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  1.  

    Cavs rings are going to look beautiful 

     

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    1. Jules
    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      That is a very tasteful championship ring Bogie. I agree 100% 

       

      Great scavenger hunt find on that West Coast plate Jules! 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      The Lakers back to back rings from 2009 and 2010 are some of my favorite ring designs ever. 

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  2. Absolutely love the Saints color rush uniforms!!! I always wanted to see an all white uniform, as the white jerseys have been my favorite going back to the 2000 season. Looks like they went with the white pants from the 1970's, and the gold numbering from the original 1967 jerseys. Love, love love this. Awesome throwbacks, hopefully they wear them next year for a few games too. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Saints have an awesome color rush now, lets hope you guys get a pass rush soon too. lmao 

       

      I am not sure I love the Colts color rush as much......some teams just have it better.

       

  3. Tudor still makes electric football tables and it appears they are fully licensed by the NFL now. Does anyone take this up as a hobby? 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Not sure but those look like fun.

       

      Just great, sitting here following the Saints in a tied game and the Chiefs in a tied game.

       

       

      Nervous........

       

      And the Raiders just took the one point lead. Sigh. So sad.

    2. Jules

      Jules

      CHIEFS!!!!!!!! What a monster comeback win.

       

      Maybe we got something here.

  4. Internet connection issues are the worst thing to deal with besides back pain...No connection to desktop until I can buy a cord to replace the broken one that went out saturday. I miss my computer

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    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      I almost had the balls to pick the Saints to win the NFC South. I may have should.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      LeBron proved all his haters,doubters and critics wrong...He finally got the respect he's deserved. I will never get why people hate that man so much. He broke down crying like a baby when the buzzer hit. That championship meant more to him than anything and I got chill bumps when he said "Cleveland this is for you!". I hated LeBron for years but I learned a valuable lesson in sports when Favre retired and that is that we need to ENJOY these guys while we have them cause they won't be around forever. Instead of people nitpicking them to death, they need to just enjoy the ride cause once they're gone, they're gone forever

       

      At the doctor's office today, there was a kid there telling me and another person about basketball and he kept saying "Bron James is my favorite player!". He was talking so fast, it was hilarious he was saying 'Bron' instead of LeBron and adorable. I told the kid I liked LeBron too and he tells me "he can do everything! He blocks, he scores, he can dunk!". Kids can be so funny in times. 

    4. Jules

      Jules

      I can't wait for basketball myself to begin again. Really looking forward to it.

       

      I am a bit worried now, my cousin David picked the Lions for Sunday. Thats often a bad sign.....he is pretty good at predictions even though he is a m*ron. I hope he is wrong but these are also picks against the spread so it means the Colts can win by 1 to 3 points and the Lions still won and covered.

       

      Oh btw, Cam did get beat the hell up last night badly. I hate to admit that since I was so worked up and mad but yeah he got hit in the head too.

       

      Oh and I think David picked the Saints to beat the Raiders, in his group they were only 1 point faves.

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    With NFL season just 1 week away, I'm still heavily anticipating the NBA season beginning, and watching Cleveland drop that banner on opening week. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Bogie showed me a good long video about the zone defense and comparing it to the old era.

       

      I have to say after seeing this video, I think even more highly now of guys like Lebron and Kobe then ever before if that was even possible for me.

       

       

    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Yeah throughout most of the Kobe era you could play Zone Defense which means doubling and tripling teaming a player was legal. Back when Jordan played in his prime you could only double or triple team for a couple of seconds, any longer it was considered Illegal Defense and a Technical Foul. The NBA was more physical when Jordan, Magic, and Bird played in their prime years but I think it has been tougher for a player to dominate a game pretty much throughout the Kobe era because of Zone being allowed. Regarding the Warriors, them signing Durant isn't fair. They have great enough Coaching IMO to avoid chemistry issues, Kerr will figure it out. Curry's minutes will be watched this upcoming season as well because they now have Durant. The Spurs are really the only team that maybe can give them a scare in the West IMO. Clippers choke every season and cant even get out of the 1st Round most of the time and the Blazers aren't ready for the bigtime. You cant hate the Warriors all you want like I do the Patriots but unfortunately they will be great again.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      I always knew about the rule changes on defense, but seeing direct comparisons from now to then was kinda mind boggling to me. I mean in a video with it all broken down so easily to see.

       

      It was more physical then, but I think I might prefer it now since it has a more fluid pace with more passing and just seems more like you have to think on the court and not just plow around.

       

      Kobe IMO might be the best vs. the zone defense we have seen, maybe. There are several out there but he really peaked in that era. The Lakers didn't seem to need Shaq as much after the rule changes if you ask me and the dominant big man became more neutralized a bit.

