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  1. Going to find things a bit tite this year on trips out.
    4 points
  2. Oops! I seemed to have reached my quota on this thread alone...I only clicked on them because I was reminded that they were there...normally I just ignore them. I'll be glad to see the back of them. Totally meaningless waste of space. Janet
    3 points
  3. I hope they've gone forever. They have been vindictively misused. Tone
    3 points
  4. Bob, I have been a musician for over 45 years, with over 30 years also as a commercial studio owner and sound engineer. I feel that some of your requirements and expectations may be unrealistic. You mention minimal noise nuisance problems as you and your friends will be wearing headphones, but you also talk of recording a Leslie cabinet with microphones against the cabinet. As a Hammond/leslie player, then you will know as well as I that a Leslie cabinet needs to be driven fairly hard to get the full leslie effect, but more to the point, the leslie effect is obtained from the doppler effect of the sound emanating from the rotating horns at varying speeds. This changes the apparent pitch and tone of the sound and to record the sound effectively, it is neccessary to mic the cabinet at a distance of several feet using a stereo pair. This would be totally impractical within the confines of a boat, not only because of the lack of space but also by the sound being spoiled by the sufaces and low ceiling. There is also the virtually insurmountable problem of external sounds in a boat environment, which frequently carry through the water and hull. A good quality Leslie simulator will give muuch better results in the environment that you are looking at. As for older mics being more sensitive, I would have to disagree here, as modern mic technology allows for greater sensitivity and wider frequency ranges. There are of course many more types of mics available these days which pick up short ranges and within defined frequencies, such as various contact mics for drum kits. Your need for recording live vocals though, would, if you want high quality, require something akin to the Neumann U87 or equivalent, perhaps a Rode condensor at a lower budget. You will also be aware of course that mikes like the Neumann are notorious for picking up the sound of 'a dog licking it's bollocks at 20ft' to use an old studio term. It would certainly pick up the sound of even a heavily silenced generator 50 ft away. Mics like the Shure SM58 for instance, are less sensitive, but won't give a voice quality suitable for studio work, although great for guitar. If you are intending live vocal broadcast as a voice over, then you will need an extremely well sound insulated vocal booth at minimum. Any 'real' instrument sounds, such as acoustic guitar, wind instruments etc, will also require a booth but also with heavily proofed floor and ceiling, as low frequency sound travels extremely easily through the water and the boat structure. I understand your love of your keyboards, but away from live gigging, apart from the Hammond with it's unique sound, you must remember that all of the others are not 'real instrument' sounds, they are modified and filtered LFOs and HFOs or on some keyboards mixed with sampled sounds. All of these are basically sound modules with a keyboard attached, and all of the input from the keyboard is using midi controllers, even if you are not using the midi outs. This means that good modern sound modules or vst instruments can reproduce those sounds exactly, meaning that you don't need to sacrifice all that space and power for gigging instruments. No longer having access to full studio facilities, I recently finished recording an album on my boat, with 5 part vocals, acoustic and elctric guitars and using a wide array of vst instruments. I used Cubase vst, using a wide range of plug in effects, such as noise gates, equalisers, vitalisers, limiter/compressors, amp simulators, reverbs etc etc. Orchestral sounds were from Garritan personal Orchestra via a master keyboard controller. The whole lot was done on a laptop and the end result was, I feel, as good as anything I could have achieved in my last 48 track digital studio. Best of all, there was little power consumption and only minor noise problems from outside. Just think of Live and studio as totally different, and be open to trying alternatives. They are frequently as good and often much better in the recording situation. Roger
    3 points
  5. I've never been a fan of the reputation facility on here - as it was considered by many as meaningless and others as open to abuse because you could vote your own posts up (how daft is that?) or members could 'tactility' vote somebody else's posts up or down (using 2 votes a day) to reduce or raise a members reputation, not an issue for a member who didn't care, but might have been to some that did. So if it has gone in least in part, it's a big step forward. ETA - I can testify you can still vote your own posts up though... You should have saved one of your 110....
