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RE: unexpected gear behavior
This is one of the biggest reasons why I continue to enjoy using a
cassette machine for looping, in spite of its obvious limitations. When
I click off my punch-in pedal, I only have a vague idea what I'm going
to get. The length of the loop is fixed, and there is no kind of click
track, so a perfectly rhythmic loop is almost impossible. I often
distress the tape stock, so when the playback starts there may or may
not be wow and flutter, dropouts, distortion, etc. Also, I change tape
speeds frequently while recording, so the pitch will also change in a
fashion which is very hard to predict when combined with the lag of the
machine's motor. It's very easy to introduce the unexpected into this
system, it seems part and parcel of the whole package.
Every now and then I'll try out a digital looper in stores, and when I
play something and hear it back, I'm so disappointed when it sounds
exactly like what went into it!
BTW, thanks for posting our schedule for the Chinapainting show, Jim.
Hope some folks can make it out to see us.
> There is a distinct charm in gear doing unexpected things, and a few
>methods to create them: