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OK, before we get completely carried away, as one of the very small
group of people here who've actually tried out a looperlative, I'll
offer a couple of thoughts...
Firstly, Bob's aim has clearly not been to just redo the EDP in
stereo - the EDP is very much a product of initially Matthias'
genius, and then years and years of tweaking and shaping the way that
particular instrument works. It's an incredible tool, and one that,
if there is to be stereo version, needs to updated by the people who
had that vision.
In the wider world of looping ideas/devices/concepts, the
looperlative offers something wonderful. In the short time I've spent
with one thus far, the programming of the MIDI controls is easier
than on anything I've tried before (even for MIDI-phobes), the
availability of the 8 stereo loops is almost too much - it's going to
take me a while to get to grips with the expanded range of
possibilities (I think I'll be mainly using the first three for quite
a while, before I start to really get to know the box and use it
And, like the EDP, the looperlative reflects a lot about it's creator
- I've known Bob for a few years, and of all the music product
development people I've ever had dealings with (which is a LOT of
people), Bob is probably the one I trust the most to get it right.
Not that it's meet every last requirement of everyone on the list
(sorry, there won't be a feature that allows you to midi up your
eyeballs to operate the loops just by looking at foxy peoples in the
audience), but that it will do what it says it does, what it set out
to do, and will be incredibly well supported.
It seems, from what Bob has said, that the LP1 is pretty much
established in terms of what's going on with it, how the architecture
will work. The one I tried (which I'll get back early next week) did
everything it said it should do - the menus were easy to navigate,
the audio was clean, the midi controls worked, and I was looping with
If you're looking for something to replicate the feature set of the
EDP, it's not that. It may well end up incorporating some of the more
esoteric EDP ideas, but I'm guessing Andre is about to switch units
after spending a decade building up the facility he has with the
echoplex... What I predict will happen is that a fair few people will
end up with one of each - especially those who like the granular cut
'n' paste freakery of the Echoplex, but want the option to a) go
stereo and b) reorder those bits and keep some stuff going while they
they carry on chopping elsewhere.
Oh, and the two stereo aux sends are going to be an absolute god-send
for anyone who post-processes their loops.
For the way I loop, and the way I think about the performance
process, the LP1 is pretty much everything I've hoped for in a
looper. It'll take me a while to learn it in the way I currently know
the EDP, but I'm confident that I'll get there in the same way I made
the jump from 2 seconds on my ART night bass to 8 seconds on my
jamman, to 32 seconds on my jamman, to jamman plus DL4, to jamman
plus echoplex plus DL4 to two echoplexes, to two echoplexes plus two
G2 plus kaoss pad... :o)
That one guy working on his own has come up with such a device is
fantastic - to see it through from conception to shippable product is
a remarkable feat and one that I for one am exceedingly grateful for,
given the rubbishness of Gibson at doing anything sensible with the
remarkable technology that they are sitting on, and the reluctance of
Line 6 to ever take their looping stuff a stage further.
three cheers for Bob and the Looperlative...
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