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#137837 Modification and Paintjob Pictures

Posted by Green Riptide on 30 January 2008 - 04:40 PM in Modifications

a bit of my nerf area in the basement.
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1- My first mod, a CPVC'd NF. Spring replaced with a handyman spring, some epoxy on the inside for minor reinforcement, rubber splicing tape around the plunger head. Also integrated a SSPB-type Lanard thing i picked up for a few bucks on an aisle end at Kroger. The SSPB is also CPVC'd. I sanded out the inside of the main barrel to replicate PN's NF barrel.

2- The shell from the lanard SSPB thing. From what I can see of people similar NF's I had to dremel away more of the shell to fit this kind in. I had been using the circular base of the NF's barrel post as a firing button instead of just the purple shaft there, but it came un-epoxy'd. :)

3- An SSPB-type thing I picked up at Sonic years ago- it had bizarre triangular screws, so that shell got pretty mutilated, but I do have an intact one if anyone wants to see. Seems to get better range than the stock SSPB's I have.

4- Gutted Lanard push-pull water gun. Must be useful for something.. thoughts?

edit- before someone asks, ranges unknown.

#137974 Barrel Rifling

Posted by Green Riptide on 31 January 2008 - 04:27 PM in Modifications

my NF sort of has rifling just from sanding out the CPC barrel so my darts would fit, but I doubt it does anything.

For rifling to work the ammunition would need to expand and be pressed into the rifling grooves, which frankly I don't see stefans doing. Sure, you could find expanding foam to stuff in the barrel so that this worked, but your gun probably wouldn't have enough power to get the dart out of the barrel. If it were going to work, I'd say it would need to be on a Titan or Big Blast or somesuch.

#138317 Make Magazine Essay

Posted by Green Riptide on 03 February 2008 - 12:45 AM in General Nerf

revise/edits in blue

Remember that old NERF blaster you have lying around? The one you occasionally use for inter-cubicle warfare? It turns out that a group of enterprising hobbyists known collectively as the Nerf Internet Community (NIC) have taken a liking to modding their NERF weaponry- taking apart the blasters and customizing them with beefed-up components. With a little help from the NIC, you could easily be tagging the guy ten cubicles away.

To begin, you'll probably want to visit one of the numerous dedicated NERF modding websites. nerhaven.com has been in operation for x years since it replaced the [landmark/hobby-founding/revolutionary.. i don't know, I never saw it] website nerf online, and has an extensive catalog of over z "write-ups", illustrated guides to turbocharging your dart blasters. Also to be found at "the haven" are articles, videos, and a community that provides helpful tips, tech support, and commentary for fellow "Nerfers." No holds are barred in the foam arms race as Nerfers remove built-in air-restrictors, replace barrels, and craft their own darts or blasters. Some apply weathering and custom paintjobs or other 'cosmetic' mods to complete the package- one NIC member's NERF recreation of the Lancer rifle from popular Xbox360 game "Gears of War" was recently seen on (insert most prestigious of places lancer appeared here). "Nerfers" routinely double or triple the stock ranges of their blasters, but what truly makes the hobby what it is occurs after the last pieces of duct tape are in place.

intro rewritten to be more concise. If you're going to explain stefans later, don't do it partially now. nerfhaven introduced as a case-in-point, inferring more sites like it, making the hobby seem more widespread. Ending transitions into the nerf war paragraph well.

When asked why he enjoyed the hobby, one longtime Nerfer replied “you get to think like an engineer, and act like an 8 year old."
'liked' is a weak term, don't use 'nerf' as the verb twice, introduce quotes better... a good quote, but could we rephrase it? i.e. - when we asked one longtime nerfer what his favorite part of the hobby was, he replied,'thinking like an engineer and then acting like an 8 yearold.'

Adults and teens prone to DIY find plenty to love in the NERF world, and with NERF blasters still found in stores today, Nerfing can be a great way for parents to connect with their children.

goooooood. *maniacal finger-twiddling* reference the parent-child connectivity bit as much as you can. throw in the healthy outdoor activity bit, and we've got a winner. the only thing better than this is if there were some study indicating nerfers performed better on the presidential fitness test or in school.

