Sep 112011

I have had a good time with my Line 6 GuitarPort for some years, and am excited about getting hold of a KB37 as a step in the hopes of making a little home studio. Just fun by the usual means – technical learning while making some noise!

Line 6 Toneport KB37

TonePort KB37 Ins and Outs:
Keyboard and control surface details:

    • 37-key, full-sized, velocity-sensitive keyboard
    • Pitch bend wheel
    • Octave up/down

Software-assignable controls:

    • Modulation wheel
    • Sound select next/previous
    • 5x transport buttons
    • 4x buttons
    • 4x knobs


    • 2x XLR mic preamp inputs with +48V phantom power and trim knobs
    • 2x 1/4-inch stereo line inputs
    • 1/4-inch instrument input with -10 dB pad input for instruments with high gain output
    • 1/4-inch stereo monitor input
    • 2x 1/4-inch footswitch jacks (software-assignable for sending MIDI commands to recording software (start/stop, punch in/out, etc.)
    • 1/4-inch expression pedal jack (software-assignable for controlling GearBox wah, volume or sending MIDI to recording programs)


    • S/PDIF stereo output (RCA-type)
    • 1/4-inch balanced line outputs with master volume knob
    • 1/4-inch headphones output with independent volume knob

Computer Interface:

  • USB bus-powered with LED status indicator
  • USB 1.1 & 2.0 compatible
  • Rock Solid ASIO, WDM and Mac® OS X driver
 Posted by at 14:36
Sep 112011

Scored a bass guitar this summer.

Just another step in prepping for some fun this winter. Already have had some fun with the Line 6 Gearbox sounds. I am thinking about some ways to amplify this, and have experimented some with a novel Yamaha “ear” speaker.


 Posted by at 14:23
Sep 112011

Got some drums recently. Two sizes of Djembe by Toca. They are quite enjoyable to play and make a wonderful sound. I recommend these with no hesitation. Unexpected bonus, these have a high WAF because they look so nice too.

 Posted by at 10:22
Sep 112011

Summer 2013 – Update – Sienna is gone. Needed to go to a place where kids would occupy the passenger area more often! (still have the 95 Previa)


We added a 2011 Toyota Sienna to the household stable this summer. Very smooth ride, lots of space, and nice options. As is the family norm (with exception of the MINI) it is all wheel drive.

The 1995 Previa is now relegated to “hauler and learner’s” status. Just in case you were wondering, it is the best vehicle ever. 🙂

 Posted by at 10:09
Sep 112011

The 2011 school year is off to a good start. Now we have one in the first year of University and the other continues High School. Our household is adapting to the changes, with the largest adjustment being felt by the canine members of our pack.

 Posted by at 10:02
Sep 112011

It is time to replace the garage. Having said that for a dozen years, it really is happening this year. The teardown is complete and foundation work begins soon.

We are all happy for this change.


 Posted by at 09:56
Feb 262011

I successfully repaired my vintage Rane AC23 active crossover. It had begun a 60 Hz hum back in late 2009 that was bothering me. I found a leaking 470 uF electrolytic capacitor in the negative voltage rail. I replaced it and its 3 brethren with some capable 1500 uF ones I had. Verified with the oscilloscope first and then tested in-circuit with speakers, amplifier and CD source. All sounds good now!

Here was the source of trouble. Oh well, they were new in 1984 so I can cut them some slack.

 Posted by at 23:47