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Re: Software: J-Looper-X (Plogue Bidule)
Title: Re: Software: J-Looper-X (Plogue
At 3:03 PM +0100 11/24/07, Raul Bonell wrote:
2007/11/24, Per Boysen <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I just ran into this software looper "Group" for
checked it out yet?
Wow... Holy Shit!...
Let's go test it..
Gave it a quick functional run-through yesterday. Quick, as
in I merely opened the Bidule AU inside Live and blasted a few clips
through there to see if it works. Looks promising, but here are
You need to have the latest version of Bidule. I was a bit
behind (0.94) and it kept giving me permissions errors when I'd try to
open the Group. An upgrade to 0.96 solved that.
It's a bit of a CPU hog. With just this one AU/Group alone
sitting idle in Live, I was just over the 40% CPU mark (this on a
Macbook 2Ghz Core2Duo). While processing, I could hear some
clicks and pops as the load would occasionally spike, this was more of
an issue while tweaking the controls in realtime. This is not so
much a consideration when using Bidule standalone, as the CPU only
pops up to 22% while idle in that configuration. That's still a
lot for a single widget, but not insurmountable.
Basics: one stereo track, with Overdubbing and Feedback.
It'll run either synced to a host -- you plug in the beats/bars -- or
free-run where you define in the loop length value, ala delay-line
looping. It has Pitch Shift (tape style; where it stretches the
time simultaneously) and loop Reverse. It also features
individual sections for optional Distortion/Saturation as well as a
section with about 7 different types of Filtering, each of which can
be applied to degrade the loop on every iteration as it fades.
At first glance, pretty capable, although I was only able to
dedicate about a half-hour to it. I did notice some issues with
changing pitch in realtime, but I think that was actually due to the
extra load the calculations were placing on my box. And I kept
getting a looped click when I used the "clear memory" button
in sync mode under Live, but no problems in free run. I didn't
get a chance to test out MIDI I/O, but I already know that's pretty
solid in Bidule.
It's fun. If you've got Bidule, give it a whirl.
Thanks for the link, Per!!! :)
"bye-bye empire; empire, bye-bye"