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Re: reducing "time to setup"--
I'm in agreement with a lot of the discussion here. My RC300 is a godsend with having the ability to have loops if different lengths. One thing I wanted to add is the idea of less is more. Being a more pop-centric looper myself, it was really important to keep song lengths down, because a whole set of looped songs can really wear an audience down. For many a listener, the novelty wears off after a few songs. My only suggestion for keeping them around while not 'cheating' is literally using less layers. Yes, the album version of your song sounds great with tripled takes of everything, but looping often becomes masturbatory and we fail to take the audience into account. Pare it down, keep it smaller to just essentials. It might make a difference of minutes (on top of everything else others have suggested). Also, talk to the audience - while your loop is busy closing/cying through, take that 'down-time' to engage them with "how's everyone doing tonight?", "are you ready to rock?!" etc (pardon my rock and roll background).
My $0.05 (Canada is phasing out the penny)
On Friday, December 6, 2013, Mike Fugazzi wrote:
When I had a Boomerang III, I did everything in serial sync. That way, I could start with short loops. It also let me set up loops to come in on time without having to count.
For example, I could do a song like Hey Joe with only having to get through the entire progression twice before singing. I would beatbox one bar and then let it repeat, and then jump into the rhythm part. I could cue the third loop of bass so when the rhythm hit the turnaround, I could go right at it. I am not an great looper by any means, but figured out some of the math behind it. I am realizing I really miss the Boomerang and want another.
Jean-Paul De Rooverwww.jeanpaulderoover.com