Saturday, June 9, 2018

How to incorporate your Bluetooth boom boxes with Fuzzes distortion

I have been sharing some tips and tricks on here for a few years now,if u missed out stay tuned for reposts.here goes tip #14 how to incorporate your Bluetooth boom boxes with Fuzzes distortion and other cheaper multi effex boxes into your practice setup-if you have a little spare cash you can pick up the wonderful Joyo ja 03 guitar headphone amp or the more expensive Palmer pdi 09 DI box.what these do is take ur fizzy pedals and add a speaker emulation circuit to it.then when u plug ur junk gadgets into these gizmos ur tone comes out fat and juicy and sound great on the output of the speaker emulation gizmo.

I use the Hopestar Bluetooth speaker unit with a mini jack aux cable and connect it to my Joyo stomp boxes and wail away whole day.its convenient as it lasts six hours and requires no adapter/power supply and it doubles as a usb pen drive music player when required.its been such a great investment,I really dig my practice sessions nowadays with this small portable rig.

Joyo makes a clone of the Palmer too will post the model number in a tad.if you are like me and have a stash of old stomp boxes laying around this sure adds a new lease of life to ur pedals that u gave up for dead.
The other route is to plug ur junk pedals into your computer soundcard and with a good asio driver enable low latency on ur card settings and fire up ur favourite daw select ik multimedia amplitude as ur plugin or the two notes free speaker app and make sure only speaker simulation is enabled no amp models.now you have a virtual rig that gives you great sound in spite of the junk pedals you are using to send sound....


Inexpensive to amplify an acoustic guitar

A fan on here posted a nice and valid question to me,he wanted to know what inexpensive amps are available to amplify an acoustic guitar.my answer was that there was the Roland KC series and laney along with all other leading amp manufacturers all make an acoustic model,but the problem is all of these are pretty expensive and mostly in the 20 k bracket so- i suggested Another thing you can go for is a good high power home stereo system,the concept is that you need a woofer and a tweeter which guitar amps dont have hence a nice stereo by Sonodyne or Sony or Akai etc will sound great with acoustic guitar,i use a Sonodyne SC 2060 stereo for my home acoustic rig sometimes ,it sounds killer, and nowadays the M Audio studio monitors are going pretty cheap too so with a simple Y cable you could plug in to a pair of powered studio monitors and get gorgeous tone.the concept is i repeat you need a two way speaker system that has a high frequency tweeter and a low frequency woofer unlike the full range speakers in your conventional guitar amps coz acoustic guitars have a very broad freq response requiring the highest highs and lowest lows.....so go and put those boom boxes and junky stereos to good use people 


Question from Anirban Khastagir about noise in electric guitars and pickups

Question from Anirban Khastagir - Am playing fender jazz bass but am facing a earthing noise whenever am sharpen up ma tone...can't get rid of it..A friend is suggesting me to use NS2 ..but am confused if that reduce the quality of the tone...my model is highway one usa..and i kno that you r the only person in this city who can provide me the ri8 dcsn 2 make..am helpless...plz guide me sir....dwiyt sir is not there ne more...plz sir help me out to reach the finest tone....love you a lot sir....

Answer- Thank you Anirban for ur question,earthing noise is a very common issue with single coil pickups and can be handled in a couple of ways.Firstly i would recommend you try to sheild the pickup cavity with tin foil,you can get this foil at www.stewmac.com another option is to check if the inner circuit is properly soldered and check for dry solders if any,an experienced electrician will be able to check for this,lastly try active electronics or the Lace sensor noiseless pickups,lots of brands are making noiseless pickups nowadays including fender,try all options and get back to me.never settle for a noise gate as it kills your tone.


