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March 22, 2018, 06:07:42 PM
Noticed that a few days ago, G.  Been a while since we've seen him.  Hope to see him jump in here...


March 22, 2018, 05:33:28 PM
Well, how ya like them apples....Andy Social showed up. Good to see you, Andy 8)


March 22, 2018, 05:19:01 PM
The 99 cent one on a laptop, Neil.  Good for when you're on the trail and think of something...


March 22, 2018, 04:45:12 PM
Which DAW do you have in it is what I want to know..... :P


March 22, 2018, 04:28:40 PM
You get older and all that dust and weather just isn't as much fun on the trails anymore.  And I like not having to haul anything around.  Being licensed, we can just drive to wherever we want to trail ride - and go.

Once the new starter gets here, anyway...  :P


March 22, 2018, 04:23:08 PM
Ah.  Yeah, I know a few people with the Polaris Ranger, nice units.  Reason I really like the Tracker is fully enclosed, heat in the winter, AC in the summer, lots of room for stuff, and it's licensed so drive it anywhere anytime.


March 22, 2018, 02:35:04 PM
Oops, sorry, I meant Polaris Ranger. I did have a Ford Ranger years ago though. Clutch went out and I traded it for a new 2003Tundra. It's still my daily driver with 340,000 miles on it.


March 22, 2018, 02:17:02 PM
I'm sure there is, G, just give it some thought...  ;)


March 22, 2018, 07:09:31 AM
First time, though, that I've been called a pe pole...  
Guess there's now way to blame someone else for this, huh? :-[ ;D


March 22, 2018, 04:02:36 AM
I have a Ranger too, BD, but the clutch went out last year and I haven't fixed it yet.  Too many other things.  It is a good little work truck.  The F150 plow truck I got last fall is a good one too.  But the Tracker is a perfect trail buggy...


March 22, 2018, 03:54:04 AM
Ah, I see. I have a Ranger I use on my property for work and hunting.


March 22, 2018, 03:10:43 AM
First time, though, that I've been called a pe pole...  8)


March 22, 2018, 03:08:42 AM
An off-road vehicle for old pepole

And that too...  :P


March 22, 2018, 03:08:02 AM
We have dirt bikes, quads, 3 wheeler, golf carts, and a Kawasaki Mule.  But the Tracker is my favorite, because I set it up like a little home away from home...


March 22, 2018, 03:05:54 AM
An off-road vehicle for old pepole ;)

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General Discussion / Toccata
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:12:03 AM »
Found this and had to share.....
Loved this band and loved this piece!

The power chord still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up thirty some years later.....


Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / Jan 2018 ODC Results!!!
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:11:32 PM »
Alright alright alright.....

Hear ye, hear ye......

It’s results time!

Are you ready?

Then let’s begin.....

Coming in a very tight fifth is the Former Young Fellow known as Onetrack!

Just barely pipping OT to the post was our very own published recording Artiste ( note the “e” - that makes it posh)...., RedJoker!!!!

And as tight as those two were, our next two entries were so close there was nothing between them at all.....in a tie for 2nd place we have the original Blue Man Group (ya shoulda sued them) Smurf,and that nefarious band of country styled rascals PG/W2/CW, otherwise known as PapaG, Cottonwood and  Way2lon!!!!

That leaves only one winner....

I give you the one, the only, the Man himself......


Congrats to all - all top notch tunes again!

Over to you Gaz.......

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / December 17/January 18 ODC - Voting Thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 12:05:19 AM »
Roll up!
Roll up!

Getchoor voting privileges here!

You CAN make a difference!
One song, one vote!

Free turnips for all participants! *

*Subject to skill testing question - No members of TTM, their families, friends, acquaintances, colleagues or people who populate the same planet may apply.

It's that time again folks!

Time to select the best of the bunch!
The top of the heap!
The Bee's knees!
The Cat's Pyjama's!
The Dogs bollo......ummm....yeah....
I'm sure you get the picture....

