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Increasing Dynamic Range of recording
Sebastian Rittersma
Buitenpost Netherlands

16th April 2014

Hello Guy, I read your diaries about the recording sessions. I'm a long time fan an also an audiophile.. I wonder if it is possible to increase the dynamic range of the recordings. I find the recent recordings having to much compression to my taste. Why not give it a shot :) Best Regards Sebastian I think our recordings have plenty of dynamic range, certainly more than most records. It's a fine line as we're not in the business of making classical albums. However, I'm always in favour of more, in the right circumstances and certain songs can take it.
More fans
Ernst van de Luijtgaarden
Germany

16th April 2014

Dear Guy, I am studying in Heidelberg (Germany) for half a year. In just three weeks I made here several students fan of Marks' music. Especially they like the song 'Hill Farmer's Blues'. All the different solo's from the Privateering Tour are doing well here on youtube. Hope this song never leaves the setlist! All the best, Ernst. It's one of our favourites too.
MALTED MILK
BOUYER OLIVIER
FRANCE

16th April 2014

Hello Doc, do you know Malted Milk French Band : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v[...] Very cool.
Markers
Scott Hawk
The pubs and castles

16th April 2014

Doc, we're having a wonderful time visiting London for the first time, in town for the World Irish Dance Championships. In between dancing commitments for my daughter, it is has been a blast to bump into places we only new in song ... Shaftesbury Avenue, Speaker's Corner, and the Cutty Sark. Some landmarks we literally bumped in to whilst going round London and others we made a short trip. We even snuck over to deptford to snap a photo of the DS "performed their first gig here" plaque. My middle son turned 18 the day after we arrived which has made our pub visits more interesting for him, in the US, 21 is the legal limit so he'll have to go back to being a lawful citizen when we return. In your opinion, is the drinking age too low in England? Sounds like fun. No, I don't, it's 18 pretty much everywhere across Europe. Have a nice holiday.
tunnel of love
maurizio de caro
Bolzano Italy

16th April 2014

Hello Guy I'm new here but I follow your forum since a couple of years and I enjoy your tour diaries very much, I like your way of exposing your thoughts and feelings about all the places you visit during the various tours. I've seen you two times now and especially in Piazzola sul Brenta you had such a marvellous sound!!! I've sen many many bands live but I've never heard such a sound and you are a wonderful band!! Now the question about tunnel of love that Laura asked you.. I know that Mark will always play what he wants to play but could you please tell him about this request? Then he will do whatever he wants with it. I was 7 years old when tunnel of love came out and this song gave the desire to play the guitar in my future (and I play since 24 years now). Thanks very very much in advance. God bless you and your family!! Maurizio Many thanks, much appreciated. Mark is well aware of these requests. He reads this forum from time to time.
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Your cup of tea?
Johan Fredriksson
Sweden

16th April 2014

Hello Doc! Dunno if you remember me, but I wrote you a few years back posting a link to one of my old songs from my website where you wrote a few lines in the guestbook. Now, a few years later I am finally working with my very first CD and it would mean the world to me if you listened and shared your thoughts of the "singles" I've released on Spotify and iTunes. I hope and think that this can be your cup of tea.. ;) All the best, Guy! / Johan Fredriksson http://open.spotify.com/album/[...] OK. Very nice acoustic sounds. Piano sounds quite heavy handed and loud on All Alone, and not quite in the 'pocket'..songs quite depressing and vocally could scan better. Nice production ideas though. Keep it up.
Point de vue
sofiane cheklat
Montreal

16th April 2014

Hi Doc, hope you're doing well, can I ask you if sometimes, you or Mark, watch the youtube videos of your performances and try to have a critical eye on screenwriting or lights or other things, or how the public reacts to a specific song for exemple. Thank you I can honestly say...never.
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personal favorite?
john
recliner

16th April 2014

Watching the leaders warm up on Sunday at Augusta I must admit I'm a bit excited to see this day play out. It is an exciting leaderboard (yes, even without Tiger, Phil, Sergio, et al), and there are quite a few great players within reach of this thing. Pulling for anyone in particular? The course looks hard and fast; I would expect to see some pretty ridiculous ball movement out there today, in the air some, but especially on the ground. Jimenez? Couples? This is great: hope for those of us near or past 50 that there may still be a good round or two left to play. Hope you are getting the chance to watch it, and the chance to play some yourself. I'm pulling for the guy in the purple shirt, either one, actually. I did have my money on Jordan Speith, but when you hit the ball off the tee like Bubba, and can putt, you're tough to beat.
recording GF3
Marty McAuliffe
Syracuse, New York

16th April 2014

I realize Guy that you are presently busy at BG with the recording of the new MK album..but I am curious about something. Will you and Max record anything for GF3 at your home studio..or will it all be done at BG? As a side note..how is the home studio coming along? Thanks Marty My album is being pieced together at home whenever I have some spare time. It's coming together nicely.
Titles, titles
Hazel
Bucks UK