       

      And after thinking about this, with the rule changes......it is tough to compare now to then with eras too. 

       

       

      Oh I know the Warriors won't go away lol. I just am curious to see how they gel and also how this all kinda operates, there is only one ball on the court. lmao  Curry has to stay healthy too but then again I still think they were slightly worried about his injuries too and feel they need more scoring at times. 

       

      People forget too the Durant contract I think is only two years and I think he can even leave after a year if something happened. 

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  6. Dak will be starting for Dallas, I wish him the best. The kid looks amazing, and hopefully he feels he can take the empire all by himself. 

     

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    1. Jules

      Jules

      Romo is in a back brace and he has a broken bone in his neck and the team still is not giving up him coming back later. Sigh......

      He got hurt last year twice and gets hurt in his first preseason drive. Very sad stuff. And he has been hurt in the past before too as we know.

       

      I hope Dak is ready, he looked good in preseason so far but he is so young and now he has Cowboys nation wanting him to become the next big thing.

       

      I was looking for a suprise NFC team, perhaps it can be the Cowboys with Dak instead of the Rams with Goff? Rams look to have some issues on offense big time still. And I have had no idea who to pick to win the NFC East.

       

      Rams are planning to start Case Keenum again week 1 and thats a good thing for Goff but this hardly spells out PLAYOFFS. And the Rams o line is GARBAGE. Keenum actually almost got hurt vs. Denver in preseason too.

    2. Jules

      Jules

      I am lost on the NFC East, can the Boys win it? Or is this a dream worth not even trying for?

       

      And the Vikings are doomed as we called, curse of the Purple 2016.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Sorry to hear that you suffer from Chronic back pain like Tony Romo Bogie. 

       

      I agree that Dak Prescott is the Cowboys future. I still deplore Dallas as a football team, but Dak is extremely talented as a QB & a nice kid. 

       

      I love your Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker picture & all, but given my disdain for Dallas in general, I couldn't bring myself to like your 1st post. Sorry my friend. I did like another one though. 

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  7. Ran across this over the morning and thought you would find it interesting. Seeing as I just spent most of the year binge watching through Miami Vice, I had to go back to Michael Mann's film work and see how it holds up against the bulk of his prime show.

     

     

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I did not like the Miami Vice movie at all. I've seen so much of the show, and there's so many issues with it. Farrell and Fox have absolutely no chemistry as Crockett and Tubbs. That's really like the #1 problem of the movie. I wasn't even sure they liked each other in the movie, whereas in the show, there's that whole "I got your back" mentality about them with this brotherly bond. In the movie, he leaves Tubbs behind to go on that cruise with the girl to Cuba...in the show, this only happened once, he left Tubbs behind in the episode 'Nobody Lives Forever' and Tubbs gets the crap beat out of him, and this leads to Sonny feeling guilty and trying to make up for it later. People can make fun of Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas all they want, but those two had a chemistry together that has largely been unmatched in buddy cop films and shows. 

       

      If you do like that movie though, I would highly recommend checking out the episode 'Smuggler's Blues'. The entire movie is really like a 2 hour long re-write of the Smuggler's Blues episodes. And yep, it's the one with Glenn Frey pretty much playing himself in it, but he still pulls off a good performance. There is only minor differences between the film and that episode, most notably, Trudy doesn't die but Tubbs is given such a crappy situation at the end. (he jumps, Trudy dies. He don't jump, she still dies)

       

      and the point of where in the film, Sonny leaves Tubbs behind, in Smuggler's Blues, there's the scene where of him and Glenn Frey talking about Vietnam and he says "I had to leave fallen comrades behind, but this one, I CAN'T leave behind". 

       

      I don't know if that movie should've even been made though cause Vice pretty much is a product of the whole 80's era, and it's a definite necessity for the younger generation of 80's loving hipsters, and I don't know if that formula can work in modern setting. Crockett and Tubbs benefited from that environment of the wild wild west mentality of the cocaine cowboys. That all changed in later decades. 

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      To be completely candid with you Bogie, I never followed the Miami Vice TV show as closely as you clearly did & still do apparently. I viewed Miami Vice the 2006 movie more like co-workers who know what makes each other tick, but they're not hanging out after work going to a local cop dive eating brats, buffalo wings, swallowing an ice cold beer together & bonding. It's not that they don't care about each others welfare; they just appreciate space apart from each other so that when they are in life & death situations respect for their colleague doesn't blur or get in the way of arresting the big criminal fish or killing him as an absolute, last resort. 

