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My Cort Action DLX Plus Bass

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

My CORT Action DLX Plus Bass

 

CORT Action DLX Plus Active Bass

In a nutshell, this blog post will cover the following:

A.    Why I chose CORT Action DLX Plus bass, and
         
B.    Detailed Steps (Day 1)
         
  • Unboxing
  • Unstring/strip
  • Clean/refresh
  • Tighten 
  • Polish
  • Adjust
  • String
  • Install
  • Tune
  • Intonate
  • Rest
        
And further , detailed Steps (Day 2)
 
C.    Registration
 
D.    Last but not the least, next forward looking  plans
A.    Why I chose the CORT Action DLX Plus bass


I have a penchant of keeping my memory sharp by constantly doing mental work.  Like, keying in multi-factor passwords (by heart) , and/or logging in global time commands to reset to my desktop PC clock, which in my humble opinion works well for my case.
 
Fast forward, when a sale madness was happening locally here where I live, which was dubbed "Eleven-Eleven" which got me "unconsciously" sort of purchasing a new electric bass guitar (without breaking the bank).
 
My gut senses told me that 11th of November being also a Thursday, in which is a Satguruwar "Day of the Satguru" especially in India as spiritually-inclined people consider this day as super elevated, which in fact worked in my favor, thus my wish was granted.

Enter, CORT!

I never knew that CORT originates in south east Asia and is a guitar manufacturer based specifically in Seoul, Korea. 
 
Until I read their About in their webpage, and that they're in the business for around 50 years and moving strong. 
 
For those also new to CORT, it is actually dubbed as COR-TEK with munufacturing sites located in Indonesia and China.
 
This video bass shootout emerged, Cort as one of the top best choice.

Video below:
 
Budget Bass Shootout Cort Action Bass Plus et cetera

 
 
 
Budget Bass Shootout by Nate Navarro Cort Action Bass Plus.
The CORT Action Bass Plus scored:

Action                 4/4
Intonation          3/4 
Neck                     4/4 
Strings                3/3 
Frets                   5/5 
Hardware           5/5 
Finish                   4/5 
Feel                      5/5 
Ergonomics         4/5 
Sound                   5/5 
Overall Quality   5/5 
Total                 47/50 
Value              214 points
 
 
Whilst the abovementioned is a different model of CORT, nevertheless it served as one key influence in my decision to buy a CORT bass.
 
 
 
My last bass guitar was black, so I opted this time for newness reasons and going for the another only color which is 
 
Cherry Red Sunburst.
 
Cherry Red
 
Cherry Red has the hex code #CC252C. The equivalent RGB values are (204, 37, 44), which means it is composed of 72% red, 13% green and 15% blue.
 
Sunburst
 
Sunburst has the hex code #F1C902. The equivalent RGB values are (241, 201, 2), which means it is composed of 54% red, 45% green and 0% blue. 
 
 
Action DLX Plus Cherry Red Sunburst Bass

 
I also checked out the commercial/video.



 
I am really impressed with The specs of CORT Action DLX which carries an affordable price range of around U.S. $294.00.
 
A budget bass, is not a synonym to mean a cheap bass. What i paid for is a real bang for the buck.
 
And that's not bad at all with the mid-range specs/features it carries.

Again, diving down to the bass specs of the CORT Action DLX, which actually got me purchasing this bass was that, I actually am inclined to active-bass pick up/systems. 
 
Almost all of my bass guitars I owned in the past were battery-powered with active EQ. 
 
With CORT Action DLX, this is an exception, as this is a mid-range soap box style pick up with a super engaging Markbass® MB-1 active equalizer circuitry. Whistles and bells indeed.

Factoid:  I compared all, the CORT bases falling under the general Action category of the Cort basses, and that CORT Action DLX only shares the same active Markbass MB-1 EQ with the higher class Cort Action DLX V AS. Kind of the only two jewels in the CORT bass Action tier. (I bet you did not know that.) 

 

Further, let me quote Cort on  "The Markbass MB-1 EQ "provides a very natural and transparent boost that does not color the organic nature or resonance of the instrument’s woods. 


The crystal clarity and natural warmth combined exude a passive feel with smooth lows, full-bodied mids, and bell-like highs. The Markbass 3-Band EQ brings out the best acoustic nature of the bass instrument." 

 

So, in tandem and cooperation with the Cort soapbox humbucker bass pick ups, CORT further goes "Developed with tonal flexibility in mind, the PDX soapbar pickups deliver a strong fundamental low-end that is ideal for classic and traditional bass sounds.  

