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Re: How to start

The DL-4 pedel is a fine hunk of looper, although I
found it's limitation of not being able to set the
feedback % to be a deal breaker.  I love to build up a
loop, have it run as it is for a while while
improvising over it, then open it back up and have
what I recorded fade as I had new sound, until I have
a totally different loop.

But that's me.  Maybe you never want to fade your
loops.  Check out the Boss Loopstation too, lots of
people here love it and a new one that does multipal
loops is coming out soon.

I'm a fan of the Boss GigaDelay DD-20


I like it better than the DL-4 due to it's ability to
have 2 loops instead of one and it's ability to
control the feedback level.  It also has some cool
delay models.  They're a bit gimmicky, but fun and
sometimes just what you want.

Did you have a price range?  I think I paid $200 for
the GigaDelay.  You can easily spend up to $1500 for a
looper, but for your first you might want to start
small.  Soon you'll say, "damn if only my looper
did..."  Next thing you'll know you have to buy a rack
for all your gear. ;)


--- Trista Hill <trista@tristahill.com> wrote:

> I'm sure you get posts like this all the time! I
> just subscribed to the list today and though I have
> been spending time searching around the archives,
> I'm impatient enough to just come out and ask my
> question.
> I want to get started using looping devices in order
> to channel the incessant music I hear in my head.  I
> love what Andrew Bird and Caryn Lin are doing with
> the violin, and Zoe Keating with the cello.... I
> want to do something similar with harp.  While they
> make electroacoustic harps now, I am in no position
> to run out and buy one.
> So I will be using my acoustic semi-grand pedal
> harp, though it's difficult to capture the harp's
> full range.  Was looking at a Line 6 DL4 delay pedal
> (used by Andrew Bird), and briefly looked at the
> Akai Headrush pedal (though I think the sampling
> time is too short for what I need).  The equipment I
> currently have is a Tascam Portastudio, a Peavey
> Ecoustic amp, and a few mics (at least one
> condenser).  Sad but true -- when you are playing
> weddings all the time, you really don't have the
> need for anything else! I have asked around on some
> harp sites about looping devices, but apparently no
> one has experience with playing the harp in this way
> (oh the blasphemy...)
> My goal is to create real-time loops for live
> performances (eventually) and to work out ideas that
> I can take to a studio and record.  I'm in relative
> isolation here in the Midwest given my interests and
> instrument, so perhaps erroneously have been
> thinking that the only way to get where I want to
> go, I'll have to do it myself.
> Any advice to a bumbling beginner would be so much
> appreciated.
> Trista Hill
> www.tristahill.com

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