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RE: software that emulates Echoplex DP


"Mobius is a program for the real-time creation and manipulation of
audio loops. It has functionality based on the venerable Echoplex
Digital Pro with Loop IV software. While not technically an emulator, it
does implement many of the Loop IV features, as well as a number of
useful new features. Mobius is essentially 8 synchronized stereo EDP's
with the ability to copy loops and timing between them. Extensive MIDI
and computer keyboard control is available. Audio content may be saved
to and loaded from files. "

Or, if you want to see the list I compiled for LD, based on input from
everyone, there is this (Kim, can you make a page for this?):

1. SooperLooper - A live looping sampler capable of immediate loop
recording, overdubbing, multiplying, reversing and more. It allows for
multiple simultaneous multi-channel loops limited only by your
computer's available memory. The feature-set and operation was inspired
by the impressive Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (EDP).  Not VST, but a
stand-alone program.  Currently supported on Linux and Mac OS X, and any
other platforms that support JACK.  Not supported on XP, but is supposed
to be in the future. .  http://essej.net/sooperlooper/ 

2. Mobius - A program for the real-time creation and manipulation of
audio loops. It has functionality based on the venerable Echoplex
Digital Pro with Loop IV software.  Runs as stand-alone and as VST.
Supported on Windows XP, 2000, and NT. http://www.zonemobius.com/  

3. ELOTTRONIX XL - A VST plugin which emulates the famous Robert Fripp's
effect called "Frippertronics": Two Revox B-77 making a continuous loop.
Supported on PCs (MAC uncertain).  http://www.uv.es/%7Eruizcan/p_vst.htm

4. ELOTTRONIX - A VST plugin which emulates the famous Robert Fripp's
effect called "Frippertronics": Two Revox B-77 making a continuous loop
(2-8 seconds delay).  Supported on PCs (MAC uncertain).

5. Lexicon PSP 42  - A high-quality digital stereo delay and phrase
sampler plug-in (VST, DirectX RTAS for PC; VST and RTAS for Mac OS
classic and AudioUnit, VST and RTAS for Mac OSX) based on the legendary
Lexicon PCM 42 processor and famous for its distinctive sound and unique
concept . Supported on PC, Mac OS classic, and Mac OSX.

6. Augustus Loop - An emulation of a tape-based delay effect, with some
extra features to facilitate its use as a looping device. Runs as a
stand-alone, not VST. 


7. Loopy Llama v0.802 - It's a looper... made to emulate the Jam Man or
DL-4 (VST plugin). Supported on Windows and MAC OSX.
http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/LoopyLlama/ or

8. Ambiloop - A Windows software application that uses your sound card
to create smoothly overlapping loops of sound in real-time. Ambiloop
basically functions like a multi-track endless audio tape loop or
digital delay box with feedback. Simply set the desired loop time for a
track (or use manual mode to set loop times on-the-fly) and press the
record button.  

Supported on Windows. http://evenfall.com/ambiloop/ 

9. AngstroLooper - A ridiculously long delay; it partly emulates an old
style tape loop system,  but rather than trying to model something that
it isn't, AngstroLooper is designed to be easy to use tool on a laptop
while playing live. Functions as a VST plugin. Supported on Windows.

10. Musolomo -  An "interactive sampler" released as an OSX AU (Windows
VST supposedly forthcoming).  It also has an Autoloop mode, which will
allow you to record and overdub sound-on-sound much like a hardware
Looper. Supported on Windows and MAC OS X.  http://www.plasq.com

11. Coldcutter -  A VST 2.0 plugin. The Coldcutter is designed to chop a
loop into a number of slices or 'cuts' and rearranges them randomly in
real-time according to a number of parameters. The current version of
the Coldcutter was primarily designed for use with Ableton Live 1.5 but
works with Cubase. It has undergone preliminary testing on Cubase VST
5.0 R4 and Cubase SX 1.01 on Windows 2000. Any information about
compatibility problems with other hosts or versions of Windows
gratefully received. Supported on Windows.

12. Loopitch (name subject to change: suggestions accepted) -  A
long-period high-feedback looping machine, akin to continuous tape loops
in "the old days" or digital Jam Man or Echoplex of today. Now all the
Fripp and Torn wannabes out there can have fun with a MIDI controllable
looper within a sequencing host! Loopitch currently works as a DXi2
instrument under SONAR 2 (my only test platform!), and will likely play
well with other DXi hosts. The VSTi version works identically via the
FXpansion adapter, but is otherwise mostly untested in VST hosts.
Supported on Windows. http://www.tencrazy.com/gadgets/loopitch/

13. Freewheeling - FreeWheeling is a new way to be In The Muse-ical
Moment. It is a live looping instrument that returns us to the joy of
making music spontaneously. FreeWheeling allows us to build repetitive
grooves by sampling and directing loops from within spirited
improvisation. FreeWheeling works because it is built from the
perspective of an improviser. It takes us out of mice and menus, and
into our own process of making sound. FreeWheeling is open source
software, released under the GNU GPL license. I hope that this will help
FreeWheeling grow into a robust platform for live looping.  For Linux
only. Uses the JACK, ALSA, SDL, OGG, or FluidSynth libraries.

14. Divine Machine - Born from the ideas of two music professionals who
were unsatisfied with the current loop software, Devine Machine VSTi
allows you to spontaneously and effortlessly explore the possibilities
from loops you already own. Hundreds of presets allow you to create
variation on any loop with a single click. Drum mode allows you to have
loops match precisely with independent control over groove, tempo, and
score.  Supported on Windows / Pentium systems.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Cole [mailto:thejimcole@yahoo.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 8:42 AM
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Subject: software that emulates Echoplex DP

Please forgive me if I've overlooked a link on the LD
site that compares available software with the EDP.

I imagine this topic must've been covered extensively
here.  I've been looking a bit in the archives for
guidance but haven't yet found such through search
queries I've tried (I'd appreciate referrals to
specific past related threads in the archives, too).

Lately I've been asking some looping musicians for
their advice about software to do looping
live-on-the-fly like the Echoplex.  In your opinion,
is there anything out there that compares favorably
with the EDP in terms of functions, ease of use,
interface etc.?

...I was considering setting up a system with a
looper, mixer, and reverb on a lap top for
portability.  So far the advice I've gotten indicates
sticking with a dedicated looping unit like my 'plex
for the time being.

I say "like the Echoplex" only because all of my
direct experience with looping so far is with that
unit, but if there's software out there that you think
is useful for live performance that doesn't
necessarily work in the same way as the EDP, I'm
curious about that, too.

Thanks for your advice, help and guidance,

~Jim Cole


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