Let's start with my name: "Classy Croc" is pronounced almost the same as "Classic Rock", which is what I play. (most people call me "CC" in the chat). My goal is to recreate the original sound of the classic rock songs that I used to play in bands.
In my band days, I was the guitar player, and it's kind of pointless to play guitar solos when there isn't a rhythm section holding down the rest of the song. So, I use backing tracks. Some of the trax I make myself, some I buy, then doctor to my liking... but all of them have a significant contribution from me in one way or another.
My other hobby is animation, and occasionally my shows will contain animated background scenes... especially showing my backup band of mini crocs, my dog Pippy, or other critters from the back yard that annoy me in a variety of ways.
My email, in case you want to contact me for any reason: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't perform on the streets. Roadkill is a problem for me. I'm allergic to tire tracks.
If you have never heard me on SJ, here's a link to some videos of my practice sessions:
if the link isn't live, the same link should appear at the top right corner of my profile, and it should be a good link. Alternatively, you can copy-paste this link into your browser.
ha! Like I'm going to tell THAT story? No way!
But I will say that in the context of SJ, I am most likely to be embarrassed when streaming live and things start to go wrong. Usually because something that I'm expecting to happen automatically fails to happen. I rely heavily on MIDI automation because I don't think fast... but my inability to think fast makes it harder to recover when things go wrong and I have to troubleshoot in real time with an audience watching.
Also, MIDI automation is very glitchy. It might work 20 times in a row, then suddenly during the show, it might drop a byte and turn on a completely different parameter, thereby changing my planned settings. If the MIDI was supposed to turn on a virtual capo (but it doesn't happen) that means I'll start playing in the wrong key!
But the good news is that if my worst problem is a performance glitch... that means my life is going pretty well. There are lots worse problems to deal with than performance glitches!
1) All of my gear is rack mounted and MIDI controllable
2) Band in a Box is used to create and edit the trax I don't buy
3) I use a laptop to deliver my backing tracks, specifically so I can embed MIDI commands in each song to automatically set volumes, effects, increase the gain for guitar solos, turn harmonies on and off, pick the right amp simulator for each song, apply a virtual capo etc. I learned long ago that having to stomp on pedals was enough of a distraction to create train wrecks, so there is considerable up-front work in all of my songs to make everything happen seamlessly at the right time. Settings for each song are totally different
4) Rack modules:
-- Behringer VAMP or Line 6 Helix amp sim/guitar FX
-- TC Helicon Voiceworks for vocal harmonies and FX
-- Presonus Studo Channel Tube preamp, EQ, & Compressor
-- Behringer Eurorack Mixer
-- Focusrite 18 i 20 audio interface
5) guitars: Variax JTV69, Fender Strat, Godin LGXT, Status graphite guitar, Y
“You made my heart sing.”
“Thanks for playing my song.”
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