Some of my synth patches and sample banks

Some of you might know of my work as a sound designer and sound engineer,for those interested some of my synth patches and sample banks can be purchased at the following link- its a set of multi-sampled EMU soundfont format software instruments for inspirational ideas, some of these 40 instruments are made from multi-samples of hardware synths that I own like the Yamaha YS200, the ubiquitous Korg Trinity, Kurzweil - K2500R and Yamaha PSS380.Also includes soundscapes I made from real world sounds such as my guitars, basses, ethnic strings and room full of effects racks and stomp boxes, enjoy...Software Samplers like Kontakt and Logic EXS can open these files and the free SFZ and Phenome Vsti can import this format too.

Link to buy the patches from Sampleism


A quick #tip for those of you running the AmpliTube iRig

A quick #tip for those of you running the AmpliTube iRig setup on their iOS devices-to turn your iPad/iPhone into a loudspeaker/portable amp that is as loud as a medium sized radio,the trick is to add a booster via the post amp FX,here I have used a compressor to beef up the patch volume,it's really loud and my ipad speakers are screaming for mercy.... try this if you are lazy like me and don't feel like plugging into an actual amplifier /headphones.



How to refurbish and recycle an acoustic to have a new life as a jazz guitar

Tip #102 presumably ;) if you have an old unused acoustic guitar lying around it can be refurbished and recycled to have a new life as a jazz guitar for you to bust out some Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery licks...

All you have to do is shove a bucket load of glass wool or packing foam/thermocol into the body via the soundhole so it becomes dead sounding making it less prone to feedback and then take a wooden slab and cover up the sound hole to give it an electric guitar kinda look also the wooden slab works great for the pickup cavity.

i had a spare mighty mite pickup laying around that I promptly screwed onto my specimen which is a Signature (gogo) acoustic guitar from Kalighat.i then made two holes for the volume and tone controls,there was already a side output jack which gogo had installed from the word go for the cheap on-board transducer,it was recommissioned for the electric guitar pickup output socket,next I sanded off the black paint job revealing a classy jazz box wooden look.now all I got to do is brush up my Joe Pass and Benson licks and I'll be on my way to jazz stardom ;)



A nice interview by the folks at Shout-out Kolkata-

A nice interview by the folks at Shout-out Kolkata-



1. When did you pick up the first guitar and who was your first teacher?
I started playing guitar when i was four,my dad got me to take lessons from a Goan gentleman whose name i unfortunately cannot recall, he who would come home every Saturday to teach me the basics,this was when we were based in Chennai in the early seventies.

2. How will you define your music?
i would define my music as World Rock- let me break it down for you,we Krosswindz are a World music band but also have roots in Rock music so looking at it more closely we are a Rock band that plays World Music with a Rock edge.We also tap on other genres like Jazz,Funk,Bossa Nova,Country and Latin,so its a tapestry of sounds that touch the soul but with feet firmly planted in the soil of the earth.

3. Your favourite guitar maker and your favourite guitar ,both in acoustic and electric section.
My favourite guitar maker is Schecter Guitars,they are based in California USA and produce some of the highest quality guitars with cutting edge technology embracing newer advances in science and technology to improve tone and playability.I am currently using the Schecter Damien Elite FR as my main electric axe and it has served me well over the last 7 years.For acoustics i like several-the Ovation brand is very close to my heart as it has a pronounced mid boost quality tone that make it ideal to play single note lines akin to the great AL DI MEOLA and BIRELLI LAGRENE.I also like the work that Music Kafe Tollygunge is doing in the budget acoustic guitars range they have manufactured the ALEX brand of guitars and the slightly expensive MK Kustom which i personally use-excellent tones all around.

4. Few project of yours, beside Krosswindz.
A few side projects i dabble in are Chlorophyll Dreams which is a contemporary jazz band which has been around since 1990 but is on a hiatus since our bassist and drummer now live overseas.Another side project that i am very excited about is Tuki and The Dreamcatchers-its a purely singer-songwriter driven project featuring Chandrani and me that has only done studio sessions till now but i plan to take this act live soon.Another side project i loved was the ironically named band-THE PROJECT featuring the late KOCHU Da,it was a latin jazz and funk outfit that did a few live shows and some recording projects too,i hope to release the recordings of this band someday.