Apocalypse, Armageddon, and Reckoning are not the names of proffesional wrestlers – they, along with the Yellowstone Area Nerf Outing, (other big war) and (other big war) are what hobbyists refer to as "NERF wars." Nerfers organize into teams to play capture-the-flag or "team deathmatch" much like paintball or airsoft enthusiasts, but instead of dedicated facilities the low-impact NERF hobby requires only a local park or rec area - some NERF wars even take place indoors. Wars also serve as the proving ground for all the ideas that seemed so great on paper Nerfers can test their worth and determine if they deserve to be known as one of the greats. Of course, there are multiple ways to gain respect in the NIC. Forum-goers who modify and create their own Nerf-like blasters out PVC and lawn sprinklers (referred to as homemades) are often revered just as highly as those “gods” of the fields. (nice transition to the 'prominent NIC members' paragraph.)

"blasters" in place of guns, "tag" instead of shoot.. I'm not aware if there are actual terms used for this like paintball's "marker", but to avoid negative connotation it should probably be done.
I've tried to refocus the essay so that nerfhaven is a case study of an entire community, which it is, technically.. nerfhaven kinds of stands alone above everything else, though. It's probably best to liken nerf modding to more familiar/accepted forms of customization/pimping ( comparing to the drift racing community is probably a decent one, except that many drift events are illegal/have scantily-clad females, so parents might not want that)
there are too many rhetorical questions. You want the reader to infer that you have some authority on the subject- if you ask the reader too many things he or she gains control of the topic.
I left the introductory sentence the same, but depending on who the article is targeted to that might need changing. If we're just targeting DIY-ers then some of the more basic introduce-the-idea-of-modding stuff is probably unneeded, but if we're targeting parents buying toys for their children then the cubicle stuff is possibly unrelated. I think the target demographic for NERF is teen/young adult males, so cubicles probably aren't the best reference, and they probably have some familiarity with DIY-type activity, so this most likely needs additional editing for that. I kind of seesawed on whether to capitalize all of 'Nerf' - i think we should, since 'nerfing' is actually an Internet term now; you know, "rogues got nerfed last update" or "mods need to nerf mythril swords, they do way too much damage."

um.. more later when I feel like it, I guess.

#138319 Ecno

Posted by Green Riptide on 03 February 2008 - 01:14 AM in Nerf Wars

well, I'll be in Allentown in July, but I won't have any free time then anyway. :P

Are any ohioans thinking of attending? particulary Lynx or the UC clanners?

#138492 Lock 'n Load Write Up.

Posted by Green Riptide on 03 February 2008 - 11:51 PM in Modifications


The Lock 'n Loads [sic] is quite possibly the most accurate pistol I have ever used.

Nothing extraordinary here, but there doesn't need to be to have a good mod. I liked the video write-up, but due to technical difficulties and the on-site factor I still prefer images and text. Who does all the filming, since as far as I'm aware you only have two arms?

#138495 The Chief Is Using Nerf!

Posted by Green Riptide on 03 February 2008 - 11:52 PM in General Nerf

Agreed, that very much resembles a NF

#138505 The Chief Is Using Nerf!

Posted by Green Riptide on 04 February 2008 - 12:37 AM in General Nerf

In 3 you can equip different armor sets, including this one (Close Quarters Specialist or some such).

#138508 Lock 'n Load Write Up.

Posted by Green Riptide on 04 February 2008 - 12:45 AM in Modifications

What technical difficulties?
Some of it was me setting it up in a position and the other times it was Raven.

Either way, for the most part you're very good with the filming aspects. The only shot that was questionable was the face-edited one :P
As for technical difficulties, my primary internet-access point is behind a public school filter, so youtube/myspace/etc. are blocked. I'm basically limited to what i can get to through proxies until I get home; more of a personal issue than a widespread thing, but I feel the other points still stand.

#138718 Use Of Cell Phones In Wars...

Posted by Green Riptide on 05 February 2008 - 12:44 AM in General Nerf

I can easily see this becoming a hot-button issue.

