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Re: my first day with the GR-55

Sounds great, I love my GR55

Wegs phone 

> On Dec 12, 2015, at 1:04 PM, David Gans <david@trufun.com> wrote:
> Enjoying a modest but measurable (and short-lived) surplus of cash after 
> my last book advance, I treated myself to a Roland GR-55 guitar synth. 
> My Renaissance RS-6 has the pickup built in.
> I decided to book some studio time for my first day with it, so I could 
> get help from my pal Jeremy Goody in setting it up (and to force me to 
> really spend some time with it, as opposed to setting it up in my living 
> room and farting around for half an hour). We got it all configured 
> pretty easily, and then we spent a good deal of time figuring out the 
> best way to patch it into my performing rig.
> The best solution turned out to be the simplest solution: my Boss RC-30 
> Loop Station has a second input, summed with the first one. So I have 
> the controls right on the instrument: the guitar output on one pot and 
> the synth output on the other.
> I recorded a few improvisations, laying down some regular guitar and 
> then cycling through various voices. It was very easy to make good 
> things happen with it.
> Once I was comfortable, I put it to work on one of my favorite loop 
> instrumentals: "Quarter to Five (For Tina Loney)." I used the guitar to 
> set up the basic track, and then I laid in the three principal themes 
> using a flute, an oboe, and a cello. The resulting track is a little 
> rough; each voice has its peculiarities of response and articulation. A 
> couple of glisses in the cello passage tended to track strangely, 
> sounding almost like the tape was slowing down; I'll figure out how to 
> deal with that over time. But I was pretty thrilled with the overall 
> feel.
> Here it is:  https://soundcloud.com/dgans/quarter-to-five-for-tina-loney
> David Gans
> david@trufun.com
> http://cloudsurfing.gdhour.com