The front active Cort Action DLX pickup exhibit a firm mid-range ideal for finger picking, classic rock sounds, whilst the rear pickup provides more power, and focus for aggressive music as well as for slapping with greater force than J-type pickups." 

 

Cort Action DLX Bass Specs

 
 
  
Just as Black Friday is in the offing, my bass guitar arrived today, November 23 (Tuesday), and thank God for that.
 
II.    Detailed steps (day i)
 
UNBOXING - As I anticipated this unboxing was a tough one, since I gave the supplier/vendor additional instructions to double on the packing materials (which he did) since my bass will traveling from the flatland up to the boondocks.
 
CORT shipment
  

My buddy, Kibah pictured below agrees with my brand new, and "freshly unboxed" CORT Action DLX Plus active bass guitar.
 
Kiba concurs with my CORT Action DLX Plus
 
I made a simple, YouTube already unboxed bass.

Link below:
 
 
 
So, let us situate ourselves on the same page as per the specs on paper, bass shootout info, and what I actually experienced with the CORT DLX Action bass.

What I did was the following:
 
UNSTRING/STRIP - It's a good idea to de-stress your bass guitar after travel by removing the bass strings. Remove the factory installed bass strings, and price stickers/tabs attached. This will prepare you to the next step.


CLEAN/REFRESH - as the bass probably came from long storage/display thus, it needs refreshing by cleaning the body, neck, and head with dry cotton swabs, lint free cloth.

TIGHTEN - as the bass traveled from the originating factory abroad to various travels from foreign imports which got subjected to jarring, temperature changes/humidity, it's best to tighten the nuts and bolts of the bass.

POLISH - after cleaning, do simple buffing, and polishing which will keep the bass in mint condition. Again, no harsh chemicals. I found a vegan insect repellant which I used for cleaning the fret board with the following active ingredients: Oil of soybean, oil of citronella, oil of peppermint, oil of cedar, oil of lemongrass and oil of geranium.
 
ADJUST - this is not for the newbies or faint of heart. One must have to do detailed research first on how to do a bass neck truss rod adjustment. This involves checking the bass neck for its current state: convex or concave or straight.
 
electric bass neck status
My bass was a little convex when it arrived with the bass strings attached.
 
CORT Action DLX Plus truss rod adjustment
 
After removing all the bass strings, I have to adjust the truss rod using an Allen wrench, which came with my bass.  
 
Allen Wrenches Truss Rod Cover and screw

The CORT Action DLX Plus's truss rod is located at the bass head. Just loosen tiny screws of the black plastic truss rod cover with a micro screw driver.

I proceeded to adjust the truss rod of the bass by doing a quarter turn to 2 o'clock, and then proceeded to the next step.

Caution: Take small incremental  adjustment with the bass truss rod. One adjustment action per day, and spread the adjustment time to the next day. I took 1/4 turn based upon your existing case, whether convex or concave neck.

This phased truss rod adjustment process will prevent you from overdoing it, which might render the neck unusable if not observed properly.


STRING - Since I didn't have new set of bass strings available, I reused the existing strings by bringing the strings to a boil with clean water for 2 minutes.  Dry under the sun, and wiped the bass strings.  Afterwhich, installed the bass strings. E (fattest string)- A - D - G (thinnest string). 

Roland BOSS

INSTALL - Installed 9 volts batteries for both, the Roland BOSS TU-8 Guitar/Bass, and the CORT Action DLX Plus bass (located at the back of the body).

TUNE - I then prepped with a guitar audio cable through the input jack of my multi decade-aged old school and reliable Roland BOSS TU-8 Guitar/Bass tuner to do the job.


Boss TU-8 Tuner


INTONATE - with a micro allen wrench, I tweaked the bass saddle adjustments by either lowering or heightening the same. 
 
My bass only needed a little dropping of string height to neck. After a saddle adjustment tweak, tune, repeat. Easy peasy.

Adjusting intonation and string height
A low string to neck setting/intonation with allow for ease of bass play-ability.

REST - After getting the bass intonated, and tuned, I loosed the strings and placed dessicant packs back in the gig bag to prepare for Day 2. 
 
Let your home/environment's humidity get the bass wood to adjust and settle down. Acclimate as they say.

Detailed steps (day 2)

Engaging the bass for further gear tests.
 
Since, I loosened the bass strings last night, I have again to check intonation, and string height, et cetera.
 
Roland BOSS
 
I used a Roland BOSS Training Monitor and Line Driver TM-3 and Roland BOSS TU-8 Chromatic bass and guitar tuner to do the bass test with an ES4 in-ear (IEM) pictured below.
 
 
Further, during the bass test, I learned that you have the freedom to choose ACTIVE or PASSIVE modes of bass playing with the CORT Action DLX Plus.
 