If you're running a small to medium scale war, up to probably 25-30 a side, there's likely to be enough action to keep everyone busy. when you get into the 20s and 30s on a team, then sometimes it'll be slower at some points of the battle line and other places it'll be very intense. In airsoft and paintball, at least, usually "squad radios" are available for use only past 25-30 per side unless the playing area is very large to simulate fog of war. I suppose NERF is more relaxed about mil-sim than the aforementioned sports, but still. There's a certain degree of awesome lost when you're texting your buddies across the band of trees with "R U DEAD?!". I mean, half of the fun i get from woodsball is not knowing where the fuck the other team is, so every corner is an adrenaline rush.

I guess it is really up to whoever is running the war / what has been agreed upon by participants, but unless you've got a lot of ground to cover or a lot of people to keep track of... just not worth the effect it has one the game. Organize into squads for bigger games, send runners, have a system of hand signals.... hell, if you're in enough trouble that you need to let your team know right now you're probably not gonna make it worse by yelling.

#138866 Paid Forum Subscription

Posted by Green Riptide on 05 February 2008 - 08:11 PM in Site Feedback

No, obviously. The only way you could get away with that sort of thing would be if the hobby was already massive.
Besides, there's already shirts, albeit really ugly shirts.

#138991 Use Of Cell Phones In Wars...

Posted by Green Riptide on 06 February 2008 - 06:45 PM in General Nerf

I need to get into a HvZ game, but Central Ohio, me being able to drive and unavailability have caused me to mod

I was pretty sure I'd heard OSU had an HvZ game going, but I haven't followed up on it... guess I ought to.

#139189 Arr!

Posted by Green Riptide on 07 February 2008 - 07:18 PM in Homemades

personally I'm confused as to why the squared area behind the clip exists at all. Is that bracing for inevitable tank attachment?

#139204 Arachnophobia Ii

Posted by Green Riptide on 07 February 2008 - 07:55 PM in Modifications

You have got to be shitting me. This is basically the ultimate weapon, with a six-pack shotgun blast and twin long-range punch. With that much ridiculous in one place I'm half expecting you to come back next week with a clip mod. ._.

Internal pics would be much appreciated. On the subject of keyrings, you're just using the magstrike trigger for air transfer, right?
So a firing cycle would be
i- pump for half of eternity
ii- hold MS trigger for a few seconds
iii- move fingers to SM keyring triggers/detonator triggers and wait for shot
iv- fire
and then you could loop back to ii but you prefer to just use the SMDTG's after a single round of SM firing...
so basically you don't have to worry about switching triggers incredibly fast, since the majority of time should be spent with no trigger contact (pumping/noncombat situation) and then in combat most of the time would spent on the keyrings waiting for a clean shot.

#139266 Arachnophobia Ii

Posted by Green Riptide on 07 February 2008 - 11:36 PM in Modifications

oh, I see.

Personally if I were going to be going back and forth that much I'd find a different option (as opposed to keyrings), but I suppose having never built an Arachnaphobia II of my very own my opinion there doesn't matter. :P

oh, and *insert innuendo about how good imaseoulman is at making the pumping motion very quickly*

#139320 New Nerf Stuff In Canada.

Posted by Green Riptide on 08 February 2008 - 04:02 PM in General Nerf

blue scout ?!
I WANT one.

#139322 Arr!

Posted by Green Riptide on 08 February 2008 - 04:18 PM in Homemades

Actually, Captain, I meant this area-
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#139404 Music

Posted by Green Riptide on 09 February 2008 - 12:52 AM in Off Topic

Time to Say Goodbye

I'd be the one in the green bucket hat towards the end. I should mention this was absolutely the worst we've ever played that song, mostly because of the botched trumpet solo. ._.

#139406 My Ps Experiments

Posted by Green Riptide on 09 February 2008 - 01:00 AM in Off Topic

awesome, carbon. I've barely scratched the surface of the enormous potentials of both AI and PS, so it's encouraging to know that at least someone knows how to work all those toolbars.

#139770 Disk Shot Vs Nite Finder?

Posted by Green Riptide on 12 February 2008 - 05:03 PM in General Nerf

I've recently discovered that minimized Disk shots look amazing, so I may have to get one.... however, NF's are 5$. The choice here is obvious.

