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The JHS Colour Box February 25, 2016

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JHS Colour Box

Hey Guys@ I thought this was a great little example of what a cool little pedal can do and I loved the tone and all the optional tones you could find. I am all about sharing the tone my brothers and sisters. So take a moment to learn and educate yourself and check out the jamming to. I do not own one of these but I think I may have to get one. Let me know what you think?

JHS Pedals Colour Box

In 1961 a British engineer would start a company from a spare room in his England home that would permanently change the history of the Pro Audio industry. This company set a trajectory for musical tones that spanned across genres and impacted every generation that followed. We are talking about the infamous piece of gear known as the Neve* recording console. From “Love Me Do” by The Beatles to the famous sounds of Led Zeppelin, U2, Spoon, Pink Floyd, Motown, Quincy Jones, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Neil Young, Tears For Fears, and Tom Petty (the list is endless), The Colour Box is our tribute to the legend and application of how a piece of gear can change music.

Have you ever heard songs like the Beatles “Revolution”, or Motown classics like Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, or even the modern Radiohead’s “Bodysnatchers” and thought, “How are they getting that guitar sound?” Well, the answer is sort of clothed in obscurity, but it’s actually created by the simplest practical application……plugging a guitar directly into a vintage studio console and recording “direct in.” The JHS Pedals Colour Box is designed and created to allow you to recreate these infamous guitar tones with your live rig, or in a studio environment by using 100% analog circuitry true to the design and schematic of vintage Neve* circuitry. The Colour Box is completely free from any digital modeling. Never before have “direct in” tones been available from your guitar amp in the way that the Colour Box delivers them. Aside from creating these “direct in” tones, the Colour Box covers all the ground that you would expect a high quality studio preamp to cover. From your microphone, bass, keyboard, or even your acoustic guitar, it does it all.

Whats Inside?
We have gone to great lengths to bring the color and character of a real vintage console to your feet or desktop. We started with two gain stages in series that produce beautiful clean tones but that can also destroy any signal into a beautiful fuzzy mess, full of rich harmonics and body with over 39db of gain on tap. The local feedback of each gain stage makes for a very unique type of distortion. We used the same topology and discrete gain stage found in the Neve* 1073, but we have two gain stages in series instead of one. We use a high quality Lundahl transformer that adds weight, heft, and a 3D quality just like preamps that you will find costing much more. The transformer fattens the lows, adds harmonic complexity and richness to the midrange (kinda like stirring flour into your drippings to give you gravy) as well as smoothing and rounding of the high frequencies. It also blocks all DC voltages, adds electrical isolation, and blocks RF frequencies ensuring super quiet operation and noise floor.

The Controls and Jacks?
Think of the controls as three separate sections:

1. Gain (RED)
The gain structure is made up of three parts:
–The Pre Volume (labeled “Pre-Vol”) can be used the same as you would a Drive knob on an overdrive pedal. In this circuit, the Pre Volume is between the two gain stages, and the setting of the Pre Volume determines how much signal continues to the second stage.
–The Master Gain (labeled “Master”) is what would typically be considered as a Volume control. Other terms are “master volume” or the “output trim.”
–The Step Gain (labeled “Step”) changes the gain of each preamp stage in five stages. Rotating the “Step” knob from left-to-right will increase the gain by the following:
1 is X 18 db
2 is X 23 db
3 is X 28 db
4 is X 33 db
5 is X 39 db

2. Equalizer / Tone Control (BLUE)
The tone control section is a highly modified Baxandall type that is tuned for less control interaction and more boost/cut capability. The center frequencies are Treble 10kHz, Middle 1kHz, and Bass 120Hz, with +/- 17dB of control.

3. Highpass Filter (YELLOW)
The Highpass spans from 60Hz to 800Hz with a 6dB per octave slope. This control allows you to only let high frequencies pass. In return you will find a vast palet of tones that sit perfect and inspire textures that you have never heard from your rig. The toggle switch will turn the Highpass on or off.

In and Out Jacks
You will notice that in addition to the normal 1/4″ instrument input/output found on a guitar pedal, we added an XLR input and output so that The Colour Box can be used as a vocal, bass, acoustic, or keyboard preamp live or in the studio. The 1/4″ mono output and the XLR output are independent and allow you to run parallel outputs to two destinations. For example, run the 1/4″ mono out into your guitar amplifier and at the same time run the XLR output to your front-of-house mixing board. Another example of using parallel outputs would be to track amp tones and the “direct in” sound of your performance onto two separate tracks. We achieved the parallel output by way of a discrete shunt-feedback circuit.

Parallel Compression Tips for Drum Mixes February 9, 2016

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Watch this video to learn a clever mixing trick that will give your drum mixes extra drive and impact – parallel drum compression using the SSL plugins.

Thought for the Day July 11, 2015

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Thought for the Day.

Thought for the Day July 11, 2015

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The Peace Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

How is it that most of us do not act like this? It is because we have the “I” In English, all substantives an dpronouns are written with small letters; only the “I” is written with the Capital. If I have no “I” no evil can harm me, nothing can get to me for “I” have ceased to be.

