Music + Technology = Pete Lacis

Axe-FX II – Zion Classic Guitar – EMG Mahogany – like Pensa Suhr MK

Posted by in guitar, technology

THIS GUITAR IS FOR SALE – This is a video demonstration of a late 80’s/early 90’s carved top Zion Classic. Guitar features a mahogany body, heavily figured and thick quilt maple carve top, flame maple neck and ebony fingerboard, schaller floyd rose trem and EMG pickups (85 in the bridge, SA’s in the neck and middle position). Guitar is in excellent condition, especially considering its age. Previous owner said that it was a NAMM guitar but I have not verified this with Ken Hoover. This clip was produced using an…read more


How to record off your Motorola DVR with OS X and Firewire

Posted by in apple, technology

If you’re running a mac with OS X and have a Motorola DVR with Firewire ports on the back (such as the popular Motorola DCT3416), recording digitally from your DVR to your computer is very simple if you follow these steps: 1.  Download and install the latest Firewire Development Kit from Apple.  The download is free, but you do have to register first.  This download will include which is the software you need to capture and/or record from your  FireWire connected HDTV-tuner or DVR. Once this file is downloaded…read more


Steve Jobs kills hopes of flash on the iPhone

Posted by in annoyances, apple, technology

With the release of the iPhone SDK just around the corner, many in the tech community were surprised (read: bummed) to learn that there will be no flash support on the iPhone (source: Steve Jobs CNN article). While there are arguments with respect to flash using up too much power (thus prematurely discharging the battery), I’d put my money on Adobe not capitulating to the financial pressures that Jobs is infamous for. Looking forward to the back-story on this one.


Egnater Amp Building Seminar, Premier Guitar Magazine & Video Feature of Yours Truly

Posted by in amplifiers, audio clips, music, musical instruments, pete lacis, technology

This past weekend I had the priveledge to attend the Egnater amp building seminar outside of Detroit, MI. It was an amazing experience to build my own JTM 45 – inspired amp, let alone to learn about all of the theory behind how and why these things work. I was amazed at seemingly how few of the amp’s components actually let to it sounding like a Marshall, Fender, Vox, etc. The amp sounds great as is, but I’m psyched to get back under the hood and start some tweaking! In…read more


The annoying thing about upgrading to OS X 10.5.2

Posted by in annoyances, apple, technology

While overall I’ve been very happy with the results my new 200 GB hard drive, OS X 10.5.2 and Office 2008 install, I’m a bit annoyed that capability I had with my MacBook Pro out of the box with OS X 10.4 are now missing……namely iDVD, iMovie and iPhoto.  Sure, I can regain those capabilities via $99 family pack upgrade.  However, its the principle of having to pay for capabilities I already had (and had already paid for) that is just not right.  First the $200 penalty for iPhone early…read more


Upgrading the Hard Drive in my MacBook Pro and installing Leopard

Posted by in apple, technology

As a musician and multimedia creation expert, I’ve run into trouble attempting to maximize performance and storage space.  Specifically, my 17″ MacBook Pro had 90 GB hard drive at 7200 rpm.  It was speedy for sure…..but it was so loaded with apps that I had little to no room for data.  Being that I have almost three terabytes of external storage, somethings were just not as efficient as I would have liked (namely Native Instruments sample libraries for Komplete 4 had to be housed externally).  After much frustration and a…read more

0 and posting my content without credit

Posted by in music, musical instruments, technology

I received an interesting lesson regarding free syndication of content today via Google Alerts. Apparently chose to post some of my videos from my NAMM coverage. Fine, but not only did they not give any credit, they even posted my descriptions verbatim from my YouTube entries. I set the content up to be freely distributed in an effort to help spread the word about certain artists and manufacturers. That said, posting someone else’s content without citing a source or giving credit is totally wrong in my book.


Blogging The NAMM Show

Posted by in musical instruments, technology

Today marks the beginning of coverage of Winter NAMM 2008.  Stay tuned for all the latest and greatest news.  Quick updates will be posted via Twitter  with daily wrap-up articles posted here, complete with photos and video.  Stay tuned!


Possible Leak – Steve Jobs Macworld 2008 Keynote?

Posted by in marketing, public relations, technology

Twitter has been abuzz this morning regarding the possible leak of Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 keynote on wikipedia. If this turns out to be true, it marks an enormous change in the world of Apple pr, in that they have always been extremely tight-lipped about all things announcement related.  Leaks are a common way to build buzz, but it has never been Apple’s style….especially not Steve Jobs’.  This will be fun to watch.