5. Your all time favourite guitarists from world music and your favourite musicians from Kolkata.
My all time favourite musicians are THE BEATLES,JAMES TAYLOR,PAT METHENY,BILL FRISSEL,ERIC JOHNSON,AL DI MEOLA,JONI MITCHELL,SUZANNE VEGA
From Kolkata i really liked the short lived duo of IFS and BUTS. i wonder what happened to them.

6. A musician with whom you always enjoy to play and a musician with whom you dream to collaborate with.
A musician i always enjoyed playing was the late KOCHU Da ,unfortunately i cannot jam with him anymore as he passed away very tragically a few months ago.I dream to collaborate with Eric Johnson,Lyle Mays(Pianist),Airto Moreira(Percussionist),Stewart Copeland(Drummer) and Roscoe Beck(Bassist)

7. Your favourite street food, favourite restaurant and favourite venue/club/pub for a gig from Kolkata.

My favourite street food is Jhaal muri albeit without the jhaal added in it as i am not much of a jhaal freek.
If there ever was a music venue that elevated a musicians performance to staratospheric levels it's Someplace Else.there is a magic fairy dust that seems to propel musicians to churn out the best possible music there can be.i have been coming to Someplace Else from the year 2000 and have noticed how they have kept their standards really high with live music on all 7 days of the week along with a delectable assortment of food and drink.There is a happy hour till 8.30 pm and on Tuesday it's lady's night so the ladies get free booze.I have been to venues like The House of Blues in Dallas,The Groove New York city and Copa bar in Austin Texas amongst countless other live music bars around the world but this venue stands in a league of its own- quoting the Eagles "it's protected by amazing grace".a must visit if you want a live music experience and fine dining experience of international standards.

8.your hobbies when you are not doing music.
My favourite hobbies are Luthiery(Guitar making and repairs)and electronics,i have recently gotten into actually soldering stuff together with a soldering iron and it feels so liberating and empowering that i don't need to visit the nearest guitar service centre whenever some electronic stuff in my rig malfunctions now.I love collaborating with local guitar building company JOYBANI based in KUDGHAT Tollygunge,they have built several custom made guitars for me over the years and it has been a very fulfilling and joyous experience to see these guitars come to life as per my designs.

9.any message for the young people who wants to take up guitar, as a profession.
My message is WORK WORK and more freakin WORK,there are no shortcuts and if you are in it for the long haul be prepared for a rocky and dry ride as its a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll hahahahaha,try to learn as much as you can,there are no excuses any more now with youtube and edx online free training platforms,in fact i am teaching myself classical piano,i just started and am learning everyday,never stop learning-the day you stop thats the day you plateu out and then decline.

10. A line for shoutoutkolkatahere.
You guys are doing great work i salute this new initiative of yours and always try and raise the bar,push out new and invigorating content to readers so they can push the boundaries of their minds and stay inspired.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Krosswindz Bio

