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RE: Looping with a drummer
Well, I am an (acoustic) drummer/
percussionist who also happens to do a
bit of looping/signal processing. I've found that
learning to play with loops has actually helped
*improved* my time.
I can't stress the importance of having good
monitoring! If I can't hear the loop well, there's no
chance of grooving with it. It can be really frustrating
otherwise. In situations where the monitoring is
inadequate, I generally use headphones.
Another way I've found that works is to use a
drum machine as a MIDI master to sync my
looper (Jamman) and any others in the group.
This has the added bonus of incorporating the
*non-human* machine sounds into the brew.
This can sometimes be a great combination.
I usually record a loops or layers onto the machine
beat and then either eliminate parts of the machine
beat or mute it entirely. Sometimes I simply use
delay and echo effects from an overhead microphone
to create polyrhthms/ cacorhythms.
But this is wandering ... sorry.
I don't currently have any electrodrums so I
haven't any advice in that regard. There are
probably other drummers on this list with ideas,
suggestions, etc. (P.S: I would love to hear from
any of you percussive loopists too!)
Hello... any other drummonds out there??