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RE: Naming a software looper
> > The things that are most unique about this looper (I
> think, I hope) are: > > - instant gratification, easy learning curve
> That would probably be unique among software loopers with
> similar features. There are several easy to use loopers, but
> they don't have all the features you list.
> > - Can be operated in hands-free mode; works with most
> footcontrollers > (but a multi-bank footcontroller is best;
> basic functions can be in > the first bank, advanced
> functions in others) > - CD-quality, stereo looping
> Every software looper I've seen supports MIDI control and CD
> quality stereo.
> > - loop layers are independently mutable and re-mixable
> It depends on what you mean by "layers". A few loopers
> support multiple "tracks" which you record and mutate
> independently, and if the tracks are made to be of identical
> size you achieve an effect similar to layers of overdubs.
> The challenge here is to make it so you can record into
> successive tracks as easily as you would just make several
> overdub passes in a single track looper.
> > - built in digital multitrack recorder makes pristine
> recordings of your > live playing, your loops and aux inputs
> (like the people you're playing > with)
> That's probably unique, though I know of one that has a
> relatively crude way to capture an entire performance. What
> typically happens is that the looper is itself a VST plugin
> that runs within a host that supports recording.
> > - peak limiting on the output. In later versions,
> different forms of > multiband compression will be supported
> May be unique at the moment.
> > - with a touch of your toe (here I go into
> marketing-speak), you can > save all the loops into
> individual files for later processing with > Acid or the DAW
> of your choice.
> Several of the more complex loopers will allow you to save
> loops to files. I know of one that let's you save all state
> with one touch-o-the-toe.
> > - PC (XP) and MAC (OS/X)
> I can't think of any non-commercial cross-platform loopers.
> The closest thing would be the PSP-42 and PSP-84.
> > - support for VST plugins to modify the input to the
> looper and the > total mix output
> Having the looper host plugins is a powerful concept, but I
> would suggest you consider having the looper *be* a VST
> plugin instead or in addition. If you want to get into the
> VST hosting game, then you're going to be competing with the
> likes of Bidule, EnergyXT, and Live. If ease of use is the
> primary goal, then being a limited host is a good thing. But
> if you want to be flexible, being a VST is better.
> > - affordability - I anticipate 3 versions, one at $89 or
> so, one at > $199 and one at $299.
> With all due respect, I think you're going to find that the
> market for a software looper priced over $99 is rather small,
> especially if you're targeting customers for whom "ease of
> use" is a primary concern.