Fully recovered from the recent death of my audio interface, we had a brilliant rehearsal today and all looks set fair for tomorrow’s gig 😉
2 days to my next gig & my edirol audio interface has, to put it technically, crapped out! Thank clapton I have an alternative….
You can now be seen wearing the latest LG fashion accessories 😉
Check this DIY effect – it shows what you can achieve with some imagination 😉
Check out the proof of the fancy-ass sleeve art created by Simon Robinson for our first release!
I’ve been using a rolls midi pedal, via midi-ox, to send notes to control the looper device. Works fine. So, I decide to switch to a behringer fcb1010 so I can have two continuous controllers.
I set the fcb up with a variety of CC messages, assuming that would work. Almost, but no! After 30 mins of *really* strange things happening when I pressed record/play, I figured out the problem.
The Ableton looper play button is quite unusual, one click to record, another to play and a double click to stop the loop. It’s now clear that you can’t use a CC message to handle this, it must be note on/off. A quick reprogram using FCB1010_editor_v2.1_java and it works fine. I’m still using CC to look after reverse, clear etc, although the OCD side of me may well decide to use consecutive note messages instead.
The joy of midi! Thought I’d share this in case anyone else was pulling their (grey) hair out 😉
Live is designed for creative DJs, but since version 8 it also has a built in livelooping tool. It is also the host which is most often used to host other livelooping plugins. It’s not cheap, but it’s often bundled free with hardware and there is a Lite version with a limited number of tracks.
The “looper” device is basic by EDP standards, but still very functional. Features include;
record / playback / clear / undo / pitch shift up to 3 octaves above & below, in semi-tone intervals / reverse / double length / half length
You can quantise the loop to the current BPM, or have it set the tempo arbitrarily. It can also mute the input so the channel only plays back the loop, not the input signal.
Like any looper, you need to work with it to discover the idiosyncrasies, but like all loopers, it allows (and requires) you to develop your own voice or style. Better than that, it offers a massive rang4e of VST and built-in effects to decorate or warp your sound with.
If the loop is running, it will have a BPM. If you record a new loop while play is running, it will pitch-shift your input to fit the length, so unexpected results take place, however, further as you add further loops, you will naturally play them to it the initial playback and overdubs are no longer pitch-shifted..
Midi control via foot is tricky, since Ableton won’t accept PC messages. Using loopback devices such as Loopmidi or Midi-Ox allows you to control the looper using a standard midi-pedal – see here for more information.
The play/overdub/record is controlled via individual buttons, or a single footswitch, which alternates between play/overdub, with a double press triggering stop. If you have lots of pedals, assign one to each function. If you’re limited, use the single button and get used to how it works!
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Back in the 80s, I was in a band with a hugely talented young singer called Harriet Roberts, along with Jon Short, Dave Jones and (later) Russ Courtenay. I was delighted to see she has a new album out! We did some demos at phonogram but nothing came of it and we split. She later co-wrote a song for Tina Turner’s LP Twenty Four Seven and released two charting solo singles, “Woman to Man” and “Temple of Love”, in 1990. What a wonderful surprise to see she’s still “at it” 😉
Here we were, back in the day…
Lost Garden have lined up a new venue to play; Eten, a cafe / bistro / tearoom next door to Sheffield Cathedral. We dropped in for some hot choccy after a gig at the Cathedral last year and had a guided tour of the performance area upstairs. They haven’t really ventured into the “experimental” musical field, so we’re hoping it will be a success and help establish a superb City-centre venue.
Alongside us will be Inclusion Principle, featuring Martin Archer – laptop, woodwinds, Hervé Perez – laptop, woodwinds, Peter Fairclough – drums and percussion, and afterwards, we hope, a chance to play together – always an exctiing prospect!