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RE: HOW MANY LOOPS DO YOU USE SIMLUTANEOUSLY?
I take a compositional approach in general, so how many layers I use at any
given time depends on the piece.
I tend to use quite a few at times due to the nature of my music and guitar
orchestrations. I use two approaches to reduce the "mush factor" - keep in
mind I use two EDPs:
1) I use an ABY splitting box (Radial Switchbone) before the EDPs so that I
can assign any layer to be panned left, right, or both (center and louder).
Stereo separation of parts reduces the "mush factor" quite a bit, and
bloody cool. Again, I take a compositional approach, so I plan this shite
out in advance. I then improvise solos on top (in the center). I am
fascinated with Gamelan-inspired Kotekan interlocking melodic fragments,
I often hard pan two of those suckers left and right, with a ground or
ostinato in the middle.
2) I rarely have feedback at 100%. I'm interested in things gradually
morphing over time in terms of timbre and key/modal relationships, as well
as polyrhythmic/polymetric possibilities. I also like to use looping to
canons, where feedback reduction is particularly essential.
I also alternate quite a bit of solo classical and fingerstyle steel-string
playing with the looping pieces, generally in the form of intros and codas,
and those of course have no layers.
I have moreloops set to 2, but I don't use that particular function much; I
like the organic flow.