#139930 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 13 February 2008 - 12:54 PM in Nerf Wars

I probably won't be able to do anything this summer, but April might work. I can't go the 12th, but the week before that is my spring break.

As for location, I nominate Fran Bar Park. That's where my friends and I go for all our paintball escapades. Its easy to find and has two large woodsball courses perfect for CTF, two speedball courses, and a junkyard that'd do very nicely. The fee to play there is 25$ a person if you bring your own crap.

pictures and official site

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#140092 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 13 February 2008 - 10:28 PM in Nerf Wars

Whetstone looks good. I'm not into the idea of paying to play. A junkyard would be amazing but possible teenagers with paintball guns doesn't appeal to me and a junkyard could be dangerous - lots of sharp metal and shit everywhere.

Was Whetstone where you played last time? That's my vote.

Because teenagers with nerf guns are better :(
It should be understood that the 'junkyard' is not actually a junkyard; the park owners just dumped a bunch of 55-gallon drums, old wooden crates, and tires in the area. There are no sharp objects or extreme environmental hazards; the most you can do is trip over a 2x4. I enjoy the nearest woodsball course and the junkyard immensely- the junkyard is overgrown most of the time and is great for ambushes, and the woodsball course doubles as a 'horror-maze' type thing in the fall, so there's plenty of winding plywood-and-tarp constructions to sneak about in.

Hmm. I could probably get away with going to Cinci on the grounds of a 'college visit' over spring break.
Bpso- I'll be at UC on the 18th for one of the aforementioned college visits. Will you be on campus that i could meet up with you, perhaps to buy things?

Lynx, If you're okay to go we should see about carpooling.

No matter what happens I'd probably need to borrow blasters. My current functioning armory (i.e. not dissasembled) consists of 1 (one) maverick. ._.

#140095 Music

Posted by Green Riptide on 13 February 2008 - 10:37 PM in Off Topic

hahaaa, circular breathing. I can do it, but not with a horn on my face. :(
mad props to anyone who plays didgeridoo.. i mean, how can you not respect that?
Do you do the whole beeswax-ring-seal thing? I think I wouldn't be able to get over that, since personally I scorn any sort of lip-balm type stuff.

Carbon- get yourself some backup singers and you'll basically have it made. It was kind of catchy, but but the similarity and length kind of dulled it down. Some variation in the vocals would help draw attention from the looping in the background- background singers one chorus, none the next, acapella, just mix it up.

#140099 My Ps Experiments

Posted by Green Riptide on 13 February 2008 - 10:50 PM in Off Topic

I just realized I hadn't mentioned yet that Captain Slug is actually an anagram of Chuck Norris.
Seriously, Psychonauts, Chibi Bomberman, and Hitchhikers Guide interspersed with ABP5K?
your gallery page fills me with supernatural amounts of glee.

as for myself, I'm still puzzling out Illustrator. The following started as a joke in my english class and was too good to pass up; I had been telling my friends I should make a T-shirt out of it for months when they finally remembered I had already done something similar once and pestered me until I actually did. Pictures of the actual shirt when/if i get them.

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#140129 What Was Your First Nerf Gun?

Posted by Green Riptide on 14 February 2008 - 01:08 AM in General Nerf

My first NERF dart-firing item was a SSPB-ish thing that came in a kid's meal at Sonic. I've still got two.

#140324 Anonymous Vs. Scientology

Posted by Green Riptide on 14 February 2008 - 08:37 PM in Off Topic

Honestly, organized religion has done this sort of thing for years, but in the 1300s there was absolutely no chance of an internet-spread revolt. It's almost like The Spanish Inquisition are coming with their lawyer team, and this time we can do something about it.

#140332 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 14 February 2008 - 08:49 PM in Nerf Wars

Eugh, can't do the 29th. I can do the first (as in saturday the 1st), third and fourth weekends in march, and the first three weekends in April. I can also do the second weekend in May, and then I'm on tour until August 9th.

current arsenal-

presently disassembled guns marked with a ~

~ latest-gen NF with SSPB integration, CPVC'd, handyman spring. Pending further integrations.
~ latest gen firefly. Pending further integrations.
~ latest gen maverick. Pending further integrations.
~ Minimized (lol) Sonci Drive-In SSPB-thing. Waiting to be integrated with the NF.
~ red AT2K waiting to be integrated with the firefly.

two more SSPBs, also probably going on the NF (yes, seriously.)
one stock maverick.
one stock red AT2K.