       

      Chemistry between central characters matters yes, but in my estimation, Crockett & Tubbs are more like 2 guys who appreciate 1 another's skill sets under cover & they have no desire to be blood brothers or bosom buddies at all. Why them come together against that drug smuggler who hurts Trudy is because these bad guys bleeped up the professionalism & smoothness of their vice unit collectively. Sure Trudy is considered a friend that no harm should come to. However, when a unit gels professionally & you know each members tendencies; when a bad guy messes with that cohesion that took yrs to build an aggressive response of revenge is required. 

       

      I actually liked the feature film better than the series because if you are that close to a partner & something horrific happens to them or a loved one they care about....Your professional relationship is forever tarnished & compromised now because your objectivity is totally lost & you're too emotionally invested in the protection of your parter rather than completing the mission in the field. Some level of distance is mandated to see the big picture, lock up the bad guy, & not become yr partner's guardian angel. 

       

      I like that we don't know if Tubbs will retire from police work to tend to Trudy's needs. I like that Crockett has regrets over falling in love with this money manger & flipping her world upside down. I like that the audience has no idea if this Vice Unit will split up or not at the end of the movie. That's real life. Not a 40 minute show where everybody will be back next week no matter what. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      I do appreciate the insights & familiarity you have with Michael Mann's early work in TV before he became a major motion picture director though Bogie. Thank you. 

       

      Yes, the original Miami Vice TV show was perfect for the era it was produced in. All that is true. However, I applaud Mann for modifying the storyline to fit in a 21st Century backdrop about cops, drug smugglers, people caught in the crossfire; & the toll this kind of work transforms a person into--cold, calculating, stoic, & indifferent with jaded attachment issues. 

       

      I did see some of the original series when it was originally released on network before cable & satellite widened an audiences viewing choices at large. It was a well made show with solid script writing. I just like Micheal Mann now as an established director who cut his teeth on the original TV show, but he doesn't plan on living there forever. TV was a steeping stone to bigger productions in cinema & he's not gonna be a slave to that small screen medium unless Hollywood says Mike you can't cut it as a big screen director anymore. 

       

      He doesn't despise TV perse. No, it's more like his grand visions & storylines are better suited for wrap around surround sound environments with outstanding picture clarity. I also like that his high intense action scenes are few & far in between. He understands that less is more in terms of explosions, chase scenes, & gun violence. All that really matters is the emotional investment the audience has with the characters on both sides of the law. 

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  8. #RetroWaveMondaysListen The Midnight - Summer 

     

     

     

    GREAT use of the lead guitars over all that synth, superb pop song! 

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      lmao I hate the Grateful Dead so much. They are the most overrated band of all time. #1, always have been, always will be.....BUT it's wrong to not say some positive things about Jerry Garcia as a guitar player and song writer. Dude was a beast on the pedal steel and credit has to be given with his disadvantage not having a middle finger. Jerry Garcia was a great guitar player, he definitely deserves praise and especially for what a monster he was with the pedal steel. But I still don't care for the Grateful Dead. 

    2. Jules

      Jules

      I might have real interest in this album, "the midnight?"?

       

      I like this song you posted A LOT in the original post.

       

       

      Okay for the Grateful Dead, this song always got me......it's one I sometimes listen to.

       

       

       

      I like the lyrics and sound of it and have for a long time. And it's not one of their over done jam songs that goes on for an hour.

       

      The Dead have a few songs I do like, but it's usually the shorter ones with more singing and not just 10 minute musical zone out pot feasts.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Sorry to go OT a bit with the Dead from retro synth. lmao 

       

      Sometimes it's the bit of John Lennon/Bernie Sanders liberal stuck in me that pops out at times.

       

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      Heading to sleep now finally.:sip:

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  9. My birthday: watching the Saints put up a hilarious bad preseason game. :cheers:lmao

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      One more note before I go - Dax Prescott, wow. :woah:

       

      If Dax Prescott has another huge game like that next week, sign me up for the hype train bandwagon. That kid is amazing. I am blown away watching clips of him from the past two weeks of preseason. This might have been the best quarterback in the draft, and he gets an approval nod from me for having #4 of all numbers. 

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Dak* Prescott, blah, whatever. Been up since 4 AM. That kid's got an arm, he's going to be a star I hope. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Go get some sleep. lmao 

       

       

      Yep observing these players working has been a real treat.

       

       

       

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  10. At least one major guitar magazine publisher needs to finally do a break down on David Bowie's guitar players.

