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re:Hello and RE: DOD FX-98
Hi everyone, my name is Ken Fletcher, and I've been lurking for over a
week here and enjoying all the conversations. I'm more of a tape artist
and audio collagist than a live-gig-type musician.
Welcome Ken. Audio collagist, I like that phrase. I never heard it put
so succinctly. I do this also, but never realized how to describe it.
Sorry I can't give you advice about the single tape machine loop.
The 2 deck looping arrangement you describe I can describe. The tape goes
from machine 1 - supply reel, through the entry tape guides, across the
heads (erase, record, & playback), through the exit tape guides across the
room to machine 2 which is aligned to allow the tape to go across the tape
entry guides, across the heads, through the exit tape guides to the
take-up reel. Support the spanning tape with pencils (held horizontally),
coat hangers or whatever else you can find around the house (that isn't
magnetic). The tape feeds from machine 1 to machine 2, distance provides
the loop (via delay and regen) length. The loop quality degrades as
regenerated, the feedback to machine 1 can be controlled with volume pedal
to allow fading out old loop.
Machine 1 records, machine 2 playback. Feed some of the playback from
machine 2 to input of machine 1, mixed with your input to machine 1. Thus
you get a long loop, and regeneration of input to machine 1. You probably
want to mix some of the input to machine 1 to your monitor so you can hear
it as it occurs (not just delayed).
Thanks to modern inventions like the plex and jamman (and to their
brilliant creators!), we don't have to struggle with the above Rube
Goldberg methods to get looped.