    2 points
  6. Do you want to take a deep breath, and think again. This is not a Bob bashing session. You asked a question, and clearly you imagined that it had a simple answer. The problem was that the question did not have a simple answer, and the asking of the question suggested that there were other issues that you might want to consider. The answer to your original question is that you will probably manage to run that setup for about 45 minutes - ONCE, and once only.After that you will have two issues, namely that the rapid discharge will have reduced your battery capacity, and that you don't have sufficient capacity to recharge 675Ah of batteries in a reasonable time (which will further reduce their capacity). You mention hiring in an 11KVA generator when you need it, but this has to raise other concerns. People go to the canals to get some peace and quiet, and if somebody starts running mini power plants on the towpath, they are going to complain to BW. To say nothing of the fact that your on board 240V system will be wired in 2.5mm arctic flex, with a 16A commando, and isn't rated for all that extra power. Then you keep playing this whole "ex-soldier" thing, as if this somehow means that you should be treated differently from mere mortals. You are welcome here, but if you ask for advice, you will get advice, including advice that says things you don't want it to say.
    2 points
  7. So it only took two pages for someone to write something with a bit of common sense rather than the stupid and self-satisfied crap that came before from people who think they know everything about boating from behind a computer. rather than sit there pontificating like overweight vultures they could perhaps get out and see if there was something they could do to mitigate someone's tragedy. It would be my take, based solely on the pictures, to agree with you and Phylis (stranger things have happened) that they are in imminent danger of sinking. And it's a bit sad that madmark should have to post a picture of his boat sunk to show the difference. I too have had a boat sink through bilge pump failure (= operator error) and can assure you that the boats in the OP are almost certainly saveable before they sink.
    2 points
  8. Thank you to all the people who responded about my plan to put a Recording studio on my boat following on from that. I have a question about power conversions and batteries life. For example One piece of equipment runs at 400W at 240 v which equates to 1.66A Using the same formula A=W/V this would give me 33.33 A Is there any loss when you step up voltages through a inverter? Using the example in the last posts 550Ah running to 1/2 would give me 225Ah at 12V and at 33.3 A this would equate to 6.7 hrs. of life Am I on the right track or have I missed something? Regards Bob B
    1 point
  9. Can anyone tell me what has happened on the rating buttons in the bottom right of a posting? Earlier today (I think) I had two buttons a plus and a minus. Now I seem to only have one, the plus and yet there are minus ratings showing on some posts. Has this facility been altered to plus only but existing minuses remain or what? Roger
    1 point
  10. Gee thanks! I appear to have gone from -37 reputation bad to -1 reputation neutral in about a month. I feel quite.... holy..... Tone
    1 point
  11. There are loses. Easy way to cover it all is to divide by 10 eg: 400w will draw 40A @12v
    1 point
  12. I've clicked it back up one to compensate. Welcome Janto two
    1 point
  13. Thanks Nick. I shall be changing the oil regularly - I'm used to this being an Alfa owner!
    1 point
  14. Whereas it may be jolly to debate the finer points of language while some poor geezer or geezette is wading about in freezing water trying to save their pride and joy. I am sure that at least one of the idiots debating on here is near enough to go and make a difference. As for definitions of sunk. With a narrowboat on a shallow canal it will be obvious to anyone with half a brain and true experience that a boat with gunwhales under is sunk, one that is resting on the bottom with gunwhales out is "partially submerged" and that one afloat, albeit with a large quantity of water shipped is 'sinking'. If you want to be truly pedantic then I could do worse than quote a wooden boat owning friend - 'all boats take on water, if the water is pumped out slower than it comes in then it is sinking' What is it about the arse end of January that means that common sense and simple compassion for fellow boaters are thrown out the window in favour of smug point scoring?
    1 point
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  16. Phyllis has way too much time on her hands.
