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Re: Going deeper with Augustus Loop

Doctor Os, sweet savior - how great to have you in the loop! :-)

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 3:05 PM, Os <os@collective.co.uk> wrote:
> Thanks for the detailed post!
>>> However, when making Augustus Feedback level jump radically - like 
>>> between 100% and 70% etc - a nasty click is introduced in the loop's 
>>> audio.
> I'll put that on my to-do list for the next version.
> cheers,
> os.
> On 4 July 2013 12:42, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
>> For almost a decade now my favorite looping devices has been software
>> - Mobius and Augustus Loop (before that I used an EDP with a slaved
>> Repeater). One of my OS X laptops runs best with 64 bit code and since
>> Mobius still is 32 only I decided to mock up a new laptop rig based on
>> Augustus Loop, for this machine (still use Mobius in the USB loop to
>> my Fractal amp). Here's the test run recording:
>> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4963264/Augustus_Mainstage_SG12.mp3
>> I set up Augustus hosted in Mainstage and as the sync master, meaning
>> that as soon as I record a loop all effects of Mainstage's will pick
>> up the tempo. Well this is old news but a new thing for me was to do
>> Multiply in Augustus. To be honest it works like "Instant Multiply" of
>> Mobius rather than the traditional EDP-style Multiply (where you play
>> along in real-time while the first loop gets multiplied behind your
>> new added longer layer). Anyway, Augustus Loop doesn't just copy audio
>> if increasing the loop length. The same engine is at work also if you
>> shrink down the loop to a very short slice and this opens up for some
>> fun stuttering loop mangling: Record a decently long loop, then change
>> its length to a short fragment for a very short time and go back to
>> the long length again. This will create a long loop just as you
>> previous long loop but with the short time spent as "super shrinked"
>> substitut by the stuttering short segment (you hear this in my example
>> recording).
>> I found it convenient to have pedals to switch between 1/32 and 1/4
>> Beat Divior, between 1/2 and 1/1 and between 4 Beats and 8 Beats. I
>> think that gave enough tools for on-the-fly looping where you need to
>> instantly change the loop's length and sometimes its content too.
>> Another cool thing I found out is that you can use any LFO to trigger
>> looping functions in Augustus. Then assign an on/off or (maybe
>> better?) a momentary foot pedal to activate/deactivate the LFO. With
>> this trick I could duplicate some of my favorite Mobius scripts.
>> Typical cool target parameter for such LFO control are Input and
>> Pitch. With a square wave LFO you get machine like slicing
>> ("substitute stuff" in EDP-ish) but with a more nifty host like for
>> example Numerology you may use LFO's that flows through slow
>> ritardando vs accelerando.
>> I also tried to duplicate Mobius Secondary Feedback functionality when
>> replacing slices of the loop. This I did by having my foot pedal both
>> open the Input and lower Feedback by the same action. However, when
>> making Augustus Feedback level jump radically - like between 100% and
>> 70% etc - a nasty click is introduced in the loop's audio. This has
>> been an issue with Augustus Loop as far as I can remember. It got
>> problematic (to my taste - others might like it) because I used non
>> quantised pedal presses (these artefacts can not be heard in the
>> example recording). Maybe I can find out a way to trigger only one
>> cycle of a square wave LFO to make this "Substitute function"
>> quantised and then get the click sounds turned musical? (as in clics n
>> cuts style)
>> The Fade function is also useful. The clip starts by fading in the
>> entire loop and in the end I fade it out, both from the same pedal
>> switch.
>> I'm not totally dependent on live looping to play out though, here's a
>> video of non looping playing - the kind of stuff I do as street
>> busking now to survive in the bad economy:
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuwQWNk0kTM&feature=share&list=UUnSXZEo96CzV7dA2kQ6I3hQ
>> Greetings from Sweden
>> Per Boysen
>> www.perboysen.com
>> http://www.youtube.com/perboysen
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