The challenge, as set by the winner of the last challenge, our very own Whitestrat, was as follows:

"Write a new toon either about your pet, if you have one, or somebody else's pet, or the lack of a pet, or just your thoughts regarding pets. You get the picture? Pets is the theme.
Any musical style, your usual or you can try something new......
Minimum 3 minutes, maximum within reason."

Whatever that means....

Well some of you did rise over the festive and post-festive seasons ;)
.....and some of you even rose to the challenge  :P :P

So..... your entrants were:

Smurf - Billy the Bird
Gazebo - Always By My Side
Onetrack - Bubba
Redjoker - Afternoon Sunbeam
Bunch of Nefarious Characters - Gopher and Me.....ooops..... I meant
CW-PG-W2 - Gopher And Me

Fire your votes to me via PM right here, or via email to neilmac2006@gmail.com. Alternatively you can always direct message the TTM page on facebonk ;)
You have until 2 Minutes To Midnight (As Ben Elton used to say "little bit of politics, little bit of politics") , 6th February 2018 wherever you are in the world....
Don't forget: Each SONG must supply a vote, and they must vote themselves LAST....
Collaborations only get one vote..... no cheating @papaG :P Except for bribes...bribes aren't really cheating... ;)
Neither is deflating footballs or goal tender interference apparently...
Here are the songs for your listening pleasure:

In Search of Humor / Whole lotta Elvis.....kinda
« on: January 27, 2018, 04:03:52 AM »
Too good not to share lol

Guitars / Project (New Gear Day)
« on: January 22, 2018, 11:10:13 PM »
A little belated Christmas present came my way this week ;D

It’s a build your own guitar kit  :P

I opted for a Thinline Tele model c/w Bigsby style trem (more for looks than using to be honest lol).
Comes routed for humbuckers (included in the kit), but I’m going to try a pair of Guitar Fetish Retrotrons (Filtertron clones)  ;D

Looks pretty nice out of the box - solid feel, top is capped I see, supposed to be basswood body maple neck and rosewood fingerboard - is it? Buggered if I know lol
All I know is it’s made of wood  :P
Definitely not particle board anyway lol  :P

Neck sits nicely in the socket, each piece is “numbered” - whether it’s actually matching or they just wrote the same number on both is unprovable lol

If you want, here’s the link http://diyguitarkits.net/tele%20thin%20II.html
Actual pics below

Leaning towards a light metallic blue for finish, similar to the Pelham Blue ES339 @gc fixed up a while back.....not fully committed yet though  :D

Think this will be fun  ;D

Member Blogs / Album Release Party!
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:45:18 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Yep, been and gone and done it :P

My "debut" album is out for sale lol

Went with CDBaby Pro for distribution, so we'll see how it goes....
Hopefully have some useful info for anyone else thinking of doing the same thing....

Special thanks to @papaG for much help listening, suggesting, critiqueing etc...and to you all for endless encouragement, tips and tricks etc
Couldn't have done it without you guys!

So far it's hit Amazon in the states and the UK, not made it to Canada or Australia yet for some reason, should be hitting iTunes any day too :)
It's also up on Spotify and a few other streaming venues for those that like that kind of thing....

All in all, it's pretty weird seeing YOUR product for sale on Amazon lol
Makes it kinda real....

Rock / My Annual Xmas Song - 2017 edition
« on: December 22, 2017, 02:32:42 AM »
Yes peoples...it's that time of year again!
The time when I delve deep into the seasonal music genre for something I can bear to listen to more than once in order to cover it and inflict my pain on unwary revellers :P

This one is a Darlene Love tune written by Phil Spector and friends from the 60s....

American Letterman fans will know it for sure...
Also covered by U2, Mariah Carey and Michael Buble (unfortunately lol)

Still, it's a great song anyway....

Challenges / October ODC - The Start
« on: October 07, 2017, 02:38:17 AM »
Well, well, well....

It's challenge time....

It's October....


It should be halloween themed right?

Nah..... :P

Too easy....