    1 point
  17. Can you explain how the mooring rope is holding the bow up?
    1 point
  18. If NC was in the position "Morning Mist" is in, then she wouldnt be sunk. She would have taken on water which is completely different to sinking whoesever world you are in.
    1 point
  19. sorry my definition is if it's on the bottom with water in it it's sunk and aside from that as I already said the point Rachael is making is bloody irrelevant. If NC was submerged to that degree for what ever reason I don’t think she’d be banging on about whether it fitted any sort of definition of whether it was 'sunk' or not…
    1 point
  20. Would a sunken sink count as sunk?
    1 point
  21. One only counts as sunk when it is well sunk. I wouldnt count either of te two in the OP's post as sunk as there is still a large majority of the vessels above the water line and floating. The bows of both boats are still floating. Not sure why this one took a liking of the bottom It caused a stir in the marina though
    1 point
  22. Another source to consider is Viovet we found they will often (but not always) be the cheapest source of prescription and non prescription pet medication.
    1 point
  23. Now about this macho comment. What is macho about living off the land I have done it all my life. I asked getting a shotgun license for my boat or should I say renew my license if you bothered to read it was a .410 not a 12 gauge. This is a single shot single barrel used for rabbits not a Pump action sawn off mayhem device. Yes Sir, the Vermin quip was in jest, after 82 I swore I would never use a gun against a person again, I’ve seen too much bloodshed in my life to ever want to deprive anyone of their life even if some Rat who decide my studio is fair game. They may get what they deserve but I don’t need a gun to stop somone my things. As I said Minimum Force! Now, to put you at ease, I am suitable actually to own a Shotgun and I have the papers to prove it. What worries me is you adn others have taken a Vvindictive side against me, you don’t know me but already you have made a decision that I am a bad person. I also take offence at your Macho comment in this day and age who are you to decide. What is Macho? I have a lady friend who owns two shotguns and regular shots game and clay. Is she Macho? If a Lady wants to live off the land what are you going to call her? A Les.... My friend Lynn in America has a Pink 375 Hunting Rifle is that macho? She shoots dear when the season is starts. Just because you do not agree with guns and we are talking shotguns here not Automatic weapons, that doesn’t mean you are right or you have the right to start calling me names! As always Kind Regards Bob B Thank you for your reply, I have thought this through, and most of the recording is done through line sockets so I just need enough battery to put the vocals down. I had installed extra batteries when I bought the boat. I just needed to know how long 5 batteries would last. If I record the Hammond through the Leslie I have 3 mikes close to the case so I don’t get anything else but what I want. There is nothing like A Hammond and Leslie at full chat with all 9 pulled to the stops! Old mikes can pick up everything but the ones I use do not. I also have Noise surrounds on the mikes so only the voice is picked up. Of course this doesn’t stop some prat honking when they see my boat tied up some ware. Hey look it’s Bob I bet he’s recording Lets Honk! ROFL. I was recording in Maine last year for my Radio show and every time I start to record an interview with Shakura S'Aida some idiot blew his horn on his powerboat. Arse! Bob B 8 people sitting around with Earphones on. Hmmm 'statutory noise nuisance' You guess and make assumptions yet you speak with your arse instead of your brain.
    1 point
  24. Never liked Midi driven recording or VST Plugins, it sounds so unnatural. Drummers are supposed to get stomed and screw up hehe! I have a whole load of plugins them in Sonar but never use them. I played a Hammond Simulator on a stage once when I was asked to do an impromptu appearance Euch! Id put in a pic if I could find the attach button Bob B Didnt say I was alone I take your point but I do beleive I have a right to protect my property with minium force. If I dont get my License I will just have to use my training. Thanks Bob B
    1 point
  25. I looked at Solar when I was at the Boat show last week £700 for 65W The Honda gen will put out .9KVA (1000W) This should help. Is there a Noise limit in Marinas? i.e. no gen after 10PM? You are correct I run at 6KBs I managed to do this and hold a number of chat windows open so I think this is ok, I did a test with Speedtest.net I got 1Mb upload and 2MB down. I bought a Option Globe surfer III - HSUPA High Speed 3G Router so I think it’s best fighting trousers on! Thanks Bob B
    1 point
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  27. Well it helped my because I hadn't fully appreciated the pressure switch and the pump were separate - I'd assumed the switch was integral within the pump...
