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TW: Hi friends , I`ve got a major crisis on my hands. I`m gonna come right
and say it: I`ve begun to get doubts about looping.................and I
MB: Hey Thomas... don't sell that looper yet! Your coming out of the
period! You'll get a second wind in a while. Be patient. Absolutely do not
The thing is , when I loop it doesn`t seem to go anywhere. I always get
the same tracks and the music sounds like.........looping. Sometimes my
can feel like a limitation , rather than a new colour on my (somewhat
MB: Use the delay mode and make sure you lower the regen enough to force
change into your process. Use more ambiguous and ambient material to
loop. Fade it and overdub... fade again and repeat. And last but not
only there to help you when you need it. Just freakin' bypass the sucker
TW: At this point I feel like taking a break from the whole looping world
just plug straight in. There is nothing wrong with this , of course , a
sound is often the bast way to go. This is proven over and over again by
who doesnt care about effects. So this doesnt worry me; I dont see it as a
problem to want to plug straight in the amp.
MB: First of all... Don't call yourself a looper! It really frees you up
behave in other obsessive compulsive ways. 8-> (Blasphemy, I know, but...)
may want to still keep that looper in line and just not notice it quite as
Don't let it run the show. You can always reach over and turn the input or
down. Run that sucker in parallel. It's much more versatile and
A looper can also be a very serviceable short delay with good real time
tempo. Use it as such for awhile. I used to use my JamMan for 1/8 triplet
in live bands all the time. The possibility is there to then re-tap and
massively stretch your time waaayyyy out for radical solo potential or
looped segments. Re-tap to shorter times to return to more "normal"
TW: BUT: It worries me that what started out like a dream with endless
posibilities ended SO QUICKLY. I had a ball with it , played in
musical situations and HAD FUN. And now it suddenly feels so alien. Like a
arm or something. Have any of you gone through something similar?? If so
did u get through it??
MB: Oh yeah... It comes around periodically. Just pick up an acoustic
or use a different DSP or take a hike. The concepts are all still valid.
TW: I must add that I`m not the type of person that jump on everything and
bored with it after a short while. I`m usually quite patient and
I`ve had a very busy schedule for the last couple of months and worked very
hard. Now I`m starting to feel tired and I`m looking forward to the Easter
Holiday. Maybe this is the answer? Maybe It`s just fatigue and my
energy will return after the holiday???
I hope so.
Yours , Thomas w
MB: I've been in acoustic unplugged mode for most of the 3 years of my
life, cause it's so easy (and gratifying). I'm a lifestyle electric player
though, so it always comes around again.
At this point I have to set up my fairly large pile o' gear each time I
cause I still don't have a real room for it. I do this once a week right
and that's not nearly enough. It would be easy to learn to hate my gear
this. But it sounds so good (mostly) and I know I'll get more time later
It's all perspective and you'll get yours back.
All the best Thom...