Krosswindz is one of the pioneers of the Indian Fusion Rock band scene with albums launched as early as 1993.The sound of Krosswindz is an amalgamation of diverse genres such as Rock Pop, Bengali Folk and modern  eastern and western genres like classical,pop and rock as showcased in their innumerable albums.Krosswindz is known for their versatile set list and dynamic live gigs covering popular genres like Rock and Pop along with Bengali folk,Rabindrasangeet,Shyama Sangeet,Nazrul Geeti and self composed songs also KROSSWINDZ are a  Fusion band as well and are a dynamic western bi-lingual Rock band and perform in English & Bengali .They have been enthralling audiences for the last 24 years playing across the globe to sold out concerts.The band has played every nook and corner of the country including The UK,The Netherlands,friendly neighbors The Royal Kingdom of Bhutan,Vietnam,The Philippines and have toured in the USA in 2007 and 2009 covering nearly every major city in the USA on their very successful concert tours.
From 1990 the year of inception of Krosswindz they have  delved into the great heritage of Indian Folk music like Bhatiyali and Baul and at the same time studied non mainstream music like Jazz and Classical.In search of their roots they found many beautiful traditional Folk songs sung in the paddy fields of West Bengal which were re-recorded by Krosswindz and sung adding their signature world music touch,these songs have garnered a huge response nationally and internationally for Krosswindz with their albums fetching awards and concert tours overseas for the band.Krosswindz has toured in the US in 2007 and 2009 covering nearly every major city in the US on their very successful concert tours.The band is in the process of finalizing dates for concert festival tours abroad for the season of 2018/19 along with promoting their latest RADIO MIRCHI Award 2016 winning full length album KROSSWIDZ Jhora Palok
We are so happy Chandrani lead singer of Krosswindz won the Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer( Female) song ~ Tomake Bujhina Priyo 🙂 film #ProjapotiBiscuit NOW WATCH THE CEREMONY HERE-https://vimeo.com/258741138
KROSSWINDZ is widely known as a champion for environmental causes and have actively participated and promoted movements for the conservation of the environment and have launched the famous CD KROSSWINDZ ONE WORLD which has gone on to be heard all over the world.Roger Holdsworth of PBS Australia FM Radio has repeatedly played ONE WORLD on his famous radio show in Melbourne.The album was an outpouring of feelings expressed by the band expressing concerns about the great deforestation and other issues linked to it.The album went to number one on the Music World charts and even displaced international stars like Ricky Martin from the number one slot.The issue of environment truly struck a chord with all music lovers and remains a fan favorite.
The latest album is titled "Jhora Palok" and its a bouquet of originals.The sound of the album is Rock Fusion and they have also experimented with Electronica and Drum and Bass.Krosswindz are also honoured to be working with Hungama(Artist Aloud) for the first time and the songs will be available globally via all the Digital download stores as well as conventional stores.Apart from this KROSSWINDZ has also recently launched English language music CD's namely One World,Singles and India Rocks.
 
For live shows Krosswindz perform their own composed  songs as well as popular songs in English of the Classic Rock Idiom like Pink Floyd,U2,The Cranberries,Nirvana,Deep Purple etc and some Classical fusion in our repertoire , and some golden hits from the 60's from the popular western English Rock and Pop songs.
Their main contact person is Vikramjit Banerjee Tuki 91 9830156148

