> I share your love of analog home-brewed solutions, but I don't know how >to > make a reliable cassette loop. I always use 1/4" tape when I use tape, >but > i'm new to the list, and even though i've perused the backcatalogue of > the list, i could not really find any mentions of tape looping. forgive > me if this stuff has been asked before, but what is the accepted method > of constructing a cassette tape loop? i've been experimenting with I'm coming in late here so forgive me if this has already been brought up but an *excellent* and compact form of tape loops is the old 8track tape. It uses 1/4" tape and every salvation army or thrift store probably has a couple lying around. They will undoubtably need repair but it's easy enough to do and I have been constructing tape loops by recording over the original tape on a recordable player that also came from a thrift store. The smallest loop you can do is just one revolution (about 8" or so) and you get about 4 secs on it. the good part it you get stereo loops *and* you get 4 different loops (Just hit the track button on your player). This is a new discovery for me (I've been using reel to reels and a digital echoplex fed cassettes live) but it's a very inexpensive one and works like a charm. The essential ingredient in this is knowing a bit about 8track tapes and their construction and there is an excellent web page called 8Track Mind (sorry I don't know the URL offhand but it's in the better search engines). I know this may sound ridiculous to some but it is *way* easier than a normal cassette loop and if you luck out and find a recordable 8track player you might just have a very unique tool. I spent a night disecting old Moody Blues and Eddie Money 8tracks I got for $.25 at a flea market and found some good source stuff right in the original tape :) At very least you'll have fun once you get the hang of it. -------- Help Wanted Productions - Bringing you the best in organic electronic and sweaty rock music since we started. Http://www.voicenet.com/~legion Available next month: "The Feedback Machine" a new studio album from the Music for Isolation Tanks live lineup. Only $6.00 postpaid!