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Re: What can blind and visually impaired loopers do?

Hi Rusty,

I know several blind musicians, and the reliance on menus, multi-function buttons and GUIs in modern technology is irksome for them. Raul Midon played an interesting trick at dinner one night when he asked people to pull out their iPhones and try to perform the most basic tasks with their eyes closed.

I recommend the Electro Harmonix 2880 looper. Unlike any other looper on the market, each button on the unit has only a single function and there are individual physical sliders for tempo, track volume and rotary pots (not encoders!) for input level and track pan.

It can be operated without requiring visual feedback.

-Chuck Zwicky
New York

At 4:28 PM -0800 12/6/13, Rusty Perez wrote:
Hi folks,
I follow several lists, and so that's probably why I missed this post
a year and a half ago.

Yes! Blind people can live loop
I happen to be blind, and am a live looper.
I met Cara a few years ago and she incouraged me to try it. It was
something that I had immagined theoretically for a long time, but she
sortof introduced me to it in a real sense, at least verbally.

I am currently a "light looper" :) which basically means that I lay
down one loop, usually guitar, or guitar body percussion, overdubbing
to create a fuller track to sing over.

I have a gateway looper, a Boss rc20XL. I wanted to start
inexpensively.  I haven't found it extremely necessary to see the
pedal. There have been times when the looper has done something
strange which surprised me when I heard it, but generally it records
and loops just fine.

I fully intend to move up in to a roomier looper soonish.

So, tylor, if you ahven't tried it, you should!
For what it's worth, make sure you get a looper which doesn't even
have much of a screen. The bigger boss loopers like the rc 50 and
larger have an actual display on them, and I imagine that this would
make it nearly impossible to use the more advanced features, which
means you've wasted money on advance options.

I'm considering a boomerang III or setting up a software setup such as
Mobius or maybe sooperlooper.

So, yes, blind people can and do live loop once or twice most weekends
here in Southern California. :-)


On 8/1/12, Ed Durbrow <edurbrow@sea.plala.or.jp> wrote:
 This is soooooo what I want to do. I never could get to first base with 
 Behringer 1010 and Mobius. You haven't, by any chance, made a tutorial 
 this, have you?

 On Jul 28, 2012, at 6:52 PM, Per Boysen wrote:

 I use Mobius and practically never need to watch the screen. I totally
 loop with my feet, using a MIDI foot pedalboard. If you perform
 without shoes you can easily feel the kick pads with your feet and be
 in total control. A pedalboard with ten buttons will give you acces to
 the traditional EDP style looping (and more!) if you set it up for the
 ten actions:

 1. Record,
 2. Overdub,
 3. Multiply,
 4. Substitute,
 5. Speed,
 6. Reverse,
 7. Previous Loop,
 8. Next Loop,
 9. Previous Track,
 10. Next Track,

 Ed Durbrow
 Saitama, Japan