Primarily a Bengali folk-fusion band,focusing on world music
with soulful songs,lyric oriented.Professionally
performing concerts all over india for the last
seventeen years. Krosswindz is the music of Bengal and
india with a blend of folk music traditions from
around the world.The result- a potpouri of sounds
deeply rooted in the soil that touches the heart and
speaks the common language of humankind.
Music Style-
world,folk,ambient environmental fusion
Musical Influences
Padmashree Protima Barua Pandey(Goalpariya-Assamese
Folk Exponent and singer),Rabindranath Tagore,Kishori
Amonkar,Bhupen Hazarika,Purno Das Baul,Shubha
Mudgal,Abida Parveen,Runa Laila,SD Burman,Abbasuddin
Ahmed,Lalon fokir,John Mc Laughlin,
Santana,Eric Johnson,Jimmi Hendrix,Pink Floyd,The
Beatles.Miles Davis.
Similar Artists-
Padmashree Protima Barua Pandey,Runa Laila,Shubha
Mudgal,Yossou n Dour,Sting,Cranberries,Joni Mitchell
Artist History
band was formed in 1990,has toured all over the world playing every major City in USA and Southeast Asia and the obviously
sub-continent playing at all major college festivals
and stadium concerts and clubs and has officially
released 12 albums.
Three of the most famous Bangla songs of Krosswindz are
"Prithibita Naki Choto Hote hote" written by Gautam
Chatterjee performed by Krosswindz in the album Abar
Bocchor Kuri porey and "Jhiko Jhiko"-from the album
Jhiko Jhiko Krosswindz.and Ghore pherar gaan Mohiner ghoraguli.
Krosswindz is renowned for the musical dexterity and
virtuoso skill of legendary guitar player Vikramjit
Banerjee(tuki)and the unique and mellifluous vocals
and gayaki of Chandrani. The band is busy perfoming
all over the globe along with recording new material
for their forthcoming album.
KROSSWINDZ is an accredited and empanneled band with
the ICCR(INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS NEW
DELHI)and are officially enlisted as a premier band of
INDIA and they call us when they need us to represent
INDIA in festivals abroad.
The band has performed and collaborated with
internationally reputed names like HERBIE
HANCOCK(USA),SKY HIGH(SWEDEN),RAG FOUNDATION(ENGLAND
WALES),TIZIAN JOST(GERMANY),PANDIT RAMESH
MISHRA(INDIAN SARENGI PLAYER OF INTERNATIONAL
REPUTE),SANJAY MISHRA(CLASSICAL GUITARIST USA),THE
JAZZ AMBASSADORS(USA),DAVID DYKSTRA(THE BAUTISA BAND
SAN-FRANSISCO).
The album TRIBUTE TO ERIC JOHNSON USA(GRAMMY winning
guitarist from Austin Texas)features the dazzling
guitar work by Tuki(KROSSWINDZ) on the track SPACE
GUITAR.Available in USA and at Val Serrie productions
site.
The album THE MUSIC OF THE GLOBE features two tracks
by KROSSWINDZ namely ONE WORLD and MAHUT BONDHU which
was re-released in USA by independant Washington based
label JOE ANTHONY PRODUCTIONS,this album has gone on
to become a hot seller from amazon , itunes and other
online merchants apart from being popular at
conventional music stores like TOWER.
Krosswindz has been a pioneer in the band movement in
West Bengal and the first bengali
project/collaboration with GAUTAM CHATTERJEE(MONI
MAMA)of MOHINER GHORAGULI yielded the anthemic hit
Prithibita Naki Choto Hote Hote.Released in 1994 the
album AABAR BOCHOR KURI POREY has become a staple
amongst music lovers.
The collaboration happened when Gautam suggested
KROSSWINDZ record and perform one track he had written
and set tune to in 1993 and eventually the studio
sessions yeilded the astonishing new bengali side of
KROSSWINDZ.This song has now been remade by Bollywood
in the movie GANGSTER and a hindi version is doing the
rounds on all music channels.
Krosswindz has evolved over the early years from being
a  rock band to a world/fusion band and has gained
repute all over the world for its pathbreaking new
sound and fresh approach to music.In the early years
the band created a tremendous fan following of loyal
fans who followed the band and are still avid
listeners/audiences, the reputation of the band as
being a stupendous live act spread and gigs picked up
by the mid nineties and nowadays on an average the
band has ten to twelve shows a month.
The music of krosswindz has been featured in numerous
documentary films and commercials.Recently the
international multi-award winning film THE WAY BACK
HOME by film maker SUPRIYO SEN featured the vocals of
CHANDRANI(KROSSWINDZ) in the song Ghore Pherar Gaan
(written by Gautam Chatterjee from the album Khyapar
Gaan) prominently as the Title track and background
score for the film.
The music of KROSSWINDZ is being aired by all the
major FM stations in CALCUTTA namely RADIO MIRCHI,RED
FM,AAMAR FM and ALL INDIA RADIO.In AUSTRALIA pbs FM in
MELBOURNE is playing the song JHIKO JHIKO by
KROSSWINDZ on their show GLOBAL VILLAGE hosted by
ROGER HOLDSWORTH.
KROSSWINDZ has been on many major national and
international TV shows and reputed production houses
like the BBC and MTV have covered KROSSWINDZ on
innumerable occassions.
Krosswindz has acted for a feature part in the
telefilm called "Aamra Ebong" by noted Calcutta
actor/director Parambrata Chatterjee  where even the
soundtrack of the film has songs from the album
-MISIKI MISIKI(FOLK-FUSION)KROSSWINDZ.The song "Morihe
Shyam" from this album is the title song of this
tele-film.
The band also appears regularly on game shows and
interviews on popular Indian TV channels like zee
bangla(hau mau khau),Tara Muzik-Take a break and
Bandemonium,Sangeet Bangla(metro music and Shudhu
Gaane Shudhu Shongeete)etc.Channel S in the UK has
telecast a documentary featuring KROSSWINDZ.GAAN BEDHE
DOLBAJEE on CTVN PLUS channel.
KROSSWINDZ has one of the highest record sales in the
regional market and has had superhit albums like ONE
WORLD,JHIKO JHIKO and MISIKI MISIKI selling lakhs of
units.Presently Krosswindz is signed to Indian label
SAGARIKA MUSIC.
KROSSWINDZ has been on the charts at broadjam.com
numerous times and a huge number of people have
downloaded the band's music from free sites like
mp3.com
ONE WORLD has entered the Earth Top 10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Production - Mid Tempo Top
10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Pop Top 10 at Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Broadjam #1 Songs Top 10 at
Broadjam!
ONE WORLD has entered the Production - Female Vocals
Top 10 at
Broadjam!
Krosswindz's rendition of the song TANGRA TOBU KATON
JAYE from
the album JHIKO JHIKO has been nominated by an
AMERICAN company called JPF(CD BABY) in the BEST FOLK
SONG category of their music awards
http://www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/20



















