The start of 2017 has been a tough one regarding the state of my digital life. A couple of days after new years eve one of my external LaCie hard drives fell on the floor. It didn’t crash on the floor, it just fell really lightly. Unfortunately that was enough to totally destroy the disk. Years of photos and videos were gone. As a total idiot I didn’t have a backup either, so the stuff was gone for real 🙁
Next thing, my 2011 Macbook Pro died. Phew, this was tough…
My MBP has been the center piece of my musical work and not having a computer really put me in a hiatus. I was right in the middle of producing and mixing a session when this happened, so now I haven’t been able to work for almost a month. Until now! Last tuesday a new Macbook Pro arrived and now I’m really looking forward to start creating stuff again. This time I had a backup for most of my work. Been spending this last week recovering files and installing stuff and now I’m glad to be able to work again!
Still in love with the Line 6 Helix unit and constantly finding new sounds and ways of working with it. I was curious of how using acoustic IR’s would work with the Helix so I downloaded the 3 Sigma Martin D45 impulses from here and started experimenting with the different IR’s provided using my Martin 00016GT. I found the results to be very promising and I think I could get even better sounds with some tweaking and maybe combining it with a condenser mic. For this video I just used one IR block and went away. I added some subtle EQ and reverb in post, but otherwise it’s just the IR. For the electric guitar I used the Litigator amp with one compressor block and a reverb block, maybe some delay. Some reverb added in post there as well. For the lead I hit the Stupor OD. All guitars recorded direct from the Helix via 2 xlr’s to my T.C Electronic Impact Twin soundcard. Ableton Live used as DAW. The tune was written some years ago and can be heard on my 2014 album “Glashus” as well. During a period of time I wrote several tunes named after different types of reindeer in the Sapmi language. This tune is named “Spoairu” which means a “long legged, thin reindeer”.
Thymeshift Elektronix had a “get together” again! We are now in the process of planning new workshops around Sweden in 2017 and 2018. Our mission is to present new ways of incorporating digital tools into the music education process for swedish elementary schools. We are stoked!
As earlier stated, The Line 6 Helix truly delivers! I got inspired and re-recorded another track from my 2014 album “Glashus”. This tune has some kind of Surf vibe going and as usual Johan Björklund keeps the beat on the drums and Johannes Lundberg is pumping the bass. The tune is called Vårstenar, a reintepretation of Springsteen in swedish. Somehow the intro reminded me of Born To Run – era Springsteen. Enjoy!
Lately I’ve been really impressed with the new Line 6 Helix Guitar amp modeler. This unit blows my mind. It’s so easy to work with and sounds just amazing and the great thing about this unit is that I’m finally able to use just one rig for both live work and recording work. It’s highly customizable and I can tweak it to fit every musical situation I’m conquering with ease. Just to test how well it would adapt to recording situations I decided to re-record an old tune and replace all guitars with Helix-sounds. Take a listen 🙂
Currently the band is preparing the first tour in April 2017. We have a few dates confirmed already in different parts of Sweden. Hopefully we’ll be able to locate one part of the tour to the northernmost part of the country. I would love to play in the region where I grew up! We have a couple of dates there, but we need a couple more to make it worthwhile. To catch a glimpse of the band in action, watch the video below!