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Old 30-04-2017, 05:27 PM   #101
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I've seen so many loopers change lives.

I have a buddy who's a brilliant songwriter but can't use a computer to save his life (he's 24, I have no idea wtf is wrong with him, haha). He plateaued out on his songwriting till I let him borrow my Line 6 DL4. It ain't the most sophisticated looper, but this guy manages to record these brilliant demos on his cell phone by looping synth, bass, guitar, and drum machines through the DL4 and his Fender Twin Reverb. It really blows my mind, haha.
I started out with an Electrix Repeater. It was mind opening. Weird, that since then no company made a similar 4-track looper that can do all of the same things.

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I started out with an Electrix Repeater. It was mind opening. Weird, that since then no company made a similar 4-track looper that can do all of the same things.
I'd love one of those. Should have grabbed one up a few years ago when you could still find Electrix gear. I'd love to have a Filter Factory again for the distortion.

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I'd love one of those. Should have grabbed one up a few years ago when you could still find Electrix gear. I'd love to have a Filter Factory again for the distortion.
Filter Factory i was always curious about but i didn't know anyone who used it. Before the Repeater i had a Mo'Fx on loan and i loved the infinite delay where you could make gaps in the loop by quickly turning feedback to 0 and then back to 127.
Repeater pops up on evilbay once in a while, $800 was a lot of money and they haven't become much cheaper.
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Filter Factory i was always curious about but i didn't know anyone who used it. Before the Repeater i had a Mo'Fx on loan and i loved the infinite delay where you could make gaps in the loop by quickly turning feedback to 0 and then back to 127.
Repeater pops up on evilbay once in a while, $800 was a lot of money and they haven't become much cheaper.
The actual multi mode filter couldn't be more bland. I did like to use the filter follow mode on delays though. Gave a nice dubby bubble to things. The distortion just sounded great on things with heavy transients.

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I think that ableton live 9 and quite a few videos changed my way of making music forever, I am still trying to make more inventive and unconventional music, but it's still miles better than it was while I was using fl studio.

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I started out with an Electrix Repeater. It was mind opening. Weird, that since then no company made a similar 4-track looper that can do all of the same things.
I was running a Gibson Echoplex, Electrix Repeater and EH 2880 at one point. Then I got the Looperalitive LP1 that did everything the others did all at the same time. It ruined me actually. Limitations force you down certain paths and a lack of limitations doesn't force you anywhere. If that makes sense.

Looping that started with tape, then EH 16 second delay, digitech pds all forced you into things because there was no time, often impossible to be rhythmic. The current crop of shit is almost exclusively geared at assholes that want to loop a 12 bar blues. There's no linear movement which to me is what actually makes it interesting. Watching someone build to oblivion is not what I ever want to see. Unfortunately the market for interesting looping is probably as big as the membership on a David Torn forum.

This is the beautifully strange dude that invented the Echoplex Digital Pro. Originally manufactured by Oberheim and Gibson did it briefly as they ran Oberheim into their everlasting bondfire of acquisitions.

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I was running a Gibson Echoplex, Electrix Repeater and EH 2880 at one point. Then I got the Looperalitive LP1 that did everything the others did all at the same time. It ruined me actually. Limitations force you down certain paths and a lack of limitations doesn't force you anywhere. If that makes sense.
Wow you must have been pretty serious about looping. Limitations are a great, i get that. Either they make you skip the unneccessary crap or you'll find a creative workaround if something is so important to you.
I saw Terry Bozzio once at a workshop performance and he said the best gig he had in a while was when somebody fucked up and half of his setup had the wrong stands with cymbals / gongs in a weird height or weird position and there was no time to fix that.
So he was forced to play in a way he wasn't used to, forced him to think differently and that must have turned out great.

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Old 11-05-2017, 04:26 AM   #109
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Maschine got me into learning how to make good drum sounds, but I hate everything about its sequencer. It did really teach me how to layer and create full drums out of samples.

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Old 24-05-2017, 01:15 AM   #110
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Getting Komplete 9 was definitely a defining point for my descent into electronic music. Use so many of the synths (or, mostly, loads of instances of Massive) as well as the other plugins when mixing.

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Old 29-05-2017, 03:18 PM   #111
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Honestly I'd have to say my JBL LSR 305s. They were my first pair of monitors and they were definiitely a game changer in terms of the way I started approaching mixing.
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Currenly the Arturia Drumbrute is opening up countless options in terms of building tracks around percussion. I have spent the last week literally using it as a standalone. Its gonna keep me busy for a while indeed.

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Old 06-06-2017, 11:07 PM   #113
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Sub 37 began my gear lust and my exploration of synth sounds

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Sub 37 began my gear lust and my exploration of synth sounds
Oh damn and it looks hot off the sexiest too. I mean, I can't help but fap at the visualization of that teamed up with two Mother32 modules, MS-20 mini, DB and a neat little eurorack set up just to make things even more interesting.

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Oh damn and it looks hot off the sexiest too. I mean, I can't help but fap at the visualization of that teamed up with two Mother32 modules, MS-20 mini, DB and a neat little eurorack set up just to make things even more interesting.
I haven ever owned any other modules besides the mother 32, but I used it along side mym atrix brute and full ms-20, and got a cool sound from it. Here is an example of a sequence using the korg sq to sequence ms-20 and sub 37.

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Grooveboxes! Started with software. The about a year and a half ago, I bought an Electribe 2. But what really changed things for me, was picking up an old Yamaha RM1x. The sounds are a bit dated, but so am I. As a sequencer for composition though, it kicks the shit out of the Electribe. The Electribe is great to compose on the fly and is portable, but 4 bars max, and if you want odd time signatures, even less. Plus everything put on the grid. The RM1x with 16 parts, each with 16 tracks per pattern, plus the ability to have different time signatures in the same pattern, and no quantizing, unless you want it, allowing you to put things exactly where you want and 264 bars per pattern, as a hardware sequencer, for the price you can pick them up for is awsome.
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Gonna have to say the MS20 for sound design options. It forces me to think outside the box a bit in a weird way. I love that damn synth so much. I cant wait to get a small eurorack so I can start fm'ing some oscillators.

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Just a simple synthisizer completely changed my music. Finally I was able to play, to test, to try out, PC off? No problem, play that piano..

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Gonna have to say the MS20 for sound design options. It forces me to think outside the box a bit in a weird way. I love that damn synth so much. I cant wait to get a small eurorack so I can start fm'ing some oscillators.
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Grooveboxes! Started with software. The about a year and a half ago, I bought an Electribe 2. But what really changed things for me, was picking up an old Yamaha RM1x. The sounds are a bit dated, but so am I. As a sequencer for composition though, it kicks the shit out of the Electribe. The Electribe is great to compose on the fly and is portable, but 4 bars max, and if you want odd time signatures, even less. Plus everything put on the grid. The RM1x with 16 parts, each with 16 tracks per pattern, plus the ability to have different time signatures in the same pattern, and no quantizing, unless you want it, allowing you to put things exactly where you want and 264 bars per pattern, as a hardware sequencer, for the price you can pick them up for is awsome.
If you are making hip hop, dance or anything adjacent you really can't beat a good groovebox : ) The Electribe ESX started it all for me...

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