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Sublime experience looping --warning: no guitar content!
Looping fun and technique content: 60%
Looping gear-specific content: 30%
Guitar content: 0%
Boring, pretentious filler: 10%
Latest Echoplex victim: my buddy Dan's Fender Rhodes Model Seventy-Three
When I picked it up to loan...Dan is a ReallyNiceGuy(tm)... I didn't
that these old things were totally passive electronics. Duh. I was
the power cord for, like, 3 whole minutes before I took the top off and
the innards. No power supply. "Must work like one of them eee-lectric
all these kids are playing nowadays..."
It sounds wicked with some effects (mild overdrive, chorusing) but somehow
better (for looping, at least) just dry:
Rhodes --> Echoplex DP --> SWR Baby Blue II (smallish studio bass combo
Looping several different short 8-10 second chord changes; think "Kind of
riff or something... then use NextLoop w/SwitchQuant=On to walk through
Then, play various inversions and diminished variations of same over the
loops...solo notes wash over the transitions between loops. Overdub when
As with other things I loop ('cello, analog synth), I'm getting about an
success rate with noiseless startpoints. What seems to help is selecting a
dominant note that is slowly decaying over each startpoint, trying not to
that note too near the startpoint. Each small loop is overdubbed once to
over the startpoint with that same note (end Record with Overdub, or end
with Insert in Rehearse mode until I get it near how I want it...) Get
startpoints of all the small loops within a range of similarity and it is
surprisingly easy to step through the loops without any abrupt
Loving that Echoplex...what a box!
The overtones and room resonance are mind-blowing. Absolutely gorgeous!
"tines" (is this what they're called?--the little tuning-fork metal bar
that vibrate on the Rhodes' sounding board) set up washes of
underwater-landscape-on-quaaludes-with-Milt-Jackson-on-vibes that put
(even the dog) into trance mode.
The interaction between the instrument's sounding board (sustain pads
and the amplified looped versions is phenomenal. A great instrument for
--Russell Gorton, loop user