This will only be made possible with a fresh battery that will you be able to engage the the 
Markbass MB-1 EQ in active mode.
 
Without a battery, you will be left to play with in passive mode only using the Markbass MB-1 EQ which is still great.
 
Battery compartment
 
This is a plus, so that during practice, or gigs and you suddenly run out of battery "juice", you still be able to play in passive mode. Thus, it is a win-win using a CORT Action DLX Plus bass. 
 
No interrupted or failed gigs due to fail safe switching to passive mode without battery support.  
 
Passive Active Toggle Switch Selector
 
Further, it saves you money $$ from buying batteries since the passive mode doesn't engage the batteries, thus longer battery time stored for active bass playing when needed.
 
I've owned and used active bass in the past, but without a battery, there is no passive mode alternative. 
 
The active circuitry is locked to only active mode, and thus, requiring a fresh battery to use the bass for gigs/practice/sessions.

Further, I learned that you have the freedom to choose ACTIVE or PASSIVE modes of bass playing with the CORT Action DLX Plus.
 
Only with a fresh battery will you be able to engage the the 
Markbass MB-1 EQ in active mode.
 
Battery compartment closed
Without a battery, you will be left to play with in passive mode only using the Markbass MB-1 EQ. 
 
Audio cable jack input port
With an L-type of bass audio cable, I connected it at the right side edge of the bass body slightly below the strap back joiner. This is a good place/position since it does work of keeping itself attached as the bass audio cable can go through the strap which will further hold it in place.
 
Defect
 
The only minor cosmetic imperfection which possibly escaped keen quality inspection in the factory/or caused by other reason which is unknown.

On the next blog, I will be featuring more about this cool 4-string active-passive bass.

By the way, if you just purchased one, do not forget to REGISTER your CORT instrument. 
 
My CORT Action DLX Plus bass head back side

(Note: I purposely digitally removed my serial number on the image above for privacy/security purposes.)
 
I registered mine online for proper records keeping/other reasons and purposes.

It was quite straightforward with drop down options.
 

"Register Your Guitar Online For Better Customer Service!

To register your guitar, please complete and submit the form below.

  • This online Registration Form applies to products purchased from an Authorized Dealer registered with the Authorized International Distributor.

  • To locate your nearest authorized International Distributor, click here.

  • Your information will be delivered to the Authorized International Distributor near you.

  • Each Country/Distributor may have a different Warranty Policy.

  • For further information, please contact your nearest Authorized Dealer.

  • Please note that the warranty may not cover instruments which have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer."

By providing the following information:
 
Country
Email
Model purchased
Model name
Serial number
Dealer name
Purchase date
Survey
Age
Gender
How long have you played guitar?
How did you know Cort?
Who advised you to buy Cord?


Hit Register of your purchased CORT instrument, product and you've got your legit CORT.
 
Next steps/forward looking plans
 
 Hipshot
 
Upgrade and install Bass Hipshot D-tuner/extender - Well, I have already found a supplier/vendor for this important piece of bass add-on.
 
Bass amplifier/speaker - I am still in the process of comparing specs, brands, et cetera.
 
Bass effects - I will feature come next blog post.

Bass gig bag - since my purchase included a freebie gig bag, that'll suffice for now as out planet's great reset still limited human traffic/movement and public gigs. 
 
Once serious gigs starts, I will have to invest to a higher end gig bag/case for travel purposes.


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My Windows 11 Journey

Friday, October 29, 2021


My Windows 11 Journey

Windows 11 Old-school made new.


Yes, it's a journey, and definitely not a rock band in this context.

Journey - the act of traveling from one place to another, especially when involving a considerable distance; a trip.

First, I got to start with the beginning part of the journey.
 
Yes, it's what I am predestined right now with Windows 11.
 
Of course, that includes all the millions of you out there who are still planning to transition or have already transitioned to the latest Microsoft OS.
 
Let's move on.  No turning back.
 
There is no exception that in the software development life cycle during implementation which will surely undergo birth pangs and encounter pain points. It's a fact/reality.
 
The following blog posts will kind of help you ease the difficulties or temporary pain points as you go through your own Windows 11 journey below:
 
 
 
 
Since, I have just hurdled the above-mentioned phases in a smooth sailing fashion, and I akin to comparing my humble experience just like enjoying a delicious and cool ice-cream snack.

Then, I received my first Windows Update for Windows 11.

No big deal, it just installed seamlessly, and rebooted my desktop PC.
 

