The following links refer to various Internet resources that we have
researched and that we personally use that we thought might be of
assistance to you. This page may be updated on a regular basis - so you
might want to check here often.
Long & McQuade
Contact: Brandon Smith or James Raynor
I have been dealing and working with Long & McQuade for over 35 years now - and I can think of no better place to not only purchase all of your musical equipment - but also, and more importantly, to establish relationships. All of my current equipment, with the exception of the internal mics and the mixing software - has all been purchased from Long & McQuade. Over the last 25 year or so, I have been working with the folks at the Port Coquitlam location - due to their proximity to Maple Ridge. In particular, is Brandon Smith and James Raynor - both of whom are highly commended. All of my student equipment purchases are made through Long & McQuade as well. So, if you are not yet an active customer of Long & McQuade - I strongly encourage you to consider it.
Web site: www.long-mcquade.com
Contact: Bob Lentini
RML Studios are the developers of SAWStudio and Software Audio Console (SAC). There are no finer Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs - SAWStudio) or what is referred to as "Mixer-In-A-Box" application (SAC) available today. And the support is for RML Products is just "incredible"!
Note: I presently own and use SAC and SAWStudio. Be sure to check out their User Forum.
Web site: RML Labs
Make Your Own Sound
Here are the links to Martin's YouTube and FaceBook pages.
Overloud are the developers of "amplifier simulator" software known a TH-U. Having performed nearly four years of research into software-based amp-sim software - I have found nothing that matches the tonal quality and versatility of Overloud's TH-U. Though TH-U seems to have a strong focus on "heavy-metal" style guitar sounds, I have been able to replicate more blues and jazz styles sounds within the TH-U environment. Of particular importance to me is that TH-U installation is what I refer to as "non-evasive" - in that it does not "hook" into the operating system - as do so many of the other applications.
Web site: www.overloud.com
For TH-U information, see here: TH-U Full
Choptops provides custom libraries, as stated, "...simply seeking to re-create the sound of the amplifiers, cabinets and speaker listed. As such, any use of brand names is strictly for comparison and descriptive purposes". At present, Choptones provides a total of 51 libraries for use with the Overoud TH-U Rig Player component.
• Each library provides various custom patches which may include custom IR's as well as . Please see the Web site for further information.
Web site: www.choptones.com
As a serious nylon-strung guitarist, I was look for a non-invasive, truthful sounding means of being able to amplify the sound of my guitar. Previously using various "internal" mic'ing systems, - I became both dishearten and frustrated at the overall maintenance of such systems. I then came across the KNA NG-1 pickup.
At the outset, this pickup met one of the above two criteria - that of being non-invasive. Installation was simple and the initial sound tests were - in a word, amazing! Thus, both criteria have now been met!
In particular, "Natural, detachable passive piezo pickup solution for nylon-string guitars". These pickups are, "encased in lightweight tone wood, ensuring that the natural sound of your guitar is [word] - all without any modifications made to the instrument. These pickups install safely and securely on the bridge tie bar, thus utilizing the tension of the strings to secure the pickup. The pickups come complete with an 8 foot detachable, easily replaceable cable. When not in use, NG-1 may be left in place with no detriment to the instrument’s acoustic sound.
"At KNA Pickups our mission is to provide acoustic musicians with natural sounding, natural looking means to amplify their instruments simply and without modifcation. Our values align with old world artisan traditions and the innovative creativity of the musicians we serve. With that, each of our pickups is handcrafted in Europe using fine components and tonewoods commonly reserved for instruments themselves."
Web site: www.knapickups.com
Please note: For nylon-strung guitarists, I would recommend either the NG-1 - of which I currently use, or the newer NG-2.
Ioana Gandrabur, Guitarist
This young lady is a real pleasure to hear as well as to meet and to talk with. You can see her and hear her on her Web site as well as on YouTube. In particular, Ioana's rendition of John Dowland's "Can She Excuse" is one of my particular favourites. You will be truly blessed!
Web site: www.ioanagandrabur.com