Been there, done, that, bought the digital download....

Don't blame me!
I tried to slough this off :P

Just kidding.... I'm terrible at this....
If I had any inspiration I wouldn't need the ODC to kick my ass into writing songs every month lol

Hmmm...now there's an idea.....

You always hear people say they have trouble starting something...whether it's a song, a letter, a lawnmower...

This month's challenge is to write and record a new song (starting ...now!) about the start of something.....
It can be anything - doesn't matter what - starting an engine, starting a new life, starting to change, starting a job - whatever you pick, the song MUST contain the word START (spoken or sung or whispered or screamed or shouted or mumbled) at least once.... and the song must be about starting....or not starting....something :D
And in keeping with recent events - the song should sound like something Tom Petty would record.....

No time limits,  no restrictions on instrumentation, no restrictions on loops/samples etc........
You may request a "guest" artiste on your track without stopping them from entering their own track...the only restriction is that they shouldn't be involved in the "writing" of the song - that would make it a collaboration and exclude them from entering their own track...
As always...a collaboration only has one entrant vote, the creator of other tracks has the only entrant vote (session musicians have no input)
Tactical voting by session artists will be punishable by red hot pokers and The Comfy Chair.....

Instrumentals welcome, but don't forget the "start" word stipulation...

Entries shall close midnight on the 28th of October 2017 wherever you are in the world..... so get started!

Rock / If You Remember This One......
« on: October 01, 2017, 10:37:19 PM »
.....you DEFINITELY weren't there lol

After @agradeleous posted the Sept ODC
I found myself listening to a lot of Jethro Tull and Hawkwind - probably as a sorbet to cleanse my ears after listening to Rush  :P

Ended up doing this one.....
It's a little bit rough, but then so were Hawkwind lol

The Epi Les Paul makes a showing here on the Rythym guitars, with the Wildkat taking the solo and some of the "weird" noises lol
Washburn bass through FA3 amp sim on "Lemmy" mode (bass turned off, mids on full, treble off, presence up).

Enjoy, or not......

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / July 2017 ODC - Train Song - Results!
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:08:14 AM »
Ladies and gentlemen,
boys and girls,
children of all ages.....
Are you ready to rrrrrrrruuuuuuuummmmmmmbbbbbbblllllllllleeeeee?


Ok then...I guess you want the results then....

Here are the results of the June July  August 2017 ODC......

It was tight, with all three entrants polling the same number of votes, except for one who got less than the other two....

That man was your winner.....

We had 10 votes in all, 8 members and two outsiders...

In joint 2nd place, polling 21 apiece were myself and Cottonwood.......

Polling a tiny 18 points, in first place I give you :

The Tsar of Train Crossings, The Prince of Procrastination, The First Man of Fingerpickin', The Buyer of Guitars, The Ayatollah of Ant's Farts, The God of Sexi Fingers.....


Over to you sir!
Take a bow!
Try not to show butt crack when you do though......  ~:)

Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / JULY 2017 ODC - Train Song Voting thread
« on: August 26, 2017, 10:52:31 PM »
Let's get moving here, time's a wasting....

The mighty Gazebo set the challenge this(last) month as follows:

"This months challenge is to write and record a Train Song ie a song about a train, or a railway line or a rail journey."

So keeping that in mind, it's time for you all to get off your asses and vote...

You have till the calendar turns to 1st September 2017 wherever you are in the world...no excuses, no extensions, no bribes under $15.......

This means I will post the results on Friday night my time (which is 6 hours behind GMT for all you maths whizzes or Central Time for all you americans :P )

Entrants must vote their song last place, and in the spirit of transparency and fairness, since I'm an entrant and the tally person my vote is cast already as follows:

1. Cottonwood - Boxcar Boomer
2. Ags - Dreaming Train
3. Neilmac feat. PapaG - Eastbound Train

That's also a sly way of giving you the names and tracks for "cut and paste" purposes :P

As usual, PM me here if you're a member, use the guest voting thing in the menu on the far left if you're not a member. Alternatively, you can vote via private message on the TTM facebook page or email me direct at neilmac2006 at gmail dot com.....

