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).

Ready to Rawk

Opening for Glass Tiger, Western Fair, London, ON Sept. 12, 2014 Crybaby Wah (modded)>Boss CS2 Compressor>TC Polytune Mini>Line6 M5>Fulltone Plimsoul>Ibanez TS9DX>CAE Boost>Line6 M5>Boss DD3 Delay>TC Ditto Looper. Plus, an expression switch for the two M5s.

Guitar Sweatshops

via Another Line of Flight Musicians usually show up at rallies to protest labour rights but it is very rare for that protest to be at a guitar show! If you own a Cort, Fender, or Ibanez guitar you will want to read about labour relations at their Korean factory. Embarrassingly, I have never thought […]

O Canada

The Harper government has suggested this week that it might take a look at revising the lyrics of “O Canada” in order to make them more gender neutral. Specifically, they are looking at replacing Robert Stanley Weir’s line “in all thy sons command” (to my recollection, this line is often rendered as “in all our […]

Michael Geist on the Canadian Copyright Reform Consultation

Michael Geist notes the rock and hard place situation in which Canadians who desire a sane copyright law find themselves. The strategies employed by powerful lobby groups in order to shut out the voices of educators and consumers of creative works are of particular interest. Those in support of strict copyright laws, including “three strikes” […]