC Adapter/Box/Manual. Though it operates just fine with the 9v plug he was given at the store. 

The pre-amp on the ME-70 is not the best I have used but it is great for a compaq pedal. There are only a few settings Clean/Combo/Tweed/Stack/Lead Stack/R-Fier (Guessing a Rectifier Possible Mesa Boogie). However using this pedal and also my Vox VT30 amp (To be reviewed soon) I have found that I like the sound of older tube and tweed amps. I don’t know why but i really love the over-driven sound you can get out of them. As with any regular amp it has your Gain/Bass/Middle/Treble/Level settings as well as a knob to choose the type of amp you want to replicate. This is one of the areas as well as the other effects in the Expression pedal and separate effects, that the COSM modeling technology that boss is famous for really shines through. This really makes me want to get my hands on a Boss FDR-1 Fender ‘53 Delux Reverb Amp Pedal. I have always loved Fender’s amps and especially the the Fender Twin Reverb. So I think a ‘53 Deluxe Reverb amp would sound great. And to cut the cost of the amp down to just a pedal at less than a third of a price would be amazing. At first when I heard of these pedals I was very skeptical because I didn’t think it could replicate anything like the original but with my VT30’s amp modeling and this ME-70 I am a believer that it can come very close. Close enough for me. 

The expression pedal actually surprised me the most on the ME-70. Having several modes from a Volume Pedal (when the effect mode is turned off) to the other effects that can be switched on the knob (Delay Level/ Mod Rate/-1 Octave/+1 Octave/Voice/Wah). The Wah isn’t the best or most versatile I have heard however for what it is, It works. My favorite effect on the expression pedal (Possibly my favorite effect on the ME-70) is the -1 Octave mode. You can really get a good rhythm with this effect. It can also open up a new world of tones for your music as it is starting for me. I think the best way to describe this effect’s sound is MUSE - Uprising (at least you can achieve the tone of the starting rhythm with a simple open chord and a guitar with a lot of sustain/also by using the compressor to get more sustain out of it), and also The Black Keys - Lonely Boy (the starting guitar rhythm when it drops really low.  Using this effect has really made me want a stomp box octave shifter (Specifically the MXR Blue Box). 

Another addition the pedal has is it’s own reverb generator that has the ability to replicate a room reverb or hall reverb which it does excellently. Though I know a lot of people that like to drown there mixes in reverb I only use a slight amount (barely noticeable or just a bit above) as well as a slight delay (probably less than 2ms).

There are a few other options I have yet to test out like the stereo out, foot switch, and head phones jack located on the back of the pedal as well as the “EZ Tone” button, which is mostly used for the user and factory presets. But for basic application and experimentation these won’t be needed too much unless you are trying to do a high quality recording and really know what your doing. In which case you probably know how great this piece of gear is. 

I can go on and on about this pedal and there is just too much to say or too much I still haven’t been able to use on it yet. But the last thing I can and really want to say is that this thing is built to last. I mean it is built like a tank. It is a very heavy duty metal pedal. I have owned a few other Boss stomp boxes and have always been impressed at there quality and durability. This pedal does weigh a lot and is fairly big for all that it has built in though is still a lot smaller than it’s predecessors like the Boss GT-6. But when I step on it I feel like “This thing can take a bomb blast and come out with only the paint scratched”. The only things I feel that might be fragile if stepped on too hard or wrong and quickly are the effect foot switches 1-4. However the expression pedal is built of very solid metal and has a very nice rubber grip base, so you get the comfortable feeling that you can use it without breaking it. In some ways I am a little jealous and angry that this pedal is less than half the price of Roland’S GR-20. Yet the GR-20 is not even built half as well (being that it is all plastic). 

All in all the Boss ME-70 is one of the best pedals I have ever used. It is truly for any player and a great way to get everything you need all in one pedal. Also it is a much cheaper way to get all of the Boss effects you would love to have and keep them as versatile as the individual stomp box for less than half the combined prices. It is everything you should need and do need all in one compact place. And even though it has pretty much all you need I know that there are those special effects we can’t live with out but you can simply shut that effect off on the ME-70 and run it through along with the other effect. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone from beginners (for it’s ease of use) to pro’s (for the numbers of options that it has available). 

So here are the scores from 1 to 5 (5 being best). 

Boss ME-70
Price: New $300 / Used Average $250
Options: 5
Durability: 5 
Quality: 5
User Friendliness: 5
Effect Quality: 5

It’s a perfect score all around for this piece. I know the scoring systems a bit off for this but it’s just the first review. I’ll revise something better really soon. I’ll have a new review up soon too. Not sure exactly what just yet but look forward to it.

Recently I got to attend a special preview event for the new game Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. It was an awesome event held at AMC theaters. I really hope that playstation will start doing more of these play it first events. What was especially cool is that I got the full game early as well as this cool sway bag that included a play it first in game shirt for multiplayer, 30 trial of playstation plus membership, $5 subway giftcard, free 30 day membership to ign online magazine, uncharted 3 pullstring bag, uncharted 3 pocket notebook, leather cuff. I really hope these kind of events take off. Check out video of Uncharted 3 on BN-Games.com

Recently I got to attend a special preview event for the new game Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. It was an awesome event held at AMC theaters. I really hope that playstation will start doing more of these play it first events. What was especially cool is that I got the full game early as well as this cool sway bag that included a play it first in game shirt for multiplayer, 30 trial of playstation plus membership, $5 subway giftcard, free 30 day membership to ign online magazine, uncharted 3 pullstring bag, uncharted 3 pocket notebook, leather cuff. I really hope these kind of events take off. Check out video of Uncharted 3 on BN-Games.com