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  1. I have a Line 6 UX2 that I use, which came with Gearbox software (simulates pedals, cabinets and speakers) that I route my guitar and mic through into my computer. I also have a DX21 FM Synth that I use for not much more than a MIDI input device, and an Alesis QX25 which has far better programmable controllers and programmable key velocity for recording into my DAW software. The weakest link in my system is the audio output from all this. I hate it, but my neighbors love it. One day I'm going to put it through about 500 watts so I can hear the reverb from the woods behind my house. But, to really answer the question you asked - I don't make videos, just music. That's a whole other skill set I'm not into sharpening at this point.
  2. I agree. I think this song is in RS solely for someone like me, so I can brag that I have it up to 86%. The song seemed easy to learn, but hard to play, due to the rapid chord strumming. There's only like 4 power chords in the song. The next 'lower difficulty' songs were quite a bit more difficult. In fact, I wonder if I'll ever be able to see the notes coming, find the positions, put my fingers there, and strum before they've gone by. It seems the thing that works best for me is slowing the song down, learning it, and then playing it back, already knowing the song. Maybe that's what you're supposed to do, and I'm just being too hard on myself??
  3. One thing about the white type on black background I've noticed (and maybe it's MY age, too), is you can look away at a blank wall and still read the type that's burned into your retina! You have to be careful when you print, too, lest you use up all your toner/ink cartridge. Usually the print function will correct for that, but not so much so when you do screen shots.
  4. It's hard to express gratitude repetitively without sounding ingenuous. So, be that as it may, I appreciate all your work and your efforts to perpetuate the best of what Smithy's Anvil was when I first encountered it, and express my support and hopes for a long, happy future here. Even though this has NOTHING to do with this site, I wanted to offer my worthless observations of the internet: You cannot make everyone happy, no matter how hard you try.If you try to make everyone happy, you only succeed in pissing everyone off.You cannot have a picnic without ants and flies.If you respond to a troll or flamer's post, then you have given them the one thing their mother wouldn't - attention.It's easier to break a window than build a house.If you build it, someone will find fault in it.If you have something people want, it is priceless, especially when it's free.Your opinion, along with a nickel, is worth a little less than two cents! Keep on keeping on!
  5. Oddly, I picked one early on, and then tried to change it, and had the same result. Then I noticed today it had updated. May be part of the site changes, or caching in your browser? I've seen that do really weird things until I deleted temp internet files, cookies, and even the crumbs. You might try that.
  6. I sometimes go into calibration, and try to trick RS into thinking my guitar is not loud enough. I don't really know if that helps or not, though. I also have a hard time with pressing the strings down too hard, changing the note. I especially have a hard time with Ducks Redux. It often won't recognize a note I know is correct. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I guess ads make you pay either way. ;)
  8. Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree - "Waiting". Fell in love immediately. Only got better the more of his work I listened to. The others I grew up with are all either in, or headed for, the Old Folks Home. Hmmm... I guess that's means I am, too, I have to say, I am SO glad I started listening to Pandora. That's where I discovered Buckethead, Satriani, Hypnogaja, The Pineapple Thief, etc. it's like meeting a psychic who knows all the bands you would like just by finding out a few songs you like. I'm impressed with the Music Genome Project.
  9. Possibly due to the ads? There are a few websites that I frequent that just refuse to load sometimes. My browser task bar will say "waiting for blah, blah, doubleclickads, blah". I sometimes have to refresh it a few times to make it load. I don't seem to have any issues here, though. I'm almost always using Chrome. The spinner will flutter a bit, on and off, but stops after a few seconds. There's a lot of stuff going on when a web page loads that you never see. Most modern sites are designed to get the experience ahead of the work so the "visitor" doesn't run away to another site.
  10. "Dark Side of the Moon". But extremely close behind is "Tales from Topographic Oceans", "Close to the Edge" and "Signify". This is like asking me to pick my favorite child!
  11. Prog Rock is just about all I listen to. And a little Shoe Gazer.
  12. Sorry, Dave. Didn't mean to imply you had to. Only wanted those who were donating and wanted the Donator bling to be aware they needed to let the receiver have a way to know who they were. Thanks for the donation!
  13. I've only been playing since Christmas 2013, too. I started out mostly in Learn a Song, but after getting 86% in Blitzkrieg Bop, and bogging down in some of the other 'easier' songs, I've drifted more toward Session Mode, GuitarCade and Lessons. I really need to learn scales, but I don't particularly like Scale Warriors. But, I persist. Session Mode 50% (learning scales) GuitarCade 20% Learn A Song 20% Lessons 5% Tone Designer 4% The rest... 1%
  14. I didn't see it mentioned, and it probably goes without saying, but I'll say it... It's a good idea to put a note in your donation advising Unleashed your username on the site. If not, they'll be depending on you using the same email address on PayPal as you use here, or some other way to identify you from your donation and user profile.
  15. I'm hearing this a lot, and find I end up doing that, too. I play a song, thinking I'm getting better, only to find out I've been playing a watered down version. Then RS will suggest Riff Repeater to get my skill level up. Why not just start there, and learn the song straight up?? I have to believe it's a psychological technique of the game to keep new players from getting totally frustrated and chucking the game. At least what you suggest is a good enough workaround, and probably they figured out we would figure that out, too, after a while.
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