My ol’ pals at Guitar Player magazine interviewed me for an instructional article on looping for next month’s issue. It was especially flattering to be invited, because the interviewer was Barry Cleveland, a fine guitarist and a leading figure in the looping community.
I put together this little video to demo the digital rig I use onstage with my duo band, Mental 99, and I’ve cross-posted it here. It covers software, hardware loopers, looping techniques, and the like. Have a listen.
Out of curiosity, how many folks out there dabble in digital guitar? Analog and digital have collided on this blog since the very first post, the now-notorious “Amps vs. Models” listening contest. (You can still take the test by clicking on the link, but the prizes have long since been awarded. One of hundreds of participants, only three players managed a perfect score. And had I not created the test, I would definitely not have made it to the winner’s circle.)
More specifically, is anyone interested in the process of creating digital tones? Back when this blog started, MainStage, my main performance software, was included as a secondary program with the $500 Logic Studio package. But now Apple sells it separately for a ridiculously cheap $29.99. (Of course, you need a Mac computer to run it.) I’ve worked a lot as a Logic/MainStage/GarageBand developer, and I love geeking out over the programs. Does anyone else? (Don’t worry — the soldering iron won’t stay cool for long. It’s just that there are vast constellations of sounds you just can’t access via analog.)