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Question about looping software
Newbie here... short question is this: I'd like advice about Apple based
s/w that can do live looping.
About a month ago I walked into Guitar Center and walked out with an
RC-50. I brought it home, played around, researched on the net, found
loopers-delight and read all the archived comments, then played some
more. Resolved all the issues to my own satisfaction (hiccup, feedback,
modes, they're mostly solved by system level settings) and had a blast
playing around and being creative. Only thing I didn't solve for is the
one thing that RC-50 simply can't do: loops under 1.5 seconds. So I
took it back and traded for a Vox ToneLab SE modeller. 12AX7/ECC83 dual
triode, and up to 4 seconds looping; more along what I was looking for
when I walked into GC.
At any rate, the RC-50 turned me onto something I never thought I'd
enjoy so much... looping phrases (as in long patterns, entire sections
of a song, etc.) I've played around with Garage Band and BIAB, so I'm
familiar with using drag/drop loops to build a song. But being able to
do it live, on the spot... it's addictive! I'm exctatic with my new
modeller, but I want to also start playing around with this.
So this is what I'm thinking. I've got an older i-Mac with OSX 10.2.8,
1Gb ram, 130Gb disk and an Oxygen-8 USB midi keyboard. I looked at
Ableton Live but the current version is as much as the RC-50 so I don't
think I can afford that route in the short term. Plus, in my experience
there are sometimes open-source s/w that are as good as or better than
As to hardware, I supposed I could use Intel based stuff but I love the
Apple so much. Frankly, it's quieter, both electronically and audibly.
I've also got a Mac Mini, but isn't that more geared as an office
workstation? Beyond that, I'm clearly over my head and out of my league.
I'd like to hear from you as to what I should do.