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Hello and such
Just thought I'd say hi to everyone, and make a little comment about
looping technique. I'm a guitarist, and I use a Lexicon JamMan for
looping, as well as a Lexicon Vortex for lots of interesting loop-like
The Vortex is a really neat little box. Basically, it's just two
delays, two modulators, and an envelope follower. Lexicon gives a number
of programs putting these effects in various orders, in heavily
interactive ways. Many programs feature cross-feedback for the delays,
or series delays with feedback loops going from one delay to the other.
Tempo is tapped in, like the JamMan, and the delay "time" is actually set
as a fraction of the tap. So it's easy to set up consistent polyrhythmic
echoes with this thing. Some of the programs also use the envelope
follower to modulate delay feedback, either fading out old sounds as new
ones come in, or modulating the volume of the echoes relative to the
input signal. In other words, it's the most dynamically responsive
low-cost rackmount effect I've ever used. Unfortunately, total delay
time is limited to around a second. But there are LOTS of cool things
you can do with that! I really like using the Vortex to build a short,
complex atmospheric sound, and then feeding that into the JamMan and
letting it loop and modulate.
Here's a technique I use with the JamMan to get a more flexible,
improvisational feel from it. When I first got it, I tended to use it to
start a loop, then punch in more layers. But what I found was that
things just got bigger and louder and bigger and louder. It had a very
one-way dynamic. Now, rather than using the looping functions, I usually
prefer to just use its delay function. There are 16 delay feedback
levels, controlled by the knob on the front. Turn the feedback up high
and start looping. At 16, you effectively have infinite repeat. As
things build, you can turn the feedback down and let a loop fade, then
turn it back up and add more to the loop while the older material floats
in the background. This makes for a much more dynamic and rewarding
looping improv, I think.
I just have two problems now... first, I don't get to do nearly enough
looping. I don't have a studio space safe from my two toddler children,
and they like to play with knobs altogether too much. The only way I can
play is to go through my long setup process after the kids go to bed, and
tear it apart before they get up in the morning.
Second, I'm primarily an acoustic guitarist, not electric. I don't play
electric much and I'm not really comfortable on it. Hopefully, I'll be
getting a new acoustic with a pickup soon, and I'll see how that works as
a tone source. I rather like the idea of sending the warm, woody sound
of an acoustic guitar through my effects and seeing what comes out!
Maybe, if I can get my new guitar and build a safe studio space, I'll get
better at this. :}
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