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stereo, mini/hard disk looping (was that other thing)

At 3:07 PM 12/29/96, Dpcoffin@aol.com wrote:
>Hello, Loopers
>A question: I'm LONGING to get into extended stereo looping, and currently
>Anyway, I keep thinking "Wait a minute, here. For about the same money I
>could get one of these new digital multi-tracks (either hard disk or
>Mini-disc), with their repeat and  instant-locate features, and trade off 
>the delay-based virtues or the loopers against the editing control of a
>multi-track. I could probably even trick up some MIDI functions with a 
>and get some automation going on."

I would guess that's not as easy to do as you might hope. Check into it
though, I'd like to know if it's possible.

>So, folks...Am I way off here? ARE the delay things (variable 
>and performance controls SO cool that I'm off-base? I play entirely at 
>but in a virtually all improvisational, real-time mode, and so far haven't
>done much editing of tapes beyond fade-ins and outs...

I think what you are saying here about your playing will give you the
answer. You play in an improvisational, real-time manner, you're going to
want something that works well in that context. I don't know enough about
the latest hard/mini disk recorders to tell you that they won't work for
you, but I seriously doubt that they were designed to handle real-time
looping very well. They would probably work great for more constructed,
studio type loops, but it sounds like that wouldn't be so satisfying to

I encourage you to try both ways, and let us know the result. I think that
the immediacy of the real-time controls in a jamman/echoplex looper will
have you hooked pretty quick though!


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