     

    I've wanted to see someone do this for years, but now I'm considering doing it myself on a blog. As far as guitarists are concerned, Bowie is easily the most accomplishing music icon when it comes to guitar players. Who else can say that they managed to convince Nile Rodgers, Robert Fripp, Peter Frampton, and Tony Visconti to play guitar for them? And this is only established guitarists, not counting the ones he founded (Mick Ronson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Alomar). There is no other pop icon or rock star out there that has such wild accomplishments of guitarists on their resume.

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Good point with the guitar players he had. Most just focus on David Bowie himself (which isn't a bad thing) and ignore the musicianship around him at times that did so much.

       

      I didn't even know he worked with so many big names.

       

      Mick Ronson is the name I am most familiar with him concerning Bowie.

  11. Doom 64 EX is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Heavily, heavily underrated gem that is finally playable the way Doom was meant to be played with the mouse and keyboard. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      I am a huge fan of sliced bread but this DOOM stuff sounds intriguing.

       

      DOOM  :Nuke:

       

       

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      I've been playing DOOM since the 90's (probably longer than I have any other game)....and DOOM 64 is a brilliant game, but was plagued being on a console with a god awful controller that made it difficult to play. DOOM I think, was always meant to be played with a keyboard and mouse. 

       

      And DOOM 64 scares the living hell out of me even 19 years later. Midway really took advantage of the horror elements of the original and juiced them up, and added a very good ambient/industrial soundtrack to make it a game that gives you the creeps playing in the dark. 

       

       

       

    3. Jules

      Jules

      I never played DOOM. It sounds scary the way you describe it.

       

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  12. Synthetic

    Joey bosa

    It certainly is not helping him that he was drafted by one of the AFC teams with the most dysfunctional managements. I don't blame him or his family at all for suggesting that they wished they would have pulled an Eli move.
  13. Replaying Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, thoughts??? I haven't touched the game since 2014, going back with fresh view.

     

    Setting aside the nostalgia and original formula of A Link To The Past, the game holds it's own very well. I love the art style. It's very cute and grows on you with repeat plays. I absolutely love the orchestrated soundtrack featuring full symphony renditions of the old SNES music (the dark world theme remix being my favorite). Upon first playing, I thought of the wall merge idea as a gimmick, but now upon a second replay, I see this is very neat and adds a new dimension to the 2D play style. 

     

    Overall, terrific game! 

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      Synthetic

       

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      Okay if they are imports then they probably do cost too much and it's best to just find them online for free.

       

      That is a solution but you would be surprised at video game nerds, or just nerds in general that will fork out money for something they love. And I'm not innocent either, I've blown a lot of money in the past on old records, sometimes crazy excessive amounts of money on trash albums. I stopped collecting a few years ago, I just don't have the money to afford to blow it on CD's and old records left and right anymore (and to be honest, I'm running out of room for CD's. So many take up a lot of space) 

    2. Jules

      Jules

      I think I would rather buy the Miami Vice stuff if I am going to blow some money lol.

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      That would NOT be wasting money. Miami Vice is the bomb, and right now some of those DVD sets are dirt cheap with the new 2016 boxed reissues coming out in October. 

       

      I can't wait for my birthday, I'm ordering season 5 so I can go back and re-watch the finale. 

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  14. Congrats to #4 making it into the Hall of Fame. The greatest Packers quarterback ever, and the reason a lot of 80's babies fell in love with the NFL. I would not have begun watching football as often if it weren't for #4, thanks for the memories! 

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    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      *years in, I guess my s was in love with my in haha 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      My dad has a lot of issues now from a few incidents playing high school football. He got crunched on special teams and still has a pinched nerve in his neck.

       

      I often did running and jogging at times too. More jogging though and I still sometimes do it but on a treadmill not on the road. I don't like to hit the road much with working out anymore. Too many creepy people out there. lmao 

       

      I still sometimes figure skate too but thats not like it once was when I was competitive with it. I help out a young girl at times in it and still can do stuff but I don't jump anymore on the ice.

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      I never have put on a pair of skates, if I did I would probably fall flat on my face. That's awesome you were a figure skater! You really have to be in shape to do that. I broke a growth plate in my ankle playing Basketball when I was in HighSchool and so my left foot has always really bothered me off and on, I just ignored the pain and soaked it after running most nights but as I have got older it's got worse arthritic wise. The Treadmill is a great way to stay in shape. I have used it a lot as well besides running outside on the streets. Running on the streets is really rough on your feet and knees.

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  15. This video is the greatest thing ever 

     

     

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Glad to see you so excited too, now I want to listen sometime.

    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Wait, this is a real record/CD? I thought it was just a really bad info mercial or something. 

       

      It sounds like 7 grand is headed your way Bogie. Just Joking! 