press clippings are at the following link-


Krosswindz Bengali Songs-
                     https://youtu.be/Je2EifT0kXg



                     Krosswindz English Songs-

                 https://youtu.be/zPzi-dkPwgE







Assamese songs-


CHANDRANI - VOCALS




The mellifluous voice of Chandrani Banerjee has adorned many albums and won her many admirers from around the world. There's something incredibly endearing about Chandrani's songs a strange combination of vulnerability and unassuming melodies that work very well together.A Grassroot Grammy Nomminnee -nominated for Best Song and Best Album in Nashville TN(USA).Chandrani was awarded LBF Visionary award of Excellence  2009. Chandrani has established herself as a pioneer in the Indian music scenario as the first Indian female Singer Songwriter to make it to the charts. Fluent in a vast array of genres Chandrani has covered Jazz, Folk, Blues, Country, Classic Rock, to ethnic Bengali folk and contemporary Indian music. Maintaining a fine balance between her
Western music knowledge and Ethnic music experiments she is forgoing ahead in search of new horizons.



VIKRAMJIT BANERJEE (TUKI) - GUITAR AND PRODUCTION



If there ever was a person totally addicted and immensely passionate about his work then it would be none other than Tuki. His life has been a living example of dedication, honesty and integrity to his art form that is music. Inspired flights of melodic guitar solos to delicately arrpegiated chords or wildly screaming harmonics are all bread and butter for him. A total master of his instrument, playing since the tender age of four, he has studied nearly all forms of music and is currently mastering the DOTARA an Indian fretless 4 stringed instrument. Composing songs like "Silences" and "Too Tired To Talk" being examples of the poet hidden within him. There are innumerable songs within him just bursting out to be recorded and shared with the world. He spends most of his time in his own home studio where he
experiments and puts down his ideas as finished compositions. Equally adept at computer music sequencing he is a clever programmer and often programs pieces of music to form the foundation for experiments on new compositions. Like a star dancing on the horizon, just to light up that spark in your mind and open the gates of that dam that lets out inspiration that is TUKI.






RATANJIT  - KEYBOARDS



Ratanjit  has been passionately devoted to music since childhood. From an early age he studied all forms of music with attention to every detail of nuances and tonal coloration of each genre. He is a texture man and has added a beautiful color and depth to the Krosswindz sound with his subtle touches and inspired playing. Gifted with a very sharp ear he can change styles at the drop of a coin and each show is a great eclectic journey. You never know where each jam is going to go. 

Dominic - BASS  from ripon streeti is a rock solid bassist who is equally versatile as a six string Bassist

TUSHAR - DRUMS the youngest member and a very sensitive and dynamic musician,the backbone of the band


press clippings are at the following link-

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjuAfxz5
























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