Ok, here are the songs:

Ok, get voting!!!!!!

Rock / One for all you classic rockers......
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:27:53 AM »
How about a little Deep Purple then??

Love this tune.... in fact, when I went to the store to try out my first multi FX pedal MANY years ago, this was one of the tunes I tried out on it lol

Rhythm guitar is the Jay Turser Strat Copy through the Zoom G5 pedal on a Ritchie Blackmore Preset called SmokeWater ( consists of two treble boosters followed by a Vox Combo amp, followed by an Analogue Delay and a Hall Reverb). Sounds pretty damn good even if I say so myself....

Solo on the same guitar and Preset with the external Tube Booster engaged...

Organ is the Casio CTK3000 on some organ setting or other ( knew I should have written it down :P )
I also fed this signal through the G5 using a Marshall amp and, I believe, a Rotary speaker to a Jon Lord style Hammond Organ feel....

Drums are the MT Power Drumkit using a midi file from a GuitarPro tab by somebody or other :)

Vox and Bass as per usual ;)

Enjoy! Or not!

Battle of the Bands / BotB 2017 Results!
« on: August 12, 2017, 08:56:50 PM »
What a competition it's been.....
There's been drama, comedy, sadness and outright farce....
Little bit of slapstick and a generous helping of laziness.....

And that's just the vote counting  :P

In the end there can be only one winner, one loser and one who's only purpose is to separate the two  :P

It was a roller coaster ride, first one band would sneak out in front, then another, then another.
Each band held the lead at different points and it went right down to the wire in the end.

We had 13 member votes and 7 non members votes for a total of 20, pretty good turnout! Well done!

So the moment the world has been waiting for......
The opening of the golden envelope....
The announcing of this years winner....
......will take place after the commercials!
See you in a few!




.....and we're back!

To recap:

What a competition it's been.....

Wait? What?

We're running out of time?
Ok, then......

In third place, with a gargantuan 42 points are....

The Deplorables!!

In second, with a whopping 40 points are The 4 States!!!

And your winner with an unbelievable 38 points(had to count them twice), the new holder of the Squashed Timmies Cup trophy........are......

The Hats!!!!

Big round of applause for The Hats, please!!

Woot woot!
Cheating bleeps!

I guess not everyone in the audience agrees with the results, but too bad....somebody voted for them  :P

Thank you and goodnight!
Stay tuned for scenes from the next "General Hospital".....

Battle of the Bands / BOTB 2017 - Voting
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:55:13 PM »
The dust has settled, the waters have calmed, the fires have been put out and we're ready to determine which band called The 4 States gets to win bragging rights for the next year or so....  ~:)

We have three stunning entries this year, so it's going to be a tough call....

It is left up to you, the listener, to determine which song you like best....

We will be voting on an individual basis, no need for voting as a band or voting your band last or any of that stuff, just pick your favourite, second favourite and least favourite....simple, huh?

Place them in order, with 1 being your favourite, and send your votes via PM here, or email to neilmac2006 at gmail dot com

Voting will remain open until 11.59pm Central Time, 11th August 2017, (That's my time zone ;) Up to you to figure out what that means to you, but here's a clue : Central Time is 6 hours BEHIND GMT(Uk time) ). That way we can have results up on Saturday 12th August and The 4 States the winning band can commence celebrating....

That gives you 8 days or so from now to make your choices - that should be plenty of time for everybody, none of the songs are THAT long.....we're not The Grateful Dead, even if it does feel like it some days :P

Here is the playlist for your listening pleasure, and voting duty....

Happy listening!

Rock / New Song - Just Another Sunny Day
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:55:59 PM »
This was last month's (April) ODC entry....
Revamped somewhat and fiddled around with....
No fiddles were actually played on it so I couldn't post it in the Country section :P :P

Nevertheless, be warned...this tune kinda gets in your head and won't leave :P

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