I've decided to continue my musical journey and get a MIDI keyboard and actually learn how to play it! 😁
I actually had an M-Audio something-or-other keyboard ages ago (nearly twenty years in fact: https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/1423) but in a similar story to my guitar from 2007, due to the lack of decent learning resources I never actually stuck with it. It turns out that the "Melodics" app I use for learning drums _also_ includes a whole course for keyboard as well so I'm going to take full advantage of it!
I did a bunch of looking around and settled on this, the Roland A-49. The reviews are all glowing and apparently the key feel is very good as well. I could have gotten the black version and probably had it in my hands this week because the white one doesn't seem to be in stock anywhere, but I think the white looks far cleaner and sleeker.
New router day! A Ubiquiti "Dream Router".
Our current router is a six year-old Netgear D7800 running OpenWRT and appears to be slowly dying because increasingly often the entire wireless radio just... drops. Like, no devices can see any of the networks, then it'll come back a minute later. Last time this happened we actually had to power-cycle the router entirely because it didn't come back at all.
And while I like the flexibility of OpenWRT, I've managed to fuck things up on a couple of occasions and it feels more like I'm needing to be a sysadmin versus it just being an appliance.
New Apple Watch!
I'd been using @yayKM's one since mine died as she can't wear hers regularly so it didn't really matter, but she's going to be going into the office more often now and it's super-handy for notifications and such. I was going to wait for the Series 9 later this year, but on reflection I was fine with the Series 5 as it was and @yayKM was going to need her old Watch significantly before the expected September release date of the new one.
The backup and restore process from the old Watch to the new is slick, I was up and running with the Series 8 within a matter of minutes with all of my configuration and data exactly as it was on the old one. The physical size of the new Watch is only 1mm larger (41mm versus the 40mm of the old one), but there's much less bezel so the physical screen area is significantly larger, 904 sq mm for the new versus 759 sq mm for the old and it's very noticeable. I can only imagine how comically oversized the 45mm Watch would look on my dainty little wrists (or better yet, the Apple Watch Ultra).
Yesss, very excited about this! All the reviews have been glowing and it'll be wonderful to just plug into the guitar, pop headphones on, and not be tethered to one place when I just feel like doing a bit of guitar noodling rather than anything serious that'd warrant the full tube amp setup.
I've started doing some more advanced stuff on the drums and some of it involves using the hi-hat pedal to open and close the hi-hat, but the stock hi-hat pedal that comes with the drums is fairly mushy and I was having a lot of trouble getting it to register when doing fast switches between open and closed (it's perfectly fine just when it's fully closed or open, just not so much when switching between the two in rapid succession). I did some research and Roland actually have a hi-hat that you mount on a regular acoustic hi-hat stand and it physically moves up and down as a regular hi-hat would.
I ordered both the cymbal and the stand earlier in in the week and it arrived today, and man it feels nice to play!
My little footswitch arrived! It's so little and adorable. And because it can be used for different things depending on the amp it's plugged into, they give you this set of little stickers to stick onto the front of it so you know what the actual function is that it's triggering.