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Re: Question about looping software

Thanks Travis and Per.  This looks like it ought to be fun.  Are there 
any issues in using hardware, such as my Oxygen-8 keyboard or a midi 
pedal/switch?  I don't have the latter, but I suppose I could pick 
something up on ebay. And I know I've got to also use JACK.

Per, you were saying that none will create multiple loops for 
arranging.  I was looking at SL and there's a command line interface... 
it looks like it's possible to launch multiple loops per engine and even 
multiple engines.  I suppose the trick would be in the use of JACK and 
either assigning keys or knobs on the keyboard or multiple midi pedals, 
one to each engine.  That is, it would be nice to do the same thing that 
the RC-50 does (one pedal for each loop).  Heck, if that's the case then 
why limit to 3.  Course, I've never done this live so at this point I'm 
just smokin dope.  But if it's possible, would it be worth the trouble?


Per Boysen wrote:
> On 8 dec 2006, at 03.12, Sean Onion wrote:
>> Newbie here... short question is this: I'd like advice about Apple 
>> based s/w that can do live looping.
> 8< 8< 8< 8< 8<
>> At any rate, the RC-50 turned me onto something I never thought I'd 
>> enjoy so much... looping phrases (as in long patterns, entire 
>> sections of a song, etc.)
> SooperLooper!
> http://essej.net/sooperlooper/
> Augustus Loop!
> http://www.expertsleepers.co.uk/
> None of them will let you create multiple loops, on a row, to step 
> between for arranging. But SooperLooper will let you create multiple 
> loops for parallel playback, even of different length which can be 
> cool for variation. Augustus Loop on the other hand was originally a 
> Tape Delay Simulator and has excellent capabilities for pitch 
> transposing a loop in real-time (just like altering the tape speed). 
> Augustus can be used for many parallel loops by simply open multiple 
> instances of it on parallel host tracks/channels.
> You need a host application to open the looper as an AU plug-in. You 
> mentioned GarageBand in your post, but when I checked SooperLooper 
> with GB here SL didn't pick up the tempo. This looks as an issue with 
> GB, since SL is getting the tempo fine in all other host applications 
> I have tried it with (my guess is that Apple crippled the AU tempo 
> clock functionality in GB to make people buy Logic when they get 
> serious with music production) . But if you don't need to integrate 
> looping with other stuff you put on tracks in GB I guess GB word be 
> worth trying as a looper host.
> There is also a nice little free AU host application from Apple named 
> AU Lab. It comes bundled with Tiger, you'll find it at 
> "Developer/Applicatons/Audio". If you didn't install the Xcode 
> developers tools with Tiger you can just snag AU Lab from the OSX 
> install DVD. There is also a free looper in there named AU-Loop but 
> don't look twice, it's buggy and not worth the time trying to make it 
> work ;-)
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se (Swedish)
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