David's Demos

The former address was www.thebandwizdum.com

 

 

HERE IS VIDEO #1 !!!

 

 

(12 more are in the works)

(for some Rockin' Soxx Trivia, scroll way down)

 

 

 

 

 

So, what the hell is new?

First official merch!   

 

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Dec 22 2020 - Music Video News:



In this Psuedo-Blog, I am listing new stuff on top so, I am sure its a bit disjointed and so forth but, it is what it is. “The Vapor Trail” video project is still underway. This video is heavy in CGI and I cant quite afford to farm it out. So, I have hundreds of hours in learning and modeling in Blender. (3d Modeling software) I would guess there is a couple-few thousand more man hours left to go. wow-wee. But, I have also started on Video #2, "Like a Dog." Like Video #1, this one will lean to the humorus side.

I havent shared any new demos for a while so, here is one. "Ah-Sus-Sah". It has a wacky title because that gibberish was rolling through my head, in harmony, while I was cutting grass. I doubt if this one will ever evolve into a proper song, nor a video.

 

 

Nov 13 2019 - Music Video News:


As a few of you may know, I monkey around with writing music and music videos. Two years ago, I announced I will be doing 13 videos and I kicked it off with the release of video #1- “Rockin’ Soxx”. With having close to 50 songs, it’s going to be a hard choice on which tune will be video #2. But I do know which song will be #13. I have been working on the song, “The Vapor Trail” for about 22 years. Over time, this song has evolved into something I consider, rather special. And unquestionably, worthy of a video.
From the song’s inception, I have dreamed up vague video concepts and elements. But, all in my mind’s eye. Recently, I assembled some simple place-holder elements into a video story board. Even in its rough form, it was a magical moment to see two decades of mysterious puzzle pieces fall into place. Its clear this one should be the Grand Finally of the series. The stark reality is, producing this video will be a serious challenge. But, I have a formidable tenacity…it’s going to happen.
So today, Nov 13 2019, I am announcing:
“The Vapor Trail” video is in Pre-Production.
Tentative Release Date: Nov 13th 2025.

 

April 14 2020 -  I am running a newly modded rig.

GUITAR TONE NOTES:

 Since I have written my demos with a either a Carvin or a Rockman, I suppose those tones are forever ingrained into my tunes. I have done dozens if not hundreds of experiments over the years to see if these two could be combined.

I discovered I needed to look at guitar tone from two separate (but linked) perspectives:

Distortion Characteristics and Frequency Characteristics.

My Carvin X100 Full Stack was a fucking beast. Incredible Distortion Characteristics.  Why? Tubes. BUT, these rich harmonics are taking up freq space. Some filtering needs done. Enter:

The Rockman Sustainor has a perfect guitar voice. Why? it is the frequency range it fills. It filters off the crap and boost the love. Its not unlike a perfectly cocked Wah Pedal.  It's clean channel is perfect. But alone, the distortion kinda lacks a "certain thickness." which, in my set up, the Carvin provides.

 

 

Chain:

Rockman Sustainor >

Send to Carvin X1 >

 Sus's Distortion/Edge Return  (Dist Channel) >

Tuner >

Digitech MEQ > (critical in shaping the post freqs and db levels )

Rockman Chorus  >  (Stereo adds dimension)

Reverb > ( I am digging the Digitech Polara Reverb. A lot of quality packed into a pedal. Stereo)

PC Sound Card

 

The Carvin X1 is a Twin 12AX7 Preamp. Its thick distortion character is what my ears expect to hear. I used 12AU7s to tame the gain. This not only gave me more control on the saturation, it also gave a bigger window of control to dial in the right amount of gain to the Rockman's return. This is a critical level.

 

The MEQ was invaluable to tweaking tone. 28 bands give all the control needed and recallable.

 

With that said, here is a note straight out of the Rockman Sustainor Manual:

Was that a warning or a challenge?!?

 

 

....how does it sound? To me, the Tracked Tone is great.  I am truly working on getting new clips up.

 

The last point on tone: In the age of High-Quality Digital Guitar Modeling, I think there is a cool-factor of running a 30 year old, Pure-Analog ROCKMAN. Also, I would guess there are very few rigs in the world implementing the same "Questionable Pre-emphasis.

And that's kinda cool too.

 

 

ROCKIN SOXX TRIVIA:

 There are hundreds of Photoshop elements in the video.....several hundred .....many are barely noticeable.
This project did, in fact, take over 632 hours. And that is not including writing & recording the song.
The song was written on the red guitar seen @3:00 in 1990/91. It was originally metallic blue, hard tail and ebony fretboard.
The song was written in the back room of the garage. (Behind the Atlast wall)
There are 51 versions (changes, mixes. ect) of the Rockin' Soxx song.
As of Nov 2019, no one has guessed all the personas. :)
The scene from 2:46 through 3:17 was filmed just before the eclipse and just after. My studio was uncomfortably hot. probably just as hot as the original movie set was.
The Stunt Hoagie used in this episode is now available on eBay. 50% is going to charity.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/202155115308?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
@7:49 I was making eye contact with Rockie the Cat. Coincidently, he later left the house and did come back for an unprecedented 3 days.
@6:26 The nebula is in the shape of Soxx's tattoo.
This was the most difficult project I have ever done....and the most fun.
What's next for Episode #2?
hahha... I dunno yet. I just wrote a new, rock-cliché love song and perhaps it would be good to do an episode more "universal."
I agree, episode #1 is aimed toward guitar culture.
When is Episode #2 coming out?
Wow, good question but, it is a matter of economics. Once songs are posted for sale on iTunes, ect, perhaps there will some return to get #2 in motion. BUT sharing is free and adds momentum.

 

 

 

 

Here is an older Demo...yup its rough.

 

 
 

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I don't have a treated room for mixing. I knew I had "something wrong" with how the monitors sounded. This software called "Sonarworks Reference 4" fixes the curve by sampling whole room with a suppiled mic. And then calculating an EQ curve that is ran on your master or a bus.
This is a must-have.

















I run JBL 305P MkII 5" Monitors.








 
The wizdum band name? In 7th grade I misspelled "wisdom" on a spelling test. I phonetically answered WIZDUM. The irony was hysterical to me. I did legally register the band name in 2006. But it seems a LOT of kids use that name.



 
The Logo?
in 2003, I was goofing around with Photoshop and this was something I didn't delete. I thought I would come up with something better but, so far I haven't.

  When I see it, it boosts my mood.








A few notes to share to my fellow axe slingers:
I have tried many brands of strings over the years. D'Addario NYXLs are my favorite, by a Parsec.









The worst strings are Fender Bullets. They had rust inside the sealed plastic package. They felt "dry" as well. I compared a new set of these to a new set of NYXLs. The Fenders had a slight drop in volume and took a lot stretching to stay in tune.
...sorry Fender, but the truth is the truth.





Dunlop Max-Grips are the only pick that stays put between by fingers.
But, they aren't quite perfect. I came up with an improved design. One of these days I will either submit it to Dunlop or have them manufactured myself.











I have used a DiMarzio Tone Zone DP155F pickup in the bridge of all my main axes since I can remember....20 years?





MORE TO COME







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Who is Soxx?
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