16th April 2014

Hi Doc, hope you’re enjoying this lovely sunny Sunday. I’m sitting in the sunshine watching the new leaves unfurl, and musing (like you do). I wondered if the new album has a title yet? (NB: This isn’t a veiled request to tell us what it is – honest!) You see, I scribble a bit myself (stories, not songs) and my chapters have to have names otherwise I don’t know what I’m writing about. But everyone’s creative process is different. And so I wondered at what point “Privateering” became “Privateering,” for example. Was the concept always there in Mark’s mind, or did the title get added quite late on, like a label on a fine wine? No title as yet. As for Privateering, it was always a song and seemed like a good album title.
Customers??
Philip Stinson

16th April 2014

"Fans can ask as much as they want, he'll play what he wants to play." That's the spirit I mean it's not as if you owe anything to the fans it's not as if it was our hard earned money that got you all were you are today! It must be great to be involved with a business which is so cash rich it doesn't need to pay any attention to what it's customers actually want.....unless you're Range Rover then you can get all the old DS songs you want $$$$ Don't you see, cashing in is precisely what we are NOT doing. Unlike a lot of bands who had success in the 70's and 80's we're NOT reforming and playing the same old songs to stadiums full of people who pay exorbitant ticket prices. I'm afraid if you want to hear the old stuff (with a few exceptions) you'll have to go and see the tribute acts. (PS. I still have a mortgage) What Mark offers his fans is NEW material. Far more interesting in my humble opinion.
The Haden Triplets
Tom

14th April 2014

Hi Doc, Came across this beautiful album by the Haden Triplets produced by Ry Cooder. Old-time country songs and wonderful harmony singing. Recommended! All the best, Tom http://www.amazon.com/Haden-Tr[...]
Something really different
Ian Patton
Edmonton, Canada

13th April 2014

Just a really interesting piece of performance art. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=518XP8prwZo https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
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Feet Drumming / Le vent du Nord
Marc Dousset
Beyond Quebec

12th April 2014

I recently saw "Le Vent du Nord", a French Canadian progressive folk band. Really fun gig that had you tapping your feet from the get-go! I did discover a couple of fun instruments: First, the concept of doing percussion with your feet on a board on the floor. Amazingly effective and I did find the attached video to illustrate. Second, the Hurdy Gurdy (see pic) or what appears to be a violin in a box with a crank and a keyboard. It also has drone strings and therefore can sound similar to pipes. Aside from that, no questions but really looking forward to the work in progress! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v[...] many thanks
Tunnel of love
laura sganga
Italy

12th April 2014

Hello Guy, I am an administrator of a Facebook group about Mark and his music. Do you think it's a stupid thing to do a signatures' collection among all fans (there are so many groups and facebook pages, I know them all!) to ask Mark to play "Tunnel of Love" in the next tour? Many people know the reasons why Mark doesn't want more play that song and this idea doesn't want to be a lack of respect for him! I'd like to know your opinion about this idea, considering your proximity to Mark! thanks a lot https://www.facebook.com/group[...] Fans can ask as much as they want, he'll play what he wants to play.
MK Ragpicker
Graham Kortgaard
Calgary

12th April 2014

You mentioned that you used a MK Ragpicker on your Natural Selection album. Does that mean that you actually own one of these beauties, or does it mean that you have access to borrowing Marks guitars. Either way, I must say, that makes me extremely jealous! You are indeed a lucky man! Yes, I'm one of the lucky ones!
RAH concert 'stick'
Tony Unwin
Loch Eck, Argyll & Bute

12th April 2014

Hi Guy, Just wondered if you (or any Forum gazers) could point me in the right direction. I bought a concert stick from the Get Lucky tour but 'lost it' during a refurb'of what was my office at home. I've just found it and was thrilled at the thought of hearing it for the first time.I plugged it into my new Google Nexus tablet but nothing at all happened. I've searched through all my files but can find no pointers to it. Hope all is going well, best wishes to everyone, Tony Sorry to hear that Tony
Panning
Rob Chamberlain
Coventry, UK

12th April 2014

Hi Guy, hopefully this isn't too geeky a question but, on looking back at the last recording diary, I see that on the API legacy that the rhodes channels are not panned at all. Is there a particular sonic advantage (I assume that by not panning each channel, you get the true stereo image coming from the rhodes itself)? Many Thanks, Rob I think the channels were used for something else as I would normally pan Rhodes channels L-R
Amp Settings
Niklas Zumpf
Austria

12th April 2014

Hello Guy, Is there any chance to get a list of all the amp settings, that Mr. Saggers would dial in for each song, for the Reinhardt Storms? (Doesn't matter if the list was up to date, could be from any tour you used the Reinhardts on, KTGC, Get Lucky, Privateering). Oh, and by the way: I recently purchased a copy of Natural Selection, it's a masterpiece. Thanks! Many thanks, no settings just yet
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Collaboration
Klaas Bouke Faber
Netherlands

12th April 2014

Hi Guy! Do you have any news/updates regarding the collaboration thing? Have fun during band recording sessions in a few weeks! Regards Klaas Bouke I do but I can't say yet as there are no official announcements
Selling concert recordings by yourselves
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

