Hi, loopheads. I suppose it's finally time for me to come out of the closet. My name is Risto Paalanen, and I'm a looper. I've been lurking on LD for years now, and I'd like to thank everyone on the list for their ideas; this is (occasional warts and all) probably the best web-community I've had the pleasure of running into. I'm currently playing (guitar and doodads) in a noise/industrial/ambient band called Älymystö (whose sound is currently under renovation and apparently turning into something a bit like this for our upcoming CD: http://www.taphead.net/kolminaisuus.mp3), and doing occasional solo performances in a more free-improv vein. Anyway, on to the dilemma! My current gig setup is Guitar -> Pod Pro -> Mixer -> Loopers (DL-4 and Repeater) -> Mixer -> PA. My problems with this are twofold: 1) Pod Pro is a versatile box, but unfortunately a bit too sterile for my taste. I'd like to use something that responds more to the changes in style of play, preferably without lugging my trusty Rivera around. 2) I'd like to minimise the amount of equipment I have to haul. A rack is an easy solution, but lately I've been trying out Ableton Live and have pretty much been floored by it. (At this point, special kudos to Per Boysen, whose work with the software has been absolutely stunning.) So. I've been thinking about switching to an all-laptop setup. I'll probably get a Powerbook, since the hefty pricetag does reflect on stability and performance. Them's the breaks. I would prefer not having an amp at all and just settle for running the guitar signal through a DI into a laptop running a modelling amplifier / Ableton Live, controlled with the FCB1010 and possibly a BCR2000 as MIDI controllers. Would any of you folks have experiences with software-amps? A second solution would be a Vox Tonelab SE, which seems to me to be more responsive than the Pod. The downside would be the real estate it takes up on stage as well as the need for extra tapdancing. Oh, if any there are any loopers in Finland looking for collaborators or such, feel free to give me a holler. Pax, R.