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Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:29
Subject: RE: midi looping, synths, and
I have 3 things I would qualify as Midi Loopers of
Korg Electribe ESX
Flame Six In A Row.
MPC I have read in the manual can be set in a loop of sorts, recieving midi
notes from a controller to any of its 48 tracks record the notes input from
the controller and then play them back in real time wile more notes are
added to this or another track. plus you have all that MPC sampling
functionality.... not tried it though, I just use it for speech
ESX this has , i think , stolen the "first love " crown from
the EDP for me, I have never used such a fun unit in my work and it has
changed me in the same way that the EDP did 10 years ago. You can use an
external controller as described above to control the external sound source
OR to give note data to either of the 2 availiable "keyboard" sample
tracks available onboard or you can use its onboard keys to input notes or
even more fun the scailic arpegiator (think mini KoPro) the only
issue in this and other midi loopers is that if you accidentally
overwrite the note on message at the loop boundry you just get akward
silence for that step, so always remove your finger from the controller JUST
before the loop point.I also use this to midi loop drum parts.
the EMX can be used like this but with 5 keyboard type parts.)
A Row. This is a boutique midi looper of the scaled variety kind of a Hybrid
of the tenori on / monome and KoPro concepts. it has a grid of lit
rubber buttons, you pick a scale and a key and the grid lights move ot show
you the placement of root notes and "removes" the wrong notes. you can then
jam up to 4 bar phrases on either of two loop slots plus a
separate drum track ... each can be set for individual midi channels , I use
mine with an old MU-7 its ace.
Subject: Re: midi looping, synths, and
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:45:36 +0100
I don't have any experience with the kaossilator, but I own a Kaoss
Pad II since 2004, so my experience with this kind of products is just related
to the KPII.
I have always
expounded on this list that I am dreaming of a "Midi Looper". With all the
functions of an EDP, but.. not audio based. Reasons? Cos the thing about a
synth loop (pre-programmed) is that it can still be tweaked, either by hand,
or by LFO sweep
I do routinely "audio loop" my synths. (a doepfer modular
system, a Korg MS2000 and the trusty GR30 guitar synth) but for "synth
lines" Ive always pre-programmed them, either via the onboard modulation
sequencer of the Korg, or a variety of analog sequencers I have for the
modular (the best being called, weirdly "Mobius")
The Korg is VERY
tweakable, so a relatively standard patch can easily be quickly manipulated
to "fit in" with the current improvisation.
But theres my problem /
TO HAVE ALL AVAILABLE; WHERE ALL FACTORS BOTH NOTES AND TIMBRE
CAN BE FREELY IMPROVISED, LIVE, AND LOOPED.
So to be able to
improvise the synth loop notes.
So, to the questions:
How is it to play..?
Is it a proper "Instrument"
Can I play it, and get what I imagine.. or is it basicaly random (within
a key and scale)???
KPII has synth sounds too, but not very useful for me. Yes, you play
within a key (don't know if the Kaossilator Pro allow to switch key and
scale..., better checking the manual), but the fact is that IT is like playing
a theremin. And it is good in that department, if you are looking to that kind
of sounds, but have to say that it's not allow you to really play
So it's not a "proper instrument", IMO, neither really
Supposing I have some
guitar loops going .. and I imagine a growly distorted acid bass to pop in
for 3 notes, then silent for 4 bars.. then loop...
quickly loop a little string section,
OR, can I hear a Xylophone in my
head, and within a few seconds, select a patch, and add some
And Tech questions..
How is it at following midi clock?
Better checking the manual here and see what it really allow to do.
My KP sends midi clock out, but it can't work as master clock: it just
sends out midi messages (PCs and CCs), ALL using the same MIDI
When used as a
controller for another synth, is all information sent on 2 axis?
map X to pitch on an external synth (Im thinking my Korg) and the Y to
filter cutoff on the external synth? (If my external synth allows this..
which I dont know.. have to find the manual.)
Again: better checking the manual(s) !
KP sends information on Y and X axis, but do you need to address those
info trough different midi channels or the same ?
Do you want to get control over different machines ?
Don't really know about those
Is the midi loop on
the Kaosilator SENT out the midi out, making it a midi sequncer/looper for
an external synth..
Whats the on-board
audio loopers like?
Just a question: why the Kaossilator and not the last Kaoss Pad version
(4, maybe) which seems to me a more "complete" tool ? I think it can work like
a synth too.
Red Sound Federation synched Multi
Insanly good loop mangler, delay, filter, chopper and very
psychedelic multi band panner, all syncable...
Boss Dr Groove 202
(with built in 2 track sequencer)
Previously used to automate 2
(or swap for a Kaosilator Pro of