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.
If you always wanted to know how to create tape loops, this might give you an idea how to start …
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
Roland say “#bossloop is a free online platform to share your loop performances with the world. Upload your performances, interact with each other, and get involved in the inspiring world of looping!”
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!
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!
Guitarist Bill Vencil does a weekly Youtube series about ambient guitar. Here he demonstrates what can be done with long 4 second delays like they were used in Frippertronics. The focus is on musical structures, not so much on technology.
“The cassette tape echo employs the same basic principle as legendary vintage units like the Roland Space Echo or more primitive reel-to-reel tape echo setups, but using much cheaper and more readily-available used cassette technology”
“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.
Tilman Baumgärtel: „Schleifen. Zur Geschichte und Ästhetik des Loops“. Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2015, 352 S.