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Re: open reel deck looping?Re:DRUMDROPS

Hey I don't know how many DRUMDROPS records were made but I have (5) of 
and they are "useful" in some context or another...GOINLOOPY...STANNER

>From: "Larry Tremblay" <ltct@concentric.net>
>To: <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
>Subject: Re: open reel deck looping?
>Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2000, 12:07 AM

>> A friend of mine uses a couple of reel-to-reels for all his music
>> sequencing/recording, he can't afford a sampler and/or computer.
> Yep, one of the origins of sampling and sequencing, and it still
> works great. Sounds better, too, IMHO.
>> He sequences by cutting up individual notes and drum hits on the tape, 
>> then joins them together into loops. These loops are his sequences.
> Does anyone remember the pre-digital era records called Drum Drops?
> This series of LP's contained real cheesy studio-recorded drum
> tracks of *realdrums* in a variety of styles. They were called
> Drum Drops because you basically 'dropped them into the rhythm
> track' on tape, building up a complete drum track 2 to 4 measures
> at a time, i.e., a sequence of drum samples.
>> To keep things in time he draws a graph on a piece of paper so that he
>> knows how long each note/beat/sequence/etc. should be, showing him where
> to
>> cut the tape.
>> His reel-to-reel has an old telescopic radio antenna attached to the
> front,
>> with something on top of the antenna for the tape to 'roll' over, and he
>> extends the antenna upwards to hold the loop tight.
>> He runs these loops on a two track reel-to-reel and then records them 
>> a 4 track reel-to-reel to allow layering/multi-tracking of multiple
>> loops/sequences.
>> He has 'racks' on the wall with all his tape loops hanging on them.
>> Total lo-fi sampling/looping, it's really amazing what he does with it.
>> It really gives a loose feel, seemingly more 'organic' and 'real' than
>> computer based sequencing.
> I agree. Tape is still one of the most rewarding, if time consuming,
> methods of looping and sampling. Some things are actually easier
> to do with tape.
> - Larry T
>> >You an use any reel to reel for looping. The Revox is
>> >just a *nice to have* for it's simplicity and quality.
>> >
>> >I still prefer the sound and tactile simplicity of analog
>> >looping over digital.
>> >
>> >Gino wong - who's an LD member - sent me a spare loop arm
>> >he had lying around which is very useful for setting up
>> >loops of varying length. I imagine these can be salvaged
>> >from broken recorders.
>> >
>> >Check the archives under "loop arm". November 1999, I
>> >think.
>> >
>> >BTW, Gino - I figured out the mic clip thing for holding
>> >the loop arm. Works like a charm! I have a few new ideas for
>> >an adjustable tapeloop device based on David Keane's excellent
>> >book, "Tape Music Composition" (1980).
>> >
>> >- Larry
>> >
>> >> anyone?
>> >>
>> >> i just inherited a fostex model 20 1/4" open reel deck. looping tool 
>> >> bookend? (it looks nice enough, and i've got  room in my studio to 
> it
>> >> just sit there, but if i could make it earn its keep somehow when i 
>> >tired
>> >> of checking the edp faqs for simple answers to stupid questions, it
> would
>> >be
>> >> nice).
>> >>
>> >> (just don't say "well, if it was a revox...")
>> >>
>> >> lance g.
>> >>
>> >>