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  32. Okay, to clarify and expand. They were fishing for food, so they were not fishing within the terms of a UK angling rod licence. I spoke to them about keeping an eye on my boat while I went to the pub, which they did. They told me, when I asked, that they were illegal immigrants from Poland. They seemed quite proud of it, probably recognising that I am a sort of water gypsy myself. Due to my previous warnings by the police about not approaching such groups when I was a bailiff on the Basy, I did not bother to ask whether they actually had a rod licence as it seemed certain they didn't, and I know that fishing within 50 yards of a bridge or lock (they contravened both these regs) is illegal. It seemed obvious that they couldn't have a rod licence if they were illegally in the country. I did not try to stop them or report them. (Does that make me an accomplice?) Now.... the reality of Dave Mayall's comments are that he seeks any way he possibly can to ridicule me, the reason being that I once ridiculed him by challenging him to bring his criticisms of Nabo to council, when I was Vice Chair. He didn't. It is a childish revenge thing. He is right about one thing though. I have fallen out with every waterway organisation that I have belonged to, because I won't be a sycophant, and I do speak my mind, rightly or wrongly. So be it. Let it be. Tone
    1 point
  33. Sorry.... wot was the thread about originally?? Oh yes. Trent Falls aka Trent End aka Trent Mouth. As I wuz saying, I don't think it is that difficult for narrowboats as long as you have at least two aboard, VHF (legally if you wish) and pick you tides and weather carefully, and are happy to sit on a mud bank at low tide should you go aground. If you meet a seven bladed yoghurt pot going round and round in circles, give Phylis a wave. a BIG 5ft one. Tone
    1 point
  34. Maybe making a new member the butt of jokes because he spelt a word wrong, and marking him down on reputation by three notches is just a little unkind and unwelcoming? Tone
    0 points
  35. ? I have not noticed that topics here are all about one thing! They generally have at least two threads going and these often go off at tangents like rockets on Nov 5th! Or am I mixing metaphors? I agree that a sinking boat is truly a nightmare and I feel really sorry for anyone that has experienced it; what's the worst though? I am sorry if you are stressed by your boating at present, at present I am luxuriating in 25C temperatures - why not fly out and join me for a couple of weeks and get a new lease of life? Definitely - language is a means of communication first and foremost, but that doesn't mean that the study of language for it's own sake cannot be enjoyable, after all good communication depends upon knowing what you are saying. I would also note that email type communication is very limiting - even with smileys the meaning and harshness of comments can be easily misinterpreted. Anyway - as they say out here - have a good day!
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  38. Cheap shot.. and no pun intended.....
    -1 points
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  40. Yes perhaps in Phylis' world it is, meanwhile back in the real world....
    -1 points
  41. Which bit of "The point I was coming from, and I'm sorry if this wasn't clear, is call cost from a mobile phone to 0800 numbers." are you finding difficult to understand? If you bothered to follow the link I gave you would have seen it is about someone undertaking commercial carrying on the (UK) canals. The fact that you find Skype useful when in Brazil is not relevant to those circumstances.
    -1 points
  42. So I see! You've had to jettison the 'g' and 'h' already. Still, the extra 'e' should keep you happy.
    -1 points
  43. Junior members , junior behaviour.
    -1 points
  44. You'll never find a poor pensioner I only hope there's a state pension when/if i manage to reach that grand age of 66.
    -1 points
  45. oh how we laughed, is this really your best shot Chris, as last time, random personal insults do not advance the argument...
    -2 points
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