12th April 2014

Hello Doc. I always wanted to ask about the concert recordings of the last two tours that we were lucky enough to buy, and the reason why its an external company who does it. Is it because of financial issues? Selling the whole package to another company to take the economical risk?. I always thought that it might be easier if its your own technician, when does the In Ear mix for everyone of you, if he sets up also a mix for the recording, does the recording by himself, and upload it the next day and sell it throught the MK digital shop, instead of having an external engineer and an external company doing all the job. Who knows better than your staff how do you want the songs to be mixed? And I am sure that set up a digital shop for it must be pretty easy. Yes, that's not really something I can discuss here
predictions
Cláudia Sampaio
Brasil

12th April 2014

Sorry,did not express myself right. There is a date for the new album and tour of the MK. Sorry, no dates yet
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Junkie Doll Guitar Tuning
Pavel Fomenkov
Saint Petersburg

12th April 2014

Hi Doc! I just realised that one of the finest and funkiest live songs, 'Junkie Doll', was played by Mark in B-flat, but without a capo on the 1st fret. So it basically means that the tuning of his LP was... up a half step, and it just blows my mind. Why is that? Is guitar sounds completely different if you tune it half step higher rather than just put a capo on the 1st fret? Kinda strange but really interesting. Though the rest of the band played in a standard tuning. If I could remember, I could confirm but no such luck.
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Circa Zero
Mike Child
Southampton, UK

11th April 2014

I was instructed to spread the word about this band on their Facebook page so here goes! Police guitarist Andy Summers, at the tender age of 71, has formed a new rock duo with Rob Giles called Circa Zero. They have a new album out called 'Circus Hero', so named because an American radio DJ got the name of the band wrong when interviewing Andy last year. Seriously, it's a terrific album with no end of killer hooks, and you do have to remind yourself when listening that Andy is into his seventies now! He's still a brilliant guitarist - one of the all-time greats. So, for anyone who is after a good old-fashioned classic rock album, I can definitely recommend this one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
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New vidéoclip
patrick vincent(the tennisman)
Nice

3rd April 2014

Hy Guy Couldn't resist to post the link to see the new videoclip from my friend Stéphane Brunello,a very nice artist.He's got his new album out called "Juin 67" Hope you'll like it..Yours.Patrick https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...]
which acoustic?
john
socal

1st April 2014

Good day, good Doctor. It seems I have been unable to push the eject button on a CD I put in the car player two weeks ago now. It must get about an hour of play per day, sometimes more, but for two weeks now when the CD rolls over to song 1 again, I keep saying "one more time". Natural Selection is a very good album (which I already knew), but this time around I have a deeper appreciation of it, and your musicianship. When I heard the acoustic lead on Said and Done (beginning about 2 min in) I wanted to look up to see who played it. I thought it might be Max (a recent post by my friend Marty asked about your son playing some on the upcoming album, so I thought it might be him). Lo and behold, it was yourself. I am not surprised, but didn't think guitar was your primary instrument. Really fine playing. Also, your harmonies are superb. I've had chance to sing along (hope you don't mind) and no matter where I seem to go in my attempts, I find that one of the layers of your own, or Dorie's, harmonies already have it covered. Falling Tide and Little Light have also really caught my attention this time through. Can I ask which acoustic you used for the bit on Said and Done? (I had to ask at least one question about it). Hope this finds you well. Cheers. That's very nice of you to say John. The acoustic in question was the Martin MK Ragpicker.
Bryan Ferry
Robert Edney
Calgary Canada

1st April 2014

Hi Guy I have some tickets for a Bryan Ferry concert this weekend in Vancouver and am trying to decide if I should get another weekend of skiing in at Fernie or head off for the weekend to catch the Ferry show? What are your impressions of his orchestra, recent recordings, concerts/setlists etc? Thanks very much. I've never seen the current line-up but if you're a fan, go.
predictions
Cláudia Sampaio
Brasil

1st April 2014

Hi Guy, What are the predictions for the new album and tour in 2014 from MK? Hugs I give up, what are they?
Passports
Neil Mitchell
Marlow, Buckinghamshire

31st March 2014

Hi Guy I have always wondered how many passports and visa's you need on a large world tour? My passport is packed with visas and stamps and I'm just an ordinary bloke, you guys must need some serious help applying for visas? Regards Neil All in a day's work for a tour manager
RE: Les Paul Live Aid
Alex Bilbrey
Ohio, USA

30th March 2014

Regarding Daniel's question about MK's use of the Les Paul from Live Aid - that guitar has been in the Rock & Roll Hall of fame since about 2001-2002. I was lucky enough to go to the M&G at the Fox Theater in Detroit in 2001 (STP tour) when Rick Kramer, who was the curator at the Hall at the time, asked Mark to donate a guitar to the Hall. A few months later I visited the Rock Hall and saw the Live Aid Les Paul guitar on display there. I would assume it is still at the Hall.

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