Release Date:

10/12/2021

Version:

OS Build 22000.258

 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/october-12-2021-kb5006674-os-build-22000-258-32255bb8-6b25-4265-934c-74fdb25f4d35
 

Highlights 

  • Updates security for your Windows operating system.   

Improvements and fixes

This security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:

  • Addresses known compatibility issues between some Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” networking software and Windows 11 (original release). Devices with the affected software might drop User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets under certain conditions. This creates performance and other issues for protocols based on UDP. For example, some websites might load slower than others on the affected devices, which might cause videos to stream slower in certain resolutions. VPN solutions based on UDP might also be slower. 

Below is a screenshot. (Again, for security purposes, I deleted my Local Account User Name from the image.)

Windows Update History

Access this manually at Microsoft Update Catalog. Link below as follows:


After the successful first Windows 11 cumulative update the version will be:

Microsoft Windows 11 
Version 21H2 OS Build 22000.194.
As of Oct. 5, 2021  

and

Microsoft Windows 11 
Version 21H2 OS Build 22000.258
As of Oct. 15, 2021
 
Then came the more inadvertent "glaring bugs" which affects AMD Ryzen processors making them slower on Windows 11, thus resulting to poor performance.

No worries because the patches of both Microsoft and AMD were immediately released online to remediate/fix the bugs/hiccups.
 
Windows 11 cumulative update preview, and an AMD-issued Chipset Driver package on October 22, 2021 by releasing an AMD chipset update.
 

Link below:

 

Release Highlights

  • OpenGL error pop up issue fixed.
     
  • Restores intended function and behavior of UEFI CPPC2 (“preferred core”) in Windows® 11 build 22000.189 (or newer) on AMD processors.

Known Issues

  • Sometimes custom install fails to upgrade to latest drivers.

  • Text alignment issues may be seen on Russian language.

  • Manual system restart required on Non-English OS after the installation is complete.
  • Windows® Installer pop-up message may appear during the installation.

  • Uninstall summary log may incorrectly show uninstall status as fail on non-English OS.

  • May observe a pop-up message "AMD Chipset Software is not responding" when the installer is launched and UI screen is clicked.

Before installing the update, CHECK!
 
So, I checked my chipset which is an
AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G -
which is eligible for the update as indicated below.

AMD Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G Processor Support

So, what I did was immediately update my AMD chipset by going through the motions.
 
amd_chipset_software_3.10.08.506

The AMD chipset software was successfully installed as indicated in the screenshot below.
 
amd_chipset_software_3.10.08.506 successful install

Now, I just had to click restart to complete the chipset update installation process.

Here's the result when I viewed the installation summary.

AMD Chipset Software Install Summary


https://drivers.amd.com/drivers/amd_chipset_software_3.10.08.506.exe

Name             : AMD Ryzen Power Plan
Version          : 7.0.3.5
Install          : Unchanged

Name             : AMD GPIO Driver
Version          : 2.2.0.130
Install          : Success

Name             : AMD GPIO Driver (for Promontory)
Version          : 2.0.1.0
Install          : Success

Name             : AMD PSP Driver
Version          : 5.17.0.0
Install          : Success

Name             : AMD SMBus Driver
Version          : 5.12.0.38
Install          : Success

AMD Ryzen™ Chipset Driver 3.10.08.506 installation package can be downloaded from the following link:


Then whilst checking... I received a Windows 11 update notice.

KB5006746 Update
 
So, I proceeded and downloaded the same.
 
Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems KB5006746
 
I then clicked restart ...
 
In a nutshell,  now that I have both Microsoft Cumulative updates and AMD chipset fixed the performance dip of the AMD L3 cache latency problem that impacted performance and UEFI CPPC2 “preferred core” scheduling issue,  once again restoring my desktop PC back to tip top operational performance.

Whilst enjoying Windows 11 as a free upgrade via USB ISO installation on eligible
devices running Windows 10 Pro, there are so called "birth pangs" or pain points, which are unavoidable events in this major version release of Windows NT operating system.

Perhaps, the virtue of patience and experimentation in testing Windows security features, which was existing in my prior Windows 10 Pro which went through smoothly via upgrade path to Windows 11 inherited 99.9% of the previous security settings. 
 
The upgrade transition by maintaining all files and installed applications from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 11 again, proves that backward compatibility of Windows 11 works great. 
 
This is also a great time saver since I don't have to re-install existing applications and unpack/transfer files from back-up drives to my storage drives. All was maintained intact, complete and working.

Now my next steps moving forward is prepping my desktop PC for full content creation and streaming purposes.

With security focus as one of the pillars of safe online computing for desktop OS, religious upkeep and maintenance is a very important activity.   
 
My Windows 11 journey continues ... 
 

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