       

      The pitch man is wearing a black ski mask. Sounds legit to me. lmao 

       

      Is Trevor a former terrorist? Or does he just kidnap & hold rich US citizens for ransom as a 401 K plan? 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Is Trevor masquerading as a self help, spiritual guru or something? Very odd. 

       

      If it really improves your life, I'm happy for you Bogie, but I think I'll pass. Thank you. 

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  16. I love Windows 10; the perfect combination of 7 and 8. Best Windows in years. 

    1. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Best Windows I think they've ever made. Anything that XP, Vista, and 7 couldn't get to run with old programs, I've managed to get them all to work so far in a week of using 10. 

    2. Nadine

      Nadine

      windows lost me, switched to mac and am living happily ever after

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I could never afford a Mac, but I would get one if possible since they are so much easier to use with Apple products like the iPod. 

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  17. True, would help this forum a bit if they had some fans from rival teams. I used to say this about the Saints forum, that they needed a couple Tampa Bay and Carolina fans there to give them real insight on our rivals. Sometimes I feel like I am the only Saints fan in the world that legitimately gives Tampa Bay and Carolina credit. I wouldn't call that trolling honestly, if you look at Bortles numbers. No one is giving that kid credit, and he had the best statistical season of an AFC South quarterback last year. He out played Luck, Mariota, and the two QB's
  18. This topic needs to be locked ASAP. This forum has absolutely no business whatsoever posting links to other forums and getting into little playground contest of who has more loyalty to their team. What did you expect from Jaguars fans? They're not supposed to like your team.
  19. 13-3? They'll be lucky if they win 8 games this year. This team got a major reality check last year, as they were flat out exposed badly by good teams outside the AFC South that whooped them. The days of racking up 6 easy wins against meaningless divisional opponents are gone. Jacksonville hung 50 on this team last year and the Texans beat them too. They're going to have problems with their rivals in the future for now on. No team in the AFC South has a roster built to go 13-3. It has always been, and still is the worst division in the AFC. No one wanted to win the division last y
  20. Stats can be incredibly misleading. What that leaves out is that Manning had Polian who was a solid GM that built amazing teams around their quarterback. Compare that to Luck who is stuck with Grigson who has proven so far that he can't build a team. Add in Tony Dungy too, possibly the best defensive minded coach of the 2000's, meanwhile Luck's best coach was Bruce Arians for just 1 year. If Irsay don't regret letting Arians go, he will in the near future when this team is 8-8 at best for the next few years.
  21. Great news Star Wars fans: Timothy Zahn has a new book coming out next year based around Thrawn. If there was one character missing from The Force Awakens, it was the Grand Admiral. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      What or who is Thrawn? A Grand Admiral you said?

       

      I hate to sound stupid.

       

      :hide:

       

       

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      This guy 

       

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      In the book series Heir to the Empire, Thrawn took over the remains of the empire after Vader, Palpy, and the second Death Star were destroyed. He was an interesting character, the main reason those books were worth reading. 

  22. At least he won the Super Bowl and has a ring with his money. That's something that won't happen for the overpaid quarterbacks now.
  23. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/11/02/grigsons-insistence-on-integrity-could-force-nfls-hand-on-luck-injury/ "drama queen" save the homophobic remarks for during the season when your team is getting their butts handed to them week after week, since every other NFL fan knows well enough this team isn't winning more than 8 games. Enjoy the mediocrity.
  24. Slightly agree. The Colts are in very bad shape; Grigson has proven to be a mediocre GM at best and even though that injury scandal over Luck wasn't enough to get him fired, Irsay just sealed this team into mediocrity with Luck's insane contract. Look at Baltimore and how much they've struggled since they paid Flacco. I like Luck, but he's not even worth close to that kind of money and if they let him get injured again like last year, that whole contract is going to look even worse than it already does. Irsay has learned nothing from the Manning era when he bragged abou
  25. As a guitar player, I've learned that if you can spot the difference between all variations of Reverb in recording, you can pretty much nail whatever decade a song was made in a blindfold test by knowing all the reverb sounds correctly. With digital reverb popularized since the 90's, that might be the reason so many late 90's and 2000's music sound like they were made in the same era (setting aside the evolution in studio production standards). I love digital reverb, so that's not an attack on it, but I do many guitar players that hate reverb with a passion. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Reverb in recording almost sounds Biblical.

       

      Proverb, Reverb

       

      Sorry lmao 

       

       

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      It IS biblical for music lmao

       

      Reverb makes everything sound better in studio recording. I'll never record without it 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Thou shall always have Reverb.

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