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RE: What's your looper control strategy?

Hi Per,
I reckon it's ok to tap dance sometimes, not touch a midi switch for minutes on end and stop playing altogether and just play around with your loops for as long as you like. 
It makes for an interesting Per-formance - (sorry)


Gareth, Sentientfx -  Innovative music plugins. http://sentientfx.com/

> Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2011 22:15:05 +0200
> Subject: What's your looper control strategy?
> From: perboysen@gmail.com
> To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> What's your take on the ultimate question of finding a balance between
> playing and controlling looper actions?
> Personally my rig is set up with four stereo loopers in parallel.
> Sometimes I create loops in all four to fade them in and out
> seamlessly but other times I stick with only one channel and overdub
> musical parts as new layers into the same loop, then typically
> creating a bunch of (never more than five) alternative linear loops to
> jump between as "A-B-C" song parts.
> It was a year now since I skipped bringing a little MIDI hand mixer
> and my recent live looping is all controlled by just one MIDI foot
> pedalboard with ten switches and two _expression_ pedal. However, I'm
> now thinking of plugging in my old mini MIDI hand mixer again as well
> as getting a third _expression_ pedal in. I've been feeling
> uncomfortable with the heavy "tap dancing" on the control pedals
> needed for such a foot dependent control situation. I want to get back
> to having most looper commands instantly available for both feet and
> hands. My foot controller, the Gordius Little Giant 2, offers ten
> switches in one bank and if you need to give a command that is
> included in another bank you will have to first kick the bank change
> switch, then kick the apart command, then kick the bank change switch
> again in order to get back into the the bank where you are mostly
> busy. Better than to stay in the fist bank and simply move one hand
> off the instrument for two seconds to press a MIDI button on the side
> table for the apart command. Or what?
> The three _expression_ pedals are for
> 1) Looper Feedback,
> 2) Live Audio Input Swell (manual fade-in/out, typically used to get a
> soft violin-like note attack) combined with Freeze-reverb (in a
> crossfade value manner).
> 3) Activating tremolo stuttering of the (pre looper) Freeze-reverb and
> sweep through rhythmic values between 1/4 note and 1/68 note.
> The looper function I have been dissing for the last year is Feedback,
> but I want to get back to it now with this third _expression_ pedal.
> It's nice to have the option do pieces that focus on only one loop,
> using the feedback function as a sculpturing tool.
> With the returning little hand mixer I'm getting back to controlling
> the Mobius looper's Secondary Feedback globally from a robust hand
> mixer fader. I use Secondary Feedback for Substitute, as a way to
> control how much of the old audio layers will be kept vs thrown out
> under a new slice I cut into the loop. I tried to replace this hand
> control fader by a foot switch set up as
> 1 click = Secondary Feedback 0
> 2 clicks = Secondary Feedback 64 (my default)
> 3 clicks = Secondary Feedback 110
> 4 clicks = Secondary Feedback 127 (equaling "Overdub")
> But it just got to too much tap dancing ;-)) And I noticed I often
> need to dial in more precise Secondary Feedback values than those
> four. And four rapid clicks on a foot switch is kind of the upper
> limit for how many functions you can stack on the same switch anyway.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se
> www.perboysen.com
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