Two things happened this weekend. I turned 40, then I woke up with that familiar pain in my left wrist.  The pain that says “you will be wearing a wrist brace for the next few weeks, it will be almost as annoying is the constant throbbing.”

I suspect these two events are related.

Either way I had planned on writing a personal gear check, a “what am I playing.”  I do not supposed that most of the readers care so much about my rig but, the monster demands to be fed 1 also, I’d like to see what the writers of my favorite guitar magazines play.  I thought it would be fun.

So, what am I playing?  Not guitar for the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been using Fruity Loops on and off since a co-worker gave me a cracked copy a decade or so ago 2 I find it easy to pick up, but super deep to use.  It’s been my go to software drum machine for the entirety of the 21st century. Obviously I was excited when I heard that Image-Line was coming out with a Windows 8 Fruity Loops App.


So, yeah, the “easy to learn, deep to use” appears to have been thrown away for “touchy and possibly useable on a tablet.”  I thoroughly had no clue what I was doing.  Fortunately, it’s much easier to find information on how to use FL Studio Groove than it is to find information on a Wilkinson  trem. 3

In fact the makers were nice enough to produce this handy “this is how you use it” video:

So, that’s where I am now.  My day job went into beast mode this week and I haven’t had too much time to play with it, but I plan to.  It seems like this is going to be an ongoing project.  Or at least until my wrist heals up.

Let the beats begin!

  1. And it is fed delicious, delicious content
  2. Don’t judge me, that was a long time ago and my moral compass now can find magnetic north.
  3. No, seriously, finding information on adjusting those things is like finding hen’s teeth.  You want a mounting template? Good luck.