Ask @OlaEnglund:

For music recording, mixing and production, do you prefer Mac or PC? What do you think are the pros and cons of each?

Camilink
Whatever works for you, I switched to Mac from being a PC elitist around 2002 mainly because I wanted to work with Logic. Since that I've never felt the need for a PC. Say what you want about apple but they have definitely made my life easier and I see no reason to switch back.
I don't think PC is a worse/better option, it's all about preference.

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Do you even bother with simulations anymore (i.e. plugins, axe-fx, kemper, any software or hardware) or only your beast of an amp? Touchet on it by the way, the reviews are nothing but stellar

Barney Cockburn
Thank you Barney, well if I'm just sitting at home noodling/practicing I switch on the Axe Fx 2 just to have a sound. Out traveling (at hotel rooms) I use the EZ-mix 2 plugin for guitar sounds. But I would say 80% of the time at home if I want to feel manly, I turn on the Satan and my Torpedo Live. Uncompromised sounds.

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Hi Ola! I have a question. As a musician, do you ever get urges to cut your hair? I've had mine for about a year now, and I'm sick and tired of it! I'm going to cut it in a couple of days.

Kacper Pacholak
I do but the urge doesn't come from being a musician, it comes from the hair being in my mouth choking on it every morning. It comes from getting stuck in random objects.
But actually I keep an old picture of me reminding me how douche-baggy I look with short hair. gets rid of that urge pretty quick. And also... metal.

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Hey Ola I'm a guitarist of 12 years now 21, in the last couple years I've been struggling with Right arm pain and wrist issues (idk doctors can't find anything) and now it's become a struggle for me to play really fast accurately both rhythm and lead. Any advice on how to cope with this?

HurtboxTV
Best is to either try and change the way you play or just don't force it. As soon as you feel any cramping stop immediately and take breaks. I have almost constant shoulder pain(work and guitar related injury) and it's not something you would want in life. Especially in your age. Go slow and if possible try working out more. Exercise your upper body. Stretch etc

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Hi Ola! I wanna buy one of your signature guitars maybe the solar160 but i want to change the pups in it. What shoud i take into the guitar? What do you think? Im thinkin' on a blackout set or a blackwinter set. i play nu-metal,Death metal and viking metal mostly. Have a nice day:)

László Kristóf
I like both those sets! I would personally go for the black winter set, but then again blackouts are awesome and more affordable!

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Hey Ola. I know you're a huge endorser for Seymour Duncan, so I wanted to ask you. What's your opinion on brands like Dimarzio, Bare-knuckle, EMG, etc.?

Kacper Pacholak
That they all make good quality pickups. There is a reason why the ones you mention are recognizable names. They all make great products!
What Seymour Duncan did was to send me almost EVERY pickup they had, I found a lot of favorites and I'm using them today. They've been supporting me along my entire (new)career and I'm eternally grateful for everything they've done.
My endorsement with Seymour Duncan is not exclusive, I am free to use whatever if I want to, but haven't had any wow moments with any other companies right now. I'm perfectly happy with my current SD faves!

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Hi Ola. Im thinking to change my EMG 81/85 to Seymours Black Winters. Is that a good choice? Ps. What you think about Finland?

I think that's a great switch! I love the black winters. Think of them as a extreme Duncan distortion!
And Finland is a great country, much like Sweden in a lot of ways, but whenever we meet each other in hockey I hate Finland :) but only because that's the way it's supposed to be. Sweden vs Finland games always have a lot of passion behind them.

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