#140340 Anonymous Vs. Scientology

Posted by Green Riptide on 14 February 2008 - 09:06 PM in Off Topic

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the 'fair game' policy was officially rescinded years ago, even if it is still defacto policy.

What most incriminates Scientology to me is the "Snow White" episode. If the FBI raided Scientology premises and found that there had been a massive espionage effort, why was the entire church not shut down? Why does the average Joe not know that anything even happened? When the leaders of the organization (the Hubbards were incriminated as co-conspirators) are directly involved with the altering, theft of, and burglary of federal records, I'd see that as grounds to erase every trace of the "church"'s existence. At that point it doesn't matter if they are gathered based on a shared belief system- they're a crime syndicate.

Lynx- that's a few too many friends' friend's to take seriously.

#141181 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 18 February 2008 - 11:25 PM in Nerf Wars

What is the status of UC?

Well, the campus tour guides mention NERF wars as part of campus activities students can take part in :P

#141187 Pop Point Integrations

Posted by Green Riptide on 18 February 2008 - 11:49 PM in Modifications

For as much as he's added to the forum in the past month or so, cole seems to have received a disproportional amount of flak- almost every comment in everything he's posted has been negative. I'll agree that this doesn't look like the most functional bastard ever, but if nothing else the amount of effort you're putting into this is commendable. I guess if this is what works for you... well, you're just weird, but whatever.

#141205 Why Did You Choose Your Username?

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 12:44 AM in Off Topic

My chosen screenname was already taken when I signed up for Infantry Online, so I took the pansy route- instead of thinking up something decent I just chose a random combination of adjective and noun.

I did, however, invent a lovely little backstory for it.

If you've ever looked closely enough at the label of your favorite alligator-themed sports beverage, you probably noticed that the flavors are named with similar adjective/noun combos (Fierce Berry, Cool Blue, Xtremo Mango, etc.) One of these flavors - the purple one - is actually named Riptide Rush. It was about a week or so after the invention of my new name that the association was made for the first time. "Hey, isn't that a flavor of Gatorade?" would be repeated dozens of times through the following years, and every time the question is asked I respond with this:

'No, Green riptide is not a flavor of Gatorade. It used to be, though. You've probably never heard about it; Gatorade has covered it up pretty well. See, right after their mysterious blend of electrolytes hit it big the scientists who created Gatorade thought it would be wise to expand the line of flavors. They knew that everyone had heard of the product, but they wanted to keep the brand fresh so it wouldn't just be a fad- so, they locked themselves in the lab for days, mixing and formulating to add more punch to Gatorade than ever before. What they emerged with was a green liquid that seemed to glow from within, a bizzare side effect of the incredibly potent chemical blend they had just mixed into the standard lemon-lime Gatorade flavor. When the lab director, an aging but well-respected founder of the enterprise, tasted it, he said the lemon flavor was almost entirely gone- the new beverage packed a powerful lime taste. Pressed for time due to the time they had spent in the lab, the Gatorade employees rushed the new product through marketing and developed a catchy new name for the wonder drink- "Green Riptide." It was moved through so fast that no one else even bothered to taste it. In the frenzy to get Green Riptide to the shelves, immense stress was placed upon the lab staff, and no one thought it unusual that as the process was coming to a close a week or so later the lab director did not show up to work, calling in to complain of a headache. Production started, and a batch of 5000 bottles of glowing, mysterious Green was sent to a small community in Northern Florida- Lake Como. The test market included a summer camp on the lake, and in the heat of summer the active citizens of the town were eager to try this strange new sensation. The Monday after the official test market release, the lab supervisor was again absent, but this time with no phone call. On Tuesday he was found dead in his apartment, where he had been since late Sunday afternoon. the coroner reported that he died of a neural overload, probably due to undue stress. No one thought to make the connection. By Wednesday all 5000 bottles had been sold, and the lab team prepared to make a second batch. They were halfway through the mixing process on Thursday when a man burst into the lab, screaming that they had to stop- something was terribly wrong. In the streets and homes of Lake Como lay 3854 corpses, and in the veins of each and every one flowed Green Riptide. The electrolytes in the drink were too much for the human system to absorb- the energy simply overloaded the brain, frying the consumer alive in a slow and painful death ending days after the first sip. The remaining citizens numbered only a few thousand, and a few can still be found today. They are scattered across the globe in institutions, old folk's homes, and hospitals. The authorities will say that they are delusional, or simply crazy, but the truth is out there. Over four thousand slowly rotting corpses were dumped into the now-tainted waters of Lake Como by Gatorade, and the remaining residents paid off or simply disposed of. Today Lake Como is restricted territory, declared unsafe by government officials paid off by Gatorade- but go for yourself, and see the true face of Green Riptide in the oddly glowing reflections from the lake. Tell everyone you know- Green riptide was a flavor of Gatorade, yes- until it killed all who drank it.

