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Re: Boomerang survey - please respond

You are correct regarding the use of the Free Play Style with an external MIDI clock. The only constraints are that the loop recording begins and ends on a MIDI quarter note. The user can create up to 4 loops of arbitrary length and start and stop them as he sees fit. This is a cool way to create a round structure or to explore poly rhythms. It's interesting to have loops like 5 measures of 4/4 playing against 4 measures of 5/4.

On 19-May-14 12:28 PM, Grant wrote:
The one other big issue for me is that I want an option when working in any of the sync modes to >have loop lengths synced 
without having to sync the point at which recording starts. For >example, if I record a base cycle into loop 3 and then want to 
record a possibly longer layer >into one of the other loops, then I want to be able to start recording immediately without 
>having to wait for loop 3 to come back around. The loop logic just needs to know that I started >recording partway through 
the loop. Start and/or stop might still be synced to loop 3’s cycle >boundaries — I haven’t worked through 
that as deeply — but if the natural point to begin the >layer doesn’t come on the downbeat, I should be able to 
do that.

If you plan to stop and restart loops created like this I think there 
could be problems since the system doesn't know your musical intentions. 
Suppose you had a loop 3 and another loop with a length of multiple loop 
3's. Then you start and end the recording of another loop at some 
arbitrary point relative to the first two loops. This would seem fine as 
long as you never stopped any of the loops. But if you did stop some or 
all of them how would the system know where to start them again?

There may be an answer to that but in the meantime here are a couple of 
workarounds that might help:

1- Begin recording loop 3.
    End loop 3 by pressing loop 1.
    End recording of loop 1 and begin recording loop 2 by pressing loop 2.
    At the next restart of loop 3 loop 1 will begin playing back and loop 
2 will be recording.

2- Use a MIDI clock and the "Free" style. I think this would allow you to 
start/end recording or playback of up to 4 loops at the nearest 1/4 note regardless 
of the loop lengths. I need to try this to be sure but I think it might work. 
Obviously the player would then be responsible for restarting stopped loops at the 
appropriate times.



Mike Nelson
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General Partner of Boomerang Musical Products, Ltd.


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