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Re: cheap samplers / loopers

Sorry about the delayed response.  Hope you still find this relevant.

-----Original Message-----
From: Matthias Grob <matthias@grob.org>
To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
Date: Saturday, April 17, 1999 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: cheap samplers / loopers

>>1) I like "multiple-track" unsynchronized loops - the more the merrier
>Isn't that like spreading chaos? Don't we search for sincronicity?

Ah!  I'm talking about far-from-equilibrium chaos, which can lead to
unexpected order.  Strange attractors, dissipative structures,
Belousov-Zhabotinsky reactions, etc.

Sometimes I like to go to a laundromat and listen to the cross-rhythms of
the many washers and dryers.  There's a synchronicity in the chaos as the
machines phase in and out.

>One thing I am sure of: If the world ist full of or fanatic for 
>its not a good place ;-).

Most assuredly!  It's good to be excited about something but necessary to
realize that other good people may not share your enthusiasm.

>We (Aurisis) have a ready project for a cheap version of the Plex (no 
>no sync) where all the components would cost about this. But there is 
>the PCB, housing, wall wart, work, marketing... cost.

Are you familiar with Bob Moses et al work on MIDITools?  (See
http://www.nwlink.com/~bob/mtkit.html )  Rather than a conventional
commercial product it's a do-it-yourself kind of thing.  I have their book
called "Digital Projects for Musicians" which describes their approach.
Perhaps an approach like this might be viable?

I thought about combining the MIDITools "tap tempo" MIDI clock generator
with a cheap looper to give it master-slave capabilities.  Not sure it's
worth the effort...

Dennis Leas