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Re: Looping on my mac



>>> Hi All, first post to the listů
>>>
>>> Anyone of you doing realtime looping on a Mac?
>>> Since i cant seem to find any dedicated software: what software,
>>> interfaces and (midi)/controllers are usable to get good realtime
>>> looping from a laptop running OS X?
>>> I suspect that CoreAudio is as realtime as it gets so it should by 
>>> far
>>> be possible.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>>
>>> Jan


Hi Jan,

I've been following this thread with interest, since I am a Mac looper 
myself as well. As your question was not particularly specified you 
received many answers addressing a broad span of live looping 
techniques and strategies. All good advices has already been given, but 
here are some additional short notes on priorities concerning 
"ready-made" software (leaving out MAX/MSP):

1. If you want to record loops in parallel that keep going rock steady 
and stay in sync - try Ableton Live. Record loops as "clips" on Live's 
"tracks". Toggle your recorded clips from a midi foot pedal.

2. If you want to record loops of many overdubbed layers, that may also 
swosh and wash - sometimes out of dead on beat sync - and if you want 
to keep the option of getting experimental with changing the pitch or 
even play melodies with the spinning loop - then loop in Augustus Loop. 
Now, Augustus Loop is an AU plug-in for OS X, so you will need a host 
application for it. Two good host applications are Live 4 and 
Numerology. With Live you also get the option to mix your live looping 
with "canned loops" (audio files). With Numerology you also get the 
option to set up hairy step sequencers to control parameters of the 
looping plug-in (like pitch, yes - this makes chord changes in live 
looping an option) or just about any AU plug-in that you like sequenced 
for sound design. This kind of "building your own looping effect 
processor" (setting up beat synced pitch jumping, tremolo, filtering, 
gating etc of different rhythmic patterns etc etc) is also possible in 
Live, but the alternatives are more limited than with Numerology.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
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