Hotone Skyline WALLY Looper

A veritable miracle of modern, guitaristic science–a full-featured, great sounding looper that’s the size of a hot-wheels car! 15 minutes of loop time, the ability to speed up or slow down the loop and change the pitch by up to an octave, undo/redo, and separate record and output levels. Everything you need for live looping, practice and composing.

Loopfests coming your way

Here are some upcoming LOOP events.

Rocky Mountain LoopFest http://www.rockymountainloopfest.com
Sept 24th Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO
Sept 25th Castle Lounge, Colorado Springs, CO

NW LoopFest http://www.nwloopfest.com
Oct 15-16 Rendezvous Lounge, Seattle, WA
Oct 17 Analog Theatre, Portland, OR
Oct 18 Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR

SoCal LoopFest http://www.socalloopfest.com
Oct 28-29 DiPiazaa’s, Long Beach, CA

San Antonio LoopFest http://www.sanantonioloopfest.com
Nov 14 1906 Gallery, San Antonio, X

Austin LoopFest http://www.austinloopfest.com
Nov 15 Cherry Creek CoffeeHouse, Austin, TX

thanks to Noah Peterson

Ableton Looper control using dummy clips

I’ve been using a pedal on my FCB1010 to control the speed (ie pitch) of the loop, but it requires attention to the speed to create a smooth effect (of course, I love erratic shifts as well!) But lazing in bed I had an idea and bu**er me, it works!

You simply create an (empty) audio clip on the same track as the looper, then open the envelope window for it, select looper / speed then draw in the envelope. Triggering the clip then performs the action. This can be smooth or not, as you wish – you can even have it jump up and down by fixed note gaps. If the loop is a seamless single note, this in effect creates a pitch-shiftable drone.

I’ve set up 1,2 & 3 octave drops/rises and one also fades up reverb length & level (using the same principle) – this gives a slow drop of 3 octaves as the reverb effect deepens. I also set a “looper off” signal to the envelopes so when it’s dropped, it stops & the reverb shimmers on – nicccce.

The envelope technique allows you to preset all kinds of dramatic effects, occurring simultaneously and in far greater depth than using both hands and feet!

loop_pitch_envelope

I’ve been inspired to make a video tutorial. It’s taken the best part of 4 hours to get it done (and the quality sucks) but hopefully they will become quicker, better and easier to make with practice. I’ve used SMRecorder – advice on better (free) software appreciated!

Schleifen

“Schleifen” is “loops” in German. Tilman Baumgärtel has written a book (in German) about the history and aesthetics of loops. Here is a review of the book, of course, also in German 🙂

Mind you, this is not a book about livelooping, but about loops, repetitions, in music.

Schleifen

Tilman Baumgärtel: „Schleifen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops“. Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2015, 352 S.