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RE: EH16 Reissue First Impressions
Did anyone pick up the ext. switch for this box yet?
>From: Paolo Valladolid <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: EH16 Reissue First Impressions
>Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 13:31:09 -0700 (PDT)
>Mark Sottilaro covered the MIDI features and other
>features in greater depth in his review:
>The following is my own impressions.
>The user interface is very nice. The blinking LEDs
>really help a lot, just like Mark reports, especially
>the ones that blink at the tempo of the loop, so that
>when you overdub a new loop, it is easy to match what
>you play to the tempo of the loops that are already
>I also appreciate the signal level LEDs for the Input
>Gain slider. Set is so the input triggers the green
>LED but not the orange LED (which signals overload).
>Very straightforward and helpful, unless one wants
>For my little test of the unit, I followed the "quick
>start" portion of the manual:
>I recorded loops of my guitar and my Saxxy (an
>electric kazoo sold at Sharper Image stores),
>following these instructions. The "Fine Tempo" slider
>is fun to play with in both Tempo-only mode (speed
>up/slow down the loop without changing pitch) and
>Pitch&Tempo mode. By combining the use of this slider
>with the Depth and Speed controls (these two control
>the built-in chorus/flanger effect which is always on)
>I quickly got sounds just like Nels Cline. For
>example, I overdubbed loops of myself playing high
>notes on the guitar, then slid the Fine slider down to
>get even higher-pitched sounds just like those
>old-fashioned music boxes that you wind up. Sliding
>the Fine control to the other extreme produces dark
>and scary sounds.
>Conclusion so far:
>I find it a very good tool for solo improvisation. I
>cannot comment on how it would help a pop songwriter
>type, because that is a different genre.
>My main concern is how to incorporate a looper into
>group improvisational situations, especially
>nonidiomatic free improv a la Derek Bailey. I have
>been trying to do this with my Line6 DL4, in my role
>as the "sound alchemist/electronic doodad player",
>with limited success as I have struggled to get it to
>respond quickly enough to sudden changes in dynamics,
>tempi, etc. I have had an easier time incorporating
>synthesizers with and without computer control
>It seems like using the Fine slider to adjust tempo
>and pitch on the fly will be my main way to use the
>EH16 in free improv. This seems to be what Cline and
>Bill Frisell do with their older versions of this
>device. I will try this at tomorrow night's jam
>session and see how it goes. If it works out as I
>hope, I may put up the DL4 on eBay as well as the
>Line6 expression pedal I bought for the it.
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