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Re: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought

Hello to all!

I am a longtime songwriter musician and neophyte looper. I just ordered 
a Boss RC-50.

Dave, Thanks for the two tips below.  Do you have any other tips or 
links for using the RC-50?

Thanks in advance,

Joe C in Milwaukee

Dave Gallaher wrote:
> I assume the Boss Loop Station you have is like mine, and therefore has 
> Autostart setting available.  This will reduce 50% of your loop error
> potential right off the bat if you are starting from silence.  Select
> Autostart; set the level to the point where a well-played note (but not 
> accidental click or handling noise) will begin the loop.  Then all you 
> to do is end on time, and it's much easier to hit the '1' following 
> measures of playing than it is to start dead on.
> Another technique:  if you are going to lay a rhythm guitar pattern down 
> the bed, play it a couple times before hitting the loop.  If you have any
> discrepancy in your tempo between your starting point and the end of the
> phrase, you can usually be rid of it after a go-round or two.  Using
> autostart, simply play the guitar pattern, stop for a four beat rest 
> stepping on the record pedal, then begin on '1'.
> I have no experience recording with included clicks and drum rhythms, so
> this advice may be useless to you if this is your mode.
> dave 
> Subject: RE: New Member - Buying Advice and Opinions Sought
> Thank you all for your advice.  I really appreciated it.
> I had it down to the following three --
> A) Boomerang with 2-channel Mixer -- not feasible, as the footprint and
> extra setup for a mixer would detract from what I need it to do in the 
>way I
> need it to work (get up on stage, set up, go quickly)
> B) Digitech JamMan - looked great, but realistically when live could only
> record one phrase at a time (otherwise would have to stop and save)
> C)  Boss Loop Station - expensive and finicky, with a large number of
> complaints registered online, and even a known "glitch" that bothers some
> people regarding a playback gap.
> In the end, I went with the Boss Loop Station, due mostly to the links
> provided by members here, and their comments.  In the scant hour I've 
> messing with it, I've already been able to do two tunes that I couldn't 
> solo (tough to do a 3-part harmony/bodhran song by yourself -- without a
> looping station, that is).
> Now to practice!
> (yegods, laying down that first track so it repeats nicely, in a timely
> regular fashion, is an ART!  ... It took me awhile to figure out that the
> tempo light switched red on the FIRST beat ... My brain keeps insisting 
> red must be on the FOURTH beat for some reason?!)
> If anybody wishes to pass me the links/references on "looping for 
>newbies --
> how to lay an initial decent rhythm track in under 20 minutes!" then feel
> free to e-mail me privately (so as not to spam the list with my newbie
> stuff).
> Thank you all again for the advice.  I appreciate it.