#141276 Pop Point Integrations

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 04:00 PM in Modifications

*Sticking a Manta on a Crossbow is about as functional as putting a bayonet on a hand grenade.

Kabumei - the art of the sharpened grenade. Enjoy, Piney.

#141287 My 1st Homemade

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 04:47 PM in Homemades

actually /b/'s rules one and two are

1. ZOMG NONE!!!1*
2. Global rules 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, and 10 are enforced.

Note: "ZOMG NONE!!!1" applies to moderators as well.

but, following haven rules 1 and 2,

Think Before You Post.
Don't post unless you have something to say.

I'm going to try and stay on topic.
I love the shotgun look, but I don't understand what you're trying to do with the p90 grip. The hand position is so far out that pumping would be awkward, not to mention that the contact point of the foregrip would probably be well beyond the breech... at least, if the mental picture I have is what you're actually doing. something like this-
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where the foregrip moves forward along the doted white lines, separating from the trigger grip at the yellow lines.

on a related note, I can't be the only person to have considered hacking up the firefly shell and re-engineering it to be an FNP90. It has the perfect grip for it.

#141294 Music

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 05:23 PM in Off Topic

virtual my ass. If this is going to happen it demands as much Effeminate as possible, thus live orchestra. Or at least pre-recorded parts mixed.

#141412 Nerf Eliminator And Hyperfire

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 09:45 PM in General Nerf

firstly and most importantly, a vulcan avatar is needed stat.

Secondly... green titan/hornet. I didn't see a scout, though, and that saddens me. i'd like nothing more than a rainbow collection of scouts.

The wiimote blaster attachment looks like it has some serious potential- looks like a DiskShot/NF plunger, so ranges should be tasty, and it looks like it would be a cinch to mount it on, say, the NF top rail. Bam, double NF.

#141414 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 09:50 PM in Nerf Wars

I'll gladly take that firefly off your hands, lynx- i'm cooking up something in that department myself.

Again, just to clarify, I'll most likely be free the last two weekends in August if you want to hold a late summer war. Two wars would be pretty sweet for those of us who are rather incapacitated for most of the summer.

In regards to UC-- seriously? 50+ in front of Langsam every Friday?

#141416 Music

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 09:53 PM in Off Topic

Alright, done.

total forum membership is... what, again?

Seriously, we should do a remix of Dies Irae.
I'll handle all twelve horn parts.

#141420 Iq Score

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 10:04 PM in Off Topic

I determined after 4 minutes that the problem was unsolvable.

#141440 Ohno (s)

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 11:20 PM in Nerf Wars

Hey, Green Riptide. I am going to need something in return for that...

I'll sell it to you for 3$

done. PM me.

Can you do this?

er.. no, I can't. :[

#141442 Iq Score

Posted by Green Riptide on 19 February 2008 - 11:22 PM in Off Topic

over 9000?

#141464 Music

Posted by Green Riptide on 20 February 2008 - 12:58 AM in Off Topic

blend bass sax/contrabassoon/tuba and take out some of the lowest frequencies.