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Re: Looperlative LP1 - sample rate

The problems I've always had, on both my RPTRs:

- Compression of the cello tone. It always sounds to me as though the  
upper layers of harmonics get "stripped" once it is recorded. The  
more layers I add, the more "squashed" and un-cello like it sounds.  
Sometime this is good and I like to play with it, but increasingly I  
want more control over my sound. What worked for small gallery shows  
is not working so well in large theaters.

- Hiss vs Peaks. I've learnt a lot about impedence matching since  
starting with the Repeater, and I think I'm running the cleanest way  
possible. However, every way I've ever patched (and I am continually  
trying new routings to try to get a better sound) I am stymied by the  
hiss. The obvious solution, increasing the input, is dangerous  
because I run a serious risk of peaks (and the RPTR sounds horrible  
when distorted). The cello is a very dynamic instrument, I move  
quickly from light sounds to heavy ones and I don't like to overly  
compress  pre-RPTR.  I like to have a lot of headroom to work with. I  
find that I am so nervous in performance about possible peaks, that I  
"hold back" in my playing style and that limits me musically and  

- CFC ticking. A few of my pieces rely on long loops. During  
performance, I need to record them onto the CFC, rather than internal  
memory or I will quickly hit the memory limit. The CFC ticks and it  
ticks loudly and I find it embarassing and unprofessional. Stephen,  
from this list (who I had a lovely meeting with in Seattle last month  
where we talked all things RPTR) told me about someone in Seattle who  
can fix this. As soon as I get back from this tour, I intend to get  
that done.

New audio problems that I expect are from age:

- input knob crackles.
- left output is lower in volume than the right.

New software problem:

- The RPTR gets "locked" and I cannot stop, play, record, or do  
anything, via midi or any amount of button pressing. Only way to get  
out of it is to power down.

Old software problems that still bite me during performance (someone  
suggested this might be the FCB1010 causing my troubles. Possible. I  
have it on my task list to locate comparable midi controller that has  
he same wide, flat buttons as the FCB1010. I tried the Ground Control  
but I have problem using those little metal buttons while sitting at  
the cello) :

- loops speed up when I hit multiply (occasionally)
- stereo record becomes engaged on tracks 3 + 4 when I hit advance  
track (occasionally)

Old interface problem that messes me up at least once per show:

- lack of feedback as to what tracks are muted! only way to "reset"  
is to power down. Rather than risk a track being muted as I start the  
next song, I always power down between songs.


On Dec 13, 2005, at 10:07 PM, Travis Hartnett wrote:

> By "various sound quality issues" do you mean that it's started to
> malfunction, or that it always had these issues?
> TravisH
> On 12/13/05, Zoe Keating <cello@zoekeating.com> wrote:
>> Wow. Exciting!!! I REALLY, REALLY hope it materializes. I love my
>> Repeater and rely on it heavily, but it is just not holding up very
>> well in public performance because of various sound quality issues.
>> I'm ready for a replacement and have given up on waiting for my MK2
>> to arrive.