Youtube is NOT a good resource for gear demos.

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  1. The_Sentry

    The_Sentry Member

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    I know this firsthand. :laugh2:

    OK, seriously....I've done demos on youtube. Some of them have quite a few views. (I think the one I did on Tony Iommi's pickups has over 12000 views. If only that many people would check out one of my songs! :laugh2: )

    I mean...you MIGHT get a gist. But people do amps, guitars, pickups...problem is that sound quality is rarely fantastic unless it was done in a studio, and even then...as soon as the video is uploaded compression is applied to the audio.

    So no. I think it's kind of cool just to see what people DO with the gear, but youtube isn't a good resource at all as far as "this is what this piece of gear sounds like."

    What's your take on this?
     
  2. Kevy Nova

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    I agree totally. And I also agree about how cover videos get thousands more plays than original videos. I have a few cover videos with ten of thousands of plays but my original songs don't even come close. Tom Petty said "It's a shame that people would rather hear Stairway to Heaven for the 1,000th time than a song they never heard before." Sad, but true.
     
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    Well, supposedly people "like what they know, they don't know what they like", so covers of songs they know may well draw better than originals. I have only posted originals, so I can't compare.

    About gear demos:

    Yes, it's hard to tell with the varying sound quality of the recordings and the sonic limitations of youtube. Still I can sometimes learn what I need to know, like when comparing Fender's Strat pickups, even though I had to wade through lots of beginners and bedroom players showing off their blues licks to find out which sound was best for me.

    That said, I plan to make a bunch of demos soon. Oh well.:dunno:
     
  4. javamagic

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    Same goes for "jam" sessions: same old songs week after week. Why can't people stretch their horizons a bit? :dunno:
     
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  5. telebutcher

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    Agreed to both sentiments. Too many factors and limitations to make a decision about what gear sounds good or better than other gear. People do seem to confuse popularity and good well written music. I guess its because most of them just are not musicians, they are consumers looking for product they know.
     
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    I watch alot of gear videos on youtube just because I really enjoy hearing different equipment but agree they can be very misleading. Some vids sound great and then the equipment is crap in person.
     
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    Consumers of a heavily marketed product! It's amazing how much money is spent to tell people what artists, songs, styles, etc. they like. Or are supposed to like.
     
  8. telebutcher

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    Big money brings big marketing and lots of other undesirable stuff. Like the old adage says, the best way to ruin anything is to throw a bunch of money at it.
     
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    dbb Well-Known Member

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    like politics!:thumb::laugh2:
     
  10. John J

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    I think that pretty much applies to anything. I wish that just once somebody would try to ruin me by throwing a bunch of money at me.
     
  11. javamagic

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    Exactly. For many people it's easy to mistake quantity for quality. As the old saying goes, "Eat ****, 50 million, billion flies can't be wrong"! :laugh2:
     
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    Some Youtube demos are helpful in that I get a sense of a product, but I agree, its very limiting and you have to wade through a lot to get a good demo.

    Some are just entertaining. I watch a lot of gearmanndude's demos even if its nothing I'm interested in buying.
     
  13. telebutcher

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    Kipkay's hacks are entertaining. Its not gear demos, but the stuff he comes up with to make is great.
     

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