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FiX! (and plug) Re: Adrenalinn MIDI noise
I just want to take the time to plug Rodger Linn's customer support. I
sent an email about the midi noise on sunday night, and at 10 PM, there was
a response from their customer support. Amazing. It turns out to be a
known bug. They're sending me a new chip set which I should have tomorrow.
So, I can't totally go into too much depth, as I just got the thing, but
I'll start with a few first impressions...
At first, I thought the distortions sounded a bit harsh in the upper
midrange and high end. I was going direct into a SoundCraft F8 mixer and
using monitors, or headphones I was not happy with the overall tone. I
then found that there's a setting for using a direct (as I was) imput or
going into a guitar amp. Even though I wasn't going into a guitar amp, I
have to say it just sounds better in that setting. I'm not sure if it will
replace my Digitech 2120 for distortion sounds, but I hope it might for
Second, the effects. Wow. The way they can be trigged via midi makes this
box amost limitless. I wish it had a bit more delay time (you get 1
second) but the filters sound great. Again, Ineed to delve in a bit deeper
and tailor the presets to my needs. There are 100 presets (and 100 user
slots), and a lot of them are already great. From subtle to weird. Sure
would be nice if this box were stereo all the way, but at under $300, you
could always buy 2! (yes, I'm already thinking about that....)
and then the drums. I didn't have time to go through all of them... some
seem cool, others cheese. I'm really not sure how I feel about tacking a
very limited beat box to a guitar effect processor. I did a few things
were I had the drums route through a seperate imput and into the mixer, and
would occaisionally mix them in for a variation of the drum track I already
had going, and it seemed to work well. Will I program my own drums into
this box? I doubt it, but maybe. My Roland MC-307 is such a nice
dedicated groove machine, and the Adrenalinn IS NOT. However, if you
don't have a drum machine, or are looking to make a micro rig for easy
moving, this could probably be used to your advantage.
The user interface is clean and easy to use. I was able to start tweaking
very quickly. Pretty intuitive.
Missing? Headphone jack. This would be a great addition for those looking
to practice quietly.
Also missing? There is NO way to step through presets. You'll need a midi
controller, or tweak it's preset knobby by hand. The foot switches control
beat start/stop and bypass/tempo. That's it. I thought that was kind of
weird. I'll probably keep this on a table top.
I hope they do really well with this product. It's a winner for sure. I'd
like to see an Adrenalinn PRO in the future with better foot control and
stereo in and out, as well as dedicated drum outputs. Put in a better
drum/bass sequencer, and this baby could save you a lot of back strain.
Mark Sottilaro wrote:
> Hey gang,
> I did a search on the archives, and came up blank, so I'll put this
> question out to you. I'm checking out an Adrenalinn, and I must say,
> it's a fun little machine. Sounds great... until I plug a midi clock
> into it. Then I get this staticy clicking when ever I'm playing. I
> assume it's always there and being gated out when there's no signal. As
> soon as I unplug the midi, it's there again. I tried all sorts of
> cable arraingments, but to no avail. Any ideas? Other than that, this
> box is a keeper. (It's replacing a Roland EF303, which I felt sucks in
> all regards) Though I wish it had a stereo input so it fit in my
> Repeater effects loop nicely.
> I know I can use it as a clock source, but that's really a pain in the
> Mark Sottilaro