Weak Ties, I Miss You All

Sociologists have long understood the importance of what are called “weak ties.” That is, those social connections that are juxtaposed with the “strong ties” of immediate family circles and close friendships. These weak ties form a set of dispersed social bonds that are important for individuals’ feelings of belongingness, acceptance, community, and so forth. They […]

Profiled on LdnEnt Live!

LdnEnt Live is a Facebook page that highlights members of London, Ontario’s creative communities. They have been doing great things to support and promote during the pandemic. Go check them out!

2018 Music Year In Review

2018 was a great year for me musically. I met a lot of new people, played some new-to-me venues, and basically learned a lot. Thanks as always to my amazing wife Lori for all of her encouragement and support. Thank you to the many wonderful artists I get to play with. Thank you to the […]

TBT: Old Albums on Bandcamp for $5!

TBT: https://paulaitken.bandcamp.com/ A lifetime ago I released two albums of original instrumental material: Live at the Jack Lyons Concert Hall, from 1998, and York Sessions, from 2001. I released both albums independently and sold them directly from my website in a time well before social media. Both charted on London, Ontario’s 94.9 CHRW Radio Western […]

Line6 M5 “Expression Knob” Mod

This one is a really easy mod; it’s much easier than the previous dedicated scene select mod. The Line6 M-series are all capable of using an expression pedal to change parameters within a given model. Things like delay rate, mix level, tones, pretty much any parameter can be adjusted on the fly using Line6’s expression pedal or any expression pedal that uses a 10k linear potentiometer (so, Ernie Ball VP, VP Jr. are out, as are standard Mission Engineering pedals.) The Line 6 expression pedal is quite simple, using only a 10k potentiometer between the tip and sleeve of a regular 1/4″ connector. When the potentiometer is all the way “up” then you can set the maximum parameter value, when it’s all the way “down” you can set the minimum value. This video shows you how to set these (and happens to use a knob as well).

Line6 M5 “Dedicated Scene Select Footswitch” Modification

I’ll post this information because I had a hell of a time finding information for this mod. JHV3 offers it as the Line6 M5 “Dedicated Scene Select Footswitch” Modification. This allows the M5 user to use only one switch to toggle the preset scroll screen, rather than having to aim for (and usually miss) hitting […]