Most all the troubles in the world have sprung from the “I” For we care for it, lavish great gifts on it, when we love the “I” more than the LORD we are NOT following Jesus, we cease to be Christians. The word Christian means we are following Jesus. In Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me”

If you are dead you have no opinion, no way to get offended. You feed that which is alive….

 

Well this is your thought for the day….

 

 

 

 

Your There July 2, 2015

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Your There.

MUSIC NEWS for Mark Allan Wolfe May 9, 2015

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Hey there all my musical friends and associates! It has been a while since I last wrote you a blog or a update so I am trying too get one out to you now and bring you all up to speed what is going on.

For starters I am now a music provider for one of the largest music rights management firms in the world. OLE Music Rights Management!! Some of my music is being represented by the same company that handles the music rights of RUSH, Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood.

A little more about OLE ;

OLE

ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $400M+ in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 60,000 hours of TV and film music across all genres. Copyrights under ole‘s control include songs recorded by artists such as the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Blake Shelton, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Rihanna, Rush, Taylor Swift, and Timbaland. ole controls substantial A/V music and secondary rights including catalogs from Sony Pictures Entertainment, DHX, MGM, Miramax, Nelvana, and Nu Image/Millennium. MusicBox, the Production Music division of ole, provides quality content and service to creators in all media with over 150,000 tracks in its library.

ole is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters, legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client catalogs. Currentole writers include Rush, Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull, Jeremy Stover, and Marty Dodson. ole has ongoing Ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-bluestone Publishing, ole‘s venture with global hitmaker Timbaland.

ole is proud to be associated with its bank partners SunTrust, JP Morgan, CIT Finance, Fifth Third Bank, Avenue Bank, City National Bank, and OneWest Bank.

ole is committed to being the world’s best and most innovative Rights Management Company and the preferred destination for IP Investors and Creators in all Media.

For more information, visit www.majorlyindie.com.

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Some times you have to nuke’m! April 1, 2015

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So I am working in the studio yesterday and one of my computers decides to go rogue…I tried to fix with several options I wasted about 2 hrs trying to fix it then it dawned on me this morning NUKE IT! wipe it clean and start over. Since it is not the main big mack daddy just the assistant it is not so painful..At least not now for I am still in process of wiping it clean and starting over.

I bring this up because sometimes in life we spend hours and days perhaps years trying to fix something that just cannot be fixed, or if we do get something sort of fixed there is something that always seems to just not be right. So we have to break out the system restore disc and start over. In life sometimes this is like starting over  by cutting off or breaking a relationship. Perhaps leaving a job to start a new one? Ending a failed business venture? it is not easy it never is. There will be collateral damage because you may loss some files you have learned to become dependent opn and you have not backed them up properly.

I would like to give you some encouragement in this area. When you are facing a nuke scenario remember that change is good. For out of the ashes of the old new ideas come, a fresh new start is attained. After the dust settles there is a dawning of a new day where you are now free and unencumbered. yes there is the nawing fear of the old, “what ifs?” yet in my life and yours I would say than 9 out of 10 times those what ifs never happen. So brace yourself and get ready for the blast go thru with the change that life has for you and start again.

 

Especially during this time of year Easter and Passover Springtime it is always good to take time to reflect on your journey and path to see which way your heading and making sure you are doing the right thing. You are not alone millions of folks over time have done so. You have nothing to fear. Change is growth if you stay in that mindset that I will try to work with this negative thing and make it work more than likely it will become a grave, a rut, something that steals away your time and energy only to make you feel small, belittled, like your wasting your time and gifts on something that you should NOT be doing.

 

All this came to my heart this morning while waiting for my restore disc to finish routing out the problem and wiping my one hard drive clean so I can re install all of my programs and set it up they way I was going to do from the get go and make it better than I have had it before. be encouraged weary one and take heart for this too shall pass…..

“Slow Dance” a NEW song by Composer Mark Allan wolfe January 19, 2015

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This is a NEW song by Composer Mark Allan Wolfe called “SLOW DANCE” It is a electric blues, slow groove with HEAVY R&B influences as well as some others. I was trying to create something different than I always do. A song that starts out with piano and slowly then adding other guitars and instruments to slowly build the song. I wrote it with the intention of placing vocals over it at some point just have yet to find the vocalist or the lyrics. Any ideas? Let me know

https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fmarkallanwolfe%2Fslow-dance%2F&embed_uuid=e0b1936d-05f6-4d1a-8e53-87fa41c9b291&replace=0&hide_cover=1&embed_type=widget_standard&hide_tracklist=1

I also have posted a link to another website that offers a few more tracks of mine but will probably hpold more very shortly. Check it out let m eknow what you guys think. Please feel free to post it and share!

Slow dance by Mark Allan Wolfe on Mixcloud

Delta Force January 9, 2015

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Delta Force.

I just wanted to share this again with all of you a new video I created to a song I had created.

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