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Kerosene Jam – Mike Martin, Scott Williams & Kerry Denton Live @ Darwin’s 1/8/14

This was the first tune of the host set. I usually like to play some sort of spontaneous composition as a way to warm up the ears and hands. Really get the band listening to each other. It was very cold here in GA due to Al Gore’s Arctic Sharknado Vortex (or something like… oh, I don’t know… WINTER…) so the venue had a small kerosene heater on for a bit to help warm up the room. The smell of kerosene in a small room is a bit strong to say the least!

In any event, Scott started playing this bass groove and we immediately dubbed it “The Kerosene Jam”.

A side note about my rig for the evening:
I’ve had some custom speaker cabinets made for me by Glenwood Enclosures in High Point, NC. This one is a 115 cabinet loaded with an Eminence Legend. It’s my first 115 cab so I’m learning a lot about how this speaker sounds as I’m breaking it in. I really dug the tone! This speaker breaks up much later than the Vintage 30’s I’m used to but the tone is warm and full. I think it will be complemented well by the 212 cabinet I also had built to match. I was driving it with an Orange OR15, a 15 watt tube head, which is more than loud enough for a small club like this where I don’t mic the cab.

One of the fun things for me is getting to hear other guitarists playing their guitars through whatever set-up I bring out so I get to walk around the room and listen so I can make tweaks!

Jam Night 1/8/2014 @ Darwins Burgers & Blues (Marietta, GA)
Host band:
Mike Martin: Guitar and Vocals
Scott Williams: Bass
Kerry Denton: Drums

Shot with ZOOM Handy Video Recorder by BA from Picks & Strings. Thanks, BA!

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www.darwinsburgers.com


Orange OR50 & PPC412 Compact Cabinet Video Demo/Review

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This is a demo/review of the Orange OR50 Head and PPC412 Compact Cabinet. I mic’d the cabinet with an SM57 into my Pro Tools rig and used no effects or EQ to give an honest representation of the sound of the speaker.

Spoiler Alert: You may hear a couple of snippets of new music that has yet to be released…

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Orange TH30 video demo by Mike Martin

Putting an Orange TH30 amp through it paces.

I received some great feedback, comments and questions on my last video for the Orange OR15. Thank you guys for that! Several questions were in regard to the TH30 amp (among others) and how it compared to Orange USA was kind enough to lend me one to have some fun with. This video is the result. I hope you enjoy it!

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You can email me directly here: mike@mikemartin.net

For more info, please visit:
www.mikemartin.net – www.orangeamps.com

Gear used:
Orange TH30 head (full power mode)
Glenwood Enclosures 2×12 cab (Vintage 30’s)
1994 Ibanez AS80
1998 Ibanez UV777

No pedals or EQ & compressors were used in tracking or in Pro Tools with the exception of some light master-bus limiting to normalize the over-all track. My goal was to explore the TH30’s real world versatility by using only the amps channels and tone controls to create space in the mix for each guitar part.

Music:
“TH30 Jam”
Written by Mike Martin
©Mike Martin 2013
(P)2 of 5 Music (ASCAP)
all rights reserved

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Mike’s Notes – Video Blog – Answering email about getting amp sounds while recording.

Hey Guys,

I’ve been getting some email asking questions about different things I do/use when performing and recording. One particular reoccuring question has been about what kind of advice I would give about dialing in an amp to get great tone.

Well, it just so happens that my good friends at Orange Amplification had lent me an OR15 head for some recording I was working on while finishing up the Agent Cooper album. It’s an amazing amp! And also a very straight-forward single channel, no B.S. EL84 tube monster weighing in at a mighty 15 watts. Which makes it perfect for recording with and demonstrating how I like to work with gain structure to acheive different tones.

This video is the result. The amp was recorded into a Pro Tools session through a Glenwood 2×12 cabinet loaded with Celestion Vintage 30’s and no effects or EQ added in post. Bone dry. So you get exactly the sound I’m hearing in my studio (depending on what you are lstening to the video on, of course!)

Keep sending in your e-mails and I look forward to answering more of them in another video blog.

And check out Orange’s amazing line of amplifiers here:
http://orangeamps.com

Email Mike your questions at:
mike@mikemartin.net

Cheers!
Mike

(Spoiler Alert: you may hear an excerpt of new Agent Cooper music as well as something that might be on my next solo album. Both coming soon!)


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