DAddario Flamenco Strings

Looking forward to the new DAddario Flamenco Strings in
clear, they are offering the treble strings in clear or black
nylon. strings by mail will be offering them 1.10.11

Hears my update: 2.12.11

I put on the bass strings from the DAddario Pro Arte Composite Flamenco string on my DeVoe Blanca replacing DAddario EJ45C strings. From what I can see they are slightly wider than the EJ45C and for about an hour while they were settling in there was a slight buzz at the nut, however it did go away within the hour.

DAddario EJ25C 6th String 1.118mm. VS EJ45C 6th String 1.112mm
5th String 0.864mm. VS EJ45C 5th String 0.89mm
4th String 0.737mm. VS EJ45C 4th String 0.71mm
3rd String 1.041mm. VS EJ45C 4th String 1.024mm (Coffee)
2nd String 0.831mm. VS EJ45C 2nd String 0.818
1st String 0.724mm. VS EJ45C 1st String 0.711

I have not put trebles on yet but will follow up with an update later. My first impression of the strings are favorable. There is a nice brightness which I’m used to from DAddario they settled in very quickly and were easy to tune and strings seem very even and no high or low spots which might cause buzzing. The strings stay in tune and have excel ant tone.

Update on Treble Strings: I just put them on and they feel great and have a warm mellow tone yet when pushed just a bit you can get that bright flamenco tone. I think DAddario did an excellent job on these strings. The trebles are very smooth on the finger tips as well. I will let them settle in for a few hours and write an update after a day or two.

They did take about a day to settle in and then wow they sound great and the trebles in my opinion feel better than the trebles in the EJ45C set or the T2 Trebles.  The sound is just amazing as well they really bring out the character of your guitar.  For me that make my DeVoe sound very Andulican Flamenco which I like.  The Bass strings are stable and produce a loud clear instant tone and the trebles are the best I have played.

I have been using
the EJ45C for a few years and always come back to them.  I think I found my new favorite strings.  I will post again in two weeks on a update for the strings.


Stone IPA

Just had a nice IPA from the Stone Brewery in San Diego, what a nice refreshing IPA that is smooth with nice bite of hops. I really liked it.

Mics for Playing Live Flamenco

I have been trying a few Mics for live playing when I use the DeVoe, I’m using the DPA 4099G it does require 48v, the Shure KSM 141 requires 48v as well as the AKG C 1000s yet the AKG does have the option on an internal battery so your not dependent on 48v phantom power. The Shure SM 57 is a dynamic mic that dose not need phantom power. All of the Mics do connect using XLR cables. The DPA has it’s own mount and dose not need a mic stand all of the others do. To me when I travel the DPA is just easy, I think it sounds great as well. The Shure KSM 141 captures more of the guitar tone but can be hard to tame feedback where as the DPA has greater gain before feedback. For traveling to the local coffee house the AKG is very dependable and it is easy to use with house PA systems that don’t have phantom power. The DPA 4099G mic does have an accessory that gives phantom power, a 300.00 accessory. Mic prices, DPA 599.00, Shure KSM 359.00, Shure SM 58 90.00, and AKG 279.00

. My two fav mics are the DPA 4099g and Shure KSM 141.

Air Display for iPad and iPhone our main use Pro Tools 9

I just picked up the Avatron app for the iPad and iPhone called Air Display, it acts like a second monitor on you computer system with out cables, it’s connected via wifi. It works very well if a touch screen would be good to run your software application. I wanted to see how this would work with Pro Tools as a Controler so I set up the iPad to be the section that would have the facets and monitoring section, as well as a transport bar displayed on the iPad. It seems a little glitchy but is working. There may be a few bugs but I think the app is very promising and for my use very well worth the 9.99 price for the app.

D’Addario EJ45C Strings

I have played most of the strings out there and I keep coming back to the D’Addario EJ45C strings. I have been experimenting for awhile with the EJ45C’s on bass and Titanium T2 on treble side. However this winter when I was playing at a coffee shop the heater vent was above me and my trebles would not stay in tune. I heard that Ottmar Liebert had some similar issues and he mentioned that he was going to try switching back to the regular EJ45C set, I have a few of them lying around so I thought I would try that as well. I really like the way they sound on the DeVoe Negra. I also am using the G Brown composite string that they supply rather than the Clear G string.